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January 2015

January 30, 2015



Photo: The 2015 UCI Cyclocross World Championships are being held in Tabor, Czech Republic January 31-February 1.
Saturday: Junior Men: 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).

Saturday: Women: 2:00pm CET  (8:00am U.S. Eastern).

Sunday: U23 Men: 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).

Sunday: Men Elite: 2:00pm CET  (8:00am U.S. Eastern).

January 30, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: The pack rides in a tunnel during the men's road race at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images).
"The world champion is a guy you’ve never heard of, he won with a gutsy gamble in a place you couldn’t find on the globe, and his name is impossible for Americans to pronounce: Kwiatkowski.

As we sit today in the glow of the Super Bowl and on the precipice of March Madness, it’s hard to conjure up another championship in the United States that might attract more eyeballs worldwide.

One will: The world championship of bike racing comes here in September.

This is no small deal. The organizers figure the global TV audience will number 300 million. The Super Bowl, billed as a worldwide attraction, may get 115 million viewers, 98 percent of them in the United States. The final game of March Madness will get 20 million."

January 30, 2015 (washingtonpost.com)







Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) won the second day of the Mallorca Challenge ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) Photo: AFP PHOTO | JAIME REINA.
Britain’s Stephen Cummings proved strongest on the final climb in day two of the four-race Mallorca Challenge on Friday, just ahead of Alejandro Valverde.

The MTN-Qhubeka rider, winner of the Tour of the Mediterranean in 2014 and a stage of the Vuelta a España in 2012, surprised the favorites in the final push and held on ahead of Valverde.

“I’m really happy with today’s victory,” Cummings, 33, said. “I knew I had done a lot of good work over the winter so I’d like to thank the team for the amazing work they did and chance they gave me to focus on today’s race.”

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)






Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Marianne Vos’ coach Johan Lammerts remains hopeful that the Dutchwoman can defend her cyclo-cross world title this weekend. Vos is currently suffering with a hamstring injury but Lammerts says that her condition has improved in recent days.

"She's well trained and had a little trouble, but by treating it and keep it loose, we hope that in the coming days it gets better.

We will still assume that they simply can start and will do its best to defend her title,” Lammerts told De Telegraph from Tábor, where the World Championships begin on Saturday.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





European Champion Helen Wyman (Kona)
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.

"OK, so let’s forget them. I’ve been sick, I dislike snow, like dogs hate cats, and to get here you drive, forever, while the outside world gets colder and more covered in white fully stuff…that I still don’t like.

So, unlike last year, where I ticked all of the above boxes, I need to take a different approach. Being sick, OK, I’m not that sick.

It’s not an excuse as I fully intend to give the stripes a major go on Saturday.

So I need to turn the few days off I’ve had into a good thing. I’m fresh, fresher than I was last year."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Helen Wyman and Nikki Harris, Milton Keynes World Cup Cyclo-Cross.
Tabor in the Czech Republic hosts the 2015 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships this weekend: Saturday January 31 to Sunday February 1.

The coveted rainbow jerseys will be up for grabs for the fastest finisher in the elite men’s, elite women’s, junior men and under-23 men categories.

Great Britain will pin its hopes on Helen Wyman, Nikki Harris and Ian Field in the senior categories.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Evans hopes for a fairytale end to his career but it will be hard for him to deny the sprinters their chance to go for glory.
A legend says goodbye when Cadel Evans lines up for his final professional race, his eponymous Great Ocean Road Race that takes place on parts of the course that was used for the 2010 World Championships won by Thor Hushovd.

While all Australians would love a fairytale end to his career, however, the only Australian grand tour winner is unlikely to win a race that is set to be dominated by sprinters and classics riders.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Marcel Kittel wins stage four of the 2014 Dubai Tour.
The introduction of the Dubai Tour last year extended what has become something of a season of races in the Middle East during February.

From Sunday February 8 to Friday the Tour of Qatar will be held, a race now firmly established in the calendar, and following that is the Tour of Oman, which in the last few years has seen the first showdown of the season between the biggest GC names.

First up, though, is the least established of the three: the Dubai Tour (February 4-7).

Last year’s debut edition betrayed traits of a race yet to establish an identity for itself, with the four days of racing producing a very predictable three bunch sprint finishes and a time-trial.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





2014-15 Races & Results.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Races),

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Feb 1 (Races),

Ladies Tour of Qatar 2015 - Feb 3-6 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

Tour of Qatar 2015 - Feb 8-13 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results).

More ...

January 30, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: This is the second year of the Dubai Tour, a new stage race that builds on the interest of Western Asia nations hosting early season bike races and bike racers escaping to a nice climate.
Stage 1 start time: Tuesday 11:55 GST (11:55:00 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:00 GST (2:00:00 AM PST);
Estimated finish: 16:00 GST (4:00:00 AM PST).

January 30,2015 (steephill.tv)





Jani Brajkovic tries out the new TT helmet from Smith
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
"Hello. Welcome to my blog. I want to share my experiences with my new UnitedHealthcare team with you this year.

For me, UnitedHealthcare is a different kind of team. I feel happy again in this team. When I fly to the races or when I'm meeting my teammates, I feel happy.

To me they're like a second family, and I've been really missing that in the past. It's nice to have this feeling back.

I just returned home form San Luis after 47 hours of travel, but it was not too bad.

I got lucky, I was upgraded from Buenos Aires to Dallas, and then I flew business class home as well. Being able to stretch out makes a big difference."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: FDJ's Thibaut Pinot may have finished on the podium at the Tour de France, but he aims to win more races in 2014.
FDJ rider Thibaut Pinot wants to get back to winning ways in 2015 after a season of frustration at the finish line.

While Pinot proved his GC credentials with a series of top-10 finishes, including third at the Tour de France, the 24-year-old failed to notch up a single stage win last year.

Four second-place finishes, notably on Hautacam on stage 18 of the Tour, helped Pinot in the overall standings, but did not satisfy his urge to win.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Franzoi facing three-month ban for links to Dr. Ferrari.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Pelucchi wins Mallorca Challenge opener in Campos.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)




Photo: Bobridge Breaks Boardman's World Record | Bicycling
www.bicycling.com.
The hour record attempt by Jack Bobridge is expected to get underway at around 7:00pm local time on Saturday (9:00am CET or 3:00am U.S. Eastern).

January 30, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: The system that allowed Lance Armstrong to cheat and dope successfully for years should share the responsibility for his behaviour (EPA).
There are again questions over Lance Armstrong’s admissions and apologies following a BBC interview in which the former cyclist and confessed drug cheat admitted he would take performance-enhancing substances again.

Part of the debate has now shifted to whether there should be forgiveness and a reduction of Armstrong’s life ban from competitive sport.

In safety science, systems thinking tells us that behavior is an emergent property of systems; that there is a shared responsibility for all behavior; and that this responsibility is shared across all of the people within the system in which the behavior occurs.

The blame culture is acknowledged to be out of date, morally and ethically wrong, and generally useless for improving safety.

January 30, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Sven Nys has endured some frustration this season, but hopes to be back on good form for Sunday’s world championship race. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com.
Sven Nys cannot stop.

At 38 years old, already the oldest man in elite international cyclocross, and mired in the depths of his worst-ever career slump, Nys is already making plans for next year.

His two biggest rivals on Sunday as he sees it — Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert — are barely older than his own son, but nobody would count him out to win third world title, age or not.

Sven Nys is not slowing down. Not this year. Not next.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Denise Mueller and John Howard.
"It would be fitting to answer one big question that comes up a lot … How did you decide to go after a Women’s Bicycle Land Speed Record?

Well, it really wasn’t my idea (of course I kick myself for not thinking of it myself). It was my Coach, John Howard’s idea back in late 2012.

John and I went out to lunch and he proceeded to “bait” me with some obvious statements about myself after he said he had a great idea he wanted to throw my way.

Of course I was interested in his idea, but he prefaced telling me that idea until after he had me nodding my head like a bobble-head doll in agreement to all the lead up comments: “You like to go fast (nod nod smile), you like to draft (heck yes), you like to race cars (of course), you love to ride your bicycle (that’s a no brainer), you are an adrenaline junkie (well of course!) …” finally he had me begging to hear his idea!

At this point I can look back and say that when he told me his idea, it was like I was a puddle of gasoline and he threw a lit match."

January 30, 2015 (tobefastest.com)





Juanjo Lobato won the second stage of the Tour Down Under last week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
If Movistar isn’t deep enough already, with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana packing enough gunpowder to win in just about every race they start, the Spanish squad has added a sprinter to its arsenal of weapons.

Juanjo Lobato, a six-year pro from Spain’s Andalucía region who joined Movistar in 2014, is emerging as the nation’s best sprinter since Óscar Freire.

A victory in stage 2 at the Santos Tour Down Under last week confirmed the 26-year-old’s trajectory with his first UCI WorldTour win.

“It was great to win at the WorldTour for the first time. It’s never easy to win a sprint at this level,” Lobato told VeloNews. “It reveals that I am heading in the right direction. I have to keep working, and hope to post a few more wins this season.”

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Jack Bobridge signs-on before stage three of the 2015 Tour Down Under Credit: Graham Watson .
Jack Bobridge will attempt the Hour Record tomorrow in what is part of a grander career plan that coach Tim Decker has established in the run to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Bobridge holds the 4km individual pursuit world record and in Melbourne, Australia this weekend aims to add the Hour to his repertoire with a distance all parties hope will stand for more than the going month.

Decker has worked closely with Bobridge in the run to his attempt that is to precede equally anticipated efforts from compatriot Rohan Dennis and British legend Bradley Wiggins, respectively.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: If he can beat Brändle over an hour on Saturday he can do it again and again. Maybe the door to the World Tour opens again?
Jack Bobridge is the next to have a go at cycling’s Hour Record. Once the record was very prestigous but today it seems to be a record cherished within cycling rather than beyond it.

However it is the ultimate chance to define and redefine a career.

January 30, 2015 (inrng.com)





Cavendish congratulates Gaviria on the podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The Etixx-Quick-Step team appears to be the favorite to sign talented young Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria, who recently beat Mark Cavendish to win two stages at the Tour de San Luis.

The Etixx-Quick-Step team moved quickly to open talks with Gaviria's agent Giuseppe Acquadro and Patrick Lefevere seems keen to sign him.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Stephen Hyde had a strong ride to boost his Worlds team resume. 2015 Cyclocross National Championships – Elite Men. © Cyclocross Magazine.
On Sunday at 8:00 am EST, the Elite Men’s Race at Tabor will get underway, with the American Men’s Team ready to show their depth of talent, including a starting line position by Jeremy Powers.

Many already have a World Championship Race under their belt: all of them but one.

Today we give take a look at the newest force of the American men, none other than Stephen Hyde.

Stephen Hyde: The newest face in Elite Men’s Cyclocross in America, the once little known-rider who out-sprinted then National Champion Jonathan Page in Baltimore a year-and-a-half ago, the racer who posted-up for four wins this season (Nittany Lion, Charm City CX, the KMC Cyclo-Cross Festival, and Cycle-Smart International) and another two podiums against more experienced professionals, and the only “new” face on an American Men’s World’s roster full of international veterans.

January 30, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Photo: Mical Dyck, close on the heels of Maghalie Rochette. © Andrew Reimann.
In the last few days, we’ve been giving a preview on some of the favorites to compete in the Men’s and Women’s Elite Races in Tabor.

Although we mentioned many of the Canadian riders as international racers who should look out for, we wanted to offer you an in-depth look at some of the names that will be representing the Maple Leaf this year.

Michael van den Ham asked each of the Elite members a few questions about their entry into cyclocross, their preparation for the World Championships, their ambitions for the race, and their bikes.

January 30, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Rick Zabel is the best young rider after BMC won the team time trial
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
After whetting his appetite for top-level racing during his first season as a professional cyclist, Rick Zabel is targeting bigger and better things in year two.

The young German will start his season riding in support of Philippe Gilbert at the Dubai Tour next week. However, he has his eyes set on riding the monuments and his first Grand Tour and the World Championships in 2015.

“This year, I would like to do the bigger classics like the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Another big thing for me would be if I could do my first Grand Tour,” Zabel told Cyclingnews.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)










The Last Mohicans.

January 29, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 30, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)


















January 30, 2015





16 January 2010 Press Conference of ARMSTRONG Lance (USA) RadioShack Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA .
Lance Armstrong was the most engaging pro cyclist of recent times.

Such was his appeal that, like Muhammad Ali, he transcended his sport and became an international superstar.

An intelligent, charismatic man with a lot to say. There are few top sports people who look you straight in the eye and hold your gaze when talking to you.

He’d even do it when answering the most banal question.

Armstrong never shied away from a question either. In fact he seemed to enjoy a battle in a press conference — just look at the YouTube clip of him verbally attacking Paul Kimmage at the 2009 Tour of California.

As in this case he was sometimes too confrontational and aggressive in his replies, but other times his charm, mixed with a little intimidation, meant he could get away with it.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: It would be a disservice to say that Evans's achievements post-2011 pale in comparison to his Tour win.
This Sunday marks the final race of Cadel Evans's career, the eponymous Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, drawing curtains on not just the 37 year old's career, but a chapter in Australian cycling.

We’re honestly not sure what to do here at Cycling Central after Evans retires.

The Australian has been such a huge part of the Oz cycling landscape these last 20 years that when he leaves it would be tempting to pack it in, and call time on the whole show.

January 30, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Tom Meeusen said his season didn't quite live up to his high expectations. Hopeful that a Belgian doping scandal is behind him, the 26-year-old is hungry for more opportunities to win races. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Two weeks ago, Tom Meeusen would have been a top pick for a place on the podium at the world championships this weekend here in the Czech Republic.

Then he was out — deleted from the Belgian roster for the race, the result of his role as a witness in the Belgian investigation into doping by doctor Chris Mertens.

Days — and a trip to the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport — later he was back, permitted to race after the court clarified that only riders suspected of doping offenses should be prevented from racing under UCI rules.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Have questions for Ciara? Ask them in the comments section or send us an email at editor@cyclingtips.com.au. Photography by Sean Rowe
The partnership forged between Dig Deep Coaching and CyclingTips in July 2014 will extend to Ella. We’re pleased to introduce you to Ciara MacManus. The Dig Deep coach hails from Ireland and is the reining Irish MTB XC champion.

Her main passion is the dirt, but her experiences span across all disciplines, and she has generously raised her hand to answer any questions you have about training.

While CyclingTips will continue to field questions for our male readers, Ciara is on hand to tackle questions from our women’s community.

Before she answers any of your questions, we threw five questions her way so you could get to know her a bit better.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: The peloton on stage six of the 2014 Paris-Nice .
The 2015 Paris-Nice stage race, March 8 to 15, will start with a prologue time trial, include a summit finish on La Croix de Chaubouret and spend the final two days on the Côte d’Azur in Nice.

Organizer ASO will present the entire course on February 3 in Versailles, but much of it has already been leaked.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Enrico Franzoi has one world title and several national titles in cyclocross. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The recently closed Padua inquiry in northern Italy, centered on Michele Ferrari, is bearing its first fruit.

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) recommended Thursday a three-month suspension for Italian Enrico Franzoi, who placed eighth in the 2007 Paris-Roubaix while racing with team Lampre-Fondital.

Franzoi, 32 from Mestre, raced on the road with Lampre and Liquigas through 2009 and worked mostly as a helper for riders like Alessandro Ballan and Filippo Pozzato.

He also won Italy’s national cyclocross title four times at the elite level, and earned Italy’s under-19 and U23 cyclocross crowns a combined five times. In 2003, he won the world U23 cyclocross championship.

In 2010, Franzoi reportedly spoke on the telephone with Ferrari, who has been banned from sport since 2002 in Italy and blocked worldwide based on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) case against Lance Armstrong.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Sven Nys won CrossVegas 2014. With the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup kicking off in Las Vegas next fall, it's expected that the fast, grassy race will see even more European stars on the start grid. Photo: Dave McElwaine.
The cyclocross World Cup will be heading across the pond for the 2015-2016 season.

The UCI Management Committee met in Tabor, Czech Republic ahead of cyclocross world championships, and made this along with several other significant decisions.

The first two rounds of the 2015-16 cyclocross World Cup will be held in Las Vegas then Montreal.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





2014 Tour Méditerranéen champion Stephen Cummings (BMC) on the podium with legendary former pro Raymond Poulidor
Photo: © Sirotti.
The organizer of the Tour Cycliste Méditerranéen has confirmed the race will go ahead this year, despite financial difficulties and the race not being listed on the 2015 UCI calendar.

Race organizer André Martres has published a brief message on the race website, revealing that the 2015 edition would consist of three stages, instead of the usual five stages, between February 12-14.

“This edition of the race has been more difficult to put in place than the last two editions,” Martres said in a message on the race website.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Scott has been showing off this prototype cyclocross bike all week. The new model is Scott's first foray into disc brakes in ’cross, and we believe it will be offered later this year with front and rear thru-axles. Photo: Scott Sports.
"Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t."

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: 2014 World Cyclo-cross champion Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic).
Zdeněk Štybar is sidelined from defending his title at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic, on Sunday, because of a shoulder injury he sustain in a crash in October.

He has also declined to commentate on the event because of the amount of time that it would take away from his training for the start of his upcoming road season, and particularly the Spring Classics.

"Last week, a doctor made some new implants, due to my crash in the Eneco Tour. As a result, I have not trained for a week."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





As the day warmed up so did Andreas Stauff (MTN-Qhubeka), joining the 'no glove' club
Photo: © Bettini.
South Australia claim national team pursuit title, Vichot's 2015 goals.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)









January 29, 2015


January 29, 2015


Italy's Enrico Franzoi (Liquigas)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping investigators have requested a three-month ban for cyclo-cross and road rider Enrico Franzoi for his links to Dr. Michele Ferrari.

Franzoi is the first rider to face a disciplinary hearing based on evidence from the Padova and Bolzano police investigations into the infamous sports doctor who worked with Lance Armstrong for much of the Texan's career.

Filippo Pozzato, Giovanni Visconti and Michele Scarponi have already served short bans for their links to Dr. Ferrari.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Matteo Pelucchi (IAM) nets the stage victory comfortably
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo/www.elpedaldefrodo.com.
Matteo Pelucchi won the bunch sprint in the opening race of the Mallorca Challenge in the Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salines-Campos on Thursday. The Italian claimed IAM Cycling’s first victory as a WorldTour team by a clear margin over Team Sky’s Elia Viviani and Jose Joaquin Rojas.

A crash in the final three kilometers took down MTN-Qhubeka’s Andreas Stauff, who broke his clavical in the fall.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: The peloton must tackle 52.7km of cobbles at this year’s Hell of the North – an identical route to that used in 2013 (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO).
Paris-Roubaix will boast even more cobbles for the 113th iteration of the famous race this year, including three secters set to be used at the Tour de France.

Riders will have tackle 253 kilometers of racing between Compiegne and the Roubaix velodrome in total on April 12, with 52.7km of that distance over the iconic pavé.

January 29, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Melissa Hoskins and Valentina Scandolara celebrate
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
The Orica-AIS team will aim to keep its winning momentum going in its next outing, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Saturday.

Coming off the high of three stage wins in the Santos Women's Tour last week, the Orica-AIS squad will remain largely the same, with double stage winner Melissa Hoskins opting to race the national track championships. She will be replaced by Gracie Elvin.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: He is a strong track rider and is expected to target the upcoming world championships in France this month. Photography by Pablo Cersosimo
Twice a stage victor in the Tour de San Luis, the Colombian sprinting sensation Fernando Gaviria’s vanquishing of riders such as Mark Cavendish in the race catapulted him into the limelight and, according to his agent, almost certainly into the WorldTour.

According to Giuseppe Acquadro, the 20 year old is of interest to teams from cycling’s top level on the basis of his performances.

He won stages one and three in the Argentinean event, stunning Cavendish and others, and finished second to the Briton on the final stage.

“We had several contacts and now the choice has been narrowed to two teams, one French and one Belgian, and both from the WorldTour,” Acquadoro told Tuttobiciweb.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: That’s not to say that it won’t be a picturesque race — the beach-side sections of the course through Barwon Heads and Bells Beach are stunning.
If it wasn’t already obvious from the name, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is a tribute to the long and successful career of one of Australia’s greatest ever cyclists: Cadel Evans.

It’s a course that Evans himself helped design and one that features many of the roads Evans likes to train on when he’s at home in Barwon Heads over the Australian summer.

Despite the name of the event, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race barely visits the Great Ocean Road at all.

Of the 174km raced by the elite men, just 6.6km of that will be on the famous tourist route — a 2.8km section and a 3.8km section.

When the race does visit the Great Ocean Road it won’t be to the windy and picturesque sections of the road you see in all the tourism brochures and websites — it’s two sections near the start of the Great Ocean Road in Torquay where it’s barely even possible to see the ocean.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: For many years, online streaming has been the only way for U.S. cycling fans to watch races. Universal Sports Network is increasing its coverage, but for now, not all cable subscribers have access to the channel. Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.com.
With the UCI world cyclocross championships set to start on Saturday in the Czech Republic, a familiar refrain pops up on American cycling fans’ Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and other sources: “How do I watch?”

Currently, the U.S. rights to many UCI cycling events are owned by Universal Sports Network (USN).

In fact, the network and the UCI recently announced a renewed partnership through 2018.

According to a press release, “The deal gives Universal Sports multi-platform rights, including exclusive TV and digital rights, to the UCI road world championships and UCI world championship and World Cup events in track cycling, BMX, mountain bike, and cyclocross.”

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31 (Races),

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Feb 1 (Races),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Results),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Results),

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

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January 29, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Porte will try to repeat his 2012 victory in the Portuguese race.
The Australian time trial champion and winner of the 2012 Volta ao Algarve/Tour of Algarve Richie Porte, is back in the Portuguese race which will be held between the 18th and 22nd of February.

The peloton will be completed with the inclusion of two continental teams, the Polish ActiveJet and the Basque Murias Taldea.

Porte, 74th in the world rankings in 2014, is the strongest name chosen by Team Sky for the 41st edition of the Volta ao Algarve/Tour of Algarve.

He is one of the in-form riders at the beginning of this season, having won the Australian time trial championships and the queen stage of the Tour Down Under race where he finished second overall.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Eddy Merckx and his son, Olympic medalist Axel Merckx.
(Photo courtesy of granfondoaxelmerckx.com).
In an age when the FDA is debating the ethics of mitochondrial manipulation technologies (aka creating designer babies), it appears that some people are willing to go to great lengths to conceive potential professional athletes or other superstar offspring.

This seems a bit extreme and will certainly be extraordinarily expensive if and when the technology becomes available.

In the meantime, if you’re really hoping to give birth to a future Tour contender, you can try your hand at a DIY designer baby on the cheap by planning your conception for a fall birth, ideally in November.

January 29, 2015 (bicycling.com)





UCI to host inaugural Women’s Teams Seminar.

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)










Evelyn Stevens Embarks on the Road to Richmond.

January 28, 2015 (bicycling.com)










Froome: The Tour is my only goal.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)



Photo: What I like to do is listen to what the athletes need and then try to achieve that for them.
Rochelle Gilmore’s Australian summer break has turned out to be anything but relaxing.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist has kept up the pace off the bike in an ongoing effort to smooth the path to the top-level of the sport for riders from her home country.

Gilmore, who founded international professional women’s road cycling team Wiggle Honda, was always going to be a prominent figure this Australian summer road season.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Is it possible for a neo-pro today to train on the basis of feeling and past personal experience.
Cycling seems to be going in a one way direction with teams and riders adopting more and more sports science.

But a few riders still buck the trend against power meters.

Can they hold out?

January 29, 2015 (inrng.com)






Katerina Nash will tackle the world championships in Tabor, Czech Republic as the local favorite. She grew up just over an hour away. Photo: Wil Matthews | www.wilmatthewsphoto.com.
An airy three inches of snow fell on Prachatice, Czech Republic overnight Monday, adding a hint of slip-and-slide to Katerina Nash’s training spin. The legs are good, she says. Confidence is high. Pressure is low. The UCI Cyclocross World Championship course in Tabor suits her well.

And a bit of snow, for a veteran of both the summer and winter Olympics, for a rider with handling skills honed by a decade on the mountain bike circuit, only improves her odds.

On Sunday, the world’s best cyclocrossers better watch out for the local girl.

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)





Stage 7 winner Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The Etixx-Quick-Step team has announced that Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw will ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa on March 8.

The one-day event combines a road race and mass-participation ride for 35,000 people. It covers a 107km route around Cape Town and the iconic Table Mountain.

The event falls on the weekend of the Strade Bianche race in Tuscany and comes just three days before the start of Tirreno-Adriatico. However Cavendish is expected to ride the Italian stage race as he prepares for Milan-San Remo.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Qualifying is always a difficult one, it can be pretty hard if you’re not ready for it. Photography by Con Chronis
"Fourty-eight hours before his World Hour attempt on Saturday we spoke with Jack Bobridge at the BikeBug store grand opening in Melbourne.

Bobridge made a brief appearance in-between the Team Pursuit qualifying rounds and the finals (with his new Budget Forklifts team) during the Track National Championships and had a word with us about how he's feeling coming into his Hour Record attempt."

January 29, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





The Dubai Tour's inaugural edition, held in 2014, was won by American Taylor Phinney. In 2015, the race expands and will host more WorldTour teams. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali will kick off his 2015 race season at the Dubai Tour, February 4-7.

“I’m convinced that Dubai represents a great opportunity for cycling and vice versa,” Nibali said at the route presentation in November.

“Dubai Tour, which I raced last year too, will be my seasonal debut in 2015. The course is very interesting, and the third stage, with the final steep climb, it’s something very nice, [and] very hard to find in these surroundings.”

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)





Marc Madiot discusses FDJ's aims for the Tour de France
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The FDJ team held its official team presentation in Paris on Wednesday, with team manager Marc Madiot convinced that the French squad can win the Tour de France in the next five years.

Last year Thibaut Pinot finished third in the Tour de France behind Vincenzo Nibali and fellow Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud.

"The Tour has been unreachable for years, for reasons you know as well as I do. But now we have the potential.

This can be done in the next four to five years, if we continue to progress and if fate is in our favor,” French newspaper L'Equipe quoted Madiot as saying.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: It’s worth noting that new research has indicated that dehydration doesn’t have as much of an impact on performance as previously thought.
Milk-based beverages can be more effective than traditional sports drinks at replacing fluid lost during exercise, according to a study by Griffith University, one of Australia’s leading sports universities.

The study compared the rehydration potential of different milk-based drinks to a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage.

It claims that Pauls brand full cream milk, So Good brand soy milk, Nestle milk-based liquid meal supplement and Sustagen Sport, were more effective rehydration options than Powerade.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Very cheap and apparently very accurate, we expect the 4iiii Precision power meter to make waves in 2015.
We’re expecting power meters to really break into the mainstream market in 2015, with a range of budget options due for release or selling well already.

However the best could be still to come with the new Precision power meter from 4iiii.

The Precision isn’t quite ready for release quite yet, but 4iiii say they are aiming to sell it for an astonishingly low price.

What’s more they claim that despite the bargain-basement price-tag, accuracy will be >99%.

The system will be crank-based, somewhat resembling the Stages system, but unlike Stages can be fitted to existing cranks, and comes as either a single- or double-sided option.

 Powered by coin cell batteries with a claimed battery life of 200+ hours, and compatible with Bluetooth or ANT+, 4iiii certainly seems to have its bases covered.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Take a look inside for a comprehensive exploration of where Road Tubeless stands today.
Part One of our Road Tubeless series seemed to spur a lot of discussion, especially around the statement that a Road Tubeless standard does not exist.

Most of us believe if a product says “Road Tubeless” on the side, it will work with other items that say the same.

Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the case, and a lot of this confusion has come from the companies themselves, using the common term - either with caps (Road Tubeless) or without (road tubeless) - to market dissimilar products.

So we checked in with the producers of the most common products and asked them about the future of Road Tubeless.

Do they see standardization coming? Is there any standard now?

January 29, 2015 (bikerumor.com)










Challenge Mallorca preview.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





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January 29, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)




















January 29, 2015





Photo: There was a time when many Americans wondered if Lance Armstrong would like to stand behind this lectern on a more full-time basis .
They meet at his shop every week, buy his kit and drink his coffee, but most of the guys who have rolled up for the oldest group ride in Austin do not want to utter his name.

We are in the Juan Pelota Cafe, which is at one end of Mellow Johnny's  bike shop. That is "Mellow Johnny" as in the French for yellow jersey, "maillot jaune"; and "Juan Pelota" as in "one" and the Spanish for "ball". Guess who?

"Have you read 'Seven Deadly Sins'?" Andrew, a member of the Violet Crown  cycling crew, asks me, referring to the Irish journalist David Walsh's  most recent Lance Armstrong expose.

"For me, he went from being complicated to evil."

January 29, 2015 (bbc.com)





Photo: LANCE ARMSTRONG PRESS CONFERENCE IN ADELAIDE .
Lance Armstrong said that he wants to “try and make it right”, but is sending subpoenas to those who testified he doped to win seven Tour de France titles.

As part of his defence in a $95.7m (£63.2m) US Government whistleblower lawsuit, Armstrong has been sending out subpoenas to those that helped bring him down.

The subpoenas demand testimonies, documents and sworn statements that were used against Armstrong in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) cases.

Former team-mate Frankie Andreu received one and others are reportedly next.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)







Mathieu van der Poel is on many prognosticators' favorites lists in Sunday's elite men's race at the cyclocross worlds. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
If ever there was a wide open cyclocross world championships, this is it.

Who could have predicted in September that we would arrive at the four championship races that will unfold here starting Saturday, in this village of 35,000 people about an hour’s drive south of Prague, without a single defending world champion standing as a clear favorite to repeat?

Some might have predicted the absence of defending men’s champion Zdenek Stybar, who is chasing classics glory on the road this year, especially after his nasty crash in Ardooie in October.

Some might have predicted the rise of defending under-23 champion Wout Van Aert, who abandoned his eligibility for that category to race among the big boys in the elites.

Some might even have predicted that Marianne Vos’ frenetic pace, winning nearly every race in sight, more or less year-round, would leave her vulnerable to injury.

But all of the above, at the same time?

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)







Photo: The Dutch led the women’s race from start to finish the last time the World Championships was held in Tabor in 2010. © Joe Sales.
Start lists aren’t officially released until Friday afternoon, but we’ve mucked with spreadsheets and entry lists to create our own.

Ages listed are as of the race, not UCI racing age.

January 29, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Thumbs up for Fabio Aru (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini.
Fabio Aru is the rising star of Italian cycling but in 2015 he will again be overshadowed by his Astana team leader and fellow Italian Vincenzo Nibali.

The two are very similar riders with similar temperaments and are now even neighbours after Aru also moved to Lugano in Switzerland during the winter.

Many would like to see them on separate teams and so go head to head on the roads of the Giro d'Italia, sparking yet another rivalry that would fire up the tifosi.

But that is unlikely to happen. Aru is keen to plough his own furrow, secure his own place in the palmares of cycling, without getting into a fight with Nibali.

He already has the backing of the Astana team and was given the role of team leader for the Giro d'Italia for 2015, putting an end to Nibali's hopes of returning to the Giro this season.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: I cannot deny that passing Petacchi and having guys like Boasson Hagen behind you when you are only 20 years old in your first year as a pro, in a WorldTour race, that was special.
"Marco Haller is starting his fourth professional season and is only 23. He has the experience and is still young enough to have a long career and is already in one of the best WorldTour teams. We caught up with him in Spain to find out more about the pro from Austria.

At 23 Marco has a nice palmarés: In 2012 he won stage 4 Tour of Beijing, then in 2013 the Mountains classification in the Three Days of De Panne, 7th Overall Tour des Fjords with a win in the stage 3 team time trial and 7th Overall Arctic Race of Norway and then in 2014 he got his home win in stage 8 Tour of Austria.

After a hard days training in the Spanish Mountains we sat down for a good chat on just about everything."

January 29, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Bradley Wiggins' face says it all after Paris-Roubaix
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
British Cycling’s Shane Sutton has insisted that Bradley Wiggins will take on Paris-Roubaix with the same belief and determination that served him so well during the rider’s previous three Olympic campaigns.

Wiggins has made Paris-Roubaix the number one target during his final season on the road, and he plans on returning to the track after the race in order to concentrate on the Hour Record and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Sutton has been a longstanding friend, coach and confidant for Wiggins over the years, and helped him towards Tour de France and Olympic successes.

Last year Wiggins finished a creditable ninth in Paris-Roubaix and was a key protagonist in the race.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: the Giro Boy Undershorts are also charmingly retro. (Photo courtesy of Giro)
I love a good pair of boy shorts. They’re full coverage, but flirty; comfortable, yet somehow kinda sexy.

And honestly, how often do you find cycling gear that makes you want to dance in front of the mirror?

Those are the reasons I'm psyched about the trend of briefs-with-chamois—Club Ride, Aerotech Designs, Vulpine, and KOR NYC to name a few—and I was excited to check out Giro’s offering.

They’re an awesome addition to any female cyclist’s wardrobe, but in particular, they’re great for two types of people: those who commute mid-range distances, and those who are just getting into cycling but already own plenty of tights and sporty shorts from other athletic activities.

January 29, 2015 (bicycling.com)


















January 28, 2015









January 28, 2015


A day after the inaugural women's Strade Bianche race, the UCI will host its first-ever Women's Teams Seminar in Italy. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
The UCI announced Wednesday that it will host a Women’s Teams Seminar in conjunction with the Strade Bianche race to be held March 7.

UCI Women’s Commission president Tracey Gaudry said it was fitting that the UCI organize its first UCI Women’s Teams Seminar to coincide with the inaugural women’s Strade Bianche. The seminar, to which all 38 UCI women’s teams will be invited, will be held March 8 in Siena, Italy.

“After the launch of La Course by Le Tour last year, this is another welcome step forward for women’s cycling,” said Gaudry. “The UCI is currently working on a project to further develop women’s road cycling over the coming years, and we are very pleased to have the support of different major organizers. As president of the Women’s Commission and also as a former athlete, I appreciate how important this is.”

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Gage Hecht, soaring throughout Europe’s Holy Week. © Bart Hazen/Cyclocross Magazine.
American cyclocross viewers who have only kept up with the Elite races this season might think that the big focus of the year is the 11-nationals-winning Katie Compton who stood on the overall podium for the World Cup, or Jeremy Powers’ dramatic season to get front row call-ups at the big races and finish with a top ten in the overall World Cup standings. With both athletes performing at a big level, there will certainly be high expectations for the United States.

However, as Saturday morning rolls around, another American will take the stage, and ever since he started competing in Europe this season, he’s been taking the cyclocross community by storm.

That rider’s name is Gage Hecht: the current 17-18 Junior National Champion and an international sensation.

January 28, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Photo: The US Olympic hopeful sets her sights on Worlds with new team Boels-Dolmans. (Photo by Irmo Keizer/ ProCycleShots)
With a gold medal in the team time trial and a bronze in the individual time trial at World Championships last year, Evelyn Stevens looks poised to snag some hardware, if not a rainbow jersey, on home turf in 2015.

After spending five years with Velocio Sports, as the team transitioned from HTC-Highroad to Specialized-lululemon, Stevens has made the jump to the Netherlands-based Boels-Dolmans team.

We sat down with Stevens at her team presentation in Efteling, the Netherlands, about her season, her new team, and her tricks of the trade.

January 28, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Fernando Gaviria (right) beat Mark Cavendish twice in a sprint finish at the Tour de San Luis last week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The strength to beat Mark Cavendish, the ability to bring points, and the advantage of youth has teams lining up outside Fernando Gaviria’s door. Ag2r-La Mondiale and Etixx-Quick-Step, the latter being Cavendish’s team, reportedly have already spoken with the 20-year-old Colombian about his 2015 plans.

“I’m dreaming of racing the Tour de France and racing more on the road,” Gaviria told Ciclismo Internacional.

“I’m going to have to wait until next year because I want to fulfill my commitment with team Coldeportes.”

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Froome is one of the big favorites for the Tour, which he surprisingly doesn’t think is a title he has earned yet.
Chris Froome has told Cycling Weekly that he doesn’t expect to come out all guns blazing in the 2015 season in the early months and that he is fully focussed on winning the Tour de France.

“I’m not necessarily looking to go out there in February winning anything but if I’m going well enough, and I’m able to pick up one or two results along the way, then great,” he says. “But obviously keeping in mind that the main goal is going really well at the end of June.”

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31 (Races),

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Feb 1 (Race),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Results),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Results),

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

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January 28, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: What can I mainly regret is that I did not really enjoy my rainbow jersey.
Zdenek Stybar won’t be present at the the cyclocross world championships in Tabor on Sunday. After he was forced to cancel his participation as a rider, Stybar will now also skip his job as a commentator for Czech Television. "If I go to Tabor, I will lose four or five days in my preparation and the spring classics are rapidly approaching.”

Five years ago, Stybar took his first Worlds title in Tabor. This year the Worlds will again take place in his home country.

"It will be a very exciting race," Stybar told Sporza. "It's snowing at the moment and that always provides special races. Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Meeusen ride well on show and Kevin Pauwels always has a good plan.
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January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will kick off the 2015 race season at the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Alejandro Valverde, who finished 2014 at the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings, will start his season Thursday in Mallorca, Spain at the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca. The 34-year-old will be joined by other notables, such as Lotto-Soudal’s André Greipel.

“It would be nice to get our first victory of the season in Mallorca,” said Lotto-Soudal sports director Bart Leysen. “The riders know the Spanish roads well because of their training camps. The first and last day are suited for our sprinters André Greipel and Jens Debusschere.

Greipel didn’t start his season, for the first time in seven years, in the Tour Down Under. So he is extremely motivated to get his first victory of the season in Mallorca.”

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Tannus claims that the Aither 1.1 will travel at 29kph at the same power output needed to ride a Panaracer road tire at 30kph.
The UK launch of the Tannus solid tires last year caused quite a stir on the Cycling Weekly website, much more than expected giving that this is a technology which has been knocking about for the best part of 130 years. Now the Korean company is bringing its lightweight solid tire to the UK, with the Aither 1.1 set to launch next month at the London Bike Show.

Tannus claim that its new model is just as robust as the original Aither 1.0, meaning it should be good for 9,000 kilometers without losing more than 1.5mm of tread. It’s this incredible longevity as well as the incredible convenience of never puncturing that should go some way to justify the big price-tag.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Big claims from the French brand about its new superbike.
There were quite a few bikes turning heads when we visited the Bike Place show this week, none more so than the striking design of the new Look 795 Aerolight, a new frame for 2015 that takes integrated components to a whole new level.

In fact Look is saying that the 795 Aerolight, the heir apparent to the Look 675 and the subject of ten years of research and development, is the most aerodynamic road bike ever made.

A big claim indeed, but on looks alone its easy to see why the high-end French brand is so confident.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)



Often regarded as the true power broker in the sport, Tour de France organizer ASO may have the power to build a new structure for pro racing. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (File).
Professional road cycling has evolved slowly over the past hundred years. The current structure of major racing events and top team competition fell into place rather haphazardly over many decades, and as a result of changing economic and nationalistic factors in Western Europe. Accordingly, evolution of the sport’s governance has also been somewhat bumpy and arbitrary.

Reforms and decisions that took place in the 1980s and 1990s largely shaped today’s playing field. The calendar has expanded. The traditional cycling nations of Western Europe have seen their dominance diminished with the globalization of the peloton. Sponsors have rewritten the rules by which the sport is financed.

A frequent criticism of pro cycling is that there is insufficient strategic thinking by the leadership of the sport, and a lack of a vision of what the sport should look like in five, 10, or 20 years’ time.

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: The European season kicks off with the traditional four one-day races in Mallorca that will offer opportunities for both the sprinters and the climbers.
The waiting time is finally over! Tomorrow the European cycling season kicks off when the riders head out for the first race in the four-day Challenge Mallorca race series. The four races may be mostly about preparation but their mix of climbing and sprints offer everybody a chance to take the pressure off early in the season by opening the account right from the beginning.

One of the most popular preparation events, the four-day race series Challenge Mallorca will be held one week earlier than usual and so marks the start of the European season which has traditionally been opened at the GP d’Ouverture la Marseillaise in France.

At this time of the year, Europe is really not suited to bike racing but the island of Mallorca usually offers reasonable conditions for riders to get their season underway with a challenging mix of four one-day races that offers a bit for everyone.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Major races end in small places like Sanremo, Roubaix, Oudenaarde rather than Rome, Paris or Brussels.
Roma Maxima has fallen off the calendar for 2015. It was one of the few races left in a capital city. France, Italy, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands are all seen as cycling’s heartlands but all suffer from a dwindling if not total absence of pro racing in their capital cities. Of the three grand tours last year only the Tour de France visited its capital city.

Various national capitals do have a bike race but that’s it, often just one pro race a year if they’re lucky. Yet these are the biggest cities with ready audiences only the sport stays away for the rest of the year. This is a problem as the sport needs sponsors and its absence from major cities implies a lack of visibility in the very places where decisions are taken, views are formed and deals are signed.

January 28, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: I think it’s possible. So if I have everything go smoothly, I think even last year I could have been a couple of places higher.
Despite lamenting the lack of time trial kilometers at the Tour de France this season, Tejay van Garderen has told PEZ Cycling that he still has a good chance of bettering his fifth place from the 2012 and 2014 seasons.

“I’ve taken a look at the parcours, it’s a good one and I do like it. I do think it’s a pity that there is no proper time trial. Christian Prudhomme was quoted saying that “the winner of the Tour should be the most complete rider” which is why he put in the stages in the Ardennes and the stage on the cobbles and the big mountains, which I agree with.

The Tour de France winner should be a complete rider, but I think he’s missing one key element, to make it a truly complete rider who wins. But that being said I think there are plenty of chances that we can take time on some of those pure climbers. Some of those crosswind days, the cobble stones and having the team around me to help shepherd me through some of those hectic days, that can be an advantage to me.”

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: That's why I'll return to Oman with great pleasure again this year. I like this race.
The winner of the 2014 Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali tops the list of the favorites ahead of the coming Tour of Oman (February 17-22). He'll take part in the event for the fourth time in a row and doesn't hide his ambition to leave Muscat with another win under his belt.

To be held for the sixth time, the Tour of Oman has the incredible record of being the only event out of Europe to have welcomed the past six winners of the Tour de France.

Following the path of Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali will make his way to the sultanate after being awarded the yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysées in Paris last July but it won't be anything new to him. He hasn't missed any Tour of Oman since he first took part in it in 2012 and won stage 5 atop Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain).

That's where he kind of re-launched his career after one year and half year without any victory.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Sean Kelly believes the junior scene is very weak and the Rás far too early, while getting onto his An Post-CRC team is too easy for riders. Pictured at the end of stage 10 of the 1988 Tour de France in Morzine (Photo: Sirotti).
Sean Kelly has voiced his concern about the state of racing in the country, saying the situation is “not healthy”.

The Irish cycling legend says the numbers competing at junior level are not conducive to producing more quality riders, while he also believes the racing calendar needs a revamp.

“I’d be concerned looking at the scene in Ireland,” he said.

“If you look at the juniors at the moment; who have we got? O’Loughlin? Dunbar is now gone. Outside of that? Who is there?

“Back in the mid-1980s you had bunches of 200 in the Junior Tour.

January 28, 2015 (stickybottle.com)





Photo: Some of the supplements you may have seen come and go in recent years are ribose, HMB, bovine colostrum and quercetin... Photography by Bryan Christie
For as long as competitive cycling has been around, riders have been looking for ways to improve their performance, to gain an edge over their competitors.

One popular method is the use of sports nutrition supplements. In this first part of a two-part series, sports nutritionist Alan McCubbin takes us through the life-cycle of sports nutrition supplements, from initial research to marketing and explains the role that science does and doesn't play in the process.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: The Irish people against me were the new cyclists who don’t know the history of Irish cycling, nor have any interest in it..
Former UCI president Pat McQuaid says he did not get the credit he deserved for his role in fighting doping and helping grow the sport.

He added that he misses not being involved, and by not being the governing body’s top man he believes Ireland is at a major disadvantage.

In an extensive sit-down with stickybottle in Spain last week where the Irishman was a guest at the An Post Chainreaction team’s training camp, McQuaid opened up firstly about what it’s like being outside the corridors of power, having served eight years as President, from 2005 to 2013.

“I do miss it certainly,” he confessed.

“I did love being involved at the level I was at, but whatever level I was at I loved it.

January 28, 2015 (stickybottle.com)







January 27, 2015 (bbc.com)






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January 28, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)
















January 28, 2015







Photo: Former Rás winner David McCann at the launch of the 2015 An Post Rás which will begin on Sunday May 17th. McCann has described comments from Lance Armstrong that he would probably dope again if he went back to the start of his career as self-serving..
Three-time Irish National Road Race champion David McCann has described comments from Lance Armstrong that he would "probably" dope again if he went back to the start of his career as self-serving.

Speaking at the launch of the An Post Rás, McCann told Independent.ie that Armstrong was wrong in saying that 'everyone' was doping at the time to justify his comments.

"I think it’s in his interest to believe that everyone else was doing it. I can agree that a lot of them were doing it but I wasn’t doing it," said McCann, who finished 11th at  the World Championships Elite Time Trial in 2009.

January 28, 2015 ()independent.ie/





Dr Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004.
Photo: © AFP.
The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has announced that it will work with police from the Nuclei Antisofisticazione e Sanità (NAS) to carry out its anti-doping testing, especially out of competition surprise testing.

The NAS is responsible for public health and have often played a key role in doping investigations in sport and especially cycling, however it appears to be the first time a police force, and in this case part of the Italian military, has been directly responsible and operational in carrying out anti-doping controls.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Tips from the top? (Glayan).
The Gran Fondo New York bicycle race is the biggest mass-participation event of its kind in the state, a 160km run between Manhattan and Bear Mountain. In May 2012 the organizers introduced drug testing.

With thousands of entrants, this expensive process was limited to a handful of riders. Of those, two came back positive for EPO (erythropoietin), a blood-boosting hormone largely associated with the most elite professional end of the sport. Both riders were banned for two years.

That two amateurs were mimicking the habits of professional competitors such as Lance Armstrong, who recently said he would dope again in the same circumstances, could be understandable if they were on the path to potential career rewards.

January 28, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Photo: Ella is part of our approach to give Women’s Cycling the attention it deserves and to give female cyclists a place that feeds their passion. Photography by Drew Dunlop and Chas Mackinnon
’m incredibly grateful to share the labor of love that is Ella with all you today. It’s both a beginning and an end – as the behind-the-scenes work that we’ve been tirelessly plugging away at to prepare for launch begins to die down and the demands of running a live website with a real audience become a reality.

When I published my first Letter from the Editor two months ago, many of you piped up with questions in the comments section. I want to use this letter as an opportunity to answer some of the queries raised.

Many of you expressed concerns about the need for a women’s specific site, wondering why this content wouldn’t simply be housed on the main site.

All the women’s cycling content will live on the CyclingTips website under women’s cycling, and any content created for Ella that we imagine will have a broader appeal beyond our female audience will also be included in the news or feature sections.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: The variety of pedals in the TDU peloton created an additional challenge for the neutral support team.
Unless you're paying close attention, you're unlikely to spot neutral service vehicles while watching bike races on TV. Their job is to stay out of the way until needed, and when they are needed their job is to get in and get out as quickly as possible. It's a largely thankless task, but one that the people working in neutral service thoroughly enjoy.

CyclingTips editor Matt de Neef went behind the scenes with Shimano neutral service on stage 3 of this year's Santos Tour Down Under and put together a video and report.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





As a pro 'cross racer who also works for Strava, Elle Anderson has good advice on how to fit in high-quality rides during the winter. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com.
Weather, daylight, family, or work — each of us have different constraints on our winter riding schedule. But according to Elle Anderson, a rising cyclocross star with the Kalas-NNOF team, who also works for Strava, all of these factors shouldn’t be seen as limitations.

“[They] are just a part of my life, and there are plenty of ways to approach it,” she said. Here are some suggestions on how to apply the principles of sufficient stress, doing the right stress, and timing, to find your best approach to winter training.

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: We were particularly impressed by the coolness and level of comfort it provides.
A limited run of 333 have been created. Why 333? Apparently, the Crown Prince of Dubai’s favorite number is 3. It is understood he will been awarded helmet 003 at the opening ceremony at the start of the race.

We first saw the Protone worn by Team Sky riders at the 2014 Tour de France and it will be available to buy from February.

January 28, 2015 (road.cc)



















January 27, 2015


January 27, 2015


Giant-Alpecin's Lawson Craddock crashed hard in stage 4 of the Tour Down Under. After spending several days in the hospital, he's headed home to the U.S. to recover. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Lawson Craddock is heading home following three nights in an Australian hospital recovering from a harrowing crash in stage 4 at the Santos Tour Down Under.

The 22-year-old Texan crashed heavily Friday in the early kilometers of the stage, just as the peloton was picking up speed and coming over some rollers as the day’s main breakaway was forming.

In a freak accident, Craddock evidently punctured his front tire, then bounded into a drainage ditch, with his front wheel collapsing, sending him catapulting over his handlebars. One rider who saw the crash said, “It looked real nasty. I could see him flying over his bike.” Craddock suffered a broken wrist, rib, and sternum, injuries that kept him in the hospital for observation for three days.

In an email to VeloNews, Craddock said he was due to fly back to Texas overnight Tuesday.

January 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) won his second cyclocross World Cup title in the 2014/2015 season. Though he's a familiar face on the podium and a fan favorite in Belgium, little is known about the taciturn Belgian racer. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com.
The boy lay on the ground for a long, long time. Longer than made any sense. He had fallen heavily, missing a corner, crashing into a ditch. It looked like maybe the kind of fall that could knock you out of a race, but not the kind where you stay down so long. But the boy stayed down.

Tim Pauwels, a barrel-chested 23-year-old with a shock of nearly-white blonde hair lay dying, a ruptured aorta filling his chest with blood. Later, some would say his heart had already stopped before the fall, that he had died on the bike. Nobody would ever know for sure.

In the anguished weeks that followed, his family would forever wonder why help had been so slow to arrive. Why the police who supervised the course had failed to come to Pauwels’ aid. Why the race organization in Erpe-Mere, site of the star-crossed early-season race where Pauwels fell, had not taken to the public address system to seek a doctor from the thousands of fans who lined the track. Or whether they, or their doctors, or his team’s doctors had failed to recognize the warning signs, so clear in the sharp light of hindsight, that something was ailing the young cyclist.

January 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Mark Cavendish wins Stage 7 of the 2015 Tour de San Luis .
Mark Cavendish explained that he will not make the mistake of joining another team like Sky when his contract expires at the end of 2015.

“I made that mistake before,” Cavendish told Belgium’s Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. “I want to stay with Etixx-QuickStep. I love it.

Cavendish terminated his contract with Sky early, after one year of a three-year deal, to join Belgium’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 2013. He now has some of the same staff and cyclists around him as he did with HTC-Highroad, including Sport and Development Manager Rolf Aldag and lead-out man Mark Renshaw.

“It’s like in HTC [Highroad]: one big family,” Cavendish continued. “Nobody likes to leave his family behind, but being with this team away from home is a pleasure.”

January 27, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Vos, always a heavy favorite in cyclocross. © Bart Hazen/Cyclocross Magazine.
"As the 2015 Elite Women’s World Cyclocross Championship is practically open for the taking by a large number of racers, the folks here at Cyclocross Magazine won’t be making any hard-and-fast predictions, but we will be highlighting ten favorites as well as some outside contenders.

With the weather now verging on the likelihood of snow the day before the Elite Races, the fast course of Tabor will also provide a few areas that will likely cause some spills, especially if the notorious Czech ice comes into play."

January 27, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31 (Races),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Results),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Results),

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 27, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





The Ladies Tour of Qatar got the season underway
Photo: © AFP Photo.
The 15 teams which will compete at the 2015 Ladies Tour of Qatar have been announced by its race organzser ASO. The seventh edition of the race, which takes place from February 3-6, will be missing four time champion Kirsten Wild as she concentrates on track racing this season, opening the door for other sprinters to claim overall victory.

Two-time runner up Chloe Hosking will lead her new Wiggle Honda team alongside teammate Georgina Bronzini and will be aiming to be standing on the top step of the podium in 2015.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





The U.S. women's pursuit team earned a bronze medal at the UCI track World Cup in Cali, Colombia. Photo: Guy Swarbrick | USA Cycling..
"Excitement pours through my veins … Wait that’s not excitement. Its panic — the puking, sweating kind of panic. I run to the bathroom for what seems like the one-millionth time to try to compose myself. I can’t be so nervous that I might puke. Breathe. Come on Carmen. Breathe.

It’s just riding a bike, right?"

January 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Chris Froome and Alberto Contador on stage nineeen of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
New Team Sky recruit Nicolas Roche can’t wait to help Chris Froome get one over on his former teammate Alberto Contador at this year’s Tour de France.

The Irishman swapped Tinkoff-Saxo for Team Sky in the offseason and has already spoken of his keenness to play the role of super-domestique for his new team leader.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Roche calls Froome and Contador two of the great rivals of this generation and admits he’s already shared some of the Spaniard’s secrets to Froome.

“I have a good feeling about this year. I feel I could be very useful as a top team-mate with Chris in the Tour. It could be an exciting role,” he said.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Greenbelly Peanut Apricot Meal Bar
(Photo courtesy of Greenbelly).
Sometimes you need calories—a lot of calories. Like when you’re out for a full day racing 100-plus miles and you’re pedaling off hundreds (or thousands) of calories without stopping for a meal.

Sure, there’s no shortage of energy bars, chews, and gels you can stuff in your pockets, but you’ll need to stuff in a lot of them, and most are meant to be snacks rather than meal replacements.

January 27, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: I'm sorry, and I completely agree that because of the timing of things, it is down to me.
Lance Armstrong believes Brian Cookson has not delivered on his campaign promises since taking over at the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Cookson, the ex-head of British Cycling, beat Ireland's Pat McQuaid in a bitter election in late 2013.

But Armstrong is unimpressed with what he has seen of the president so far.

"If McQuaid had made the same decisions Cookson has made in his first year, he would have been lynched," said the disgraced cyclist.

January 26, 2015 (bbc.com)











Meeusen: It's unbelievable what such a hellish week can do.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: McQuaid discovered collegiate cycling while searching for his roots at Mars Hill College's Southern Appalachian Archives. © marshillcycling.com.
Lance Armstrong has been harshly treated, according to former head of world cycling Pat McQuaid.

Armstrong, 43, was given a life ban from all sport and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.

McQuaid, former president of world governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI), said he had "a certain sympathy" with the American.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "He was very much made a scapegoat, there was a witch hunt after Armstrong."

January 27, 2015 (bbc.com)





Photo: Will Valverde come out with all guns blazing?
The Tour Down Under and the Tour de San Luis was a small appetizer but now it is time for the season to kick off in earnest.

During the month of February, the peloton will head back to cycling’s European heartland while also offering a solid block of racing in the Middle East and even though it is still mostly about preparation, exciting racing will be in store throughout the month.

The clash between Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana in Vuelta a Andalucia will be a highlight just like the start of the classics season at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

CyclingQuotes.com takes an in-depth look at the racing in February before selecting the riders to watch in the coming month.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Movistar is a mobile telecoms operator owned by Spanish national telecoms firm Telefonica with operations in Spain and Latin America.
You probably know what Trek, Cannondale and Giant make but do you know your Soudal from your Jumbo or what Lampre does?

January 27, 2015 (inrng.com)





Wouter Wippert (Drapac)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The French journalist Jean Francois Quénet can read a bike race. He's been around the sport his entire life, seen riders come and go and races develop and change. So when he came up to me, notepad in hand, before the final stage of the Tour Down Under, and started asking questions about what winning the stage there that day would mean, I knew that we were in with a very serious chance of actually winning.

There is no quarter given in a race of the level of the Tour Down Under. Yes, it is only January, but, as my riders experienced, no one is giving up a wheel, or the opportunity to sniff out some UCI points for their team, points are after all the currency by which most teams look to justify their existence.

Points scored in January count exactly the same as those picked up throughout the rest of the season.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Overall winner in Qatar.
Niki Terpstra is a man of many facets: twice World champion in the team time trial, Dutch track and road National champion and then throw in winning the Tour of Qatar and Paris–Roubaix and you get the idea. We caught up with him the day after he won the Rotterdam 6 day.

The Etixx – Quick-Step team media day was the morning afteri Terpstra won the Rotterdam ‘6 day’ with teammate Iljo Keisse and Niki did look a little tired, but with coffee in hand and dark glasses for the bright sun light he was ready to be quizzed by a handful of journalists.

January 27, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Although Kreuziger is cleared to race, a pending biological passport case appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will determine his long-term fate in the sport. Photo: AFP PHOTO | PASCAL GUYOT.
Roman Kreuziger is free to race. He begins in February with the Tour of Oman, but he is unable to plan too far ahead with a court expected to rule on his biological passport case.

Attempting to prove that he did not dope, the Czech announced this weekend that he passed a lie detector test. But for many, that only served to highlight the many highs and lows of his nine-year cycling career.

January 27, 2015 (velonews.com)








The sand dunes provide a backdrop for the Tour of Qatar peloton
Photo: © ASO/B. Bade.
The organizers of the Tour of Qatar have announced the 18 teams which will ride the six-stage event, which takes place from February 8-13, among them are Team Sky, which will give Bradley Wiggins his first outing in the rainbow jersey of individual time trial World Champion.

Wiggins was originally scheduled to start his season in Mallorca, but the team opted to shift his debut to Qatar.

While sprinters like Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan, Nacer Bouhanni and Alexander Kristoff will be expected to animate the majority of the stages, the 10.9km time trial on stage three will be the main test for the general classification contenders like Wiggins, Fabian Cancellara and Philippe Gilbert.

Many of the riders in action in Qatar will also ride the hillier Tour of Oman that starts a few days later.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: SRAM's upcoming wireless electronic group looks ready to go, despite the company's continued insistence on remaining tight-lipped.
SRAM still isn't yet talking openly about its upcoming wireless electronic road group but sponsored teams and riders are continuing to test the new bits in competition, most recently in Australia at the Tour Down Under with the Ag2r-La Mondiale squad.

Although not much appears to have changed since the group's last public appearance, we've since learned that the novel shifter actuation will likely be called 'eTap or 'ETAP' (a play on SRAM's long-running 'DoubleTap' moniker) and that group will most likely simple be called Red with a stylized 'e'.

SRAM is at least no longer forcing team mechanics to fabricate faux wiring since we blew the lid on the wired charade last May.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: With the Heritage Line Eddy Merckx Cycles is drawing on the past, but only in terms of the design and color.
Eddy Merckx Cycles relaunches steel-bike production. With the launch of the EDDY70 racing bike Eddy Merckx Cycles is opening a new chapter. That is, one of modern, high-quality steel racing bikes.

The first fruit of this project, of which only 70 examples will be produced, is the forerunner of a new Heritage collection, which will be available from September at a selection of bike stores. The EDDY70 bike can be ordered from 7pm on January 28th exclusively via EDDY70.com and will cost $17,500.

January 27, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)







Lance Armstrong: I’d probably dope again.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 27, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)


















January 27, 2015





Frankie Andreu (US Postal Service) in action during the 2000 edition of Paris-Nice
Photo: © AFP.
Frankie Andreu says he will cooperate fully if he is subpoenaed in the False Claims Act case against Lance Armstrong and his US Postal Service team associates. The whistleblower (qui tam) case was first was raised by Floyd Landis is 2010 after he confessed to doping while a member of the team.

The government joined the suit in 2013 and although Armstrong's agent Bill Stapleton and business partner Bart Knaggs reportedly agreed to settle with the government, Armstrong's attorneys continue to fight charges they defrauded the government by cheating with performance enhancing drugs.

Andreu could be given a summons to appear as early as March, but he is not sure why.

Andreu told Cyclingnews he was called several days ago by Sharif Jacob a partner at Keker & Van Nest, who are representing Armstrong in the case. Mr Jacob did not return a call from Cyclingnews at time of publication but Andreu provided details.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: In relation to those he had wronged, Armstrong claimed that he had made genuine efforts to build bridges..
“Sorry is just a word unless it is acted upon.”

Responding to claims made by Lance Armstrong to the BBC in which he said that some of those whom he tried to apologize to had rebuked his efforts, Betsy Andreu has said that she believes his attempts were hollow and meaningless, and that the truth of his stance is reflected in more recent actions.

Speaking to CyclingTips on Monday, Andreu disclosed that her husband, former Armstrong team-mate Frankie Andreu, had been told by a lawyer acting for the Texan that he would be subpoenaed as part of the current Qui Tam whistleblower lawsuit.

Andreu is clear on what she believes the action is really about. “We see this as nothing more than a tactic to try to drain us mentally and financially,” she said. “But it is not going to work. Lance obviously hasn’t learned his lesson that I am not a doormat. Is he stupid?”

January 27, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Lance Armstrong and former UCI President Hein Verbruggen
Photo: © AFP Photo. Cor Vos (cyclingtips.com.au)
Lance Armstrong has claimed that Brian Cookson has not delivered on his campaign promises since becoming president of the UCI.

During a long interview with the BBC, a few days after the two-year anniversary of his doping confession, Armstrong suggested that Cookson has failed to signal a new direction in the fight against doping because of the way he handled the Astana WorldTour license decision and the unusual fast-tracking of the decision to give Chris Froome a TUE for the corticosteroid prednisolone during the 2014 Tour de Romandie.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






A young Lance Armstrong with Paul Sherwin back in 1992; he insists now his evidence about doping in the sport has protected nobody (Photo: Sirotti).
Lance Armstrong has confirmed he has appeared before the UCI’s Cycling Independent Reform Commission twice and insisted he will protect nobody in his testimony.

Previously called the truth and reconciliation commission, the process will investigate all aspects of doping in cycling in the 1990s and 2000s.

It will include the UCI’s handling of doping and was established by UCI president Brian Cookson.

He succeeded Ireland’s Pat McQuaid, who was president of the world governing body when Armstrong made his comeback in 2009.

McQuaid was chairman of the UCI road commission for eight years before he took over as president in 2006.

January 27, 2015 (stickybottle.com)





Climbing Bolafjall Mountain outside of Blungarvfk, the northernmost part of the journey, just south of the Arctic Circle.
(Photo by Gruber Images).
The beaten, rocky dirt road is barely discernible from the beaten, rocky ground next to it, and just off that barely visible passage is our wind-stricken sanctuary for the evening.

We push open the door of the hut, and a giant of a man stands up with a half-smile. He's roughly double my size, and he's Russian. He's hiking across the Highlands, Iceland's lonely interior. We're trying to ride our bikes across it. He looks us up and down. "I saw birds blown backward today," he says. "I could barely keep moving forward in the wind."

"We didn't do much better," Ashley says. "I got blown off my bike." He glances outside, and Ashley and I half expect to see a rock rolling away or at least a sheep carried off into the distance. Nothing moves, save for dust that ripples urgently along the mostly flat ground.

He looks back at us, "I haven't seen anyone in days, birds are flying backward. How do I know I'm alive? We could be dead."

January 27, 2015 (bicycling.com)






Photo: I always want more. I want to confirm 2014 both in quality and quantity. Photography by Cor Vos
After taking sixth in the 2014 Tour de France, Ag2r la Mondiale rider Romain Bardet has made his ambitions clear as he prepares for his first race of the current season.

The 24 year old made important progress last season, improving his overall performance in the Tour from 15th to that sixth place and also winning both La Drome Classic and the young rider classification in the Tour of Oman.

His other results include second in the Tour de l’Ain, fourth in the Volta a Catalunya and fifth in the Critérium du Dauphiné.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Howard Hawkins at the company's 50th anniversary bash.
Howard Hawkins, 82, passed away Monday at his Arizona home.

Hawkins, along with Art Engstrom, and the company’s many employees, built an iconic brand around the notion that few tools were available to fix bicycles as they became more complex to repair in the 1960s.

As a result they began making their own tools and the first was a bicycle repair stand. The stand took the bike off the floor and made it easy for mechanics to repair it. Local bike shops soon adopted it and then executives at the Schwinn Bicycle Company liked it so much they requested a production model.

January 27, 2015 (bicycleretailer.com)

























January 26, 2015


January 26, 2015


Photo: I'm sorry, and I completely agree that because of the timing of things, it is down to me.
Lance Armstrong believes Brian Cookson has not delivered on his campaign promises since taking over at the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Cookson, the ex-head of British Cycling, beat Ireland's Pat McQuaid in a bitter election in late 2013.

But Armstrong is unimpressed with what he has seen of the president so far.

"If McQuaid had made the same decisions Cookson has made in his first year, he would have been lynched," said the disgraced cyclist.

"Do we like what we have got so far?"

January 26, 2015 (bbc.com)





Photo: 2012 winner and defending champion...Evelyn Stevens (Supplied).
Two years have passed since Evelyn Stevens won the Trust House Women's Tour of New Zealand, but she will be the defending champion when the race returns next month.

Stevens beat Australian Shara Gillow to win the UCI women's event in 2012 while racing for the Specialized-lululemon team.

Since then the race has had a two-year hiatus due to financial restraints, however the women's event will return this year thanks to the hard work of race director Jorge Sandoval.

The five-stage tour will take place entirely in the Wairarapa region in the lower North Island, from 18 to 22 February. The event is the third on the 2015 UCI Women’s Calendar following races in Argentina and Qatar.

January 26, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Photo: He eventually finished 18th and took fifth in the final World Cup standings.
Yesterday Tom Meeusen ended an eventful week by finishing 18th in the World Cup race in Hoogerheide. The cyclocross rider can now focus on the World Championships next Sunday in Tabor where he is one of the podium contenders.

Meeusen started the race like a rocket. "I knew I could not fight for the win but I absolutely wanted to show myself. Therefore I made an immediate acceleration. The support of the fans gave me a wonderful feeling. I had goose bumps from all these encouragements," Meeusen told Sporza.

"However, I did not feel healthy. It's unbelievable what such a hellish week does to your body. My neck, my back, everything in my body was stuck. The physiotherapist has had to do a lot of work with me. I also need to take antibiotics for my sinuses. In was not an option to ride in the front."

January 26, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Eli Iserbyt dominated the Junior Men’s race in Hoogerheide and wrapped his overall World Cup win..
Eli Iserbyt continued his dominant season with a 48 second victory at an extremely muddy Hoogerheide World Cup, wrapping up the overall 2014/2015 World Cup title in the process.

Newly-crowned US Junior Cyclocross National Champion Gage Hecht had a great start, rocketing down the long starting pavement sitting in sixth, and then moving up quickly as the group hit the dirt. Hecht would hit the first muddy hairpin descent on foot at the front, leading the entire field around the off camber downhill turn.

Iserbyt would pass Hecht and run away with the day’s victory and World Cup title, but Hecht would fight tooth and nail to make sure that Iserbyt would be the only one to pass him in his fight for second.

January 26, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31 (Races),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Results),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Results),

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 26, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





The Ladies Tour of Qatar will host four days of racing in early February, attracting many of the women's peloton's top riders. PHOTO: BRUNO BADE- ASO (File).
The Ladies Tour of Qatar will be holding its seventh edition this year from February 3-6. Although defending four-time champion Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) won’t make the trip to Doha in early February, Amy Pieters (Liv-Plantur) and Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-Honda) — second and third place last year, respectively — will be on hand.

January 26, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: L'Equipe reported that AG2R's director Arturas Kasputis already met with Gaviria in San Luis to extend an offer for a future contract..
Contador's Vuelta-winning Tarmac up for auction, MTN personalizes jerseys.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Andy Fenn joins Sky after three years with Omega Pharma-QuickStep.
Photo: © Team Sky.
Three years on from the startling start to his career with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, when he won the opening two days at the Majorca Challenge, Andy Fenn will go into the 2015 edition of the Spanish race on Thursday hoping for a similar lift-off having switched from the Belgian super-squad to Team Sky.

Winless since those two victories, the 24-year-old Scot admits that his confidence has dipped since that heady beginning to his career at the top level. “I did lose confidence a bit at Quick Step, but it wasn’t all bad,” he tells Cyclingnews.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Zipp 202 Firecrest Disc-Brake Carbon Clincher and the Enve SES 3.4 Disc Clincher (right)
(Photo courtesy of Zipp and ENVE).
ENVE offers its complete wheels with DT-Swiss or Chris King hubs. We chose DT's because they are compatible with Shimano's CenterLock splined and six-bolt rotors (with an adaptor) and can be converted without tools to accept different thru-axle systems and drivetrains—so the ENVEs can keep up as bike parts evolve. The SES 3.4s are muscular—they hardly flex during the hardest efforts, and they track well through turns. They feel rigid on anything but pristine tarmac, but damp small vibrations well.

When ridden back-to-back with the Zipps, however, the ENVEs seemed more sluggish and less compliant, and didn't provide as much road feedback, which gave the ride a slightly numb quality. In addition, internal nipples make it harder to true the wheels or adjust spoke tension. However, the SES 3.4s cornered more precisely than the Zipps and weigh 35 grams less, despite their deeper rim profile.

January 26, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: The former seven-time Tour de France winner admits in an interview that he'd do it all again if he had to. Credit: Yuzuru Sunada
Lance Armstrong says he would dope all over again, if he had to.

In an interview with the BBC, Armstrong admitted that it’s the “honest answer” that “people don’t like to hear.”

“If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn’t do it again, because I don’t think you have to,” he said.

“If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive, I’d probably do it again. People don’t like to hear that.”

The former seven-time Tour de France winner went on to say that the era in which he chose to start doping was an “imperfect time,” and though it was a bad decision, ultimately it propelled the sport’s growth to greater heights.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Rohan Dennis' win in the 2013 Tour of Alberta was a sign of things to come. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Rohan Dennis has always been open to possibilities.

It wasn’t, however, until a week of racing in Canada that he began to believe that these possibilities might become realities. Looking out from the podium as overall winner of the 2013 Tour of Alberta, the 23-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider from Australia began to imagine a very different future for himself as a professional bike racer.

Dennis is a two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist in the team pursuit. He’s been an outstanding time trialist, finishing second (twice), third, fifth, and ninth in TTs at major races in 2013, and was 12th at the 2013 world championship in Florence. Add to this raw power his natural climbing prowess and you have a rare breed indeed. It’s the sort of alchemy that led Bradley Wiggins to a Tour de France win, and a path that Garmin boss Jonathan Vaughters sees his young prodigy following.

January 26, 2015 (velonews.com)





Richie Porte is
Don’t mess with our Tour Down Under. That’s the message from Australians to cycling’s governing body.

The UCI continues to discuss reforms to be introduced by 2017 that could include a major shakeup of the WorldTour calendar. One complaint is that the current racing calendar is too long and jumbled, running from January to October. Some want to hone the calendar into something tighter and more comprehensible, and that could mean a change of date for the Santos Tour Down Under.

At this stage, there is nothing concrete, but there is growing consensus among some quarters that the Tour Down Under would better fit into a leaner WorldTour calendar if it were in late February instead of its current slot in January.

No one in Australia, however, agrees with that logic.

January 26, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Bradley Wiggins in the Elite Mens TT at the 2014 World Road Championships .
This year will be the year of the Hour Record. By the end of 2015 there will, almost without doubt, be a new name next to the longest distance ridden by a cyclist in 60 minutes on a track.

Interest in the Hour Record has rocketed since the UCI revised its rules to allow the use of modern track pursuit bikes, rather than the confusing old-fashioned machines previously specified.

Jens Voigt was the first to set a new mark under the revised rules on September 18 in Switzerland. Media and fan interest in the event was huge, revitalising the feat that had lain dormant for a decade.

Voigt’s record was swiftly beaten by its current holder, Matthias Brändle, and it is his distance of 51.850 kilometers that the selection of riders must now beat.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Rohan Dennis leads the UCI rankings after winning the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The radical points and ranking system implemented on January 1 lasted only three weeks. Over the weekend, cycling’s governing body scratched its changes and reverted to the WorldTour scales used through 2014 season.

“It has indeed become clear that the new ranking system was presenting teams and riders with considerable problems,” UCI President Brian Cookson wrote in a letter to teams and related associations, which was obtained by VeloNews.

The UCI updated its road race regulations Saturday to eliminate the massive text overhaul it made in red print on January 1. The January 24 changes put the points and ranking system back in line with the one used since the WorldTour replaced the former World Cup in 2005.

January 26, 2015 (velonews.com)





Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky).
Photo: © Team Sky.
Team Sky has confirmed their line-up for the Challenge Mallorca with Bradley Wiggins now set to miss the race and begin his 2015 campaign at the Tour of Qatar instead.

Wiggins was originally down to race the set of one day races in Spain which start with the Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salines-Campos on January 29 and continues on January 30 with the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana. Riders are allowed to skip events within the challenge and Wiggins was set to miss the Trofeo Alcudia-Platja de Muro on January 31 before returning to action at the final race, the Trofeo Palma on February 1.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






The Moment The Race Was Won: Tour Down Under.

January 25, 2015 (inrng.com)













Tour Down Under: Wippert wins final stage in Adelaide.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






January 25, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)






Nine things we learned from the Tour Down Under.

January 25, 2015 (theroar.com.au)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (Source: cyclingpigs)

January 26, 2015 (Source: cyclingpigs)
























January 26, 2015







Photo: Look into his eyes and you notice it.
At first glance, Lance Armstrong is as he always seemed: supremely fit, ultra-confident, smart and eloquent.

But look into the whites of his eyes from a few feet away, as I did when we spoke at length in Texas last week, and you see it - a weariness, at times even a sadness. It is then you see the subtle but inevitable toll sport's most spectacular fall from grace has taken.

January 26, 2015 (bbc.com)





Photo: Former UCI president Pat McQuaid says there are quite a few things he’d have done differently if he could turn back the clock. But he defended his reputation and his contribution to combating doping..
Former UCI president Pat McQuaid said his failure to secure the Irish nomination to contest the 2013 election to become president for another term still galls him.

Though he subsequently managed to secure a nomination to run, the Dubliner was ousted by Brian Cookson following months of bitter disputes.

When questioned on the subject at the An Post Chainreaction team training camp in Calpe, Spain, McQuaid refused to be drawn on how his successor was performing since taking office 16 months ago.

“That’s not something I really want to comment on,” offered McQuaid.

“I know a lot of what’s going on and I’ve had a lot of contact from people on the inside and as I say I’d prefer to say nothing.”

January 26, 2015 (stickybottle.com)






Chris Horner trains with Airgas-Safeway teammate Kevin Gottlieb last week in Marin County, California.
Photo: © Airgas-Safeway.
“I'm not sure why the organizers would not extend an invitation to my team,” Airgas-Safeway principle Chris Johnson said. “I have a very strong group of young riders. Luis Lemus, for example, won the most courageous rider jersey in last year's race on the Mt. Diablo stage when he was riding for Jelly Belly, and for them to not want to include Chris Horner, who is a former winner of the race and a Grand Tour champion, is hard to understand.

“I also think including national brands like Airgas and Safeway would have been a great thing for the race as they would have helped bring in a fresh audience,” Johnson said. “I respect that the organizers are in a hard position and recognize that there are a lot of qualified teams and deserving athletes, but I still don't agree with their decision to exclude us.”

January 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






André Greipel with a joey
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Germany’s André Greipel has released his 2015 race program as far as the Giro d’Italia, a race the sprinting star last tackled in 2010. Cycling’s most prolific winner of 2014 will start his season in the Challenge Mallorca on Thursday.

The 32-year-old racked up 16 wins last year, including a stage of the Tour de France, a stage of the Eneco Tour, two stages in the Tour Down Under, Paris-Brussels and the national road-race title. His Belgian Classics campaign, though, was wrecked by an injury in Ghent-Wevelgem that meant he could only return to racing at the Tour of Turkey.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: This is basically a convertible and VERY handy here in Phoenix when a morning commute from November through May could start at 40 degrees.
"Limar’s Velov Helmet & Sugoi’s new Zap Reflective Jacket are a couple of new things I’m wearing with the idea that being not dead is a lot more important than trying to look like a blacked out bad-ass… I mean do you really think you look “mean” or tough to the general public because the skin tight spandex you’re wearing is harder to see?

"So I roll up and immediately one of my friends says “hello sunshine, where’s your basket and streamers?”"

January 26, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Kinesis have been busy since Dom Mason left to set up Mason Cycles. There's no less than four new frames on their stand at this show.
"Hello from Core Bike! We're here treading the garish carpets of Whittlebury Hall near Silverstone for another year at the trade show where the UK distributors of cycling's top end brands show off their wares.

There's lots to see, and we'll cover it all in detail in due course, but here are some highlights from our first trawl around the rooms. So stay tuned for more!"

January 26, 2015 (road.cc)










January 25, 2015





UCI back tracks on ranking and points system for 2015.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Evans says goodbye to the Tour Down Under.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)



January 25, 2015



Daniel Diaz on the podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
At some point amid the ticker tape next Sunday night, the most valuable player at the Super Bowl will be asked ‘what’s next?’ and – handsomely compensated, of course – he will smile and deliver the immortal line: “I’m going to Disneyland.”

For Tour de San Luis winner Dani Díaz, the next item on his agenda is rather more modest. Life in the America Tour is no theme park. “Well first of all, I’ll take a break, and then I’ll prepare for the Vuelta a Mexico in March,” Díaz said. “The objective for my team is to be high up in America Tour rankings.”

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Daniel Diaz on the podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Mark Cavendish won the stage 7 finale at the Tour de San Luis from a bunch sprint to the finish line on Sunday. He won the sprint ahead of Fernando Gaviria, a two-time stage winner this week, and Jakub Mareczeko.

Daniel Diaz won the overall title at the Tour de San Luis. He led the seven-day race since his stage 2 win atop Mirador del Potrero. He secured the overall win ahead of Radolfo Torres and Nairo Quintana.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Because of my age, I know my limits. I am still learning. Yes, I know I have to improve details like positioning in the bunch and hydrating.
If one knows Fernando Gaviria's background, it is clearly no surprise that the Colombian has been the big revelation of the Tour de San Luis. Hernando Gaviria and José María del Carmen Rendón were both cyclists and their children have  followed that tradition.

His older sister Juliana, was just five when she saw a neighbor riding a bike and followed him to his  house just to see it. Today she is one of the best Colombian riders and has already been at the Olympics (London 2012), competing on the track. And she is married to Fabian Puerta who has won gold and bronze in the World Cup.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: You can see me on the finishes of the climbs going easy, because we’re trying for a stage win with Cav.
Michal Kwiatkowski is trying to begin his purple patch of form later in 2015 than has been the case in 2014, when the Pole was winning as early as February, to ensure he can reach the Tour de France in peak shape to get results.

He is currently at the Tour de San Luis where he is taking things easy and jot trying to go with the lead groups on the climbs, as he wants to be in his best shape for the Ardennes, Tour and his World title defense.

“I’m trying to do what I have to,” Kwiatkowski told Cyclingnews in San Luis on Friday. “You can see me on the finishes of the climbs going easy, because we’re trying for a stage win with Cav and trying to keep the group together."

January 25, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)






Italian national champion Eva Lechner finished 10th in Zolder.
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Eva Lechner produced one of her best ever rides in the mud of Hoogerheide to win her first ever women's UCI World Cup race. The 29 year-old Italian had the power and the form to handle the heavy conditions and won alone after gradually distancing her rivals. The five-time Italian national champion celebrated by punching the air in celebration.

Katerina Nash got the better of world road race champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot to finish 18 seconds behind Lechner and so continue her run of consistent results. Ferrand-Prevot was third at 27 seconds.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages & Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31 (Races),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Results),

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 25, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)






Kleber Da Silva wins the queen stage of the Tour de San Luis. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
Kleber Ramos Da Silva won the sixth stage at the Tour de San Luis atop the Filo Sierras Comechingones on Saturday. The Brazilian climber won the tactical battle between a select group of climbers, beating Rodolfo Torres, his teammate and race leader Daniel Diaz, and Nairo Quintana.

After finishing third on the day, Diaz maintained his lead in the overall classification heading into the stage 7 finale in San Luis on Sunday.

The queen stage 6 started in Achiras and finished up the final climb to Filo Sierras Comechingones, a 16km final climb with an average gradient of 7.8 per cent.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





A happy Nairo Quintana ahead of the stage
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
As he negotiated the dirt track over the summit of the On crossing the line atop the Filo Sierras Comechingones, Nairo Quintana’s immediate analyzis of stage 6 of the Tour de San Luis was a relatively downbeat one.

The race is almost certain to be his sole competitive outing in South America this season, and despite his protestations that he was some way short of his best in Argentina, the Movistar man clearly wished to mark the occasion with a stage victory.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)




Photo: Rohan Dennis jumps clear on the climb to Paracombe to take the stage and the time bonus, putting him in the ochre jersey.
Rohan Dennis jumps clear on the climb to Paracombe to take the stage and the time bonus, putting him in the ochre jersey. It was a slender lead but enough to defend on Willunga Hill two days later.

The 2015 season has started with a tale of home advantage, an Aussie 1-2-3 on GC and local teams thriving.

Dennis’s move shows the contradiction between cycling as a team sport and an individual one. He jumped clear and neither Richie Porte nor Tom Dumoulin could follow, perhaps they were cooked, certainly it meant riding in a headwind with Cadel Evans sitting on their wheel but this act saw the apprentice trump his master. However come Willunga and Dennis was the stronger of the two BMC riders, tracking Porte when nobody else could.

January 25, 2015 (inrng.com)






Rohan Dennis celebrates the final victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Rohan Dennis stayed out of trouble on the final stage to win the UCI season-opening Santos Tour Down Under by two seconds from fellow Australian Richie Porte on Sunday.

The BMC Racing rider finished in the leading group behind stage winner Wouter Wippert to win the race, which concluded with a 90km stage through the streets of Adelaide.

Dennis headed an all-Australian podium, with Porte second and his BMC teammate Cadel Evans 20 seconds back in third.

Dennis took the leader’s ochre jersey on Thursday after a stunning win on top of Paracombe Hill, then managed to cling to the lead when Porte claimed the penultimate stage up the notorious Willunga Hill.

January 25, 2015 (velonews.com)







Photo: The win is the first at the race for Drapac and the 100th of the race's history since it started in 1999.
Wouter Wippert out-kicked Heinrich Haussler to take the final win of the Tour Down Under Sunday in Adelaide. Rohan Dennis finished safely in the field and took home the final ochre jersey of the overall winner for BMC.

Richie Porte also finished in the front bunch after a late crash split the peloton with Marcel Kittel getting caught out. Cadel Evans also finished in the front group to secure third place overall in his final WorldTour race.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Cadel showing some emotion exiting the stage after his last World Tour race.
David Pearce has come to the end of his adventure down under with the final stage 6 circuit race in Adelaide. As always he sends in a wonderfull photo collage that takes in the full atmosphere of the Australian WorldTour race, Adelaide and the star of the show; the Santos Tour Down Under.

January 25, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)






Mathieu Van der Poel dominated the World Cup finale in the Netherlands. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Kevin Pauwels and Sanne Cant claimed their UCI cyclocross World Cup titles on Sunday following the final race at Hoogerheide.

Mathieu Van der Poel won the men’s finale in the Netherlands, bolting away from the field on the first lap, staying away to the finish, and making himself the obvious favorite for a rainbow jersey at the upcoming UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor.

Cant, like Pauwels, finished fourth to lock up the series title with 246 points. Ellen Van Loy finished second with 204 and Katie Compton rounded out the podium in third with 187.

January 25, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Laurens Sweeck able to brush off the events of the last ten days to go on to win at Hoogerheide. © Thomas van Bracht / Cyclocross Magazine.
Laurens Sweeck came mentally prepared to race against all odds today at the final stage of the World Cup, taking a win over fellow countryman Michael Vanthourenhout and French rider Fabien Doubey.

Vanthourenhout
, however, was able to seal the overall win of the World Cup by over 5 points over Sweeck.

Wout van Aert
took third overall despite having ridden in the Elite category for multiple rounds.

January 25, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Photo: Here’s the interview his mom has been waiting for.
Daniel Holloway is the reigning U.S. elite men’s crit champion. In 2014 he won his fourth title, so it’s hard to blame it all on luck or good looks. Easily the most dominant crit racer in the U.S., Holloway’s 2014 season was a tour de force that saw him win 21 times, a massive victory haul by any standard.

Tactically savvy and possessing a lethal finishing kick, Holloway is also feared for his ability to ride — and win out of — the break. He’s also a veteran rider of the European six-day circuit, and this week he lines up with some of the best madison racers in the world to contest the 104th Berlin Six-Day.
January 25, 2015 (cyclingillustrated.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 25, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)









January 25, 2015





UCI World Tour
Photo: © UCI.
The UCI has confirmed it will back track on the introduction of a new points and ranking system for 2015 after protests from several major teams. The WorldTour ranking system used until 2014 will be kept in place during the 2015 season, while a study of the new rules is carried out.

The UCI's decision was confirmed at the Tour Down Under via the distribution of a letter sent to teams, national federations and race organizers. The letter was signed by UCI President Brian Cookson.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Cadel Evans (BMC) says goodbye to the Tour Down Under
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Before Cadel Evans completed his last ever WorldTour race on Sunday with his third place finish in the Tour Down Under, he was given a reminder of one of the reasons why he will not miss the sport. In the final and sixth stage of the race – a 91km circuit race in Adelaide – he narrowly avoided being caught up in a mass pile up.

The crash happened right behind Evans, who still finished in the front group that fought out the stage, won by Dutchman Wouter Wippert in a sprint. Evans was relieved that he avoided the crash and also hold on to his third place, overall at 20 seconds to Australia winner Rohan Dennis.

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: The Tour Down Under was another success, as we wave goodbye to Cadel Evans. (Image: Team Sky).
"The racing in this year’s Tour Down Under has been as good as I can remember. As always race director Mike Turtur made only subtle changes to the course, but his judgement was again spot on as those subtle changes proved decisive.

Every day we saw something unexpected from the break that stayed away on Stage One to Stage 6, where the world’s premier sprinter Marcel Kittel failed once again to win on a day tailor-made for him.

We learned about both riders and the race."

January 25, 2015 (theroar.com.au)





Photo: Queen of the dirt...Peta Mullens wins in Pemberton (Russell Baker).
Hot off winning the Australian road title Peta Mullens has claimed victory at the Pemberton round of the Subaru National Mountain Bike Series.

Alongside Mullens, Cameron Ivory secured gold in round three of the Australian series in Pemberton, Western Australia

Sunday’s race was the second leg of a double-header in the idyllic location in the South Western corner of Australia, with riders having to contend with tired legs and a new course.

In an exciting elite Women’s race, Peta Mullens took the win and in the process claimed a rare victory in front of 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Bec Henderson.

January 25, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP - Powerplus) celebrates Superprestige Diegem victory
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Mathieu van der Poel showed he is the favorite for next week's World Cyclo-cross Championships in Tabor with a dominate display at home in the Hoogerheide World Cup race.

"It was awesome, really nice," Van der Poel said. "The crowd were screaming and it was really nice."

January 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The Fast Times of Albert Champion by Peter Joffre Nye
460 pp., illus., hardcover (also available as an e-book)
.
With the vast flood of books reaching the Pez library weekly it is always a pleasant surprise to receive something as novel as Peter Joffre Nye’s latest book which, in fact, reads like a novel. It is, to date, the only biography of an extraordinarily interesting individual who made his mark in the boom time when the mad fashion of cycling gave way to the mad fashion of motoring, his feet firmly in both worlds.

Albert Champion: Could anyone be better named than this man, born into poverty in Paris, who was a great professional athlete, a motorcycle dare-devil and a wildly successful American entrepreneur?

January 25, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)














January 24, 2015






Roman Kreuziger claims he passed a lie-detector test
Photo: © roman kreuziger.
Roman Kreuziger has claimed he passed a lie detector test, which confirms he is not a liar and that he has never doped. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider posted a photo of himself undergoing the lie detctor test on his personal website, explaining that he is doing everything possible to try to clear his name.

The Czech rider has been embroiled in a long-running battle with the UCI over his blood parameters from 2011 and 2012, when he was with the Astana team. He was cleared of any wrong-doing by the Czech Olympic Committee in September but is now awaiting for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to hear the appeal hearing requested by the UCI. A date for a hearing has yet to be confirmed by CAS.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Horner ‘Couldn’t Believe’ California Snub.

January 24, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)

January 24, 2015



Kleber Da Silva wins the queen stage of the Tour de San Luis. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
Kleber Ramos Da Silva won the sixth stage at the Tour de San Luis atop the Filo Sierras Comechingones on Saturday. The Brazilian climber won the tactical battle between a select group of climbers, beating Rodolfo Torres, his teammate and race leader Daniel Diaz, and Nairo Quintana.

After finishing third on the day, Diaz maintained his lead in the overall classification heading into the stage 7 finale in San Luis on Sunday.

The queen stage 6 started in Achiras and finished up the final climb to Filo Sierras Comechingones, a 16km final climb with an average gradient of 7.8 per cent.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





A happy Nairo Quintana ahead of the stage
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
As he negotiated the dirt track over the summit of the On crossing the line atop the Filo Sierras Comechingones, Nairo Quintana’s immediate analyzis of stage 6 of the Tour de San Luis was a relatively downbeat one.

The race is almost certain to be his sole competitive outing in South America this season, and despite his protestations that he was some way short of his best in Argentina, the Movistar man clearly wished to mark the occasion with a stage victory.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Daniel Diaz wins Tour de San Luis summit finish and takes lead ...
www.cyclingweekly.co.uk630 Daniel Diaz wins Stage 2 of the 2015 Tour de San Luis from Rodolfo Torres and.
Dani Diaz not only managed to avoid any time loss to his direct rivals in yesterday's time trial of the Tour de San Luis. In fact, he gained a few seconds and now leads Rodolfo Torres by 1.09 and Nairo Quintana by 1.25.

His second final victory after the 2013 win is closer. However, with today's ascent to the Filos de los Comechingones at 2010 meters above sea level, nothing is decided.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Mark Renshaw and Mark Cavendish have a long-running partnership.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
As the lead-out rider for Mark Cavendish, Australian Mark Renshaw was as intrigued as anyone about young Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria who beat the Manxman twice at Tour de San Luis in Argentina.

Renshaw is racing the Tour Down Under but will re-unite with Cavendish at the Tour of Dubai on February 4-7. In Australia Renshaw has been riding as the lead-out man for Belgian Gianni Meersman. He said he has not seen replays of the sprints where Cavendish was beaten but he forecasts big things for Gaviria based on his wins in stage one and three of the Tour de San Luis.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Sanne Cant secures a sixth Belgium cyclo-cross title
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup leaders Kevin Pauwels and Sanne Cant will aim to win their respective titles upon the series’ sixth and final round at the GP Adrie van der Poel in Hoogerheide, Netherlands on Sunday.

Cant is aiming to win her first World Cup title in the elite women’s category, and needs to finish no less than top five in order to do so. She is leading the series with 206 points, 29 points ahead of US champion Katie Compton and 30 points ahead of Ellen Van Loy.

Pauwels is leading the elite men’s series with 370 points, 80 points ahead of Lars van der Haar and 87 points ahead of Corné Van Kessel.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Van der Haar geared up for the World Cup in Hoogerheide by winning in Ruchpen.
Lars van der Haar sharpened his form for the World Championships when he won today's race in Ruchpen, his fifth victory of the year. Vincent Baestaens and Jens Vandekinderen completed the podium.

The former Dutch champion got some thorough training and earned the victory as a result. Vincent Baestaens and Jens Vandekinderen were happy with a place on the podium. The returning Dieter Vanthourenhout finished fourth in his first race after a long recovery from injury...

January 24, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages & Results),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages & Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31 (Races),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 24, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Mical Dyck, shown on the right, followed Maghalie Rochette at Nationals until she was plagued with an untimely mechanical far from the pits. She will be the only female competing for Canada in Tabor. © Andrew Reimann.
As with USAC’s selection committee, who announced the American’s Worlds Team almost two weeks ago, the Canadian Cycling Federation didn’t wait until the final World Cup to make their decision on who is going to Tabor.

The biggest surprise in the selections could be the lack of representation from the Elite podiums of the 2014 Canadian Cyclocross National Championship. Of the six podium finishers, Catharine Pendrel, Mike Garrigan, Maghalie Rochette, Geoff Kabush, Sandra Walter and Michael van den Ham, only Elite Men’s winner Garrigan will be headed to the World Championship in the Czech Republic. By in large, the biggest reason for this discrepancy is the emphasis many of these riders put on mountain biking: Pendrel, Rochette and Kabush are preparing for the trail season ahead.

January 24, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)







Photo: Stage 6 Profile.
Saturday's Tour de San Luis Stage 6 departs Achiras (Cordoba) at 3:30pm local (1:30pm U.S. Eastern, 19:30 CET) and is expected at the finish at Filo Sierras Comechingones at around 6:35pm local (4:35pm U.S. Eastern, 22:35 CET).  Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and finish and at other times during the stage

Note that live radio streaming should be available throughout the race.

January 24, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)








Tour de San Luis: Malori wins stage 5 time trial.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Paolini goes the distance at the Tour de San Luis.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)












Photo: Stage 6 Profile.
Stage 6 start time: Saturday 13:30 CDT (7:00:00 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 13:30 CDT (7:00:00 PM PST);
Estimated finish: 15:30 CDT (9:00:00 PM PST).

January 24, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Rohan Dennis (BMC) kept his ochre jersey.
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
There will be no fairytale finish to Cadel Evans' last Tour Down Under but the BMC team is on the cusp of winning its first overall classification at the race with his Australian heir apparent Rohan Dennis.

The talented young Australia took over the race lead from fellow Hour Record aspirant Jack Bobridge with victory on stage three to Paracombe and despite being dropped by Richie Porte in the final 400 meters of the queen stage to Willunga Hill, he enters the final stage of the race on Sunday with a two second buffer on the Team Sky Tasmanian.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: To be honest it is a big disappointment - two seconds - but credit to him.
Bitter disappointment was mixed with great anticipation for Riche Porte after Saturday's near-miss at the Tour Down Under.

I'm in a much better mindset this year - I have been much more professional in my off season and I am healthy and so motivated going into this season.

The Australian cycling star repeated his feat of a year ago, attacking near the end of the Willunga Hill climb to win the Santos Tour's famed Queen stage.

But whereas he was not in the hunt for the overall title last year, this time he failed to overhaul race leader Rohan Dennis by just two seconds. Dennis most likely will hold that advantage through Sunday's final stage in Adelaide.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Richie Porte en route to victory for a second consecutive time on Willunga Hill. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Richie Porte blew the Santos Tour Down Under field wide open on Willunga Hill Saturday but just failed to overhaul Rohan Dennis as overall leader.

Just as he had in 2014, Porte launched a stunning attack on the second and final climb up the notorious ascent to win the 151.5km stage in just over three and a half hours.

Dennis crossed the line nine seconds behind Porte to retain the leader’s ochre jersey by two seconds heading into Sunday’s final stage, a 90km circuit race through the streets of Adelaide.

Ruben Fernandez finished third, ahead of Dennis’s teammate Cadel Evans and Tom Dumoulin.

“I know this climb quite well, but I didn’t quite get the jersey, which is disappointing,” Porte said.

January 24, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Last week when I was making the rounds and photographing all the 2015 WorldTour team bikes at the Tour Down Under. Photography by Wade Wallace
"Not French, Belgian, Italian, Dutch, etc. They were Australian. To be precise - they were from Adealide. That got me asking: how did they get into being a WorldTour mechanic and helper for just one week a year? It’s not an easy job, but for any cycling enthusiast, it’s a dream job for most. Here are a few of their stories."

January 24, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Anna Meares shows off her Oppy Medal
Photo: © Photo: Cycling Australia / Regallo.
Organizers of the Santos Tour Down Under named Australian track cyclist Anna Meares and German road cyclist Jens Voigt as the official ambassadors of the event at the Legends’ Night Dinner held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday.

As ambassadors of the Tour Down Under for the next two years, Meares and Voigt will be active in engaging the community and encouraging visitors to attend the WorldTour event.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: My dream is still to win all the classics. If I can add a beautiful classic in 2015, it will already be a good part of the successful season.
"When I told the management that I wanted to do the Tour, I was surprised to get told that I was on a list of 12 or 13 contenders. I was disappointed but I got the same treatment as everyone else. I will have to fight for my spot."

At the beginning of the 2015 season, Philippe Gilbert has outlined his goals in an interview with RTBF. Milan-Sanremo, the Ardennes classics, the maglia rosa in the Giro, the Worlds and the Tour. Gilbert is again ambitious for 2015.

Since 2011 Gilbert has gone into almost every race as a potential winner. Places of honor or in the top 10 are not enough to meet the expectations of the Belgian fans. 2014 was another good example, with wins in the Amstel and the Tour of Beijing not enough to attract much national recognition. Looking at the numbers, Gilbert was the best Belgian rider but he was not recognized in the awards ceremonies at the end of the year.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)
Photo: © Cofidis.
The Cofidis team held their official presentation in the indoor Roubaix velodrome on Friday evening, with new team leader Nacer Bouhanni making clear his intentions for 2015.

“I want to win and win as much as possible, be it in WorldTour races or other smaller races I ride,” he said according to Le Monde.

“I've got my own lead out train and so I hope my results will reflect that. Every time I start a race, it'll be to win. My goal is to win, that's the only result that matters. Of course there some races that are especially close to my heart like Milan-San Remo and the Tour de France, where I hope to win some stages.”

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Tony Martin: The harder the penalty for dopers, the better.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 24, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)











January 24, 2015






Roman Kreuziger claims he passed a lie-detector test
Photo: © roman kreuziger.
Roman Kreuziger has claimed he passed a lie detector test, which confirms he is not a liar and that he has never doped. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider posted a photo of himself undergoing the lie detctor test on his personal website, explaining that he is doing everything possible to try to clear his name.

The Czech rider has been embroiled in a long-running battle with the UCI over his blood parameters from 2011 and 2012, when he was with the Astana team. He was cleared of any wrong-doing by the Czech Olympic Committee in September but is now awaiting for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to hear the appeal hearing requested by the UCI. A date for a hearing has yet to be confirmed by CAS.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: We try to have a very good mix between UCI ProTeams, UCI Pro Continental Teams, and the Continental Teams.
The winner of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, American Chris Horner, says he is “disappointed” and “couldn’t believe” that his Airgas-Safeway team did not receive an invitation to compete in the 2015 edition of the race.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Horner told peloton in a phone interview Friday. “I don’t know what the promoters are thinking. They’ve obviously done harm to the race by not bringing me. You left the only current rider with a grand-tour résumé who was going to show up, and I’m a past champion there.”

The Tour of California, which on Friday announced the 18 invited teams, does not publish or make public the specific criteria it uses to decide which teams it invites and which teams it does not invite.

January 24, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





New Oceania Cycling Confederation President, Tracey Gaudry
Photo: © Amy Gillett Foundation.
Before the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under, Australia's UCI vice president Tracey Gaudry met with selected media for a roundtable discussion on various issues.

Foremost of those issues raised was the latest on womens' cycling - prompted by Cycling Australia's recent decision to drop its high performance program - and where the sport is heading on the ever-present issue of doping.

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Do I miss it? Absolutely not. I don't miss hurting myself. I don't miss the pain it brought on.
One year after admitting to using doping products during his time as a rider, Stuart O’Grady has spoken to Cyclingnews about his story during the Tour Down Under as he launched his new business, Stuart O’Grady Cycling.

He was nowhere to be seen at the 2014 edition of the race, preferring to keep his head down and let the public deal with the news. He says they have been nothing but supportive of him.

“I wasn't really sure what to expect. [I was] not happy with myself with what had happened. Twelve months on it's black and white. It's been a really supportive crowd."

January 24, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: The race convoy has been very well thought out this year with all cars embellished by these models.
A desperate attack by pre-race favorite Richie Porte saw him steal the queen stage but he couldn’t quite reach the leader’s jersey falling two seconds short as Rohan Dennis hung on in fine style. The sentimental favorite Cadel Evans was also well in attendance as was a simply huge Aussie crowd with our photographer David Pearce right in among them all to capture these great images of all the action.

January 24, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Orica-GreenEgde's Simon Gerrans on the start line of the final stage of the 2014 race
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Simon Gerrans has recovered from a broken collarbone sustained in a mountain bike crash in December and has joined his Orica-GreenEdge squad for a pre-season training camp in Alicante, Spain. The sprinter has used the camp to fine-tune his time trial position, and rebuild his strength and form ahead of his targeted Spring Classics.

“Team camp has been a really positive experience,” Gerrans wrote in his latest blog entry on his website. “This is one of the few times that I have ever been at a camp this early in the season. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to do long rides and some harder training alongside tweaking the time trial position, working on the bike set-up and adjusting a new pair of Shimano race shoes.”

January 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Leatherman will also be offering a version of the Tread with Swiss-made timepiece.
Leatherman has launched the Tread, a multi-tool that can be worn around the wrist.

The Tread can provide a total of 25 tools, as each of the stainless steel links can included two to three tool bits. There’s everything you might expect on a regular multi-tool, such as multiple screwdrivers, hex, Torx tools and more. The Tread is fully customizable, it comes apart so you can rearrange the links, add new ones, and adjust for wrist sizes.

January 24, 2015 (road.cc)
















January 23, 2015











BMC re-signs Samuel Sánchez.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





The Right Race, The Wrong Time?
January 23, 2015 (inrng.com)










Winston-Salem eyed as USOC cycling training site.
January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Down Under: With The Fans.
January 23, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)


January 23, 2015





Adriano Malori at the Tour de San Luis on his way to the win
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Adriano Malori won the fifth stage of the Tour de San Luis, a 17.4km time trial in San Luis. His winning time of 20:07 minutes was enough to give him the victory ahead of road world champion Michal Kwiatkowski  and Hugo Houle.

Daniel Diaz maintained his lead in the overall classification.

January 23, 2015





Luca Paolini (Katusha) has kept his beard for 2015
Photo: © tdwsport.
Each morning in San Luis, hours before the afternoon’s stage is due to begin, a bearded figure in Katusha kit pedals discreetly out the side entrance of the Vista Hotel, rolls down the Avenida Arturo Illia and then swings left towards open countryside.

The distances, speeds and sheer intensity of the Tour de San Luis are not to be sniffed at, but for Luca Paolini, at least, preparing for the new campaign in Argentina is not just about what happens between the start and finish line every day.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team takes third place on the day
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (BAS) ruled today that the country's cycling federation must allow the registration of World number three-ranked cyclo-cross rider Tom Meeusen, top U23 rider Laurens Sweeck and Bart Wellens for the UCI World Cup in Hoogerheide this weekend, and next week's UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Tabor.

The trio were held out of the Belgian team for the races due to an investigation into their physician Chris Mertens, who is suspected of providing illegal ozone blood treatments to athletes.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The peloton on stage four of the 2015 Tour Down Under.
With the Tour Down Under kicking off the WorldTour calendar and the Tour de San Luis showcasing what form other pros have (and perhaps haven’t) got after their winter training, the 2015 cycling season is finally here.

These season-opening races are also great for those who prefer the bikes to the people riding them, when we get to see the new machines in action. This included the long-awaited official appearance of Sram’s new wireless electronic groupset.

Despite the sun rising on the new season and all the joys and positive news that brings with it, the week was still marred by more than one doping ban being issued.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Caro Gomez Villafane, showing off her new Vanderkitten colors at Cross Vegas 2014, will be wearing the Argentinian colors at Worlds. © MikeAlbright.com / Cyclocross Magazine.
"When heading into an event like the Cyclocross World Championships, one has to consider an enormous amount of moving pieces. In this year’s coverage, we examined USAC’s selection for the riders that would represent the United States, including the late surge by Zach McDonald to take one of the remaining spots. We also analyzed the decision of riders such as Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, who both not only qualified for Worlds, but had to consider the event they would compete in.

Today, we look at the lead up to the 2015 Cyclocross World Championship in Tabor from yet another perspective: a coach. If anyone knows something about moving pieces, it’s Cyclelution Owner Chris McGovern. Not only does he coach California Giant Berry Farms rider Tobin Ortenblad and Vanderkitten rider Carolina Gomez-Villafañe, who will be respectively representing the United States and Argentina at Hoogerheide and Worlds, but he will also act as the Argentinian Race Director while in the Czech Republic. Among other things, he’s also the owner of Real Wheels Bicycle Studio, a bike shop well-known for its hand-built wheels."

January 23, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages & Results),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages & Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31 (Races),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 23, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Contemplation before the gun at the Nats.
There’s been enough polemic about the 24 hour delay to the start of the US Elite Cyclo-Cross National Championships due to concerns about the grass and trees on the parcours in Austin Texas; so we’ll leave the final arguments to the forum sitters and Tweeters and cut to the chase.

Jeremy Powers retained the National Champion’s jersey as he took his third national elite title on a sticky parcours from ever-green Jonathan Page and the man many were talking-up before the start, Zach McDonald; ever-smiling Powers took time to chat after his fine display.

January 23, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Don Myrah chasing back from his tire issue. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Since his return to cyclocross after nearly ten years away from racing, Northern California racers and fans have grown accustomed to seeing cyclocross legend Don Myrah in stripes.

Some years it has been the stars and stripes of the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, while the last three years it’s been the blue and rainbow stripes of the Masters World Champion titles he earned in Gossau, Switzerland, and twice in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012 and 2013.

January 23, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)








Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Friday's Tour de San Luis Stage 5, a 17.4km Individual Time Trial at San Luis, gets underway at 3:34pm local (1:34pm U.S. Eastern, 19:34 CET) with the departure of the first rider. Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected, possibly for the entire ITT.

January 23, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)





Tour de San Luis: Diaz victorious atop Alto el Amago.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Tour de San Luis: Quintana remaining calm.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Dombrowski enjoys early test at Tour de San Luis.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Cavendish pays tribute to Gaviria’s track speed.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Talk: Tejay van Garderen.

January 22, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Bernaudeau confident Europcar team will survive.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Cadel Evans (BMC) marks Richie Porte (Team Sky)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Richie Porte took the final madcap dash up Willunga Hill on Saturday to win stage 5 and take the overall lead at the Tour Down Under. Rohan Dennis will wear the leader's ochre jersey into Sunday's final stage.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)









Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Stage 5 start time: Friday 11:10 CDT (4:40 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 11:30 CDT (5:00 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 15:02 CDT (8:32 PM PST).

January 23, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Etixx-QuickStep team presentation, Calpe, Spain. January 2015 .
Three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin has said that he is pleased with the UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision at the beginning of January to introduce tougher bans for riders who test positive, saying that he believes “the harder the penalty [for dopers], the better.”

The German was speaking at the Etixx – Quick-Step pre-season training camp in Calpe, Spain, and having recently endorsed a draft bill in Germany that aims to make doping a criminal offense, was encouraged that a variety of stronger punishments existed for varying doping offences, and not only for riders.

“I’m really happy that it’s been made the law now in Germany, it’s a big sign for the anti-doping fight,” he told Cycling Weekly.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Peter Sagan will return to the Tour of California in 2015, hoping to add to his record haul of 11 stage wins. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).
The Amgen Tour of California revealed the teams invited for its 2015 race, May 10-17. Organizers announced Friday that the field has been increased to include 18 international and domestic teams to contest the eight-day race that will cover nearly 700 miles of California’s roadways, highways, and coastlines.

Eight top-ranking UCI ProTeams will lead the pack, including Tinkoff-Saxo, whose sprinter Peter Sagan will return to California to try to add to his race record of 11 stage wins.

“I have had some of my best results at the Amgen Tour of California, and I want to return every year because it just gets better and better,” said Sagan, who won the 2014 sprint competition. “The sprint competition will be tougher than ever because of all the talent this year, but I’m hoping to wear green again in the Golden State!”

January 23, 2015 (velonews.com)







Steele Von Hoff seized victory Friday in Australia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Australia’s Steele Von Hoff timed his sprint to perfection to win the fourth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under in the South Australian town of Mount Barker on Friday.

Von Hoff, riding for the local UniSA team, overpowered his rivals to win by a clear bike length from South African Daryl Impey and Dutchman Wouter Wippert.

Recently crowned Australian road race champion Heinrich Haussler left his run just too late, finishing fourth for his IAM Cycling team as the rest of the peloton trailed in after a mass pileup 150 meters from the line.

Rohan Dennis kept the ochre leader’s jersey, seven seconds ahead of teammate Cadel Evans with Dutchman Tom Dumoulin a further two seconds back.

Impey, who gained a time bonus in the intermediate sprint, jumped six places in the overall standings and is now 13 seconds behind Dennis in fourth.

January 23, 2015 (velonews.com)







Lawson Craddock in serious pain after a heavy fall
Photo: © Bettini Photo. (cyclingnews.com)
It was a rough start to the 2015 season for American Lawson Craddock, who crashed out of the Santos Tour Down Under on Friday.

The 22-year-old Texan ended up in a local hospital with broken bones after crashing heavily in the opening kilometers of Friday’s fourth stage.

According to Giant-Alpecin, Craddock suffered a fractured wrist, sternum, and rib. He was transported to a local hospital, and is expected to spend at least the night under the care of Australian doctors.

January 23, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Haussler paid credit to his team-mates, saying that they had done everything to try to set him up. Photography by Con Chronis
Already first in the Australian road race championships, fifth in the People’s Choice Classic and eighth and fourth on stages of the Santos Tour Down Under, Heinrich Haussler believes that he should be in the running for what would be his second win of the new season on the final leg of the WorldTour race.

Haussler was fourth in Friday’s bunch sprint at the end of stage four and is determined to improve on that when the race concludes.

“The legs are good and once again not much was missing to get the win,” he said. “But sprints in cycling will never be an exact science. Sunday I still have a good chance for victory.”

January 23, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Davide Formolo (Cannondale)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Davide Formolo is starting his second season on the WorldTour but he is already widely regarded as one of the sport’s top future climbers. Cyclingnews caught up with the 22-year-old at the Cannondale-Garmin team launch in New York City in January where he spoke about his new start under Jonathan Vaughters’ team, his dream of winning the Giro d’Italia, and getting to know his idol and new teammate Ryder Hesjedal.

Formolo had already visited New York for 10 days earlier in the off-season with his girlfriend. The pair roamed the city as tourists taking in the sights from the Empire State Building and visiting Times Square, Ground Zero and Central Park.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014 Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana finished seventh on stage 2 of the 2015 Tour de San Luis. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Nairo Quintana is warming up for the Tour de France racing the ‘small’ Argentinean climbs at the Tour de San Luis. He aims to become Colombia’s first Tour winner in July, which could be easier for him since his family lives at 9800 feet.

“He has the watts, the VO2, and all you need to be a grand tour star, but what sets him apart and gives him his advantage is that he grew up and lives in Colombia, and his parents come from a place higher than 3000 meters [9800 feet],” team Movistar coach, Mikel Zabala told VeloNews.

January 23, 2015 (velonews.com)








January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © http://bikegirls.blog.hu

January 23, 2015 (bikegirls.blog.hu)













January 23, 2015





Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis on the US Postal team
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Floyd Landis has questioned Greg LeMond’s consistency surrounding Lance Armstrong and doping bans, telling Cyclingnews that “inconsistent treatment of riders who doped is troubling and undercuts LeMond’s argument that Armstrong should be banned for life.”

“And for those who still have faith in the Indurain years, consider LeMond's comments last year that Pantani was one of the greatest ever. I think that should speak for itself. His wildly varying positions on different dopers are bizarre and indefensible. Greg needs to decide if he’s anti-doping or anti-Lance.”

Landis, who is in the midst of a US whistleblower legal suit, also told the website that the roles of Dr Geert Leinders at Rabobank and at Team Sky, and the alleged conduct of the Scientific Advisor and UCI doctor Mario Zorzoli raises series questions over the credibility in the running of the sport.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Samuel Sanchez kept Philippe Gilbert in contention on the final climb
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The BMC Racing Team today announced it has signed former Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez for the 2015 season. The Spaniard had a strong season in 2014 with the team, taking sixth overall in the Vuelta a España and fifth at Il Lombardia, but was unable to come to an agreement with BMC at the end of the season.

His agent had been in contact with Lampre-Merida and other teams, but the year ended without a deal, and he was facing an uncertain future in the sport. Sánchez said he was happy to finally settle back in with the American squad.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Too early? Yes because if a rider wants to hit peak form then they face waiting more than the biblical 40 days and nights until the next race on the World Tour.
It’s testimony to the Tour Down Under’s improved status that we’re no longer debating whether it’s a bike race or a glorified training camp. It’s a race and if you don’t find it compelling, no worries, it’s not compulsory to love the Tour Down Under any more that you should get excited by the GP de Montréal or the Tour of the Basque Country.

But there’s a problem with this new found status as a serious race: it’s too early. The World Tour starts in January but vanishes in February.

January 23, 2015 (inrng.com)





Rohan Dennis (right) leads teammate Cadel Evans by 7 seconds at the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Big rides only raise expectations. BMC Racing’s brass are so impressed with their young Australian prospect Rohan Dennis they have already penciled him in for a possible Tour de France start this summer.

Up first is an hour record attempt February 8 in Switzerland, but BMC has big plans for the 24-year-old from Adelaide.

“We’re not going to throw him into the Giro this year,” BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz told VeloNews Friday morning. “After his hour record attempt, he’ll step back a bit, and we’ll ease him back into racing with some stage races. We’ll see about the Tour, but he’s on our long list.”

January 23, 2015 (velonews.com)





Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) brings the second group to the line
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been picked as a possible home for an elite national cycling training site, according to a report in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Kevin Loughery, a spokesman for USA Cycling, confirmed to the newspaper on Thursday that a 42,000-square-foot building in Winston-Salem would be the site's centerpiece. The site, which Loughery said is in the "pre-approval stage" of being designated a US Olympic Committee training site, would feature indoor training equipment, a sports nutrition program and temporary housing for USA team cyclists and coaches, according to the report.

January 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Large crowds gathered to see the presentation ceremony..
There are so many things that make the Tour Down Under one of the best World Tour races of the calendar to visit – from the amazing scenery to the quality racing but the TDU wouldn’t be the race it is today without the amazing fans.

David Pearce played the fan on Stage 4 and caught up with some of the crowd that make that atmosphere happen.

January 23, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: This also brings up battery placement, longevity, and charging.
SRAM Red? No …SRAM Force? No …SRAM … wait, where are the cables? If you have taken a glimpse of the “select” bikes inside the Ag2r camp at the 2015 Tour Down Under, you likely had the same thoughts we did — that being, SRAM’s back at it, testing its long-awaited electronic group in the pro ranks. Some of the latest developments at SRAM can quickly be inferred from the photos by our shooter at the race, Yuzuru Sunada, as well as the so-called spy shots making the rounds on social media this week.

Fully wireless shifting has been a working project for over a year since it was last spotted at the 2014 Tour of California. It was being tested then, and WorldTour team Ag2r–La Mondiale is also testing it at the 2015 TDU. But during this go-around SRAM has done away with the wires we saw in California, which were likely fakes to confuse competitors.

January 23, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)

















January 22, 2015





Cadel Evans: Love him or hate him, the show’s almost over.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

























January 22, 2015




Daniel Diaz (Funvic Brasilinvest-Sao Jose dos Campos) celebrates his stage 2 win.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Daniel Diaz extended his lead in the Tour de San Luis on the soaring mountain finish to Alto el Amago, putting his second overall victory in the race nearer to his reach.

The Argentinean topped teammate Alex Diniz, Colombia's Rodolfo Torres and defending champion Nairo Quintana by nearly a minute on the mountain top finish.

Juan Arango, Giacomo Berlato, Dario Diaz and Juan Pablo Valencia were the fortunate few to make the day's long breakaway, gaining up to six minutes at one point during the 142.5km stage.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Nairo Quintana (Movistar) leads the group
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
On and off the bike, his every move since his arrival in Argentina has been scrutinized, yet as is his wont, Nairo Quintana seems to keep his head when all about him are losing theirs at the Tour de San Luis.

At stage starts, for instance, his Movistar team is the lone squad forced to cordon off some space around their van, though, invariably, Quintana rolls down the window to salute the local fans and smile shyly for their photos.

Each day, a scrum – or a rolling maul, perhaps – forms around Quintana as he soft-pedals to the signing on rostrum. "I touched Nairo, I touched Nairo!" one teenage girl shouted to a friend at the start in Villa Dolores on Thursday. Only the occasional home rider comes close to matching the cheers that erupt when Quintana's name is announced..

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin)
Photo: © tdwsport.
One reason oft-cited by riders for choosing the Tour de San Luis over the Tour Down Under is that the Argentinian event is a preparation race while those who travel to Australia aren’t so much dipping their toes into the season as plunging headlong into WorldTour competition.

It’s a fine theory, but one that felt stretched to its limits on the slopes of the Mirador del Potrero on Tuesday afternoon. True, the strength in depth of the San Luis peloton does not match that in Adelaide, but for more than half of their number this race is far from the first event of their season, but is perhaps the most important.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages & Results),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 22, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Cavendish congratulates Gaviria on the podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
For the second sprint running at the Tour de San Luis, Mark Cavendish had to settle for second best. In Villa Mercedes two days ago, Cavendish left his sprint too late and in Juana Koslay on Wednesday, a moment’s hesitation from his lead-out proved costly. On each occasion, the acceleration of the 20-year-old Colombian fast man Fernando Gaviria was simply irresistible.

As he had done on the first stage, Gaviria opted to anticipate Cavendish in the sprint, opening his effort early on the slightly uphill finish and quickly opening a winning gap. Like Cavendish, Gaviria comes from a track background, and after descending from the podium, the Manxman recognized a talent that had been honed on the boards.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Tejay likes to win.
Tejay van Garderen is entering his eighth year in the professional peloton and it could be said that at 26 years-old, that it is his most important. We caught up with Tejay at a recent BMC training camp in Spain to talk; Tour, Nibali, Lance, food and US cycling.

Cadel Evans will retire this year leaving the way clear for Tejay to take the BMC helm in the Tour de France, his rise up the team hierarchy has been steady and sure. This year we should find out how high he can climb the Tour ladder.

January 22, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Jean-Rene Bernaudeau can't imagine the Tour de France without his team
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Europcar team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau says that he is confident that his team will survive into 2016. Bernaudeau has been busy courting new prospective sponsors after Europcar announced, last October, that they would pull their sponsorship at the end of 2015, after five seasons with the team.

“I have had several discussions with potential partners for 2016. Budgets are being considered. I am not worried, no, I'm still very confident,” he said in an interview with L’Équipe.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Guidelines suggest that for those cycling at a moderate intensity over 90 minutes, you will need between 30g and 65g of carbohydrates per hour .
"Love them or hate them, there's no doubting the benefit of downing a quick energy gel at vital points of a ride or race. Here's our guide to what for look for, as well as a few of our favorites."

Gels are useful for delivering a quickly absorbed hit of energy when your body needs it. There is however a huge number of different products on the market. More and more flavors are becoming available and additives such as nitrate and caffeine often feature too. So what’s best?

January 22, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)








Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Thursday's Tour de San Luis Stage 4 departs Villa Dolores at 2:44pm local (12:44pm U.S. Eastern, 18:44 CET) and is expected at the finish at Alto El Amago at around 6:35pm local (4:35pm U.S. Eastern, 22:35 CET).  Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and finish and at other times during the stage.

Note that live radio streaming should be available throughout the race.

January 22, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)






Second win for Gaviria in Tour de San Luis.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Big names line up for massive year of cycling.

January 21, 2015 (sbs.com.au)












Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Stage 4 start time: Thursday 11:30 CDT (5:00:00 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:00 CDT (7:30:00 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 15:20 CDT (8:50:00 PM PST).

January 22, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Richie Porte will be looking to get the better of BMC Racing and now that the red and black squad are forced to work
It’s only January but rider retirement is in the news whether it’s Cadel Evans’ imminent halt or Nick Nuyen’s recent retirement. Nuyens has gone from the peloton to the supermarket, swapping the Carrefour de l’Arbre for a branch of Carrefour Market, a change of career to file away for a list of strange retirement options. Evans is set to become a brand ambassador for BMC bicycles.

The fairytale scenario was Cadel Evans winning his final Tour Down Under. Now local rider Rohan Dennis is in the race lead and looks very strong with only Willunga Hill expected to shape the race.

January 22, 2015 (inrng.com)







Rohan Dennis (BMC) opens his 2015 account with BMC
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Rohan Dennis out-kicked all the contenders at the Tour Down Under Thursday to take the uphill sprint in Paracombe, setting up a BMC one-two finish as teammate Cadel Evans followed him across the line. Giant-Alpecin's Tom Dumoulin was third.

Dennis benefited from tense moments in the final kilometres as all the general classification favorites eyed each other approaching the 1km banner. Dennis launched his attack directly under the banner and got an immediate gap as the others considered briefly that he may have simply been trying to set up Evans, BMC's announced team leader. By the time Richie Porte, Dumoulin and AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo reacted to Dennis' move, the 24-year-old Australian was too far up the road to bring back.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The legend that is Greg LeMond.
"When a legend is in town and an opportunity presents itself to have an early morning chat with them you make the required effort and force yourself out of bed. This is magnified when the said person was a huge inspiration to you from the first time you saw him ride in the 1985 Tour, possibly sacrificing his own chance of winning on team orders to allow Hinault to win.

The legend I refer to is of course Greg Lemond who went on to win 3 Tours. During the chat to a handful of other media Greg talked about Lance Armstrong, doping and the how he still suffers the effects from accidentally being shot in the back with a shotgun. It was a lovely 30 minutes and a great start to the day."

January 22, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Alex Howes leads his Cannondale-Garmin teammates
Photo: © Cannondale.
Alex Howes' third trip to Australia has already been a success. The 27-year-old Cannondale-Garmin rider, making his Tour Down Under début, had previously only caught glimpses of the some of Australia's best known animals but has been inundated with them on this visit.

"[I've seen] much more wildlife in Australia, first time around I didn't see any kangaroos," Howes told Cyclingnews on the start of stage 3. "This time round I've seen mobs. Also some koalas."

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: William Clarke (C) shared the breakaway load with Calvin Watson, Lasse Norman Hansen and Axel Domont (Getty).
William Clarke spent the day in the 143km Santos Tour Down Under Stage 3 break to earn the Most Competitive Rider jersey.

The Drapac rider was the last of the original quartet to survive but was caught by the peloton with just nine kilometres left to race.

Along the way he picked up the three intermediate sprints.

January 22, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Dennis Rohan (BMC) raises his arms in the ochre jersey
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Against the clock, Rohan Dennis has had his fair share of second places in the last 12 months including the silver medal at the Australian national championships. After his attack in Paracombe to claim the second stage of the Tour Down Under and with it the overall lead, Dennis claimed only his second victory since winning atop Mount Diablo at the Tour of California last May and opened his 2015 account with BMC Racing Team.

"My only win last year, beside the worlds team time trial, was a road race in America," Dennis told reporters after the stage. "So maybe I need to move away from time trials and do more time trialling. In saying that, my time trialling helped me today to get into that mode of thinking about a threshold and attacking with a turn of speed."

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: © Knight Composites.
Seven wildcards for Catalunya, South Africa hosts Continental championships.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Lobato snags stage 2 win at Tour Down Under.

January 21, 2015 (velonews.com)





Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Daryl Impey went close to victory on stage two of the Tour Down Under, with only Juan Jose Lobato passing him before the line with a powerful late surge in Sterling.

In the absence of 2014 winner Simon Gerrans, Impey is team leader for Orica-GreenEdge and is focused on the fight for overall victory. His second place was a consequence of fighting for the precious time bonuses that could decide the final overall classification on Sunday. Impey is now fourth overall, seven seconds behind race leader Jack Bobridge. He is four seconds behind Lobato, who is arguably his biggest rival in the overall classification.

“Unfortunately there was just one guy faster than me. Hats off to him, there was nothing more we could have done today,” Impey said in a statement from the Australian team.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 22, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)















January 22, 2015





Photo: Cadel Evans at the 2015 Tour Down Under .
Cadel Evans rolled past Rohan Dennis beyond the finish line in Paracombe at the end of stage three of the Tour Down Under on Thursday and gave his BMC teammate the thumbs up.

As well he might: the two Australians are now first and second on general classification, with Dennis in the leader’s ochre jersey. And yet it hadn’t gone exactly to plan.

Dennis was supposed to attack at the foot of the climb, but the run-in was fast and hectic and the 24-year-old found himself too far back. Evans followed Richie Porte when he accelerated, but gradually Dennis and the others came back, then Dennis jumped, won the stage and took the jersey. Evans is second at seven seconds.

A thumbs-up from his leader was the most he could expect, said Dennis, because Evans “is a man of few words.”

January 22, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)








Mario Zorzoli is implicated in the latest testimony surrounding the Rabobank team's doping practices in the early 2000s. Photo: UCI.
Testimony from former professional racer Michael Rasmussen implicates Italian Mario Zorzoli, the UCI’s chief medical officer, as having been complicit to doping during the sport’s darkest period of cheating.

Rasmussen’s testimony was made public Thursday after a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association for Sport rendered its decision in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s case against Dr. Geert Leinders, imposing a lifetime ban for doping violations committed from 1996 through 2009, while he served as the chief team doctor for the Rabobank team.

The investigation into Leinders began with the discovery of evidence by USADA in 2012 during the course of its investigation of doping in cycling, including testimony from American rider Levi Leipheimer, who rode for Rabobank from 2002 through the 2004 season.

Rasmussen’s testimony implies impropriety within the UCI — specifically with Zorzoli, the UCI medical chief.

January 22, 2015 (velonews.com)









Geert Leinders worked with the Rabobank team until 2010. He received a lifetime ban from the sport on Thursday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)..
Former Rabobank and Team Sky doctor Geert Leinders has been handed a lifetime ban by the US Anti-Doping Acency, Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD), and Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands (Dopingautoriteit). A three-man panel found the Belgian guilty of multiple doping violations from his time as chief team doctor at the Rabobank team.

The hearing took place on August 14, 2014. Neither Leinders nor any of his representatives attended.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong at the 2003 Tour de France presentation. Photo by Graham Watson..
No gifts — that was once Lance Armstrong’s line. But don’t expect any mercy, at least not when Greg LeMond is concerned, regarding the possibility of reduction to Armstrong’s lifetime racing ban.

Speaking with journalists Thursday as part of a visit to the Santos Tour Down Under, LeMond said Armstrong should never see a reduction in the lifetime racing ban handed down in 2012 as part of the USADA case against the Texan.

“If there’s anyone who deserves a ban, it’s this guy,” LeMond said. “What’s the point? So he can race an amateur race? It’s not like he tested positive once, and came back clean. This is repeated cover-ups and bribes. There was nothing like it in the history of cycling.”

January 22, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: The three-man Cycling Independent Reform Commission, appointed by the UCI a year ago, is due to submit its highly anticipated report in late February.
Every year in the world of cycling, there are great athletic performances, some bad crashes, a few controversial decisions, maybe a scandal or two, a number of sponsorship problems and other unexpected developments. If it’s an Olympic year, the Games provide some extra excitement to an already highly charged season of racing.

But this season of professional cycling - which kicked off this week at the UCI WorldTour’s Tour Down Under in Australia and the UCI AmericaTour’s Tour de San Luis in Argentina - is different. We don’t have to wait; we already know five of the major topics we’ll be talking about for the next 12 months.

January 22, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Alex Dowsett (Movistar)
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Alex Dowsett’s Hour Record attempt has been indefinitely postponed his Movistar team has announced. Dowsett was due to take on the hour on February 27 but sustained a broken collarbone in a training crash last week. Movistar says they will re-evaluate the situation once Dowsett has recovered before they begin the process of preparing for an attempt.

“Following Dowsett’s crash last Tuesday, his collarbone fracture and the subsequent surgery... both rider and squad consider it would not be realistic to carry on with February 27 as a goal,” the team said in a statement.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Racing was held a day late after the mud of Austin forced a post-posing of events
Photo: © David McElwaine.
The actual cost of the one-day postponement of the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championship may never be known, but one informal survey estimated the impact at more than a quarter million dollars.

Amateur racer and fan Matthew Montesano watched the drama unfold from his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and created the online survey, which drew 122 responses, making up 44% of the racers who stayed for the final day of racing.

81 racers failed to start the rescheduled junior, U23 and elite races, which were moved from Sunday, January 11 to the following day after the Austin City Parks and Recreation department (PARD) put a stop to the event citing unexpected damage to the park.

January 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)
















January 21, 2015





Do Women Racers Matter Less?

January 21, 2015 (bicycling.com)






Flakemore breaks collarbone in post-race crash.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)


January 21, 2015




Fernando Gaviria (Colombia) wins stage 1 of the Tour de San Luis
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Mark Cavendish lost his second straight sprint in 2015 to 20-year-old Fernando Gaviria. Just as in stage one, the Colombian, riding for his national team, jumped Cavendish early and held him off for stage three of the Tour de San Luis in Juana Koslay, Argentina.

Cavendish crossed the line gesturing in complaint at something that happened in the sprint, but his complaints fell upon deaf ears by the jury, and once more Etixx-Quickstep had to be content with second after a hard day's work.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The 2015 season is shaping up to be one of the most eventful in years (AAP).
A mouth-watering four-way tussle for the Tour de France title and Bradley Wiggins's challenges on the Paris-Roubaix and the hour record promise to make 2015 a vintage year for cycling.

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, 2013 winner Chris Froome, double champion Alberto Contador and the indefatigable Nairo Quintana are expected to fight it out for the yellow jersey on a Tour tailor-made for pure climbers.

Spaniard Contador is planning to take the toughest road to Paris as he will also compete in the Giro d'Italia, looking to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve that particular double.

"He knows how to get ready for them and if anyone can back up the Giro/Tour then I would say he's the guy to do it," Briton Froome told Cycling Weekly.

January 21, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Diego Ulissi won stage 8 of the 2014 Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Cycling’s multi-layered anti-doping rules may create headaches for Lampre-Merida when it deals with Diego Ulissi. A rival team might even have the opportunity to sign him after his doping ban ends in March.

The Tuscan cyclist won two stages in the 2014 Giro d’Italia. Anti-doping tests, however, later revealed that he over-used asthma drug Salbutamol in the 11th stage to Savona.

Switzerland, where Ulissi lives and is licensed, issued a back-dated nine-month ban Monday. It took into account the time he already sat out last summer and allows him to return to racing on March 28. Ulissi could return in time for the Ardennes classics and the Giro d’Italia, and thanks to a contract technicality, he could do so in Lampre’s blue and pink racing kit.

The Italian team is one of 11 first-division teams that signed up for the voluntary group, the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC). The teams must follow the group’s anti-doping rules, which provide additional, stricter sanctions than those written by cycling’s governing body, the UCI.

January 21, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: there are four days between the mountain bike and the road at the Olympics and I believe I could do both. Photography by Con Chronis and Wiggle Honda
Peta Mullens has the Australian road champion’s jersey on her back, a deal with one of the top women’s road teams, Wiggle Honda, and enviable form on the road but that is not enough to make the determined 26-year-old Victorian turn her back on the obstacle-strewn path of mountain biking.

Mullens has delivered a swag of road results in the past three months, starting off with the Melbourne Kermesse Championships, where she beat a field peppered with some of Australia’s top riders even after rushing to the start line from a win at a mountain bike race that morning. She also took out a stage of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic and second place in the criterium at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships before winning the elite women’s road race.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Tom Meeusen on the run-up at Bpost Bank Trofee Azencross.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Belgian cyclo-cross rider Tom Meeusen is considering legal action after being excluded from the national team for the World Championships. Meeusen and two others - Laurens Sweeck and Bart Wellens – were all deemed ineligible for the event, which begins on January 31 in Tabor, Czech Republic.

"The team has hired a lawyer. I'm not really aware of the investigation I have not heard about it for months,” Meeusen told ATV. “At the BK (Belgian Championships) last year, a week before it, I had to give a DNA sample. I don't know if there's anything else I have to do."

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





The crowds in Yorkshire were insane.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Amaury Sport Organization has presented the route for the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire at an unveiling in Bridlington, the location for the race’s first stage. The race will be held between May 1-3, with three individual stages as well as a women’s criterium on May 2.

The events forms part of the legacy established after the Tour de France started in Yorkshire in 2014.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages & Results),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 21, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Doping questions have dogged Luis Leon Sanchez in recent years. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Every season offers new opportunities, and for some, like Cadel Evans, the end of the road. For Luis León Sánchez, 2015 represents a new lease on life.

The 31-year-old Spanish all-rounder is back in the bigs after one season with second-tier Spanish team Caja Rural thanks to a lifeline from Astana.

After a tumultuous 2013 season, when new doubts resurfaced about alleged links to notorious Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, Sánchez was bought out of his contract by his then-Belkin team, and his future was uncertain at best.

Astana, however, held no such qualms about Sánchez, and picked him up for the 2015 season..

January 21, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Froome believes his best years are still ahead of him (Yuzuru Sunada).
When the Tour de France route was announced, Chris Froome considered riding the Giro d’Italia instead. “But given where I am right now in my career, given that I am 29 and coming into my best years, and given that the Tour de France is the biggest race for us, it would be a loss to miss it,” he explained.

“Having said that, the Giro this year is a great route for me. I would have liked to have been there, but if you’re realistically looking to win both, it’s a big ask.”

Alberto Contador has said that he will ride both. “I’d say he’s set himself a very difficult task,” said Froome. “It’s not impossible and Alberto is the rider who knows how to do it. He’s been winning these races since 2007, so he knows how to get himself ready for a race like the Tour de France. I know how hard it is to do two Grand Tours back-to-back, and go for the win, so my priority remains the Tour.”

January 21, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)








Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Wednesday's Tour de San Luis Stage 3 departs Concaran at 2:24pm local (12:24pm U.S. Eastern, 18:24 CET) and is expected at the finish at Juana Koslay at around 6:35pm local (4:35pm U.S. Eastern, 22:35 CET).  Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and finish and at other times during the stage.

Note that live radio streaming should be available throughout the race.

January 21, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)







On a day that seemed to favor Movistar and its climbing ace Nairo Quintana, Daniel Díaz scored a win for the host country, Argentina, in stage 2 of Tour de San Luis.

The Tuesday stage from La Punta to Mirador de Potrero finished with a 4.8km climb that averaged 6.7 percent. Díaz wasted no time, attacking early on the Mirador after a select group of climbers split off the front of the peloton. He brought along Rodolfo Torres, but in the end it was all Díaz, who attacked the final kilometer and won the day handily with a gap of six seconds.

The winner, a 25-year-old Argentine, won the 2013 edition of the Tour de San Luis. Díaz is also Argentina’s national road champion..

January 20, 2015 (velonews.com)






The voice of the speaker at the summit of the Mirador del Potrero rose several decibels when the grainy images on the big screen behind her showed a familiar figure in a Movistar jersey bridging across to the two leaders. It was not, as she initially thought, Nairo Quintana, however, but his younger brother Dayer, and shortly afterwards, he too fell back, unable to match the pace of stage winner Dani Diaz.

It was that kind of day for the Quintana brothers on stage 2 of the Tour de San Luis. The external expectation was that Nairo Quintana would sparkle on the slopes of the Mirador del Potrero, but before the race began he had warned that he was still some way short of his best.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Stage 3 start time: Wednesday 11:00 CDT (4:30:00 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 13:30 CDT (7:00:00 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 14:41 CDT (8:11:00 PM PST).

January 21, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)







Juan Jose Lobato sprinted to a victory in Australia on Wednesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Spain’s Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle swooped in over the last 50 meters to win the second stage of the Tour Down Under in the South Australian town of Stirling on Wednesday.

Lobato Del Valle came from 10th place in the closing stages to fly past South African Daryl Impey at the end of the long uphill finish and win in 3 hours, 42 minutes, 24 seconds.

His Movistar teammate Gorka Izaguirre Insausti was third, just ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin.

“It was a very difficult finish for me but I managed to come through towards the end, and it’s a good win for the team,” Lobato Dell Valle said.

January 21, 2015 (velonews.com)





Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Daryl Impey went close to victory on stage two of the Tour Down Under, with only Juan Jose Lobato passing him before the line with a powerful late surge in Sterling.

In the absence of 2014 winner Simon Gerrans, Impey is team leader for Orica-GreenEdge and is focused on the fight for overall victory. His second place was a consequence of fighting for the precious time bonuses that could decide the final overall classification on Sunday. Impey is now fourth overall, seven seconds behind race leader Jack Bobridge. He is four seconds behind Lobato, who is arguably his biggest rival in the overall classification.

“Unfortunately there was just one guy faster than me. Hats off to him, there was nothing more we could have done today,” Impey said in a statement from the Australian team.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





An early season change of course for Simon Gerrans (Getty Images).
The top Australian cyclist is back in Europe as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone.

No racing at home this month means Gerrans can have an extended block of pre-season training before the April Ardennes classics, his first major goals of the year.

Gerrans is the glaring absentee at the Tour Down Under, the first WorldTour race of the year.

The Orica-GreenEDGE team leader was the defending champion at the TDU.

January 21, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Lotto's Adam Hansen will target stage wins at the Tour Down Under
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The absence of German sprinter and leader Andre Greipel at this year’s Tour Down Under has increased the pressure on the Lotto-Soudal riders in the six stage event, rather than taken it off them, according to his Australian teammate Adam Hansen.

Hansen, 33, said were Greipel in this year’s race, the Belgian team would still have been called upon to work hard in chasing breaks and leading him in the bunch sprints. Yet as history shows, they knew Greipel would usually come up trumps with a win. However, without him in the Tour Down Under, Hansen says the pressure is now on him and his teammates to produce a result in the first World Tour event of the year.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Juan Jose Lobato started his season with second place behind Marcel Kittel on Sunday night at the flat People's Choice Classic but proved to be the fastest on the selective Stirling circuit at the Tour Down Under even after flatting on the final lap. The Movistar rider timed his sprint to perfection as he came around Daryl Impey to claim his first WorldTour win while teammate Gorka Izagirre's third place made it an occasion to remember.

"I am very content to start the season like this and I am grateful for my team," Lobato told reporters after the stage. "I've had two years of good results, and I couldn't started off 2015 any better.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is riding the Tour Down Under with a fractured left wrist, but he remains hopeful that he can have a go at Willunga Hill on stage 5. Photo: Tour Down Under.
Stage-hunting specialist Domenico Pozzovivo entered the 2015 UCI WorldTour season as one of a handful of pre-race favorites lining up at the 17th edition of the Tour Down Under (TDU) in Adelaide this week.

However, the diminutive Italian suffered a fractured left wrist when he collided with an automobile during a pre-race training ride last Thursday. Now bandaged and bruised, the five-foot-five, 117-pound 32-year-old from Policoro must survive the first stages of the six-day race in an effort to recover in time for what he hopes is a shot atop the infamous Willunga Hill at the end of TDU stage 5.

“I don’t think it changes our strategy, and we will still try to do our best,” Pozzovivo told VeloNews prior to the start of the 150.5km stage 2 from Unley to Stirling. “I still think the stage for me is Saturday on Willunga, and today and tomorrow I will try to rest with the favorites.”

January 21, 2015 (velonews.com)





Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
With a new lease on his career in the form of a two-year contract with Lotto-Soudal, Thomas De Gendt aimed to make the best of his 2015 season, and put in a solid effort toward that goal by claiming the mountains classification lead in stage 2 of the Tour Down Under on Wednesday. The Belgian is now looking to keep the jersey through the end of the race on Sunday.

"It will be difficult to take the mountains jersey home, but it is achievable. So far, so good," he said to Belga.

It's been almost three years since De Gendt stunned the peloton on the Stelvio in the Giro d'Italia, then moved himself into a potentially career-making third place overall. The intervening years never provided the Belgian with the kind of elevation of status generally afforded to Grand Tour podium finishers. After a knee injury, the demise of his Vacansoleil team, and a grudging one-year contract at a sharply reduced salary with Omega Pharma-Quickstep last year, it seemed De Gendt's career might be ground down to a halt at the young age of 28.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Le Tour de Langkawi 2013 - Stage 1 www.CFI.ir.
The Tour de Langkawi is getting tougher in 2015 as it cuts its days from 10 to eight while still increasing the number of mountain stages. Traditionally, the race has been a sprinter’s paradise with nine predominantly flat stages and a mountain stage thrown in just to shake up the general classification.

"Although shortened to eight stages this year, we believe all the elements required to make this an exciting route has been met. So we are looking forward to this edition of the race which we expect to be a fitting celebration of 20 years of Le Tour de Langkawi," said race CEO Datuk Malik Mydin.

This year’s Tour de Langkawi – which, despite the name, only spends a single day on the idyllic island, will feature two stages in the Titiwangsa Mountains in the final three days while the shortened route he been designed to speed up the racing.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: I would recommend this tire to anyone planning to ride a gran fondo or century this year.
Responding to road cyclists' recent interest in wider lightweight tires, Michelin is now offering its PRO4 Endurance tire in a 700 x 28 size. Previously the model was available no wider than 25.

The PRO4 Endurance 28mm has enhanced protection against punctures and a dual compound tread for long wear and cornering grip. It's available now through some of Michelin's U.S. distributors.

"We know that a larger contact patch to provide a more comfortable ride and protection against punctures while not sacrificing performance is important to riders," said Yohann Leblanc, sales and marketing manager at Michelin North America Bicycle. "The PRO4 is one of our most popular road tires and this 28mm tire hits the sweet spot for today's rider demands."

January 21, 2015 (bicycleretailer.com)








January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 21, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)















January 21, 2015





Photo: Victoria Gates earned 2nd place in the women's 17-18 race.
(Photo by Mary Ruane).
First things first: no one set out to screw over the juniors fields, and especially the junior women, at the recently concluded National Cyclocross Championships.

The Sunday announcement from the Austin Parks Department that the event was cancelled due to concerns about damage to trees set in motion a chaotic few hours that culminated in a negotiated compromise: Racing could finish Monday, after a one-day delay, but could not start until 12:30PM. That forced USA Cycling to pull off an interesting trick: since sunset in Austin was roughly 5:45, they had to fit eight categories of racers into a narrow window of available daylight just over five hours long.

Under UCI rules, races can’t be shortened. That meant categories would have to be combined. Someone was going to get pinched. But the valid question is whether what happened was in fact fair. As it happens, it’s all in how you define “fair.”

“We surely thought it was an error,” said Bryan MacDonald in an e-mail where he recounted his reaction to the new schedule. That schedule showed both junior women’s fields racing at the same time as the junior men 17-18, while the junior men 15-16 kept their own slot. His daughter Ciara raced in the 15-16 women’s field. “The 15-16 girls racing together with the 17-18 boys was just bizarre,” he wrote.

January 21, 2015 (bicycling.com)






Campbell Flakemore (BMC) during the stage to Stirling
Photo: © Bettini.
BMC Racing Team reported today that Campbell Flakemore, the young neo-pro who spent most of Wednesday's stage 2 in a breakaway with Cameron Meyer and Thomas de Gendt, broke his collarbone in a crash while riding from the end of the stage to the race hotel.

"BMC Racing Team's @cflakemore crashed and broke his left collarbone while riding to the team hotel after @tourdownunder Stage 2," the team posted on their Twitter account. "BMC Racing Team's @docmajor reports @cflakemore crashed on a descent, breaking his left collarbone and suffering minor road rash."

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: It’s got caffeine inside. Does it allow you to shorten the morning routine by combining your shower with an espresso?
The Giant-Alpecin team is off to a great start with Marcel Kittel winning the first race of the year. New for 2015 is sponsor Alpecin, a brand of shampoo from Germany. It’s got caffeine inside, the idea is it will stimulate the roots of your hair. Does it work?

Dr. August Wolff started out making pharmaceuticals in 1905 and Alpecin appeared in 1930, designed to help combat dandruff. Today over two million bottles are sold a year in Germany and the company is launching its product around the world and the cycling team is part of the marketing effort.

January 21, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: Velon’s CEO Graham Bartlett, who is representing 11 WorldTour teams in trying to transform the sport and its commercial model. Photography by By Kristof Ramon and Velon
When it was launched on November 25th the Velon company declared that it had three goals, with perhaps the most important of those being a stated desire to create a new and better economic future for the sport.

Somewhat inevitably, this was met with calls for clarification of how precisely that might work.

How much would be achieved for each team? Who would pay? How would Velon be able to convince ASO and the other race organisers to agree to hand over a share of television revenue which they had hitherto monopolized?

Furthermore, even if ASO and others did agree to that, how would each team’s share of that revenue possibly make a significant dent in what are already very high budget requirements?

Almost two months on the company has had a chance to build plans and relationships. It is now in a position to give a better insight into how a new revenue stream might be built.

January 21, 2015





Photo: There’s been a degree of hullabaloo on social media since Tuesday when IAM cycling Tweeted out that its preferred jersey design was not permitted. Photography by Con Chronis
In the first, non-permitted version, the rider’s name (Clement, signifying Stef Clement) appeared directly below the IAM name. The second – approved – version also showed the name, but it was in smaller lettering and was positioned above the sponsor title plus its website address.

The UCI’s reasoning is that the space where the surname previously appeared is reserved for sponsors.

The tweet quickly created a cacophony of dissent, with some of the team’s fans and others on Twitter expressing criticism of the UCI for what they said was an unreasonably bureaucratic stance.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Jack Bobridge (UniSA) collects another ochre leader's jersey
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The question for Jack Bobridge is whether overall success at the Tour Down Under would mean more than claiming the Hour Record on January 31 and having that broken a week later by Rohan Dennis. Bobridge finished the second stage of the WorldTour race to Stirling on the same time as winner Juan Jose Lobato to retain his overall lead at the race ahead of the key GC stage to Paracombe.

"It is an attempt next Saturday night and I would love to break it but this chance doesn't come around all the time to be sitting in the leader's jersey at the Tour Down Under," Bobridge told reporters after the stage. "It is hard to say what is more important, Hour Record is pretty special but it is also Tour Down Under.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: One of the Soigneurs on a day off had come to visit and support the team.
Day three of David Pearce’s Australian adventure takes in stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under. More big crowds were at the roadside to greet the riders as they battled towards the up-hill finish in Stirling. With all the Joey’s around we are definitely in Australia, but it was a day for the Spanish.

January 21, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) after losing out in Paris-Tours
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Twelve months ago, the start of Thomas Voeckler’s season was over before it even began. The Frenchman flew halfway around the world to ride the Tour Down Under only to crash and break his collarbone within hours of touching down in Adelaide. He was already back in France before the race kicked off, the early months of his 2014 campaign compromised.

A year on, Voeckler has come to Argentina for something of a do-over, even if that Australian incident has understandably left its mark. As the Frenchman called home while waiting for the start of stage 2 of the Tour de San Luis on Tuesday, he looked to reassure his children in soft tones. "I’ll try not to fall off," he repeated with a smile.

January 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Currently no inline stem mount is available, although Bar Fly or K-Edge are sure to provide one soon.
"Competition is a beautiful thing, which is why we were so thrilled to see Magellan bring its new line of GPS cycling computers to the states. Garmin’s decidedly dominant position has resulted in snail’s pace development of cycling GPS. We want our GPS to better integrate with our phone, STRAVA, friends, electronic drive trains, and do it seamlessly across multiple protocols and do it all cheaper – things that will happen faster if multiple brands are competing for that coveted spot on your handle bars."

The new Magellan GPS computers have been available in Europe under the MIO name and now the Cyclo315 and the Cyclo505 have hit our shores.

January 21, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)


















January 20, 2015


January 20, 2015



Daniel Diaz won stage 2 of Tour de San Luis in a solo attack on the final kilometer of the Mirador de Potrero climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
On a day that seemed to favor Movistar and its climbing ace Nairo Quintana, Daniel Díaz scored a win for the host country, Argentina, in stage 2 of Tour de San Luis.

The Tuesday stage from La Punta to Mirador de Potrero finished with a 4.8km climb that averaged 6.7 percent. Díaz wasted no time, attacking early on the Mirador after a select group of climbers split off the front of the peloton. He brought along Rodolfo Torres, but in the end it was all Díaz, who attacked the final kilometer and won the day handily with a gap of six seconds.

The winner, a 25-year-old Argentine, won the 2013 edition of the Tour de San Luis. Díaz is also Argentina’s national road champion..

January 20, 2015 (velonews.com)





Nairo Quintana arrives at the finish 27 seconds behind the winner.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The voice of the speaker at the summit of the Mirador del Potrero rose several decibels when the grainy images on the big screen behind her showed a familiar figure in a Movistar jersey bridging across to the two leaders. It was not, as she initially thought, Nairo Quintana, however, but his younger brother Dayer, and shortly afterwards, he too fell back, unable to match the pace of stage winner Dani Diaz.

It was that kind of day for the Quintana brothers on stage 2 of the Tour de San Luis. The external expectation was that Nairo Quintana would sparkle on the slopes of the Mirador del Potrero, but before the race began he had warned that he was still some way short of his best.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





The stage 1 podium at Tour de San Luis
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Fernando Gaviria set off from Plaza Pringles on Monday afternoon scarcely able to believe the company he was keeping at the Tour de San Luis but the young Colombian rounded off the day by claiming the biggest scalp of his young career en route to stage victory in Villa Mercedes.

The 20-year-old’s light smattering of acne and what might generously be described as a footballer’s haircut certainly betrayed his youth, but he belied those tender years with a clinical finisseur’s move at the end of the race’s opening stage.

By opting to open his sprint with 300 metres to go, Gaviria was able to steal a march on Mark Cavendish and Sacha Modolo, and he had enough of an advantage to hold off the pair in the final 100 metres.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: You do not know how to react to that. Tabor was the first Worlds where I had a chance to win.
The news that Tom Meeusen won’t be allowed the cyclo-cross Worlds came as a big surprise. One day after the remarkable message, Meeusen has talked to the media. “I have not used that ozone therapy,” the Telenet-Fidea rider repeats.

At his training camp in Spain, Meeusen was yesterday informed about his non-selection for the Worlds. Meeusen has been mentioned in an investigation into a famous “ozone doctor” which prevents him from travelling to the Czech Republic.

"My team leader Danny De Bie received a call from the federation," Meeusen tells Sporza. "We were just discussing the summer program in a relaxed atmosphere. But suddenly we got that message. That is a serious blow. Minutes before, I still believed that I would have a chance at the Worlds.”

“I didn’t see the news coming,” Meeusen says. “A journalist had tipped me that there would be a letter for me at home. But when I came home, I checked it immediately and that was not the case. I had no information.”

January 20, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Carlos Betancur (Ag2r)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Last summer, it seemed like everyone had a Carlos Betancur story. Everyone that is, but Carlos Betancur. After failing to report back to Europe on time from a stint at home in Colombia last June, he was hastily scratched from Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Tour de France team. For three months, only rumors crossed the Atlantic.

Difficulties in obtaining a visa, a bout of cytomegalovirus and the imminent birth of Betancur’s first child were all offered as explanations for his lengthy absence without official leave. Ag2r were apparently not alone in being unable to reach Betancur; at one point in June it even seemed that agent Giuseppe Acquadro and coach Michele Bartoli could not locate their man either.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Van Aert and Van der Poel at the 2014 Koksijde UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Elite Men. © Bart Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine.
Today marks the 20th Birthday of Mathieu van der Poel, and although he has only been qualified to race the U23s for his second year, he announced that he will be racing at the Elite level in Tabor.

Right before the Dutch National Championship, Van der Poel convinced the media that he was preparing to head into the U23 race for the second time after his third place finish at Hoogerheide in 2014. Two days after winning the Dutch Elite National Jersey, he reversed his decision.

Belgian rider Wout van Aert was a little more cautious in his approach, waiting until six days after the Belgian National Championships to formally make his announcement (although he had originally hinted to Sporza that he was going to be racing in the U23 race). By the time he told the world that he, too, wanted to race in the Elite field, many nodded along, believing it to be a foregone conclusion.

January 20, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages & Results),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 20, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Elia Viviani will combine track and road ambitions at Team Sky.
Photo: © Team Sky.
Team Sky’s haul of bunch sprint victories in 2014 amounted to just two successes for Ben Swift, which goes some way to explaining the signing of Elia Viviani and Andy Fenn. Although not among the top rank of sprinters, the Italian and the Briton will provide Sky with more punch in field sprints, especially given the lead-out potential both should be able to call on.

Winner of six races in his fifth and final season with Liquigas/Cannondale last year, Viviani, who will turn 26 in early February, is hoping the move will lead to a big Classics or grand tour stage success. “This is a big chance for me. This is the moment for me to take a big win and this is the perfect team to do that,” he said during Sky’s Majorca training camp.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Stage 2 Profile.
Tuesday's Tour de San Luis Stage 2 departs La Punta at 1:58pm local (11:58am U.S. Eastern, 17:58 CET) and is expected at the finish at Mirador de Potrero at around 6:35pm local (4:35pm U.S. Eastern, 22:35 CET). 

Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and finish and at other times during the stage. Note that live radio streaming should be available throughout the race.

January 20, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)










Favorites Meeusen, Sweeck excluded from 'cross Worlds.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Stage 2 Profile.
Stage 2 start time: Tuesday 11:00 CDT (4:30:00 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 13:30 CDT (7:00:00 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 14:56 CDT (8:26:00 PM PST).

January 20, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)







Melissa Hoskins takes the win
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
Melissa Hoskins won her second stage of the Santos Women's Tour after she beat Wiggle Honda rider Giorgia Bronzini on the final day of racing. Orica-AIS had full control on the last lap of the 70-minute long critérium to deliver Hoskins into the final corner perfectly. Hoskins made the most of her team's work to comfortably beat Bronzini and teammate Valentina Scandolara.

“I didn’t have much success sprinting last year. I just needed a win under the belt to get the confidence back. My team backed me all the time, it was more me not being convinced in my own ability. Now I’m back and I’m happy,” said Hoskins.

The third place was enough for Scandolara to retain her lead in the overall competition with Hoskins taking second.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: The lead was still over a minute when they reached the bottom of the climb up Checkers Hill.
Results are now in after the 132.6-kilometer first stage of the Tour Down Under from Tanunda to Campbelltown on Tuesday. Australian Jack Bobridge led a defiant breakaway group of four cyclists to take the first stage of the UCI season-opening Tour Down Under in South Australia on Tuesday.

Bobridge, riding for the local UniSa team, made his move with 200 meters to go to outsprint his rivals and win the 136.2-kilometer stage in two hours 59 minutes, 44 seconds. Fellow breakaway riders Lieuwe Westra, Luke Durbridge and Maxim Belkov finished just behind Bobridge, only meters ahead of the peloton, which left their run too late and failed to reel in the four leaders.

The Tour Down Under began in the Barossa Valley wine growing town of Tanunda Tuesday morning in overcast and muggy conditions. The break began after just five kilometers and although the four riders never built a massive lead, the peloton wasn’t interested in chasing them down.

January 20, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: Emily Collins guest rode for SUVelo during the Santo Women’s Tour. She’ll join up with TIBCO-SVB following the Australian summer of racing. . Photography by Con Chronis
Valentina Scandolara won the inaugural Santos Women’s Tour in Adelaide on Tuesday. She launched a late race attack on the opening stage between Woodside and Murray Bridge that gave her a small advantage over the peloton on the run-in to the finish. The Italian managed to hold off the peloton to pocket a stage win and a six second advantage.

She would wear the race leader’s jersey from start to finish, taking the first general classification win of her young career.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





 Valentina Scandolara stood on the top step.
Photo credit © Mark Gunter.
Edmondson goes green, RoXSolt claim climbs and more TV coverage needed.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Tom Southam joins Drapac in 2015 as a sports director
Photo: © Drapac Professional Cycling.
"'You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows', sings the great Bob Dylan. That may be true, but what the weatherman knows might just be the key to this Tour Down Under.

In my job I am constantly trying to assess what is going to happen in events that have a seemingly endless list of variables. It is a bit like going and betting on the horses; you check the form guide, go through the details of the stages, previous winners, talk to people, and turn the whys and the whens over endlessly in your mind. Then though, instead of putting your money on someone else's gee-gee, you have to back your own, and work out ways for them to win.

If you were to look at the previous editions of the Tour Down Under, one thing that has been an almost constant factor throughout is the heat; Australia in summer, baking under an angry sun in a clear blue sky."

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R-La Mondiale)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Domenico Pozzovivo chose to start his 2015 season at the Santos Tour Down Under with the aim of putting last year’s crashes and bad luck behind but the Italian climber crashed again last Thursday while training and hurt his left wrist.

“The x-ray didn’t show anything but a MRI scan later evidenced a small fracture”, the Italian revealed after stage one. “Therefore I have to handle a bit more pain but it won’t affect my performance. My goal is still to make the top 5. There’s nothing to do except resting but that’s what I have on my agenda after this race anyway.”

On January 30, Pozzovivo will return to the Bolzano clinic in northern Italy where he was operated after crashing hard and fracturing his tibia on August 10.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Team Colombia netted two second places at the 2014 Giro d'Italia, but was not given another wildcard invitation for the 2015 grand tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)..
The Giro d’Italia left Colombia out in the cold after a successful 2014 season for the nation that included the country’s first win in the race by team Movistar’s Nairo Quintana.

“I thought RCS Sport would have us back to their race,” team Colombia’s Claudio Corti told VeloNews. “I thought that we deserved it.”

RCS Sport named five second-division teams Monday to race the Giro d’Italia, May 9 to 31, on wildcard invites, alongside the 17 first-division teams with guaranteed places. The spots went to four Italian teams — Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani-CSF, Nippo-Vini Fantini, and Southeast — and Poland’s CCC Sprandi.

Corti, the Italian manager of team Colombia, planned on having his team start its third straight Giro d’Italia. Instead, he had to be content with invitations to RCS Sport’s other races, Milano-Sanremo, Tirreno-Adriatico, and Il Lombardia.

January 20, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Make your indoor rides easier by keeping cool.
(Photo by Keanu/Wikimedia Commons).
It’s not your imagination. Riding your bike on the trainer feels harder at any given effort than when you’re pedaling outdoors.

A new study shows that when trained cyclists performed 40K time trials indoors and outdoors, on the trainer they pumped out nearly 25 percent lower average wattage (163 W vs. 208 W), their heart rate was more than 10 beats per minute lower, and they burned fewer calories—despite the fact that they reported putting out the exact same level of exertion.

January 20, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Bobridge wins Tour Down Under opening stage.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 20, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)
















January 20, 2015





Photo: James Murdoch is Team Sky’s greatest fan. A keen cyclist and heir to the Murdoch media empire, he was instrumental in Team Sky’s genesis while working for BSkyB, a British entity within the conglomerate.
Who are the wealthiest people in cycling? It’s not the riders, it’s the people who pay their wages. In the second part of the series, time to look at more team sponsors but also race owners and others.

January 20, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: they would look into releasing the personalised jerseys to release to fans and also for training rides.
IAM Cycling’s plans to have personalized shirts for each of their riders have been blocked by the UCI.

The Swiss squad, who join the WorldTour for 2015, had originally designed their jerseys with the rider’s name under the IAM logo on the back.

But the sticklers at the UCI have ruled against it, meaning IAM have had to make last-minute changes ahead of the opening races of the season.

January 20, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Fabian Cancellara is facing threats young and old, but is confident heading into the 2015 classics season. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Time waits for no man. Not even Spartacus.

Fabian Cancellara is keenly aware that his reign as king of the classics, a title he has shared with Tom Boonen for the better part of a decade, is reaching its zenith.

His rivals multiply year over year. Always a new face, always a new threat. Flux is the only constant on the cobbles.

But the big Swiss isn’t done. A single monument win in 2014, at the Tour of Flanders, was not enough. He speaks of hunger like a man much younger, motivated, it seems, by the the new generation nipping at his heels.

“You see, there are people who are really hungry. But I am still hungry as well,” he said during a call with journalists on Friday.

January 20, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Wout van Aert continues to win in the elite fields, and is now ranked second in the Elite UCI Standings. © Bart Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine.
If Mathieu van der Poel’s nickname is “The Sniper” for his uncanny ability to pull the trigger on an attack while catching his opponents unawares, his main rival, Wout van Aert, proved this weekend that he could be the Artilleryman, winning a battle even before any toe-to-toe fighting could begin.

Military metaphors aside, Van Aert made his decisive move in the first lap of Kasteelcross Zonnebeke against a stacked Belgium field, which included the recently crowned national champion, Klaas Vantornout. This is a course that allows for early breakaways and commanding leads, as also proven last year by Nys’s dominating performance in the 2014 race on his new Trek bike. Van Aert continued a solo ride, gapping the field, and taking a win by well more than a minute over second place Vantornout.

January 20, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)






Photo: Davide Rebellin on stage six of the 2014 Tour de Suisse .
The Giro d’Italia’s selection of Poland’s CCC Sprandi for its 2015 edition raised eyebrows, but the team in orange could leave former dopers Stefan Schumacher and Davide Rebellin at home to avoid problems.

CCC received one of the five invitations from race organizer RCS Sport on Monday. The team will race with Italian second division teams Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani-CSF, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Southeast and the 17 WorldTour teams.

“I’d never say that they can’t come or that I don’t want them,” RCS Sport cycling director, Mauro Vegni told Cycling Weekly.

“Not that they are any worse than the others, but I’d like to have a Giro start without riders who stir controversy. Clearly, however, the team is going to make the choice. If they do bring them, then there’s controversy, and I’d like the Giro under clear skies.”

January 20, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: it’s now the Spanish Hill Climb Championships.
The 2015 Vuelta a España route was unveiled in it’s fullness last week, so our most experienced Grand Tour watcher, Ed Hood takes a close look at the route and some background on la Vuelta. From the deep south to Andorra in the north and then back to Madrid, Ed crosses the plains and mountains of España.

It doesn’t seem like 20 years since the Vuelta moved from the original date in the spring – as the first Grand Tour of the season – to the current autumn slot and last Grand Tour of the year. The weather in Spain in April can change from frozen roads and snow to baking heat over night. And there was the proximity to the Giro in May – the feeling was the later date would provide more stable weather and the race would be perfectly placed as a final polish for the World Championships.

January 20, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Giant is making an entrance into performance helmets for 2015
Tim De Waele.
As the first WorldTour race of the season, the Tour Down Under usually presents plenty of new gear, and this year’s race is no different.

"We take a look at new helmets from Bontrager and Giant, along with an entry into the cycling market from motorsport helmet specialist Suomy."

January 20, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: Zipp 404 Firestrike Clincher Limited
Jesse Wild.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "An improvement over the Firecrest, but the price is still hard to justify."

January 20, 2015 (bikeradar.com)












January 19, 2015







Ulissi given nine-month ban for Salbutamol positive.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)


January 19, 2015




Fernando Gaviria (Colombia) triumphs in the first stage of the Tour de San Luis. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Fernando Gaviria won the opening stage of the Tour de San Luis after a sprint to the finish line in Villa Mercedes on Monday. The Colombian neo-pro took a commanding win in the sprint ahead of Mark Cavendish and Sacha Modolo in third.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Monday's (January 19, 2015) Tour de San Luis Stage 1 departs San Luis at 1:49pm local (11:49am U.S. Eastern, 17:49 CET) and is expected at the finish at Villa Mercedes at around 6:15pm local (4:15pm U.S. Eastern, 22:15 CET).  Live video from 6:00pm local  (4:00pm U.S. Eastern) (22:00 CET).

January 19, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)







Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Three of Belgium's top cyclo-cross racers will not be in the team for the UCI World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic at the end of this month because of a long-running investigation into their doctor, who is accused of providing illegal ozone treatments to athletes. Tom Meeusen, one of the top favorites for the elite race, Laurens Sweeck, the favorite for the U23 race, and former world champion Bart Wellens have been deemed ineligible under UCI rules because of their connection to the case.

The case against Dr. Chris Mertens made headlines back in early 2013 when dozens of riders began being questioned by the authorities, who dug into patient records dating back to 2007 looking for evidence of blood manipulation using ozone therapy. The technique in which blood is withdrawn, treated with ozone, and then re-infused, is purported to treat viral infections. Under the WADA code, any method of blood manipulation is banned.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





This week's Santos Tour Down Under will be the final stage race of Cadel Evans' career. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tuesday’s start of the Santos Tour Down Under marks the end of one of cycling’s most remarkable and unlikely careers in the peloton’s history.

Cadel Evans, one of the most tenacious, dogged, and perhaps misunderstood riders in the bunch, will embark on his final stage race of a career marked by historical highs and gut-wrenching lows.

A mountain biker who became Australia’s first Tour de France winner, the 37-year-old will put an end to his dramatic and sometimes bumpy career in front of home crowds.

“I just want to enjoy racing, being in the peloton with these guys, and pinning a number on my jersey for the last time,” Evans said about this week. “It’s the last time I will be racing in a stage race, in a WorldTour event, so I want to enjoy the moment.”.

January 19, 2015 (velonews.com)






The BMW-Happy Tooth Dental 2015 jersey
Photo: © Premier Sports Group.
BMW will be the title sponsor of a new UCI women's team run by Team SmartStop owners Premier Sports Group, the North Carolina-based management company announced today. Happy Tooth Dental Group is on board as the presenting sponsor.

The team also announced a 2015 roster directed by former Vanderkitten manager Jono Coulter and headlined by 2011 US national champion Robin Farina.

BMW has been a Team SmartStop sponsor since last year's Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, while Happy Tooth was a sponsor throughout last season. Both sponsors will also continue their support of the men's team this year, although the women's team will have separate sponsors for bikes and other equipment.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages & Results),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 19, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Best bike lights for road cycling
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
Modern bike lights can be split into two main categories – lights for road/commuting use and lights for mountain bike use. They differ vastly in terms of light output, run time, weight and expense.

Road lights are split into two categories too. Those that enable you to see, and those that allow you to be seen by other users.

"We've covered some of each here. The front lights tested this year, are more powerful and will enable you to see where you are going on unlit cycle paths or rural roads. The rear lights and lightsets are designed primarily to make you visible to other road users. Factors such as battery life, weight and side visibility are more important than power here, and the prices are lower too."

January 19, 2015 (bikeradar.com)







Hoskins takes the win
Photo: © Mark Gunter - markgunter.com.au.
Melissa Hoskins won stage two of the Santos Women's Tour ahead of national criterium champion Kimberly Wells and track Commonwealth Games champion Annette Edmondson with a sprint finish deciding the winner. Hoskins' teammate Valentina Scandalora retains the overall race lead by six seconds with two stages to come.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been able to throw the hands in the air, so I’m pretty stoked to be able to start the season off on such a good run,” Hoskins said after her win.

January 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Voeckler, meanwhile, lines-up at the start of the Argentinian event for the first time after his last year's debut at the Tour Down Under infamously ended.
At the same Tour de San Luis pre-race press conference where Mark Cavendish reflected on journalists' sexual behaviors, last year's winner Nairo Quintana as well as his countryman Carlos Betancur and Thomas Voeckler reflected on their expectations towards the upcoming event.

In case of both Colombians, who underwent preparations for the new season in South America and require more undulating terrain to show their full potential, a choice between Tour de San Luis and Tour Down Under was no brainer.

“It’s a nicer temperature here. In Europe, it’s much colder right now so it’s a better race to start out with for me, especially as I have other objectives later in the year,” Quintana said at the official pre-race press conference. “But it’s good to race in January, and it gives us the opportunity to prepare better for what is to come.”

January 18, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





San Dimas Stage Race slated for March 27-29.

January 18, 2015 (velonews.com)



Well done son: Jack Bobridge is hugged by his dad, Carl, after winning the 2011 National Open Mens Road Race in Buninyong.
Photo: © Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com.
Jack Bobridge took the first win of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under Tuesday in Campbelltown after surviving in a four-rider breakaway that just held off the charging peloton.

Bobridge timed his move perfectly, jumping in the final 200 meters and holding off day-long breakaway mates Lieuwe Westra, Luke Durbridge and Maxim Belkov.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) and podium girls after his victory in Stage 3.
Tuesday's (Monday evening North America) Tour Down Under Stage 1 (Hostworks stage) departs Tanunda at 10:30am local (7:00pm U.S. Eastern, 1:00am CET) and is expected at the finish at Campbelltown at around 1:49pm local (10:19pm U.S. Eastern, 4:19am CET).  Tour Down Under live streaming video should get underway at around 12:00pm local (8:30pm U.S. Eastern, 2:30am CET).

January 19, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






After a win in the People's Choice Classic, Giant-Alpecin's Marcel Kittel appears poised to have his way in the Tour Down Under sprint stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
At Sunday night’s People’s Choice Criterium, which teases the start of the 2015 UCI WorldTour season and the 17th edition of the Tour Down Under (TDU), German sprinting sensation Marcel Kittel did what he does best — win.

With 59 pro victories, including 10 grand tour stage wins of which he captured four at last year’s Tour de France, the six-foot-two, 181-pound, 26-year-old from Arnstadt, Germany is an imposing presence in the closing hundred meters of a bunch sprint, especially in the absence of his only real contemporaries, Mark Cavendish and two-time TDU winner (2008, 2010) André Greipel.

January 19, 2015 (velonews.com)






Georgia Bronzini takes the win
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
The sprint for stage three honors belonged to Georgia Bronzini at the Santos Women's Tour today as she beat yesterday's winner Melissa Hoskins and race leader Valentina Scandolara over the line. Scandolara holds on to the overall race lead with one final criterium to come tomorrow around Victoria Park.

"I’m really happy because my team counted on my race, so I think they deserved that because we worked hard for the win," said Bronzini. "Also we are really happy because Nettie [Edmondson] won the intermediate sprint which was the plan. It was really hard to do but we’ve done it so I’m really happy.".

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Sarah Storey has been working hard during a warm-weather training camp in Lanzarote. Photograph: David Pintens/Demotix .
It’s going to be a savage challenge,” Sarah Storey says calmly on a sunlit morning in Lanzarote as she anticipates the simple yet vicious purity of trying to ride a bike further than any other woman has ever managed in an hour. “But I think I’ll only really know how savage it is when I’m deep into the hour. I expect the last 20 minutes to be brutal so I had better enjoy the first 40. I’m trying hard to prepare, but there is this sense that I’m venturing into the unknown.”

On 28 February, at the Olympic velodrome in London, Storey will attempt to break the world Hour record for women. The 37-year-old will be back on the track where she won the first of her four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics.

January 19, 2015 (thegaurdian.com)





Fränk Schleck at the 2014 race
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
After a season of rebuilding his fitness and form, Fränk Schleck hopes to remain integral to success at Trek Factory Racing in 2015 and despite approaching his 35th birthday in April, he has no intentions of slowing down.

Schleck finished 12th overall in last year’s Tour de France and will once again line up for the race as a designated captain for the US-registered team. The Ardennes Classics sit neatly in his spring targets, and with Bauke Mollema joining the team, Trek boast a formidable double act.

"It’s not possible to talk about the results yet for this season but I want to have a strong year and of course the aims are the Ardennes and the Tour," he tells Cyclingnews on the phone from Trek Factory Racing’s training camp in Mallorca.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: It has been claimed that I have chosen this team purely for the money.
Astana’s first training camp of Astana in Montecatini was overshadowed by the doping problems in the team. The brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinsky tested positive for EPO in 2014 while the continental team had three positive cases. "We have received a lot of shit," Lars Boom tells De Telegraaf.

“When I signed with Astana, I just had the feeling that the doping discussion was gone," says Boom who joined the team from the Belkin formation. "Well, in recent months it came back. Of course I don’t like it. Especially because the doping stories always mentioned the fact that Lieuwe [Westra] and I are under contract with them. I was and am against doping. Nothing has changed. I have not been worried that Astana would lose its WorldTour license as I did never believe that it would happen.”..

January 19, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





18 January 2015 17th Tour Down Under People's Choice Classic Peloton Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA .
Agr2-La Mondiale’s Domenico Pozzovivo has been spotted at the People’s Choice Classic prior to Tour Down Under, riding with a SRAM produced wireless electronic groupset on his Focus Izalco Max team bike.

SRAM has been rumored to be in the testing phase of an electronic groupset for sometime, after it was spotted on the bikes of the Bissell Development Team at the Tour of California in 2014.

It’ll be the first move into the elctronic groupset market for the American company, one that will see them competing with Shimano and its Dura Ace Di2 groupset, as well as Campagnolo and its Super Record EPS, though neither of the latter have yet to produce a fully wireless groupset.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The power meters of the 2015 WorldTour
David Rome / Immediate Media.
"Training data has become a crucial component of marginal gains in professional cycling, and with this, comes the use of power meters.

Here we round up what team is riding what, and point out a few custom touches spotted at the 2015 Tour Down Under."

January 19, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © Tayler Wiles
www.bikegirls.blog.hu

January 19, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)












January 19, 2015







Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) beats Robert Kiserlovski (Trek) to the line
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Diego Ulissi will be able to return to racing in March after the Swiss Olympic Committee gave him a nine-month ban as punishment for his positive test for Salbutamol at the Giro d'Italia, his Lampre-Merida team has revealed. The Italian has only raced briefly since May and so his suspension will reportedly end on March 28. He attended a disciplinary hearing in December.

Ulissi tested positive after the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia to Savona. Ulissi was shown to have 1900 ng/ml in his system, significantly higher than the 1000 ng/ml allowed by the UCI rules.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Fernando Alonso presents Nairo Quintana with maglia rosa at S18 of 2014 Giro (pic credit Gian Mattia d'Alberto, LaPresse).
Paolo Bettini, who gave up has job as coach to the Italian national team to head up Fernando Alsonso’s aborted professional cycling venture, says 2014 was “the wrong year” for the Formula 1 driver to try and get the project off the ground.

Alsonso had recruited  Bettini, twice world champion, winner of races including Milan-San Remo, the Giro di Lombardia and Liege-Bastogne-Liege as well as Olympic gold medallist in the road race at Athens in 2004, to act as general manager to his planned team at the end of 2013.

During 2014, the pair worked on the proposals, talking to potential backers as well as riders and team staff, but Bettini told La Gazzetta dello Sport that as it turned out, Alonso needed to put his own career first as it became clear he would not be retained as a driver by Ferrari.

January 19, 2015 (road.cc)






Androni Giocattoli is one of five squads that received wildcard invites to the 2015 Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Giro d’Italia decided on four home teams and a Polish one when handing out its wildcard invitations Monday. CCC Sprandi will join Italian second-division teams Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani-CSF, Nippo-Vini Fantini, and Southeast, along with the 17 UCI WorldTour teams with automatic invitations.

“We reflected deeply on the wildcard choices; an increasingly meticulous process thanks to the quality of the teams that want to participate in our races,” explained Mauro Vegni, the RCS Sport Head of Cycling.

“This year’s choices, especially for the wildcards of the Giro d’Italia, were dictated by the opportunity to support the Italian cycling movement, giving continuity to an overall process without ever losing sight of the goal of international development in strategic territories.”

January 19, 2015 (velonews.com)





Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Peter Sagan has revealed his race program for the first half of this season. In a post on his Facebook page, he confirmed that the Monuments will dominate the spring with the Tour of California and Tour de Suisse providing his build-up to the Tour de France.

Sagan will don Tinkoff-Saxo colors for the first time in a race this season at the Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman at the start of February. It is the first time since 2012 that Sagan will skip the Tour de San Luis in favor of the later start in Qatar. Following Oman, Sagan will head to Italy for Tirreno-Adriatico, where he won a stage and the points classification last season.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The frame design has some fairly obvious tweaks that allow the Super X to soak up bumps like crazy yet remain responsive to power input and turning/steering input.
"Cannodale’s Super X cyclocross frame, SRAM’s CX1 group, American Classic’s Hurricane Disc wheels and Ergon CF3 post / SRX saddle all landed within a short period of time… Cue a mad scramble for tires, bar, stem and you wind up with an exceptionally smooth cross bike that removes any thoughts about shifting. And with a spare set of chubby slicks (and the right chain ring size), you also get an incredible performance/commuter."

January 19, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Daniel McLay took second in the juniors
Photo: © Brian Jones/Kimroy Photography.
In years past, it was the kind of rite of passage that was all but obligatory for the aspiring young British rider but in the modern era, Dan McLay’s stint under his own steam in Belgium stands out as a rather atypical route to the professional peloton.

McLay lines up at the Tour de San Luis on Monday for his first race in the colors of Bretagne-Séché after an impressive three-year spell with Lotto’s development squad, capped by a fine stage victory at the Tour de l’Avenir last September.

January 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)










January 18, 2015










Chad Haga Journal: The confidence game.

January 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: As a young man, he went to live in France in a bid to earn a professional cycling contract.
If Brailsford had a coat of arms it would feature a magpie, a sponge and a Great White Shark.

A magpie to represent his talent for spotting shiny bits of knowledge, a sponge for his ability to retain it, and the world's most fearsome predator because of his appetite for more of it.

It would also be the best coat of arms in the world.

Brailsford's job title at Team Sky - arguably road cycling's most successful team over the last five years, and certainly the most influential - is team principal. That does not come close to describing what he does, though.

Cheerleader, spokesman, strategist, head of innovation, beating heart…the most shocking thing about this list is that until a year ago he was combining them with the job of running the British Olympic and Paralympic cycling teams.

January 18, 2015 (bbc.com)


January 18, 2015




Hoskins takes the win
Photo: © Mark Gunter - markgunter.com.au.
Melissa Hoskins won stage two of the Santos Women's Tour ahead of national criterium champion Kimberly Wells and track Commonwealth Games champion Annette Edmondson with a sprint finish deciding the winner. Hoskins' teammate Valentina Scandalora retains the overall race lead by six seconds with two stages to come.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been able to throw the hands in the air, so I’m pretty stoked to be able to start the season off on such a good run,” Hoskins said after her win.

January 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Voeckler, meanwhile, lines-up at the start of the Argentinian event for the first time after his last year's debut at the Tour Down Under infamously ended.
At the same Tour de San Luis pre-race press conference where Mark Cavendish reflected on journalists' sexual behaviors, last year's winner Nairo Quintana as well as his countryman Carlos Betancur and Thomas Voeckler reflected on their expectations towards the upcoming event.

In case of both Colombians, who underwent preparations for the new season in South America and require more undulating terrain to show their full potential, a choice between Tour de San Luis and Tour Down Under was no brainer.

“It’s a nicer temperature here. In Europe, it’s much colder right now so it’s a better race to start out with for me, especially as I have other objectives later in the year,” Quintana said at the official pre-race press conference. “But it’s good to race in January, and it gives us the opportunity to prepare better for what is to come.”

January 18, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)







Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Monday's (January 19, 2015) Tour de San Luis Stage 1 departs San Luis at 1:49pm local (11:49am U.S. Eastern, 17:49 CET) and is expected at the finish at Villa Mercedes at around 6:15pm local (4:15pm U.S. Eastern, 22:15 CET).  Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and the finish.

January 18, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 17, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The women tackle Bonelli Park in the 2014 San Dimas Stage Race.
Registration has opened for the 2015 San Dimas Stage Race, scheduled March 27-29.

The three-stage race begins with an individual time trial on a 4.25-mile course that winds up Glendora Mountain Road, boasting grades of 4.5 to 6.5 percent and a total elevation gain of 1,257 feet.

Stage 2 is a road race around Bonelli Park, run on a rolling, twisting 7-mile circuit that’s been changed slightly from previous editions.

The stage race concludes with a criterium on a 1.2-mile, six-corner circuit in Old Town San Dimas. A long, slightly downhill stretch feeds into a right-hand turn and onto the finishing straightaway.

January 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: The cobbled classics and the Tour de France will be the big goals.
Peter Sagan will again focus on the cobbled classics. From Sanremo to Roubaix, the Slovakian from Tinkoff-Saxo will make every effort to win a big classic. The Tour de France will be the goal in the second half.

Sagan has confirmed his schedule: Tour of Qatar, Tour of Oman, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of California, Tour of Switzerland, the Slovakian Championships and the Tour de France.

The Slovakian will again start his season in Qatar as he did in 2012 and for the fourth year in a row, he will also ride in Oman. Tirreno-Adriatico in which he has won four stages, will be the first big test for the major objectives: San Remo (2nd in 2013), E3 Harelbeke (1st in 2014), Ghent-Wevelgem (1st in 2013), Tour of Flanders (2nd in 2013 and 5th in 2012), Scheldeprijs and Roubaix (6th in 2014).

January 18, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: For Schleck, it will be a new experience not to have his brother Andy at his side.
They are two of best riders for the grand tours and the Ardennes classics. However, new Trek signing Bauke Mollema and veteran Fränk Schleck do not regard themselves as rivals as they announced in a conference call, according to radsport-news.com

Both emphasized that they will be riding for the strongest rider. "If that is Bauke, then I am the first one to work for him," 34-year-old Schleck said. "It is important that the team has success." However, the Luxembourger also wants to add some kind o result to his palmares. “Last year I was at a high level but I can still improve. Until now, the preparation has gone according to plan.”

Mollema can’t complain about his winter training either. "I have done more than 1,000 kilometers more than I had at this time last year," said the 28-year-old Dutchman. Schleck and Mollema are expected to be good form already at the Mallorca Challenge and the Vuelta a Andalucía. "With two summit finishes, the Ruta del Sol looks very nice to me this year.”..

January 18, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)







Photo: Germain Burton, Matt Gibson, Chris Latham and Mark Stewart.
 Great Britain have been crowned men's team pursuit champions in the UCI Track World Cup series after taking bronze in the final round in Cali, Colombia.

Germain Burton, Matt Gibson, Chris Latham and Mark Stewart beat Denmark in the third-placed race by just under half a second.

GB won in the London round in December and finished with 810 points, ahead of Australia with 780 and Denmark on 662.

It is their fourth World Cup trophy, with wins in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

The 16-person squad for the Colombian round includes several Olympic academy program riders to give them top-flight international competition experience.

January 18, 2015 (bbc.com)





Photo: Arriving at the beach I took a few minutes to take in the vista and noted we were in a bay.
Photog David Pearce is on the ground for the Tour Down Under, and as an accomplished travel and wine journo, was keen to visit the McLaren Vale region to ride and have a look at some of the roads that will be ridden on stage 4, with the requisite stops for food & drink along the way.

"For a UK cyclist it does not get much better than working at the Santos Tour Down Under (TDU) and escaping the freezing conditions back home mid January. It is the season opener and raced over 5 days attracting global names. It acts as a great opener for the World Tour teams with increasing importance for domestic teams being THE race of the season and crucially important to them and their sponsors."

January 18, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)













Marcel Kittel (Giant Alpecin) wins the People's Choice Classic
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Marcel Kittel claimed his first win of the 2015 season with a comprehensive victory in the People’s Choice Classic in Adelaide on Sunday. The German sprinter finished off a fine leadout from his team to beat Juan Jose Lobato and Wouter Wippert to the line.

In a thrilling opener to the Tour Down Under, Kittel blew away the winter cobwebs in what proved to be chaotic and frantic dash for the line.

January 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Mat Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
With defending champion Simon Gerrans forced to watch the Tour Down Under from the sidelines due to a broken collarbone, Orica-GreenEdge's approach to the the race shifted from GC to stage wins. Aggressive racing by Mat Hayman at the pre-race criterium, the People's Choice Classic, won by Marcel Kittel, looks to be sign of the team's new approach.

"Matt [White] didn't put any pressure on us but somebody had to do something to show the jersey," Hayman said after the race..

January 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Juan José Lobato (Movistar Team) salutes
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo/www.elpedaldefrodo.com.
Second place to Marcel Kittel at the Tour Down Under pre-race People's Choice Classic criterium has given Juan Jose Lobato confidence of success during the WorldTour event which starts Tuesday.

The 26-year-old led out the sprint at the conclusion of the 51km race around Adelaide's East End but was unable to match the speed of Kittel as he won the race for a second straight year.

"I felt I had good strength and good sensations, although perhaps I misjudged the decisive moment with 500 meters to go when at the corner there was a lurch and I was forced to ride in the slipstream of the Lotto riders," Lobato said after the race. "Then I decided to try to launch the sprint from far out to see if I could do a good job."

January 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: After two laps around the Barossa vineyards the race heads for the Adelaide suburbs and a new finish in Campbelltown.
The 2015 World Tour starts on Tuesday with the Tour Down Under. The TDU is now an established race, what was once a training race in the sun is now a tough competition where the only concession is the short stages.

Here’s a preview for the Tour Down Under with stage profiles, contenders, TV times and more.

The action begins on Sunday evening with the “People’s Choice Classic”, a 50km criterium by Adelaide University. It’s a separate event and the Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday.

January 18, 2015 (inrng.com)






Photo: Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) and podium girls after his victory in Stage 3.
Tuesday's (Monday evening North America) Tour Down Under Stage 1 (Hostworks stage) departs Tanunda at 10:30am local (7:00pm U.S. Eastern, 1:00am CET) and is expected at the finish at Campbelltown at around 1:49pm local (10:19pm U.S. Eastern, 4:19am CET).  Tour Down Under live streaming video should get underway at around 12:00pm local (8:30pm U.S. Eastern, 2:30am CET).

January 18, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Edmondson leads Santos Women's Tour sprints, IAM's Haussler 5th at People’s Choice Classic and Trek's Watson enjoys the break.

January 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Richie Porte, shown at the team presentation, appears to be the favorite to win the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The 2015 UCI WorldTour kicks off this week in Australia with the 17th edition of the Santos Tour Down Under.

A six-day stage race in and around Adelaide, the TDU has grown in the past few years, and the parcours has developed along with it. Heavyweight sprinters have won the overall, but these days, a hillier route favors the more capable climbers in the peloton.

Simon Gerrans won the 2014 edition, but his absence due to a broken collarbone will make what is already a very open race even more unpredictable.

January 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: L'Eroica and Strade Bianche, historic and present (2012 Strade Bianche, © Philip Gale).
The classic Strade Bianche race will become a triple event this year, with three races taking place across the weekend in March.

Running between a Unesco heritage city, the Crete Senesi region and breath-taking scenery, the weekend of events kicks off on Saturday 7th March with the UCI Women Elite 1.1 category race, which departs from Tuscany’s San Gimignano and finishes, after 103 kilometres, in Siena’s Piazza Il Campo.

This will be followed on the same day by the classic men’s edition, a UCI Europe Tour 1.HC rated cycling race of 200km.

January 18, 2015 (road.cc)










Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 18, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)








January 18, 2015





Stuart O'Grady says farewell to the Tour Down Under for the final time
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
One year after laying low at the Tour Down Under in the aftermath of his doping confession a few days after the 2013 Tour de France, former Australian rider Stuart O'Grady has officially stepped out from the shadows of the controversy.

The occasion was the launch in Adelaide on Saturday of his new business venture, Stuart O'Grady Cycling that provides various services related to the sport that range from coaching to customised cycle touring.

Afterwards, the 41-year-old former Orica-GreenEdge rider who admitted that he used the illegal drug erythropoietin for two weeks before the 1998 Tour in which he wore the yellow jersey for three days and won the 14th stage into Grenoble, sat down with a number of media outlets to discuss where he is at in his life, and also to reflect on the scandal that brought his racing career to a premature end.

January 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: We wanted to go on a safari, so this was a good compromise.
"I finished the 2014 race season confident in my ability to race at the highest level and told my team directors as much. They called my bluff and sent me to Australia for the Santos Tour Down Under. I suppose there’s no better way to know for sure than to take on a WorldTour race in January.

Training for a race in January is a tricky balancing act — arrive fit, but not too fit. Everything was going according to plan after a productive training block in December, at which point things got interesting when I came down with the flu just days before flying out. I kicked the flu just in time to board a plane and fly around the world in six days, with a stop in Berlin for the Giant-Alpecin team presentation. Apparently feeling that my body had not been through enough, I got sick from a hotel buffet in Malaysia.

And just like that, all the confidence that had been building was flushed away. My first bike ride of the new year was not until the 10th; I was pedaling squares in Australia on the left side of the road, jet-lagged, with a gurgling stomach and a chest full of phlegm from my bout with the flu. Yeah, 2015 was off to a wobbly start!"

January 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: As a young man, he went to live in France in a bid to earn a professional cycling contract.
If Brailsford had a coat of arms it would feature a magpie, a sponge and a Great White Shark.

A magpie to represent his talent for spotting shiny bits of knowledge, a sponge for his ability to retain it, and the world's most fearsome predator because of his appetite for more of it.

It would also be the best coat of arms in the world.

Brailsford's job title at Team Sky - arguably road cycling's most successful team over the last five years, and certainly the most influential - is team principal. That does not come close to describing what he does, though.

Cheerleader, spokesman, strategist, head of innovation, beating heart…the most shocking thing about this list is that until a year ago he was combining them with the job of running the British Olympic and Paralympic cycling teams.

January 18, 2015 (bbc.com)





Photo: Pierrick Fedrigo (Getty).
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme announced the five wildcard entries for this July's Grande Boucle, giving the nod to the first African team to grace the race, plus three French teams and a German outfit.

Cofidis, Europcar and Bretagne-Seche were the predictable choices for the host nation, with Bora-Argon 18 (formerly known as NetApp-Endura) making the cut despite losing their star rider Leopold Konig to Team Sky in the winter.

But the biggest headlines were made by Africa's first professional cycling team, MTN-Qhubeka, whose aggressive strategy in the transfer market was rewarded with a berth in the world's biggest cycling race.

Although a North African national team appeared in the Tour for three years during the early 1950s, MTN-Qhubeka will be the first African trade team to perform in the race (South African-sponsored Barloworld rode the 2008 with Chris Froome, but were registered in the UK and based in Italy).

January 18, 2015 (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)





Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at the Tour de San Luis
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
For almost half an hour, Nairo Quintana had deftly smothered specific questions on his fellow Tour de France contenders with non-committal politeness. “I’ve been in races with all of them,” he said softly at one point of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali. “Sometimes I’ve won and sometimes they’ve won.”

It was only towards the end of his press conference in San Luis on Sunday morning that Quintana was finally coaxed into picking out one of that trio as his chief rival. The question came almost by way of provocation. Froome, he was told, had last week named Contador as the man to beat in July. What did he make of that?

January 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: In the US team for the World’s relay.
Robbie Squire is another young man who’s successfully made the jump from single track to tarmac; in 2010 he was on the podium at the U23 Pan Am X country MTB Champs and within a year was US U23 Road Race Champion.

That 2011 season also saw him take two top stage five placings in the highly rated U23 Valle d’Aosta stage race in Italy whilst with the Chipotle Development team. Still with Chipotle in 2013 there was a top 10 on GC in the Ronde de l’Isard d’Ariege stage race in France. Since then it’s been a roller coaster for the man from Salt Lake City with health issues to overcome and rides for two different teams in Italy during 2013. Season 2014 saw him ride a solid season with Jamis-Hagen Berman; but for 2015 he goes to a strong Hincapie Racing Team. He took time to chat just before the Hincapie announcement was made.

January 18, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: a buttery smooth ride that feels more like steel or titanium as it absorbs every road imperfection without feeling soft.
road.cc verdict:4 out of 5 stars. "Phenomenal in almost every way but just needs a bit of personality to make it fun."

January 18, 2015 (road.cc)






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Roads to Ride: Abetone.

January 17, 2015 (inrng.com)


January 17, 2015



Michal Kwiatkowski shows off his new rainbow stripes
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
When the Tour Down Under began life in 1999, it was the only game in town for riders looking to shorten the winter by racing beneath the sun at a time when the majority of their rivals were still training in frigid temperatures in Europe.

The landscape has changed emphatically since then, of course, amid cycling’s ongoing globalization and its ever-expanding calendar. Rather than a novelty, the early start is now bordering on de rigueur as far as some are concerned, and the Tour Down Under is by no means the lone show in the southern hemisphere in January.

Now in its ninth edition, the Tour de San Luis has enjoyed an upsurge in its popularity in recent years and its status is now such that when the 2015 season gets underway this week, attention will be divided more or less equally between Argentina and Australia.

Nairo Quintana, Mark Cavendish and world champion Michal Kwiatkowski are among the riders who have opted to kick off their campaigns at the Tour de San Luis, and they explained their reasoning at the pre-race press conference at the Vista hotel on Saturday morning.

January 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Monday's (January 19, 2015) Tour de San Luis Stage 1 departs San Luis at 1:49pm local (11:49am U.S. Eastern, 17:49 CET) and is expected at the finish at Villa Mercedes at around 6:15pm local (4:15pm U.S. Eastern, 22:15 CET).  Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and the finish.

January 17, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: The race was fast and aggressive from the gun. Photography by Con Chronis
Italian Valentina Scandolara turned a perfectly timed late race attack into a solo victory on the opening stage of the Santos Women’s Tour. Crossing the line six seconds ahead of a decimated bunch, Scandolara punched the air in celebration. Lauren Kitchen edged out Melissa Hoskins in the bunch sprint to take second place.

“I feel very happy,” said Scandolara. “I was excited to race. I watched my teammates race at the Bay Crits and the Nationals, and I was ready to begin my season in Australia.”

January 17, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 17, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Dave Brailsford and Oleg Tinkoff .
Tensions have been rising for quite some time between Team Sky boss David Brailsford and his opposite man at Tinkoff-Saxo, the provocative Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov.

During a difficult season for the British team in 2014, Tinkov took his Sky-bating to a whole new level by rubbing each and every one of Tinkoff-Saxo's victories into the virtual face of Brailsford on Twitter.

While Sky actually notched more wins than their rivals (27 to 26), Tinkoff-Saxo struck seven times in Grand Tours - with Sky failing to get on the score sheet once. Making matters worse for Sky, Contador convincingly beat Froome to the red jersey after a commanding three weeks in the saddle after both men made their comebacks from injuries sustained during the Tour.

January 17, 2015 (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)





Photo: Merida Agile helmet
David Caudery.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Decent fit and finish, and excellent venting on a budget."

January 17, 2015 (bikeradar.com)






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A slimmed-down Richie Porte rolls out during the teams presentation ahead of the 2015 Tour Down Under. Photo: AFP.
Richie Porte enters 2015 with something to prove, and he knows it’s time to deliver.

The Tasmanian rider stayed off the Boags beer over the winter, and rolls into the Santos Tour Down Under as a favorite, looking trimmer than he’s been in his career.

“You can count the nights out on the piss on one hand,” Porte said Saturday in a press conference. “I came back to Tazzie [Tasmania] in November, and I’ve had a few good months of training. I’ve been on it.”

After shedding kilos off his lean frame to trim his race weight down to 62kg (137 pounds), he barreled to an impressive time trial victory in the Australian national championship last week ahead of Jack Bobridge and Rohan Dennis, two riders preparing for a run at the hour record, proof that Porte is upping his game.

“It was good to put a good TT like that. I haven’t done that in a long time,” Porte said. “I need to believe that I can start winning these races.”

January 17, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) and podium girls after his victory in Stage 3.
Tuesday's (Monday evening North America) Tour Down Under Stage 1 (Hostworks stage) departs Tanunda at 10:30am local (7:00pm U.S. Eastern, 1:00am CET) and is expected at the finish at Campbelltown at around 1:49pm local (10:19pm U.S. Eastern, 4:19am CET).  Tour Down Under live streaming video should get underway at around 12:00pm local (8:30pm U.S. Eastern, 2:30am CET).

January 17, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: At this time of the year, it is mostly about condition and this makes Porte our favourite to win the race.
The days when the opening months of the cycling season can be used to ease into the races, are long gone and nowadays the first WorldTour points are on offer right from the beginning. For most riders, the Tour Down Under is the first competitive action of the year but it presents a great opportunity to open the points account already from the take-off. This turns the race into a hotly contested affair and with the days when the race was a sprinters' affair now belonging to the past, the overall classification shapes up to be decided in an exciting battle between puncheurs, climbers and classics specialists.
                                                        
2015 has barely begun but the times when January is a month for training and preparation at team training camps are now history. Nowadays, the best professional cyclists start racing earlier than they did in the past when they benefit from the globalization of the sport to get some early-season racing kilometers under their belt under distant and warmer skies.

January 17, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Cancellara has had a superb career and previously won each of those spring Classics. Photography by Trek Factory Racing and Cor Vos
Becoming world road race champion for the first time, or taking the trio of Milan-Sanremo, the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix? It’s a tantalising question, but one Fabian Cancellara is not willing to answer.

The powerful Swiss rider is clear on his general goal for the 2015 season – to have a much better year than in 2014 – but, on the subject of picking one win, or set of wins, over another, he is simply not willing to go there.

“I love those questions because they are questions that you can’t give answers to,” he said, answering a journalist’s enquiry during Friday’s Trek Factory Racing media conference session.

“Of course, winning all three would be a huge thing, but in the end also winning the worlds would be huge. Winning Flanders for the fourth time would be immense because nobody has reached that yet.”

January 17, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Gevenalle GX Shifter, allows you to use MTB drivetrain on a road bike.
"Another busy week for Tech Roundup, in this edition we've got cycling prints, clothing, bike mounts, lights, shifters, mudguards, custom cycle clothing, nutrition... and a carbon fibre phone case."

January 17, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © LA-based photographer, Zach Venice. These are samples from my subscription site, ZISHY.COM

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F1 racer Fernando Alonso, Giro RCS race director Mauro Vegni, and former pro cyclist Paolo Bettini during stage 18 of the 2014 Giro d'italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Two-time world champion Paolo Bettini rues losing his job as Italy’s head coach and having “wasted” a year working to launch Fernando Alonso’s team in 2014.

The squad failed to materialize as Spain’s Formula One driver turned his attention to his new auto-racing team, McLaren.

“Had I known that the team would not take off, I would have remained with the Italian national team,” Bettini told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

“It doesn’t make sense to talk about this now, however. I considered it a wasted year.”...

January 17, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: From La Lima the SS12 heads north to Abetone. It is 17km and averages 5.4%, climbing to 1388m above sea level.
The first summit finish of the 2015 Giro d’Italia, the road up Monte Gomito to Abetone is something to look forward to but also a worry. It’s harder than the profile suggests and coming at the end of Stage 5 it could reveal who will win the race outright. Fanciful? Not really, it’s happened before.

But enough fretting about the future, it’s been a classic climb and the launchpad for Fausto Coppi’s first Giro win. But most of time the Passo dell’Abetone is a regular destination for thousands of cyclists in central Italy keen to test their form on a long climb.

January 17, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: Boogerd has received a temporary license to work as a sports director at Roompot.
Michael Boogerd has received a temporary license to work as a team manager from the Belgian Cycling Federation. He is now awaiting the outcome of a UCI investigation.

As Boogerd lived in Belgium during his career and still lives in the country, the fate of the Dutchman is in the hands of the Belgian Cycling Federation after he admitted to doping during his time as an active rider. Last month Boogerd’s future was still uncertain which made him highly frustrated. Now he has finally received a provisional license.

Boogerd will act as a sports director for the first time at the Etoile de Besseges (February 4). Alongside Jean-Paul van Poppel and Erik Breukink, he will form the team leader trio of the new Dutch Roompot team.

January 17, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: on wins then I think 1991 was good one as I won 19 races as a pro.
From top pro on the American and International scene to director sportif, coach, mentor and more Mike Engleman has seen a lot in our sport. Now working on developing women’s racing we recently caught up with Mike to get his take on all apsects of our sport from tactics to wages and more.

Engleman was a pro for a dozen years; a gifted climber and prolific winner on the North American scene he also had wins in Europe and Australia. There was no, dreaded ‘one season too many’ for Engleman who quit when he was still winning.

January 17, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Today's Plan is an Aussie software startup combining advanced IT knowhow and proven training techniques
David Rome / Immediate Media.
Today’s Plan is a new Australian software startup that launched today at the Tour Down Under. It seeks to bring the knowledge of a qualified coach to an affordable, cloud-based training and coaching subscription service.

Although there are businesses in this space already, Today’s Plan offers a range of unique features split into two distinct areas. The first is a computer-generated, yet personalised training plan that based on your riding history, fitness level and time available to train is tailored towards your exact event goal. The other area is in analytics, with endless data captured and displayed in easy to use graphs and summarized terminology.

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Photo: Early season success for Valentina Scandolara (Mark Gunter).
Italy's Valentina Scandolara claimed victory in the opening stage of the Santos Women's Cup in Adelaide.

Scandolara, who has been in Australia watching her Orica-AIS team-mates race over the past couple of weeks, was eager to get her season started and transferred that enthusiasm onto the bike perfectly with a solo victory.

Roxsolt's Lauren Kitchen won the sprint for second, six seconds behind Scandolara with fellow Orica-AIS rider Melissa Hoskins completing the podium.

“I was really looking forward to racing,” said Scandolara.

January 16, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Brazil’s Jamildes Fernandes claimed overall victory at the Tour Femenino de San Luis in San Luis, Argentina on Friday after successfully defending her lead in the 80.4km circuit race.

Alison Tetrick won the final stage in a solo move, 15 seconds ahead of the field, which was led in by Paola Munoz in second and UnitedHealthcare’s Hannah Barnes in third.

Another American, Lauren Stephens finished second overall, eight seconds behind, after winning the stage 4 time trial on Wednesday. Third place overall went to Ana Paula Polegatch, who also rides for the Brazil national team, alongside Fernandes.

UnitedHealthcare’s Katie Hall claimed the mountains classification, and Barnes was awarded the best young rider title.

January 16, 2015  (velonews.com)





Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) wins by a large margin over Powers
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
While all of the other elite cyclo-cross racers were busy preparing for Sunday's USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships - going through the usual routine of training, napping, pre-riding, and eating only to face a postponed event come race day - three-time elite champion Tim Johnson's race had already been cancelled. Laid up with a back injury, Johnson spent the morning supporting his wife Lyne Bessette in a local running race in Austin on a day when, under ideal circumstances, he would have been contending for title number four.

The 2014-2015 'cross season is over for the 37-year-old Johnson, but he's not ready to quit his involvement in the sport. "The season is over. That's being realistic," Johnson said.

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Marcel Kittel meets the press ahead of the Tour Down Under.
Photo: © Wessel van Keuk/Bettini Photo.
Giant-Alepcin will start the new season with a Santos Tour Down Under line up that includes two of the Dutch squad's top performers from last season in Marcel Kittel and Tom Dumoulin.

Although the team will focus their efforts on the general classification hopes of Dumoulin and Simon Geschke, Kittel will no doubt take a run at any sprint opportunities, including repeating his win last year at the People's Choice Classic two days before the WorldTour race starts.

“Our main focus will be for Tom and Simon to go for the GC, that is our overall target,” said team director Addy Engels. “But when you start a race with Marcel in the team you have to have an eye on the sprint opportunities.

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Daryl Impey is Orica-GreenEdge's leader at the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The early-season hopes of Orica-GreenEdge suffered a massive blow when last year’s UCI Road Worlds silver medalist Simon Gerrans broke his collarbone during a training ride in late December.

The incumbent Australian national champion and Tour Down Under winner was forced to abandon his ambitions of defending his titles, and instead spend the next two months preparing for the spring classics in March.

With Gerrans on injured reserve, Orica looks to bounce back from its Australian road nationals gold-medal shutout by turning to three-time South African time trial champion Daryl Impey to lead its seven-man squad, which includes Australians Simon Clarke, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Mathew Hayman, Cameron Meyer, and New Zealander Sam Bewley. The Tour Down Under runs from January 20-25.

January 16, 2015  (velonews.com)





Steele von Hoff (NFTO) celebrates his second straight national criterium title
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
Marcel Kittel is the standout sprinter at this year's Tour Down Under but his top billing has done nothing to discouraged those who are planning to take on the German, starting with Sunday's 51km People's Choice criterium in Adelaide.

Newly crowned Australian criterium champion Steele von Hoff will ride for the Uni SA-Australia team after earning selection with his title and an impressive ninth place in the Australian road championships.

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)






The Tour Down Under will be Cadel Evans's final stage race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Far away from the gloom of European winter, the 2015 UCI WorldTour clicks into gear next week in sunny Adelaide.

Despite its billing as the opener of the WorldTour, the Santos Tour Down Under remains very much an Australian affair. A few big names have made the trek to the southern hemisphere, including Marcel Kittel, Lars Boom, and Ryder Hesjedal, but for most of the European pros, the six-day race in and over the green hills of South Australia is little more than a race-speed training camp.

In no way does that suggest the racing is somehow easy. In fact, the race has progressively become harder over the past half decade, so much so that record-stage-winner André Greipel, with 18 stages, decided to skip it altogether. The race is world-class, with an exemplary organization, perhaps the best on the WorldTour circuit, and the rowdy Aussie fans turn out in force that would make most European races jealous.

January 16, 2015  (velonews.com)





Photo: Climber...Esteban Chaves (Getty Images).
The serious climbs in the biggest races are the next challenge for top Australian cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE.

And they plan to keep developing potential Grand Tour contenders from their own ranks, with general manager Shayne Bannan non-committal on whether they might chase Tasmanian Richie Porte.

The first Australian team to compete at the Tour de France has enjoyed consistent results since their 2012 debut, with number one rider Simon Gerrans and new star Michael Matthews securing a string of big wins.

Gerrans' absence with a broken collarbone and Matthews' European program leaves them in the rare position this month of starting the season on the back foot.

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Monday's (January 19, 2015) Tour de San Luis Stage 1 departs San Luis at 1:49pm local (11:49am U.S. Eastern, 17:49 CET) and is expected at the finish at Villa Mercedes at around 6:15pm local (4:15pm U.S. Eastern, 22:15 CET).  Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and the finish.

January 16, 2015  (cyclingfans.com)





Janier Acevedo (Garmin Sharp) on the descent of Monarch Pass
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Janier Acevedo was set to lead his Cannondale-Garmin team at the upcoming Tour de San Luis, however, a recent knee injury will prevent him from starting, the team confirmed on Friday. The team replaced their Colombian climber with Norwegian talent Kristoffer Skjerping.

The team are still hoping for a top overall placing, however, their goals have shifted more toward stage victories during the seven-day race held from January 19-25 in the Argentinean province of San Luis.

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),

More ...

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)



Robin Farina (NOW-Novartis) is a former national champion and now is CEO of the Women's Cycling Association. Photo: VeloNews.com (File).
"In his January 2015 VeloNews article, “Women’s movement: The slow march toward equality,” Matthew Beaudin characterized the women’s cycling movement as “filled with potential, largely unrealized,” heavily supporting the “We can’t change the sport overnight” position of UCI president Brian Cookson. Therein lies the problem — the attitude of “we can’t” versus “we will.”

As important is the need to identify and shatter many of the myths holding back the development of women’s cycling. For instance, contrary to popular thought, the viewership and readership of women’s cycling is not a function of public interest. Rather it is the outcome of a lack of persistent intentional promotion by cycling teams, national and international cycling governing bodies, and cycling race promoters.

For example, television ratings are determined by three primary factors: whether the program is (1) in prime time when most people are watching, (2) scheduled at a predictable time so people know when and where to tune in (with both of these factors determined by the programming administrator), and (3) promoted — advertised so the event is known to the viewership and perceived to be important and exciting. The high ratings achieved by the last women’s FIFA World Cup reflected ESPN’s delivery of all three of these elements."

January 16, 2015  (velonews.com)






Fabian Cancellara leads Trek in the Vuelta a España team time trial
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Fabian Cancellara has played down any possibility that he may re-commence his attack on the Hour Record. Cancellara says that the decision by the UCI to alter the equipment regulations left him with little motivation to make an attempt.

“I really started this hour and then suddenly it gets changed from the UCI in a way that I don’t have this motivation,” Cancellara said during a conference call from his team’s latest training camp in Majorca.

“At the moment I am focussing on other things and not who is doing it or where they’re doing it or how it’s going to go,” he said. “The last thing I want to do is make a one-hour show and at the moment it looks like everyone wants to do a show.”

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: It will be a battle to do the hour attempt. I have faced battles my whole life with the haemophilia and now I face another challenge.
Although considerable doubt was raised about Alex Dowsett’s prospects of going for the world hour record on February 27 due to his crash this week and resulting broken collarbone, the Briton has said that he will still aim for the original date.

Dowsett fell while training on Tuesday and suffered the injury, necessitating an operation to pin the fracture. He and his Movistar team issued a video Friday which updated his situation and included the pledge to keep trying for the original schedule.

“Surgery yesterday went extremely well. I should be out of hospital today or tomorrow,” he said in the video.. “The haemophilia usually keeps me in a day or two longer than normal, but it looks like they will be sending me home quite soon.”

January 16, 2015  (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Turner Ramsay (KMS Cycling / Killington Mtn. School) was given the lap bell and then pulled for the win. In this photo, she is trying to make sense of an offical’s direction, with a Cyclocross Magazine editor behind her also trying to decipher the conflicting messages. © Brian Nelson.
“One lap to go, just one lap to go for Turner Ramsay!” the voices screamed over the intercom. A bell rang on the lap line, backing up what the announcer was saying and the digital lap count was reading.

Ramsay meanwhile, had her hands in the air in a victory salute. Before the race, she had been told that her race would be cut to the correct time, that her lap count would be one less than shown. But with the conflicting messages, she grabbed back onto her hoods and took off into a sprint after the line to get back to speed. 150 meters later, an official was waving her in as if she was going to be lapped by the other fields.

When I had seen the event play out, I thought the official had made a mistake, and that Ramsay was joining the scores of 15-16 junior women who were pulled in the early goings of the race.

January 16, 2015  (cxmagazine.com)





Photo: Rohan Dennis will tackle the hour record in February and wants to push the mark out towards 53km (pic: Sirotti).
Former track star Dennis – a team pursuit silver medallist at London 2012 – will attempt his hour record at the Velodrome Suisse, with compatriot Jack Bobridge scheduled to take it on later this month.

Given the current mark of 51.852km, set by Matthias Brandle in October, could well fall to Bobridge, Dennis has instead set an ambitious target distance and feels his track background stands him in good stead.

“When I look at my experience on the track and the numbers I have been doing on the track and road, it’s within reach.

“There’s a number in my head, 52.5km. I’d be happy with that but I’m trying to push towards 53km.”

January 16, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Davide Cassani and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani - CSF)
Photo: © Bettini.
Italian national coach Davide Cassini is optimistic that Italian cycling can have a successful season in 2015, despite its financial woes and years of doping scandals, predicting that an Italian rider will finally win a major one-day Classic, six years after Damiano Cunego won Il Lombardia.

Cassani travelled to Argentina with an Italian national team on Thursday which will ride the Tour de San Luis. He is also the national team co-ordinator, delegating management of the other disciplines to a series of different coaches.

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Team Nippo-Vini Fantini may be in its freshman season at the Pro Continental level, but it hopes to be included in the 2015 Giro d'Italia as a wildcard team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
The tension will remain high in Italy this weekend ahead of Monday’s 2015 Giro d’Italia wildcard team announcement. For the Italian second-division teams, like Nippo-Vini Fantini, racing the world’s second biggest stage race on home soil means everything.

“Many teams ask for a Giro d’Italia wildcard invitation because it’s a huge event that gathers attention around the world,” the team’s general manager, Francesco Pelosi told VeloNews.

“For Italian teams it is THE major event. It offers huge visibility at home and globally for the Italian teams, like the Tour de France for the French teams or the Vuelta a España for the Spanish ones. But given the event’s reach, it’s normal that the foreign teams are also bidding to attend.”

Organizer RCS Sport should announce the 22 teams that will race its 2015 Giro d’Italia, May 9 to 31, on Monday. In reality, it will only fill five spots as the 17 first-division teams have guaranteed invitations to all the WorldTour events.

January 16, 2015  (velonews.com)





Photo: Following the Tour de San Luis, Battaglin will rejoin his Bardiani-CSF teammates for the Dubai Tour.
Chevrier to IAM Cycling, Synergy Baku train in Calpe, Bigla unveils new look.

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The Apple Watch looks to offer some sensible features for casual cyclists, but what if it could integrate with a camera too?
Courtesy.
Earlier this week, Apple was granted a patent for an action-sports camera design. The patent was originally filed back in 2012. While patents don’t guarantee products will make it to reality, here’s what we know about the Apple 'camera' so far, and what we hope to see.

According to PatentlyApple, this patent includes intellectual property acquired from Kodak in 2013. It’s likely that if the product does come into being, it won’t look like the product pictured in original patent. Instead, it may adapt the technology to something more ‘Apple-esque’. Or perhaps we’ll see some of these design elements merged into a phone?

Given Apple is soon to release its ‘watch’, we suspect this will be the wearable device that communicates with the camera. Much like the watch will allow advanced control of an iPhone camera, we also suspect the same level of integrated connectivity to be available with the camera.

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Drapac readies for the Tour Down Under.
Photo: © David Pearce.
"On arriving at the Adelaide Hilton, Graeme Brown revealed he’d been doing some counting.

“I have spent six months of my life in this hotel,” he casually informed me in the lift.

I laughed of course, but he was serious. And he proved it. I can’t remember the math but fourteen days a year for thirteen years gives you a number roughly divisible by six months. You can try it yourself.

By design or default, the Adelaide Hilton is right at the heart of the Tour Down Under - in more ways than one. Staying in one hotel for an entire race is a real rarity, making the logistics of the race far simpler, the riders and staff more relaxed, and ultimately more accessible to the public."

January 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) hopes to target the Strade Bianche Women race
Photo: © RCS Sport.
RCS Sport has revealed the route of the first edition of the women's Strade Bianche race, with the likes of Marianne Vos, world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and their rivals facing 17km of dirt roads during a hilly 103km race on Saturday March 7, the same day as the men's race.

The men's Strade Bianche race covers the usual 200km route and includes close to 50km of the dirt roads that twist through the Chianti vineyards and rolling fields. Both races start in the picturesque hilltop village of San Gimignano and end in the Piazza il Campo in the centre of Siena. The women's race will start 90 minutes before the men. A Strade Bianche Grand Fondo will also be held on the Sunday. RCS Sport has announced that it will not organize the Roma Maxima race on Sunday March 8.

January 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Fabian Cancellara poses before the 2014 Tour de France.
Fabian Cancellara admits Bradley Wiggins will be a force to be reckoned with at Paris-Roubaix, what is likely to be the Brit’s last race for Team Sky.

The three-time Hell of the North winner said Wiggins impressed a lot of people with his ninth-place finish on the cobbles last year, proving how serious he was to win the historic race.

Last year Cancellara simply said “good luck” when he heard of the 2012 Tour de France winner’s desire to win in Roubaix, but now admits Wiggins could challenge in any of the cobbled classics.

“What Bradley will do, nobody knows,” he said. “We know he’s going to go for Roubaix but he can also be competitive at the Tour of Flanders.

January 16, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: 20-year old rival Wout van Aert.
After Mathieu van der Poel announced that he will contest the world championship cyclocross with the professionals earlier this week, his 20-year old rival Wout van Aert did the same today.

Van Aert was scheduled to start the world championship with the espoirs. However after lots of prayers from the fans and from the riders themselves, the best two riders of this season will now compete at the highest level on February 1st in Tabor.

Both riders are way below the espoir limit of 22-years, while van Aert is 20 van der Poel is only 19-years old. And while the young stars stated for weeks that they wanted to ride with the professionals, their teams were reluctant to rush them.

At the official team presentation later today, Van Aert and Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace will explain this decision.

January 16, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Copacabana Fort.
Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has announced changes to the Rio 2016 road race route meaning both the men’s and women’s races will now start and finish at the Copacabana beach.

In December, organizers announced the races would start and finish in Flamengo Park, but the new route moves them 9km south to the historic Copacabana Fort.

The adapted routes do not see a change in the race distances – 256.4km for the men, 130.3km for the women – and riders will still pass through Ipanema, São Conrado and Vista Chinesa.

January 16, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Tom Jelte-Slagter (Cannondale-Garmin) won’t be able to ride the Tour de France .
Ballan Cas verdict delayed.

 January 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





One of the easiest POV cameras to use with straightforward controls and a 2-inch color LCD display for composing and playing back videos. Photo courtesy of Drift Innovations.
Although it’s one of the larger and heavier POV cameras in our test, the Drift Innovations Ghost-S makes up for its size and weight with straightforward controls and a two-inch color LCD display for composing and playing back videos. This makes it one of the easiest POV cameras to use.

It’s also waterproof to nearly 10 feet without an external waterproof housing; and with up to 3.5 hours of recording time, it has the best battery life in this test. Spec-wise, it compares very well. It records 1920×1080 full-HD video at 60 frames per second and high-speed 720p video at up to 120 frames per second.

It can take 12-megapixel still photos at up to 10 frames per second and it has a wide range of time lapse settings. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and can be controlled remotely with the included remote control or via a smartphone/tablet app. Video quality is good, although it’s not the best in this test.

January 16, 2015 (roadbikereview.com)





The 2015 Merida Reacto DA-Limited looks to pack a serious punch for the cash
David Rome / Immediate Media.
"It’s peak-riding season Down Under, and so our third roundup of new 2015 road and mountain bike gear comes with a whole lot of summer riding treats soon to be enjoyed by our Australian team. We've got mountain and road bikes from Merida and Polygon, along with an endurance-roadie from Norco. Additionally, we have some new tools, a tasty stem and plenty more."

January 16, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: Orbea Orca M30
Robert Smith.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Excellent chassis, but overall package is let down by poor-quality tires.

ts ride is a revelation. It’s not breathtakingly light, but that’s how it feels: light, lively and responsive."

January 16, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: Velocio ZERO Bib Tights.
Keep your lower half warm with these excellent bottoms.

January 16, 2015  (bicycling.com)








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Matt Goss (MTN-Qhubeka)
Photo: © MTN-Qhubeka.
Fresh off receiving a wildcard invitation to the 2015 Tour de France, MTN-Qhubeka on Thursday announced the roster for February's Jayco Herald Sun Tour built around Grand Tour stage winners Matt Goss and Tyler Farrar.

The 62nd edition of the race will take place February 4-8.

For Australian Goss, the race will be a chance to improve on his runner-up finish on the Sun Tour’s first stage in 2014 into Ballarat, where he was narrowly beaten by Garmin-Sharp’s Nathan Haas. Goss first competed in the race in 2005, representing the Australian national team at just 18. Three years later, while riding for CSC-Saxobank, he won his first two stages of the 2008 edition.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015




Tejay van Garderen in action
Photo: © Susan Westemeyer and Cyclingnews staff.
This year's Tour of Oman will offer an early-season showdown between Tour de France contenders Tejay van Garderen, Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot, Rafal Majka and Joaquim Rodriguez, with the mountain finish on Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain) likely to decide the overall winner of the six-day race.

Many of the Classics riders who will enjoy the flat roads and echelons of the Tour of Qatar will also ride the Tour of Oman to complete their early-season preparation before heading to Belgium for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015





Katie Hall
won the Tour Femenino de San Luis’ queen stage on Thursday.

It was Hall’s first major international victory, and UnitedHealthcare’s third at San Luis. Hall out-sprinted Jamildes Fernandes at the mountaintop finish on Mirador del Potrero.

The day before, Team Tibco’s Lauren Stephens won the stage 4 12.8km individual time trial by a fraction of a second over Alison Tetrick. With her TT victory, Stephens assumed the GC lead.

However, with her second-place finish on stage 4, Fernandes jumped from ninth to the top of the general classification. She now leads Stephens by one second.

 (velonews.com)

January 15, 2015




Tiago Machado (NetApp-Endura) wins the overall title at Tour de Slovénie
Photo: © TNE/Stiehl.
Recent history of the Santos Tour Down Under indicates that Portugal’s Tiago Machado is the perfect underdog for the six-day opening race of the WorldTour. Having transferred from NetApp-Endura to Katusha, he has made his way to Adelaide with the idea of repaying his old friends [team manager] Viatcheslav Ekimov and [directeur sportif] José Azevedo back for their faith in him.

“This is the beginning of the season so I don’t know exactly what my condition is at the moment but I’ve worked to be in good shape now”, Machado told Cyclingnews in Adelaide prior to training in the hills. “I’ve been able to have a really nice training in Portugal since we haven’t had any rain or negative temperatures.”

(cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015




Mountains classification leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
While four former winners of the Santos Tour Down Under have made their way back to Adelaide, not counting Allan Davis who returned as a public relation officer one year after retiring from professional cycling, Luis Leon Sanchez - winner in 2005 - is aiming for his second win.

Ten years after winning the race, the Spaniard from Mula is ambitious again as he returns to the WorldTour with Astana after one year at Caja Rural following a fall out with Belkin.

“They’ve been very good to me,” Sanchez said of the Pamplona-based team that backed him for winning the King of the Mountains competition at the Vuelta a España, “But for a rider, the most important league to be part of remains the WorldTour.”

(cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015






Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Monday's (January 19, 2015) Tour de San Luis Stage 1 departs San Luis at 1:49pm local (11:49am U.S. Eastern, 17:49 CET) and is expected at the finish at Villa Mercedes at around 6:15pm local (4:15pm U.S. Eastern, 22:15 CET).  Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and the finish.

(cyclingfans.com)

January 15, 2015





Daryl Impey won Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour of Alberta, and took the GC win that day, thanks to a time bonus on the line. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The Tour of Alberta will add a sixth stage and make stops through seven official host communities in 2015, as the race is set to run September 2-7. New host cities have been added for the coming year, including Grande Cache, Jasper, Edson, and Spruce Grove, with Edmonton returning as a host for its third year.

“Our host communities are really an integral part of the success of the event,” said Duane Vienneau, executive director of the Tour of Alberta. “Each community is highly involved in the planning of the route and festivals. Their commitment and planning begins months before the race rolls through. Their dedication to this event is one of the many reasons why we are able to showcase Alberta internationally. We are thrilled that all of these communities have come aboard so some of the world’s best mountains and most breathtaking scenery can be seen around the planet.”

The city of Grande Prairie will host a stage 1 team time trial, which is a first for the Tour of Alberta. In 2013 and 2014, the race included individual time trials. Organizers say the TTT is intended to help teams prepare for the world championships in Richmond, Virginia, two weeks after Tour of Alberta.

(velonews.com)

January 15, 2015




2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


 (cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015




Photo: Michael Hepburn leads an escape on stage four of the 2014 Tour of Qatar .
What the six-stage Tour of Qatar (February 8-13) may lack in hills and distance, it makes up for in crosswinds and outright pace.

Previous editions of the Middle East race have shown that the often vicious coastal and desert winds can cut the peloton to pieces. And if the riders are lucky enough for the winds to be behind them, speeds can be blistering.

Tactics and position in the peloton can play as much a part as strength for a rider to survive.

(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

January 15, 2015




Filippo Pozzato (Lampre - Merida)
Photo: © Bettini.
A museum for Purito, Boels-Dolmans presented, Champion System roster.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015




Photo: A bit of track racing.
The World cyclo-cross championships are this Sunday, but the reigning champion Zdenek Stybar wont be able to defend his rainbow jersey due to his shoulder injury. We caught up with the Czech road champion at the Etixx – Quick-Step training camp in Spain to talk cross, road and podium girls.

Twice Under 23 World champion, three times professional World champion and nine times National cyclo-cross champion isn’t too bad, but the road is where he want to shine in the future. A handful of road wins including a stage in la Vuelta a España along with top ten places in Milan-Sanremo, San Sebastián and twice in Paris-Roubaix, he’s making a good start.

 (pezcyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015




The Backtracker is still in prototype form
Courtesy.
Garmin yesterday bought iKubu, a company that is designing computer vision and radar systems for cycling. iKubu has been working on Backtracker, a low-energy bike radar that lets cyclists track vehicles coming up behind them via a LED device on the handlebars.

The Backtracker uses a rear-facing radar that also has a flashing caution light, which flashes faster the closer a car gets to the cyclist.

“iKubu has found a way to implement short-range radar into a low-power system that addresses a common concern among cyclists – identifying potential hazards that are approaching them from behind,” Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and CEO, said in a press release. “We are delighted to add this technology to the Garmin portfolio.”

(bikeradar.com)

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Austin's Zilker Park played host to the 2015 U.S. cyclocross national championships. Photo: Chris Case | VeloNews.com.
On Wednesday, USA Cycling sent an email to riders who had registered for 2015 cyclocross national championships to address concerns and complaints stemming from the postponed Sunday races.

The following is the complete, unedited letter, which was signed by USA Cycling’s vice president of national events, Micah Rice.

(velonews.com)

January 15, 2015




Photo: Andy Rihs BMC Racing is a more discreet figure.
Time for the annual update on the wealthiest people in pro cycling. If you thought this meant Alberto Contador, Mark Cavendish or Peter Sagan, think again because this is about the people rich enough to hire these star riders.

A lot has changed in recent times, volatile stock markets have benefited some but hit others. In the first of a two-part series here are the billionaire and millionaire World Tour team owners and sponsors.

(inrng.com)

January 15, 2015





Photo: Katie Compton won her 11th-straight Cyclocross National Championship, and we reflect on the day's racing and her record-setting win.
After the unexpected postponement of the 2015 Cyclocross National Championships, everyone still had a job to do on Monday.

For all but one of the Elite Women, the job was to find a way of stopping Katie Compton from winning another National Championship.

Like U23 Logan Owen did just minutes before, Compton managed to put together ten straight victories with her 2014 Nationals win in Boulder. But this season hasn’t been the greatest, by Compton’s own admission. With allergy problems and some losses to Sanne Cant and Meredith Miller, her competition was justified in thinking this might be the year they could topple Compton.

With a muddy, modified course that was quickly turning into peanut butter and ripping derailleurs off bikes, Compton not only faced stiff competition but the risk of mechanical issues jeopardizing her title chances.

 (cxmagazine.com)

January 15, 2015




Lauren Hall, Andrea Dvorak, and Carmen Small will ride together on Twenty16-Sho-Air, aiming for selections to the 2015 American world championships squad. Photo: Twenty16.
Twenty16-Sho-Air announced its UCI road team roster for 2015, which has renewed depth of talent and experience after a 2014 season that was focused largely on development.

With the program in its 10th year, Twenty16-Sho-Air has targeted the UCI world road championships in Richmond, Virginia, with riders focusing on selection to the national team for both the elite and junior categories.

The team’s junior development program will integrate its top juniors into the squad for select NRC events — the first being Redlands Classic where the team will field a mixed roster of elite and 17-18 junior athletes.

Climbing specialist Andrea Dvorak returns to the team in 2015, having ridden for the organization from 2011-2013. “Twenty16 presented by Sho-Air is a program that has experienced great success from the junior to Olympic level,” said Dvorak. “Every success inspires the team to do greater things and views its horizon as endless.”

 (velonews.com)

January 15, 2015




Carmen Small has a lot to say. She also makes a mean cappuccino. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
Last year, Carmen Small rode with a few guys from Tinkoff-Saxo. They cruised idly through the narrow backroads outside Lucca, Italy, chatting, until one said something she couldn’t believe: He didn’t know who she was. He didn’t even know she raced professionally.

Last year, Small walked into a coffee shop at the bottom of Mount Lemon in Tucson, Arizona, full of cyclists ready to make the climb, in her distinctive Specialized-Lululemon kit. Nobody asked for an autograph, nobody bought her a coffee; nobody seemed to notice. “If you were a man with your results, you would have been mobbed,” her husband said.

He’s right.

Women’s cycling has a problem. Its slow march toward equality can feel like, at times, barely a shuffle.

(velonews.com)

January 15, 2015





Lauren Kitchen (Jayco-AIS) celebrates her victory ahead of Joanne Hogan (Jayco-VIS).
Photo: © CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net.
Lauren Kitchen is looking to bring her strong early season form into the Santos Women's Tour as she competes as part of the Roxsolt women’s team from January 17-20.

Kitchen placed third in the national criterium earlier this month and will line up in the Adelaide event with teammates Tiffany Cromwell, Loren Rowney, Carlee Tayler and Great Britain’s Lucy Martin. Kitchen is a professional rider for Hi-Tech through most of the road season but along with the rest of the Roxsolt team has been granted dispensation to ride the Santos Women’s Tour.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015





Photo: Brammeier previously raced with the HTC Highroad and Omega Pharma-QuickStep squads. Photography by By MTN Qhubeka
Following yesterday’s news that the MTN-Qhubeka team will ride the Tour de France this year, the squad has confirmed that it will sign of a 23rd rider, namely multiple Irish champion Matt Brammeier.

Pending the completion of UCI paperwork, the 29 year old rider is joining the team on a two year deal and is part of a general strengthening of the squad for 2015. He won the Irish road race championship four times plus the time trial championship once, and is regarded as an experienced helper.

His goal will be to give support to both the team’s sprinters and also the all-rounders and climbers.

 (cyclingtips.com.au)

January 15, 2015




Former USA Champion Jonathan Page (Fuji Spy) has yet to have a big result this season
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Jonathan Page looked relaxed and happy to be headed back to his family in Belgium as he reflected on Monday’s USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Championship race.

“It’s always nicer to win. That’s the only disadvantage of this whole trip. You work so hard and come here for one flippin’ hour and get a flat tire,” Page said as he laughed and threw his hands in the air. “But it’s biking, and I’ve done it for many years. It’s nothing new, but it can take a little bit of wind out of your sails.”

Early during the first lap of Monday’s race it became obvious that Page would be the only rider to challenge Jeremy Powers for the USA title. Page and Powers separated themselves from the field and started trading blows. Unfortunately, disaster struck when Page took his first clean bike of the race on the first lap.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015





The last time the Tour visited Andorra, Brice Feillu won atop the Andorra-Arcalís climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Organizers announced Thursday that the Tour de France will host a stage, and a rest day, in Andorra during the 2016 edition, which is due to start in Normandy.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme signed an agreement with Andorra’s tourism minister Francesc Camp for the principality to host the end of one stage, a rest day, and the beginning of the next stage.

It will be the Tour’s first appearance in Andorra in seven years, since Frenchman Brice Feillu triumphed at Arcalis, and fifth in total.

The exact details of the three days in Andorra will be revealed when the full 2016 route for the 103rd Tour is announced in October.

 (velonews.com)

January 15, 2015




Birzman Swift mini pump
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Reasonably efficient, great ergonomics and an excellent all-round package."

(bikeradar.com)

January 15, 2015




Photo: The Specialized Propero II is a fantastic helmet in its own right but its stock gets a huge boost from the surprisingly low pricetag (2014 version pictured)
David Rome / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Brilliant lid for a fantastic price – all the helmet most of us will ever need.

The Propero II's remarkably appealing price of just US$110 / £70 /AU$150 is less than half that of the Prevail and most flagship helmets from other manufacturers. It's light, too, at just 238g"

 (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

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Photo: The case you mention is presently being reviewed by WADA... Photography by Cor Vos
Initially second in the 2010 Vuelta a España but later losing that result and incurring a two year ban due to a positive test for hydroxethyl starch, Ezequiel Mosquera was cleared earlier this month by a Spanish court.

However the retired rider’s chance of having his result restored and ban recognized as quashed in a sporting sense appears very uncertain after the World Anti Doping Agency gave its position Thursday on the matter.

“In Spain, there is a civil law process where athletes found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation, and who have been banned from international competition, still have the option to seek redress in the national civil courts,” a WADA spokesman told CyclingTips.

“Spanish athletes who have therefore been banned by the internationally accepted process, including appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, can apply to the civil court in Spain. Any redress received however cannot be upheld internationally and therefore there is no reduction nor change to the sanction imposed pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code.

(cyclingtips.com.au)

January 15, 2015




Photo: These 15 days out of competition for cortisone use will not ruin his season. Photography by Cor Vos
IAM Cycling sporting manager Serge Beucherie has spoken about the importance of riders remaining clean, saying that not giving in to temptation to cut corners is crucial on both a personal and professional level.

Beucherie’s team is a member of the MPCC anti-doping movement and he gave his thoughts in a video released by it on Thursday.

“There are many ways to fight against doping,” he said, before explaining what he and others on the team tell the riders signed to it in order to help deter them from taking banned shortcuts.

“The speech to the riders is focussed on two main aspects. Firstly, the rider’s health. ‘Guys, it’s a beautiful sport, don’t ruin your health as there is a life after cycling.’

(cyclingtips.com.au)

January 15, 2015




Race director Mike Turtur in 2011
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Since it begun seventeen years ago, Mike Turtur has been at the helm of the Tour Down Under as race director. Turtur, himself a gold medallist at the 1984 Olympic Games in the team pursuit, has grown the race from humble origins to an important opening fixture on the WorldTour calendar attracting the biggest names of the sport.

Simon Gerrans is the only rider to have won the race on three occasions but will miss the chance to become the first rider to successfully defend his title having broken his collarbone prior Christmas. Andre Griepel, who holds the record for the most stage wins will also be missing from the race, giving it a new feel for 2015 and the opportunity for riders to step up in their absence.

 (cyclingnews.com)

January 15, 2015




 First endurance ride. Be very afraid, NRC. Photo: Phil Gaimon | VeloNews.com .
"I’ve always lived in warm climates, where it’s easy to be consistent in the winter. For many years after I started racing, I really sucked, so winter was always the best time to make big improvements in my fitness. The only problem: if you’re doing the hard work in the winter, you generally peak in the spring. So I’d always come out swinging at the first local races. When I started to suck less, I’d win something early (San Dimas, Redlands, Merco), but even in the last couple of years, when I only sucked a little, I’d pay for my spring in May or June.

This year, with Optum p/b Kelly Benefits (as I understand it, p/b means “peanut butter”), I’m hoping to not suck at all. California is a big target, so the coach is holding me back. Instead of trying to improve my power in the winter, I’m improving my endurance, getting a real base. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been training. It just means I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym (only bicep curls and abs), and hours on the bike are more in the 250 watt range than the 400 I might have been chasing in the past."

(velonews.com)

January 15, 2015




Photo: Hatred on the road turns into danger towards cyclists. (Photo by Channel 10)
Family Feud isn’t known for being controversial programming. Despite its combative moniker, the show’s battles tend to stay between the two competing families—not engage an entire community off-screen.

But Australian cyclist community were less than amicable when their national Family Feud broadcast chose the category "What is something annoying that a cyclist might do?" for its game show question, with horrific offenses like “ring a bell,” “wear Lycra,” and even more discouragingly, “everything,” appearing as answers.

Australian Cycle Alliance president Edward Hore says he was shocked by the question and thinks the program only brought up cycling as a ratings grab because the subject is controversial.

(bicycling.com)

January 15, 2015




Photo: The cartoonists who have stabbed their pencils at the dirty heart of professional cycling have left an indelible visual vocabulary.
"Very interesting article in today’s The Guardian by Suze Clemitson about how Charlie Hebdo taught her more about the reality of doping in cycling than she would ever have read in the pages of Pro Cycling or Cycling Snooze."

“I learned more about the murky world of cycling from the cartoonist’s pen than from the editorial team of L’Equipe and their ilk'” she writes. “The cartoons – those precise, puerile, perfect slashes of black pen on white paper – gave the game away by daring to show openly what others could or would only to hint at.”

(crankpunk.com)

January 15, 2015




The Giro d'Italia is expected to stick to its home teams for wildcard selections, but other squads like Wanty-Groupe Gobert, and UnitedHealthcare are angling for invitations. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Organizer RCS Sport will name its Giro d’Italia teams next week on the heels of the Tour de France’s wildcard announcements. It may already have decided on teams, however, with Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani-CSF, Colombia, Nippo-Vini Fantini, and Southeast expected to get the nod.

RCS Sport will welcome the 17 first-division teams — all have guaranteed spots to race in every WorldTour event — and five second-division teams on what is referred to as “wildcard” invitations.

In addition to the Giro d’Italia, May 9 to 31, RCS Sport will name the teams to race in March’s Tirreno-Adriatico stage race and one-day classic, Milano-Sanremo.

The organizer has 20 second-division teams that it can choose from to fill the Giro d’Italia’s five open spots, but the pool is actually much shallower. Race director Mauro Vegni wants to have an Italian flavor in the 2015 edition, which will push off from Liguria’s shores and stay within the country’s border all but one day when it cuts through neighboring Switzerland.

(velonews.com)

January 15, 2015




Photo: iON’s flagship POV camera has a lot of performance inside its sleek, waterproof case.
Coming into this test, we viewed the iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi as a possible dark horse contender. Although iON makes a full line of POV cameras and accessories, it doesn’t have the same brand recognition as the other manufacturers in our test. The Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi is iON’s flagship POV camera and there is a lot of performance packed into its sleek, waterproof case.

The Wi-Fi version we tested comes with a “Wi-Fi Podz” unit, which allows it to connect wirelessly to a smartphone via the free iON Camera mobile app. External controls are simple with just an on/off button and an easy-to-use switch to start and stop video recording. The Air Pro 3 has great performance specs, including full HD video at 60 FPS, 720p at 120 FPS, 12-megapixel still photos – and it’s waterproof to nearly 50 feet without any extra housing.

Unfortunately, we found the iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi’s video quality lacking.

(roadbikereview.com)

January 15, 2015




Photo: The helmet is adjustable as per a standard Lazer Genesis, thanks to the RollSys Retention System. Photography by Matt de Neef
At first glance the LifeBeam Smart Helmet looks just like the Lazer Genesis it is built on. That is until you notice the solid panel at the back and the sensor unit inside the front of the helmet.

The optical sensor unit sits snugly on your forehead when you put the helmet on, reading heartrate data and passing it through to the LifeBeam’s “brain” at the back. This data is then transmitted via ANT+ to a compatible device, such as a Garmin head unit.

The sensor itself feels soft and is able to move around a little, meaning it doesn’t feel like you’ve got something jabbing into your head while you’re riding. In fact, I stopped noticing the sensor within a minute of putting the helmet on.

(cyclingtips.com.au)

January 15, 2015




In addition to the portable solar powers that earned the company its reputation, Goal Zero also has a comprehensive range of battery-based power solutions
James Huang / Immediate Media.
This year's Consumer Electronics Show wasn't just filled with camera gear to help you put together that awesome edit you've always wanted.

There was also lots of other bike-friendly electronica on hand to help make your next ride a little more entertaining, your next mountain bike camping trip a little more fun and your precious smartphone a little less apt to blow up when you crash.

(bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Richie Porte wins stage five of the Tour Down Under .
"With 2014 champion Simon Gerrans sidelined with injury, the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under will register a new champion this January. But who will it be?

We rate the chances of the main contenders for the opening WorldTour event of the season."

 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

January 14, 2015




Photo: The 2015 Subaru National Road Series kicks off in Adelaide (Mark Gunter).
The Santos Women's Tour has attracted a strong international field for the inaugural event which opens the 2015 Subaru National Road Series this weekend.

To be held in conjunction with the Santos Tour Down Under, almost 100 cyclists will be looking to impress as the eyes of the world turn to South Australia.

International riders such as dual world champion Giorgia Bronzini and Loes Gunnewijk are sure to add some fire-power to the peloton.

 (sbs.com.au)

January 14, 2015





Cuban rider Iraida Garcia Ocasio won the third stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis on Tuesday as Briton Hannah Barnes maintained her grip on the race lead.

(velonews.com)

January 14, 2015




Alex Dowsett presented his Hour Record attempt in London with Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzué
Photo: © Daniel Benson.
Alex Dowsett’s Hour Record hopes have been dealt a blow after breaking his collarbone during a training crash on Tuesday, according to his Movistar team. The team say that a decision on whether Dowsett will continue his bid for the Hour Record, which is due to take place on February 27, is due in the coming days.

The crash happened during a training ride near his home in Essex and he was forced to go to hospital, suffering from pain in his right hand and shoulder. A subsequent exam revealed that Dowsett had suffered a broken collarbone in the crash and will require surgery.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: Women’s Tour race leader, and eventual overall winner, Marianne Vos sprints to victory ahead of Georgina Bronzini on stage four to Welwyn Garden City.
The 2015 Friends Life Women’s Tour will begin where the 2014 edition ended, rolling out from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk on June 17.

Marianne Vos won last year’s final stage in the town to wrap up the overall victory and is likely to be among the 100 riders going for the win later this year.

Stage one will be entirely in Suffolk, finishing in the coastal town of Aldeburgh, with further details of the route due to be announced in the coming weeks.

 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Theo Bos (Belkin) celebrates his stage 4 victory
Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us.
ASO’s sudden announcement of the Tour de France teams on Twitter may have come as a surprise but few would have been surprised when they saw that MTN-Qhubeka had earned a wildcard entry. The team have been working hard this winter to ensure that eventuality by bringing on a number of big-name riders.

Competition for positions in the nine-man team will be hot and, with the race starting in the Netherlands, Theo Bos is determined as ever to make his debut at the race.

“Everybody wants to do the Tour,” Bos told Cyclingnews. “This year it starts in Holland. This must be a goal and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I may never have this opportunity again.”

(cyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Mark Cavendish said winning one Tour de France stage this summer would be enough. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Mark Cavendish doesn’t seem panicky about the coming season. Despite crashing out of the Tour de France last year without winning a stage for the first time since his debut, the Manxster is full of his trademark bluff and gruff ahead of what’s sure to be a very challenging season in the sprints.

When asked if he felt pressure to win a stage in the 2015 Tour against the likes of Marcel Kittel  and André Greipel, Cavendish just shrugged.

“Not really. I’ve won 25 stages,” he told journalists at a recent media day. “If I win one stage at the Tour, I’d be happy. One stage in the Tour is a rider’s career, it makes his career, so it’s a big thing to win one stage each year. You have to give the respect to the Tour de France it deserves.”

 (velonews.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Monday's (January 19, 2015) Tour de San Luis Stage 1 departs San Luis at 1:49pm local (11:49am U.S. Eastern, 17:49 CET) and is expected at the finish at Villa Mercedes at around 6:15pm local (4:15pm U.S. Eastern, 22:15 CET).  Tour de San Luis live video streaming is expected for the start and the finish.

(cyclingfans.com)

January 14, 2015




2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Stages),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


 (cyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Tour of Qatar peloton
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Race organizers ASO have confirmed the route of the 2015 Tour of Qatar, which is due to begin on February 8. The Middle Eastern race is a chance for the sprinters to get in some early victories but the crosswinds that often wreak havoc on the bunch present an opportunist with a shot at success.

Niki Terpstra took advantage of the winds last year to win the opening stage and go on to take the overall classification.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: The GoPro HERO4 Silver includes full HD video at 60 FPS, 720p HD video at 120 FPS, 2.7k at 30 FPS, and yes, even 4k capability.
GoPro rules the POV camera universe and the HERO4 Silver is the sweet spot in their product lineup. With the GoPro HERO4 Silver you get full HD video at 60 FPS, 720p HD video at 120 FPS, 2.7k at 30 FPS, and yes, even 4k capability – although it’s not very useful at 15 FPS.

What really sets the HERO4 Silver apart is GoPro’s Protune mode, which captures twice as much data as most POV cameras. It requires a little more editing effort but it’s worth it if you want helmet cam video that really looks good.

Why the HERO4 Silver instead of the Black? The truth is, the HERO4 Black is overkill for anyone but a professional video maker. The Silver has the same sensor, most of the same features, and it adds a brand-new touchscreen LCD display to the back of the camera, making it more versatile and easier to use. It also costs $100 less than the Black, money you can use for more mount options — or post-ride beer.

(roadbikereview.com)

January 14, 2015




Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) running the small set of stairs for the last time
Photo: © David McElwaine.
The lead into the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships was anything but smooth for Jeremy Powers. Powers flew to Austin early for the championship race, which was scheduled for January 11, to train and acclimate himself to the time zone after his most recent trip to Europe. By the time he landed, however, the accumulated travel from his racing schedule had taken its toll.

“I flew in on the 28th [of December]. I was here sick as a dog. I flew here with a fever, I got the flu, and my IT band from all the running in Europe flared up,” Powers said. “When I came here I was pretty beat up. That’s what Europe does.”

 (cyclingnews.com)

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Emma White (Cyclocrossworld.com) was elated as she won the 17-18 women's national championship. She passed many of the junior men who started one minute ahead of her. Photo: Dave McElwaine.
Add concerns about poor treatment of junior women racers to the list of distressing news to come out of last weekend’s U.S. cyclocross national championships in Austin, Texas.

Colin Reuter, founder of crossresults.com, blasted the governing body for its treatment of the junior women in a blog post on Tuesday.

The postponement of eight races from Sunday afternoon to Monday, and the compression of those races into a shorter timeframe, required USA Cycling to rethink the race schedule. The greatest reshuffle came in the junior categories, leaving the marquee elite men’s, elite women’s, and U23 men’s races intact.

The junior men 15-16 category, the largest of the junior categories, was allowed to race on its own, while the men 17-18, the women 17-18, and the women 15-16 all raced together, each start separated by one minute.

 (velonews.com)

January 14, 2015






Photo: The race runs from July 4 to 26... Photography by Kristof Ramon
Announcing the lineup of teams for this year’s Tour de France, organisers ASO has confirmed the identities of five wildcard squads which will compete alongside the seventeen WorldTour teams in July.

The company has confirmed that the French trio of Europcar, Cofidis and Bretagne-Séché Environnement will be present, as will the Bora-Argon 18 team plus MTN Qhubeka.

The selection of the latter makes history as it represents the first time an African-based, African-registered team will compete in the Tour.

 (cyclingtips.com.au)

January 14, 2015





MTN-Qhubeka will race the Tour de France this summer. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Africa will send a team to the Tour de France for the first time in 2015 with South Africa’s MTN-Qhubeka receiving one of five wildcard invitations Wednesday from race organizer ASO.

France’s Bretagne-Séché Environnement, Cofidis, and Europcar, along with Germany’s Bora-Argon 18, will also race July 4-26 with the 17 UCI ProTeams.

“OK, we had Chris Froome win the 2013 Tour de France, Daryl Impey wore the yellow jersey, but to have a whole team in the Tour de France … For Africa and South Africa, it’s going to be huge,” MTN general manager Brian Smith told VeloNews. “And it’s going to happen on Nelson Mandela’s Day, on July 18.”

(velonews.com)

January 14, 2015




Wout Poels (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) wins stage 4 in Arrate
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The general vibe at Team Sky’s training camp in Mallorca is relaxed, and there are few people more so than former Vacansoleil and Omega Pharma QuickStep rider Wout Poels. The British team’s first Dutch rider, 27-year-old Poels had been on Sky’s radar for some time and has been signed with a view to strengthening the group defending Chris Froome’s Grand Tour interests in the mountains.

Genial and with a smile never too far away, Poels reveals that Sky showed some interest in him during his four-year spell with Vacansoleil and firmed it up last season. “They said they would like me on the team. I had a really good conversation with Dave [Brailsford] and he gave me real confidence that they can make me a better rider in the future. That really appealed to me,” says Poels, who opted to switch after a single season with Omega Pharma.

 (cyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) took over the young rider classification
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Thibaut Pinot will ride Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie as part of his build-up to the 2015 Tour de France.

Pinot announced his program on Twitter and will follow a similar program to his 2014 calendar, which helped him peak for the Tour de France and finish third overall behind Vincenzo Nibali and fellow Frenchman Jean-Christophe Péraud.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: That took a lot of power, but it's finally over, exhausted Kalz said after winning the race.
Marcel Kalz took an impressive revenge for his paper-thin last year's defeat, taking a convincing victory together with his Danish partner Alex Rasmussen in the 2015 Six Days of Bremen on Tuesday night. Overnight leaders Morgan Kneisky and Jesper Morkov eventually took the runner-up spot while defending champions Leif Lampater and Wim Stroetinga had to settle for third.

The extremely powerful German-Danish combination started the untimate evening one lap down on other two pairs remaining in contention, but emphatically leading in points, and turned such situation into their advantage thanks to good tactics in the final Madison.

(cyclingquotes.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: Mathieu van der Poel, shown here at the 2014 Koksijde UCI Cyclocross World Cup, will not be racing with the Elite Men at Worlds. © Bart Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine.
"As we head in to the final stretch of the season, looking forward to the 2015 Cyclocross World Championships, we took a look at the contenders that will be wearing the American colors for the for separate events. While today we look at some of the other national championships around the world, there are a few important items to note heading to the Czech Republic. Despite taking a number of impressive wins in the Men’s Elite races this season, and more importantly, the Dutch National Jersey of the Men’s Elite Championship, Mathieu van der Poel has already declared that he will race in the U23 race this year.

One of his largest young rivals, Wout van Aert, is still undecided, is ready to make his final decision this Friday."

(cxmagazine.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: The Trek Madone 2.1 is the cheapest Madone on the market
Tom Ballard / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Solid handling and performance, but buzz prone on rough roads."

 (bikeradar.com)

January 14, 2015




I see feet coming toward me and hear a woman screaming. I do not move because I am either afraid or unable; there is no distinction in my body between them.
As the car’s front bumper hit my rear wheel, the sound of it wasn’t but absorbed. The front wheel popped out, and the tire ripped off as the violence of energy went from car to bike and human being. I came down on a naked fork going roughly 25 miles per hour.

And so this is how it happens. This is how you die.

My brain is on fire and the slivers of seconds are bending and stretching. I look over my left shoulder and see the car passing above. The time is long still, and the pitch of a terrified nervous system mutes the rest of the world into nothing. My right hip and calf help bring me to a slow, grinding stop on the side of Monarch Road outside of Boulder, Colorado.

I rest my head on the asphalt and close my eyes. Awareness is smoke, there and gone.

 (velonews.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: Dubliner Paraic McGlynn with classics king Fabian Cancellara, taking him through the data that ensures he gets maximum force into his bike.
In Calpe, southern Spain, the WorldTour Trek Factory Racing team, including classics king Fabian Cancellara, is just completing a two-week training camp.

And at the heart of the action has been Dubliner Paraic McGlynn, one of the world leaders in top end bike fitting and cycling biomechanics.

Armed with software and hardware he has developed himself, the Irish entrepreneur has been advising the team on refining their riders’ positions.

And he has taken on a significant role for the Trek company which now has a global reach.

The goal is simple; to help the team’s riders get the best from themselves by leaving nothing to chance.

 (stickybottle.com)

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Lance Armstrong liked to control the media
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
A US federal judge ruled on Monday that Lance Armstrong and his legal team may see documents from the federal government's criminal doping investigation in the wake of the US Postal Service's sponsorship of Armstrong's former team, according to a report today by Courthouse News Service.

The federal government joined a False Claims Act lawsuit by Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis, naming Armstrong, former team manager Johan Bruyneel and Armstrong's management company Tailwind Sports as defendants. The suit, which Landis filed in 2010, accuses Armstrong of defrauding the US government when the former seven-time Tour de France winner was riding for US Postal. The government joined Landis' lawsuit last year, and under the False Claims Act, damages could be tripled to nearly $100 million. As the whistleblower who filed the case, Landis would be eligible for part of any damages awarded.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: I wanted to keep close to my roots, at the high end, with performance and training and proper goals.
Lance Armstrong’s former soigneur, Emma O’Reilly, will launch an indoor cycling training and performance center in Manchester.

O’Reilly has teamed up with Jennie Duschenes to launch performance brand Pro Spin and the fitness concept Spin Club, which will be hosted at a site between Wilmslow and Hale later this month.

After speaking out about Armstrong’s doping in 2002, O’Reilly has run The Body Clinic in Hale for several years and now wants to tap into the growing cycling market in North West England.

(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

January 14, 2015




Photo: If the Tour’s gone for five invites, Paris-Nice only has three in Cofidis, Europcar and Brétagne-Séché while the Dauphiné picks four with Cofidis, Europcar, Brétagne-Séché and MTN-Qhubeka.
ASO has announced the wildcard invitations for Paris-Nice, the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France. No surprises: as predicted it’s Bora-Argon 18, Bretagne-Séché, Cofidis, Europcar and MTN-Qhubeka with Bora’s case strengthened by confirmation of the recent ARD broadcast deal.

In times past wildcards had an exclusive element, to invite one team was to shun another but this time there are no obvious missing names from the Tour de France.

Bretagne-Séché’s invitation is understandable given their nationality and if they’re unlikely to become the talk of July their presence hardly excludes a must-have team. Besides the Tour has the paradox of being a global event that needs a large domestic contingent. Team Colombia can be exciting but they’ve yet to land a big result; a Giro invite looks likely and hopefully they win this when they’re announced in the coming days.

 (inrng.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: Rows of CNC machines. Photography by Dave Everett
The name may not be as catchy as Silicon Valley but Taichung is a powerhouse when it comes to bike technology and production.

Taichung City is Taiwan’s third largest city. It’s part of Taichung County, and it’s a quick 160km from Taipei if you use the high-speed rail. The city describes itself as an “economic, cultural and international city” which fits perfectly with the cycling industry that is based in the area.

The area features a who’s who of the cycling industry. Scratch the surface and all manner of cycling firms seem to have a presence there.

 (cyclingtips.com.au)

January 14, 2015




Lawson Craddock (Giant-Shimano)
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo.
A training ride on Wilunga Hill turned into an unexpected brush with the law on Wednesday for Giant-Alpecin's Tour Down Under squad after Simon Geschke and Lawson Craddock collided with a local patrol car.

Craddock, via email Wednesday, said that the incident occurred after the riders had climbed the hill twice and were heading back down.

“I was behind Simon Geschke when we rolled into town where a bike lane started,” Craddock said. “After a couple hundred meters, Simon started to pass a cop who all of a sudden turned into a parking space on the side of the street.

(cyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Photo: Columbia didn’t just stop at posters and magazine advertisements. They also made a host of trinkets that also carried the brand logo.
"It strikes me as peculiar how such a disarmingly simple machine can be the fulcrum for such complex issues, of compelling tales that stir the deepest emotions and of such resounding devotion, yet this is what the humble bicycle is.

Essentially it is little more than a bunch of tubes, a handful of components and two wheels – a design that, even despite the introduction of new materials through the generations, has changed little. Yet if ever a machine was greater than the sum of its parts, this is it."

(pezcyclingnews.com)

January 14, 2015




Fuji Transonic
(Photo courtesy of Fuji).
On paper, Fuji's new Transonic appears to be an almost-perfect road racing machine: It's light for an aero bike, stiffer than the company's other race models, and comes in a range of builds that makes it accessible to the well-heeled and ramen-eating racer alike. But promises on paper don't always translate to the pavement, so we took it out on our local roads to see if it could deliver.

Fuji initially shaped the Transonic on a computer to make it more aerodynamic, then verified the design in a wind tunnel. The company says that at 30 mph, a rider averaging 300 watts on a 40km time trial aboard a Transonic would finish 65 seconds faster than on the SST, Fuji's aggressive crit-racing machine, and 55 seconds faster than on the Altamira, Fuji's lightweight race bike. This is impressive from a frame that weighs just 2.2 pounds in its lightest version.

(bicycling.com)

January 14, 2015




Time trial ace Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick-Step) is hoping to net a yellow jersey with a win in the Tour's opening-stage time trial in 2015. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (File).
German time trial specialist Tony Martin said on Wednesday one of his top priorities for the 2015 season is to pull on the fabled yellow jersey as leader of the Tour de France.

The 29-year-old three-time world champion in the race against the clock made his intentions clear at the unveiling of his Belgian team, Etixx-QuickStep, in Calpe, Spain.

“This year, I have a rare opportunity to wear the yellow jersey on the first day of the race. That is at the top of my priorities for 2015,” said Martin, in reference to the July 4 opening stage, a 14km individual time trial around the Dutch city of Utrecht.

(velonews.com)

January 14, 2015