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November 2014

November 22, 2014




Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Wout Van Aert captured the biggest win of his season at the elite men's World Cup in Koksijde in Belgium on Saturday. The young Belgian rider, 19, dominated the race with a solo win by 42 seconds ahead of Kevin Pauwels and 53 seconds ahead of Mathieu van der Poel, who was almost caught by a strong group of chasers who crossed the line three seconds later. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014






November 22, 2014





Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) wins Superprestige Gavere, her third victory in the past seven days
Photo: © Photopress.be.
Stultiens and De Boer second and third...

November 22, 2014




Photo: Gage Hecht, winning the National Championships, 15-16 title in his first attempt, now has a European win to his name. © Meg McMahon.
Americans have a hard time with Koksijde, they said. The deep sand and brutal conditions are unlike anything in the United States, they said.
Looks like the sixteen-year-old American Gage Hecht was able to defy these detractors by taking the win this morning in the Koksijde Junior Race over Belgian favorites Gilles BorraAlessio Dhoore and Stefano Museeuw. (cxmagazine.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 22, 2014




Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team) with the trophy
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Wout Van Aert accomplished a career goal of winning both the BPost Bank Trofee’s Koppenbergcross and the UCI World Cup in Koksijde — all in the start of his first year racing as a pro. The young Belgian rider, 20, is pleased to add his name to the short list of riders that have won these two prestigious cyclo-cross races in Belgium. (cyclingnews.com)

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November 21, 2014


Iljo Keisse leads Mark Cavendish ahead of their sprint ride
Photo: © ISPA-photo/L.Claesen.
Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse took the lead on the fourth evening of racing at the Gent Six. The pair gained a lap on the rest of the field after breaching the 200-point mark, and taking victories in the elimination and derny races. Race favorites Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele fell down to third place, but could still move back into the lead if they earn a bonus lap for making 300 points. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014




Nairo Quintana (Movistar) takes the lead in the overall classification
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Nairo Quintana believes that his team’s decision to partner the 2014 Giro d’Italia victor with his teammate Alejandro Valverde for next year’s Tour de France and Vuelta a España is a good move. Instead of splitting their calendars as they did in 2014 - where Quintana rode the Giro and Valverde was sent to the Tour, before they joined up at the Vuelta – Movistar will send their two top stage racers to the same two Grand Tours. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014




Photo: three TT wins in 2014, Redlands, Nature Valley and Cascades.
At 36 years-of-age Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Tom Zirbel isn’t getting any younger but it took Worlds TT medallist Taylor Phinney to wrest the 2013 stars and stripes TT jersey off the big man’s back. He was well in the picture in every TT he rode in 2014 as well as being runner-up in the NRC calendar. (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Discission made. After 2 tests on bike today, I'll try to start tomorrow. Maybe defend GC, maybe not. Go in blanco! SP Spa-Francoshamps.
After missing today's World Cup race in Koksijde due to illness, Lars van der Haar will take the start in tomorrow's Superprestige race in Francorchamps. However, the Dutchman is unsure about his chances of defending his top position in the overall standings. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 22, 2014




Photo: The BSXinsight device is worn tightly against the calf using a dedicated sleeve
James Huang / Immediate Media.
In mid-December the first BSXinsight wearable lactate threshold monitors will begin shipping. Announced back in March via a Kickstarter campaign, the US$369 devices slip inside a calf compression sleeve, where data is recorded for post-workout upload via a smartphone app. The end result, the company claims, is lactate threshold data that can inform training, previously only available to athletes via pin-prick blood tests done in medical centers and high-end training facilities. (bikeradar.com)

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November 22, 2014





UCI president Brian Cookson at the Tour Down Under.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
UCI president Brian Cookson has presented his re-worked plans for the reforms for cycling to race organizers in a meeting in Oudenaarde, Belgium. The reforms are set to come into effect in 2017 and hope to reduce the number of race days on the cycling calendar, which could see several organizers being forced to cut days from their events. Cookson is aware that he has a battle on his hands but remains confident of things going ahead as planned. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014




Photo: The kids are (more than just) alright... © Patrick Verhoest
Phew, what a day of racing at Koksijde. The weekend isn't over yet with a stop at the new Superprestige race at Spa-Francorchamps tomorrow, but here are some quick thoughts on today's action. (podiumcafe.com)

November 22, 2014





Kenny van Hummel has announced that he will retire from cycling after failing to secure a contract for the 2015 season. The Dutch sprinter was saved from retirement by Gianni Savio’s Androni Giocattoli-Venuzuela after the collapse of the Fernando Alonso team left him scrabbling for a contract late in the year. He took three victories with the team but a lack of funds meant that he found himself hunting for a new job once again. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014




Photo: Whether I will once again make an Hour Record Attempt? Maybe next year. With a little extra preparation, I can target 45 kph.
After the successful hour record attempts by Jens Voigt and Matthias Brändle, Sporza journalist Ruben Van Gucht decided to give it a try. After a few weeks of preparation, he covered 42.315km in an hour. (cyclingquotes.com)

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November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014


Photo: Illegal acts will have a boomerang effect on the future of cycling.
Responding to a recent feature by CyclingTips which documented cases where riders had been required to either race for free or for a price less than the minimum wage, the riders’ association CPA, the teams’ association AIGCP and the governing body UCI have given their reactions to the situation.
Riders and agents told CyclingTips earlier this month that the UCI’s minimum wage requirements for WorldTour and Pro Continental teams are, in some cases, circumvented in ways that break regulations.
These practices could also in theory constitute tax fraud. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 21, 2014




The day's breakaway rider Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
When it comes to no-shows and hissy fits in cycling, Thomas Voeckler's failure to climb off the Europcar team bus and attend the podium ceremonies at the finish of Paris-Tours this October was surely one of the highest profile of them all in 2014. But both for Voeckler - and probably for Europcar in general in 2014 - Voecker's finishing a narrowly beaten second in Paris-Tours must have felt like one frustrating near-miss too many. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: A beaming Simon Gerrans after collecting three prizes including the top gong, the Sir Hubert Opperman medal. (Cycling Australia/John Veage).
Simon Gerrans has capped his stellar season by winning Cycling Australia's highest honor.
The 34-year-old was awarded the Sir Hubert Opperman medal, or "Oppy" as Australian cyclist of the year. It is the first time Gerrans has won the award. (sbs.com.au)

November 21, 2014




2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 21, 2014





Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst
Photo: © ISPA-photo/L.Claesen.
Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse edged closer to the overall lead at the Gent Six during the third night of racing on Thursday but remain 45 points behind Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: The feeling is one of helplessness. You get scared because you know you are the weakest link on the road and instead of helping and respecting cyclists, some do the exact opposite.
Yesterday Carlos Barbero ended his training ride at the police station after having been assaulted. The Euskadi rider who will ride for Caja Rural in 2015, complained about being given "two or three punches in the face" and asked the police to intervene. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: It's totally different than it was with Froome and Wiggins. Clearly Nairo is a rider who can perfectly aim for the win in the Tour.
Alejandro Valverde supports the decision to ride both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana with Nairo Quintana. The Spanish veteran will probably play a vital supporting role for the Colombian in the very mountainous Tour de France. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 21, 2014




Movistar joins Nairo Quintana on the podium
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Reus to Verandas Willems, Gasparotto heads to Wanty, Revolution Series heads to Manchester. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




SRM power meters are renowned for their reliability and precision, and now they are available at a more competitive price. Photo: SRM.
"Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t." (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Moab BLM officials have confirmed that electric-assist mountain bikes will be treated as motorized vehicles, and therefore not allowed on mountain bike singletrack in Moab. Photo: Daniel Dunn | VeloNews.com.
MTBR.com reports that the Moab field office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has posted updated guidelines to their website putting electric-powered bicycles in the same category as gas-powered vehicles, effectively banning them from numerous trails in and around the Utah mountain bike mecca. (velonews.com)

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November 20, 2014


Janvier Hadi (Louis Garneau) of Rwanda rode in the break on stage 4 of Tour of Alberta, and would take the most aggressive jersey that day. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File)..
Three years ago, Janvier Hadi pedaled a singlespeed bicycle taxi. This week, he won the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda, a success mirroring the growth of cycling in his country.
Born into a family of modest farmers, the 23-year-old took up the sport seriously after taking part in a race in the south Rwandan town of Butare.
“I heard there was a race for a singlespeed bike.It was like a test, and I won; I got first place,” he told AFP. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: World-class athletes, locals and international nut-cases who clearly fancy themselves as mountain goats all converged in the small town of Qixingtan. Photography by Daniel Simms (Quads & Calves) & Daniel Hakim
"For me, Taiwan isn’t one of those places that springs to mind when picking out ideal cycling destinations. Due to sheer ignorance or stupidity on my behalf I’d always imagined Taiwan as a land jam-packed with industrial estates and high-rise buildings. This was until last year when fellow CyclingTipper Andy covered the Taiwan KOM Challenge, an event that captured my imagination and put Taiwan on my must-do list of places to ride a bike." (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 21, 2014




the 2015 FDJ team jersey
Photo: © FDJ.
The FDJ team has revealed its new jersey for the 2015 season, opting for a mix of red, white and blue for the new season. In the 2014 the team raced in a blue strip, after using an all white kit in the past. Team leader Thibaut Pinot modeled the brightly-colored jersey and white shorts in official images issued by the team. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: n 2009 he became a cult-figure after he rode alone behind the peleton for several days, but managed to finish just within the time limit.
Kenny van Hummel has ended his career as a professional cyclist. The 32-year old rider has not been able to find a new team for 2015 after his contract with Androni-Giocattoli.
“Unfortunately I have to conclude that I have not been able to find a team, at a respectable level, who is willing to offer me a contract for the 2015 season”, the sprinter told NuSport. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: Will takes Stage 4 at the ToC.
Will Routley, cracking fella, was fortunate enough to entice him over to Taiwan for the KOM Challenge just recently.
Will has been a pro since 2008 and just enjoyed his best year with Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies with a win on Stage 4 and the overall KOM in the 2014 Tour of Califiornia. (crankpunk.com)

November 21, 2014




Erica Zaveta solos in for the win on day one of the 2014 Gateway Cross Cup. Photo: Matt James.
Erica Zaveta has steadily been working her way to the top of the sport.
The Erwinna, Pennsylvania native had applied for the Amy D. Foundation’s first racing scholarship, a program intended to help promising young female riders progress to the top of the sport.
Dan Dombroski established the foundation days after his 26-year-old sister, Amy, was killed on a training ride in Belgium in October 2013. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Astana is stepping up its commitment to its women's squad, which placed 10th at world team time trial championships in 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Olympic time trial champion and former world time trial champion Zulfia Zabirova will join forces with Maurizio Fabretto to launch Astana’s new women’s cycling team in 2015. The team will field a roster of about 15 riders, mostly young athletes that it hopes to develop into seasoned pros.
The team will be officially named Astana-Acca Due O, and it will be registered in Kazakhstan. Many of the riders will come from Eastern Europe, but the team will also have strong Italian flavor. It will have a headquarters in Cornuda, Veneto, and sponsor Acca Due O is an Italian water treatment company. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: Welcome to this week's Friday Five-a-side selection, brought to you this week from our Australian offices .
Featuring BH, Speedplay, Litespeed, Shimano and more. (bikeradar.com)

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November 21, 2014




Photo: it’s called De Kuipke. Kuip is Dutch/Flemish for a tank, tub, bowl or vat and the -ke suffix is diminutive, so think little bowl.
Not a road but a track and not a place to ride but a venue to visit. Still this series is about exploring legendary locations so here is the chance to look at the most famous of six day races. Or alternatively one of the last few surviving winter track contests. (inrng.com)

November 21, 2014




Alexander Vinokourov and Vincenzo Nibali celebrate the Astana win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has reacted angrily to the news of a fourth doping case within the Astana teams, saying he hopes that whoever governs cycling makes them pay a high price.
“If someone links me to these cases, they don't understand a thing. They're four imbeciles that have nothing to do with me,” Gazzetta dello Sport reported Nibali as saying. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




The Champs-Élysées finally got to witness Cadel Evans in yellow on the final stage
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Cycling Australia has announced its Tour de France team of the century at the Jayco Cyclist of the Year Awards held in Melbourne.
The team, comprising of nine riders, was selected by a panel of judges that included Orica GreenEdge’s general manager Shayne Bannan, and cycling journalist and Cyclingnews correspondent Rupert Guinness. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: I'm not allowed to start tomorrow in World Cup Koksijde. I still had a slight fever waking up. So doctor is giving the order not to start.
Lars van der Haar will unfortunately miss the second round of the cyclo-cross World Cup tomorrow in Koksijde, Belgium due to gastroenteritis. Van der Haar fell sick on Thursday night, and following an assessment with the team medical experts on Friday morning the decision was made that van der Haar would not start on Saturday, and his start at Sunday’s Superprestige race at Spa Francorchamps would be decided depending on his recovery. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: For best results, wear disposable gloves when applying embro.
(Illustration by Ryan Quickfall).
Leg-warming oils and creams can be indispensable on a chilly day - here's how to make sure it's a good burn. (bicycling.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: Elementary, my dear British cycling fan. The Tour de France's popularity in England was no mystery, with two British champions in the last two years prior to 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tour de France Sherlock Holmes. Elementary, my dear British cycling fan. The Tour de France's popularity in England was no mystery, with two British champions in the last two years prior to 2014. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: High Definition 720p with video recording and audio meaning that you can capture not just what the Fly6 sees in HD but you can also hear what’s happening too on your video..
"For the last three months I’ve been testing a prototype of what is possibly my favorite product of the year – and in any case, certainly the most useful – the Fly6 safety camera/light. Now that the prototype testing is finished and the new version 2, Fly6 camera has been released to the public this week I can finally talk about the product and start publishing some of my videos from the last few months." (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: Fan’s dream machine.
“It seemed too good to be true,” explained Royal Leamington Spa Cycling Club member Gary Hibbert. “A full Canyon Aeroad CF carbon-fibre bike, with Dura-Ace Di2 and Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels for just over £3,200.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014


Katie Compton won her fifth World Cup of the 2013-14 season in Rome, clinching the series title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The track was slick with mud, but she felt her leg pains — she’s adjusted her training, like she was floating on air. The course was lined with fans, but she heard nothing. Her bike, body, and mind — everything was firing in unison. Knowing she wouldn’t likely beat Marianne Vos in a two-up sprint, American Katie Compton attacked, opened a gap, and held it to the finish, to win alone, 24 seconds ahead of the world champion.
It was the Rome World Cup, held January 5, and American Katie Compton was on a perfect day. (velonews.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: Marianne Vos is returning to cyclocross this weekend. © Bart Hazen.
This weekend marks the second round of the World Cup for the 2014-15 season as we head to Koksijde in Belgium, often described as the sand dune race of cyclocross. Last month, Valkenburg held the first race, with Katie Compton pulling an astonishing come-from-behind victory after an unfortunate mechanical and Lars van der Haar found room for a solo victory after early attacks. (cxmagazine.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: AFP/Getty.
If you can think of a better weekend of CX racing, I'd like to hear it.
There may be some (pointless) debate about what the best 'Cross race track in the world is, but there's little debate as to which is the world's most famous place. That would be Koksijde, home to two world championships, one recurring World Cup race, and a whole lotta sand. And not that inland sand, but real dune stuff.
Oh, and something like 60,000 fans, which is an utterly massive amount. (podiumcafe.com)

November 20, 2014




Greg Van Avermaet with the Kristallen Fiets
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Giro d'Italia Gran Fondo and Australian NRS transfers. Taryn Heather joins Bicycle Superstore. Jennelle Crooks signs for Specialized Securitor. (cyclingnews.com)

November 20, 2014




2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 20, 2014




Tony Martin said the hour record is on his 2015 radar, but it's not his top priority. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
What started as a trickle is now a flood. Tony Martin is the latest rider to confirm he will try to take on an hour record attempt, perhaps sometime in 2015.
Speaking to the German website RadSport, the three-time world time trial champion said he would like to tackle the hour record, but only if it fits in with his road racing priorities. (velonews.com)

November 20, 2014




Team Sky's Chris Froome and Richie Porte training in Leeds
Photo: © AFP photos.
As anticipation builds for the arrival of Chris Froome in Australia, one thing Richie Porte says locals will not see of the British 2013 Tour de France champion during his stay – that is, him cycling with Porte on one of his famed off-season marathon training rides. (cyclingnews.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: Niels Albert had to retire from cyclocross in May cyclocross due to heart problems.
Even though there is no lack of excitement in the cross season, Niels Albert is still dearly missed. As sports director of the Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace team, he still has his place in the cucling world but after a remarkable statement, a comeback may again be a possibility. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: Cadel Evans of Australia celebrates after winning the 98th Tour de France (Reuters) .
This year, Australia will celebrate their personal 100th anniversary in the Tour de France – a century after Donald 'Don' Kirkman and Iddo 'Snowy' Munro became the first Australians to take part in 1914. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: Using its ‘Vertical Compliance, Lateral Stiffness’ technology, Canyon is aiming both at speed and comfort.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "If you’re looking to hit your peak in 2015 and batter your personal bests, the Endurace is heartily recommended." (bikeradar.com)

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November 19, 2014



Photo: reducing the Vuelta is possible but implicitly a shortened Tour de France can be discussed… but is unlikely to say the least.
A two week Tour de France? Non. Or to use the phrase beloved of many a French hotelier, c’est pas possible. Still it’s good to question established ideas and tenets. There’s no rule that says the Tour de France must be three weeks long and if there were, we should question that too.
It’s a current topic since UCI President Brian Cookson was in Madrid to award Spain and Movistar their UCI World Tour prizes. He spoke to the media when asked about a shorter Vuelta and Tour de France implied nothing was off the table. Let’s explore why an abbreviated Tour won’t suit anyone. (inrng.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: BBC News - Nicole Cooke calls for women's ... www.bbc.com
As a former world and Olympic champion, double World Cup winner and victor in races such as the Giro d’Italia Femminile, La Flèche Wallonne, the women’s Tour of Flanders and the Amstel Gold Race, Nicole Cooke is one of the best female riders of all time.
She walked away from the sport in early 2013 and since then has had minimal involvement, bar some intelligent interviews which expressed her views on anti-doping, women’s cycling and minimum pay. She also released an fine autobiography this year, entitled “The Breakaway.” (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 20, 2014




American Evelyn Stevens will take on 2015 with a new team, but she'll still bring familiar sponsors Specialized and lululemon along for the ride. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
She finished up the world championships, went to Cape Cod, got engaged, and took three weeks off the bike.
And now, Evelyn Stevens is at it again. She’s in Boulder, Colorado this week getting back up to speed, staying with Connie Carpenter and Davis Phinney. “It’s always a nice time of year,” she said. “I’ve been training for a few weeks already. I go to my first training camp in December.” (velonews.com)

November 20, 2014





The MTN-Qhubeka riders await the start
Photo: © Luca Bettini.
The MTN-Qhubeka team has confirmed it has obtained a Professional Continental license for the 2015 season from the UCI as it looks targets a wild card invitation to the Tour de France following the signings of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Theo Bos, Tyler Farrar, Stephen Cummings and Matthew Goss.
The UCI has yet to confirm the full list of WorldTour and Professional Continental teams registered for 2015 but the team will gather in the Western Cape of South Africa for a weeklong get together between November 23-30. (cyclingnews.com)

November 20, 2014




Andre Greipel makes sure Lotto Belisol gets a mention on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Before anyone says André Greipel is washed up in the sprints, let's consider that the German champion won 16 races this year, and that was over the course of a season interrupted by a shoulder injury, sustained in a Gent-Wevelgem crash, that required surgery to repair. He leads the peloton in the overall number of victories, even if Marcel Kittel and Alexander Kristoff won more Grand Tour stages. (cyclingnews.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: To be the first African team going to the Tour would be really good. Photography by Kristof Ramon.
Speaking about a possible return to a race he hasn’t competed in since 2011, former Milan-Sanremo winner Gerald Ciolek has said riding the Tour de France again is a major objective for him in 2015.
The German sprinter’s MTN-Qhubeka team has met with Tour organizers ASO and is awaiting confirmation about whether or not it will be given a wildcard invite to next year’s race. This week it was handed participation slots in two of ASO’s early season events, the Tours of Qatar and Oman. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 20, 2014




Photo: Mmm... chocolate milk. Tastes good and a great recovery drink too
Michael Dannenberg / Immediate Media Co.
In their quest for the ultimate performance nutrition, cyclists and sports scientists will turn their tastebuds to anything from a cousin of cannabis to the afterburn effects of a curry.
We take a look at the secret superfoods you should be eating, and why. (bikeradar.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: The AiR TT 9.2 is finished in sleek silver with flashes of yellow
Oli Woodman / BikeRadar.
Chris Boardman is perhaps best known for his time trialling prowess and an obsession with detail. With the second generation of his bike company's TT bikes, there's been an opportunity to tweak designs for even more aero gains. (bikeradar.com)

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Idyllic conditions for a training camp in Tenerife.
Photo: © Andrzej Jozwik.
Anti-doping tests in Tenerife have again come under the spotlight after two of the world's biggest teams confirmed that none of their athletes were tested during several training camps on the Spanish island, but the UCI claims that its anti-doping affiliate, the CADF, carried out controls on "top tier teams" on the island this season. (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Italian says team doesn’t have a coordinated doping programme.
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has repeated his previous assertions that the Astana team does not have a systematic doping problem, dismissing any suggestions that a spate of positive tests linked to the team could reflect a coordinated policy.
Speaking to the Guardian, Nibali was commenting after brothers Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy tested positive for EPO and another Kazakhstani rider, the national road race champion Ilya Davidenok, had a positive A sample for anabolic androgenic steroids. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 20, 2014




Photo: Michele Acquarone was sacked by Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport after huge sum of money went missing, and continues to try and clear his name.
Italy’s Michele Acquarone, former RCS Sport manager in charge of the Giro d’Italia, stands firm one year after the media company fired him over €13m in missing funds.
“It’s not RCS versus a former employee. Here it’s RCS protecting itself keeping the scandal far from the heart of the company,” Acquarone said in a letter this month. “In real life big fishes eat small fishes. Always.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Finishers of day one celebrate under the start banner
Photo: © Liam Doran. (cyclingnews.com)
Mike McCormack, organizer of the BRECK-EPIC MTB stage race in Colorado, one of the premier events in North America, today tweeted that his race will no longer accept as an entrant any rider that is serving or has ever served a USADA or WADA suspension. (crankpunk.com)

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Photo: The press release announcing the race was posted in CyclingTips, VeloNews, Road.cc and here in PEZCycling, amongst others, and the post-race reports are flying out all over the world.
From rider to journalist to organizer – Lee Rodgers has seen all sides of the majestically beautiful yet spectacularly cruel race that is the Taiwan KOM Challenge. Today he looks back at his experiences from this truly unique climbing race which is gaining every year in stature and prestige. (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 20, 2014




Peter Sagan (Cannondale) pops a one-handed wheelie to celebrate his win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Although he won his third straight points classification in the Tour de France this season, Peter Sagan lacked the volume of victories of his previous seasons, but his new Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Bjarne Riis has high hopes that the Slovakian champion will turn his luck around in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

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British Cycling's technical director Shane Sutton says Bradley Wiggins' selection for Rio 2016 will be dependent on his times on the track. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
Shane Sutton, the technical director of the British Cycling team, has hinted that Bradley Wiggins needs to step up and improve his team pursuit speed if he is to secure a place in the final quartet for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. (cyclingnews.com)

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Astana's Vincenzo Nibali celebrates his Tour de France victory in July Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali suffered further embarrassment on Wednesday when the Kazakhstan-back Astana cycling program, of which his team form the elite end, suffered a fourth positive drugs test in the space of just a few months.
Victor Okishev, a 20 year-old who rides for the Astana's Continental team, returned an an adverse analytical finding for Anabolic Androgenic Steroids. He has been provisionally suspended by the UCI, cycling's world governing body, but has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. (telegraph.co.uk)

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Photo: That's on my agenda and I will discuss with my team in December how we can approach this issue without compromising my goals on the road.
After losing his rainbow jersey in Ponferrada, Tony Martin goes into the 2015 season with the goal of taking back the coveted tunic and taking the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. The German also has the Hour Record on his agenda and may make an attempt already in 2015. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 19, 2014




Greg Henderson spends a good amount of time at or near the front of races, whether he's pacing his squad in a team time trial or leading Andre Greipel in a sprint. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It’s hard to go slow when you’re paid to ride fast. Veteran sprinter and ace leadout man Greg Henderson had to learn to slip into the slow lane in 2014 to recover from three minor surgeries. Those proved to be little more than speed bumps, and the 38-year-old Henderson was right back in the mix, picking up a win at the Ster ZLM Toer and slotting into his role as part of Lotto’s formidable leadout train.
VeloNews recently caught up with Henderson from his European home base in Girona, Spain, to talk sprints, André Greipel, and how to beat Marcel Kittel. (velonews.com)





Photo: David Reyes (Chicago, IL), Maxx Hall (Niles, IL), and Brian Conant (Dekalb, IL) lead the Men’s 1/2/3 field into the first corner on day one of racing at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. © SnowyMountain Photography.
While many made the annual pilgrimage to Mount Krumpit for Jingle Cross this past weekend, about 500 racers convened at Hilton’s Indian Lakes Resort to tear up a golf course and test the bunkers in The South Chicago Wheelmen’s revered double race weekend. With The Chicago Cylocross Cup’s (CCC) only Saturday race in the series this year, many chose to stay at the hotel adjacent to the course and enjoy the amenities: a heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, spa, two restaurants and three bars – including The Cave Bar, made famous among local racers by the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew. (It actually looks like a cave). Despite the venue being only 45 minutes outside of Chicago, the weekend becomes a social affair and it’s a treat for racers to wake up on Sunday, have breakfast and be steps away from the course. (cxmagazine.com)

November 19, 2014




Photo: The infamously rocky run-up at Barton Park is a signature feature of the course. © Pat Malach.
Serena Bishop took her second straight win of the 2014 Cross Crusade Sunday at Barton Park and secured her fourth series overall win in as many years, while Josh Kelley took the elite men’s win Sunday and tied Chris Jones for second overall with 104 points each. (cxmagazine.com)

November 19, 2014




2014-15 Races & Results.

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


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Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
"Asper-Gavere is a cyclo-cross classic; a course set apart for its difficulty, in the category of Koksijde and the Koppenbergcross, or old legends like Wetzikon. Set in an orchard on the side of what is more or less a cliff, on a military base with a castle perched at the top of the hill. Imagine the muddiest tractor paths you’ve ever seen, set at a 45 degree angle, and none of them straight; a slippery game of Chutes and Ladders with only two rideable flat sections, one along the start/finish stretch, the other along the canal at the bottom of the descent. Any other flat piece requires running, including the five back and forth sections that come early on the course." (cyclingnews.com)

November 19, 2014




Canadians Will Routley and Ryan Anderson take the front on a training ride.
Photo: © Casey B. Gibson.
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies today announced its 14-rider team for the 2015 season, naming U23 Pan American cyclo-cross champion Curtis White as its latest signing.
Guillaume Boivin joins Phil Gaimon from Garmin-Sharp in stepping back from the WorldTour ranks, while Canadians Pierrick Naud and Michael Woods are the other new additions to the team. (cyclingnews.com)

November 19, 2014




Photo: The faithful Allen key is often overlooked.
Excluding your mind, hands and perhaps bottle opener, nothing in the bicycle workshop is likely to get more use than hex wrenches (AKA hex keys, Allen keys). So why is that so many of us will invest in other bicycle-specific tools, but make do with cheap L-shaped wrenches or worse, a multi-tool?
Taking a peek in a well equipped workshop or pro-mechanics tool box will reveal that the experts don’t often agree on what type of hex wrench is best – and, more importantly, they rarely make-do with just a single style. On top of this, you’ll just about always find a torque wrench or two. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: We have always been pretty ordinary. The season was not dramatic, but at the moment I see no successor to Boonen and Gilbert.
Tonight the Kristallen Fiets will be awarded to the best Belgian rider. For Johan Museeuw, Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet are the top favorites. Museeuw who has been entitled to vote explains why he chose Gilbert and speaks about Tom Boonen's future in an interview with Sporza. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 19, 2014




Powers celebrates his impressive win
Photo: © Casey B. Gibson.
Jeremy Powers’ first race overseas proved to be a success with a ninth-place finish at the opening World Cup in Valkenburg, and after a short return home to the US, he is ready to head back over for the second round held on November 22, on the sandy shores of Koksijde in Belgium, where he is aiming to cross the finish line inside the top 10 again. (cyclingnews.com)

November 19, 2014






Photo: Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse.
Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse are in fourth spot behind leaders Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele after the opening night of the 2014 Ghent Six-Day in Belgium.
Cavendish and Keisse put in a solid performance on Tuesday night, placing second in the Madison, team elimination and points race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 19, 2014





Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) takes stage 2 at the Tour of Beijing
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Philippe Gilbert has said that he yearns to return to the cobbled Classics of Flanders, even if it were to impact on his performance at the Ardennes races.
In the past, Gilbert has ridden both but the cobbled Classics were removed from his race calendar for 2014, as the BMC team looked to regain the Belgian’s form of 2011. After a year away from the pave, the Belgian is keen to make a return in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

November 19, 2014




U2's Bono suffered major injuries after a bike crash in Central Park Sunday. Photo: AFP PHOTO | ANDREW COWIE (File)..
Today.com reports that U2 frontman Bono faces a long road to recovery after crashing on a bike ride in New York City’s Central Park on Sunday.
The singer attempted to avoid another rider and was involved in what doctors have called a “high energy bicycle accident.” Bono was rushed to New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department and underwent “multiple X-rays and CAT scans” followed by five hours of surgery. (velonews.com)

November 19, 2014




Lampre-Merida members on Mallorca (L-R): Chris Horner, Diego Ulissi, Jose Serpa, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Rui Costa, Damiano Cunego and Sacha Modolo
Photo: © Bettini.
Lampre-Merida team manager Giuseppe Saronni recently gave his team a score of 6.5 out of 10 for the 2014 season, claiming the team had done well but insisting his boys could have done a lot better. He is right, with a stark contrast of success and failure, some promising young riders and the demise of an older generation creating a season of contrasts. The team won 27 races but many of those were minor; 2014 could have been so much better. (cyclingnews.com)

November 19, 2014




Photo: When you take caffeine before riding, it blocks your receptors for adenosine, a neurotransmitter which sends fatigue signals to your body.
If you’re looking for an extra push before your next big race, you might want to be careful about what you’re chugging to get it. Drinking caffeinated energy drinks before riding can make your sleep suffer later on, new research from Spain suggests. (bicycling.com)

November 19, 2014




Photo: Jesse Prichard from Spokane and “Paul in Dallas” both came up with 1 kg and 10%.
There was some heavy mud, but pine needles and wood were mixed in with the soil, and they are relatively light in weight. The bike carried 1040 g (2.3 lb) of mud. The bike’s overall weight, mud-free, is 10.0 kg (22.0 lb), so the mud added 10.4% to the bike’s weight. That’s quite a bit of mud weighing the bike down, and makes me wonder about using superlight parts on a ‘cross bike! (janheine.wordpress.com)

November 19, 2014




Photo: Feedback from Raleigh-Clement pro team riders like Ben Berden was integral to designing the 2015 Raleigh RXC Pro Disc.
(Photo by Colin McSherry).
Raleigh’s top-of-the-line cyclocross race bike was redesigned in 2015 with input from Raleigh-Clement Pro team riders like Ben Berden. Raleigh lowered the bottom bracket— from 55mm on the size 53cm 2014 model, to 65mm on the 2015 size 54cm—which added stability to the ride, but at the cost of pedal clearance when you really lay the bike over. This is a minor quibble, but it’s there nonetheless. Thru-axles replace standard quick releases at both ends. This adds some rigidity to the wheel connection and helped immensely to keep rotor noise from the Shimano R785 brakes at bay. (bicycling.com)

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The Astana team car
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
The UCI has confirmed that Astana Continental rider Victor Okishev has been suspended after he returned an adverse analytical finding for Anabolic Androgenic Steroids. The positive test comes from the Asian Championships in May of this season, where Okishev won the under-23 time trial. The 20-year-old has been part of the team since August of 2013. (cyclingnews.com)

November 19, 2014





Photo: Samuel decided to not stay and we respect this....
Samuel Sanchez, not retained by BMC Racing Team, is without a contract for next season. Georges Luchinger, the spokesman of the Spanish rider said that the rider  took himself the decision not to run in 2015 for the US team. “Samuel decided to not stay and we respect this,” he explained. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 19, 2014




Richie Porte tried to step in for downed leader Chris Froome at the Tour, but steadily lost ground in the overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Richie Porte is hoping to put his annus horribilis behind him, and ride into 2015 with a roar.
Illnesses derailed much of Porte’s season, forcing him to miss the Giro d’Italia. Later, at the Tour de France, he was poised to step up, following the unexpected exit of defending champion Chris Froome, but he suffered in the mountains. Speaking on Team Sky’s website, Porte admitted it was a year of hard knocks. (velonews.com)

November 19, 2014





Chris Froome, Team Sky and the Tour of Oman jersey winners.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
ASO confirm Tour of Qatar and Oman teams, La Pomme to ride KTM Bikes, New name and bike sponsor for La Pomme Marseille. (cyclingnews.com)

November 19, 2014






Photo: The first look at Velocio-SRAM's 2015 kit
(Photo courtesy of Velocio).
Since July, the fate of the Specialized lululemon women's professional cycling team has been up in the air. After a valiant crowd-sourcing effort, Specialized revealing its move to Boels-Dolmans, and riders like Carmen Small and Evie Stevens announcing their departure from the squad, it seemed that the continuation of the team was unlikely.  Now, the team is moving forward as Velocio-SRAM aboard Cervélo bikes. (bicycling.com)

November 19, 2014




Collegiate national champion Griffin Easter rode with Airgas in the 2014 Cascade Cycling Classic race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
American grocer Safeway recently stepped into the pro cycling arena, announcing its sponsorship of a UCI continental team, to be called the Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team. The team will be made up of 16 riders — the roster is not yet finalized — and focus on development, though it does not bill itself as a development team. (velonews.com)

November 19, 2014




Photo: Capture your ride in photos and video with this lightweight, powerful device.
"Weighing in at a scant 86g (claimed), and just barely larger than two stacked matchboxes, this action camera is one of the smallest on the market. The CM-1000 can be mounted to your bike or your body using any GoPro®-compatible camera mounting system. Included with the camera is a helmet mounting strap—but I opted for a K-Edge combination camera/GPS mount, to keep my bike cockpit looking tidy." (bicycling.com)

November 19, 2014




Photo: Personally I consider these team gatherings as a bit of a sore spot. No team has ever held a high-level launch in the Seattle area.
Yawn... winter. In the season of cycling, anyway. It's not technically winter here (though it might as well be), and for one pretty good slice of our audience (g'day y'all!) it's not even slightly winter. But if winter is the incubation period for the Earth's annual cycle of rebirth, then for the cycling season that's where we are. In fact, winter is well underway, even about to wind down. It won't be long now before we see the first little shoots of Cycling Spring, in the form of team training "camps" intermingled with flashy media launches. (podiumcafe.com)

November 19, 2014




Photo: The 404 Firecrest is still Zipp’s aerodynamic state of the art, it squeezes every last drop of drag reduction from a 58mm deep rim Zipp can muster.
"It’s always fascinating to watch a brand tell us the product they designed only a few seasons ago is now slow, heavy and flimsy compared to the new product and all its technological wizardry. We expected to hear this when Zipp announced the 404 Firestrike, but instead we heard something quite different." (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: On track: Britain's Mark Cavendish is well placed after day one Photo: GETTY.
The aroma of fried onions, hot dogs, burgers and beer hits you even before you enter ’t Kuipke, Ghent’s iconic velodrome in the heart of Flanders, northern Belgium.
Even without any olfactory sense, though, it would not be difficult to navigate your way to the 5,000-seat arena; a procession of fans in varying states of sobriety were wending their way from Ghent’s bars and cafés to the Citadelpark long before the first evening of this year’s Six kicked off at around 8.30pm last night. (telegraph.co.uk)

November 18, 2014




Alejandro Valverde takes another second place
Photo: © Sirotti.
The bad news for Spanish cycling in 2014 was that Movistar are now the country's lone star in the WorldTour firmament. The good news was that as the sport's top ranked team in the UCI WorldTour classification, Movistar continued to shine so strongly this season that their current success rate easily eclipses Spain's fast-disintegrating future as a cycling nation. (cyclingnews.com)

November 18, 2014




Photo: Nibali is an unusual champion because he is still one of us. That's not a given thing as he has won the most important race in the world, the Tour de France, just after he had won the Vuelta and the Giro.
Italian national coach Davide Cassani has heaped praise over Vincenzo Nibali, claiming that the success has not changed the Tour de France champion. Furthermore, he insists that he is confident in the future for Italian cycling. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 18, 2014




Photo: El Chorro Regional Park is a comfortable place to spend a CX weekend. © Philip Beckman/PB Creative.
Two hundred and fifty miles is a bit out of the comfort zone for many cyclocross competitors in Southern California. If an event is more than an hour or two from home (not counting the area’s often crushing traffic), a lot of riders will opt for pedaling from their garage instead. Or check the surf report.
But the SLOcross simply had too much going for it. The fifth edition of the event dangled a fresh, juicy bundle of carrots to bring CX enthusiasts from SoCal (and beyond) all the way to San Luis Obispo. (cxmagazine.com)

November 18, 2014




2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 18, 2014




A happy Bigla team after Hogan's win
Photo: © Bart Hazen.
Lander still without contract, Wanty sign Seynaeve, Vos wins Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, Geert Van Bondt joins BMC. (cyclingnews.com)

November 18, 2014




Loic Vliegen (BMC) puts pressure on the front group.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
The American registered BMC Development Team has announced its 2015 15-rider roster which includes five new faces. The team was victorious on close to two dozen occasions in 2014 while two of its riders, Stefan Küng and Dylan Tuens, moved up the WorldTour BMC Racing Team. (cyclingnews.com)

November 18, 2014




Photo: In Hill Climb Girl, a Japanese schoolgirl channels Bradley Wiggins in a race against her nemesis.
It turns out that Japanese animators are just as into Rapha and Bradley Wiggins as the Brits are - at least, according to a recently released anime short called "Hill Climb Girl." The video has quickly become a cycling sensation, thanks to a pithy-but-adorable plot and an inspiring TT up a grade that would make even the most seasoned cyclist cringe. (bicycling.com)

November 18, 2014




I am stuck in a time when cycling caps were what professionals wore. (Photo by Colin McSherry)
"I put on a cycling cap every day that I ride my bike. I've done so pretty much since I became a professional cyclist, when I felt that I had finally earned the right. Lately though, I sometimes feel ridiculous. Now that I am retired, why do I still feel the compulsion to stick so resolutely to this tradition, looking in the mirror each morning, straightening my peak before I head out the door?
Many of us have a bit of a 'first girlfriend' syndrome with cycling, an intensity and excitement that springs from the image of the sport the way it was when we first found it. For me, the cycling cap is central in that image." (bicycling.com)

November 18, 2014




Photo: For races, we swapped back and forth between the stock HED Ardennes+ wheels and the pictured Roval tubulars.
"We’ve been riding and racing the top-of-the-line $6300 Boone 9 Disc for about two months now and have been roundly impressed. Subtle flex in the frame accompanied by a similarly behaving IsoSpeed (aka tapered) fork nets a cyclocross bike that feels smoother than any other we’ve ridden." (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: Chris (Horner, ed.) has signed but not with Cult. We will announce the team in the coming days.
Chris Horner has had a hard time finding a team for next season. Now his agent Baden Cooke reveals that he has signed a contract with an unnamed team.
A little more than a year ago, he stood at the top step of the podium in one of the biggest races, the Vuelta a Espana, celebrating the biggest win of his career. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 18, 2014





Photo: I’d say it was the desire to win, the blind desire to win, the desperation to win that characterised most of my races.
"Nicole Cooke says ‘no more heroes’ but, truth be told, she is one of mine. She was impressive as a cyclist of course, and her manner off the bike was equally striking.  I’ve never met a professional rider as aware of the legacy they created nor as measured or as thoughtful in their answers . She was kind enough to give me time for an interview, and it was a conversation that went on long after the recorder was turned off." (crankpunk.com)

November 18, 2014





Photo: Probably the only good thing about having a bad year is that it does make you hungrier... Photography by PDV/VK//Cor Vos © 2014
Stating he is over 14 pounds lighter than he was twelve months ago, Richie Porte has said he has got over the disappointment of a season frustrated by illness and is raring to go for 2015.
Any thoughts that the Australian’s morale might still be dented after an at-times difficult year have been dismissed, with the Team Sky rider saying that he is highly motivated to turn things around and show what he can do. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 18, 2014




Photo: The UCI and FIFA are both based in Switzerland, in fact well over half of the governing bodies for Olympic sports are based in Switzerland, a small country of just eight million people. Why?
For years cycling was the whipping boy of sports administration. Turf wars, doping problems and other concerns beset the sport and the UCI’s HQ in Switzerland had a siege mentality. Now it’s the turn of FIFA, soccer’s governing body. There are allegations of cronyism, whistleblowers being blasted, talk of breakaways and a bizarre President who seems impossible to eject.
Cycling fans might feel like The Simpson’s Nelson Muntz as they point and laugh at FIFA’s self-inflicted woes. But any amusement is surely born from experience and a sense of nervous relief that another sport is humiliating itself? (inrng.com)

November 18, 2014




Cyclist of the year Cadel Evans wearing his Sir Hubert Opperman medal.
Photo: © John Veage.
The plan by Cycling Australia (CA) to name a nine-rider Tour de France 'Team of the Century' at its annual awards night in Melbourne on Friday (local time) will surely spark plenty of debate with a number of world class candidates missing out.
Certainly, as one of six judges asked to select the team, debate is what I expect if the variety of nominations submitted from each member of the selection panel and what it took for us all to reach a final and collective decision is anything to go by. (cyclingnews.com)

November 18, 2014





Photo: It’s not about the risk of a crash or about the event itself. We just faced the question: How do we keep him fit? Because Mark also likes doing it, we allowed it. But I’m still not in favour of it.
Tonight the 74th Six-Days of Ghent kicks off in De Kuipke and it is time to find out who will succeed Jasper de Buyst and Leif Lampater on the list of winners after their surprise victory 12 months ago. The Ghent audience can welcome back their local hero Iljo Keisse who will ride on the track with no less of a figure than Mark Cavendish. However, Omega Pharma-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere is less enthusiastic. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 18, 2014





Photo: I don't think I would have been far away. I was in great condition and I crashed while I led the race. For me, the Vuelta a Espana was about to start so I don't think I would have been far away from the victory.
Nairo Quintana is still not completely recovered from his two crashes in the Vuelta a Espana. However, the Colombian is more frustrated that he missed out on the chance to win the Spanish grand tour as he feels that he could have beaten eventual winner Alberto Contador. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 18, 2014




The 2015 Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia will tackle the grand tour's queen stage in May. Photo: Giro d'Italia.
Just in time for the holiday season, the Giro d’Italia is opening registration in December for its Gran Fondo event.
The ride is open to aficionados and cyclists who want to challenge themselves on the roads of the Corsa Rosa’s hardest stage. The ride is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2015.

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Brian Cookson at the Tour Down Under
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
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Brian Cookson has said that he would consider shortening the Tour de France in an attempt to declutter the cycling calendar.
The UCI president was speaking to the media in Spain after presenting the awards for the 2014 UCI WorldTour rider, team and nation at an event in Madrid on Monday. (cyclingnews.com)

November 18, 2014




Battling with the best ...Nathan Earle in action at the Tour Down Under (Getty Images).
It's hard to earn a place on one of the best cycling teams in the world and it can be even harder to keep it.
After his neo-pro year with Team Sky, Nathan Earle knows the joy and the demands of being a WorldTour worker.
While he happily grinds away at the front of the peloton to deliver Chris Froome, Richie Porte or any other Sky rider to success, the future is never far from his mind.
"There’s no real job security." (sbs.com.au)

November 18, 2014




Simon Gerrans won his third Santos Tour Down Under in January 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The peloton is starting to wake from its autumn slumber, with training camps and team meetings revving up following a few precious weeks of downtime after a wild 2014 season.
But there’s no rest for the weary, and even less so for riders from Australia, where the racing season will soon click back into gear. Orica-GreenEdge is already planning to race well on home roads, and the team will be riding for all-out victory with Simon Gerrans at the 17th Santos Tour Down Under (January 20-25). (velonews.com)

November 18, 2014




Photo: Matt and Adam (aka, the Schleck brothers), our two guests hailing from Wellington, NZ who put us in the hurtbox whenever they had the opportunity . Photography by Veeral Patel
"It’s 7.45am on Friday. A chilled wind whips across the alpine lake, piercing through the lycra skins of the 20 hardy souls collected on the lake’s western bank. A long winter of frigid mornings and numb extremities has prepared us well and we are unmoved and unbowed. It is the morning of the first day.
Our group stands atop Falls Creek, and now, above the tree line, the landscape of granite and gorse rolls and falls below us in all directions. A coarse quilt of green, yellow, grey and purple spring flowers are tucked low and tight against the rolling terrain lest it be blown clean off by the merciless alpine wind." (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 18, 2014





Photo: Johan Van Summeren after a crash in the 2014 Tour of Flanders . She talks like a two-year-old. She tries to explain things with gestures. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
The 66-year-old cycling fan who was hit by Johan Vansummeren during the Tour of Flanders, will be paralyzed for the rest of her life. More than seven months after the accident, her husband has talked about the incident for the first time because his wife is unable to do so. On top of all the miseru, the medical treatment has cost more than 10,000 euro but they have not received a single penny in compensation. "I am not a millionaire," he says. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Jay McCarthy and team owner Oleg Tinkov
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Jay McCarthy's second season at WorldTour level with Tinkoff-Saxo, in which he made his grand tour debut at the Giro d'Italia, proved to one in which the Australian gained further insights into his characteristics at the top level of the sport.
The 22-year-old explained on the Tinkoff-Saxo website that he is closer to understanding where his strengths lie in the pro peloton after two seasons with the team. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Adam Myerson's answers to our sometimes sub-excellent questions were, without fail, brilliant and insightful.
"Because he is 1) An Old Dog That Won't Quit, 2) controversial, 3) unwilling in many ways to "play the game," 4) due an immense amount of respect wether you agree with him or not (he's earned it!), 5) NOT A JOCK, at least not in the pedestrian and typical sense, and 6) because we simply like and respect and revere him as well as what we think he stands for, we asked Adam Myerson Thirty-one questions give or take. Though it was not our intention, having more to do with ineptitude rather than apathy, many of our questions were random, unsophisticated and poorly executed." (manualforspeed.com)

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Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue and UCI president Brian Cookson
Photo: © Movistar.
Movistar, Alejandro Valverde and Spain have officially been awarded their trophies for their respective victories in the WorldTour. In a ceremony at the headquarters of team sponsor Telefonica in Madrid, UCI president Brian Cookson was on hand to dole out the awards to Valverde, Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué and Royal Spanish Cycling Federation chairman José Luis López. Giro d'Italia winner Nairo Quintana was also on hand to accept the plaudits. (cyclingnews.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: Let's face it: we all love reading tips on how to improve as riders.
The opening 15 minutes of the race will always be fast and furious with attacks and breakaways. A famous saying goes: “He/she who pedals the least, wins the race.” The intuition being that attacking off the front from the gun feels good, but it doesn’t maximise your chances of victory, it lessens them. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 17, 2014




Photo: the winner of the 2014 Coppa Italia which was made up of 19 races, will automatically receive an invitation to the next edition of the grand tour.
The League of Professional Cycling which manages the Coppa Italia, have officially given the title to Neri Sottoli "after a careful assessment of the circumstances and conditions that led to an interim delay and temporary results."
Neri Sottoli beat Bardiani-CSF by just a single point. The win had been questioned due to irregularitetes, mainly the forbidden use of some riders as the rules require all riders to live in Italy. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 17, 2014




Danny Summerhill (K-Edge Felt) sweeping the Derby City Cup weekend
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
With his impressive double wins earlier this month at the two-day Derby City Cup in Kentucky, where he toppled US cyclo-cross national champion Jeremy Powers from his streak of UCI C1 race wins, Danny Summerhill has set himself up as one of the favorites for the US National Championships in Austin, Texas in January. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: As there is no U23 race in Koksijde, van der Poel has been selected as part of the Ducth team for the elite race.
Mathieu van der Poel continues to ride both at the elite and U23 level. The talented Dutchman has announced that he will riding with the elite riders in Saturday's World Cup race in Koksijde.
The BKCP-Powerplus rider is usually riding with the U23 riders in that race series but there is no U23 race in the sand of Koksijde. Hence, van der Poel is one of 8 riders selected for the race by Ducth national coach Johan Lammerts. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 17, 2014




2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 17, 2014




Photo: McFadden, shown here in kinder weather, has been contesting the top five all season, and took a great win on Sunday. © Andrew Reimann.
For the few years, Courtenay McFadden has periodically been a major contender at the largest events in American cyclocross. Those who watch her race know that she is a furious starter, usually dictating the pace for the first three or four laps even against some of the best names in the sport. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: The situation is being resolved. As everyone knows there has been a delay but now the money has been provided by Coldeportes and the salaries for the riders has started to arrive.
A few weeks ago Jarlinson Pantano and Robinson Chalaud complained that their Colombia team had not paid their salaries for several months. Now the South American team reports that they are about to solve the problem. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: Despite the knowledge you have, I think you always have to race in your own way.
Retiring Sky sports director Dan Frost appreciates the fact that the British team has signed Nicolas Roche who will fit well into the team in several aspects. However, the team doesn't need his knowledge about Alberto Contador as Chris Froome already knows his Spanish rival very well. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: meal ideas and foods to keep you flu free and riding throughout the colder months .
It’s time to batten down the hatches, as the months of wind, rain, sleet and snow head our way. Yep, whether you like it or not, winter is here and unfortunately, so are the bugs, germs and infections of flu season.
Cue the obsessive health nuts with their flu masks, rubber gloves and disinfectant spray, panicking and giving every person who dares sniffle near them an evil ‘don’t get near me or touch me’ look.  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Italian-designed budget roadster.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "High quality first fast road bike but slightly more expensive than some of the opposition." (bikeradar.com)

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The peloton could contain fewer teams in the coming years as the UCI presses for a leaner lineup of teams and races. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Sweeping changes of how elite men’s professional cycling will look in the near future are no longer “pie in the sky” ideas, but are instead edging toward reality.
Is smaller better? Size doesn’t count for everything, especially as far as the UCI is concerned, and cycling’s governing body continues to press its makeover of how the elite men’s racing calendar will be structured.
As reported last week, the UCI and representatives from the peloton’s key players had a major sit down November 13 in Paris. That was the latest of several meetings this season, and came ahead of an official UCI report that is expected to produce concrete suggestions for changes, most likely to be revealed at a UCI WorldTour seminar in Montreux, Switzerland, in early December. (velonews.com)

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Photo: New for 2015 is a UCI rule demanding waste zones, an amendment to an existing rule.
The pro peloton’s existence is predicated on imitation. You can buy the same bike as the world champion, you can have the same clothing as the yellow jersey. “What the pros ride” is the sporting equivalent of “as seen on TV”.
There’s one aspect nobody should be copying: the practice of slinging used bottles, wrappers and other waste into the countryside. Time after time riders hurl their empty food packets away. This might change in 2015. (inrng.com)

November 17, 2014




Laura Trott and Dani King (Honda Wiggle) await the race start
Photo: © Gerry McManus.
Olympic champion Dani King was released from the hospital on Monday after spending two nights in the intensive care unit and nine additional days as an inpatient following a crash that resulted in five broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
The British track and road cyclist crashed when a member of her training group hit a pothole in South Wales Valley on November 6. She was taken to the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil where she was treated for her injuries. (cyclingnews.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: Racers approach the finish of Stage 8 of the 2014 Tour of California.
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will get its first ever high-altitude time trial and a return to Lake Tahoe, but they won’t be part of the same event.
Wait, how’s that work?
America’s longest-running stage race will enter its 10th edition with a mix of old and new, including the new TT and the return to the ill-fated 2010 Tahoe start, which got nixed by a powerful spring snowstorm. The twist is that the riders headed to Tahoe will be the women’s field, not the men’s. (bicycling.com)





Sanne Cant (Belgium) finished fourth
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nys leads Superprestige, Nash on a roll in the US, Juniors race in Kentucky and Gavere, World Cup heads to Koksijde, USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross standings. (cyclingnews.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: massimo tossato LEADS AN ESCAPE IN THE ELITE MENS WORLD ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS .
Italy’s national team will change shape over the coming 2015 season, incorporating more Under 23 and junior-level cyclists in professional races
“We want to make a jump in quality,” Director Davide Cassani told national sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The national team needs to exist year around for the youngsters to gain experience.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 17, 2014




Photo: I found that the gap between the management and us became bigger. I had the feeling of being less involved in everything.
In August, Michiel Elijzen announced that he would quit his job as team manger at Belkin. In an interview with Wielerrevue, the Dutchman explains his decision. "At Blanco I was involved in all decisions but my influence became smaller."
At the end of 2012, Michiel Elijzen left Lotto-Belisol to join Rabobank. (cyclingquotes.com)

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The 2015 Vuelta will likely hew to the Spanish tour's proven formula of tough climbs and punchy finishes. It should be mountainous as ever with a trip to the principality of Andorra. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It appears the Vuelta a España organizers are pulling out all the stops for 2015, the 80th edition of the Spanish tour.
The official unveiling of the route won’t happen until January, but details, both through official channels and reports in local media, suggest another interesting and challenging course for the Vuelta. (velonews.com)

November 17, 2014




Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) adds another white jersey to his wardrobe
Photo: © ASO/X.Bourgois.
The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro may be well over a year away but the French national team are ensuring that they will be well prepared. National coach Bernard Bourreau has called together 12 of the country’s riders for a training camp in December, with the 2016 Olympics in the forefront of his mind. (cyclingnews.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: Helios A9X has a high-end build but just a mid-level price.
Polygon divides its road range into two major categories – race and endurance – with a smaller selection of cyclocross and flat bar bikes. There are seven race models in the Helios A series and eight endurance bikes in the Helios C series. Both categories are dominated by carbon framesets, where the race-oriented bikes feature aerodynamic profiles, while the Helios C series employs conventional tube shapes. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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At a meeting in Paris on Sunday, WADA leader Craig Reedie said that cheating athletes should not be punished under criminal code. Photo: AFP PHOTO | LIONEL BONAVENTURE.
ESPN and the Associated Press report that The World Anti-Doping Agency said it is against the imposition of criminal sanctions on cheating athletes despite a tougher code that will come into effect on Jan. 1.
This comes after news of a recently proposed German law that would punish cheating athletes with criminal sentences of up to three years in jail.
“An athlete should be sanctioned under the sports rules which have been developed over many years,” WADA President Craig Reedie said, “and he should not be sanctioned under criminal law.” (velonews.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: I’m ecstatic! Let’s say it’s been a long time coming and I’m tremendously proud to be part of the Cannondale-Garmin organization. Photography by CorSo Sports Marketing.
Ted King has said he believes that his move to Cannondale-Garmin will be a big boost to his career, with the American stating that both the line-up and the opportunities should work well for him.
King was one of 27 riders confirmed on Friday as part of the roster for 2015. He is one of several moving across to the current Garmin-Sharp setup from the previous Cannondale team, joining seven other riders plus that title sponsor. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 17, 2014




Photo: Star treatment...Nathan Earle at the Tour of California (Getty Images).
Nathan Earle still can’t quite believe he’s living his dream. After his first season as a WorldTour professional the excitement is still evident in his voice as he talks about his year with Team Sky.
The 26-year-old Tasmanian has just completed the first half of a two-year deal with Sky that saw him riding in support of Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins, plus of course Richie Porte, something Earle still finds hard to believe. (sbs.com.au)

November 17, 2014




Andrew Talansky atop the Cervéo P5 in the Criterium du Dauphiné
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
A return of 23 wins – up from last year’s 17 – is not to be sniffed at, and with major wins in Il Lombardia and the Critérium du Dauphiné, thanks to the team’s brightest talents, Garmin-Sharp can look back on a season peppered with successes. The campaign, however, was also defined by a number of setbacks, crashes, and valiant yet ultimately unsuccessful near misses. Dan Martin’s tumbles at Liége-Bastogne-Liége, the Giro d’Italia and Worlds almost ruined his season, while Andrew Talansky’s injuries and abandonment at the Tour de France took some of the shine off of his sublime ride in June. (cyclingnews.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: Not much bang for the lots (and lots) of bucks.
"For some reason or other BMC always seems to be one of the first of our offseason team analysis pieces. I wanna say it's for alphabetical reasons but clearly even I'm not that poor with the alphabet so it has to be something else. There is obviously something intriguing about Andy Rihs' well funded Swiss/American creation." (podiumcafe.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: I am excited for the Tour and am looking forward to the time when we will start to study the stages and find the decisive moments.
Giro d'Italia winner Nario Quintana The Colombian Nairo Quintana, winner of the Giro, dreams about the 2015 Tour de France and starts the first Movistar team gathering with the French race in mind, believing that it is a good opportunity "with a perfect Tour with good mountains." (cyclingquotes.com)

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Valerio Conti (Lampre - Merida)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Drapac eyeing WorldTour in 2017, Conti wants Giro stage win, Melbourne Kermesse Championships. (cyclingnews.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: Alex Dowsett and Movistar, Tour of Britain 2014 stage one .
Movistar confirmed its team line-up for the 2015 season late last week, with four new additions to a squad which remains largely unchanged.
Three riders, Sylvester Szmyd, Jose Ivan Gutierrez and Ruben Plaza, who has left for Lampre-Merida, will be the only riders not returning to ride for the Spanish team next year.
New riders brought in for the new season include Australian Rory Sutherland, who’s joined from Tinkoff-Saxo, as well as Rubén Fernández, Winner Anacona and Marc Soler who will join the WorldTour squad as a neo-pro. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 17, 2014




Photo: A single pair of glasses that could suit all conditions.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Tough, protective glasses with a superb fit and great optics." (bikeradar.com)

November 17, 2014




Photo: The Wahoo RPM Cadence Sensor is one of those simple little products that is just a great little addition to your training arsenal and so easy to use. .
Ex racer Chris in France has been checking out some cool new products from BBB accessories and Scicon Bags and ex-Pro mechanic Alastair in Spain has been spinning his legs with the latest in accessories from Wahoo. 3 products that won’t break the bank but proved to be very practical indeed. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Klaas Vantornout used his bike skills and power to dominate the deep mud and slippery conditions and so win the Superprestige Asper-Gavere race on Belgium on Sunday.
The tall Belgian managed to go clear alone just before the start of the last lap as teammate Kevin Pauwels slipped in the mud and briefly delayed Tom Meeusen. (cyclingnews.com)

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The women's podium of Katerina Nash, Caroling Mani in second, and Courtenay McFadden taking another podium in third
Photo: © Casey B. Gibson. (cyclingnews.com)
Katerina Nash has become relentless as she hit her cyclocross season in full swing, taking a six in a row victory at Jingle Cross. Caroline Mani and Courtenay McFadden finished behind in second and third, respectively. McFadden, the leading American rider on the day, has been building her case as one of the top riders in the nation, and will surely continue to push herself to contend for the world’s team. (cxmagazine.com)

November 16, 2014





Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) chases
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Although he surged back into the overall Superprestige series lead with a tremendous come-from-behind effort to take third in Gavere on Sunday, Belgian champion Sven Nys has as of yet been unable to add any more victories to his palmarès in the series.
Even Nys-haters will acknowledge that the cyclo-cross legend is the reference in every race he starts. That wasn't any different at the fourth Superprestige round in Gavere. (cyclingnews.com)

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2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 16, 2014




Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) sweeps the weekend at the Providence Cyclocross Festival
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
The organizers of the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival in Providence, Rhode Island, announced this week that they intend to bid for inclusion in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup after receiving encouragement from both the UCI and the support of the state's Governor, Lincoln Chafee, and the Mayor-elect of Providence, Jorge Elorza. (cyclingnews.com)

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Sanne Cant (BKCP Powerplus)
Photo: © Photopress.be.
European and Belgian champion Sanne Cant won a very muddy edition of the Gavere Superprestige race on Sunday afternoon after a race-long duel with Nikki Harris.
The 24 year-old Belgian rider showed off her technical skills during a strong final lap. A mud-clad Harris rolled across the finish line in second place at short distance behind Cant. More than a minute later Ellen van Loy captured the final podium spot. (cyclingnews.com)

November 16, 2014




The Gavere podium: Kevin Pauwels, Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Sunweb – Napoleon Games team had arguably one of its best days of racin on Sunday at the Superprestige in Gavere, Belgium. "Gavere is ours," team manager Jurgen Mettepenningen claimed after the team managed eight podium finishes on Sunday, including Klaas Vantornout and Kevin Pauwels taking the top two spots in the Elite Men category. (cyclingnews.com)

November 16, 2014




Taylor Phinney, Steven Cummings and Lasse Hansen on the Dubai Tour podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The organizers of the second edition of the Dubai Tour hope the lack of an opening time trial will mean the race is decided by just a few seconds, with the hillier third stage in the Hatta hills likely to spark the only time gaps between the riders and so decide the overall winner. (cyclingnews.com)

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Fabrizio Guidi (Saxo Tinkoff)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Modolo tops Italian winners list for 2014, Italian doctors and riders discuss racing in extreme weather. (cyclingnews.com)

November 16, 2014




Photo: I didn't have the same desire and passion as before. I was proposed this new experience and I accepted it immediately...
Damiano Cunego has a strong desire for revenge. After a long career with Lampre, the Italian has decided to change and next year he will be the captain of the Nippo-Fantini-De Rosa team which will step up to pro continental level. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: We've tried to strengthen the team for the spring Classics as well as the Grand Tours with people like Boom, Cataldo, Malacarne and Rosa...
In the second part of a long interview, Astana’s Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali talks about the recent doping scandals at the team and how the squad is shaping up for 2015, where they will try and help teammate Fabio Aru win the Giro and then help Nibali try to defend his Tour crown. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 16, 2014




Photo: I also hope to start races like Bayern Rundfahrt or Tirreno-Adriatico. From the outside, the past season was not spectacular but I am in good shape.
After several years at the continental level, Stefan Schumacher will return to the professional ranks when he joins CCC Polsat-Polkowice. The German will focus on time trials, shorter stage races and the classics in his first year with the Polish team.
Crashes, illnesses, a small racing calendar and often with bad luck in the races. The 2014 season was not always as Schumacher had hoped. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 16, 2014




Photo: The day’s course may have been cut, but that didn’t stop Vincenzo Nibali putting the hurt on.
After freezing his way through Milan-Sanremo earlier in the year our roadside expert Alessandro thought he’d seen the last of snowy bike races for 2013 – was he ever wrong! We sent him out again into the snow and rain on stage 14 of that years Giro d’Itala. It’s a springtime snowy roadside special! (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 16, 2014




Photo: Forli’s public prosecutor, Sergio Sottani, opened the case this summer to see if Pantani was wrongfully removed .
Three doctors and a UCI official who examined Marco Pantani’s anti-doping test in the 1999 Giro d’Italia will be heard in court in the coming weeks as part of a case that involves Mafia gangs fixing sport.
Pantani was thrown out of the Giro that year while wearing the Maglia Rosa due to having a high haematocrit level.
The medics reject claims of foul play and told La Provinca newspaper in Como, “We did everything according to the rules.” (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: The test went perfectly and the change in weather suited us well. It was the perfect opportunity to see the boys back in action.
With six months to the start of Paris-Roubaix, BMC has tested the bikes for the hellish classic. A group including Greg Van Avermaet did a small lap that included the Carrefour de l'Arbre. "It ws the perfect opportunity to start to think about next year," the Belgian told Sporza. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Dermot, front left in red helmet, in action in the IVCA races. He had long become one of the stalwarts of the vets’ scene (Photo with thanks to Brendan Culleton).
The Irish cycling community has lost a well known and popular member following the passing of Dubliner Dermot McGrath after a training crash.
Dermot crashed descending Slaughter Hill, between Newtownmountkennedy and Roundwood. (stickybottle.com)

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World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) would win Superprestige Gavere for the ninth time in his career
Photo: © Photopress.be.
The Superprestige overall series is still wide open coming into the fourth round in Asper-Gavere on Sunday, with three different riders winning the first three races. Although he has won the overall series 13 times during his career and 64 individual rounds, Belgian champion Sven Nys has yet to claim a Superprestige victory this season, and will be determined to add a 10th win in the tricky course around the Grenier castle in Gavere. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Nys, van der Haar, Pauwels, Walsleben, Meeusen, Van Der Poel, Denuwelaere, Vantornout, Peeters, Wellens, Aernouts, Van Amerongen, Bina, Field, Simunek, ...
The 2014 Superprestige Cyclocross - Asper-Gavere (Hansgrohe Superprestige) is Sunday, November 16. Live Coverage gets underway at 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern) with the Elite Men race beginning at 3:30pm CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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PJohn Ebsen rode to victory atop Mount HeHuan in rain and cold temperatures. Photo courtesy of Taiwan KOM Challeng. (velonews.com)
"Phew, what a day. it just poured and poured, it was cold, one giant heavy cloud enshrouded the mountain and the peloton throughout. people were shaking and blue by the end, i ‘lost’ two jackets helping folk get warm at the top and don;t mind if i don’t get them back. every soul on that start line, never mind the finishers and the winners, rocked it like kings and queens, they were magnificent." (crankpunk.com)

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Ben Berden rode to first place at Jingle Cross Friday night. Photo: Dave McElwaine.
Ben Berden and Katerina Nash won the elite men’s and women’s races on the opening night of action at Jingle Cross on Friday.
Berden eked out a close victory over teammate James Driscoll, who was just two seconds behind him. Brian Matter was a few more ticks behind in third. (velonews.com)

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Photo: I think it suits my style because you have to be really switched on every day. It's probably the course that relates best to the 21 one-day races in-a-row philosophy.
In the space of a month, Dan Martin turned what many people were calling a disastrous season into a great one, when he finished seventh in the Vuelta on GC, his first Grand Tour top ten, as well as winning the Tour of Lombardy and taking second on GC at the Tour of Beijing and winning the stage’s summit finish to Miaofeng Mountain. (cyclingquotes.com)

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2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 15, 2014




Photo: Summer Moak swoops into the lead at Anza Crossing. Eventual winner Kora Colasuonno plies the outside line. © Philip Beckman/PB Creative.
’Cross competitors in the Southwestern U.S. had some critical decisions to make approaching this past weekend. How does one choose between two separate events, both awarding championships, paying valuable points for two different series, at two venues separated by an hour’s drive. For the hard-core the choice was easy: do both! For the mortals among us, not so much. In any case, we have proof positive that one cannot, in fact, have too much fun. (cxmagazine.com)

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Part of the happy SmartStop team after a great days ride
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
After a year in which Team SmartStop won the US road race championship with Eric Marcotte, the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar with Travis McCabe and the UCI America Tour with Jure Kocjan, second-year director Michael Creed is back with a bolstered 13-man roster he hopes will take the team deeper into the season. (cyclingnews.com)

November 15, 2014




Photo: I couldn’t be more excited coming to such an American operation.
Ted King’s team for 2015 was finally announced yesterday when he as included as one of seven riders to go with title sponsor Cannondale to the Cannondale-Garmin team.
“I couldn’t be more excited coming to such an American operation,” said King. “From a personal side, it just does make sense. I’m an American, American sponsor, American title companies, American organization. That’s super exciting. I kid you not, it puts a smile on my face just to see this come together the way it has.” (cyclingquotes.com)

November 15, 2014




Australian national champion Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
Photo: © James Startt/GPCQM.
Simon Gerrans will head to Ballarat in January with the aim of winning his third Australian national road race title, but if he can't win then he wants it to be one of his Orica-GreenEdge teammates.
"I'd love to wear this jersey for another season," Gerrans said, according to AAP. "The big priority for myself and Orica-GreenEdge is that the jersey remains in the team." (cyclingnews.com)

November 15, 2014




Photo: Keirin riders limber up on the track.
In a vast expanse of woodland in the shadow of Mount Fuji, where the only visible sign of civilisation for miles in every direction is a lonely 7-Eleven store, the 50 students of Japan’s keirin school are able to learn their trade with few distractions.
"That what goes on inside this school happens in such isolation. It's part of the mystique of keirin, and why it has fascinated me far more than UCI track racing ever has. I’m a die-hard roadie. Reading and learning about the rich history and hearing stories from professional cycling interest me almost as much as watching a race play out on television."

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The 2014 GP de Wallonie podium: Jan Bakelants, Greg Van Avermaet and Tony Gallopin
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Deirdre Murphy Bader remembered, Tre Berg-Bianchi team created in Sweden. Verschueren to Telenet-Fidea. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins and Hill Climb Girl still.
Here’s something delightful to brighten up your day – a charming anime video from Japan called Hill Climb Girl, and what’s more, it stars Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggin.
Not only is the 2012 winner back riding the Tour de France – that’s a 2014 jersey he’s wearing – but his exploits on one of cycling’s most iconic climbs also provide inspiration for a high school student who idolises him. (road.cc)

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Photo: Racy German steed for the budget-conscious rider.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Would make a great first road bike for those with the need for speed." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: I am very confident that I can develop a bit more, make some more steps forward.
It was a world championship campaign that is one of the best in the history of road racing: three races, two wins, one silver medal. Lisa Brennauer returned from Ponferrada with a pair of rainbow bands and a cluster of important memories, as well as a greatly enhanced reputation.
The German was regarded as a respected rider before, but became something much bigger through the manner of her success in Spain. At 26 years of age she has time for further improvement, and will be one of the big guns of Kristy Scyrmgeour’s new-look squad when the 2015 season bursts into life. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: It is far too much to take on. That is why I said every four years maybe have a goal like that. It would probably be better for that year that the Grand Tours are cut down to two weeks, but that is never going to happen.
Despite Oleg Tinkov’s Grand Tour challenge being postponed in 2015, the Russian who owns Tinkoff-Saxo is determined to see the sports top riders compete against each other in all three Grand Tours.
CyclingTips spoke to several people who were both for and against Oleg’s Grand Tour challenge, with some seeing it as necessary for the sport and others seeing it as detrimental. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Davide Cassani CT Italia
Photo: © Bettini.
talian national coach Davide Cassani has revealed plans to revolutionize the Italian national teams in 2015, with Under 23 and Elite professional athletes riding regularly together in Italian and other professional races. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Polka dot prince...Rafal Majka (Getty Images).
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Rafal Majka had a breakthrough season in 2014 but the Polish climber knows he needs to improve his time trialling if he is to win the biggest races.
"During the winter, I will focus on my time trial. Both the team and I know that there’s still quite a lot of seconds to gain here."
The 25 year old won two mountain stage and the polka dot jersey in Tour de France, claimed the overall victory in Tour de Pologne and finished sixth at the Giro d'Italia.
“I’m really satisfied with my season" said Majka. (sbs.com.au).

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Photo: All European teams want to have a Colombian because they know we are serious and the topography and climate help us a lot.
Having signed a contract with IAM, Jarlinson Pantano is ready for a new adventure. Speaking to reporters on the track in Cali, the Colombian detailed how he got his contract with Swiss team.
At the presentation of the venue for the 2015 Track World Cup in Cali, Pantano talked to the media on the initiative of the Liga de Ciclismo del Valle where he started his development. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Guy Andrews’ and Rohan Dubash’s new book, “Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop” is a welcome addition to the cycling library.
The latest book from Velopress/Rouleur – ‘Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop’ is an all-access pass to cycling’s back stage: the team truck, the service course, and the workshop. Through gritty photographs and striking interviews, Bike Mechanic explores the daily lives of the bicycle technicians who keep the pro peloton rolling, no matter the weather, no matter the hour. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Brian Cookson says women at the UCI have warned against introducing a minimum wage for female cyclists as it could lead to fewer professional teams .
UCI president Brian Cookson says introducing a minimum wage for female cyclists would be ‘counterproductive’, and may lead to more professional teams reverting to amateur status.
Upon election in September 2013, Cookson promised to bring in the minimum wage within 12 months, but has reportedly been advised against it by women at the UCI. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Nicole Cooke (Great Britain) celebrates her 2008 win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nicole Cooke retired at the start of 2013, bringing to an end a highly successful and at times controversial career. Currently studying for her Masters degree at Cardiff University, Cooke, who won gold at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, recently took time out to talk.
"We caught up with her at a book signing for her autobiography in Bath and talked about her career, the difficult relationships she had with cycling’s biggest authorities, the struggles within women’s cycling and doping." (cyclingnews.com)

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2014-15 Races & Results.

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

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Photo: It will be nice to make my debut in South America with my rainbow jersey. It will be another new experience and I'm really looking forward to going there.
Mark Cavendish and Michal Kwiatkowski will both make their season debut in January at the Tour de San Luis. Both are looking forward to returning to the race where they have done well in the past. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) on the Manayunk Wall
Photo: © Marco Quezada.
The build up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has begun, and gathering important UCI points toward qualifying the maximum available athlete allocations will be easier for women in North America in the coming season: the UCI published the 2015 road calendar, which includes seven ranked races for elite women, including three stage races - up from just four one-day races in 2014. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Last weekend’s MFG race in Seattle’s Woodland Park was the best cyclocross course I’ve ridden.
"For me, cyclocross is the most fun you can on a bike in less than an hour! I don’t care much for racing any longer, but ‘cross is a different matter.
Cyclocross is a very technical sport, where leg power counts only for so much. Coordination is equally important. You choreograph your dismounts and run-ups to lose only a minimum of speed. It’s fun when you get it just right: Step off the bike, jump a barrier, and remount, all in one smooth motion." (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Lance Armstrong and Bernard Hinault on the podium in Paris at the 2004 Tour de France
Photo: © AFP.
Bernard Hinault has been criticised for what others have called “blinkered” and “inappropriate" comments relating to doping in cycling and Lance Armstrong. Hinault, a five-time Tour de France winner, made the comments in an interview with AFP earlier this week.
Hinault, 60, pointed out that cycling has often been placed under a great media spotlight in relation to doping. However, when asked about Lance Armstrong, Hinault said, “If I met him today I would not talk to him. I would not even say hello.” (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The troubles of Astana have been well-documented. Even before the Iglinskiy brothers and their matching EPO tests some were asking questions.
After the highlights, the lowlights. Sport is meant to have its drama but pro cycling often crosses the line from pantomime villainy to worse. Here’s a round-up of some of the lows. (inrng.com)

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Photo: I don’t think there was a single “breakthrough” that got me on the US National team, but it was more of a process through their development pathway.
"When our friend Xylon Van Eyck at Corso Sports Management told us they’d taken on rising chronostar Adrien Costa we thought we should have a word with the young American who was second in the World Junior Time Trial Championship in Ponferrada, only losing out to German strongman, Lennard Kamna. But there’s a lot more to this eloquent young man than a Worlds TT silver." (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Alex Cano has been successful on the South American circuit, but he also has European experience. Notably, he won the Giro della Valle d’Aosta. Photo: Hector Leonardo Urrego.
Team Colombia is importing one of its country’s top cyclists, Alex Cano, this winter to compete with the big boys in Europe’s stage races.
“We’ve made a few changes for 2015, but the big one is Alex Cano,” Colombia’s general manager Claudio Corti told VeloNews. “He is the most famous cyclist racing in Colombia right now. I say ‘in Colombia’ because of course, in Europe, Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán, and others are already doing quite well.” (velonews.com)

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Photo: A replica of Team Motorola’s Merckx road bike from 1994.
UK bike shop Ultimate Cycles have started selling off the bikes used in the filming of the story of Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France ‘victories’.
With filming complete, the bike shop has worked to acquire over 100 bikes, which are being systematically uploaded to ultimatecycles.co.uk, where you can find out more about getting hold of one of the replica bikes. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: We round up the most useful mobile apps for cyclists: if you use an app not listed here, tell us about it.
Cyclists have never been shy of embracing new technology, and there are now a whole host of useful cycling applications (apps) that have been designed to add an extra dimension to your riding.
We’re keeping a running list of the most useful cycling apps on this page, and we’d like you to contribute your own recommendations or comment on the ones we’ve already listed.
The more supported platforms the better: iPhone and iPad (iOS), Android, Windows, or whatever. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp).
Photo: © Bettini.
Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling have announced their full roster for the 2015 season. Consisting of 27 riders from 14 different countries, the team is a result of the joining in forces at Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale.
The majority of the roster is built around the existing elite at Slipstream with Ryder Hesjedal, Dan Martin, Andrew Talansky and Tom Danielson in the team. (cyclingnews.com)

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BMC show off their medals after winning the men's TTT at Worlds
Photo: © AFP.
The 2014 season proved to be the closest that BMC have come thus far to matching its results to the capabilities of its roster. Philippe Gilbert found patches of his 2011 form, Taylor Phinney appeared on the cusp of his breakout year before breaking his leg, Tejay van Garderen rode to fifth at the Tour, Cadel Evans had a respectable final ‘full season' and while Greg Van Avermaet performed well he didn't have to save his better paid teammates. (cyclingnews.com)

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Tom Danielson and Phil Gaimon drive the pace on the 100 mile route at the 2013 Everyone Rides Boys and Girls and Club Fundraiser. Photo: Erik Kellar Photography.
Southern Florida, to most, lacks the appeal of a cycling mecca, but to Matt McCain and those behind the Everyone Rides charity weekend, the steamy part of the country serves as the ideal place to organize a ride to benefit the young people of Lee County.
Now in its 11th year, Everyone Rides is a charity ride that works to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee County, Florida, which provide stable after-school programs for local kids. With the help and support of Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, WorldTour riders Tom Danielson and Phil Gaimon, and many other prominent cycling personalities, Everyone Rides is now a sizable event that brings massive financial support to the cause. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Take a closer look at what we'll be testing in the US offices in the upcoming weeks and months..
Featuring Bontrager, Crankbrothers, Specialized, Wilier and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The European cycling industry has created some 650,000 jobs according to a new study, with more on the way
Tim De Waele.
Want a job? Get into cycling. That's the message coming from a new study, to be published in December, called 'Jobs and Job Creation in the European Cycling Sector'.
The paper was commissioned by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), reports the Guardian, and predicts that the number of jobs already created by Europe's cycling industry is now 650,000.
Furthermore, the research, conducted by the Transport and Mobility Leuven Research Institute, points to more than a million jobs being created by 2020 should the number of cycling journeys double across Europe. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The term “groupset” or “gruppo” refers to mechanical parts that make up a bike and typically include the gear/brake levers, front and rear brakes, front and rear derailleurs, bottom bracket, crankset, chain and cassette.
What is a groupset? Should you pick Shimano, SRAM or Campagnolo? Here's your complete guide to this essential piece of road cycling kit. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain) waves to the camera during the Worlds recce
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Joaquim Rodríguez has confirmed that he will focus on the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2015. Rodríguez rode all three Grand Tours this season, in an attempt to find his form after a tough spring campaign. He had intended on returning to the Giro d’Italia next year, but the draw of the Tour de France route proved too much for him. (cyclingnews.com)

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Alessandro Petacchi helped lead out Mark Cavendish on Omega Pharma-Quick Step the last two seasons. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Italy’s economic crisis extends to cycling, where Alessandro Petacchi and several other professional riders behind him remain unemployed for the 2015 season.
“If I don’t find an employment contract, I’ll quit,” the 40-year-old Petacchi told Italy’s Tutto Bici website. “I’ll dedicate myself to my family. It’s been weighing on me already to be traveling all the time.”
Petacchi won the Tour de France’s green jersey in 2010 and helped lead out Mark Cavendish the past year and a half on Belgium’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step team. The team did not renew his contract for 2015. (velonews.com)

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2014-15 Races & Results.

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


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Rui Costa finish on the podium of a monument for the first time
Photo: © Sirotti.
Costa best again in Portugal, Bouhanni junior to QuickStep development team, Maté looking ahead to 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: I knew that I was among the three best time trialists in the world, but I still had to show it on the biggest stage. I was really ridiculously nervous. But I also felt super strong.
In two weeks, Tom Dumoulin is among the candidates for the title of Ducth Cyclist of the Year. At the request of the Ducth AD newspaper, the Dutch talent from Giant-Shimano listed the five most beautiful moments of his dream season while attending the Amstel Curacao Race. "My performance at the Worlds has more value to me than the bronze medal. That is just a trashy thing," he says. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Will Routley (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) is one of the odds-on favorites for this weekend's Taiwan KOM Challenge. The American is a contender despite the fact that this is his first stab at the race, which is arguably the hardest hill climb in the world. Photo: Chris Case | VeloNews.com.
Asia, Africa, North America, Europe, Australia. Professional riders from around the world have gathered in Hualien, Taiwan, to take on what could arguably be the world’s most difficult hill climb, and one of the toughest single-day races going.
The Taiwan KOM Challenge isn’t a UCI-sanctioned event, and it comes after the European season has officially ended, but the 62-mile race, from the eastern coast of the island, through the picturesque Taroko Gorge, to the peak of HeHuan — taking the cyclists from sea level to 10,745 feet — is able to attract WorldTour riders with its serious prize purse of nearly $80,000. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Sunday it was back to racing cyclocross..
"The last time I road-tripped all the way from Brooklyn, New York, to Louisville, Kentucky, I managed to compete for a grand total of 15 minutes.
Both days I got tangled up in race-ending crashes in the first lap, so this past weekend I just couldn’t persuade myself to go back there to do the UCI races.
Bike racers spend a lot of time in cars." (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: The Garmin 920XT captures and displays all the standard cycling metrics, including that from ANT+ peripherals such as power meters and heart rate monitors, but a watch just isn't as easy to view as a bike computer
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "The best multisport GPS device we have tried – if cycling is just one part of your exercise routine, you need to be checking this out." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Ellis Bacon (editor), Lionel Birnie (editor), Matt Beaudin, Daniel Friebe, Brendan Gallagher, Andy McGrath, Matt McGeehan, Edward Pickering, François Thomazeau, and Jeremy Whittle.
What it is: The fifth edition of the British cycling magazine-cum-book.
Strengths: Utilises some of the best writers writing about the sport in English today.
Weaknesses: As with any magazine there are parts of it you won't bother reading. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: All of these guys are super motivated coming at the end of the season. They are fired up to do something, and will be raring to go next yea.
They are three riders who have each won stages in Grand Tours and clocked up victories in important single-day events; they are also three riders who have lost a little momentum in recent years and are trying to get back to their best.
MTN Qhubeka signed Matt Goss, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tyler Farrar to the African team and, according to general manager Brian Smith, he believes that a specific approach by the squad should help them return to their top form and to winning big. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Cycling's race calendar is chock-full of historic events, such as April's Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Many of the financial and sponsorship challenges we explored in the first two segments of this series are partially driven by — and closely interwoven with — pro cycling’s competitive and organizational structure. The way the sport is managed and played out on the road is closely linked to many of these broader economic and structural issues, although the cause and effect is not always obvious. These effects and impacts must be clearly understood to continue reforming the sport. (velonews.com)

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Sonic boom: Belkin's Lars Boom goes on the attack at the Tour
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
2014 was meant to be a season of stability for Belkin after a turbulent 2013 which saw the Dutch team start the year with no name or sponsor on its jerseys until the American electronics company came on board on the eve of the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

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Brian Matter rode to his fourth Iceman Cometh victory on Saturday, setting a new record for wins in the elite men's category. Photo: Amy Dykema.
“Ah, I don’t know …” With a laugh, Brian Matter casts aside the notion that he’s an Iceman specialist.
Last Saturday was his 21st time racing the Iceman Cometh, and his fourth win, a new high mark in the elite men’s category.
Iceman is a wildly popular cross-country race in its 25th year. And if Matter, 36, isn’t a specialist, he’s about as close as it comes in this race, held late autumn each year in Traverse City, Michigan. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Philip Deignan is in Dublin at the moment and has done a great interview covering a lot of topics, not just racing (Photo: Toby Watson).
Philip Deignan is just back in training after three weeks holidaying in the US and was in Dublin yesterday to launch the new range of Frog racing bikes for kids, one of which is in the Team Sky colors. At the launch in Cycleways on Parnell St in the city centre he was interviewed by Cian Lynch. He spoke at length about the boom in Irish cycling in recent years and the way it’s change people’s perceptions of what he does for a living.  (stickybottle.com)

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Photo: Lino Messori: Alla velocità del cuore. © vimeo.com
Lino Messori said of himself “I am nobody, but I did a bit of everything.” Born in 1926, in Modena, Italy, Lino quickly became a local fixture both for his incomparable skills and his personality. A master frame builder who also followed a myriad of different passions, spanning from singing with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti to never losing a single boxing match. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) prior to the start of Le Samyn
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
GP Camaiore cancelled, Kern retires and Ratti cleared of doping, Ferrari extends with Lampre. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Cannondale Synapse Carbon Ultegra Disc - shifter.
The reason this groupset has been so eagerly anticipated (and in much demand) is because it makes disc brakes a more affordable reality, both for manufacturers speccing new bikes and customers building their own bikes. Previously you’d had to buy a Shimano Di2 groupset to take advantage of their new hydraulic disc brakes, but now Shimano are offering a hydraulic brake lever with mechanical shifters, we’re going to start seeing Shimano disc-equipped bikes coming in at much lower prices. This Synapse by way of an example is massively cheaper than the Di2 disc-equipped bikes we've tested so far this year. (road.cc)

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Photo: Marin Lombard
Robert Smith.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Great tough all-rounder that would make a very capable tourer." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: thanks to Lars’ track experience and his long term thinking most of the stuff was already done before Matthias approached us.
Pascal Ducrot is one of the men behind Scott Bikes contribution to Mattias Brändle’s new World Hour Record. He talks us through the successful ride and more importantly the bike and the technical in’s and out’s of preparing the Scott Plasma for the Hour Record.
When IAM’s Matthias Brändle took the World Hour Record recently, it was another feather in the Scott cap. Their Plasma time trial frame has been at the sharp end against the watch at the Commonwealth Games and Worlds this season – not to mention much success in the swim, bike, run world – and now it’s grabbed the biggest record there is in track cycling, The Hour. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Ben Foster is playing Armstrong in the movie version of Seven Deadly Sins
Larry Horricks / StudioCanal.
“The stock list includes 30-plus Condor Classico and Italia RC bikes painted to look like everything from Merckx to Giant and MBK, 12 Pitangos (used on roof racks in the caravan), 20 Trek 5000 up to Madone, then Pinarello, De Rosa, MBK, Gazelle, Peugeot, Cannondale, Specialized, Fausto Coppi, Giant, Look, Eddy Merckx, Lohber, Lemond. Even mountain bikes from Armstrong’s early career. As you can see it's a bit of a treasure trove.” (bikeradar.com)

November 13, 2014




Photo: Costa is the leader of a new generation of Portuguese riders, which last had a complete team (Sporting Lisbao-Raposeira) at the Tour de France in 1984.
Success in cycling depends on many factors: talent, character, preparation—and a little bit of luck. Rui Costa has run the gamut of all those things, but most of all he just wants to be racing, gritting his teeth and taking his body to the limit for his fans—or, as he likes to call them, his friends. And Costa has given those friends many tears of joy in the last few years and restored Portugal’s passion for bike racing. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team)
Photo: © Sirotti.
Grivko and Taaramäe raise money for charity, Ride with MTN-Qhubeka, UCI Africa Tour to be decided in Rwanda. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Williams Cycling Cyclo-cross Disc Alloy wheels, and as the name suggests, they are built with cyclocross in mind. © Cyclocross Magazine.
In the last three years, disc brakes on cyclocross bikes have changed from novelty to commonplace, with many companies like Giant and Cannondale not even offering cantilever frames any longer, and Williams Cycling was quick to supply the increasing demand. For their 2015 model, they have fully updated their wheels, with new spokes, new rims and new hub technology.
The $449 price tag is inexpensive by any measure when keeping race-grade tubular wheelsets in mind. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: According to Yu, Velo made more than 15 million saddles in 2013 comprising an extraordinary amount of variety.
Stella Yu has often been referred to as the most powerful woman in the bike industry. Few riders have ever heard of her, however, and many haven't heard of Velo, the utterly dominating company she founded in 1979, and continues to run in a very much hands-on fashion.
And yet, chances are extremely high that the saddle you're riding right now was made in her factory, regardless of the name on the cover. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The bike feels comfortable on your shoulder, but the weight is definitely noticeable..
As any devotee of Specialized knows, the Morgan Hill, California-based company has a long and storied history in the design and manufacture of race bikes. Through the years, competition steeds bearing the Big Red S have scored top podium placings at everything from the Tour de France, to mountain bike world championships, to U.S. cyclocross nationals.
It will come as no surprise then that the Specialized Crux Pro Race ’cross steed is most at home when carving corners or hopping barriers. With its aggressive geometry, stiff-as-stone composite frame, carbon tubeless-ready wheels, electronic shifting, and best-in-class hydraulic disc brakes, this is a bike that begs to be ridden hard and fast. (roadbikereview.com)

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All for one: The WorldTour gathers for the first Dubai Tour
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The key stakeholders of men's professional cycling will gather in Paris on Thursday for what could be the decisive meeting to decide the structure and rules of the WorldTour from 2017 onwards, and so shape the long-term future of the sport at the highest level.
The UCI confirmed that the process of restructuring the WorldTour is nearing completion, with a final document to be agreed upon at the UCI WorldTour Seminar in early December.
The reform, which will be fully implemented in 2017, will be instrumental in making cycling more exciting and easy for spectators, broadcasters and sponsors to follow. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: VINCENZO NIBALI on stage five of the 2014 Tour de France .
Vincenzo Nibali‘s attack on the cobbles to Arenberg helped him win the 2014 Tour de France, a bravery missing in cycling at times said Astana Team Manager Giuseppe Martinelli.
“With respect to the past, for sure, yes [it is missing],” Martinelli told Italy’s Ciclo Web.
“You try to get the best result with the minimum effort. Just think, we used to see attacks in the feed zone… Today, no one does that, but not because no one can’t. If they did it, they’d be butchered.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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AG2R La Mondiale celebrates its status as overall team classification winners by hoisting Pozzovivo aloft
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
For too many years the AG2R La Mondiale team's presence in the peloton has been about as exciting as their investment banker brown and blue kits, but in 2014 they rode as if clad in something considerably brighter.
The French team threw off the shackles of fighting to earn enough points to survive in the WorldTour and employed an assertive, if not aggressive, strategy that provided an impressive return on its investments of the past few years. (cyclingnews.com)

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Gould rode the majority of the 29-mile race alone to beat Canadian Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) by over three minutes; American Kelli Emmett (Liv) finished third, 1:21 behind Batty. Photo courtesy Luna Pro Team..
For the second time in three years, Luna’s Georgia Gould ended her season as the winner of the Iceman Cometh Challenge, the 29-mile point-to-point mountain bike race that celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday in Traverse City, Michigan.
Gould also won the Iceman Challenge in 2012, coming off her best season to date, a season that brought bronze medals at the Olympic Games and world championships, as well as four World Cup podium appearances. (velonews.com)

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2014-15 Races & Results.

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


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Photo: Sven Nys takes control of the elegant course of Jaarmarkt Cross. Shot taken from video of Sporza / UCI..
Following her double win this weekend, first in the European Cyclocross Championships, and then a day later in the 2014 Hansgrohe Superprestige Ruddervoorde, Sanne Cant goes three for three with her race yesterday at the Soudal Classics race, Jaarmarkt Cross. Jolien Verschueren of Belgium came in for second almost a half minute behind, while Helen Wyman of Great Britain rounded our the podium in third. (cxmagazine.com)

November 12, 2014




Photo: James Brady (Chicago, IL) carves sand while another Men’s Cat 3 rider careens toward the adjacent volleyball court. © SnowyMountain Photography.
The seventh race in The Chicago Cyclocross Cup (CCC) eleven race series, PSI-clocross For Life – put on by Rob Curtis and the folks from PSIMET – offered a more European style format with some gnarly downhills and grinding power sections. This course at Emricson Park in Woodstock, IL also featured a precarious sand pit and a set of barriers before a steep hill that caused many to test their running skills. Dry conditions kept the laps fast, but the brutal wind zapped watts in the straits. The overall consensus was that everyone loved the course and it’s many features. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: It could be worse...Frank Perry, AFP.
"Is there anything crapshootier than the start of a cyclocross race? Sure, you know about the battle for the hole shot, which can get testy, but I can tell you from experience that the back end of the start is even wackier, and if the Seattle Old and Mediocre Guy field makes it a full thirty seconds without a crash, it's a blessing. But we have excuses: we're old, we suck, we don't really care." (podiumcafe.com)

November 12, 2014




Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Photo: © Cyclingnews.
Mathew Hayman is 14 years into his career, but he admits that he still makes “rookie” mistakes. Hence, he has mixed emotions about the success of his first year with Orica-GreenEdge, after spells with the Dutch Rabobank and then British Sky teams.
But after resolving some minor health issues that impaired his 2014 season - including a disappointing abandon in his first Tour de France - finishing the season strongly has given Hayman optimism for next season, which starts in January at the Australian road championships at Buninyong, Victoria and the Tour Down Under in South Australia. (cyclingnews.com)

November 12, 2014




Brook Watts, organizer of Cross Vegas and the innaugural Pan American Cyclocross Championships, was named to the USA Cycling Board of Directors. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com (File)..
Longtime marketing and promotions executive, with more than 35 years of sporting events production experience, Brook Watts, was appointed to the USA Cycling Board of Directors as the Cyclocross Committee Representative. (velonews.com)

November 12, 2014




For $10 a month, you can get access to The Sufferfest's entire workout library.
(Photo courtesy of The Sufferfest).
For $10 a month, cyclists can now can suffer all they want, thanks to The Sufferfest’s new subscription-based app. For those uninitiated to The Sufferfest, it’s not some fringe video production company specializing in cycling S&M. Rather, the videos are high-intensity interval workouts with story lines, soundtracks and footage from races like the Tour de France.
Actually, maybe it is exactly like cycling S&M. (bicycling.com)

November 12, 2014




Photo: The new 2015 Cervelo S5 aero road bike
Jay Prasuhn.
From a side-on perspective, the new S5 frame looks nearly identical to the old version, but Cervelo has made several changes during the redevelopment of its flagship aero road platform. The most notable are the increase in diameter – and stiffness — of the head tube, a decrease in the head tube height, and the increased tyre clearance to accept 25mm tires. (bikeradar.com)

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Vincenzo Nibali in Dubai
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Vincenzo Nibali was often asked about doping at the Tour de France and the questioned and the scrutiny of the ethics of his Astana team intensified when the Iglinskiy brothers tested positive for EPO in the summer and a young Kazakhstani rider who rode as a trainee with Astana in the final part of the season, failed a test while riding the Tour de l'Avenir.
Nibali gives his opinion on the doping cases, and on the barrage of criticism the Astana team has faced. He defends team manager Alexandre Vinokourov in spite of Vinokourov's past - he was suspended for blood doping at the 2007 Tour de France - and says he is favour of the team being part of the MPCC. (cyclingnews.com)

November 12, 2014






Bernard Hinault said he rides 2-3 times a week near his home in Brittany, France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Lance Armstrong has become a stain on the glorious cycling memories of French legend Bernard Hinault, who said he would refuse to speak to the shamed American rider.
Cycling has an unfair reputation over drug-taking, according to the five-time Tour de France winner who marks his 60th birthday on Friday as one of the most popular living Frenchmen.
Hinault told AFP in an interview that he has had a “dream life” in cycling but that doping scandals that have made the sport notorious “hurt all those who love cycling.” (velonews.com)

November 12, 2014




Chad Haga at the start of the Amgen Tour of California in his first year on a WorldTour team. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Chad Haga was like a sponge throughout his rookie season in 2014, soaking up everything he could during his first year in the bigs with Giant-Shimano.
After two productive seasons on the U.S. scene with Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, Haga made a relatively seamless transition to the WorldTour.
For Haga, who reached the top level of the peloton through the collegiate racing circuit, joining Giant-Shimano was like Bike Racing 101.
“It’s been really staggering, much more than I could have hoped for,” Haga said. “I didn’t get the win that I was hoping for, but I learned a lot, and I am really looking forward to next year.” (velonews.com)

November 12, 2014




Rafal Majka won the mountains classification at the Tour de France this year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Following his breakout 2014 season, Rafal Majka can’t wait to get back into the mix for next season.
With two stage victories and the climber’s jersey in the Tour de France, along with the overall at the Tour of Poland, the 25-year-old Majka enjoyed his best season since turning pro in 2011.
“I’m really satisfied with my season. In the previous years, I’ve done well, worked hard for the team and gotten some good personal results. But now I’ve started winning, which was the one thing missing in the past years,” Majka said in a team release. “The team has supported me and I was able to step up.” (velonews.com)

November 12, 2014





Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Bradley Wiggins has spoken further on his plans for the future as he plots a path to the 2016 Rio Olympics Games.
Wiggins is out of contract with Team Sky at the end of this year but negotiations are currently ongoing between the 2012 Tour de France winner and his current team. The current consensus is that Wiggins will ride a heavily reduced road program in 2015 and target select races, such as Paris-Roubaix. (cyclingnews.com)

November 12, 2014




Photo: Lezyne's Port-A-Shop fits the tools for last-minute adjustments and fittings before your ride into a tough fabric folder, and it’s a fantastic kit.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A bit pricey, but great quality and ultra-useful." (bikeradar.com)

November 12, 2014




Photo: It's laddish - women want to know how to be cyclists too...
What it is: A guide to the important things in cycling, like how to ride in a group and what are the rare occasions when you're allowed to drink coffee that isn't black.
Strengths: A pleasant balance of wit and wisdom, served up with some high production values and gorgeous photography. (podiumcafe.com)

November 12, 2014




Photo: Cycling alone causes some stress to the body, mostly to the lower back and neck.
Cycling isn’t always smiles and summer Sunday countryside rides. And when it isn’t, it has more issues than a hormonal teenager. We go through these ‘problems’, to not only warn you, but help you to overcome them.
Nobody’s perfect. For the majority of us, there are always going to be little bodily flaws we would like to fix, and slight tweaks we would like to make to ourselves. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 12, 2014




Photo: Specialized claims using cotton reduces rolling resistance at 18mph by 5watts, versus the S-Works Turbo, already consistently at the top of independent tests.
Cycling’s reverence for heritage is strong – from vintage kits and bikes to the idolization of early champions. Typically, a love of vintage product means a love of riding slowly, but very rarely looking back to the way things used to be done actually results in speed.
The natural color of Specialized’s newest tire’s sidewall is one of these rare examples. The Turbo Cotton mates Specialized’s Gripton compound with a 320TPI cotton casing instead of today’s usual nylon casings. The result, according to Specialized, is the fastest tire they have ever made. (pelotonmagazine.com)

November 12, 2014




Photo: Don't Throw Them Out.
Whether it’s a snapped valve, a blowout, or just a patch-on-patch Inception scenario, sometimes there’s just no way to get a tube back on the road again. But that’s no reason all that rubber should be filling up a landfill. Here are seven things to do with your old inner tubes after they’ve retired from active bike duty. (bicycling.com)

November 12, 2014




The Therminal SWAT knickers employ our favorite feature from this summer, the SWAT bib-liner pockets. Specialized uses the concept on a warm pair of bib knickers, designed to be worn under your baggy shorts. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
For fall and winter riding, Specialized has introduced a SWAT bib knicker that uses the same handy pockets but with a warmer, micro-fleece-lined material and less mesh. The Therminal SWAT knickers are part of Specialized’s line of Therminal winter gear, which covers road and mountain. (velonews.com)

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke was handed a two-year ban in 2014 for biological passport abnormalities. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File). (velonews.com)
For a sport losing its grip on credibility, the biological passport   was viewed as cycling's saviour and was so good even Lance Armstrong said it "worked".
It was no surprise when athletics, football and tennis said they, too, would start using it.
So why are athletes, from all sports,  still doping? There are 46 people currently serving bans  in the UK alone. (bbc.com)

November 12, 2014





Photo: Marco Pantani in the 1999 Giro d'Italia Credit: Graham Watson .
The UCI official and three doctors who examined Marco Pantani‘s anti-doping test at the 1999 Giro d’Italia should be heard in the coming week as part of a Mafia sports fixing case in Forlì, Italy.
A high haematocrit anti-doping test excluded the late Italian cyclist while in the race leader’s pink jersey. The medics reject claims of foul play and told La Provinca newspaper in Como, “We did everything according to the rules.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 12, 2014




Photo: We looked around and asked, ‘what is the future of women’s cycling?
It’s a move that took some by surprise; after three years of backing Kristy Scrymgeour’s successful team, a period where the squad took three world team time trial titles plus many other victories, both Specialized and lululemon confirmed several weeks ago that they would end their title sponsorship at the end of the 2014 season.
The two American companies will instead move across to the Boels-Dolmans team, a squad which includes past Specialized-lululemon rider Ellen Van Dijk, as well as the 2012 Olympic road race runner-up Lizzie Armitstead. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 12, 2014




Photo: Sagan seemed to go off the boil just around the time his contract with Tinkoff-Saxo was signed.
For the final of five pieces picking highlights from 2014, it’s been hard to choose an episode to celebrate, remember and review. It’s not for the lack of racing, there have been plenty of action-packed races and that’s just the ones we can see on TV, a lot of the sport still takes place beyond the reach of video. Rather it’s choosing which event to include.
Peter Sagan might do well to replay his win because it showed him triumphant, forcing the attacks and outsmarting breakaway companions, including an OPQS tandem. A far cry from his hesitant summer and invisible autumn. (inrng.com)

November 12, 2014




Photo: Andy Schleck’s retirement .
The 2014 road cycling season is more or less finished but before 2015 rolls around we thought we'd look back on the season that was. A few weeks ago we featured 10 of our highlights from the 2014 road cycling season and today we consider 10 of the lowlights, presented in no particular order. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 12, 2014




Photo: I never lose... except for that one time - is not something Marcel Kittel has ever said, but could have. (AAP).
The great thing about being a sprinter is that with every victory comes the affirmation that you were the best of the bunch. A stage win, a classic, when you’ve got a mass of cyclists in your wake, you are unquestionably the top dog.
But then the scoreboard resets, and unlike any other rider in the peloton you’re out again proving yourself. There are few plaudits for second and third, even less for a top-10. To win, and to win consistently, a sprinter needs the smarts to position himself correctly, the nerve to hold a wheel on millimetre margins, and the raw horsepower to both accelerate away and then hold the field at bay. And with all that, they need the belief, the ego, that they are number one. They must be able to shrug off defeat as an aberration, pick themselves up and go out to win again. (sbs.com.au)

November 12, 2014




Photo: I’m starting to train with a heart rate monitor and wondered the best way to work out and train in each of my zones...Photography by Jered Gruber
"Over the past few months we've been working with the team at Dig Deep Coaching to help answer your questions about training, nutrition and more. In this fourth instalment Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman from Dig Deep answer another bunch of your questions, providing insight that everyone can benefit from." (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 12, 2014




Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff Saxo) will be teammates in 2015
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The latest transfer merry-go-round saw the trend for former Team Sky riders and staff to move to Tinkoff-Saxo continue. But as Bobby Julich and Sean Yates were agreeing to terms to join Bjarne Riis and Alberto Contador in Tinkoff’s colors, the announcement of Nicolas Roche’s departure for Sky after two seasons with Riis saw the first reversal of that tendency. (cyclingnews.com)

November 12, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Alberto Contador (TInkoff-Saxo) and Chris Froome (Sky)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Madrid is looking to emulate its fellow capital Paris by hosting a night stage at the 2015 Vuelta a España, according to a report in AS. The final decision is yet to be made but it looks likely that the Madrid Council and race organisers will agree to a late stage, ensuring that the final podium on September 13 would take place at night
According to the report, the plan is to backdrop the podium with the illuminated Puerta de Alcalá, which is just down the Calle de Alcalá and can be seen from the traditional podium setting inside the Plaza de Cibeles. (cyclingnews.com)

November 12, 2014




Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Bjarne Riis is known for his unconventional training camps that often don't involve riding. He may be onto something. Time away from the bike often results in net gains when training resumes. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
"It really hurts to hurt that much. It was the end of October, and I was climbing with a very talented up-and-comer. Fortunately for me, he was still on the “coming up” side of cycling and I had been beating him all season. But now he could see the pained look on my face and asked the dreaded question: “What’s your heart rate?”
Earlier that month, I had raced the UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago. My form had been great. I was putting out numbers I hadn’t seen in years and was holding my own against European and American pros. Now, only three weeks later, I was dying on a training ride. I grunted aloud my insanely high heart rate, hoping he wouldn’t hear. But his eyes lit up, and I swear he licked his lips. We both knew what was coming; I was about to get pummeled.
Our bodies detrain depressingly fast." (velonews.com)

November 12, 2014




Photo: X-Wing fighter or bicycle handlebar? Sadly, both are currently science fiction
Courtesy.
Purely a design concept for the moment, Oakley has just unveiled its ‘Future Sport Project video series’ which sees Cadel Evans and ‘4DESIGN’ (an Australian industrial design firm) collaborate on a futuristic handlebar design that doubles as a bike management system.
Clearly, this is more of a marketing campaign than actual ambition to change the future of cycling, but along with illustrating Evans’ passion for design, it raises some interesting technology and design ideas. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: After a spell out of the saddle, during which time he got married, Froome is now ready to begin his preparations for 2015. (Photo by James Startt)
Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome hinted on Tuesday that he may elect to compete in next year's race after previously suggesting he was considering sitting it out.
The mountainous route for the 2015 Tour de France does not favor Froome, who won the race in 2013, and he said last month that he could decide to skip it and focus instead on the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.
But in an interview published on Team Sky's official website, the 29-year-old revealed that he was still motivated by the thought of wearing the race's famous yellow jersey. (bicycling.com)

November 11, 2014




Tanner Putt's top-15 finish at 2014 world championships was the U23 U.S. team's best result. He'll move to UnitedHealthcare in 2015 with ambitions as a rider for hard, one-day classics. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
He’s built a bit like Peter Sagan, or Greg van Avermaet. Thick, stocky, like a small grizzly bear.
He’s won two under-23 national road race championships, in consecutive years.
He’s a familiar name to some, with breakthrough performances in Europe, including ninth at the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2013, and he’s only going to get more famous as time goes on.
Tanner Putt, 22, has been racing bikes for over a decade, and he shows no signs of slowing down. “Right now, I just want to focus on getting better, getting stronger, slowly start to lose a bit more weight — I really like climbing — and not forget about sprinting, but just focus on going uphill a little bit more,” the Utah native said. (velonews.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: According to my ID card I am 36 and I will even turn 37 on January 15. Mentally and physically, I am much younger. I even find the life as a rider much better now because I have moure fun and knowledge.
Franco Pellizotti may be 36 years old and no longer riding in the WorldTour. However, the Italian is still highly motivated and feels that he has lots to give to his Androni-Venezuela team.
Due to his biological passport case, Pellizotti has had a turbulent career. Before he served a suspension, he finished third in the Giro d'Italia and won the mountains jersey at the Tour de France and he was widely regarded as one of the best grand tour riders in the world.
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Photo: British soldiers manage to get through the mud and head to the front lines with their bicycles during the 1916 Somme campaign.
On the late morning of 28 June, 1914, the 12th Tour de France began in Paris. The riders likely would not have known that 1,836km away, in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo, the heir of the Austrian Empire has just been assassinated, precipitating the start of World War 1. The race, like much of life in Europe on that warm summer morning, went on. (bikeradar.com)

November 11, 2014





Thomas Dekker (Garmin - Sharp)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Thomas Dekker has announced plans to tackle the Hour Record next spring. Currently held by Mattias Brändle, who recently broke Jens Voigt's record with a ride of 51.850 kilometres, Dekker announced the plans in an interview with Algemeen Dagblad. The news comes as it emerged that Garmin-Sharp would not be extending Dekker's contract for 2015, leaving the Dutch rider without a WorldTour team for the first time since his return from a two-year ban for doping. (cyclingnews.com)

November 11, 2014




Stage 4 winner Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) was the only rider from the early seven-man break to go the distance
Photo: © Photopress.be.
Where to begin with Astana’s 2014 season – the good, the bad or the ugly? Well, considering general manager Alexandre Vinokourov’s respect for quality timepieces, perhaps it’s best to approach the year in strictly chronological order, and start with the bad.
Astana claimed just four victories before May, with Lieuwe Westra’s stage win at the Volta a Catalunya the lone WorldTour success of the spring. Vincenzo Nibali’s unusually low-key start to the campaign, in particular, was viewed with considerable concern, and such was the dissatisfaction emanating from Kazakhstan that the entire roster – and not Nibali alone, as initially claimed – received a reportedly terse email of encouragement from Vinokourov in late April. (cyclingnews.com)

November 11, 2014




2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 11, 2014




Photo: Elle Anderson multitasking before a race, warming up the legs and talking tactics. © Emiel Van den Broek.
Elle Anderson has had a phenomenal start in Europe, with plenty of top five victories, including one at the World Cup in Valkenburg which qualifies her to represent the United States in the Cyclocross World Championships in 2015. If you were hunting for her last weekend at the Superprestige in Ruddervoorde, you looked to no avail. After battling a cold for the last while, she opted to play it smart and return stronger another day.
These are her thoughts from the weekend, watching the races play out from home. (cxmagazine.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France in 2014, taking the biggest victory of his pro career. Photography by PDV/VK/Cor Vos
Although he won the Tour de France in 2014, taking the biggest victory of his pro career, Vincenzo Nibali has decided to change his race program slightly and will begin next season in the Dubai Tour.
Nibali rode the race earlier this season but did the Tour de San Luis beforehand; this time round, he will forgo the Argentinean event, with event organizers RCS Sport confirming that he will instead debut in Dubai. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 11, 2014




Photo: The changing nature of the bicycle industry isn't restricted to retail ceding ground to online storefronts like Wiggle and Chain Reaction. (SBS).
Local bike shops have taken a beating in recent years as cheap, readily available stock delivered direct to your door has emanated from the web. Super hubs like Wiggle and Chain Reaction have chipped away at what was once core business for bike shops, parts and accessories.
But what was once an impenetrable final frontier, that of the workshop, may now also be under threat. Sydney entrepreneurs Thomas Treloar and Cameron Harrison are more than 12 months into an ambitious project to change the way riders deal with mechanical help. (sbs.com.au)

November 11, 2014




Photo: Tannus Tires have developed a solid tyre that 'will compete' with regular tires Credit: Tannus Tires .
A Korean company has come up with a solid bike tire that it claims will compete with the regular pneumatic variety. After being launched three years ago in Asia, Tannus Tires are hitting the UK market.
Using a newly developed compound polymer called Aither, they offer the prospect of punctureless riding with a rider-friendly level of comfort and rolling resistance.
Solid tires are nothing new. They’ve been around as long as the bicycle itself but were quickly superseded when Dunlop made the first practical pneumatic bike tire in 1887. Typically heavy and giving an uncompromising ride, solid tires have trailed in their wake ever since. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Bella Velo in Surbiton, Surrey, exclusively stocks women's bikes, clothing and equipment, with Lizzie Armitstead backing the shop to get more women into the sport.
Commonwealth champion Lizzie Armitstead believes more women would get into cycling if the clothes are more ‘fashionable’, according to the London Evening Standard.
Armitstead has put her support behind Surbiton-based cycle shop Bella Velo, which exclusively stocks bikes, clothing and equipment designed for women.
“Ultimately that there is a place for such a shop also reflects just how many more women are cycling now, which is great – certainly so many more than when I started,” she said.
“I hope to see a chain of women’s cycling shops and plenty more women taking up the sport.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Vincenzo Nibali headed out to Dubai for the 2015 route presentation
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Vincenzo Nibali looks like any other European tourist as he spends time with his wife Rachele and baby daughter Emma in Dubai. He is one of the biggest names in professional cycling after winning the Tour de France, yet among the ostentatious wealth and consumerism of Dubai, he remains modest, friendly and amiable. He will turn 30 on Friday and is one of only six riders to have won all three Grand Tours but he remains refreshingly down to earth.
He gives the impression that his Tour de France victory was not the culmination of his career or a consequence of massive self-sacrifice. It is just the latest chapter of his life and career, naturally following on from those that saw him fall in love with cycling as a boy in Sicily and move to Tuscany as a teenager to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Going into today’s Jaarmarktcross in Niel, Sven Nys had not won a race since October 12. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport (cyclingnews.com)
After several near-misses, Sven Nys finally returned to his winning ways when he took a hugely dominant win in the Jaarmarktcross in Niel. The Belgian champion accelerated already in the first lap and after dropping Corne van Kessel in the second lap, he constantly increased his advantage to win the race by more than a minute over Wout van Aert and Kevin Pauwels who completed the podium. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: Sanne Cant in the sand of Ruddervoorde. - Balint Hamvas.
This has to be the most horrifying course in the sport. Not horrifying as in "I can't wait to watch!" but horrifying as in "why would anyone want to ride that?" The annual, stand-alone event in Niel, held on Armistice Day along with the once-a-year market day, isn't the biggest deal around, but Tuesday is a good day for a stand-alone. And as for why anyone would want to ride it, the answer is money. Well, and a good workout. The course is a smorgasbord of bad 'Cross surfaces: asphalt, farmers' field mud, farmers' field grass, nasty off-cambers, and a parking lot with tractors moving around. (podiumcafe.com)

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A nice red blob oozed out of my ankle as I came out the other side, hands shaking from the nearly catastrophic falling-off-bicycle-incident. © Seth Davidson/Yuzuru Sunada
"It’s always a good idea to pre-ride the course if you can. I sneaked onto the dirt climb and liked it. It was long and not too steep, sure to wear people out who had to do six laps around the 1.7-mile circuit. I came to a whoopty, and rolled down and up the far side with no problem. Then there came a second whoopty, deeper and steeper. “No problem,” I confidently grinned to myself just as the front wheel smashed against the far side and came within inches of pitching me head-first into the wall." (pelotonmagazine.com)

November 11, 2014




You might be more familiar with the company's Xpedo brand, which builds pricier pedals intended to compete with the likes of Look and Shimano. But most of the factory's production is dedicated to OE production — pedals built for other companies. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
Wellgo's Taichung, Taiwan factory is a hive of stamping, cutting, pressing, lathing, and assembling. The company is the source of about 10 percent of the global pedal market, producing 20 million pairs between this Taiwanese factory and another in China. (velonews.com)

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Martin Kohler (BMC)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Kruopis to An Post, Sporza journalist to attempt hour record, Jai Crawford to Kinan Pro Cycling. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The race format is fast, exciting and tough. The action will be non-stop and brilliant for spectators because it’s on a short circuit in the heart of Melbourne.
One of Australia’s richest one-day bike races is returning in 2014 with international cycling’s biggest stars on Sunday 14th December. The Shimano Super Criterium will see some of the best national and international professional cyclists compete for $30,000.
Leading Orica GreenEdge rider and recent Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Simon Gerrans will again lead a long list of professional riders and NRS Team riders. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: meeting us at Lezyne’s TW base was Uli Prokasky, Director of Marketing & Media, and Sam Chau, her colleague. they showed us around the offices, the warehouse and the assembly line.
"i’m not a sycophant – well maybe for Ma CrankPunk (yes she gets caps), because She Is The Greatest – but when Nicole Cooke rocks into town even i get a little starstruck.
World & Olympic champ, winner of the Giro, the Tour, Flanders and on and on, there at Taichung train station i strolled up to shake hands with one of the greatest riders of all time, period.
and not only that, she did it all clean and against some serious odds." (crankpunk.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: Power meters are one of the fastest moving technologies in cycling, so CW looks at what training with power can offer.
Cycling is a great sport for gadget lovers. Heart-rate monitors, GPS, smartphone training apps and power meters are all there for the taking. But among them power stands out as the ‘future’ best friend for any cyclist that wishes to train to their full potential.
As such, power, or more specifically the mighty ‘watt’ has become common currency for riding and training discussions among the growing percentage of cyclists who have invested their ‘hard-earned’ in a power measuring device. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Howard Dietzman pauses on his trip across Canada.
Don’t tell Howard Dietzman that he’s too old to ride his bike. The 81-year-old grandfather from New Jersey completed a solo bicycle tour across Canada earlier this fall.
It was his second bike trip across Canada. He’s completed three rides across the US, in addition to a bike tour from New York to Alaska. "I guess it proves that if you have decent health, you’re never too old to ride a bike." (bikingbis.com)

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Photo: The fiberglass version of the insole goes for $60, while the carbon fiber version is $80.
"If I could change one thing about most shoes I review, it wouldn’t be their width. It wouldn’t be the volume of their toe box. It wouldn’t be the closure style or placement of the straps or the type of cleat they accept, though adjustments to any of those details could improve many shoes, relative to my needs. However, the one change that would work for nearly every rider, that would improve shoes at each price point, is the quality of the insole." (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: Can padded cycling undies look cute and work hard?
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Turns normal clothing into cycling gear with more style than anything comparable on the market." (road.cc)

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Alessandro Petacchi talks to the crowd
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Petacchi considering three options, King on the mend, Sutterlin extends. Oroz turns DS after retirement. (cyclingnews.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: Purito will start a little later because his calendar will focus on the Tour de France.
In 2013 and 2014, Joaquim Rodriguez started his season in the Tour de San Luis. However, the Spaniard wants to focus on the Tour de France in 2015 and so he is likely to start his season a bit later.
After reports that Peter Sagan will skip the race, the Tour de San Luis may lose another main rider, RodriguezVincenzo Nibali's participation is still uncertain. On the other hand, Ciclismo Internacional reports that both Mark Cavendish and Michal Kwiatkowski are in advanced negotiations with the organizers of the Tour de San Luis that will take place from January 19 to 25. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 11, 2014





Photo: The Col du Simplon in Switzerland is a good example of a Napoleonic mountain pass.
Think of the First World War and you might conjure up black and white images of trench warfare from Northern France. This year has seen centennial commemorations for the anniversary of the outbreak of war in Europe. We saw the Tour de France take part with a route that passed memorials and battlefields. The dutiful ceremonies across much of Europe are important and remind us of the devastation. (inrng.com)

November 11, 2014




Christophe Le Mevel (Cofidis)
Photo: © Bettini.
Christophe Le Mevel has decided to put an end to his active career. The 34-year-old Frenchman, who has ridden for Cofidis since 2013, said that he would stay involved in the sport.
“Full of emotion, and after reflecting upon it for a long time, I today announce the end of my career after 14 years as a professional.” (cyclingnews.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: We're all in this together. Race with grace...humor helps too.
(Photo by Chris Mattingly).
"Fifth Street 'Cross, my favorite small grassroots 'cross race, has—and has always had—but one (somewhat off-color, but highly important and appropriate) rule: Don’t be a d*ck.
Yeah, it’s kind of an offensive phrase. And sorry if anyone is offended. But some events over the weekend at another, larger race this Sunday had me thinking that maybe that rule should be plastered at the start line of every race as a not-so-gentle reminder for people who need some not-so-gentle reminders." (bicycling.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: Kathryn Bertine - George Verhola.
A collection of essays and articles about Kathryn Bertine's attempts to make it in the pro peloton, and to the London Olympics. Bertine can be quite funny, and has some important things to say about the state of women's cycling today. (podiumcafe.com)

November 11, 2014





Photo: Michelle Cound with Chris Froome at the 2013 Tour de France (Getty).
Chris Froome added a personal highlight to his 2014 season, tying the knot at the weekend with longtime partner Michelle Cound at a ceremony in South Africa.
The pair became an item in 2011 after they were introduced by fellow South African Daryl Impey who now rides for Australian team Orica-GreenEDGE. (sbs.com.au)

November 11, 2014




Rafal Majka (Tinkoff - Saxo) holds up his winning trophy at the Tour of Poland
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Victories are like busses, you wait for one and suddenly five come along at the same time. Rafal Majka had to wait four years for his first professional win, but he can look back on this season with a smile after securing five of them in 2014. After a ground-breaking year for the Pole, he is looking to go even better in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: We round up the most useful mobile apps for cyclists: if you use an app not listed here, tell us about it.
Cyclists have never been shy of embracing new technology, and there are now a whole host of useful cycling applications (apps) that have been designed to add an extra dimension to your riding.
We’re keeping a running list of the most useful cycling apps on this page, and we’d like you to contribute your own recommendations or comment on the ones we’ve already listed.
The more supported platforms the better: iPhone and iPad (iOS), Android, Windows, or whatever. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Cube Peloton Pro
Robert Smith.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Great value and a lovely ride if you value comfort over all-out speed." (bikeradar.com)

November 11, 2014




Photo: British company Azione shows us its brand new Questo II, an aero-inspired race machine designed with one thing in mind: speed .
When the style and clichéd ‘passion’ of Italy are thrown together with the engineering know-how of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, a brand is created that could be very different from your average bike company.
This is Azione, a British brand with more than a touch of Italian style. They’re a group of keen racers, mechanics and designers, building bikes for customers looking for something unique. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: a classic mix a Matte Lava Grey, Gloss SRAM Red, Gloss Field Grey and white finish..
"This Baum was built up with a Campagnolo Super Record EPS group using the new cranks and the brand new for 2015 Campagnolo Bora wheels. The older generation Bora’s are one of our favorites and Campagnolo did a great job improving on these. Keep an eye out for our thoughts as we’ve already mounted a pair to the shop Argonaut and have been riding them for a week now." (abovecategorycycling.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins, Tour of Britain 2014 team presentation .
Former Hour Record holder Ole Ritter has said that Bradley Wiggins will set a distance in the iconic track challenge that will be virtually impossible for his rivals to beat.
Ritter was a great time triallist who set a number of world records on the track, including the Hour Record in 1968. It was the Danish rider’s Hour Record that Eddy Merckx broke in 1972, which in turn became the mark for the Athlete’s Hour passed by Chris Boardman in 2000. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 10, 2014




Photo: We've got two events on tap for this week, as the Cross season continues heating up to its boiling point..
After winning this weekend's U23 European Championship, Van Aert took a barb at van der Poel for skipping the event Saturday, saying "the absent are always in the wrong" about his Dutch rival, whatever that means. But van der Poel had saved himself for Ruddervoorde the following day, where he took second, and remarked that he's not doing very many U23 events where he could show his European jersey off anyway, had he shown up and won.
In their minds they are they truly rivals or two teenagers who dislike each other? (podiumcafe.com)

November 10, 2014




Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
By winning the third round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series on the redesigned technical course in Ruddervoorde, Tom Meeusen reminded everybody that he's a rider to take into account. The Belgian rider knew a big win was coming up sooner rather than later, and warm, dry weather created course conditions that suited his speed.
"Last week I already knew I would be in the mix for the win today. Also because I know the course suits me perfectly. I preferred the old course but over here I could even win when I'm not in top form," Meeusen said in Ruddervoorde. (cyclingnews.com)

November 10, 2014




Serena Bishop capped her weekend with a win at PIR. © Pat Malach.
Molly Cameron and Serena Bishop finessed their way over a challenging and fast circuit Sunday at Portland International Raceway to win the penultimate race of the 2014 Cross Crusade series. (cxmagazine.com)

November 10, 2014




After a bad first stage put him out of contention for the overall, Todd Wells came roaring back on Saturday, winning the final stage of La Ruta. Photo: La Ruta de los Conquistadores.
Luis Leao Pinto was crowned the winner of La Ruta de los Conquistadores Saturday after crossing the finish line in sixth place in Playa Bonita, Limón. Thanks to a strong first-day performance, he won by more than six minutes over second place Luis Mejía.
After a dismal first day, Todd Wells, the race’s 2011 winner, got a bit of redemption, winning the final stage. (velonews.com)

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Danny Summerhill (K-Edge Felt) sweeping the Derby City Cup weekend
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Danny Summerhill repeated as winner in the Derby City Cup, taking out the second day of racing in Louisville by out-sprinting Ben Berden. Cameron Dodge was third.
Runner-up from the previous day, Jeremy Powers, did not take part in the event as he continues to focus his efforts on C1 races. (cyclingnews.com)

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Marcel Kittel wins the final stage of the Dubai tour
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The 2015 edition of the Dubai Tour will include a 17 per cent uphill finish overlooking the Hatta Dam and a 60 per cent increase in total race distance, with Vincenzo Nibali confirming during the official presentation that he will make his season debut at the race.
The second edition of the Dubai Tour will be held from February 4-7, with four road stages totalling 663 kilometres. The race, organized by the Dubai Sports Council in partnership with Giro d'Italia organizer RCS Sport, has been upgraded to 2.HC status and so 11 WorldTour squads and four other teams will make up the 128-rider start list. (cyclingnews.com)

November 10, 2014




2014-15 Races & Results.

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


November 10, 2014




Photo: Sun Moon Lake on a clear day – which we didn’t quite manage, unfortunately.
"The first ever event of its kind to be held in Taiwan, it brought together roadies. MTB guys, trick bike dudes and a whole bunch of antique and classic bike fans for rides of varying distances around Sun Moon Lake, which sits just about in the middle of this beautiful country I’ve called home the past 4 years."

November 10, 2014




Photo: This fabulous statue represents Oscar Lapize. Lapize won the 1910 Tour. Géant du Tourmalet - will
'The Giro d'Italia and Tour de France recently announced their 2015 routes, and it struck me that both races would be visiting quite a few cycling monuments.
Now when I say monument, I mean statue, not the Classic races that are often called Monuments.  Although the Museo del Ghisallo along the route of the last Monument of the season - Giro del Lombardia - has some great cycling statues." (podiumcafe.com)

November 10, 2014




Photo: The new XTR M9050 cassette is built with a carbon spider, aluminium, titanium and steel cogs mix, and has a very even progression through the gears. Photography by Alistair Wilson (feature) & Wade Wallace.
"I would argue that mountain bike technology is more advanced and progressive than what we typically see on road bikes. The many variations of disciplines, relaxed UCI technical rules, and perhaps a tendency for riders to let go of traditions make the mountain bike an open slate for innovation and experimentation. However, the first bit of technology we’ve seen make the leap from road bikes to mountain biking in a long time is electronic shifting. I attended a media camp held by Shimano in the Margaret River area of Western Australia during the Cape to Cape mountain bike race and I got to experience for myself what XTR Di2 shifting was all about." (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Because wheels are the bike's contact points with the ground, they have a lot to do with how the ride feels.
"With their impossibly thin spokes, light and often skinny rims, and minimal hubs, bicycle wheels appear spider-web delicate, yet they're actually a marvel of engineering, remarkably strong and exceptionally well suited to cycling.
Here at the shop we like to think of wheels as your bicycle's wings. When they're old or heavy, or beat-up and knocked out of true, you wobble along and can barely enjoy riding. Meanwhile, nicely engineered hoops, built light and strong, let you soar over the road and trail with speed and precision " (mostsport.com)

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Dan Martin celebrates
Photo: © Bettini.
When Dan Martin shot away in the final kilometer of the Tour of Lombardy, comparisons were instantly drawn with Ireland's last winner of the Race of the Falling Leaves. Like Sean Kelly in 1991, we were told, he had salvaged his season by landing a classic victory at the death.
It's a funny thing, perspective, because the thought was not exactly weighing on Martin's mind when he lined up in Como that morning. (cyclingnews.com)

November 10, 2014




102nd Tour de France 2015 Presentation Christian Prudhomme TDF Director and Jan van Zanen (Ned) Mayor departure city Utrecht
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Dutch city of Utrech will pay the organizers of the Tour de France Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) a sum of four million euros to host the Grand Départ of the 2015 race. The purported amount was revealed in the Dutch media last week, but an official document - which details everything from the costs to the number of barriers needed – has now been made public on Utrecht.nl.
“The community agrees to pay a financial contribution to ASO of 4,000,000 € (four million euros) from tax in the terms and schedule,” the document, which is written in French, stated. (cyclingnews.com)

November 10, 2014




There have been times in my life where cycling has almost become my god... Photography by Bike Accident Attorneys Blog
If you're reading this there's every chance you love riding your bike. You might even be a little bit obsessed with cycling. But at what point does a passion for cycling become a problem? Psychologist Dr Justin Coulson ponders this question and considers what new psychology research suggests about the internal conflicts we can feel when cycling starts to take over our lives. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 10, 2014




Bobby Julich (CSC)
Photo: © Sirotti.
Bobby Julich has described his move to Tinkoff-Saxo as ‘a bit like coming home’ after he re-joined the team he rode and coached for.
Julich joined Oleg Tinkov’s team earlier this month as Head Coach, and spent last week climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with his new colleagues. He knows the spine of the management at the team having ridden for Bjarne Riis for several years before then stepping up to coach the team after his retirement from racing in 2008. (cyclingnews.com)

November 10, 2014




Alberto Contador secured his Vuelta a Espana victory by winning stage 20. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It’s difficult to pick out singular moments in a season packed full of race-defining tactics and attacks. No race is ever easy to win at the top of the elite men’s peloton, and 2014 seemed overflowing with thrills from January through October.
Every race has its drama, but a few electrifying flashes stand out. The elements magically aligned a few times in 2014, with the most important riders stamping their authority in the decisive moments of cycling’s most prestigious races. Be it in Paris-Roubaix, the world championships, or the Tour de France, this season was replete with great moments. It’s what makes bike racing so alluring, so maddening, and so compelling. (velonews.com)

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Thumbs up: Dani King is on the mend following last week's crash Photo: TWITTER: @DaniKing1.
King, part of Great Britain's all-conquering women's pursuit team who also won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, broke five ribs and suffered a collapsed lung after crash during a training in South Wales last Thursday.
Stephen Fry, King's agent, confirmed to Telegraph Sport last week that the crash was caused by a pothole which later led to British Cycling demanding that local authorities increase their spend-per-head on the upkeep of roads. (telegraph.co.uk)

November 10, 2014




Ally Stacher (Specialized-lululemon) rode her fourth Giro Rosa in Italy in 2014. Next year, she'll race for American team Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies. Photo: CJFoto.com.
Valued for her work as a selfless teammate and domestique, Ally Stacher has big plans for 2015, both on and off the bike. Making the move to Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies for next year, Stacher will bring years of high-caliber race experience from her tenure with both HTC-Highroad and Specialized-Lululemon.
Over her seven-year career, she’s competed in some of the world’s biggest races, including the Giro Rosa (formerly the Giro d’Italia Femminile), which she finished four times. (velonews.com)

November 10, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome escapes with Alberto Contador on stage sixteen of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
The Vuelta a España stage race, following the race director’s promise to Chris Froome, will include a flat time trial for its 2015 edition.
Froome said after this year’s defeat, ‘Thank you, Javier, but could these time trials in the Vuelta be flatter?’,” Vuelta Director Javier Guillén told Spain’s El País newspaper.
“And I said to him then, ‘Next year, for the 2015 edition, the time trial will be planned in a flat region.’ And that began our conversation…” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 10, 2014




Photo: Ciclismo Internacional reports that Peter Sagan won't start his season in Argentina as he has done in 2013 and 2014...
According to Ciclismo Internacional, Peter Sagan won't be at the start of the Tour de San Luis in 2015. Instead, the race may attract Mark Cavendish and Michal Kwiatkowski who have both been at the event in the past.
On Thursday, director of the San Luis Giovanni Lombardi will hold a press conference to announce the major teams and riders participating in the 9th edition of the race that will take place in January. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 10, 2014




Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) signs that the 2011 Worlds is her second
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
2015 Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Van Winden to Baku and Bronzini extends. (cyclingnews.com)

November 10, 2014




Photo: Create a ’Cross Fondo event, collect entry fees, laugh all the way to the bank.
We run some crazy cycling ideas by experts. Their answers may surprise you. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Matthew Glaetzer only took up track sprinting at the age of 16, but the South Australian had pocketed two junior world titles by the time ...
At the conclusion of the first Track World Cup round of the 2014-15 season it was Australia who emerged on top of the medal table with three gold medals, two silver and one bronze.
Matthew Glaetzer was on the right side of two photo finishes in the men's sprint to claim the gold over former world champion Jason Kenny who beat the Australian when they last went head-to-head at the Commonwealth Games in August.
"I knew it was going to be super tough to beat Kenny because he seems to keep improving through a sprint competition," said Glaetzer. "So to beat him after he knocked me out of the Sprint in Glasgow was great, although I wasn't thinking about that aspect at the time." (cyclingnews.com)

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Prosecutors are reviewing new documents concerning the death of Marco Pantani. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Marco Pantani’s death and 1999 Giro d’Italia legal inquiries are baseless and creating mistrust in Italy’s institutions, according to biographer Matt Rendell.
“The 1999 Giro case is based on one rumor after another, voices going around prison cells,” the English journalist told VeloNews.
“The murder case? All they have to do is to get people to talk about it, and it achieves its end. There won’t be another end because Pantani was clearly not murdered.”
The bald Italian climber won the 1998 Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, the last cyclist to win the double. From that high, his life quickly unravelled. (velonews.com)

November 10, 2014




Photo: I’m not a doper because I have never done drugs. Beyond that I think it takes away from what is great about sport.
"American former professional rider (he has just retired at 35) Matt Cooke came on the radar screens at crankpunk HQ when he commented on an article I wrote about dopers having those wonderful gran fraudos, as they do. we then chatted a little about doing an interview but never got round to it.
Then i saw a comment from Matt on a photo of Zabriskie, attending some awards dinner or something recently, where Matt basically said ‘dude you robbed me’, and I knew we had to get that interview done.
So here it is, unedited, unabridged. one thing i am sure of is that he means every word." (crankpunk.com)

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Photo: Doug Report...
"They’ve sponsored the Tour of California since its inception in 2006, and that must be a good thing, right? the sport needs sponsors and here is one willing to provide financial support for an entire race for several years, one that, briefly, looked to be on the edge of challenging the Giro d’Italia as a destination for the world’s top bike road racers.
But exactly what does Amgen do?" (crankpunk.com)

November 10, 2014




Photo: Good-bye Didi the Devil, what did you start?.
Pro cycling seems to be losing a lot of big names this year to retirement and to that long list we can add Didi Senft – better known as the “Devil”, the man who almost single-handedly created the roadside craze of dressing up in costume to cheer on the race. Here’s a look back at encounters with the man who started it all. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Doug Report...
“We have a well-rounded and immensely capable squad assembled for 2015. When you have a sponsorship commitment into the future, like that of UnitedHealthcare, we have to think beyond results of today. We have hired some impressive talents for 2015 but also hired some young up-and-coming riders for the future. We’re excited to hit the road and start racing.” (uhcprocycling.com)

November 10, 2014




Photo: I’m really keen to further progress my development on the road and the team’s programme is perfect for this so I’m really looking forward to just getting started again.
Second in the world under 23 time trial championships, where he finished just .48 seconds behind Campbell Flakemore’s gold medal, Ryan Mullen has passed over offers from other teams and decided to spent another season with the An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly squad.
The 20 year old rider was one of several names confirmed by the Irish-registered, Belgian-based Continental squad on Monday. Rather than moving elsewhere, the Irish Elite road race and under 23 time trial champion believes another year at his current team is the best option for his long-term development. .

November 10, 2014




Photo: The Sufferfest’s videos are designed to take the boredom out of turbo training (Pic: Media 24).
Sufferfest videos were previously available for individual download, with a limited number also on offer to premium Strava members, but the app provides access to more than 20 videos in an ‘all-you-can-suffer buffet’.
Each video works on a specific area of training, including speed, endurance, climbing, racing and style, with footage from a number of races, including the Tour de France, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Road World Championships, as well as on-screen instructions and music to provide motivation. (roadcyclinguk.com)

November 10, 2014




Photo: Jack Bobridge is one of five track riders to join Budget Forklifts in 2015 (Getty Images).
Jack Bobridge and other members of the Australian team pursuit will join Budget Forklifts on the road next year in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The partnership with Cycling Australia’s High Performance Unit will see team pursuit world champions Bobridge, Luke Davison, Glenn O’Shea and Mitchell Mulhern, and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Scott Sunderland, bolster the team’s stocks. (sbs.com.au)

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff Saxo) will be teammates in 2015
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Belgian Sportsman of the Year nominees announced, USA win first World Cup omnium medal, Avanti sign former triathlete Davison. (cyclingnews.com)

November 10, 2014




Photo: Toolbox that flatters to deceive.
BikeRadar verdict: 2.5 out of 5 stars. "Solid, but a small and disappointing selection for the price." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: This is an unabashed race bike through and through.
The new Jamis Supernova Team is a lot of things. Forgettable is not one of them. Between the Halloween’esqu color scheme and large and frequent logo placement, this bike looks like the cyclocross version of a NASCAR racer. And it’s a comparison that works beyond aesthetics. Indeed, this race-ready rig is built for ’cross competition. If you’re looking for a bike suitable for double duty as a gravel grinder or back-up roadster, we’d recommend looking elsewhere. (roadbikereview.com)

November 10, 2014




The Champs-Élysées finally got to witness Cadel Evans in yellow on the final stage
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
In recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of Don Kirkham and Iddo 'Snowy' Munro becoming the first Australians to ride the Tour de France, Cycling Australia will name a nine-rider 'team of the century' later this month at the Jayco Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards. (cyclingnews.com)

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Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Telenet-Fidea rider Tom Meeusen won a hard-fought third Superprestige round in Ruddervoorde, Belgium, on Sunday, out-sprinting Mathieu van der Poel and Klaas Vantornout. Sven Nys finished fourth in the sprint after a fast race on a dry course. (cyclingnews.com)

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Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) led early at Scheldecross, but had to settle for second behind Katie Compton
Photo: © Photopress.be.
After a two-year spell as European cyclo-cross champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) had to concede the European title on Saturday afternoon in Lorch, Germany. The 24-year-old Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) took over the European Cyclo-cross championship from the 33-year-old British champion. On Sunday, Cant turned her good form into another victory at the Superprestige cyclo-cross race in Ruddervoorde, Belgium. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Katerina Nash clears a hurdle en route to victory. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com.
Danny Summerhill and Katerina Nash shone most brightly under the lights at Saturday’s Derby City Cup in Louisville, Kentucky.
Summerhill took the hour long elite men’s race by just two seconds ahead of U.S. champion Jeremy Powers with Logan Owen third at 35 seconds back.
Earlier, in the 40-minute elite women’s race, Nash soloed to victory with 18 seconds to spare over runner-up Kaitlin Antonneau. Courtenay McFadden rounded out the podium in third.
Racing continues Sunday at Eva Bandman Park. (velonews.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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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Photo: One of the best riders in the country despite being well into his 40s, Greg Swinand says older riders need to get the intensity of their training right; pictured here by Sean Rowe wearing the yellow jersey at the Wexford Two Day.
Greg Swinand took a whopping eight wins this year between road race and time trial events, and the UCD CC rider says he has no intention of stopping racing any time soon.
He might by 47 years old now but the US-born Wicklow man showed up many of his younger adversaries in 2014.
Among his biggest wins was a solo victory in the inaugural Deenside Cup.
He also took the opening stage of the Tour of Ulster as well as the national vets’ TT title, a race he won by over two minutes. (stickybottle.com)

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Photo: Round 1 of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, at Guadalajara, Mexico is being held November 8-9. We'll have live feeds for the final day..
Only Sunday's final day (November 9) of round 1 will be streamed live, at least in part. (cyclingfans.com)

November 9, 2014




aleb Ewan (Australia) earns the silver medal
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
One of the first things Caleb Ewan did upon his return to Australia from September’s Worlds, where he won a silver medal in the men’s U23 race, was to meet with his coach Brad McGee and chat about the season gone and to come.
Joining them for the catch up at a small café in Bowral, a rural town in the Southern Highlands south of Sydney in NSW where 20-year-old Ewan hails from, was Italian Australian Institute of Sport sports scientist Paolo Menaspà. By the time they had finished, one major change had already taken place – McGee was no longer Ewan’s coach. (cyclingnews.com)

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Sam Witmitz (Team Budget Forklifts)
Photo: © Tour of Taihu Lake.
Stage 5 winner Boris Shpilevskiy claimed a second success in the Tour of Taihu Lake as he sprinted to victory on the final day in Wujiang, where Australia’s Sam Witmitz, third on the line, won the first UCI 2.1 race of his career at the age of 29. He won the race ahead of Alois Kankovsky who finished second overall for the third time (after 2011 and 2013). Dutch revelation Jurgen van Diemen had a few mechanicals and slipped to third but remained on the podium. (cyclingnews.com)

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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Mathieu van der Poel answered the critics who railed against his decision to skip the U23 European cyclo-cross championships by surging to the lead in the Superprestige on Sunday with a strong second place finish in Ruddervoorde.
The Dutch rider decided to focus on the Superprestige at the expense of the championship race in Lorsch, Germany, and was criticized by new European champion Wout Van Aert, who responded to Van der Poel's absence by citing a proverb, "the absent are always in the wrong." (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: I’d prefer the idea that these three races are special … keep them as three weeks, two to five days longer than the others … on the sporting side, I don’t see the point to try to shorten them.
Two of the highlights of the cycling season are the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. If you cant win the Tour de France, then these are the two stage races you want to win. And both face the possibility of being shortened.
Nothing has been made public about this proposal so far, but with cycling due to enter new reforms as soon as 2017, some people like Patrick Lefevere, Etixx-QuickStep manager, want the Grand Tours shortened. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: We used a mid-cage derailleur on our test bike as we were running a standard 53/39 chainset and 11-32 cassette.
road.cc verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "SRAM's Force groupset is pretty much a direct competitor to Shimano's Ultegra, and like Ultegra it's an excellent transmission that takes a lot of the functionality of the maker's top-tier groupset (Red, in SRAM's case, Dura-Ace in Shimano's) and trickles it down to a more affordable level."  (road.cc)




Photo: Tough sportive machine from home-grown mountain bike specialists.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Classy chassis with good kit, apart from the middling brakes." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Lance Armstrong Photo by Maryse Alberti, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Lance Armstrong pulled out of a scheduled participation in a time trial in the United States today, citing a back injury. His non-appearance at the Tour de Gruene Bicycle Classic in New Braunfels, Texas, comes a little more than two weeks after USA Cycling said he could not take part in last month’s Gran Fondo Hincapie. (road.cc)





Photo: It was a very technical course. Very demanding, not just physically. It was not an easy race. The first two laps were very painful, I felt better afterwards...
On Saturday, Philippe Gilbert in the Velodux, an urban cyclo-cross race for pairs held in the Swiss town of Estavayer-Le-Lac and organized by Red Bull. Alongside his partner Danilo Wyss from BMC Racing Team, he finished 15th in the race that also welcomed Julien Abasalon.
Gilbert and Wyss finished one lap behind the winners  (cyclingquotes.com) and Michi Wildhaber. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 9, 2014




Pat Shaw (Satalyst Giant) in the KOM jersey
Photo: © Con Chronis.
At the end of 2013, Pat Shaw announced that the upcoming season would be his last as a professional bike rider. The Victorian would spent his final year on the road with Satalyst-Giant, switching teams from Huon Genesys, now known as Avanti, where he was instrumental to the recent successes of the Tasmanian squad.
Last week, Avanti announced that Shaw would be re-joining the team in 2015, putting retirement on hold for another year. (cyclingnews.com)

November 9, 2014




Ben Swift (Sky) takes Points jersey after stage 2
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Australia strong in UCI Track World Cup. Six month countdown to the Giro d’Italia. (cyclingnews.com)

November 9, 2014




Photo: Emanuele Sella attacked on the Mortirolo.
Stage 16 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia will revisit the horrendous climb of the Mortirolo, back in 2008 Ale Federico made his own ascent on the penultimate stage of that years Italian Grand Tour. We relive Ale’s pain, suffering and hunger as he discovers his ‘mazzo’ on the Mortirolo. (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 9, 2014




Lizzie Armitstead was a guest at the 2014 Dave Rayner Fund dinner
Photo: © SWpix.com.
Some of the biggest stars in British cycling turned out for the Dave Rayner 20th anniversary dinner in Leeds on Saturday evening with roughly £25,000 raised for the cause.
David Millar, Lizzie Armistead and Ian Stannard, and the new recruits who will benefit from the Rayner fund in 2015, were among those in attendance, along with the man responsible for bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire, Gary Verity. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Van Aert beats Sweeck in a Belgian 1-2 at the European Championships.
As it was the case with the juniors, the Belgian U23 riders dominated the European cyclocross championships. Wout van Aert won the race ahed of Laurens Sweeck.
A big battle between Belgians Michael Vanthourenhout and Wout van Aert was expected. At the midpoint, both of them joined the right group which consisted of five riders. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 8, 2014




Photo: Nys, van der Haar, Pauwels, Walsleben, Meeusen, Denuwelaere, Vantornout, Peeters, Wellens, Aernouts, Van Amerongen, Bina, Simunek,... Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com.
The 2014 Superprestige Cyclocross - Ruddervoorde (Hansgrohe Superprestige) is Sunday, November 9. 
Live streaming video: 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

November 8, 2014




Ian Boswell works with Bernhard Eisel to bring the break back
Photo: © tdwsport.
Ian Boswell hopes that 2015 will be the season all the pieces in the jigsaw come together as he looks to establish a place in Team Sky’s future. The 23-year-old signed a three-year deal as a promising young rider at the start of 2013, and with one year remaining is well aware that he must make the most of next season.
One development that has already taken place in the American’s life surrounds his coaching, with ex-professional Dario Cioni set to mentor him next year. (cyclingnews.com)

November 8, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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),


November 8, 2014




Photo: Without concrete knowledge about the overall costs, the Management Committee of the Tour de Normandie has several weeks to make a final decision.
This morning sad news have emerged. After 34 years, the Tour de Normandie could disappear. While the course has already been finalized, the police costs is a challenge for the organizers.
In fact, everything looked good. The course was ready and many teams had applied for the race which is schedule to take place from March 23 to 29, 2015. However, the expense to have local police at the race have been multiplied by 10 in one year (from 4500 euros in 2014 to 40000 euros in 2015) due a ministerial decree from October 28 2010 (which will become effective from January 1). (cyclingnews.com)

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Matt White and David Millar relaxing in 2003 ahead of stage 15
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
David Millar has praised the Dave Rayner Fund for its role in his development as an aspiring professional, calling it “a massive help” for riders on the fringe of moving to continental teams.
Millar was part of the early draft of the fund, which was set up after the tragic death of Yorkshire pro Dave Rayner in 1995. Its aim was to help young British riders make the leap from domestic racing to the European professional peloton in an era long before British Cycling’s increased funding. (cyclingnews.com)

November 8, 2014




Photo: Mike Garrigan, staying away and keeping away, analyzed in Garriganness . © Andrew Reimann.
"Steve Scoles in Winnipeg, who recently acted as the announcer of the 2014 Canadian Cyclocross Championships, just gave us his rendition of Bill Schieken’s Svenness videos. Spoiler alert: Garrigan takes the lead… he holds on to the lead… he keeps the lead… he finishes with the lead. It’s a thorough analysis, we know.
Somehow we see another Schieken parody in Scoles’s future, possibly Swills, Distills, and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Beer Tent Primer." (cxmagazine.com)

November 8, 2014




Niki Terpstra wins the final edition of Amstel Curacao
Photo: © Amstel Curacao Race.
Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra rounded out his year with a victory in the Amstel Curaçao Race, a 73.6 kilometer criterium on the Caribbean island. Tim Wellens was second, and Dutch champion Sebastian Langeveld was third. (cyclingnews.com)

November 8, 2014




Photo: I want to re-find myself. I want to begin to show my worth again.
Slipstream sports is heading into a new phase of its life, with the merger with Cannondale meaning there will be more Italians than ever before on the American team.
“It will be a completely new team, we are facing a complete reshuffling of the deck,” Moreno Moser told Tutto Bici. “It’ll be a new project for everyone and with new finish lines to reach.”
Four other Italians join Moser: Davide Formolo, Davide Villela, Alberto Bettiol and Alan Marangoni. Sloveinans Matej Mohoric and Kristjan Koren and American Ted King also make the jump. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 8, 2014




Photo: Richard Moore's Étape: 20 Great Stages from the Modern Tour de France
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "An intriguing behind the scenes account of the world's biggest bike race, as told by the main players." (bikeradar.com)

November 8, 2014




Photo: I really hope I can be a big part of that next season. And after that, it is on to the Grand Tours for me again, and helping out these two sprinters and trying to get them stage wins again.
In all eight of Marcel Kittel’s Tour de France stage wins in 2013 and 2014, he has attributed his success in every single one of those stages to his teammates. One of those men is Dutchman Koen de Kort, who recently met with CyclingTips to talk 2015 and helping Kittel and Giant-Shimano’s other star sprinter John Degenkolb.
De Kort says that while Kittel has been the best sprinter in the Tour de France for the last two editions now, he doesn’t think his teammate will target the race’s Green Jersey in 2015. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: I am sure that plenty of US teams would love to have him if they could come up with the money. We are not one of those teams and we have zero interest.
"The number of teams who are saying they don not have room for 2013 Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Horner is growing.
CyclingQuotes.com told a story where it was confirmed that both Jelly Belly and Jamis-Hagens Berman said they were not interested, didn’t have the finances or the space to hire the beteran American. Now we can add UnitedHealthcare, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies and MTN-Qhubeka to the list of teams who cant sign Horner for some reason or another." (cyclingquotes.com)

November 8, 2014




Matt Brammeier came away with the king of the mountains jersey
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Matthew Brammeier is close to signing a contract with a new team after confirming that he would not re-sign with the Synergy Baku Cycling Project for 2015.
“At the moment nothing is confirmed but I have something that’s coming into place. It’s a Professional Continental team and that’s what I was holding out for. It means I’ll be back in some of the bigger European races.” (cyclingnews.com)

November 8, 2014




Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) collects a kiss and a trophy for his third place finish
Photo: © Bettini.
New Polish Hour Record, no attempt for Malori, suspended sentence for Levarlet. (cyclingnews.com)

November 8, 2014




Photo: The podium in Paris-Roubaix was really special, because it was for the first time in my career that I stood on the podium in a Monument. Gent-Wevelgem is an important race, but Paris-Roubaix is something different.
John Degenkolb has been one of the most successful riders of 2014, winning 4 stages at the Vuelta plus its points jersey, Gent-Wevelgem and finishing second in Paris-Roubaix plus five more wins.
“I was planning to do a successful season and it worked out. It was a really nice season, during which I worked hard from the beginning until the end. I had a great Spring campaign, but I must admit that in the Tour de France I was disappointed with the crash and the fact I couldn’t win a stage. Then, the Vuelta was great, and the same goes for the one-day races after the Vuelta,” the German said to caferoubaix.com in a recent interview. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 8, 2014




Photo: The Route: the D927 starts from the village of St Etienne de Cuines just above La Chambre. Here it proceeds south-west for 19.7km to the summit at 1924m above sea level with an average gradient of 7.3% and a maximum of 11%.
"We celebrate the summit finishes and often forget the roads the roads that preceed them. Today’s the chance to venerate a climb that’s used en route to many a Tour de France stage finish and it’ll be scaled twice next July.
It’s worth riding for its own sake and ideal to combine with other high mountain passes in the area." (inrng.com)

November 8, 2014




Photo: The Satori Smart connects to Tacx’s own Cycling app, available on tablets and smartphones, so you can easily track your workout..
A roundup of new tech including adventure tyres, urban cycling bags, turbo trainers, fitness bands and colored handlebars. (road.cc)

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Photo: Documentary; Showtime, Fri. Nov. 7, 9 p.m.
An Australian production that has already played in the U.K., “Lance Armstrong: Stop at Nothing” rolls Stateside via Showtime, and provides a riveting look at the cycling champion’s rise and (especially) fall. Comprehensively reported, director Alex Holmes’ documentary makes devastating use of Armstrong’s depositions and press conferences to illustrate the vehemence with which he denied doping allegations before coming clean, though not enough to soothe the feelings of those he badgered and sought to intimidate. Perhaps foremost, as shrewdly depicted, the story captures the collective hunger for heroes — and the speed  at which media can turn away from them. (variety.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: Marco Pantani in the 1999 Giro d'Italia Credit: Graham Watson .
Marco Pantani was not murdered and the re-opened cases involving the late Italian cyclist are comical, according to biographer Matt Rendell.
“People are going to be left with farcical version of the death of JFK or a bald, big-eared Marilyn Monroe story because they won’t bother to look at the facts, they’ll assume that there’s some truth to what’s being talked about,” the English journalist told Cycling Weekly. “There won’t be another end because Pantani was clearly not murdered.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 7, 2014




Photo: Although I was lucky that the altitude did not affect me, there were teammates who felt bad and had to turn back. Others needed help to get to the summit and there were others who couldn’t remember anything that had happened by the time they got back to camp.
Although his first race of 2015 is at least a couple of months away, Alberto Contador has said that he regards this week’s summiting of the Kilimanjaro climb as being the symbolic start to a season he regards as a very challenging one.
Commenting after his Tinkoff Saxo team’s successful trek to the top of what is the highest mountain in Africa, a task run off in very difficult weather, the Spaniard said that he took satisfaction from the achievement. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 7, 2014




Luis Leao Pinto defended his lead in stage two of La Ruta, but he suffered from the effects of Thursday's stage, ceding time to rivals. Photo: La Ruta de los Conquistadores.
Riders faced an unfamiliar route in stage two of La Ruta de los Conquistadores, as organizers had to make a last-minute course change due to a volcanic eruption from the Turrialba volcano.
Luis Leao Pinto kept his lead after a 53-kilometer stage between Terramall in Tres Ríos and the Oikoumene Camp in Ochomogo of Cartago. The day offered cold and foggy weather and difficult climbing.
Leao finished fourth on the stage, and Colombian rider Luis Mejía won the day.
Women’s leader, Ánngela Parra took her second victory. “I took off at Xiomara’s [Guerrero] speed. We went together to La Angelina. I wasn’t going to take any risks. I knew it was very humid. At that point I slipped, and she passed me, I kept my pace, but she sped up, then she got like three minutes advantage. I tried to play with that difference because I knew that what was coming was going to be tough. I chose my pace and people around me were telling me times. I could see her. I sped up after the last checkpoint, and I won.”  (velonews.com)

November 7, 2014




Alberto Contador started the season on a high note, winning a climb-heavy Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Who will be named Velo Cyclist of the Year? Here are a few of the top contenders for the honor. (velonews.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: The Dutchman and Belgian both stunned with his performances in cyclo-cross events this season.
According to Sport.be, Mathieu Van der Poel will not clash with Wout Van Aert in the European championships held in Lorsch this weekend. The former decided against participating in the event, preferring to line-up at the Superprestige round in Ruddervoorde the next day. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 7, 2014




Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)
Photo: © ASO/G. Demouveaux.
Mikel Nieve was one of Chris Froome’s most important allies this season. The Basque rider supported him in his abortive bid at the Tour de France and helped him to second at the Vuelta a España just over a month later. Nieve was by his side through the ups and downs this year, and is confident that his team leader will be back to his 2013 Tour winning form for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

November 7, 2014




Chris Froome (Team Sky) secured second place ovearll
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Vuelta a España race director Javier Guillén has confirmed that next year’s race will feature a largely flat time trial of around 40 kilometers, according to El País. In recent years, the Vuelta time trial has featured at least one classified climb but Guillén told the paper that 2015 will be a little different.
“Our time trial will follow our usual standard of the last Vueltas, one of 40 kilometres, and it will be on flat terrain or on false flats,” he told the paper. (cyclingnews.com)

November 7, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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),


November 7, 2014




Photo: Wes Sulzberger riding for the Drapac Professional Cycling team this year. (Mark Gunter).
Wes Sulzberger has been handed a late lifeline to ride with Navitas-Satalyst in 2015 - a team that's managed by his agent, Wayne Evans.
The move comes after an underwhelming year with Drapac Professional Cycling that finished without a single international win. The former WorldTour rider, who spent time with Francaise des Jeux and Orica-GreenEDGE before stepping away from the top tier last year is understood to be preparing to have a child with his partner and preferred to stay in Australia, with an Australian team for 2015.
Evans, who acts as Sulzberger's agent, told Cycling Central he reached out to several domestic teams including Drapac but no team was willing to meet the Tasmanian's price tag. The most advanced discussions took place with Drapac, Evans said, which initially told Sulzberger he was surplus to requirements. Evans convinced Drapac to reconsider, which then mulled a renewal with the 28 year old for a fortnight before again walking away from discussions. (sbs.com.au)

November 7, 2014




The women driving the pace at the 2012 Parx Casino Cycling Classic in Philadelphia
(Photo by pml2008).
Recently the Vuelta a España and Amgen Tour of California announced that they would be adding more women’s racing to their pre-existing men’s race lineup. Now, two more races have increased their race offerings for women in 2015.
Philadelphia’s Parx Casino Cycling Classic will be elevating its status for 2015 to become one of the races on the UCI’s Women’s Professional Road Cycling Series, which is the rebranding of the World Cup series. This race will be the first and only stop the series makes in the United States.
The USA Pro Challenge, the four-year old Colorado stage race, has announced a women’s race, which will be run in conjunction with the men’s event August 17 to 23. Many details are still uncertain, but the race will take place on many of the same routes as the men’s event. (bicycling.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: Will you take on the 2015 Etape du Tour?
Sportive riders who want to pit themselves against a stage of the Tour de France can now make the first step on that road, with entries for the 2015 edition of the Etape du Tour open.
With the route for next year’s edition of the Tour de France unveiled late last month, the Etape du Tour will be held on Sunday July 19 over stage 19 of the race in the French Alps. The stage itself will be held five days later on Friday July 24. (roadcyclinguk.com)

November 7, 2014


Photo: Fignon was quite the character as a rider and his biography, in French and English, makes for a good read..
If you’re at a loose end in Paris the cemetery is worth a visit, a calm place in a busy city. It’s a tourist attraction with many famous people buried there, the list is too long but most people visit to see the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morisson and Edith Piaf although a range of celebrities, cultural figures and notable people from French history are buried there.
Laurent Fignon’s ashes probably weren’t placed there out of merit just that he was a Parisian and this is one of the city’s largest cemeteries. His presence is noted though and on a stroll through his was the only plaque with fresh flowers. (inrng.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: I am proud of the results I did, but I am more proud of the fair play.
Almost a month has passed since the day he announced that his career was no more. Since then Andy Schleck has worked on coming to terms with a premature departure from the sport, a decision forced by a Tour de France crash that ruptured his knee and abruptly stopped the clock.
Second in the Giro d’Italia at just 21 years of age, what was expected to be a fifteen year career ended prior to his 30th birthday. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: his future in professional cycling becomes increasingly doubtful as weeks are passing by.
Christopher Horner’s agent Baden Cooke claimed that there’s a little chance for the 43-year old rider to stay in Europe for the next season after Lampre-Merida had confirmed they wouldn’t extend his contract. It appears, however, that the former Australian pro cyclist is given a hard time while negotiating with American second and third division outfits, as two of them have already refused to sign the veteran for 2015. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Moreno Moser will meet with his new teammates in Boulder, Colorado next week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Thanks to its new Cannondale sponsorship deal, Slipstream Sports has more Italians in its ranks for 2015 than ever before. The season will be one of adjustment and discovery for both the American team and its new cyclists.
“It will be a completely new team, we are facing a complete reshuffling of the deck,” Moreno Moser told Tutto Bici. “It’ll be a new project for everyone and with new finish lines to reach.” (velonews.com)

November 7, 2014




Luke Davison and Alex Edmonson win their gold medals
Photo: © Cycling Australia/John Veage.
Australian Luke Davison has got his racing ambitions back on track – literally. The 24-year-old Sydneysider is back in Australia and focused on racing the team pursuit, the track event in which he represented Australia to win gold at this year's world championships in Cali, Colombia and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (cyclingnews.com)

November 7, 2014




Sonic boom: Belkin's Lars Boom goes on the attack at the Tour
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
But for a few far flung races, the curtain has well and truly been drawn on the 2014 season. The members of the roving cycling circus are taking a well-deserved break before gearing up for the year to come, giving us time to reflect on some of the season’s biggest moments. In this gallery, we take a look back at 2014 through the lens of Belgian photographer Tim de Waele. (cyclingnews.com)

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Dani King, part of Britain's victorious world and Olympic team pursuit squad, was hopitalised following a crash in Wales Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
Olympic gold medallist Dani King, part of Great Britain's all-conquering women's pursuit team, has suffered five broken ribs and a collapsed lung after being injured in a crash in training.
The incident is understood to have taken place early yesterday afternoon in South Wales, near King's home in Cardiff, while she was riding out with her usual training partners. (telegraph.co.uk)

November 7, 2014




Photo: cyclists lined up around the block when they saw this sign.
"You know Levi right? that super talented bike rider who juiced for years then got busted – sorry admitted to doping cos it was EATING HIM APART, where’s the Kleenex? - but we should remember that he stopped cos’ he knew it was wrong but, miraculously, STILL won races 'god bless him and his slip streamed head' – the one who then ‘retired’ with that stain of The Doper on him but who still has a fabulously successful gran fraudo and who is still winning races around the USA?
Phew… yes, that one.
Well he put up a race ride on Strava called Crusher in the Tushar and a bunch of Grown Men Who Love Levi came and – well, they just came, more Kleenex please –  and he got a huge moneyshot load of Kudos except for one little, tiny, cheeky comment that somehow slipped by the 'Respect Your Cheating Elders Police.'" (crankpunk.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: The ELSA RS is supplied as a crankset with a pre-installed battery, a selection of magnets, a pair of washers for the pedals, and a quick-start guide. Photography by Matt Wikstrom
Quarq was founded by Jim and Mieke Meyer in 2006. At the time, the couple were living in Australia, and in between triathlon training sessions Jim started working on a crank-based power meter design that would be more affordable than SRM’s system. He also wanted a system where the battery could be replaced in the field.
Quarq unveiled its first power meter at Interbike in 2007. From the outset, Quarq used strain gauges in the crank’s spider to measure torque and the original CinQo was designed to suit a variety of cranks. Aside from easy battery replacement, the CinQo was distinguished by its early use of ANT+ for wireless transmission of power data. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: The bold yellow and black retro finish represents a change of direction for the usually understated British company Genesis – and it’s one we like.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A lovely ride from the classy steel frame, but its weight will limit personal bests." (bikeradar.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: Hallmark of the Climber’s Shoe is the mesh-backed synthetic leather upper with its dotted design..
Two years after venturing into the footwear arena with its Grand Tour shoes, high-end apparel maker Rapha is about to start selling its second set of road-specific kicks, the Climber’s Shoe. These $400 shoes will go on sale in North America starting this weekend. Initially only the white/grey model will be available, with black/pink and blue/white coming on-line at a yet-to-be-specified date. (roadbikereview.com)

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Marc Madiot is a proponent of radio-free racing
Photo: © Brecht Decaluwé.
FDJ.fr manager Marc Madiot has warned that French races below WorldTour level are in danger of disappearing from the calendar and he has called for the structures of cycling in what he termed its “four historic countries” – France, Belgium, Spain and Italy – to be safeguarded. (cyclingnews.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: he will not go to jail but will be kept in hourse arrest. The prosecutor had asked for eighteen months of imprisonment. © actualites.leparisien.fr
On Monday evenig Guillaume Levarlet was charged for homicide. The French rider was driving under the influence of alcohol when the car was involved in a fatal accident that cost former professional Arnaud Coyot his life at the age of 33. After leaving a night club, Levarlet lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a metal barrier.
In the Citroën Xsara, Levarlet was joined by Coyot on the front seat and Sébastien Minard (AG2R-La Mondiale) on the back seat. Severely wounded, Coyot died a few hours later in the hospital. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: We have not received our salary for five months and they won’t reply.
According to Robinson Chalapud and Jarlinson Pantano who will not ride for the team in 2015, Colombia have not paid their salaries for the last five months. They are now using social media in an attempt to get their money.
It should be mentioned that this is not the first time this happens at Claudio Corti’s team. A similar situation occurred in August 2013. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 7, 2014




Leah Kirchmann (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies)
Photo: © Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com.
Leah Kirchmann, Canada’s triple national champion in the road race, time trial and criterium, has re-signed with the American-based team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies for the 2015 season. The all-rounder will lead the team at events in both North America and overseas but is once again targeting the national championships.
“I’m excited to be returning to race with Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies,” Kirchmann said. “It’s a great program that provides me with everything I need to be a successful cyclist - great equipment sponsors, awesome teammates and a professional organisation at the races.” (cyclingnews.com)

November 7, 2014




Lex Albrecht (Optum) signals her win in remembrance of her grandfather on his birthday
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies has announced a ten-rider roster for 2015 with the core of its current team remaining on board under the directorship of Patrick McCarty.
Staying with the team is the current Canadian road race, time trial and criterium champion Leah Kirchmann, veteran Janel Holcomb and three emerging young riders, Annie Ewart (Canada), Brianna Walle and Maura Kinsella (both United States). (cyclingnews.com)

November 7, 2014




Is your pre-race warm-up doing you more harm than good? New research indicates that some traditional warm-up techniques may not produce optimal performance. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe,” Abraham Lincoln once said.
Many cyclists embody that axiom and believe that success correlates directly with volume of preparation. But while success often comes to those that train the hardest, the axe of preparation cuts both ways. Pushing too hard can leave you fatigued rather than fit.
Athletes with ritualistic pre-race routines can torpedo their race before it starts due to over-preparation. (velonews.com)

November 7, 2014




Warren Barguil (Giant-Shimano) impressed again in the mountains
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Warren Barguil is currently easing back after a long season that only concluded last month at the Tour of Beijing, where he finished sixth, and the ASO-organised Criterium in Saitama, Japan. However, his thoughts are already veering towards 2015, when one of his goals will be to make his debut in the Tour de France.
The second-year French professional had some hopes of taking part in cycling’s top race last July but instead he was held back for a repeat ride in the Vuelta a España. His 2014 Vuelta objectives, however, had a very different slant to his previous participation in 2013, where as a neo-pro riding in his first Grand Tour he took two spectacular stage wins, one in the Pyrenees at Formigal where he neatly outduelled Rigoberto Urán. (cyclingnews.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: Unlike your typical local bike shop that is brand-based, Velo Classique is about bicycles and not about brands. So there are all different kinds of bicycles in the shop.
"We love our local bike shop here at PEZ but sometimes, just once in a while you might come across a shop that is so different, unique and just plain cool that it makes your LBS look boring. It was from here that our new series of ‘Not Your Average Bike Shop’ was born with first up being Velo Classique from Virginia USA." (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: former seven-time Tour winner is not the monster many see him as, that he and his teammates are being scapegoated while others who were equally guilty.
Feargal McKay, a voracious reader of all things bike racing, has weighed in. With a mixture of biography, autobiography, and race profiles, the following are his 10 best reads of the past year, and collectively make up not only must reads for all cycling fans but also a great gift-giving list for the riders on your “‘nice” list this holiday season. (pelotonmagazine.com)

November 7, 2014




Photo: Guido Kunze rides 6,233m up the Ojos del Salado volcano on the Argentina-Chile border to set the new record..
We all have ‘must-do’ lists of hills we want to climb, or mountain passes to traverse, but German ultra-athlete Guido Kunze went further than all of us by setting a new bicycle altitude record.
The 48-year-old ascended 6,233m up the Ojos del Salado volcano on the Argentina-Chile border, beating Andre Hauschke’s 2010 record by 150m.
In total Kunze pedalled 342.77km in just over 37 hours from Bahia Inglesa on the Pacific coast to the to the northwest ridge of the volcano, ascending 6,899m. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 7, 2014




Photo: The kit covers most things that a cyclist would need: a full allen key set and, surprisingly, a full torx key set which is becoming a more widely used standard...
One thing that most cyclists will benefit from at one point or another is a decent set of tools. They let you perform maintenance at home (often at the last minute!) and save you money in the long run by not needing to take your bike to your LBS for every little thing. Having decent tools also helps you learn more about the way your bike works.
The difference between a good tool kit and an average one is what tools you get and the quality of the tools inside; which can be the difference between causing damage to your components and having a stress-free maintenance experience. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 7, 2014




Photo: Ridley X-Bow 20 Disc Allroad.
"We love a classy commuter, and this urbanised version of the popular X-Bow from Ridley looks the part with matchy-matchy mudguards, Shimano Sora components and Avid disc brakes." (bikeradar.com)

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November 6, 2014




Fernando Alonso and World champion Rui Costa
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Fernando Alonso has confirmed that his hopes of forming a professional cycling team will not materialize in 2015 but insisted that he still has plans to establish a team at some point in the future. The Formula 1 driver was speaking on Wednesday at an event organized by one of his sponsors in Mexico City. (cyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: Bradley Wiggins, Tour of Britain 2014 team presentation .
Bradley Wiggins believes British success in recent years has helped turn cycling into a brand, with the sport’s market now worth £1.39bn to the UK.
In an interview with Marketing Week, the world time trial champion insists that cycling is no longer a niche sport, with his Tour de France and Olympic glory in 2012 helping to bring the sport to national prominence.
“The transformation [in cycling] is quite phenomenal,” Wiggins said.
“The growth was already huge but [the Tour and Olympics] helped bring a whole new audience to the sport and it really captured people’s imagination.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 6, 2014




Chris Froome (Team Sky) waves from the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Cavendish trains on track in Italy, curtain comes down on Curacao, Trek sponsors UK women’s pro team. (cyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




Luis Leao Parra rounds the bend on his way to winning stage 1 of La Ruta de los Conquistadores. Photo: La Ruta de Los Conquistadores.
Luis Leao Pinto (Scotiabank) of Portugal won the first of three stages at the 22nd edition of La Ruta de los Conquistadores Thursday. Colombian Angela Parra took the women’s lead.
The stage was 93 kilometers long and went from the coastal town of Jacó on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, to the Universidad Técnica Nacional in Atenas in Alajuela. (velonews.com)

November 6, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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),


November 5, 2014




Team Colombia's Fabio Duarte nearly won a Giro stage atop the Montecampione in 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Team Colombia has the 2015 Tour de France in mind, but first it wants to return to the Giro d’Italia for a third time to try to win a stage.
“The race organizers have a good understanding and consider us after three years in Europe,” general manager Claudio Corti said Thursday morning.
“Clearly, my goal is to see team Colombia in the Giro d’Italia again. If we receive two grand tour invitations, then even better. The Vuelta a España and Tour de France organizers know that we want to race.”...

November 6, 2014




Lucas Euser (left) poses with 2009 La Ruta winner Manuel Prado. Euser begins La Ruta with a team on Thursday. Courtesy photo.
You probably know Lucas Euser from his time as a well-rounded rider on UnitedHealthcare. You may know him for that immaculate whip of hair that points toward the sky and always seems to be at the utmost attention.
You do not know him for mountain bike racing through the jungle of Costa Rica, which is exactly what he’s about to be doing. (velonews.com)

November 6, 2014




African Wildlife Safaris show off their new bikes and team kit
Photo: © Mark Gonzalez.
African Wildlife Safaris have only been around since the 2012 season but in its short existence, the Melbourne-based team have consistently shown it belongs at the top end of the National Road Series (NRS). 2014 saw the team race under a Continental license allowing them to enter the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, finishing eight on the team classification. (cyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: Stephen Roche won the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and world championships in 1987
Human Race.
Sportives/Gran Fondos have grown massively over the last decade. Now a new trend for multi-day events, such as the Dragon Tour, is starting to take hold with riders wanting to get closer to the pro tour experience.
We chat to event ambassador – and cycling legend – Stephen Roche about the ever-broadening sportive scene, the draw of multi-day events and why he’s looking forward to the Dragon Tour in 2015. Winner of the 1987 Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and world championships, Roche reflects on the astounding growth of sportives over the last few years. (bikeradar.com)

November 6, 2014




Manuele Mori (Lampre - Merida)
Photo: © Bettini.
Didi the Devil retires, SEG Racing add Bokeloh and Leemans, Santambrogio says doping had little to do with his performances in 2013. (cyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




Wes Sulzberger (Drapac)
Photo: © Tour de Taiwan 2014 / Sonoko Tanaka.
Between 2009 and 2013, Tasmanian Wes Sulzberger was racing at the highest level of the sport but stepped down to the Pro-Continental level with Drapac to race this year alongside his brother Bernie.
An "ok" season didn't yield the results and performances that Sulzberger wanted and a contract wasn't forthcoming from the Australian team, leaving the 28-year-old without a contract for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

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Television coverage of professional cycling needs to be beefed up, writes Andrew Hood. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Here is cycling’s great paradox as it moves deeper into the new millennium: relevance to the TV audience.
Perhaps there is no sport in the world that’s as exciting to participate in yet is as boring to watch on television as bike racing.
Sometimes that’s hard to comprehend. Anyone who’s raced, or stood on the side of the road to watch a race, can attest to cycling’s passion, speed, and thrills. In many ways, the sport has all the ingredients to be one of the most compelling TV sports in the world, yet it is not. Why? In part because television broadcasting product has remained static for 20 years. (velonews.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: It is 610m at 22% with a 30% in the middle of the slope and crucially a sharp final corner where it’s 29% on the inside and 20% on the outside.
Seeing the day’s breakaway get reeled in and beaten resmebles a nature documentary where the predator inevitably catches and consumes its prey. Only this day was different as a carnivorous Contador joined with the breakaway riders to help escape those in his pursuit. (inrng.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: Mauro Santambrogio wins stage fourteen at the 2013 Giro d'Italia .
Italian Mauro Santambrogio “learned not to cheat” after a 2013 Giro d’Italia doping positive and subsequent suspension. His cooperation with cycling’s reform commission brought a reduced ban that enabled him to sign a two-year contract this week with third division team Amore & Vita.
“Cycling’s controlled more than any other sport and I’ve learned that there’s no use in trying to cheat,” he told Italy’s Tutto Bici website. “Anyway, I’m convinced that a donkey can’t become a thoroughbred with doping.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 6, 2014




Photo: The movement for equality is a slippery slope. We can’t settle for crumbs and call it a victory, we’ve got to go after the whole pie. And better still, help build the bakery. Photography by Cor Vos, Kathryn Bertine
Kathryn Bertine, one of the core individuals behind the push for a women’s Tour de France, has said that she and others will continue working toward a multi-stage event, saying that more than just a single day race during the Grand Tours is needed.
She was responding to the recent news that another ASO event, the Vuelta a España, would also hold a one-day race for women in 2015. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 6, 2014




The podium included Ian Stannard (Team Sky), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky)
Photo: © Bettini.
Having claimed the biggest win of his career at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in March, Ian Stannard appeared on the cusp of a breakout season with Team Sky. A crash at Ghent-Wevelgem later that month resulted in a fractured vertebrae and a four-month spell on the sidelines, derailing his season.
The 27-year-old made a comeback at the Commonwealth Games in August which proved to be a false dawn as an opening day crash at the Tour of Britain in early-September resulted in a fractured scaphoid, ending his season all together. (cyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: Ultra lean: Froome and Wiggins are two riders who have their body composition dialled in
Tim de Waele.
Many pros carefully count calories and weigh food to ensure they're only taking in the fuel they need to perform well in training and race. One typical daily pattern is to eat a balanced breakfast, ride through lunch using energy products and then have an early main meal.
Wiggins, on the other hand, trained hard before breakfast to speed up his metabolism for the day. He also avoided gluten for two months, and abstained from alcohol completely. (bikeradar.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: 3t’s classic LTD cockpit – Ergonova, ARX and Ionic-25 – are the first to receive the treatment..
Working with one of Italy’s top bike painters, 3t is offering their stems, bars and seat posts with Blue, Orange, Pink, Green, Light Blue and Yellow accents. The colors are applied using a specially formulated modern and durable paint to produce dense, saturated colors the add to the already striking high gloss finish of the parts. (bikeworldnews.com)

November 6, 2014




David Millar (Great Britain) powers on in the rain
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
While most of the credit for Great Britain's emergence as one of cycling's dominant powers rightly goes to lottery funding and British Cycling's performance plans, a significant amount is also due to the Dave Rayner Fund. Set up in January 1995 just weeks after the tragic death of Yorkshire pro Dave Rayner, over the past two decades the fund has provided financial support to around 200 riders, many of whom have gone to emulate Rayner by reaching the pro ranks. (cyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: Spurcycle bell
Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media.
“This is the only bell I’d not be embarrassed to run on my road bike,” said BikeRadar technical writer and resident bike nerd Matthew Allen. What was he talking about? This nifty new bell from US firm Spurcycle.
Dubbed ‘a bell for any bike’, Spurcycle’s creation took off in a spectacular way when it was presented on Kickstarter. It raised US$331,938 from more than 5,800 backers. (bikeradar.com)

November 6, 2014




The Overtake is available in November and retails for $250. Smith also offers an optional MIPS liner. Photo: Jen See | VeloNews.com.
This November, Smith Optics is releasing their first road helmet, the Overtake, which boasts a unique, lightweight design. With the Overtake and the coordinating Pivlock sunglass line, Smith is hoping to appeal not only to men but also to the growing number of women who are passionate about road cycling.
Though the Overtake is not specifically a women’s product, Smith has designed their new flagship helmet with women in mind. The Overtake is offered in 12 color choices, so there is something to fit every rider’s style. The Overtake also includes a dial fit system that is easy to adjust and works similarly to most helmets on the market. And yes, the Overtake’s fit system does include an opening for a ponytail. (velonews.com)








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Photo: Didi The Devil with an angel on stage 19 of the 2006 Giro d'Italia Credit: Yuzuru Sunada .
Having been a regular fixture at the roadside during the past two decades of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, Dieter ‘Didi The Devil’ Senft looks set to hang up his trident.
Senft’s distinctive red costume, bushy beard and decorated trident have appeared in the Tour on numerous occasions, usually during a key mountain stage. But now, the 62-year-old German has decided that enough is enough after recent poor health and lack of sponsorship. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 6, 2014




Photo: Emma O’Reilly has remainded in contact with Lance Armstrong and says he has grown as a person and is genuinely sorry.
Almost six months on from the publication on her book on Lance Armstrong, Irish soigneur Emma O’Reilly said she believes the American is sorry for what he did and has matured and learned from falling from grace.
She said the reaction to the book had been “really, really positive, there’s been very little negativity”.
She believed most people appreciated the book because it was nuanced and did not seek to present events or the decisions of key people in the Armstrong doping ring as black and white. (stickybottle.com)

November 6, 2014





Leah Kirchmann led Optum over the stretch of dirt road at the Nature Valley Grand Prix as they closed in on the break. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies announced its complete 10-woman roster for the 2015 road season on Thursday. Optum will keep much of 2014 squad, while adding few riders under the new directorship of Patrick McCarty.
Canadian road race, time trial, and criterium champion Leah Kirchmann, veteran racer Janel Holcomb, and young stars Annie Ewart, Brianna Walle, and Maura Kinsella all return to Optum for 2015. New signings to Optum include, Ally Stacher, Lex Albrecht, Alison Tetrick, Jasmin Glaesser, and Ariane Horbach. (velonews.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: According to Sudpresse, Loic Vliegen will join BMC in July.
Next season Loic Vliegen will continue at the BMC Development Team but in July, he will make the jump to the WorldTour team. According to Sudpresse, The Belgian rider has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract until 2017 with the BMC Racing Team. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: Chris shows a lot of motivation. Maybe the most I’ve ever had from a rider to improve that final 5%.
Chris Butler went from a novice Cat. 5 racer as a college student in 2007 to a WorldTour pro with BMC. Since then he has had solid rides with Champion System and Hincapie Development team, for 2015 he is joining Team SmartStop. (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




Before making it to the summit the team must climb the Barranco Wall
Photo: © Tinkoff-Saxo.
Tinkoff-Saxo have completed their much-publicized climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. The group, which included 80 riders and staff, reached the top of the African mountain on Wednesday morning after setting off on their initial trek on Saturday. Only two members failed to complete the challenge – plus two camera men – and were forced to turn back before the final day’s ascent, meaning a 97.5 per cent success rate for the – significantly better than the target of 90. (cyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




2014 Satalyst Giant Racing Team
Photo: © Lloyd-Smith Photography.
Western Australian National Road Series (NRS) team Satalyst-Giant will be known as Navitas-Satalyst from 2015 and will race under a UCI Continental license allowing them to take part in 1.1 and 2.1 races.
The team has acquired the sponsorship of Navitas, a global education provider, for next season allowing them race in Asian races along with the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in February to complement a full NRS calendar. The team has also signed former FDJ and Orica-GreenEdge rider Wes Sulzberger for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: Shot of the Sunday venue, Steilacoom Park, of the new UCI race. Photo courtesy of user Ron McDonald on Flickr.
Last week, the UCI race in Bend, which has become a cornerstone race on the American calendar, announced that it was unable to continue for the 2014-15 season. Although the Deutsches Brewery has provided the race with a great venue, the race promoter cited that the lack of a title sponsor made holding the race infeasible. (cxmagazine.com)

November 6, 2014




The now-cancelled Deschutes Brewery Cup was host to many great races and moments. In 2012, Katerina Nash celebrated a birthday in Bend, Oregon. Fortunately, a new UCI race will take the early December slot vacated by the Deschutes Cup. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com.
In the wake of the cancellation of the Deschutes Brewery Cup, a UCI-backed Pro CX event that was to be held December 6-7 in Bend, Oregon, Low Pressure Promotions and Waves For Water will host the Waves For Water Cyclo-cross Collaboration, a two-day UCI-sanctioned Pro CX event in Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington, December 6-7.
“When we heard the news of the Deschutes Brewery Cup cancellation, we wanted to see if it was possible to bring that level of racing to Washington,” said Zac Daab, co-founder of Low Pressure Promotions. “We have a history of producing UCI races and appreciated the support and trust the UCI and USAC has in us to make this UCI weekend happen. (velonews.com)

November 6, 2014




Photo: PRO Professional Hardcase Toolbox
What Mountain Bike / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "A strong selection of sturdy, good value tools." (bikeradar.com)

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Chris Horner is set to be without a team for the 2015 season Credit: Andy Jones . (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
The rider, the agent, and the team manager were all willing but pressure from sponsors seems to have been the main reason Chris Horner was not offered a contract renewal at Lampre-Merida for 2015.
The 42-year-old, who has endured a year punctured by illness and injury, is scrambling for a team for the second consecutive season, despite the fact that Lampre-Merida’s general manager, Brent Copeland, believes that the rider can finish in the top ten of a Grand Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

November 5, 2014




The Telegraph Cycling Podcast decamped to Tao Geoghegan Hart's native Hackney to discuss his immediate future and the latest happenings in the cycling world Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
The latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast welcomes back Tao Geoghegan Hart, the promising young British rider, who discusses his first year as a senior, his plans for next year – and that crash in the Tour of Britain, when he misjudged a corner on the penultimate stage into Brighton and took a flyer into the crowd.
There is also an interview with Emma O’Reilly, ex-soigneur to Lance Armstrong, whose book, The Race To The Truth, lifts the lid on her years with US Postal and tells of her more recent reconciliation with Armstrong. “The story is about human beings away from home and the decisions we made,” says O’Reilly.  (telegraph.co.uk)

November 5, 2014




Photo: But it was on the Taainberg that Greg Van Avermaet rode away, using the descent to surprise the others, except OPQS’s Stijn Vandenbergh who sat tight on his wheel.
It’s easy to see the Ronde as one of the sport’s best races but it doesn’t automatically deliver the best racing. This year’s edition had solid action through the final hour and suspense right until the end.
What’s your favorite spring classic? Many will pick Paris-Roubaix but you don’t have to chose. Watch them all. There’s something about De Ronde though, the enormity of the event.
This year’s edition was starting to simmer with 100km to go but hit boiling point on the dreaded Koppenberg. The remnants of an early breakaway started the climb but by the top, a matter of meters, a new group of fresh attackers had taken the lead. (inrng.com)

November 5, 2014




Like a skinned cat. Velo's Matthew Beaudin recalls a crash or two, and the strangers who helped out along the way. Photo: Courtesy of Jim Potter.
So this is how it happens. It happens fast.
Sounds drift. Cars and voices. I can sense them, can feel the crush of the morning and I know I am sitting here awash in it but I cannot hear anything. My head is in my hands and I am curled up into myself on the road. The only noise is the buzzing static of shock; my entire head is in a seashell. The whir of self-assessment goes on.
“I could hear you screaming.” (velonews.com)

November 5, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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),


November 5, 2014




Photo: Greg Anderson (South Elgin, IL) on his way to a podium finish in the Masters 55+ race. © Eric Goodwin.
Campton Cross marks the midway point of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup (CCC) series and celebrates Halloween by encouraging costumes. In it’s ninth year, this race put on by Bicycle Heaven – Geneva’s premiere bike shop in Illinois – and Rob Kelley’s ROK Coaching, featured a course with half new terrain to keep racers on their toes.
New elements included log jumps, a longer straight away to allow racers a better fight for the hole shot, flowier off-camber sections, a maze of turns cut into a large patch of tall prairie grass (thank you park directors), and a grinding gravel finish. Mother Nature brought the midwestern wind for some proper leg burners. (cxmagazine.com)

November 5, 2014




The Lampre Merida riders at the start of stage 7 at the Vuelta
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
The only Italian squad remaining in the WorldTour has renewed both of its title sponsors. Lampre and Merida will remain title sponsors of the team of Giuseppe Saronni through 2016, the team announced today.
The squad will begin preparing for its 21st season with a camp in Darfo Boario Terme, Italy in the first week of December. (cyclingnews.com)

November 5, 2014




Anna Meares with another national title to her name
Photo: © Cycling Australia.
A little less than two years away from the Olympic Games in Rio, Anna Meares believes she is in the best form she has been in since the London Games in 2012. The Australian sprint star is in Mexico for the opening round of the Track World Cup in Guadalajara, where she’s targeting crucial qualification points for Rio 2016. (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The Eddy Merckx EMX-1 is a prime example of why you should never judge a bike by its spec sheet. Some parts may have been used to hit the two grand price but as a package the EMX-1 is a brilliant ride ripe for long term upgrades.
road.cc verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Great handling, fun bike to blast about on, race crits or cross mountains; upgrade the wheels for a superbike challenger."  (road.cc)

November 5, 2014




Photo: An integrated race bike with disc brakes. But one man's 'integrated' is another man's 'incompatible'
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "A dream machine in a category of its own – though some riders may find it a pigeonhole." (bikeradar.com)

November 5, 2014




Photo: The Vortex is Razik's first bike. There are off-road options on the way too
Oli Woodman / BikeRadar.
"The radical-looking Razik Vortex uses IsoTruss tubing to reduce weight, maintain stiffness and increase comfort. This construction has been around for a while – we first saw it on the Delta 7 Ascend back in 2008 – but is now exclusive to the new Razik brand. The Vortex is a completely new bike." (bikeradar.com)






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 Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani on the Mont Ventoux during the 2000 Tour de France
Photo credit © AFP Photo.
Lance Armstrong has described the consequences of his life ban for doping and subsequent confession as a 'sacré bordel' (a mess) but insists he has turned the page on his life and moved away from the world of professional cycling.
Speaking to l'edition du Soir, an evening digital version of the Ouest France newspaper after riding and suffering in the 125km Mike Nosco Bicycle Ride charity ride in California, Armstrong admitted he only rides his bike once a week, often opting for a mountain bike ride. (cyclingnews.com)

November 5, 2014




Photo: Alberto Contador described the recently retired Andy Schleck as the rider he
Alberto Contador has said that the now retired Andy Schleck was the “biggest rival” of his whole career so far,  placing the Luxembourger in higher esteem than current rival Chris Froome.
Schleck, who quit professional cycling after suffering a bad knee injury in the 2014 Tour de France, finished runner-up to Contador in two editions of the Tour in 2009 and 2010 before subsequently being awarded the latter after the Spaniard had it stripped for doping. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 5, 2014




Peter Sagan wants to add a spring classics victory to his resume next year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Slovak Peter Sagan just finished climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with his new Tinkoff-Saxo teammates and is beginning to consider the changes in store for 2015.
“I’d swap at least one of them [the three green jerseys from the Tour de France],” Sagan said, “for a win in one of the big classics.”
Sagan spoke with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport before flying to Africa to meet his new teammates, including grand tour star Alberto Contador. He has won the Tour’s green jersey the last three years, but his mind remains fixed on the spring’s tough one-day races, the monuments Milano-Sanremo, Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), and Paris-Roubaix. (velonews.com)

November 5, 2014




Photo: Rebecca Rusch's new book,
There is perhaps no one who defines “jack-of-all-trades” better than Rebecca Rusch. For more than 20 years, Rusch has explored her physical ability full of determination, without relent. Her drive as an ultra-endurance athlete and one of the most successful endurance mountain bikers in the world has brought her to success in just about every kind of adventure sport imaginable. (velonews.com)

November 5, 2014




After months of uncertainty, Paolo Bettini has confirmed that Fernando Alonso's cycling team will not come together for 2015. Photo: AFP PHOTO | VINCENZO PINTO (File).
The high profile, on-again, off-again project of Formula One driver Fernando Alonso looks dead in the water for 2015.
Appointed team manager Paolo Bettini has confirmed that there will not be a team for next season despite continued assurances from Alonso there would be. Speaking to ProCycling Norway, Bettini reconfirmed fears that the team will not happen next year.
“The Alonso project has been completely put on hold for reasons I cannot elaborate on,” Bettini told the Norwegian magazine. “I still do not know about their intentions for the future.” (velonews.com)

November 5, 2014




Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Cannondale) at the finish of stage 14 at the Vuelta
Photo: © Bettini.
Lucas Sebastián Haedo signs for Jamis Hagens Berman, Wiasak joins Wiggle-Honda for remainder of 2014. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: During the first half of the year we'll complete the evaluation of his skills and we'll give him the support for what concerns the training programs, aiming to set a race planning that will give Feng the opportunity.
One day after waving goodbye to Chris Horner, Lampre-Merida have announced their next signing for the 2015 signing. Chun Kai Feng will join the team for the coming season and become the first ever Taiwanese cycling on the WorldTour. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 5, 2014




Photo: Richard Sachs, my team boss, just sent me an email with a YouTube link to Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon and the line ps-sing along.
"So this past weekend it was back to business for the team at the Cycle-Smart International. For so much of the New England cyclocross community, this is a home race. I drove up Friday night to Richie’s house. We had some whiskey and speculated about Season 3 of Netflix’s “House of Cards.” A productive Friday-night team meeting for sure.
On Saturday we woke to rain and cold. Everyone at the race seemed to be psyched about the “cyclocross weather.” I was just cold and wet. Don’t get me wrong: Racing in the wet is fun. But preriding, warming up, and setting up in the rain isn’t that much fun. In five years of racing this was also the first time it has rained at CSI. And then there were the “pro-only” sections of course." (pelotonmagazine.com)

November 5, 2014




Photo: It all came about after CyclingTips founder Wade Wallace and a couple of his mates visited the Hiroshima Prefecture earlier this year and published a Roadtripping article about the experience.
"We spent the past five days riding around and between the many interconnected islands of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, south-east of Hiroshima. The trip had revolved around Cycling Shimanami, a mass participation event held largely on the Shimanami Kaido, an often-breathtaking expressway featuring mighty suspension bridges and frequent ocean views." (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 5, 2014




Photo: Build up your legs during your lunch break with these four exercises
Tim de Waele.
"Jonathan Lewis, trainer and physio with London’s Balance Performance Physiotherapy, shared with us some quick exercises that'll boost your muscles during your lunch break.
Once you've mastered these moves, take a look at our How to build legs like a superhero article for further advice on improving your pins." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Michael Acquarone, former Giro d'Italia boss. (Supplied).
In an open letter to the media Michele Acquarone has revealed the scope of the battles he's had with Giro d'Italia and Milan-San Remo organizers, RCS, to clear his name. Acquarone was alleged to have overseen large scale fraud and embezzlement in his time at the helm of the Giro d'Italia. He was sacked shortly after by the organization. (sbs.com.au)

November 5, 2014




Serge Arsenault (left) with Canadian rider Hugo Houle
Photo: © GPCQM.
During the build-up to the Gran Prix Cycliste de Quebec, race organiser Serge Arsenault used a suite in the Fairmont hotel as his base and meeting room. Arsenault held a strategic meeting, inviting Yann Le Moenner - the General Director of Tour de France organizer ASO, and Gilbert Van Fraeyenhoven, the Managing Director of Flanders Classics - the organizer of the Tour of Flanders and five other major spring races. They discussed the future of professional cycling and the current proposal to reform the race calendars and overall team structures for 2017. What could be a decisive meeting regarding the reforms is due to be held later this month. . (cyclingnews.com)

November 5, 2014




John Njoroge Muya died during a race in the Philippines in October. Now, efforts are underway to raise funds to support his wife and son. Photo: Kenya Riders.
MORE Than Sport is partnering with the Kenyan Riders team to fundraise in an effort to provide tangible and long-term support to John Njoroge Muya’s family — his wife and one-year-old son.
Njoroge, 30, of Kenya died from injuries suffered in a crash during Stage 3 of the Tour of Matabungkay in the Philippines in October. (velonews.com)

November 5, 2014




Photo: Quimper,2004 Tour de France stage 8 .
"Thor Hushovd hung his wheels up in September after illness made him stop short of the World championship road race which was to be his last race. Double World champ, Yellow jersey holder, stage winner and hard man on the cobbles. We celebrate his full career in pictures." (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 5, 2014




Johnny Hoogerland extracts himself from a barbed wire fence following a frightening crash caused by a French television car.
Photo: © Bettini.
Hoogerland gets crash compensation, Nibali wins the Mendrisio d’Oro. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: It has taken a long time, but I'm glad it's all over. I understand that insurance issues often take much longer. It does not matter. Now it's solved. (stickybottle.com)
After three years of waiting, Johnny Hoogerland has finally received financial compensation for the dramatic crash at the 2011 Tour de France. The Dutchman is pleased to put the issue behind and focus on his first season with the Rompoot team. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 5, 2014




Photo: James Alan Coats powers through the night but has National Championship-winning bike skills. Most of us need lights. © Cyclocross Magazine.
I"f you’re heading out after dark, there are some things you should think about. For example, you want to see and be seen. And when you see glints of light reflecting in front of you, will you be able to identify it as a mountain lion, or a raccoon. We’ve got an eye doctor to provide some eye-opening advice.
We’ll start today with some general tips, and then follow this up with some specific product spotlights that brighten your appearance or outlook." (cxmagazine.com)

November 5, 2014




Can you spot the difference? The UCI approved LottoNL-Jumbo jersey
Photo: © Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
The new Team LottoNL-Jumbo jersey has been given approval by UCI, according to the team’s Twitter account. The jersey looks identical to the one previewed by the Dutch team in Utrecht last month, despite rumours emerging in the Dutch press that it had been rejected as it featured too much yellow. Team manager Richard Plugge has already suggested that they would wear a special design during the Tour de France to avoid confusion with the race leader’s jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Yes, it is true that last year I wanted to improve. Although it wasn’t my best year, it was not too bad. My performance level was not so good. Maybe I did not have the same freedom and opportunities as I had last year.
Starting in January in Argentina and finishing in October in China, Beñat Intxausti has had a long season. The Movistar climber acknowledges that it has not been his best year and that he has been unable to follow the progression he showed last year when he won a stage and wore the leader’s jersey at the Giro d’Italia and won the Tour of Beijing. In 2015, he wants to return to his best level as he enters his 8th season in the professional ranks. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Best road helmets of 2014
BikeRadar.
"We’ve tested a wide range of road cycling helmets over the last year. This is our pick of the best.
The helmets all scored four-and-a-half stars or higher in recent tests." (bikeradar.com)

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Chris Horner, the only American to win the Vuelta is once again left without a team as rumors swirl about his prospects for 2015. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Where will Chris Horner, the 2013 Vuelta a España champion, land?
For now, mum is the word.
“We are waiting on one team in Europe for a decision. If that does not come to fruition we have some options in the States,” read an email from Horner’s agent and former professional rider, Baden Cooke, sent on Tuesday afternoon. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Team Lampre-Merida wish Chris all the best for his future: it would have been great for the team and Chris to have crossed paths earlier on in his career in order to have had a longer relationship.
Even though Christopher Horner had hoped to stay at Lampre-Merida for another year, it wasn’t to happen, as the Italian squad officially confirmed that the 43-year old American won’t be a part of their team for 2015 season and thanked him for the times he spent in the fuchsia and blue outfit in the official press release. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 4, 2014





Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) is on a winning streak at the moment
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Swiss IAM Cycling team is almost certain to be part of the UCI WorldTour in 2015, after agreeing to step up from its current Professional Continental status to ensure there are 18 teams in the 2015 WorldTour.
The UCI is currently completing the registration process for next season and IAM Cycling has confirmed that it is officially eligible for WorldTour status after beefing up its initial Professional Continental license application for 2015. A spokesman for IAM Cycling told Cyclingnews that a final decision will not be made until the License Commission meets later in the month (November 19-21). (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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),


November 4, 2014




Photo: The BIG win in 2014 Gent-Wevelgem.
"Ladies racing is on the up with more top races, teams and sponsors. One of the US’s unsung hero’s was this year’s Gent-Wevelgem winner; Lauren Hill. When Ed Hood was offered the chance of an interview with the Optum rider he jumped at the chance to get the inside line on life in the woman’s peloton." (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink Team) looks back at Van Aert's lapped teammate in frustration
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Video: Compton on Cincy3, Pro CX standings. Van Aert and Pauwels victorious in Belgium; double seconds for Nys. De Boer wins in Oudenaarde; Cant tops podium in Zonhoven. Powers back to winning on home soil. New courses challenge the elite racers at Cycle-Smart International. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: A cRaZy weekend of Cross produces some tasty morsels of information to chew on. © Balint Hamvas
It was billed as probably the funnest weekend outside of Christmas Week, a showcase of Cyclocross in all its diverse glory. All because November 1 happened to fall on a Saturday. You see, Article 1.1 of the Belgian constitution stipulates that the Koppenbergcross must be raced on All Saints Day, regardless of where in the week November 1 occurs. When it's a Saturday, that still leaves Sunday to fill... and nothing among the big early-season races fills that spot better than Zonhoven. (podiumcafe.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: The tail light version is of course useful, as it allows the rider to be very visible from behind. The unique shape of this light allows it to be attached to almost any part of the bike.
The Serfas Thunderbolt became one of our favorite lights last year with its small, rechargeable package and serious Lumen power. It’s an LED array that is visible from a very wide viewing angle, making it a perfect ‘to be seen’ commuter light.
This year, the Thunderbolt evolves with a matching tail light and a clear housing for both headlight and tail light versions. The clear housing for the lights transmits the light through the housing, giving extra brightness and more degree angles of visibility. (roadbikereview.com)

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Race winner Julien Absalon
Photo: © Armin Küstenbrück.
On November eight, the inaugural Red Bull Velodux, a relay cyclo-cross event, will take place in the Swiss town of Estavayer-Le-Lac with former road race World Champion Philippe Gilbert and current cross country World Champion Julien Absalon taking part. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Alberto Contador and Michael Rogers on the hike
Photo: © Tinkoff-Saxo.
The Tinkoff-Saxo off-season team building exercises rose to new heights this week when the entire team and staff assembled in Tanzania to tackle the goal of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
The group made it to day three, the Barranco camp at 4,000 meters, with the summit scheduled to be reached on Wednesday. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: I want to improve in many aspects,
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Michael Valgren has had an impressive season. The neo-pro was crowned Danish national champion in late June and won Tour of Denmark in August. In total, the 22-year old Dane has had ten top-5 results during 2014 and finished off the season with a 4th place in the final sprint of Japan Cup after a year of dedicated work for the team. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: No bike has ever exceeded expectations to as great a degree as the Airheart. This bike is a work of genius.
"Every now and then you get one of those phone calls that seems beyond unlikely. Robot works at Seven Cycles, which gives us a fair excuse to get on the phone, though we don’t take advantage of that nearly enough, and just talk about one of our favorite things ever. We’d been talking about bikes and travel and I’d made the observation that Seven ought to have a dedicated travel model to really promote just how good they are with S&S couplers and how traveling with some variety of coupled bike is the only smart way to go, in my opinion. Then one day he called and suggested that Seven and RKP work together to create the ultimate travel bike." (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: It’s more than all three grand tours of 2015 combined. Back in 1992 Indurain won them all.
What would Miguel Indurain have done? The Spaniard won the Tour de France five times in a row as well the Giro twice and more. He built his wins in the time trials and now that foundation has crumbled, no more so than next summer’s Tour de France with its meager 13km opening stage.
Picking a race an random the 1992 Tour de France had three solo time trials: an 8km prologue, Stage 9 was 65km, Stage 19 was 64km. 10 times more than 2015, unthinkable today?

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Photo: The destruction of the anatomical findings is permitted under the Code of Criminal Procedure when the process is finished... Photography by Cor Vos
Using language that will fuel conspiracy theories about the death of Marco Pantani, La Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that there is a possibility that the late rider’s body could be exhumed as part of the re-examination about his passing.
The Italian newspaper has reported that the current enquiry into claims that he was murdered by persons unknown who forced him to consume toxic levels of cocaine has been frustrated by the destruction of tissue samples taken during his autopsy and preserved afterwards. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 4, 2014




Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Alberto Contador has confirmed that he will not be taking part in the 2015 Vuelta a España and so will not go for the triple Grand Tour challenge, and will instead focus on the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France double in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: Top leadout rider on the personality of cycling’s fastest sprinter.
"He’s a fast finisher in his own right, but Dutchman Koen de Kort has built his career around helping others. In recent years he’s dedicated himself to ensuring fellow Giant Shimano riders Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb take as many wins as possible, and has been part of some considerable successes. He talks about that role, about Kittel’s personality and likely career trajectory, and explains why he believes it might yet be too early to expect the German to take the green jersey in 2015." (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 4, 2014




Photo: Unfortunately, I have no explanation. I don't understand why. I do not know ... Last year I found myself in the same situation. In fact I did even worse than in 2013 and I still have not figured out why.
Moreno Moser was once regarded as one of the brightest cycling talents but in 2013 and 2014 he has gone through lots of hardships. The Italian has no explanation for his travails and now hopes that he will rediscover his former self at his new team. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 4, 2014




Team Sky, led by Chris Froome and Richie Porte, head out for a relatively short 50km ride just outside of Vaucluse during the Tour's second rest day
Photo: © Bettini.
The 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome and teammate Richie Porte will both race the Stan Siejka Classic in Launceston, Tasmania, over the weekend of December 6-7. A women's race will also be held with Orica-AIS and Wiggle-Honda both confirmed for the event.
The Stan Siejka Classic is the centrepiece in Tasmania's Christmas criterium racing series that take place in December. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: Faster - The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists.
An autobiographical self-help manual of sorts for cyclists who want to go faster.
Spoonfuls of anecdotal sugar help the science bits go down.
Hutchinson does tend to come across as a bit of a whiney "Why wasn't I an Olympian" moaner. (podiumcafe.com)

November 4, 2014




Fabio Aru (Astana) in the best young rider's white jersey at the 2014 Giro d'Italia
Photo: © RCS Sport.
BigMat-Auber93's roster complete, Lampre signs Estrada. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Between the dark mirrored and the rose-tinted lenses included with the Do Blade, we were set for nearly any light condition. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
"I have a conundrum. With contact lenses in both eyes (toric as well, if you’re really curious), I need good eye protection. I’ve lost contacts on fast descents. That’s no fun.
But I can’t just wear ski goggles. Because I sweat. A lot.
Poc’s Do Blade sunglasses come pretty close to offering me the protection and ventilation I need." (velonews.com)

November 4, 2014




Omega Pharma QuickStep at the Worlds in 2014
Photo: © Bettini.
Omega Pharma-QuickStep directeur sportif Tom Steels believes that separating the World Team Time Trial Championships from the main competition next year could have a negative impact on the event. The team time trial, for trade teams, was brought in for the 2012 Worlds, with Omega Pharma-QuickStep winning the opening two editions of the event. BMC succeeded them as champions in Ponferrada, as they had to settle for bronze.
BMC manager Jim Ochowicz has already lended his support, saying that it should stay as it is. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: Official prescribed bottom bracket shell dimensions and tolerances for a BB30 bottom bracket shell
Cannondale.
"Last year I wrote a column outlining some issues with creaky press-fit bottom brackets, and proposed a few tips and solutions to help fix the problem. As another year draws to a close – another year filled with rider complaints about seemingly endless press-fit ordeals – I'm revising my position. Crappy press-fit bottom brackets should not be the end buyers' problem; they are the manufacturers' problem, and it's high time we all send that message loud and clear. If your frame is out of tolerance and causing squeaking, the manufacturer should replace it." (bikeradar.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: The system has been in development for more than two years, is made in the U.S., and will be available to dealers this month from J&B.
Morsa Design, a new brand launching this month, will offer modular accessory handlebar mounts with optional adapters to accept action cameras, lights, GPS computers and more. Morsa mounts, made of a carbon nylon material, start with an arm that fits 31.8 bars and accepts one or two adapters for electronic devices, which mount to the arm positioned in front of the handlebars. (bicycleretailer.com)

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The team time trial is the only event at world championships contested by trade teams, rather than national teams. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
The UCI confirmed that the world team time trial championships will take place alongside the road race and time trial championships in Richmond, Virginia, September 19-27, 2015.
This news comes despite a Monday story in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf suggesting that Limburg, Netherlands was cuing up for a chance to host the 2015 team event.
Sean Petty, a member of the USA Cycling board of directors and the UCI Road Commission, told VeloNews that the team time trial remains on the program for Richmond 2015. (velonews.com)

November 4, 2014




Can anti-doping controls always be trusted to determine the fate of the sport? Some tests may be subject to laboratory error. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Positive doping tests or “adverse analytical findings” in professional cycling can be highly uncertain and controversial, and can lead to months or years of costly wrangling and disputes, both in the legal system and in the court of public opinion — often without any satisfactory or consensus outcome.
While the sport has upped its effort to discover and expose drug cheats, many observers believe that some racers are still getting away with the use of various undetected performance-enhancing drugs. What often attracts less attention is the case where it appears that clean riders are being unfairly accused.
It is important to realize that while rapidly advancing analytical technology has unquestionably improved the precision and accuracy of drug testing, it’s not perfect; there will always be some inherent error in the process.
And this means that we may occasionally punish the wrong person. (velonews.com)

November 4, 2014





Andy and Frank Schleck celebrate after the 2011 Tour de France
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Fränk Schleck has admitted that his brother Andy still needs time to come to terms with his retirement from cycling but added that the former Tour de France winner hopes to remain in the sport.
Andy Schleck was forced to call time on his career due a knee injury, and announced the news at a press conference convened in his home country of Luxembourg, in October. The news ended months of speculation after Schleck damaged the cartilage in his right knee in a crash at the Tour de France. Despite an extended rehabilitation period, medical advice forced the rider into a rather premature retirement at the age of 29. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: He is not a rider that can ride for any team, or a young man at the beginning of his career. He is a great champion, and he can do a great job as he demonstrated at BMC.
Samuel Sanchez will remain professional in 2015. That's the hope of his agent Joona Laukka who acknowledges that "the economic situation is difficult" and admits that it is complicated to find a team at the level that the Spaniard deserves. The Finnnish agent is looking for spot at an elite WorldTeam and hopes to find an opening. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: We descended, went through San Pedro, and started the next 20-minute ascent from Miraleste back up to the radar domes.
"On the Donut Ride last Saturday there was a new face. He was a bigger guy, very smooth on the bike, wearing a nondescript kit. Smasher and Ollie were off the front, and gradually the chase group got smaller and smaller.
We hit the bottom of the Switchbacks and after a while it was just me, Newbie, and Toothdoc. Toothdoc is working on a Ph.D. in dentistry at USC and only rides once a week, thank dog. He’s small, fit, a very good climber, and always rides away from me with ease." (pelotonmagazine.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: In the pain cave in the name of science.
Flats versus clipless pedals? This is typically a debate reserved for the mountain biking world. On the road, of course you are more efficient when you can push — and pull — on the pedals, right? That is the question being addressed by the gang from the Global Cycling Network who went into the lab to find out if being clipped in really increases pedaling efficiency. Check out the video. The results may surprise you. (roadbikereview.com)

November 4, 2014




Anna Sanchis (Wiggle)
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo.
Wiggle-Honda has continued to finalize its 2015 roster with the announcement that Anna Sanchis and Amy Roberts have both agreed to one-year extensions.
Roberts has been with the team since its inception in 2013 and the youngest rider on the roster is considered key personnel by team manager Rochelle Gilmore. (cyclingnews.com)

November 4, 2014




Photo: After a season that included a Tour de France full of
On this offseason morning in Boulder, Colorado, Alex Howes, 26, drinks a coffee slow, and talks even slower. It’s quiet now after the season has exhaled, and it’s time for riders to unwind and try to reset before another season of bikes, flights, baggage … in order to do this, Howes decides he’ll run a marathon’s distance pretty much unplanned and unannounced. He also hit the Austin City Limits Festival, and played best man in a friend’s wedding. (velonews.com)

November 4, 2014




Wheels EBB . Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com.
Wheels Manufacturing’s new EBB eccentric bottom bracket allows the user to convert a PF30 or BB30 frame to a singlespeed or fixed-gear drivetrain with any 24mm integrated-spindle crank, including SRAM GXP 24/22mm spindles. CNC machined in Colorado, it fits PF30 or BB30 bottom bracket shell widths from 68mm to 73mm. Its Enduro ABEC-5 angular-contact sealed bearings have a two-year warranty. (velonews.com)

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Photo: 130mm travel; Fox CTD shock; Fox 32 Float 29 CTD fork, 130mm travel.
Those who love to tune and tinker will appreciate the adjustable suspension that lets you change geometry and suspension leverage ratio in minutes. The speedy Conti tires measure at a skinnier 2.05 inches, and hook up in a variety of conditions (but had a greater tendency to flat in rocky terrain than higher-volume tires). (bicycling.com)

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Domenico Pozzovivo signs on
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Domenico Pozzovivo has admitted that it was “half crazy” to come back to racing less than two months after fracturing his tibia and fibula in a training crash in August, but the Ag2r-La Mondiale rider is hopeful that his early return will help him hit the ground running in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins in the Elite Mens TT at the 2014 World Road Championships .
Bradley Wiggins has indicated that he plans to attempt the hour record in Majorca in July or August of 2015, according to the owner of his favourite restaurant on the island.
Tomeu Llompart, owner of Tolo’s in Port de Pollenca, recently hosted an event to celebrate Wiggins’ victory in the World Championships time trial.
As reported by Diario de Mallorca, Llompart claims that Wiggins and Joan Llaneras, director of the Palma Arena, agreed in principle to host the attempt in July or August 2015. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

November 3, 2014




Jim Ochowicz on the podium with the winners prize
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Jim Ochowicz, general manager of the BMC Racing Team, has come out in support of keeping the combined trade-team team time trial event at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships instead of separating the event from the rest of the races which are tackled by national teams, as suggested by the Dutch media today. (cyclingnews.com)

November 3, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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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Photo: Worryingly, Garcia Abad appeared to show confusion about the process of applying for a WorldTour licence. .
A little under a month after the UCI confirmed that the Fernando Alonso Cycling Team (FACT) wouldn’t apply for a 2015 racing licence, former world champion Paolo Bettini has said that the long awaited team has been put on hold.
Although FACT indicated in recent weeks that a team in the peloton was still a target, Bettini – who previously had a managerial role in building the squad – suggests the project could be at an end.
“Unfortunately, and because of problems that is not my job to go into detail about, the Alonso project is currently halted completely,” the Italian told Procycling.no. “I still do not know the intentions for the future.” (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 3, 2014





Alberto Contador leads the TInkoff-Saxo team in the team time trial
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Tinkoff-Saxo team has confirmed a series of changes in its technical staff for 2015 as it prepares to target the Classics with Peter Sagan and the Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double with Alberto Contador. (cyclingnews.com)

November 3, 2014




Photo: It hasn’t rained for years in Paris-Roubaix. You wouldn’t wish the grim conditions on an enemy yet at the same we have to have a rainy Roubaix once every generation for the sake of the challenge.
Let’s limit this to one Tour de France highlight. It’s a tough pick, do we celebrate Tony Martin’s enormous ride across the Vosges? Celebrate Ag2r’s joy as the team stood below the podium in the pouring rain while Blel Kadri took the applause for his stage win? What about the French pride at two riders on the podium, the way the sport was reaching people like it used to? Or those huge crowds in Yorkshire and London?
The highlight was the stage to Wallers-Arenberg, 155km and several cobbled sections. (inrng.com)

November 3, 2014




Photo: How I used to do it.
"I’ve been traveling with bikes for more than 20 years. I’ve shipped bikes by UPS, ridden trains with them, flown with them and even had one overnighted with FedEx. And yes, I’ve rammed them into a garage, or two. I’ve used everything from cardboard to what are seemingly the most durable cases ever to house a bicycle. At this point, I’ve seen it all. I’ve pulled bikes from cases that have been mauled by baggage handlers (anyone remember the American Tourister commercial?) only to find the bike was fiddle fit. I’ve also seen flattened top tubes and rear dropouts cold-set to a spacing of 5mm, though none of those were mine." (redkiteprayer.com)

November 3, 2014




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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) showers the crowd with bubbly at the 2014 Giro. The Giro and Vuelta may be shortened after calendar reforms. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
They are two of the sport’s icons, the beautiful three-week laps around Spain and Italy. The 1914 Giro d’Italia had four stages longer than 400 kilometers and riders began at midnight the night before the stage was to end. The modern-day Vuelta still looks like slow-motion death on a bicycle; its heritage equal parts heat and elevation. Outside of the Tour de France, these are the stage-race apples of a GC man’s eye. And they may be on the chopping block. (velonews.com)

November 3, 2014




Photo: Helen – Zonhoven – By Tom Prenen.
"The past weekend wasn’t exactly my best weekend on the bike so I’ll get that bit out of the way first. At GP Twenty20 Cycles, Koppenberg, I took the lead, crashed with no help from anyone else, and the pain that followed held me back and I wasn’t able to perform at all. A very sad 8th place finish in my hometown race was a big disappointment but I’ll be back. (helenwyman.com)

November 3, 2014




Photo: The kicker is spinning substantial flywheel mass at high speeds, controlled by bigger magnets than virtually any other home trainer.
"Wahoo Fitness landed a knockout blow to the rest of my trainers. My old gear took up probably 25 square feet of floor space. They’re all gone. This is all I need and possibly the best part of the KICKR is that this trainer literally keeps getting better as its fairly open source output allows one programmer after another to create newer / better / freshly interesting training software..."

November 3, 2014




The pros know it's best to bundle up for early season riding and racing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
“One of the biggest mistakes that the Cat. 3, 4, 5, and masters make is they dress inappropriately for the weather,” Pruitt said. “If you look at the pro guys, they are wearing arm warmers, leg warmers, and rain jackets until it’s almost 70 degrees. The patella and patellar tendons are just three millimeters under the skin, so there’s really no insulation for them.” (velonews.com)

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November 2, 2014

November 2, 2014




Having been dropped on the final lap, Pauwels rejoined Nys on the finishing straight and managed to outsprint the Belgian champion to win the Superprestige race in Zonhoven.
Kevin Pauwels again showed amazing form when he won today’s Superprestige race in Zonhoven after an impressive comeback. Having been dropped by Sven Nys on the final lap, the Sunweb rider managed to regain contact as they hit the finishing straight and used his well-known sprinting skills to beat his rival into second. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 2, 2014




Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP)
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Harris and Van Loy settle for second and third. (cyclingnews.com)

November 2, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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),


November 2, 2014




Photo: Powers powered over the barriers, with Summerhill running right behind. © Kent Baumgardt.
With a crisp chill in the air and under the festive lights of Day 2 of the Toyota Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival at KingsCX in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason, Jeremy Powers and Katerina Nash took big C1 victories.
In the Men’s race, obviously with some of his Day 1 speed intact, Danny Summerhill lead early, distancing himself from the chase. It didn’t last more than a lap or two. (cxmagazine.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: The familiar course at Deschutes Brewery provided plenty of challenges. © Pat Malach.
Oregonian Chris Jones canceled his trip to the Cincy3 cyclocross festival this weekend and instead rode to his third win of the 2014 Cross Crusade series Saturday in Bend, while Serena Bishop capitalized on her hometown race to take her first win of the 2014 series. (cxmagazine.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: The Elite Women hit the pro-only section of the course, a challenging bit even without today’s rain-slicked mud © Todd Prekaski.
The 24th edition of the Cycle-Smart International Cyclocross unfolded on a redesigned course masterfully incorporating new challenges with the classic elements of this renowned race. CSI CX is the 3rd and 4th Round of the 2014 Verge New England Cyclocross Series, America’s longest-running and most prestigious UCI cyclocross series. (cxmagazine.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: Jakub Skala continued to finish no worse than second in the 2014 Toi Toi Cup, and took the win at race #4 in Hlinsko. photo: Grand Prix de la Commune de Contern, 2010. © Bart Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine.
Jakub Skala continued his string of first and second places in the Czech Republic’s Toi Toi Cup cyclocross series at Race #4 in Hlinsko, Czech Republic.
After taking second in the first and third installments of the Toi Toi Cup, and winning the second race, the Czech 21-year-old racer attacked with four laps to go and rode away to add another win to his resume. (cxmagazine.com)

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November 1, 2014


Photo: Calls for governing body to tighten up on policing of contracts.
"Officially speaking, cycling is a fully professional sport with minimum wage levels for WorldTour and Pro Continental teams, regulations that ensure that everyone racing at those levels is paid to do so.
In reality, the situation is rather different. CyclingTips has spoken to several sources within and around the pro peloton, with these individuals confirming that two scenarios exist that contradict the spirit of rules about minimum wages." (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 2, 2014





our de France winner Vincenzo Nibali was feted in Saitama.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Another year for Bono, Martinez to Colombia, Algarve Granfondo. (cyclingnews.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: I had a lot of offers, I chose Tinkoff.
Despite winning his third consecutive green jersey at the Tour de France, Peter Sagan certainly cannot be satisfied with his 2014 season. The 24-year old Slovak not only missed out on a stage win in the French three-week event and once again didn’t live up to huge expectations in monuments, but has recorded a lowest number of victories since turning professional. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: It’s another mountain epic, Alberto takes it on, Cadel has bad luck and Andy digs deep..
The 2015 Tour de France will be making it’s return to the Alpe d’Huez and like every other time the race has tackled the 21 hair-pin bends, there will be a battle royal. Ed Hood has seen the Tour on the famous climb many a time, so here is his 2011 Alpe d’Huez adventure. (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 2, 2014




Maxime Bouet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) took his first win since 2010 at the Giro del Trentino.
Photo: © Bettini.
Androni Giocattoli picks up Stortoni, Agnoli not ready to retire. (cyclingnews.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: GT Grade Carbon Ultegra
David Caudery / Immediate Media - Cycling Plus.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "The Grade is a superb endurance bike that can take on anything." (bikeradar.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: Reunited...Lachlan and Gus Morton ride towards Uluru (Supplied).
It is a step down from the WorldTour for Lachlan who has spent two seasons with Garmin-Sharp, while the USA Continental team is a big move for Angus who has not raced competitively in the last four years. “It’s great. It means that, for the first time since we were juniors, we’ll be racing on the same team which is pretty cool,” Angus told Ride. Lachlan believes leaving the WorldTour is the right move from him to ensure his enjoyment and longevity in the sport. (sbs.com.au)

November 2, 2014




Levi Leipheimer enjoyed a successful career, winning the Tour of Utah, three Tours of California, a Tour de Suisse and s second place at the Vuelta and third at a Tour de France. But when he retired in 2012 and in light of the Lance Armstrong saga, Leipheimer confessed to doping. VeloNews posed questions to the American on cycling’s most touchy subject in a recent interview. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 1, 2014




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Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) celebrates his stage win with a bottle of champagne
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nacer Bouhanni says that his top priority for 2015 will be a spot in the team, and stage wins, at next year’s Tour de France. The French sprinter abandoned during his debut in 2013 and missed out on selection this season, after he was passed up in favor of Arnaud Démare. (cyclingnews.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: My career was not always a stroll in the park. I had to fight for whatever I got but I am happy and am proud of the way I did it. I want to be remembered as someone who was loyal, indestructible, hard-working, and usually had a smile.
When Jens Voigt retired, the professional peloton lost a legend, a man who has been an idol for so many over the last 17 years. He recently sat down with Cycling Weekly to digest almost two decades that have seen an ordinary man from Germany become a legend and icon of cycling. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 2, 2014




Peter Sagan (Cannondale) pops a one-handed wheelie to celebrate his win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Peter Sagan has said that he would swap one of his three green jerseys at the Tour de France for a victory in the Classics. Sagan’s increasing frustration at missing out in the monuments has become evident, as the questions as to why he hasn’t won one continue to mount. He has had a few close calls and, probably, the closest of those was the 2013 Milan-San Remo where Gerald Ciolek surprised the bunch to take victory. (cyclingnews.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: When they went a little bit faster in the sand, I made a mistake and I could not close the gap. It is unfortunate that I finish just outside the podium. I really want a podium spot.
Tom Meeusen seemed to be in contention for the win in the Superprestige race in Zonhoven but he again faded in the finale, finishing the race in fourth. The Dutchman is frustrated to again have been close to the top 3 and now desperately wants to finally make it. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: Let's be realistic. It will be almost impossible to match our performance from 2014. We have found some replacements. I'm sure they will also make some good performances, but our goal is to train them for two or three years....
With lots of wins, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise have had an amazing season. In 2015, however, they will have to do without most of their leaders and manager Walter Planckaert admits that it will be hard to achieve similar results in the coming season. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: I am happy and proud about my weekend, I proved that I can race a hard double weekend...
Lars van der Haar moved into a joint first place in the Superprestige standings by taking third in today's race in Zonhoven. Admitting that he was unable to stay with the best in the finale, the Dutchman is proud of his performance in a tough weekend. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 2, 2014




Photo: There are a few punchy climbs characteristic of seacoast New Hampshire, but by in large it’s a flowing, rolling route that unfolds throughout the morning and early afternoon, so you earn your time in the post-ride beer garden.
"When we first were planning the Krempels King of the Road Challenge, I was convinced a hundred mile route was necessary to compete with all the grand fondos popping up worldwide. Now in our fourth year, there are options for 10 miles, 30 miles, and the maximum distance is a metric century — 62 miles to those of you not yet down with the metric system, ubiquitous in cycling. Additionally a kids’ rodeo and adaptive bike route allow any and all abilities, and an emphasis on full families, to make it to the ride. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate that the furthest distance is “only” 62 miles and wouldn’t want it any other way." (iamtedking.com)

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November 1, 2014

November 1, 2014


Nys, Van der Haar, Meeusen, Pauwels, Wellens, Walsleben, Van der Poel, Vantornout, Van Amerongen, Peeters, Simunek, Bina, Aernouts, Field ...
The 2014 Superprestige Cyclocross - Zonhoven (Hansgrohe Superprestige) is Sunday, November 2.  Live streaming video: 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

November 1, 2014






Wout van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Wout Van Aert out-sprinted Belgian champion Sven Nys to take the Bpost Bank Trofee Koppenbergcross victory on Saturday in Oudenaarde. Kevin Pauwels was in a solo move for some of the elite men's race but was caught by the leaders and rode in for third place. (cyclingnews.com)

November 1, 2014





Photo: The maximum penalties. A fine of 100 Swiss Franc for his failure to follow the instructions of the jury and 200 euros for providing assistance to a teammate who was not on the same lap as him.
On Saturday Jan Denuwelaere was disqualified by the jury after his maneuver in the Koppenbergcross where he blocked Sven Nys in the sprint. The rider will also receive a fine of 300 Swiss Franc. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 1, 2014





Photo: Sophie de Boer going solo to win Koppenbergcross 2014 ahead of Jolien Verschueren and Sanne Cant. © Bart Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine.
Dutch cyclocrosser Sophie de Boer, teammate of American Elle Anderson, survived the tough climbs and tricky descents to take a solo victory over Belgians Jolien Verscheuren and Sanne Cant.
De Boer didn’t have the best start, and found herself chasing defending champion Helen Wyman and Nikki Harris after missing her pedal at the line. But on the first time up the climb, de Boer made contact with the leaders and went on to solo the last three laps, finishing with 15 seconds ahead of a chasing Verscheuren. (cxmagazine.com)

November 1, 2014




Photo: That's a nice distance. It is not an effort that anyone can do right away. There is a lot of preparatory work involved. The condition must surely be all right.
Two days ago Matthias Brändle secured himself a place in the history books. The 24-year-old Austrian set a new Hour Record, just a few weeks after Jens Voigt had added his name to the list. Belgian time trial champion reflected on the record in an interview with Sporza. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 1, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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),


November 1, 2014




Lance Armstrong and Oprah Winfrey Photo by Maryse Alberti, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Travis Tygart, the man whose pursuit of Lance Armstrong led to the former US Postal rider being banned from sport for life, says he is hopeful the Texan will co-operate with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) at some point. (road.cc)

November 1, 2014





October 31, 2014


Photo: Each one of us in that group has had the same exact amount of negative reactions and positive reactions, in the extreme both ways.
Levi Leipheimer enjoyed a successful career, winning the Tour of Utah, three Tours of California, a Tour de Suisse and s second place at the Vuelta and third at a Tour de France. But when he retired in 2012 and in light of the Lance Armstrong saga, Leipheimer confessed to doping. VeloNews posed questions to the American on cycling’s most touchy subject in a recent interview. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 1, 2014




Matthias Brändle with UCI president Brian Cookson after breaking the hour record
Photo: © IAM Cycling.
UCI president Brian Cookson hopes that the recent run of Hour Record attempts will persuade yet more riders to take on the test. In May of this year, the UCI relaxed the rules regarding equipment in the hope to re-ignite the flagging event. Since the rules changed the retiring Jens Voigt and IAM Cycling rider Matthias Brändle have stepped up to the plate, but Cookson wants more. (cyclingnews.com)

November 1, 2014




Photo: It was an early start for Alberto Contador and the rest of the team
Photo: © Twitt.
Bole returns to professional racing, Summit finishes for Ruta del Sol, Bol joins De Rijke. (cyclingnews.com)

November 1, 2014