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July 2014

July 27, 2014


Photo: As Vincenzo Nibali celebrated winning the 2014 Tour de France, one rider in the pack still had to negotiate another of the laps around the Champs-Élysées..
As Vincenzo Nibali celebrated winning the 2014 Tour de France, one rider in the pack still had to negotiate another of the laps around the Champs-Élysées. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

July 27, 2014







Vincenzo Nibali was confirmed as the winner of the 2014 Tour de France (AAP). (sbs.com.au)
Kittel wins final stage on the Champs-Élysées. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014






Photo: Marcel Kittel wins the finale in Paris. Photo: AFP.
Vincenzo Nibali collected the final yellow jersey of the 2014 Tour de France on Sunday in Paris as Marcel Kittel won the 21st and final stage, a 136km leg from Evry that ended with a sprint on the Champs-Élysées. (velonews.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: It happens many times that everything you work and sacrifice for doesn't come to fruition. This result is not a failure for me, at all: being 4th in the Tour, my best result... is not easy at all...
Alejandro Valverde had one final chance to finish on the Tour de France podium but came up short when he ended the race in fourth overall. However, both he and Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue refuse to regard it as a failure. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Of course, I keep the bright side of things, the rest are the ups and downs of the race, there are worse things. Second and 6th, we would have signed on the dotted line at the start in Leeds...
Romain Bardet's successful Tour de France didn't end the way he preferred as he lost his fifth place due to a late puncture in the time trial. However, the young Frenchman tries to keep things in perspective after having been among the best riders in his second grand tour. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014





Photo: Team AG2R presented Photo: © Susanne Goetze.
Vincent Lavenu has been managing teams at the Tour de France since 1993, but never has he known a year like this one. In twenty previous attempts under the respective banners of Chazal, Casino and Ag2r-La Mondiale, the team’s best finish in Paris was Cyril Dessel’s sixth place overall in 2006. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014





Photo: But like team director Stefano Zanatta told letour.fr: Winning the green jersey was almost too easy this year...
The main goal of the Cannondale team on this Tour de France was certainly to lead Peter Sagan to win his third green jersey in succession. In this sense, it was mission accomplished for the Italian outfit. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014




Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) wins stage 20 Photo: © Bettini Photo.
A bad TT for Belkin but good for NetApp. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014






Photo: In the second bunch sprint of the Tour de Wallonie, Nizzolo beat Meersman and Dillier; bonus seconds allowed Meersman to take the overall lead...
Giacomo Nizzolo made up for yesterday’s disappointment by winning the second stage of the Tour de Wallonie in a bunch sprint. The 2012 winner of the race held off Gianni Meersman and Silvan Dillier and Meersman could console himself with taking the leader’s jersey off Jens Debusschere’s shoulders. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) won the 2013 edition...
As with last year, only the final 3 stages (Monday to Wednesday) are being broadcast live on television. Live streaming video: 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 27, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de Wallonie - July 26-30 (Stages & Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 27, 2014




Photo: I have such good memories from Champs-Élysées. It was an amazing experience and I will go for the win again today. I know it will be difficult but if you don’t try, you’ll never win...
Daniele Bennati is one of only two riders in the current Tour de France peloton to have won on the Champs-Elysees. The Italian will try to repeat that feat when he lines up as the Tinkoff-Saxo leader for the final stage of the Tour de France later today. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: britchendk It actually kind of hurts just looking at it. Keep fighting - and smiling - @taylorphinney . You'll come back strong!!!
thorhushovd - OMG @taylorphinney recover well my friend. (instagram.com)

July 27, 2014





Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) has won the first ever La Course by Le Tour de France, sprinting to victory on the Champs-Elysees ahead of Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano) and Leah Kirchmann © Doug Pensinger/Getty Images (podiumcafe.com)
World champion Marianne Vos produced the sprint of her life to win the first-ever edition of the La Course on the Champs-Élysées, as women finally got to share the spotlight alongside the men on the final day of the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: I felt it was almost an obligation to entertain the fans one last time, and give what they expect: me out in the break with the peloton chasing and I have zero chance - hey that’s the story of my life, the story of my career...
Jens Voigt ended the Tour de France in the way everybody expected him to do: by attacking on the Champs-Elysees. The attack crowned a solid Trek performance that saw Haimar Zubeldia take his fifth top 8 result in the race and Frank Schleck enjoy a solid comeback. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014




The Omega Pharma Quick Step train Photo: © Tim de Waele.
UCI rules for 2017 limit team sizes and signings. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Competing on road was an adventure that I wanted to try after spending fifteen years on my mountain bike. Omega got me started and I thank them. I still have the desire to discover myself...
Having survived a late scare, Jean-Christophe Peraud completed the Tour de France in second place overall to deliver the best French performance since 1997. Having only started his road career a few years ago, the Frenchman now sets his sights on the Giro which he has never done in the past. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014





Photo: I had the chance of a lifetime to lead the team after Chris crashed out, but I got sick and things didn’t work out. It’s nice to get into Paris and get this Tour done, and I’m looking forward to next year now...
Richie Porte tried to bounce back from a disappointing Sky showing by joining the break in the final stage of the Tour de France but the performance could not make up for the poor results. The Australian regrets having lost a great opportunity to lead the team and now looks ahead to 2015. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014




Team Sky coach Tim Kerrison and Chris Froome Photo: © Stephen Farrand.
Tim Kerrison, the leading coach behind Team Sky’s two Tour de France wins, has told Cyclingnews that the team’s evaluation of their 2014 performance has already begun and that the team are fully focused on winning back the yellow jersey in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Anyone in a team who’s being honest with you will tell you how frequently their bikes are breaking...
Unlike steel or aluminum, carbon fiber does not bend in crashes. Rather the bikes and wheels frequently shatter, often hurling riders to the road and, many fear, increasing the severity of injuries. (nytimes.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Stunning roads with sporadic farms.
"Every day is an adventure, right? I made sure to capitalize on that proclamation yesterday by setting out with the ambitious plan of the massive Vermont Six Gapper. You know it’s official — or officially unofficial — when a ride title is capitalized. It also behooves you to Google it, to which you’re given 18-million results. Yeah, it’s THAT legit." (iamtedking.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: This little girl has nothing nice to say to the band of thieves that looted her family’s garage in Portland for all their road bikes.
Roxy is very upset that someone would break into her father’s garage and steal all his custom road bikes so she made a sign to guilt-trip whoever did the deed. ‘Your mom would be so disappointed,’ she writes. (nydailynews.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Bottom Bracket Racket: Chris King’s Answer To Press-Fit Woes | $165 | chrisking.com.
The failure of Shimano and SRAM to make a decent press-fit bottom bracket has opened up a market for solutions from brands like Chris King, maker of some of the most precise and durable bike parts in the world. (bikemag.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Frame/Fork: Quality products for the low price...
Comfortable and entertaining entry-to-mid-level bike, with excellent scope to upgrade in the future; change the tires though. (road.cc)

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July 26, 2014





Photo: Daily Distraction.

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July 27, 2014




Photo: Paul Kimmage has said after taking drugs himself, his responsibility when becoming a journalist was to expose and try stamp out the conditions that brought riders to that point. His documentary ‘Rough Rider’ goes out on RTE One tomorrow, Monday July 28th, at 9.35pm. The Dublin International Track Grand Prix is on Setanta Ireland on the same night from 8.30pm to 9.30pm; perfect timing.
Ahead of the broadcast on RTE One of his documentary ‘Rough Rider’, Paul Kimmage has said nobody should be fooled into thinking that doping in cycling had disappeared with the banning of Lance Armstrong. (stickybottle.com)

July 27, 2014




Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Despite crashing out of the Tour de France and gaining no UCI WorldTour points, Alberto Contador remains the top ranked individual cyclist on 407 points. Vincenzo Nibali is now second overall  on 392 points after winning the Tour while Alejandro Valverde's fourth place elevates him to third overall with 382 points. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014






Photo: The Planche des Belles Filles was a decisive point because Nibali was able to drop his rivals à la pédale.
Stage 10 and Vincenzo Nibali wins atop the Planche des Belles Filles. It was one of only two days when he wasn’t wearing the yellow jersey but he reclaimed the race lead with a performance so strong that doubts about his form in the mountains were crushed. (inrng.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: I am absolutely happy with my fifth place. I have done four Tour de Frances and one Vuelta a España and this was by far the hardest course due to the terrain and the weather - by far...
For the second time in his short career, Tejay van Garderen finished fifth in the Tour de France when he completed today's final stage safely on the wheel of key rival Romain Bardet. Pleased with his journey, the American describes the race as the hardest grand tour he has done. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali meets Christian Prudhomme ahead of the stage Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Following the 2014 Tour de France's penultimate stage – the time trial between Bergerac and Périgueux – race director Christian Prudhomme held court in the late-afternoon sun outside the press room in front of a handful of journalists. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Seventh seemed the maximum result. Unfortunately, we end up a little lower, but I would give our team as a figure for this tour a big eight out of ten.
Belkin went into the Tour de Franc with the goal of winning a stage and having a rider finish in the top 10. With Lars Boom's win on the cobbles and two riders among the 10 best riders, the team is pleased with the outcome of the world's biggest race. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014





Photo: Vincenzo Nibali will today end a 16 year drought for Italy. Photography by Cor Vos
Astana rider discusses background, sacrifices, making history and biological passport. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 27, 2014




Johan Vansummeran leads his Garmin Sharp teammates Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Doug Ellis excited about the American team's future, but would not comment on the speculation that the team would merge with a segment of the current Cannondale team with the American bike brand rumored to become the team’s title sponsor. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014




The Australian national team at the Women's Tour de France Photo: © Donna Rae-Szalinski.
Remembering the "first" Women's Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: Sometimes you wonder why you should come back through all this stress again, but then with time, you forget and it's the Tour. It's the greatest race in the world...
Barring disaster, Matthew Busche will finish his first Tour de France in 98th place, nearly 3 hours and 42 minutes behind Vincenzo Nibali and the American rider discovered in the last three weeks what makes the Tour the greatest race in the world. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 27, 2014




Photo: I came on the Champs last, exhausted, and then I found myself into a break that went all the way. I sprinted for an unforgettable win. That's the beauty of the sport!...
It is the dream of every Tour rider, especially first-timers. They all repeat it, like Bretagne-Seche's Florian Vachon. "When you're not a super sprinter or a great climber, making it to Paris is already a great achievement." (cyclingquotes.com)

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July 26, 2014


July 26, 2014


Photo: Kathryn Bertine wants women to have an equal opportunity to compete in the Tour de France. Frederik Buyckx for The New York Times .
Women Push to Compete in Cycling's Top Event. (nytimes.com)

July 26, 2014







Tony Martin on his way to winning stage 11
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
World champion Tony Martin did what he does best by winning the stage 20 individual time trial. Martin won in 1:06:21, beating Tom Dumoulin by 1:39 in second and Jan Barta by 1:47 in third. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014





Photo: I'm sad I couldn't bring the fans some joy at the end of this Tour; I would have liked to make it into the podium, too, but on the other hand, I'm happy with this result.
Alejandro Valverde knew that this year would probably be his final chance to realize his dream of finishing on the podium. Today it was broken when he finished far off the pace in the time trial and he will now ride into Paris in fourth overall. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014




Leopold König (NetApp-Endura)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Leopold Konig arguably pulled off the ride of the day and certainly the time trial of his life to move up from ninth to seventh in the Tour de France on Saturday. The Czech rider finished fifth behind stage winner Tony Martin in the 54-kilometer time trial between to Périgueux and overhauled the Belkin pair of Laurens ten Dam and Bauke Mollema in the overall. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: I wanted to get into the top 5 for the stage. I am not very far off from succeeding at that, but I suffered on this demanding course particularly because I am very tired out after the Pyrenees.
Sylvain Chavanel bounced back from a disappointing Tour de France by producing a great ride in today's time trial. The Frenchman finished 8th and narrowly missed his goal of a top 5 finish. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014







Photo: Tour de France Stage 21 Profile.
Sunday's Tour de France Stage 21 departs Evry at 3:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Paris Champs-Elysees at around 7:11pm CET (1:11pm U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 3:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 26, 2014





Photo: It’s unbelievable, I just started to realize I had won the Belgian championship and now I immediately win my first race in this jersey. I’m very happy I could confirm...
Jens Debusschere had to wait a long time before getting the chance to ride his first race in the Belgian champion's jersey but it was definitely worth waiting for his chance to make his debut. Today he won the first stage of the Tour de Wallonie, his very first outing in the prestigious Drikleur. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014





Photo: The 21-year-old British rider sprinted just ahead of Davide Formolo...
British first-year professional Adam Yates scores another victory for Orica-GreenEdge. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 26, 2014





Photo: We haven’t had any luck on our side during this race, and not much luck throughout the whole season actually, but maybe it’s the year we had to have...
Having won the race twice in a row, the 2014 Tour de France was one to forget for Team Sky. The race comes at the back of a very disappointing season and team leader Richie Porte is philosophical about the disappointments, claiming that the team maybe needed an off-year after their recent dominance. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014





Photo: Barring accident, first place in the Tour de France has already been settled prior to the stage 20 time trial...
Pinot, Peraud, Valverde, Bardet and van Garderen get ready to go deep in final time trial. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 26, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour de Wallonie - July 26-30 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 26, 2014




Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Having made it through the Tour de France mountains, Marcel Kittel has the finish of the race, and a final sprint on the Champs Elysees firmly in his gaze. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: The stage to Hautacam was fantastic for our team. The guys consolidated their positions in the overall. Laurens made his way back thanks to fantastic work by Lars (Boom) and we ended the day with three men in the top 15 of the stage...
Slightly eclipsed by the race for the Top 5, Team Belkin achieved a formidable team performance in this Tour de France with three riders in the Top 15 in the GC before the final time-trial. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014




Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Photo: © Cyclingnews.
Ten Dam’s hard day, Terpstra not surprised by Sagan's crash. (cyclingnews.com)

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July 25, 2014



Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) waves to the crowd from on the podium
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
"If it wasn't for stringent testing, maybe I wouldn't be here today." (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: Here's your race preview: there's gonna be a sprint on the Champs-Elysées...
In the end the competition for the maillot vert went out not with a bang, nor even a whimper. It was barely ever noticed at all. Peter Sagan will ride into Paris coated in green for the third time in his still shockingly young and illustrious cycling career. (podiumcafe.com)

July 26, 2014






Photo: Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti. (cyclingnews.com)
French riders Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot occupy second and third overall after final time trial. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 26, 2014




Photo: I am happy with my effort and the result. Second behind Tony at the moment is almost a victory at the moment as he is so strong, especially at the Tour...
For the fourth time in the span of just two months, Tom Dumoulin finished second behind Tony Martin in a time trial when he was beaten by the world champion in the Tour de France today. This time, however, he was not even close to the German and the result felt like a victory for the Dutchman. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014





Photo: I must say that this morning I felt like it was the stage where I had the least amount of pressure. I could only create a surprise. If someone had told me this three weeks ago, I would never have believed it...
Being up against two riders that were either past or current national time trial champions, Thibaut Pinot was the rider most likely to miss out on a podium spot in the penultimate stage of the Tour de France. Due to the lack of expectations, he felt no pressure and did a great performance to finish 12th and will now end the race in third overall. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014




Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) dropped to sixth overall after the time trial
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
It was a day of mixed emotions for Ag2r-La Mondiale in the final time trial of the Tour de France. While the veteran Jean-Christophe Péraud survived a puncture to seal a spot on the podium, a similar incident late on cost his young teammate Romain Bardet a place in the top five overall. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: Giant Shimano rider battles through difficult leg problem.
On the cusp of history. He’s already the first Chinese rider to start the Tour de France; in one day’s time, Ji Cheng is set to be the first to finish the world-famous race. The Giant Shimano competitor has battled through the high mountains, fending off a leg injury which has sapped his power and pushed him to his limits. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 26, 2014




Cadel Evans (BMC) in the maglia rosa at the 2014 Giro d'Italia
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
With his contract set to expire at the end of this season Cadel Evans faces the difficult choice over whether to continue racing or hang up his wheels. The former Tour de France champion may have one other option with BMC and the rider having discussed the possibility of racing until the end of the Tour Down Under in January 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014





Photo: So what can we expect to happen in this Saturday’s stage 20—which is on a shorter course between Bergerac and Périgueux...
If Tour de France history means anything then Vincenzo Nibali will win the stage 20 time trial on Saturday and confirm his overall victory in this 101st edition of the world’s greatest bike race. Twice before, the Tour has staged long time trials on the rolling roads of the Dordogne between the cities of Bergerac and Périgueux. And both times the stage winner was the eventual Tour champion: Frenchman Jacques Anquetil in 1961 and Spaniard Miguel Induráin in 1994. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: Putting on a fresh one... Vincenzo Nibali. (Getty).
Vincenzo Nibali admitted he was superstitious but said not to the point of wearing the same jersey throughout a three-week Tour. (sbs.com.au)

July 26, 2014




Photo: Cyclists in the Monash Wind Tunnel are able to measure the effects of their gear on wind resistance (Monash University, Author provided).
As the Tour de France approaches its final days, teams will be looking to place their top riders in the best possible position for the all-important individual time trial in the penultimate stage, where the winner of the Tour is determined. (sbs.com.au)

July 26, 2014




Photo: German lock-maker has a lot of bases covered...
ABUS has invented the truly unique BORDO series ($85 and up), which uses flat steel pieces riveted together that can fold down like an old wooden ruler. If your security needs aren't too great, this is actually the lock you want. (podiumcafe.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: After several early-race crashes, Andrew Talansky rode by himself for 80 painful kilometers on Stage 11, just barely completing the stage. (James Startt).
Win, crash, or survive, Tour racers do everything possible to make it to the finish. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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July 26, 2014




The peloton's chase of Navardauskas was hindered by a large crash just under the 3km to go mark
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The crashes that littered this year's Tour de France are one of Sean Kelly's overriding memories of this year's race; however, the former rider believes that Vincenzo Nibali is a well-deserving winner after the Italian dominated the race. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014





Photo: I had a really good race today. I was happy when I saw the course. I still had the power after three weeks so it would have been hard for anyone to fight against me...
Tony Martin took the expected dominant victory in today's Tour de France time trial but soon faced the usual questions about the absence of Fabian Cancellara and Bradley Wiggins. Having had a smooth ride, however, the world champion claims that it would have been hard for anyone to beat him on a course that suited him perfectly. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014






Tejay van Garderen (BMC) moved back into fifth overall after the time trial
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
After three weeks of racing the Tour de France, a place in the top five came down to just two seconds with Tejay van Garderen taking fifth ahead of Romain Bardet after the Frenchman punctured in the closings stages of the time trial to Périgueux. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: In hindsight, however, it wasn’t a good choice. The bike is great, but I didn’t use the TT bike in training too often this year and so I just wasn’t really used to the position...
Bauke Mollema was the big loser in today's stage of the Tour de France when he slipped from 7th to 10th in the overall standings. The Dutchman regretted his decision to use a new bike on a bad day when his teammate Laurens Ten Dam dropped from 8th to 9th. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: I gave all I had in the legs in the last two kilometers. I finished well in this Tour, and finally we are in the top 10. This is important for me and also for the team...
Haimar Zubeldia confirmed his extreme consistency in the grand tours when he used today's time trial to move from 10th to 8th in the overall standings of the Tour de France. The result marks his fifth top 10 in the world's biggest bike race, making him one of the most decorated Tour riders of his generation. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: Dale Stetina's (United Healthcare jersey) friends and frequent tandem riding buddies were joined by cycling luminaries and former teammates or competitors.
"Dale continues to improve his strength, coordination and fitness, and is increasingly engaged in diverse life activities. The long and challenging rehab continues, but the improvements are amazing in the nearly eleven months since the vehicle-caused crash on the descent from Ward." (303cycling.com)

July 26, 2014





Specialized - lululemon retained the World Championship title: Lisa Brennauer, Katie Colclough, Carmen Small, Evelyn Stevens, Ellen van Dijk, Trixi Worrack, Directeur sportif, Ronny Lauke
Photo: © CJ Farquharson.
Deals with both naming sponsors expire at the end of the year. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014




Alex Grant's marathon nationals didn't end so well...
Photo: © Alex Grant.
Reflections on the highs and lows of team and individual sports. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014




Richie Porte (Team Sky) takes time to answer a few questions before the start of stage 11
Photo: © ASO/G. Demouveaux.
Dave Brailsford has defended Richie Porte’s ability to lead Team Sky in a grand tour after the Australian rider failed to make a sustained impact in this year’s Tour de France. Porte became Sky’s defacto leader after Chris Froome crashed out in the opening week but despite a positive start in the Alps he succumbed to illness and faded in the second and third weeks. (cyclingnews.com)

July 26, 2014






Photo: Sarah Roy expects the racing on Sunday to be hard and fast from the start (Florian Delage).
Australian Criterium Champion Sarah Roy talks with Cycling Central about the significance of La Course, the women's race that will be held in conjunction with the final stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. (sbs.com.au)

July 26, 2014




Photo: The secret to its success is doing away with any semblance of ‘normal’ bag layout.
The nasty rain falling on the peloton at the Tour this year has revealed a surprising fact. The greatest single piece of tech at the 2014 Tour de France isn’t space age new wheels or fancy electronic shifting, it’s not an aero bike or a feather weight climber. It’s fabric, zippers and leather stitched together to make the Rapha Wet Bag. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 26, 2014




Photo: The Handley family, Chip, Roberta and their son Wheeler, ride their bikes through Scotts Valley on Wednesday afternoon. The family will compete in the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge this Saturday. (Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel).
Chip Handley set some huge cycling goals for himself before he shifted gears to focus on riding with his family. A few years ago, the Scotts Valley resident rode more than 10 century rides (1,000 miles), completed all five mountain passes of the notorious Death Ride in Markleeville (15,000-plus feet of climbing) and will now top off his lung-busting, leg-burning season by riding the grueling Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge. (santacruzsentinel.com)

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Ramunas Navardauskas attacked the peloton to win Stage 19 of the Tour de France (AAP).
Ramunas Navardauskas has been showing himself as a sprinter in this year's Tour de France, but the Lithuanian time trial champion used his strength for riding solo to finally deliver the stage win for which Garmin-Sharp has tried so hard. (cyclingnews.com)

July 25, 2014





Photo: I don't know why I've crashed. I was in a good position... for crashing. I believe it's because of the wet road. I couldn't stop anymore. I was the first to crash...
Known for his exceptional bike-handling skills, Peter Sagan rarely hits the deck but today he was involved in a tumble near the end of stage 19 of the Tour de France. Regretting having lost another chance to win a stage, he openly admits that he was the first rider to go down. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 25, 2014




John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) leads home the chasing group
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Opportunities have been hard to come by for John Degenkolb in this year’s Tour de France and for the second time in the race the 25-year-old was left frustrated. (cyclingnews.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Kathryn Bertine, one of the women behind Le Tour Entier and the inaugural La Course. She will ride for Wiggle-Honda in the race.
Just hours before the 2014 Tour de France hits the Champs-Elysees on Sunday to finish the final stage of this year's race, the best riders in the elite women's peloton will ride the same circuit in the inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 25, 2014




Photo: American Shelley Olds (Ale Cipollini) is a favorite for the technical, flat parcours the women's peloton will face at La Course on the Champs-Élysées Sunday. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | CBG Photography .
The best cyclists in the world will converge on Paris this Sunday - this year, both men and women race on the Champs-Élysées. The Tour de France will debut a new women’s event, La Course, in conjunction with the final stage of the Tour.





Photo: Australian sprinter Mark Renshaw has been banging on the door of a strong sprint results.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider says he's ready to seize opportunity. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 25, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 25, 2014




Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) dominated the opening stages
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The American multinational brand 3M is in talks with Giant-Shimano to become the  team's new title sponsor, the Dutch Telegraaf newspaper reports. However 3M’s marketing director Ronald Faas has said it is also talking to other teams as it aims to take a title sponsor role with an international team. (cyclingnews.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Criticised... Antoine Vayer has been a staunch critic of the practices of British-based Team Sky. (Getty).
Outspoken French cycling coach Antoine Vayer has said that according to his calculations, the power numbers at this year's Tour de France are back in the 'human' range. (sbs.com.au)

July 25, 2014




Britain's Laura Trott warm's up before the team pursuit qualifying round -
Photo: © Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk.
Awang warned for political protest. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 20 Profile.
Saturday's Tour de France Stage 20 live streaming video times will be posted here. (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Tony Martin cemented his world class time trial legacy ...
"Four long risers of some consequence will challenge the stage contenders to maximize their climbing ability on this course. My suspicion is that none but the last is steep enough to force teams to contemplate ditching their aero bikes for traditional setups, but we'll see about that." (podiumcafe.com)







Photo: Valverde (left), Peraud (center), and Pinot (right) enter Saturday's 54km stage 20 time trial separated by only 15 seconds. Photo by Tim De Waele.
Thibaut Pinot, Jean-Christophe Peraud, and Alejandro Valverde do not represent a direct threat to Nibali, but they are divided by just 15 seconds heading into Saturday’s 54km race of truth. (velonews.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Astana team manager Alexander Vinokourov, who served a doping suspension as a rider, has been very pleased with Vincenzo Nibali's performance at this year's Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Astana team management said that the cycling community needs to keep its faith in Vincenzo Nibali’s yellow jersey ride in the Tour de France despite the sport’s past problems. “Can you have faith in it? Yeah, and more,” team manager, Giuseppe Martinelli said. “I’m sure, 100 percent. I don’t think anyone should put doubt on Vincenzo’s win.” (velonews.com)

July 25, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) attacking on Hautacam
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Nibali set for a one million Euro Tour de France bonus. (cyclingnews.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Julian Arredondo on stage twenty-one of the 2014 Giro d'Italia .
Trek Factory Racing is preparing itself for a revamp for 2015. Is it really a case out with the old and in with the new? (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Ramunas Navardauskas escapes on stage nineteen of the 2014 Tour de France .
Imaginative planning and perfect execution gave Ramunas Navardauskas and Garmin-Sharp a well-deserved stage win in the 2014 Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 25, 2014




Romain Bardet (Ag2r) tried to claw back time on the top three today
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Romain Bardet managed to push his way through the media scrum surrounding his Ag2r-La Mondiale teammate Jean-Christophe Péraud atop Hautacam to offer his congratulations on all but sealing a podium place at the Tour de France, yet there was a palpable air of disappointment about the youngster as he talked of his own afternoon's work. (cyclingnews.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: The Tour is unique as a sporting event in many ways but one of the most profound and effecting, for the spectators, is the venue that it plays out on.
Matt McCullough & Stefano Ferro have been in France for over a week now, riding stages of Le Tour and climbing iconic mountains. In this instalment they focus on one of the ingredients of the Tour de France that makes the race such an impressive spectacle: the road-side fans. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Richie Porte in the Oakley limited edition Tour de France Radarlock glasses .
Following on from last year’s Tour-inspired range, the new collection includes special editions of the Eyeshade, Radarlock Path and Racing Jacket glasses. Each model features a yellow, green and polka dot band across the frame, to represent the special classification jerseys. (bikeradar.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: The Avail Advanced SL 0 is the top bike in Liv’s 2015 Avail line, which includes models that range in price from $620 to $8,750. (Joe Lindsey).
Giant’s women’s bikes get their own brand - and an all-new line of women’s endurance road models. (bicycling.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Since a training crash in April left him with a punctured lung, broken ribs and a cut to his head, Chris Horner has had to alter his racing season dramatically. The American understandably missed the Giro d’Italia in May but is on course to finish the Tour de France – only his second race back since his accident – on Sunday, before targeting a defense of his 2013 Vuelta a Espana crown. (cyclingnews.com)

July 25, 2014




José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar Team)
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo.
After being kicked out of the Tour de France for prolonged sheltering behind his team car, José Joaquín Rojas has declared the decision by the race jury as "unjust" and stated he had no advantage from sheltering behind his team car while descending the Col du Tourmalet on stage 18. (cyclingnews.com)

July 25, 2014







Photo: Bradley Wiggins said he will focus more on track cycling leading up to the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
“I’ve kind of done the road now. I’ve bled it dry,” Wiggins told the BBC. “The road is quite cutthroat. The track feels more like a family and a closer-knit group of people.” He added: “That will probably be it for the grand tours. I can’t imagine doing that now. (velonews.com)

July 25, 2014





Photo: After five days off the bike I started training again. Yesterday I made a long training in the Ardennes, but when I go uphill it’s still painful. So I decided with the medical staff to skip this race...
Tom Boonen won't make his expected return to competition in the Tour de Wallonie as a banal traning crash causes him a lot of pain. Instead, Omega Pharma-Quick Step looks to Zdenek Stybar and Wout Poels to shine in the hilly race. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: This is his second Grand Tour and he rides in support of NetApp Endura team mate, Czech Leo Konig.
Zak Dempster is a young Aussie currently living the dream, racing his very first Tour de France in support of his team leader Leo Konig at the NetApp-Endura team. (pezcyclingnews.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: When the Italian pro took off on a breakaway during the 13th stage of the 1992 Tour de France, the move had the hallmarks of racing from a bygone era.
In 1992 Claudio Chiappucci took off on a breakaway doomed to ruin his whole season. Somehow, precisely the opposite occurred. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Specialized says its Turbo Cotton clincher is the fastest tire in the world. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
"The new Turbo Cotton has won over the German time trial specialist. Martin rode the tires in the Tour de Suisse, flat free, and will ride them again on Saturday. They will be available to consumers this fall, and we have been testing them on the roads around Boulder, Colorado since early June." (velonews.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: The FSA K-Force Light's chainrings are compatible with 10- and 11-speed Shimano/SRAM chains. Campagnolo 11-speed is also an option .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "This is a quality lightweight upgrade – but an expensive one." (bikeradar.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Felt’s got the exclusive on the material for bicycles, and it allows them to use half the material without losing any stiffness or strength.
For 2015, Felt has updated the carbon FX frames with a Di2/EPS compatible frame that doubles as an internal routing option for 1x drivetrains. At the top level, they’ve also added TeXtreme woven carbon to their frames to make them both stronger and lighter. (bikerumor.com)

July 25, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) wins stage 18 of the Tour de France
Photo: © AFP.
Vincenzo Nibali finished the mountains of the 2014 Tour de France with an emphatic exclamation point, winning the last Pyrenean stage on Hautacam. The Italian champion soloed to victory on the climb, putting more distance into his rivals. Thibaut Pinot was second, with mountains classification winner Rafal Majka in third. (cyclingnews.com)

July 24, 2014






Photo: While Vincenzo Nibali has a comfortable place at the top of the Tour podium, three contenders, including Romain Bardet and Alejandro Valverde will battle for a spot on the final podium in Saturday's time trial. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Some have complained that the race for the yellow jersey has been boring, especially with the regal dominance of Vincenzo Nibali, but no one can suggest that the Tour de France isn’t exciting. (velonews.com)

July 24, 2014






Photo: When I was setting a hard tempo, I would look back and Pinot always looked pretty easy on my wheel. He has shown many times this tour that he is more explosive than me...
Tejay van Garderen managed to gain time on Romain Bardet and Alejandro Valverde in today's final mountain stage of the Tour de France but despite repeated attempts he was unable to get rid of Thiabut Pinot. The American admits that his French rival always appeared to be riding within his comfort zone. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: he Shark solo’d to the finish...
On a day when Vincenzo Nibali could have sat back and watched the others fight it out for the podium places, the ‘Shark of Messina’ rode away from everyone with 10 kilometers of the Hautacam still to climb. Behind, the French jumped Valverde to push him off the podium..

July 24, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali tangles with a fan on stage 18 of the Tour de France ...
Spectator stands in road and makes phone call with back to Vincenzo Nibali, nearly knocking him off his bike. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 24, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 24, 2014







Photo: Tour de France Stage 19 Profile.
Friday's Tour de France Stage 19 departs Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour at 12:15pm CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Bergerac at around 5:22pm CET (11:22am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 2:15pm CET (8:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Vasil Kiryienka's stage 17 breakaway was one of Sky's valiant — albiet fruitless — attempts to salvage a stage win in the Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Team Sky stands behind its decision to bring a team solely supporting Chris Froome to the Tour de France. Despite losing its captain, its plan B, and so far, going winless, general manager David Brailsford said that supporting only one man is the way to win. (velonews.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: The event is a victory for Le Tour Entier, a campaign set up by prominent figures in women’s racing calling for equality in the sport.
As the winner of Tour de France prepares for his ride into Paris on Sunday afternoon, 120 women will be contesting the inaugural edition of La Course. The one-day event has attracted the world’s best women’s teams and is Tour organiser ASO’s response to calls for a women’s Tour. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 24, 2014




Photo: The race is up and down the Champs Elysées, 89km, 13 laps of the 6.85 kilometre course, up and down the cobbles, with 2 corners at one end.
On Sunday 27th July it’ll be one of the most talked-about women’s races of the year, and probably the easiest race to watch live since the 2012 Olympic Games – La Course by le Tour de France. (prowomenscycling.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: reigning road and cyclocross world champion Marianne Vos.
When the peloton thunders down the cobblestones of Paris' famous Champs-Elysees on the final stage of this year's Tour de France, they won't be the first to have raced on it that day. Preceding the final stage is a new addition to the women’s UCI cycling calendar, La Course by Le Tour de France. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 24, 2014





Photo: Bradley Wiggins, who won the Amgen Tour of California in May, returned to competing on the track this week at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Bradley Wiggins returned to track cycling for the first time since 2008 at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday and helped lead England to the final of the men’s 4000m team pursuit at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. (velonews.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: The Bontrager Classique road shoes ooze classic style. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com.
Shoes, this year, are stepping back in time. Bontrager’s latest borrow their silhouette from classic cycling shoes, laces and all. The new Classique model was first leaked by Orica GreenEdge’s Christian Meier on Instagram, and will be available to consumers in September. (velonews.com)

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Photo: It has been a strange couple of days for me, like I was feeling a bit ill, so I had to suffer and give everything I had...
For the second day in a row, Alejandro Valverde was put on the defensive when he was dropped on the final climb to Hautacam in the final mountain stage of the Tour de France. Having felt a bit ill the past few days, the Spaniard insists that second place is still within reach. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Now the jersey is mine. This is a big surprise for my first Tour de France. Maybe I'll win the Tour de France in the future...
Rafal Majka did another impressive performance in today's final mountain stage to finish third and secure himself the win in the mountains classification. Having surprised himself in his first Tour, the Pole hopes that this is a sign that he will one day win the world's biggest race. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Because Lars is 15 kilograms heavier, I could hardly keep up with him, but I’m very happy that I was able to bridge to the group of favourites and come back. Lars will get a big hug from me because I’m so pleased with him...
If it hadn't been for Lars Boom, Laurens Ten Dam could have lost his spot in the top 10 in today's final mountain stage of the Tour de France as the Dutchman suffered an unfortunate puncture on the descent from the Tourmalet. Boom who had dropped back from the early break helped him rejoin the peloton on a day when Steven Kruijswijk made sure that Belkin now have three riders in the overall top 15. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: I was feeling good on Tourmalet, and it was a very hard pace at the bottom. I was looking forward to the Hautacam, but then I really did not eat and drink enough and had a sugar flat...
After his brave breakaway performance yesterday, Frank Schleck was hoping to gain more time in today's final mountain stage of the Tour de France but the Luxembourgish champion went hunger flat on the final climb. Things were better for his teammate Haimar Zubeldia who moved into the overall top 10.

July 24, 2014




Photo: These rumours are unfair to Andy and we don’t take them seriously.
Contract extension with Fränk Schleck under negotiation, younger brother not ruled out for now. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 24, 2014




Photo: It was the last day to try something because I’m a climber and this was the last mountain stage. I’ve had some health problems in the last few days but I’m better now so it was my last chance...
Having recovered from an infection, Mikel Nieve gave it one desperate final try to save Team Sky's Tour de France when he attacked in today's big mountain stage. In the end, he had to console himself with the most aggressive rider award. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali says he's riding within himself (Getty Images).
Vincenzo Nibali is winning the Tour de France so easily that the Italian admitted he is actually riding within himself. (sbs.com.au)

July 24, 2014





Chris Froome (Team Sky) chases back after a fall on stage four
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport..
Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford has revealed that Chris Froome could ride the Vuelta a Espana after crashing out of the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Rui Costa celebrates winning the 2014 Tour de Suisse .
World Champion Rui Costa was forced to abandon the Tour de France with pneumonia, but hopes to recover in time for world title defense. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Mixed messages about Spaniard’s participation in the Vuelta a España...
Echoing Alberto Contador’s Twitter announcement Wednesday that he was renouncing his planned participation in the Vuelta a España, his spokesman Jacinto Vidarte has expanded upon the reasons why the Spaniard has decided not to take part. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 24, 2014




Photo: The GC is no longer a goal but I still hope to be able to do something in this Tour. I rely on the evolution I've noticed and I'm going to see day after day what I can do...
With two stage wins for Andre Greipel and Tony Gallopin and a yellow jersey held by Gallopin for a day, Lotto-Belisol can rightly claim to have done a successful Tour de France. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 24, 2014




Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) thanks the crowd
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing, according to Brad Wiggins. In 2012 he won the Tour de France and a gold medal at the London Olympics time trial but now seems to have some regrets due to way it affected his private life. (cyclingnews.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: The Prestaflator offers a large, easy to use gauge and an easily controlled trigger release .
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Serviceable, durable and effective – but the additional cost of screw-on attachments make this best for the committed mechanic." (bikeradar.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Starting tomorrow, I have two stages left to ride as a sprinter. I don't have the stage win I want yet. I hope for the best. Up to now, there have been other stages adapted to my characteristics and yet I didn't win...
While the climbers have been battling in the mountains, Peter Sagan has been saving energy and he still believes that he has two chances to take that elusive stage victory. Meanwhile, his teammate Alessandro De Marchi attacked again in today's final mountain stage but again came away empty-handed. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo is in an amazing condition but I still tried to hold on. I hoped he would wait a little before launching his own attack but actually he did not wait too much...
Having ridden a mostly anonymous race, Chris Horner made his mark on the final mountain of the Tour de France when he kicked off the action by attacking on the Hautacam. The American had hoped that his Vuelta rival Vincenzo Nibali would have waited a little longer before launching his own attack. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) collects a second white jersey
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Frenchman needs a great day in TT to hold on. (cyclingnews.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali during 2014 Tour de France first rest day Credit: Gregor Brown .
"I’m not opposed to anyone and everyone being quizzed about doping. Why shouldn’t pro riders be asked awkward questions? The problem comes when one team or certain individuals are singled out for special treatment, as seems to be the case with Sky, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Peter Sagan is one of the best riders in the peloton these days, but still there are other very good riders. Anyway, everyone would like to have Sagan in his squad. No team manager would say no to him...
Peter Sagan still remains the hottest name on the transfer market, and even though some strong indications were given last week that the Slovakian star would ride for Astana from 2015 season, another team with which he has been previously linked, Tinkoff-Saxo, still hope to enrich their already formidable line-up with Cannondale leader. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 24, 2014




Garmin-Sharp leads the group past the Utah capitol building.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Cadel Evans, Ivan Basso and Chris Horner all named as starters. Defending champion Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) will also be taking part in the race. (cyclingnews.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: It’s case-study Pyrenean climbing, a serpentine road with an ever changing gradient..
The Route: the D100 climbs east out of Argèles-Gazost in Hautes-Pyrénées department in southwestern France. It is 13km long and 8% with the option to continue for an extra kilometer. (inrng.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: 1st: 2015 Specialized Tarmac – Six Stages.
A long first week of racing saw Specialized at the top for wins with the new 2015 Tarmac and its helmets notching more victories than other brands. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Canyon's latest Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 frame retains the outstanding stiffness, handling precision, and rear end comfort of its predecessor but now with front end comfort to match .
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "An absolutely brilliant machine that ticks nearly all the boxes." (bikeradar.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: He’s gotten his latest lightweight pair of shoes down to a scant 62 grams a piece.
Adam Hansen has yet again been showing off more of his fancy homemade shoes that he’s upgraded from the ones he used at the Giro d’Italia, and made even lighter. Yes, apparently it is possible. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 24, 2014




Photo: For a big day of climbing - and much of it on dirt - I picked the Tarmac Disc with a few modifications ...
Will a modified Specialized Tarmac Disc with a 34/28 cut the mustard for a 10-hour day? (bikeradar.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Ulnar neuropathy. This condition causes a numbness or tingling sensation in the hands, commonly in the little and ring finger.
Unless you fall off, cycling is a sport blessed by its body-friendliness. On the road, there’s no impact to wreck your joints nor big hits to rattle your brain; in fact riding big miles is more likely to get you fit than fractured. (bikeradar.com)

July 24, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka won the 17th stage of the Tour de France (AAP).
Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, claiming the Pla d'Adet in his second victory of the race. Vincenzo Nibali put more time into his rivals, with Alejandro Valvarde suffering the most on the short mountain stage. (cyclingnews.com)

July 23, 2014




Best young rider, Ben King (RadioShack), was all smiles before the stage start.
Photo: © Sonoko Tanaka.
The Tour de France neophyte often relies on the advice of more experienced hands as he looks to survive the rigours of La Grande Boucle, but sometimes, there's nothing quite like the reassurance of his peers. (cyclingnews.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Alejandro Valverde remains second overall in the Tour de France following a second hard day in the Pyrenees, but the Movistar leader recognized that it had been anything but straightforward to stay in contention. (cyclingnews.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Enjoying a GC advantage of more than five minutes and some of the best form of his life, Nibali sits comfortably in the lead as the Tour nears its finish in Paris. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Vincenzo Nibali appears to be playing with his rivals in the Tour de France, as if he were a cat playing with mice. He let them attack on the road to the Pla d’Adet ski station Wednesday, but that was it. When he wanted, he attacked, rode clear, and added more time to his lead. (velonews.com)

July 23, 2014







Photo: The Tour de France has been a rollercoaster ride for Tejay van Garderen (Getty Images).
Tejay van Garderen couldn't keep pace with his rivals on Stage 16 of the Tour de France, slipping down the general classification and further away from the podium. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 18 Profile.
Thursday's Tour de France Stage 18 departs Pau at 1:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Hautacam at around 5:31pm CET (11:31am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 23, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 23, 2014




The final podium: Lizzie Armitstead, Evelyn Stevens and Lisa Brennauer
Photo: © cyclingpictures.de.
Stevens wins Thüringen; American completes her own Grand Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: A late nineteenth century guide to cycling, written for women.
A nineteenth-century guide to cycling surely has little value today, even if it is written for women by a woman, when there are contemporary versions by the likes of Helen Pidd or Cathy Bussey? But that would be to take Lady Cycling seriously when in fact it is a pleasant little triviality and an elegant little cultural curio. (podiumcafe.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: The women-specific Oura Expert Gel is part of Specialized’s Body Geometry series.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "The Oura offers a great combination of comfort and performance." (bikeradar.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Fast alu-carbon clincher with broad rim profile and toroidal shroud.
The Swiss Side Hadron 625 wheelset is fast, light within its field, and, thanks to a broad, 23mm external rim diameter that positions it in the vanguard of bicycle wheel development, places a lot of rubber on the road. (roadcyclinguk.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: The tooth profile of the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM's heavy-duty timing belt ensures maximum jump-over protection on drives for bicycles, pedelecs, and e-bikes. .
Continental is expanding its involvement in drives for e-bikes, pedelecs, and bicycles. The CONTI® eBIKE SYSTEM will enter production in the fourth quarter of 2014. (contitech.de)

July 23, 2014




Photo: The TF2 frame bears a resemblance to a boomerang. Apparently..
Updates and disc brakes from the legendary Italian racers' brand. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Today offers the last opportunity to build a better buffert to the the more competent timetrialists behind them in the competition.
Things are getting desperate for a few guys now with the big ol' nasty 52 km timetrial looming on the horizon. (podiumcafe.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Rafal Majka wins on stage fourteen of the 2014 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
Rafal Majka stars again as The Tour de France main players shuffle the pack in the midway point of the Pyrenees. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 23, 2014






Photo: Jean Christophe Peraud was happy to have the legs to ride with Nibali on the final climb. In doing so, he moved within eight seconds of third place on GC. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The long drought for Italian and French riders at the Tour de France seems poised to come to a close. (velonews.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: We had a plan to try and win the stage. It went as we wanted, but in the end it’s the legs that talk. Someone from the breakaway won the stage, so it was possible. Fränk did not have it to go with Majka.
With a comfortable buffer over the riders behind him in the overall standings, Frank Schleck dared to make a long-distance attack in tday's queen stage of the Tour de France. The Luxembourgish champion set out with the intention to win the stage but admitted that Rafal Majka had been the strongest rider from the break. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: According to Tuttobiciweb, Mollema would replace Andy Schleck at Trek Factory Racing, while Frank should continue with the squad thanks to his recently improved performances...
Even though the rider himself gave strong indications that nothing has been decided yet, Bauke Mollema’s highly anticipated move to Trek Factory Racing is one of the hottest topics in regards to a current situation on a transfer market and according to Italian media the Belkin Procycling leader would replace Andy Schleck in the American outfit. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: The French cyclists and TV commentators often talk about le jargon cycliste but they don’t mean the technical terms such as watts per kilogram, haematocrit or press-fit bearings. Instead le jargon is a long list of poetic phrases and slang.
Have you ever had ants in your legs and found yourself sporting a lightweight sock? Or did you end up pedalling with two legs on the same pedal? (inrng.com)

July 23, 2014




Leopold Konig (Team NetApp - Endura)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Leo König has shone so far in this Tour de France, in seventh place with only five more stages to go. Added to his top ten finish in the Vuelta a Espana last year, it looks likely that he will leave ProConti Team NetApp-Endura for the top ranks next year. (cyclingnews.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Pinot, Péraud and Bardet are getting on how to contend at a grand tour..
With former Tour de France champions Alberto Contador and Chris Froome no longer in the race, and with champion-in-waiting Nairo Quintana recharging his batteries back home in Colombia after winning the Giro d’Italia, unexpected chances of glory have come to the riders still challenging race leader Vincenzo Nibali for the yellow jersey at this year’s 101st Tour. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Behind the whimsical-sounding moniker is a powerful data-mining tool.
Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team's custom app makes a science out of the art of racing. (bicycling.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Where we once were blind, now I see... Michael Rogers is a man reborn. (Getty).
Former Olympic and professional team-mate Scott McGrory defines the ingredient that has been missing until now in Michael Rogers. (sbs.com.au)

July 23, 2014




Photo: For more traditional commuting, the SPORTe models include a traditional frame...
The Felt Electric line has been selling in Europe for three years, and for 2015 it’s coming to North America. The line uses Bosch’s motor integrated into the frame with downtube mounted batteries. (bikerumor.com)

July 23, 2014






Photo: For 2015 the old FC work horse race frame is gone and the F1 gets Textreme fibers.
Coming off such a strong 2014 product line, the 2015 line consisted of more incremental advancements. As an example, the 2015 AR1 and AR2 are also using Textreme fabrics, not just the ultra pricey FRD version of the AR. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Urine luck ...
With seemingly everyone now a cycling fan, you no doubt getting a ton of questions from non-cycling mates: Why isn’t the bloke at the front in the lead? How can someone win without winning a stage? When do they go to the loo? (bikeradar.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Michael Albasini wins stage one of the 2014 Tour de Romandie .
Michael Albasini says that he did not make a racist remark to Kevin Reza during stage 16 of the Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Matt Bottrill Credit: Andy Jones .
British time trial star Matt Bottrill was to put in an attempt at the iconic Hour Record this summer, but a series of setbacks caused by lack of clarity in the rules have forced him to put the attempt on ice. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 23, 2014





Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alberto Contador has ruled himself out of riding next month’s Vuelta a España. The Spaniard crashed out of this year’s Tour de France with a fractured leg, but bounced back within 48 hours to claim that he could race the Vuelta, which starts next month. (cyclingnews.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters told reporters earlier this month that Garmin would not continue as title sponsor.
“Cervélo and Slipstream have agreed that Cervélo will not exercise its renewal option with the team for 2015,” stated Rick Vosper, the company’s marketing director. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 23, 2014




The new Saxo Bank Tinkoff team kit
Photo: © Saxo Bank Sungard.
Saxo Bank is ready to extend its sponsorship of Tinkoff-Saxo for another year, even if the price will go up. CEO Lars Seier Christensen arrived at the Tour de France for negotiations with co-sponsor Oleg Tinkov and the team. (cyclingnews.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Tejay Van Garderen and Jim Ochowicz before the 2014 Tour de France .
American Tejay van Garderen is gaining valuable experience at the Tour de France as BMC leader whilst former race winner and team-mate Cadel Evans considers his future with the lucrative WorldTour outfit. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Rui Costa was very willing to continue and respect the Tour but the persistent state of not feeling well and the risk of forfeiting the rest of the season has convinced the world champion to retire from the race...
Two of the toughest weeks in the recent history of the Tour de France were merciless on several teams and especially on Team Lampre-Merida, forced to continue without their leader Rui Costa in the third week. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: And the ‘selfie’ pictures – it’s not like you’d stand beside a highway and take them is it?
"It’s good to have a team boss with so much enthusiasm and who’s made such a financial commitment to give us the best opportunity to win." (pezcyclingnews.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Emma Pooley in the mountains.
Now that we're in a bit of a women's cycling lull, waiting for La Course by Le Tour de France and the Sparkassen Giro World Cup, it's a good time to look back at how the only 10-day Grand Tour the women are allowed to race went, and what stood out. (podiumcafe.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: From fitness to friends and fashion cycling has something for everyone. pic: ©Media-24.
From cake to fitness, new bikes to travel, and more. (roadcyclinguk.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Hydraulics for the hoi polloi?
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A charming and unusual all-rounder that’s distinctive and appealing." (bikeradar.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Many people cite safety fears as the reason they wouldn't commute by bike.
Basic tips to help you stay safe on the road. (bikeradar.com)

July 23, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Van Garderen loses ground on Port de Balés. (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Michael Rogers in the 2014 Liege - Bastogne - Liege .
Michael Rogers attributes Grand Tour success to a 'mental change', and says he's no longer afraid of failure. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 22, 2014




Astana controls the breakaway
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Another day, another mountain range and still no moments of undue distress for Vincenzo Nibali at this Tour de France. After going on the offensive in the Vosges and the Alps, the Sicilian was happy to maintain a controlling brief on the race's first stage in the Pyrenees, but still came away with an ever tighter grip on the maillot jaune. (cyclingnews.com)

July 22, 2014







Photo: Tour de France Stage 17 Profile.
Wednesday's Tour de France Stage 17 departs Saint-Gaudens at 1:35pm CET (7:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet at around 5:25pm CET (11:25am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Peter Stetina is ready to use his climbing legs to aid Tejay van Garderen in the Tour's final week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
After a hectic, tension-filled opening two weeks of racing, the Colorado native is ready for the final battle that looms in three days across the Pyrénées. With team captain Tejay van Garderen in the pole position for a spot on the final podium in Paris, there is a mix of anticipation and growing confidence around the BMC dinner table each night. (velonews.com)

July 22, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 22, 2014




Photo: That Sky rider who was getting dropped? Richie Porte.
"This is the most exciting Tour de France I’ve seen in decades. It even eclipses 1999 and 1996. By that I mean watching a race where the outcome doesn’t seem assured, where each passing day could bring yet another surprise, a Tour where even the flat stages matter and no one team has the power to dictate the action." (redkiteprayer.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Can Chris Horner repeat at the Vuelta? He likes his chances. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
With each falling star from the Tour de France, the Vuelta a Espana has the potential to burn a little brighter, and with more drama. (velonews.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Riding in a breakaway on the final stage of the 1994 Tour de France, Frankie had a chance to take the biggest win of his career. (James Startt).
Frankie Andreu recounts the heartbreak of almost winning a stage at the Tour de France. (bicycling.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Bertine will compete in the women's race at the Tour de France with Wiggle-Honda. (Courtesy Wiggle-Honda) .
Her women’s cycling documentary is called Half the Road, but for this pro racer, writer, and activist, promoting the sport is most definitely a full-time job. (bicycling.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: MTN-Qhubeka has partnered with Cervelo and Rotor for 2015. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com...
The game of sponsor musical chairs continues. Cervelo and Rotor, both current sponsors of Garmin-Sharp, have signed a deal with South African-registered pro continental squad MTN-Qhubeka for 2015. (velonews.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Not much to say here. A completed frame ready to ship.
Seven’s shop floor is an impressive place. (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: His body language, his communication, even the look in his eyes were markedly different.
BMC Racing Team president Ochowicz said stage 16 slump was unexpected. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Just one or two kilometers into the downhill I punctured. It was a motorbike that kicked up some stones in a corner, which I hit and blew out my tire. I almost crashed, but thankfully didn't.
The Trek duo of Haimar Zubeldia and Frank Schleck saw their rise in the overall rankings of the Tour de France being significantly hampered by bad luck in today's stage in the Pyrenees. While Schleck suffered from stomach problems, Zubeldia felt excellent but saw his progress being slowed down by an untimely puncture. (cyclingquotes.com)

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World champion Rui Costa slipped out of the top-ten today
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
World champion Rui Costa has been forced out of the Tour de France following an outbreak of pneumonia. The Portuguese rider was 13th on the overall standings ahead of the Tour's 16th stage to Bagnères-de-Luchon. (cyclingnews.com)

July 22, 2014




Emma Pooley (Lotto Belisol Ladies) wins the final stage
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
It has been 16 years since women racers have shared in the prestige that the name Tour de France brings to cycling - in 1998 the stage race called Tour de France Feminin was stripped of its title by the ASO - but on July 27, 2014, that all will change when La Course by Tour de France lines up the best female racers in the world to race a criterium on the Champs-Élysées, albeit many hours before the arrival of the professional men. (cyclingnews.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Vasil Kiryienka tried to salvage Sky's Tour de France on stage 16, but he was unable to remain with the breakaway to contest the win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Team Sky, with only five days remaining in the 2014 Tour de France, risks having one of its worst grand tours since it hit the road in 2010. This comes on the heels of a rather quiet Giro d’Italia in May. The team, however, is maintaining a cool exterior as the Tour races toward Paris. (velonews.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: If you’ve been to the race you’ll know his voice and even if your experience of the Tour is via English-language broadcasts you’ll have heard him as background noise during an interview or live commentary.
Daniel Mangeas is the voice of the Tour de France. He will retire soon, finishing a run of 41 consecutive Tours. He’s another fixture of French cycling with his distinctive tone, a verbal torrent of statistics and encouragement. In a perfect twist he’ll end his career in the same place where it began, although this time by plan rather than accident. (inrng.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: It's the most important week in his season. After all the health problems he's had since Paris-Nice, I knew he would improve with each month...
While everybody seems to admit that Vincenzo Nibali is in a class of his own on this Tour de France, there are at least five riders competing for the two other spots on the podium and all believe they are well placed to earn them. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Stiff with no comfort trade-off – worthy of a world champion...
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Lives up to its name in ride quality and handling, but the weak bang-per-buck of its component choices keep it from the podium it otherwise deserves." (bikeradar.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: At a $99.99 MSRP, you’ll be hard pressed to find a stem at this weight and stiffness.
The X-Lite Ti has material cut out around the steerer tube to save some weight. Loaded Precision takes a little more out than 3T, which adds to some of the weight reduction. The other main difference is the carbon fiber face plate. The plate uses four titanium bolts to clamp the handlebar in place. (bikeworldnews.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Minor tire tears can be repaired with Super Glue, says Orica-GreenEdge's Craig Geater. (James Startt).
A WorldTour mechanic shares five things you should know about bike prep and repair for wet rides. (bicycling.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Peter Stetina paces Tejay Van Garderen on stage sixteen of the 2014 Tour de France .
The longest stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 237-kilometer schlepp from Carcassonne to Bagneres de Luchon, came down to a 300-metre stretch of road on the descent of the Port de Bales. This slaloming piece of smooth tarmac, just four and a half kilometers from the finish line, was about the same length as, maybe just a bit longer than, many sprint finishes. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 22, 2014





The torn jersey of Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport. © (cyclingnews.com)
Gerrans crashed heavily with Mark Cavendish on the opening stage of the Tour, and has been struggling since then to return to full health. (sbs.com.au)

July 22, 2014




New best young rider Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Frenchman moves up to third overall at Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

July 22, 2014




A visit to doping controls for stage 17 runner-up Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff)
Photo: © Bettini.
The “vampires” were busy on Monday’s rest day, gathering blood and urine samples from numerous teams. Some reports even suggested that all the teams were visited. (cyclingnews.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: The antibodies for mycoplasma have risen, which indicates that his body had to fight against that the past days. His feeling that he couldn’t go to the limit during the previous stages was an indication...
Jurgen Van Den Broeck has not had the Tour de France he was hoping for and now blood tests taken on the rest day give a possible explanation. An increased amount of antibodies for mycoplasma indicates that his body has been fighting an illness and the Belgian will continue to undergo an antibiotic treatment. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Jean-Christophe Peraud targeted a fifth-place finish at the Tour, but he could do better than that. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Jean-Christophe Peraud admitted he had not even ridden the three tough Pyrenean stages at the Tour de France in advance because he didn’t expect to be competing for a podium spot. The 37-year-old French rider has unexpectedly found himself in sixth place overall and only 1:18 away from a podium position with less than a week to go. (velonews.com)

July 22, 2014




Tony Martin (Omega Pharma QuickStep) goes on the attack
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
While the biggest Omega Pharma-Quick Step news story on the second rest day at the Tour de France revolved around revealing a new sponsor name for 2015 and beyond, the WorldTour team also announced that three-time time trial world champion Tony Martin had put pen to paper and re-signed for a further two years. (cyclingnews.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Park Tools claims they’re perfect for cutting bar tape, “handle grips,” and zip ties. Retail is $9.95..
These new SZR-1 Scissors from old blue are claimed to be shop quality. They have stainless steel blades and a dual density grip (which doesn’t appear to be left or right hand biased), (bikerumor.com)

July 22, 2014




Peter Stetina's top tube
Photo: © Robin Wilmott / Future Publishing.
The World Cup may be over, but national pride lives on at the Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: The Feedback Sports Velo Column neatly and gently holds two bikes off the floor .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Classy looks and non-permanent design makes the Velo Column a storage solution with a justified price. Just be sure you have a solid ceiling." (bikeradar.com)

July 22, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Vincenzo Nibali on stage fourteen of the 2014 Tour de France .
Stephen Roche, Bjarne Riis, Jim Ochowicz, Dave Brailsford, Giuseppe Martinelli give their opinion. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Bardet was the best-placed French cyclist in the Tour de France last year; this time, he hopes to be the top young rider. (James Startt).
Bardet is finishing his masters degree at the Grenoble School of Management, in a special program designed for elite athletes who do not want to sacrifice education for sport. (bicycling.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: One moment you’re second on GC and the next you find yourself out of the top 10. I’ll take things as they come now...
Richie Porte saw his hopes of finishing on the Tour de France podium come to nothing when a chest infection took him out of contention at the worst possible time. Admitting that his main goal now is to reach the finish in Paris, he still hopes to bounce back with a great showing in the Pyrenees. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 16 Profile.
Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 16 departs Carcassonne at 10:45am CET (4:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Bagneres-de-Luchon at around 5:14pm CET (11:14am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 2:15pm CET (8:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 21, 2014





Photo: The USA Pro Challenge has featured some of the best teams in the world over the last three years and 2014 will be no different.
Won last year by Tejay van Garderen, the USA Pro Challenge has announced a formidable line-up for its 2014 edition. 5 ProTeams lead the list of teams for the fourth edition of the race. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 21, 2014




Eric Marcotte (Smartstop) takes the Awbrey Butte stage win
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
US pro champion Eric Marcotte and Katherine Hunter won the final stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic Sunday on the same Awbrey Butte course that has hosted multiple national championship events. (cyclingnews.com)

July 21, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 21, 2014




Photo: Despite a hip injury that complicated her early-season training, Lea Davison claimed the 2014 cross-country national championship title. Photo: USA Cycling | Leister Images.
Top American mountain bikers from around the country gathered at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania to vie for stars-and-stripes jerseys, and some familiar faces found their way onto the podium. (velonews.com)

July 21, 2014




Geoff Kabush (Scott -3 Rox Racing)
Photo: © Rob Jones.
Geoff Kabush won his record-setting eighth national cross country title, finally beating Alison Sydor's record of seven elite titles. (cyclingnews.com)

July 21, 2014




The Arena of Nimes made a nice backdrop for sign-in.
Photo: © Gregor Brown/Cyclingnews.com.
According to reports in Spanish media outlets, the director of the Vuelta a España, Javier Guillén, has announced that the grand tour will start in Nîmes in 2017. (cyclingnews.com)

July 21, 2014






Photo: We were already working on this plan before we knew Belkin would end their sponsorship but it became more concrete in June...
According to a report in De Telegraaf, the future of the Belkin team is secured as the Dutch national lottery will provide the needed funding. Lotto will invest in a unique joint project with the BrandLoyalty speedskating team. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: In addition to the new site, they will be introducing their 2015 models next week....
Felt Electric, the eBike wing of their company, is now live. The Felt Electric line currently hosts 5 models consisting of a fat bike, full-suspension mountain bike, aggressive mountain/city racer, and a commuter model which includes a step-through frame version. (urbanvelo.org)

July 21, 2014





Photo: The rear rack is designed specifically for the Pinarello Bolide .
Built specifically for Team Sky’s assault on stage 20 of the Tour de France, this brand new Jaguar F-Type Coupé, and its 5-litre V8 supercharged engine, will mean the team’s sport directors will have no problem keeping up with their riders in this Saturday’s individual time trial. (bikeradar.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Campagnolo and Shimano are still battling for supremacy.
A long first week of racing saw Specialized at the top for wins with the new 2015 Tarmac and its helmets notching more victories than other brands. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: The smallest rotors that can be used are 140mm, and the biggest are 160mm. Scott has used Shimano's new Flat Mount standard, which improves the look and decreases weight. Photo: Addie Levinsky | VeloNews.com.
There is no longer any question that the endurance road bike category is diving headlong into the realm of disc brakes. Category-defining models like the Specialized Roubaix and Trek Domane already have disc versions available, Giant has removed the rim-brake option from its high end bikes, and now Scott’s excellent endurance frame, the Solace, has a disc version as well. (velonews.com)

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Photo: The last Frenchman on the podium was Richard Virenque in 1997...
With Vincenzo Nibali in command the race is on for the other riders to seize their chance. Can a Frenchman can finish on the podium in Paris? Yes because Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot are duelling for the white jersey, just 16 seconds separate them. (inrng.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: The longest stage in this year's race at 237.5 km it's going to be a rough introduction to the Pyrénées.
Just when you thought this Tour couldn't get any sweeter for Vincenzo Nibali the organizers throw a downhill finish his way. Because they're just that nice. (podiumcafe.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Nibali. No stress. © www.detroitnews.com
Nibali seems impervious to miserable weather, snow, wind, rain, dangerous roads, technical descents, unexplained dips in form, insults from his own Astana team manager Alexander Vinokorov, crashes by valuable teammates and disrespect from journalists who ignored him in talking up the Froome-Contador showdown. (atwistedspoke.com)

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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) lost time in Risoul to a mechanical issue
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Spain’s Alejandro Valverde is currently Vincenzo Nibali’s closest pursuer in the Tour de France. The Movistar veteran says he could not be more satisfied with his second place - his best position ever at this point in the Tour - but he is still prepared to fight to try and improve on that placing. (cyclingnews.com)

July 21, 2014




Chris Froome (Team Sky) chases back after a fall on stage four
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Dave Brailsford has said that Team Sky will learn from the mistakes and misfortune of the 2014 Tour de France, with the British team unlikely to change its strategy, team leadership or ambitions in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Danny Pate did what he could to support Chris Froome in his bid for a second Tour title. Now that his leader is out of the race, Pate and Sky will try to salvage a stage win in the race's final stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Tour de France’s second rest day comes at a good time for the race-weary peloton. Smashed by extreme weather swings - from cool rain and wind to searing heat - the peloton looks ahead with a mix of trepidation and relief at three days of climbing in the Pyrénées. The suffering will be relentless, but at least Paris is ever closer. (velonews.com)

July 21, 2014




High fives all around for Giant-Shimano after Marcel Kittel takes a third stage win at the Tour de France
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
With the news that Team Belkin has apparently found one or two new sponsors for the coming year, ensuring that it will continue, attention has turned to Giant-Shimano. The other Dutch team that is also looking for new sponsors for 2015 and beyond. (cyclingnews.com)

July 21, 2014






Photo: Omega Pharma-QuickStep will be known as Etixx-QuickStep from the 2015 season, as Belgian sports nutrition brand Etixx takes over as title sponsor of the Belgian WorldTour outfit. © (cyclingquotes.com)
Belgian sports nutrition company Etixx to take over as title sponsor of WorldTour cycling team. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 21, 2014





Photo: It took the best part of 40 minutes for the Caravane to pass.
"I wouldn't normally go to the trouble and expense of attending a stage start abroad, after all it's just a roll-out. But yesterday was different, (a) it was the Tour and (b) I had a personal invitation from the Director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme." (wheelsuckers.co.uk)

July 21, 2014




Photo: In today’s busy, hyper-connected world, being out of reach is a rare, profound freedom...
"When I am riding alone, cycling is meditation for me. When riding with friends, it’s uninterrupted time together. In both cases, it means leaving my busy life behind." (janheine.wordpress.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Yesterday I went out with my bike on the road for the first time after the injury, but as of now I can't really say when I will be racing again. I will discuss it with the team in the next days...
Mark Cavendish was present at today's press conference where it was announced that the future of his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team has been secured until 2017. The Brit is now back in training but still can't say when he will return to competition. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: A collection of cycling related quotes.
What do you buy a cyclist for their birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day or Christmas? Keep Calm And Pedal On is the ideal gift for cyclists who love the sort of pithy cycling quotes that would fit on T-shirts, coffee mugs, coasters or screen-savers. (podiumcafe.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: While all team trucks are equipped with air compressors and hoses, many mechanics prefer the handheld pumps for quick top-offs to a preset pressure .
How much air pressure pros use at the Tour de France. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

July 21, 2014


Kirsten Wild celebrates with her teammates
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Team Giant-Shimano Women have announced a strong squad hopeful of delivering Kirsten Wild to victory in the inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France which will coincide with the final day of this year's Tour de France in Paris on July 27. (cyclingnews.com)

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Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini.
On the second rest day of the 2007 Tour de France, Alexandre Vinokourov was expelled from the race after returning a positive test for blood doping. Seven years on, the Kazakh is general manager of the yellow jersey’s team, Astana. It’s a funny old game, cycling. (cyclingnews.com)

July 21, 2014







Photo: Tejay van Garderen and Romain Bardet (rear) are in the hunt for second and third place at the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The 2014 Tour de France pedals toward its final battleground. The Pyrénées loom, its snowy summits shrouded in clouds and mist, but the weight of the pending suffering weighs heavily over a race-weary peloton. (velonews.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Simon Yates poses at the team presentation of the 2014 Tour de France ...
21-year-old Orica-GreenEdge debutant Simon Yates talks about his Tour de France experience as he withdraws from the race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Sporting rivalries make great stories, a binary contest that’s easy to grasp even if the underlying story can be more sophisticated.
“Slaying the Badger” is the title of Richard Moore’s book, an account of the 1986 Tour de France. The book has now been made into a film. But this is no dramatic reconstruction, it’s a documentary with contemporary interviews spliced with archive footage from the 1980s. It’s part of a series of documentaries by ESPN, a US broadcaster, called “30 for 30.″ (inrng.com)

July 21, 2014





Photo: On track ... Wiggins leading out the England track team (Getty Images)...
Cycling begins at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this week with a large number of world class riders spread across track, road, mountain bike and the new games discipline of para-cycling. (sbs.com.au)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Efficiently rapid, superlight and with floaty comfort...
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "The Ridley was born to climb, but is no slouch between the peaks either." (bikeradar.com)

July 21, 2014




Former professional Christophe Bassons speaks at the Change Cycling Now press conference
Photo: © Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk.
Ex-pros discuss doping and choices at 2013 meeting. (cyclingnews.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: For example, it's no secret the 2016 Olympic Games are a big goal. For Patrick the 2015 Tour de France is maybe a step higher with a 13.7km opening time trial in Utrecht...
Earlier today it was announced that Tony Martin has extended his contract with Omega Pharma-Quick Step. The German has been given full support in his quest to become Olympic champion in 2016. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Maarten de Jonge. Via Flickr user @brassynn.
Maarten de Jonge is a Dutch cyclist who rides for a Malaysia-based cycling team called Teregganu. That means he spends a lot of time on planes — and in particular, Malaysia Airlines planes. (vox.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Perhaps more important than the brakes is the fact that Scott has chosen to equip the Solace 15 with thru axles front and rear....
At this point, we’re all pretty aware that disc brakes for road bikes are here to stay. Lately the conversation seems to focus on how manufacturers will address the issue of axle standards, and now even the brake mounts themselves are in question. (bikerumor.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Although Trek has now done away with model years, it still observes the annual tradition that is Trek World...
Lightweight Émonda all but replaces aero Madone. (bikeradar.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: The soul of the AR-1 is 3AL/2.5V straight gauge seamless titanium tubing.
The Brits continue to deliver the sportive style goods. This time we’re looking at Sabbath’s new September AR-1 for a lover of all-road riding, if rain never sent you scuttling for shelter, if you are a believer in titanium frames, super large tire clearances, discs, plus optional custom geometries. (bikerumor.com)

July 21, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Alexander Kristoff proved fastest of the bunch as it swallowed a break with just 200 meters to go in stage 15. Photo: AFP.
Alexander Kristoff won his second stage at the Tour de France, claiming the sprint during stage 15 in Nîmes on Sunday. The on-rushing peloton caught the day’s two escapees at the last second, literally within sight of the finish line. (cyclingnews.com)

July 20, 2014




The final podium: Lizzie Armitstead, Evelyn Stevens and Lisa Brennauer
Photo: © cyclingpictures.de.
Gebhardt takes final stage over Armitstead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 20, 2014








Photo: Tour de France Stage 16 Profile.
Monday is a rest day at the Tour de France, in Carcassonne.  The race resumes Tuesday with Stage 16. (cyclingfans.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: As the peloton was racing toward the finish of Sunday’s stage 15 in Nîmes, things were beginning to look sketchy.
Vincenzo Nibali just showed the world once again why he’s the strongest and smartest rider in the Tour de France with a beautiful display of racecraft and power. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 20, 2014





Richie Porte (Team Sky) takes time to answer a few questions before the start of stage 11
Photo: © ASO/G. Demouveaux.
Team Sky's Richie Porte has vowed he will continue to fight on at the Tour de France despite losing more than 13 minutes in the overall classification during the two Alpine stages; stage 13 to Chamrousse and stage 14 to Risoul.

July 20, 2014




Serghei Tsvetkov (Jelly Belly) takes the stage.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Kiesanowski claims women's downtown criterium. (cyclingnews.com)

July 20, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 20, 2014




Photo: I think he showed what a fantastic rider he is by keeping at the finish in Risoul the gap he had at the bottom...
First Tour de France and first stage win. Rafal Majka could hardly dream of a better baptism of fire. Winner of the second Alpine stage in Risoul after finishing runner-up in the first, the Pole confirmed all the potential seen in the last two editions of the Giro which he finished 7th and 6th. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 20, 2014




Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Belisol Team)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
If you see a red jersey driving along at the front of the peloton during the Tour's flatter stages, the chances are that it's going to be Lars Bak. (cyclingnews.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: The bike Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Carlos Betancur rode to victory in Paris-Nice...
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "The Izalco Max is a genuine superbike in every sense of the word." (bikeradar.com)

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Jack Bauer crosses the finish line after losing out on the victory
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
"I thought I had it, but then I realised in the last 50 metres that I had nothing." (cyclingnews.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: Andriy Grivko Credit © Graham Watson .
Tour de France's only Ukrainian rider, Andriy Grivko, says that he fears for the freedom and safety of his compatriots back home. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 20, 2014




Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) hardly got a hair out of place in the hectic sprint
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Marcel Kittel and his Giant-Shimano lead-out train ran full steam ahead in the first week of the Tour de France, ushering him to three stage wins in the first four days of racing, but since then there have been few opportunities for the sprinters. Stage 15 to Nîmes was one of the rare flat days in the second half of the Tour, but the Giant-Shimano team came up short. (cyclingnews.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: The Spaniard was third at the Grand Boucle last year but came to this Tour short of form after suffering crashes during the spring Classics and Giro d’Italia....
Joaquim Rodriguez says he is confident he can win the Tour de France King of the Mountains competition after reclaiming the lead in the polka-dot-jersey competition on Saturday. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 20, 2014





Photo: Right now, I am focusing more on winning the white jersey,” Bardet said. “I am only 23, and it’s clear that Nibali is the strongest, with three stage wins, so I am going to stay calm, take it stage by stage...
Apparently all significant elements have finally fallen into place during the 101st edition of la Grande Boucle, as no less than three host country representatives stand in front of a serious opportunity to break the draught and become the first Frenchman to finish on the podium since Richard Viranque in 1997. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 20, 2014






Alberto Contador in the team car after pulling out
Photo: © Tim de Waele
Previous .
Spaniard says there is no doubt about his Vuelta a Espana participation. (cyclingnews.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: Simon Gerrans taking yellow when he sprinted to victory on stage three...
Orica-GreenEdge manager Shayne Bannan has said that there are three prime opportunities for the team to chase a long-awaited stage win in this year’s Tour, outlining what he said were the best chances. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 20, 2014




Photo: Eyes on another prize... Vincenzo Nibali is already contemplating doing the Giro-Tour double next year. (Getty).
Vincenzo Nibali may still have a week to go before sewing up the Tour de France title but already he is planning a double Grand Tour assault next year. (sbs.com.au)

July 20, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Tejay van Garderen has grown in Allan Peiper's estimation during this year's Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tejay van Garderen “is in the flow,” a magical, elusive place where things start to click in a bike race. When the luck starts falling your way, when the legs feel light in the pedals, and the confidence grows by the kilometer. (velonews.com)

July 20, 2014





Photo: Vincenzo Nibali on the podium after retaining the yellow jersey on Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Previously reported links with banned doctor Michele Ferrari resurface as Vincenzo Nibali leads Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 20, 2014





Photo: Twin brother Adam may make his own Grand Tour debut in Vuelta a España.
He’s ridden above his 21 years thus far in the race, and was involved in several breakaways including Saturday’s alpine stage to Risoul, but Simon Yates’ goal of reaching Paris will have to wait another year. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 20, 2014




Photo: One of Vincenzo Nibali's key domestiques, Jakob Fuglsang has been struggling since a heavy crash while descending the Col de Palaquit on stage 13. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Few riders in the Tour de France peloton are looking forward to Monday’s rest day as much as Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang. (velonews.com)

July 20, 2014




Dries Devenyns (Giant-Shimano) congratulates Kittel on stage win 3 for 2014
Photo: © ASO/B. Bade.
Dries Devenyns of Giant-Shimano crashed out of the Tour de France Saturday. The Belgian was taken to hospital in Gap to have his serious injuries treated. He said that he hit a stone on the road on the descent of the Izoard, which caused him to crash into a wall. (cyclingnews.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: Lance Armstrong met with investigators for seven hours on May 22 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Maryse Alberti, Associated Press .
Lance Armstrong's meeting with an independent panel investigating cycling's doping past was welcomed by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Friday as a positive step in getting to the bottom of the drug culture which ravaged the sport. (sfgate.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: Roundabouts help motorists save time—but are they safer for cyclists? (Grand Canyon NPS)...
Which is faster and safer for cyclists? (bicycling.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: They managed to avoid the traditional problem that comes with a shoe manufacturer offering a Boa-equipped shoe...
Scott introduced the Road Premium Shoes last year, their entry into top-of-the-line road shoes. What Scott did was to design a shoe that aggregates the best features found in some of the most popular shoes at the top of the market. (redkiteprayer.com)

July 20, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) through the tunnel of fans on the Monte Zoncolan Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Majka was the only rider of a large breakaway to hold off the habitual charge of Nibali, the 24-year-old Polish climber crossing the summit in Risoul 24 seconds ahead of the increasingly bullish Sicilian. (cyclingnews.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: This win is for my teammates and for Alberto, because I know how hard it has been for us all...
As Rafal Majka crossed the finish line on top of the finishing climb of Risoul, Tinkoff-Saxo’s Tour de France was resurrected. Following Alberto Contador’s crash and exit, the team has raced aggressively in an effort to conquer new goals. The winner of the hardest stage in the Alps, Rafal Majka, dedicated his win to his teammates. (tinkoffsaxo.com)

July 19, 2014







Photo: Tour de France Stage 15 Profile.
Sunday's Tour de France Stage 15 departs Tallard at 12:05pm CET (6:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Nimes at around 5:20pm CET (11:20am U.S. Eastern). Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 2:15pm CET (8:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: I’ve not been feeling 100% so I've gone on antibiotics to try and knock the infection on the head. I’ve been feeling it on my lungs and haven’t been breathing well.
Having lost time for the second day in a row, Richie Porte now reveals the reason for his sudden loss of form. The Australian is suffering from a chest infection but still hopes to make it to the finish in Paris. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: I am very proud of the Tour I am riding right now. I have only been back racing 5-6 months, and there is a lot to come still. I cannot just compensate the one and a half years I missed racing, and that is not so easy to digest.
Having been out of competition for 18 months, Frank Schleck is riding himself into form in this year's Tour de France and the Luxembourger is getting better and better. Today he climbed with the podium candidates and finished 7th in Risoul which makes him proud of the improvements he has made. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 19, 2014





Photo: Says first week of this year’s Tour was the hardest he has ever experienced.
Had things gone fully to plan, Tinkoff Saxo rider Michael Rogers would be riding in support of team leader Alberto Contador, pacesetting the Spaniard towards a third Tour de France victory. Instead, Contador is out of the race and Rogers has had to acknowledge that a rival is the likely winner of this year’s Tour. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 19, 2014




Photo: It’s so difficult now with WorldTour points. It’s not so good. Andy hasn’t raced, Fränk has had one problem after another.
With recent reports that Trek Factory Racing are looking to sign a new GC contender, with Bauke Mollema rumored to be at the top of their wishlist, the future of the Schleck brothers, Andy and Franck, has been thrown into doubt once more. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 19, 2014




Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) happy on the podium Photo: © Jonathan Devich/CN.
Stevens maintains overall race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 19, 2014




Travis McCabe (SmartStop) is cheered by a fan with one lap to g Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Team SmartStop's Travis McCabe survived in a day-long breakaway and sprinted to the stage 3 win ahead of Toms Skujins and Ruben Zepuntke Friday at the Cascade Cycling Classic. Serghei Tvetcov held onto his overall lead by 11 seconds over Zepuntke, who moved from fifth to second after the day's effort. Doebel-Hickok secured women's stage.  (cyclingnews.com)

July 19, 2014




race leader Ilya Davidenok (Continental Team Astana) Photo: © 7Cycling.
Gavazzi claims finale sprint in Lanzhou. (cyclingnews.com)

July 19, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 19, 2014




Photo: A biography of 1973 Tour de France winner Luis Ocaña, the man who made Eddy Merckx seem mortal at the 1971 Tour before revealing his own mortality.
Perhaps more remembered for the Tour he lost (1971) than the Tour he won (1973), Luis Ocaña was described by Eddy Merckx as his "most dangerous rival." Alasdair Fotheringham tells his story in this new biography of the Spanish champion. (podiumcafe.com)

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Race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finishes second on stage 14 Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali received more probing questions, including one about Dr. Michele Ferrari, but he replied in the same way as when he distanced his rivals on the stage 14 climb to Risoul: with poise and control. (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Quite possibly the most boring and predictable stage of the Tour, except for one factor... lousy weather....
Let's just keep predicting a Sagan victory, and delighting in finding out who pips him this time. (podiumcafe.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: Marcel Kittel wins stage four of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Koen de Kort is less inclined to bet against his Giant-Shimano team-mate Marcel Kittel ahead of today’s flat stage at the Tour de France in which the latter has a chance to equal his quadruple haul from last year’s race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 19, 2014






Photo: After the rest day I came down with a little bit of bronchitis. And the crashes - I think that kind of took away a little bit of my top end. After the rest day and into the Pyrenees, I should bounce back a bit.
Tejay van Garderen did another great performance in today's big mountain stage of the Tour de France but the American is not too satisfied with his performance. In fact, he is suffering from his crashes and has come down with bronchitis but hopes to improve in the Pyrenees. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: I must thank my team-mate Peter. It's him who made me get into that small group. He has acted like a real gentleman. He put himself at my service. But I needed a bigger advantage and a bit more legs in the finale....
Inspired by his win on the same climb in last year's Criterium du Dauphiné, Alessandro De Marchi went on the attack in today's big mountain stage of the Tour de France and for the second day in a row he was awarded the prize for being the most aggressive rider. Having been supported by his teammate Peter Sagan in the break, he praised the Slovakian for his efforts. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: There’s a time cut for every stage of the Tour de France.
The time cut ensures no rider can coast around the course all day long, taking it easy when they’re supposed to race. It ensures a homogeneous peloton of riders making similar efforts each day. (inrng.com)

July 19, 2014





Photo: Peerless... Vincenzo Nibali. (Getty).
Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford said Friday that even if reigning champion Chris Froome had still been in the Tour de France, he would have struggled to beat Vincenzo Nibali. (sbs.com.au)

July 19, 2014




Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Karsten Kroon is about ready to call it quits after 18 years in the peloton. “When I think about it now, I cannot imagine that I will ride next year,” the Tinkoff-Saxo rider said on the Dutch television show De Avondetappe on Friday evening. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Yesterday was a great day for us. Leo showed us that we could win a stage. And it remains our main goal on this Tour. We're going to try again today Photo: © (cyclingquotes.com).
Leopold König came through the first Alpine test of the Tour de France with flying colors and moved himself into the top 10 in the general classification. König finished third on the day to slip into 10th and revive his GC hopes. (cyclingnews.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: Alongside a route, an estimated journey time and step by step directions, the smartphone app now displays elevation levels...
New elevation levels for Google Maps helps riders choose a longer, flatter route or a short sharp hilly one. (road.cc)

July 19, 2014




Photo: Sprinters Andrew Greipel (left) and Robert Foerstermann in 2012 .
As the Tour de France heads for the mountains the sprinters will start to take a back seat. Don't expect the likes of Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel to win any stages up there. This is the territory of riders like Vincenzo Nibali and Joaquim Rodriguez. (bbc.com)

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Photo: One of the most overriding feelings was that my team was going to finish that stage and find out I had quit the race after everything they'd done for me. For about five minutes, the pain was a little better. I kept telling myself...
Andrew Talanksy endured one of the most unforgettable moments of the Tour de France when he battled all day to remain within the time limit despite suffering from crashes sustained before the rest day, yet he was forced to be a non-starter for stage 12. He was in tears by the end of stage 11. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali on stage fourteen of the 2014 Tour de France .
In a repeat of his performance the previous day, Vincenzo Nibali stamped all over his rivals in the Alps. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 19, 2014





Photo: In a swerve with 3k or 3.5k to go, Pinot accidentally touched my gear with his front wheel. It didn't work well, it was jumping from one ring to another and I had to climb on a big gear, I was super stuck...
Many were surprised to see Alejandro Valverde suddenly slip back in today's Tour de France stage to Risoul. However, the Spaniard's run of bad luck in the race continued as a tourch of wheels with Thibaut Pinot had destroyed his gears. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 19, 2014





Photo: Thibaut Pinot (AFP) (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)
Every morning on French radio, cycling experts break down the day’s action. For years — no, decades — the French media and fans had little to get excited about. Stage wins, a run in the yellow jersey, or a few heroic rides, but the podium in Paris remained like a mirage in the desert. (velonews.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: Dries Devenyns crash, Tour de France 2014 Credit: Richard Abraham ...
How close is too close? The dilemma of coming across a crash in the Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 19, 2014




Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) Photo: © Bettini.
Chris Horner has confirmed that he is ready to sacrifice his overall placing in the Tour de France to help teammate Rui Costa. After his horrific accident in Italy in the spring, when he was hit by a car in a tunnel, the 42 year-old Lampre-Merida rider is just happy to be racing in France in July. (cyclingnews.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali wins stage two of the 2014 Tour de France .
“A half-hour after the stage he won’t even know where he is,” Cannondale’s Stefano Zanatta told Cycling Weekly. “You have to tell him, ‘Vincenzo, it’s time to go to anti-doping or give an interview because you won.’” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 19, 2014





Mark Cavendish leaning on the barriers after his stage 1 crash Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Mark Cavendish is putting in three hours a day on the home trainer, keeping his legs in shape in hopes of returning to the peloton soon. He watches tv while working, but not the Tour de France, which he says he desperately misses. (cyclingnews.com)

July 19, 2014




China's Cheng Ji (Giant-Shiman) rides in the pack Photo: © AFP Photo.
Cheng Ji made it to the finish of the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France just behind the gruppetto after again helping his teammates Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb during the long day in the saddle. (cyclingnews.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: Great optics, light weight.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Premium quality sunnies well suited to those with larger faces." (bikeradar.com)

July 19, 2014




Photo: Scott is offering MIPS on the road, too, with the ARX Plus.
Six helmets introduced: Stego, ARX MTB Plus, ARX Plus, Lin, Taal, Torus. (bikeradar.com)

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A relieved and victorious Vincenzo Nibali. © (pezcyclingnews.com).
Porte, Kwiatkowski drop out of top 10. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Alejandro Valverde attacked on stage 13, but he was no match for race leader Vincenzo Nibali. Valverde will need to keep an eye on young hopefuls like Thibault Pinot if he wants to defend his place on the Tour podium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
For Alejandro Valverde, Friday’s first test in the Alps was one of those classic quandaries: Is the glass half full or half empty? (velonews.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: 2013 Giro del Trentino champion Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)
Photo: © Fotomedia.
American tops Armitstead from breakaway. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: It is a hors cat climb. Obviously it is the first big, big climb in the race and I think it is going to be decisive...
Sky leader Richie Porte has said he believes that Friday’s summit finish of the Tour de France could suit him well and that he is looking forward to battling it out with race leader Vincenzo Nibali plus the other overall contenders in several hour’s time. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Alejandro Valverde on the podium
Photo: © Sirotti.
The strongest rider does not always win the Tour de France. Tactics, recovery, experience and how riders deal with the unexpected, all play a huge part in deciding who pulls on the final yellow jersey, who secures a place on the podium and who will look back at their race with regret. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 18, 2014




The women's stage two podium
Photo: © Pat Malach.
Tvetcov moves into overall lead, Stephens increases her lead over Amber Neben. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: The peloton on stage twelve of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Tour de France news shorts and snippets on Friday, July 18. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Simon Yates on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France .
Tour de France debutant and youngest rider in the race, Simon Yates says he's never experienced anything like it. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Lezyne comes to the rescue with the new Gauge Drive HP mini-pump, Control Drive CO2 inflator head and Power Lever XL tyre levers .
Featuring Specialized, Race Face, Fox, Lezyne, Saris and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 14 Profile.
Saturday's Tour de France Stage 14 departs Grenoble at 11:55am CET (5:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Risoul at around 5:22pm CET (11:22am U.S. Eastern). Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 11:55am CET (5:55am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Campagnolo's 2015 Super Record mechanical groupset ...
Campagnolo, the company that first brought 11-speed drivetrains to road cycling in 2008, has completely updated its mechanical lineup for the 2015 season. (velonews.com)

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Rabo-Liv Woman Cycling Team celebrate their Giro Rosa victory
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
We're forever being told that women's cycling needs to build its audience, so the decision to schedule the Giro Rosa and Thüringen concurrently to the Tour de France appears counter intuitive. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014




Riche Porte (Sky)
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Porte finished the stage 8:48 down on stage winner Vincenzo Nibali. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014





Photo: Tejay van Garderen climbed to fifth overall on the scorching climb up to Chamrousse. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Van Garderen maintained a steady output, and moved up to fifth overall, 5:19 back of Nibali but right in the thick of podium contention, less than a minute behind Romain Bardet, of AG2R La Mondiale. He finished sixth on the day, 1:23 adrift of Nibali. (velonews.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: ASO boss Christian Prudhomme deserves huge credit.
It’s had thrills, spills, bellyaches and tears, Herculean efforts of leg-busting chutzpah, and buckets of va-va voom even without the presence of Va-Va Froome. (crankpunk.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Supporters with 'Gallopin' (in reference of France's Tony Gallopin) written on them cheer along the road during the 197.5 km thirteenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 18, 2014 between Saint-Etienne and Chamrousse, central eastern France.
Stage 13 of the Tour de France was the hottest yet with temperatures rising to a sweltering 40 degrees centigrade as the riders led out the indomitable Vincenzo Nibali for his third win of the race. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

July 18, 2014





Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
"I think we're going to start to see a few people crack and hopefully, I'm not one of them." (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014





Photo: Nibali:
Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali says the new generation of Italian cyclists are working hard to restore a reputation tainted by past doping scandals. (sbs.com.au)

July 18, 2014




Photo: German power meter manufacture and pioneer in the market, SRM, revealed their new PC8 head unit.
We often see new bikes and cycling-related technology make their first appearance at the Tour de France, and no wonder – it's the biggest race in the world and the biggest annual sporting event on the planet. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 18, 2014




Photo: The Barrage de Grand Maison. (Image: Greg Gibson)...
"Today we climbed the Col du Glandon — not the most famous climb in Tour history but one that has featured numerous times since 1947." (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 18, 2014




Rachel Neylan smiles on stage
Photo: © Photo: Cycling Australia / Regallo.
Australian says La Course and new Australian women's race are symbols of change. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Trek's new Emonda SLR is the lightest road frame the company has offered to date. Claimed frame weight is just 690g for an unpainted 56cm sample .
Ultralight sub-700g frame with Dura-Ace and tubeless wheels. (bikeradar.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: produced simply by boiling maple sap directly from a maple tree.
Like honey, the good stuff has a proven track record on pancakes, and in the pro peloton. Famous American cyclist Ted King has been using the all natural performance enhancer for years, and has now partnered with Slopeside Syrup to bring it’s benefits to the masses. (bikerumor.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

July 18, 2014


Photo: It was no surprise to anyone to see former UCI president Pat McQuaid during the rest day of the Tour de France. McQuaid was with his son, riders’ agent and lawyer Andrew, who, among other riders, represents Richie Porte.
McQuaid was interviewed by French website Cyclsime Actu about this year’s race and, to the delight of Cyclisme Actu’ big boss Emmanuel Potiron, he made a connection between French politics and the UCI’s recent change of presidents. “It was fantastic,” enthused Potiron, “he said that if cycling was clean now it was thanks to him and he compared himself and Brian Cookson to Sarkozy and Hollande, can you imagine?” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images Andrew Talansky crashed twice in the first 10 days of the Tour de France.
Garmin-Sharp team leader Andrew Talansky, 25, of Miami, came into the Tour de France widely regarded as a contender for a top-three finish. That wasn't to be, as Talansky crashed heavily twice in the first 10 days of the race and found himself laboring in excruciating pain during Stage 11 from Besancon to Oyonnax in the Jura mountains of eastern France. (espn.go.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: American rider doesn’t see battle for yellow as yet being decided.
“Of course Nibali is the best, we all know that, but it is just going to come down to tactics. Or maybe he gets bronchitis too...” (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 18, 2014




Photo: After, in the last climb, we saw a few things: that Nibali was strong, also Valverde; we saw Richie Porte suffering, and Fränk and I, we have gone day by day, and now we see that we are back in the race...
Going into today's first Tour de France stage in the Alps, Haimar Zubeldia and Frank Schleck had flown under the radar. However, the Trek pair produced a surprisingly good performance and now claim to be back in the race. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: On the stage 13 podium, Vincenzo Nibali's emotions shone through. He is reaching a point where a Tour de France victory seems nearly assured. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Standing atop the Tour de France podium at the mountain resort of Chamrousse — first as the stage winner, then as the maillot jaune, and again as the King of the Mountains — the weight of the moment sank in. (velonews.com)

July 18, 2014





Photo: Lance Armstrong at the Dauphine in 2004
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Lance Armstrong met with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission in May, and was “asked about everything,” according to a report from the AP news agency. His attorney Elliot Peters said that Armstrong had asked him to arrange the May 22 meeting, which lasted seven hours. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali on stage eleven of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Astana's Giuseppe Martinelli says that the big moves from Vincenzo Nibali's rivals may not come until the Pyrenees. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 18, 2014




The Omega Pharma Quick Step train
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Omega Pharma-QuickStep ready to reveal their future plans on the rest day. (cyclingnews.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: To tell the truth, I don’t know what happened. This night, I spent a lot of time seeing the video of the crash. Honestly, I don’t understand it because I didn’t take the corner too fast and I didn’t brake...
Yesterday David De La Cruz crashed out of the Tour de France in spectacular fashion. Having spent a painful night, the Spaniard still doesn't know what brought him down. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Nairo Quintana first raised eyebrows when he won the Tour de l’Avenir in 2010.
"Cycle Sport travelled to Pamplona in Spain to meet Nairo Quintana at a pre Giro training camp. In a candid interview the Colombian told us about his incredible upbringing and how it helped him become the rider he is today." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: Movistar’s John Gadret will give his all for team leader, Alejandro Valverde, on the mountain stages of the 101st Tour de France. pic: ©Sirotti.
“It’s mostly the legs, and then the head follows. Usually, when the legs let go, the head lets go too.” – John Gadret. (roadcyclinguk.com)

July 18, 2014




Photo: The Falco Eleonora is a Chinese made Titanium bicycle .
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Falco is on the right track to producing top notch bicycles, though a few crucial fixes remain." (bikeradar.com)

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) crosses the line
Photo: Alexander Kristoff emerged victorious on the 12th stage of the Tour de France (AAP). (sbs.com.au)
Sagan denied once again on stage 12. (cyclingnews.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: Matthew Busche has been finding his rhythm in his first stab at the Tour de France. He made it into the break on stage 7. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Welcome to the Big Show, Matthew Busche. At 29, he is riding his first Tour de France this year, and so far he’s had a proper French racing baptism: crashing, riding the breaks, getting moved out of the way, and soaking up a Tour rest day. (velonews.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: Despite his third-place GC standing and his status as a threat for the overall Tour title, Alejandro Valverde has not attracted much attention at the race ... yet. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alejandro Valverde sat on the steps of the Movistar bus, taking a few questions from journalists before the start of Thursday’s stage. The 34-year-old Spaniard has not garnered much attention so far, but that is poised to change as the Tour de France pedals into the first major mountain climbs of this year’s race. (velonews.com)

July 17, 2014




Prologue winner Lisa Brennauer at the finish line
Photo: © cyclingpictures.de.
Specialized-lululemon swept the stage 3 podium at the Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen in Germany on Thursday. Lisa Brennauer claimed her second stage win of the race, after dominating the individual time trial. She covered the 21km course in 28:59, and beat her teammates Evelyn Stevens by 17 seconds and Trixi Worrack by 49 seconds. (cyclingnews.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: In an incredible day racing in Chattanooga, Team SmartStop played the race to perfection during the 165.5km to bring Eric Marcotte. Travi ....
US pro champion Eric Marcottte sprinted to victory Wednesday during stage 1 of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon, and claimed the overall race lead from Optum Pro Cycling's Tom Zirbel. (cyclingnews.com)

July 17, 2014




New race leader Ilya Davidenok (Continental Team Astana)
Photo: © 7Cycling. (cyclingtips.com.au)
Davidenok maintains race lead in Yinchaun. (cyclingnews.com)

July 17, 2014





Rui Costa at the start
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Rui Costa’s Tour de France ambitions have been dealt a blow, as the world champion has been diagnosed with acute bronchitis. The Lampre-Merida rider struggled with his breathing during yesterday’s stage to Oyonnax and lost 1:32 on the other general classification contenders. (cyclingnews.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: The abrupt arrival of heat stimulates a hormone which helps adapt to the temperature. In some cases, the process takes place instantly . In other cases, it takes a little bit of time...
The rest day was also an opportunity for Tour de France teams to prepare for the heat which suddenly hit the race on Wednesday. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 17, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 17, 2014




Photo: The winners of our
There are places that are woven deep into the culture of road cycling. As the Tour de France moves into its second century it has arguably made icons of just a handful of mountains: the Col du Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and, with a place on most road riders’ bucket list, Alpe d’Huez. It is this climb that makes champions every time it is included in the Tour. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 17, 2014




Photo: now would be a good time for our annual reminder: the riders, not the road, make the race.
The Chamrousse climb, which is the MTF and main attraction tomorrow, is the #1 rated climb of the entire Tour de France! That sounds awesome and scary. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 13 Profile.
Friday's Tour de France Stage 13 departs Saint-Etienne at 11:50am CET (5:50am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Chamrousse at around 5:22pm CET (11:22am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 2:15pm CET (8:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: The new R2 is built around the company’s R3 frame, a bike that’s been raced at — and won — the infamous Paris-Roubaix WorldTour race.
Better known for its high zoot (and expensive) road bikes, Cervélo announced its new R2 model today, an endurance road bike with a wallet friendly price. Recommended retail is $2500. (roadbikereview.com)

July 17, 2014





Photo: The venerable Shamal is updated with an improved aluminum braking surface. The diamond-cut brake track on the Ultra 35, at right, is now used on the Ultra 50, at left. And both get wider 24.2mm rims .
Italian company also fights counterfeiters with new authentication system. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: Pat McQuaid does not agree Lance Armstrong’s doping was the most sophisticated ever, saying the Festina team was on the same level in the 1990s.
Former UCI president, Pat McQuaid has resiled from his most critical comments on Lance Armstrong, and almost a year on from losing office he now believes the disgraced American was unfairly treated and was the victim of a witch hunt. (stickybottle.com)

July 17, 2014






Photo: Vincenzo Nibali on stage seven of the 2014 Tour de France .
“The mistakes made were made in the past, made by a lot of riders, but we have to let that go and move ahead to the new riders who want to try to change cycling,” team Astana’s Nibali said. “We are showing that with the biological passport and out of competition controls at home.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 17, 2014





Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) struggled to make the time cut on stage 11, riding alone for 90km.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Andrew Talansky did not start stage 12 of the Tour de France, due to the injuries that he sustained earlier in the race. As a result of two crashes in the opening week of the race, Talansky has acute sacroiliitis – an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, which connects the iliac bone, in the pelvis, to the spine. In addition, the American has been suffering with an upper respiratory infection. (cyclingnews.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: Tejay van Garderen (center) is determined to record a strong finish in this Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tejay van Garderen leaned against his bike, seeking shade under the BMC Racing team bus awning, staying cool before the inevitable battle of Thursday’s hilly stage across the Massif Central. (velonews.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: Geraint Thomas on stage seven of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Geraint Thomas led Great Britain around the track to two Olympic gold medals and showed last week in the Tour de France that he is pushing for something similar for Sky team-mate Richie Porte. Just as Porte did when working for Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, Thomas appears to be paving his own path towards Tour fame. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 17, 2014





Photo: Evans: Good things come to those who wait... (Getty).
Richie Porte's years as a loyal Tour de France underling are paying off as he fights to become only the second Australian to win the race, Cadel Evans said Thursday. (sbs.com.au)

July 17, 2014




Photo: In 2012, at the tender age of 22, Sagan collected his first Green Jersey in the Tour de France.
After collecting junior world championship titles in both cross-country mountain biking and the winter sport of cyclocross, Sagan focused his competitive interests toward the road. It wasn’t hard for anyone who saw him ride to imagine big things in his future, either. This was, after all, the kid who raced in sneakers and a T-shirt and summarily schooled everybody. (bikemag.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: Shimano R785 disc brake ...
"With hydraulic disc brakes promising to be the future for road bikes, we test out Shimano's offering." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 17, 2014




Photo: Step up to your riding weight
Paul Smith - www.smithpic.co.uk.
Calculate your ideal riding weight, and achieve it. (bikeradar.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: At the Tour de France, team mechanics’ roles require a few skills: logistics, presentation and, yes, wrenching quickly and competently on scores of bikes...
Orica-GreenEdge mechanics have a custom tool for replicating cleat position on multiple pairs of shoes for a rider. (bikeradar.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: The BH Ultralight is appropriately named
Colin Levitch / Future Publishing.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "The BH Ultralight is lively, quick and loves to attack – it's only let down by a few finishing kit choices." (bikeradar.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: these are not one-off prototypes. In fact, we’d be really surprised if they weren’t ready for primetime unveiling at next month’s Eurobike.
It’s sheer speculation at this point, but it sure looks like Mavic has a new pair of ultra-light road shoes in the pipeline. Spotted this past week at the Tour de France, these slick-looking black and yellow numbers on the feet of Ag2r-La Mondiale star Christophe Riblon. (roadbikereview.com)

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Robert Millar in the Tour de France
Photo: © Sirotti.
With Vincenzo Nibali comfortably installed in the yellow jersey and the only one of the three pre-race favorites to make it to the big mountain stages you could be excused for thinking it's all over in the Tour de France. That would be doing a disservice to the riders directly behind the Italian because although they might be wondering what they can do against a Nibali in top form they'll also be wondering how they can ambush each other. (cyclingnews.com)

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Sky Procycling)
Photo: © Isabelle Duchesne.
Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been banned for two years over irregular biological passport values dating back to 2012. (cyclingnews.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: Andrew Talansky entered in the Tour legend but not the way he had hoped. I still believe that this is going to help him in his career. He showed an out of the ordinary strength of character...
The Village Depart was still talking at the start in Bourg-en-Bresse this morning about Andrew Talansky's ordeal in the stage to Oyonnax, when the American finished inside the time cut despite a painful back injury. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: suddenly sits up and the breakaway is allowed to ride away. How? Why?
Teams will have riders near the front of the bunch to monitor events. It’s typically called “filtering”, let those riders through who you don’t mind going up the road but to catch the ones you’re worried about. (inrng.com)

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Photo: The problem is this: if you wait in the peloton and if riders attack in the final, the others look at you and say that you should chase because you are the sprinter.
"He might have a huge advantage in the green jersey competition, but I think it’s safe to say that this Tour has been frustrating for Peter Sagan. He’s been second three times on stages, as well as three times fourth and once fifth. On stage 11 he was in a break clear at the end, but the other riders in it marked him really closely and this allowed Tony Gallopin to get away for the win." (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 17, 2014




Photo: the leader of the young riders' classification has a string of results that demonstrate his class.
French riders and teams have struggled to make a strong impression on their national tour for the past two decades. No French rider has won le Tour since Bernard Hinault in 1985 and none have made the podium since Richard Virenque placed second back in 1997. But this year, the French seem to be poised for an upwards swing. (podiumcafe.com)

July 17, 2014





The peloton at the 1959 Tour de France, where Brian Robinson powered to victory in stage 20
Photo: © AFP.
Former Tour de France rider, Brian Robinson has been hit by a car on a training ride in his native Yorkshire. The 83-year-old former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer, crashed and suspectedly broke his collarbone, his son-in-law Martyn Bolt told the BBC..

July 17, 2014




Photo: The race started off without incident. Everyone was tired from a long block of racing...
"So I had a bit of a mishap at the Tour de White Rock road race this past Sunday and, at the request of my friends in the peloton, I promised I would share the story." (anikatodd.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: Luke Evans and Graham Watson, Tour de France 2014 ...
Blog by Moto 514, Luke Evans, the driver of CW photographer Graham Watson’s motorbike at the 2014 Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 17, 2014




Photo: The group was light for its day. Reports at the time were that LeMond’s bike weighed 20 lbs., which was amazing for 1989, and still respectable ten years later.
Prior to Lance Armstrong in 1999 non-Campy wins were as rare as a clean cyclist. Of those exceptions, some of the more interesting victories were Mavic’s, and none of them were more memorable than the group that Greg LeMond rode on his TVT carbon on his way to victory in the 1989 Tour de France. (redkiteprayer.com)

July 17, 2014




Photo: For some reason, Nitto cannot use the name Pearl any longer, so now they are simply called NP...
Once upon a time, most stems had quills that inserted into the steerer tube. The stems were made from forged aluminum. Cinelli, 3TTT and others offered them. They were attractive and relatively lightweight, and stem failures were unheard of. Many of these old stems are still ridden daily, decades after they were made. (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) is working his way up the final climb
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Talansky distanced on hard-fought stage to Oyonnax. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Lotto-Belisol rider completes transitional stage coup.
At one point Talansky climbed off his bike and appeared ready to withdraw, but somehow he mustered the will to continue, demonstrating not merely his own fortitude but the difficulty any rider faces regarding quitting the Tour de France. (podiumcafe.com)

July 16, 2014




Lauren Stephens (Tibco to the Top)
Photo: © Pat Malach.
Tom Zirbel and Lauren Stephens donned the first yellow jerseys of the 2014 Cascade Cycling Classic Tuesday after storming to wins in the opening prologue time trial at Tetherow Golf Club. (cyclingnews.com)

July 16, 2014






Photo: Massive lead in points competition doesn’t translate into stage victory.
Close but no cigar once again. He’s clearly one of the strongest and fastest riders in the Tour de France, but Peter Sagan was again outfoxed on the eleventh stage of the Tour de France and left hugely frustrated afterwards. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 11 Profile.
Thursday's Tour de France Stage 12 departs Bourg-en-Bresse at 12:50pm CET (6:50am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Saint-Etienne at around 5:30pm CET (11:30am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 2:15pm CET (8:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 16, 2014




Romy Kasper (Boels Dolmans) solos to victory in Thüringen Rundfahrt
Photo: © www.cyclingpictures.eu.
Brennauer continues in race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali during 2014 Tour de France first rest day Credit: Gregor Brown...
Vincenzo Nibali wary that his Astana team may be stretched over coming weeks, and that Movistar and Sky pose a serious threat. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 16, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 16, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome gets treatment after a crash on stage four of the 2014 Tour de France .
After the euphoria of the Grand Départ, this year’s Tour de France has a lot to live up to. The Yorkshire and London stages were beyond compare, so the French had their work cut out to match that exuberance. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Look was one of the first companies to champion component integration...
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "One of the finest combinations of aerodynamics, performance and comfort around." (bikeradar.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: The seating is mostly in front, while the middle section starts with the kitchen. Danny’s added some homey touches, like the riders’ numbers..
‘Bus driver’ might not be up there on most people’s list of exciting jobs, but in the world of pro cycling, it’s something only a few people are qualified to do. Danny In ‘t Ven invited us inside for a tour of the Trek Factory Racing team bus. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Andrew Talansky finished stage 11 emotionally and physically shattered. He barely made the time cut. Now, he and his Garmin-Sharp team will regroup, aiming to attack the Tour and win a stage. Photo: Brakethrough Media.
When Andrew Talansky rolled to a halt, placed his bike in the verge and sat on a crash barrier at the side of an anonymous road near Chassal, it seemed as though his Tour de France had finally come to an end. (cyclingnews.com)

July 16, 2014





Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx talking aboutthe cobbles
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
When asked, 12 of the 23 former Tour de France winners agreed that Lance Armstrong should have his seven Tour victories back, De Telegraaf reports. "They should never have erased Armstrong from the list. You can't change results ten years later. Of course it's not good what he did but you can't re-write history," 1980 winner Joop Zoetemelk said. (cyclingnews.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Mara Abbott, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women's Team photo Copyright © Jonathan Devich.
A video of the final stage provoked speculation on social media that suggested the Rabo-Liv Woman Cycling teammates used unprofessional tactics to try and block Abbott from attacking during the last five kilometers of the climb. (cyclingnews.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: You know, that Vincenzo Nibali kid might have a future in cycling if he keeps this up...
After the first rest day, the main story of the Tour is almost more about who is no longer in the race than who is leading the race. After a few days in the UK, before heading to France, the peloton was already down one of the most important riders of the past few years. And now that the race has hit the early mountains and passed over the cobbles, the GC field has been decimated unlike any prior Tour of the modern era. (redkiteprayer.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Andy and Frank Schleck's fortunes have been fading, and it's expected that Trek Factory Racing will look elsewhere for a leader to challenge the GC at the Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The era when the Schleck brothers dominated the Tour de France is clearly over. With the sun setting on the Schleck brothers, Trek Factory Racing is on the hunt for replacement GC contenders to carry the team into 2015 and beyond. (velonews.com)

July 16, 2014




Bauke Mollema battles illness and his rivals in the first ten days
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Bauke Mollema has reached an agreement with Trek Factory Racing, according to a report in De Telegraaf. The Dutch rider who currently sits tenth in the overall at the Tour de France, is said to have signed a two-year deal. (cyclingnews.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Tinkoff Saxo team trying to bounce back after Contador’s retirement from Tour.
Still coming to terms with the crash-enforced withdrawal of Alberto Contador two days ago, Michael Rogers has spoken about the low mood on the Tinkoff Saxo team but also the determination to still make a mark on the race. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 16, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine and Cadel Evans at the race launch (Cycling Australia Twitter).
Australia's summer calendar has a new international addition with the UCI-sanctioned Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race announced today. The event, named in honor of Australia's only Tour de France champion, will tackle the Victoria coastline along the famous Great Ocean Road in late summer. (sbs.com.au)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Front end steering precision and stiffness are enhanced by an ECO carbon fork and 15mm thru-axle.
This past weekend Jamis Bicycles introduced the Renegade, a carbon-fiber, disc brake-equipped adventure road bike geared toward the burgeoning gravel grinding segment. First ride honors went to pro rider Tyler Wren, who placed a solid third in the Crusher in the Tushar, a challenging 84-mile race in Utah that’s held on equal parts paved and gravel roads. (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: Tejay van Garderen had his ups and downs in the first 10 stages of the Tour, but BMC is optimistic that the Alps will play to his favor. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tejay van Garderen survived another white-knuckle ride at the Tour de France, finishing safely in the front bunch in Wednesday’s 11th stage, crisscrossing the jagged Jura Mountains. (velonews.com)





Photo: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) crashed and broke his leg on stage 10
Photo: (pelotonmagazine.com).
Tinkoff Saxo general manager Stefano Feltrin has looked to put the Alberto Contador crash controversy to bed by stating that the Spaniard crashed once and that the Specialized bike that broke in two was the result of a car crash rather than the Spaniard’s fall. (cyclingnews.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Logan Loader (left) tested positive for a banned stimulant at the 2014 Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling. Photo: Wil Matthews | wilmatthewsphoto.com (File).
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Logan Loader, of Pacific Grove, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted an eight-month suspension for his doping offense. (velonews.com)

July 16, 2014





Richie Porte surrounded by his Team Sky teammates
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Sky's Geraint Thomas says there's no pressure on his team leader Richie Porte in this Tour de France. The Australian is in second place overall, 2:23 behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali, but Thomas says that although the team will do their level best to keep him in a podium position, Porte has already had a great race. (cyclingnews.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: As the peloton enters the second half of the summer season, some teams are scrambling to find sponsors for 2015. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It is one of the great beauties (and ironies) of cycling that it is essentially free for fans to watch. The price, however, is a tremendous pressure on event organizers and teams to secure sponsors that provide the necessary lifeblood — the money — to keep the sport alive. (velonews.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Much of the weight savings is thanks to the new rim profile that takes advantage of Mavic’s proprietary ISM 4D milling.
The all new Mavic Crossmax SL is the lightest yet. Not only are the wheels the lightest in the new WTS range, the wheels are the lightest mountain bike specific wheel system Mavic has produced. Designed specifically for cross country riders, racers, and fast trail riders. (bikerumor.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

July 16, 2014




Photo: The Di2 model has a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed group with TRP brakes and Zipp 404 Firecrest clincher wheels. Cockpit components are Zipp Service Course.
The frame and fork have aerodynamic shaping that was optimized in the wind tunnel by Tour de France and Olympic hero Chris Boardman. The downtube, seat tube and seatpost are shaped for airflow and reduced wind resistance in head- and crosswinds. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: TdF 2014 Nibali in yellow in Sheffield - picture credit Welcome to Yorkshire, Le Tour Yorkshire com...
With a much-needed rest day following what have been a frantic and dramatic opening ten days to the 101st edition of the Tour de France, finally there is a chance to draw breath and look back on what has been the best opening half of the race we can remember. (road.cc)

July 15, 2014




Photo: In my lifetime you could argue that there has not been a true Italian winner of the Tour de France...
Astana's Vincenzo Nibali -- the saviour of Italian cycling? (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 11 Profile.
Wednesday's Tour de France Stage 11 departs Besançon at 12:30pm CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Oyonnax at around 5:17pm CET (11:17am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 2:15pm CET (8:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 15, 2014







Alberto Contador in the team car after abandoning the Tour de France Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Tinkoff Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov believes that Alberto Contador would have won the Tour de France had he not crashed out with a broken tibia on stage 10. (cyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014





Lizzie Armitstead celebrates her win
Photo: © boelsdolmanscyclingteam.com.
Brennauer extends lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014





Fabian Cancellara (Trek) digs deep Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The team will be down to just six riders, after losing Andy Schleck and Danny van Poppel. Haimar Zubeldia is the team's highest placed rider on GC, at 20th place, 8:01 behind Vincenzo Nibali. (cyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014







Photo: 3 July 2014 101st Tour de France Press Conference PORTE Richie (AUS) Sky Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA.
Richie Porte was told to stop banging his head against a brick wall when his season started to go wrong earlier this year. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 15, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 15, 2014




Photo: Now we look ahead. I’m taking steps every season and I feel there’s still a lot of margin for me. I’d like to grow more and rival the big sprinters more...
Trek has extended the contract with one their most exciting talents as Giacomo Nizzolo has put pen to paper to sign a deal that will see him be part of the team until the end of the 2016 season. The Italian hopes to continue his rise through the sprinting ranks over the coming years. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Back here you’ll find a fully equipped bike shop stocked with neutral support bikes...
The Mavic SSC (Special Service Course) is expanding yet again with the introduction of the La Maison Jaune in Newbury Park, California. Serving as a home base for the American neutral support and as an event space for Mavic and their dealers, the Yellow House is the latest installment in a long history of cycling support. (bikerumor.com)

July 15, 2014




Christophe Bassons signs autographs during the 1999 Tour de France. Photo: © AFP.
"The Tour is an event apart. Everything about it is bigger, sometimes to the point of outrageousness. For three weeks, the peloton is under the microscope, magnified like the Gauls’ village at the beginning of Asterix’s adventures." (cyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: we found six different models in the dealer catalog.
Today, a combination of carbon technology, reliable wheels, and disc brakes, makes the world beyond pavement far more comfortable to explore. Taking off where cyclocross bikes left off, the new Diverge models from Specialized are purpose built to conquer dirt roads and goat trails. (bikerumor.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: The Kona Esatto DDL 2015 will headline the new scandium alloy endurance road bike range ...
Kona is one of the few brands to use scandium enriched aluminium, and the Esatto uses Kona’s ‘race light scandium 69’ blend. Scandium is added to the aluminium to refine the material grain, increasing strength and meaning that less material can be used. (bikeradar.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: They’re completely made in the USA and come with a 25 year warranty, exclusive of the gasket.
The Hiro chuck (sounds like ‘Hero’) is inspired by the vintage Japanese chucks used by Keirin mechanics to achieve high pressures in a demanding environment where hundreds of tires may have to be inflated to high pressure each and every night. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Ted King withdrew from the 2014 Tour de France on stage 10. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file).
"It’s an eerily unique, claustrophobic feeling: head to toe my body is screaming in pain from the crashes, I’m panting with all my aerobic might but only inhaling what feels like half the oxygen I need, plus I’m now facing what’s called the hardest sporting event in the world. This is everything I’ve worked for, dreamed of, yearned for over the past decade. It’s no lack of training or fitness or fortitude or desire." (velonews.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Amy Dombroski was a rising star in the cyclocross community before her life was unexpectedly cut short in 2013. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com.
The Amy D. Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in honor of the late pro cyclist Amy Alison Dombroski, is introducing an elite race program for the 2014-2015 cyclocross season. (velonews.com)

July 15, 2014






Brian Cookson on the podium with Rigoberto Uran at the Giro d'Italia Photo: © AFP.
"There's no new policy, change in tactic or strategy. That's what we do. I think we have to keep in mind that a guy who was doping has been caught through the Biological Passport. It's a success story but we have to handle these cases correctly and that's what we did."  (cyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014






Photo: Alberto Contador traveled to Madrid hoping to recover in time to take the start in the Vuelta a España, although everyone in the Tinkoff-Saxo team are aware of how hard it will be to be fully competitive in just 40 days....
Having crashed out of the Tour de France with a broken tibia, Alberto Contador is now back in Spain to be examined for hs injuries. The Spaniard still hopes that he will be able to line up in the Vuelta later this year. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Contrary to what some think,there’s no algorithm to compute gradient and length into a category, instead it is arbitrary..
The Tour de France has completed three stages in the Alps, visits the Jura range tomorrow before the Alps and then the Pyrennes. The race rates climbs with five labels, from 4th category for the easiest all the way to 1st category and then HC for hors catégorie, or “beyond categorization”. A frequently asked question is how are these categories determined. (inrng.com)

July 15, 2014






Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski is leaving his mark on the Tour de France regardless of his youth, or overall hopes. (Tim De Waele | TDWSport.com...
Michal Kwiatkowski looks like a nice enough kid. Or, as his sport director Brian Holm put it, like a little accountant. “He’s so humble. Off the bike. On the bike, you look at him and think, ‘How can that little humble guy be so greedy on the bike?’ In a bunch sprint? He doesn’t look like Greipel you know. He looks like an accountant making your numbers,” Holm said. (velonews.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Geraint Thomas on stage seven of the 2014 Tour de France .
Geraint Thomas says Alberto Contador's absence will have a mixed effect on how much work Sky will have to do in the remainder of the Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 15, 2014





Photo: First of all, we are happy to have secured the future of the team so early and for such a long period. With BORA, we intend to become further established as one of the best ProContinental teams...
Two weeks ago NetApp-Endura announced that they had found a long-term naming German sponsor that would take over from NetApp and Endura at the end of the year. Today the team has revealed its identity, with Bora set to become the first major German naming sponsor for several years. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Thibaut Pinot is one of a fresh young cohort of French riders to emerge at the Tour de France (Sirotti).
There may not have been a French winner of the Tour de France since Barnard Hinault in 1985 but in Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot the future looks bright. (sbs.com.au)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Fabian Cancellara poses before the 2014 Tour de France...
Fabian Cancellara still planning on Hour Record attempt, along with Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 15, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Get in line. Riders keeping out of the wind on the road to Sheffield. Credit: Adam Bowie, CC BY .
Advances in portable GPS systems give rider and coaches essential input data to allow even more accurate predictions of performance on a specific time trial, incorporating hilliness and windiness. (phys.org)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Gearing up takes brains, brawn and tech. Credit: EPA/Nicolas Bouvy ...
The Tour de France is one of the most iconic and physically demanding sporting events in the world. Held annually since 1903, it has evolved from a simple test of endurance and speed to a festival of technology and innovation as teams fight to find the egde that will take them over mountains, high speed straights and cobbled roads ahead of their rivals. (phys.org)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Of all the names in wheels, Enve is up there with the most prestigious, building carbon rims in its factory in Ogden, Utah to a high specification...
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "If aero isn’t your thing, Enve’s Classic wheels should be on your radar." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: I hope that La Course will show the potential that women’s cycling has for other events in other locations with other promoters.
UCI president Brian Cookson has said that he hopes that the new La Course race run by Tour de France organizers will evolve beyond the current one day setup, although he said that for now he was not aware if this is being planned. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 15, 2014




Maglia rosa Cadel Evans (BMC Racing)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Cadel Evans is set to decide on his future within the sport before the end of this season with his current contract set to end in December. According to the former Tour de France winner’s agent, Evans has not entered negotiations with other teams, with the rider’s agent Jason Bakker saying, “I think when he finishes at BMC that will be the end of his career.” (cyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: This is a historic announcement for our brand and for our team, the Tour de France is the undisputed benchmark...
Canadian bike brand Argon 18 have revealed on their website today the news they have signed a three-year deal with one of the professional teams currently participating in the Tour de France,  but they won't be revealing the identity of the team until the end of the race. (road.cc)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Alberto Contador got back on the bike after his crash on stage 10, but ultimately had to pull out of the race because of injury. Contador was in tears as he stepped into the car, withdrawing from the Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alberto Contador was in tears. The rider known as “El Pistolero,” the man who has overcome a brain aneurysm, defeated Lance Armstrong, and been at the center of a controversial doping suspension, had, for the first time in his career, abandoned a grand tour, brought down by a violent crash early on stage 10 of the Tour de France. (velonews.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Tejay van Garderen shows grit and determination on stage 10 Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
The highest-placed American in the 2014 Tour de France, Tejay van Garderen, spoke to journalists at his BMC team's hotel in Besançon on Tuesday about his hopes for the second half of the race. (cyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014






Photo: Vincenzo Nibali on stage ten of the 2014 Tour de France ...
In spite of the fact that he put his closest rivals to the sword, won the toughest stage of the race so far and saw Alberto Contador crash in front of him. Vincenzo Nibali says he hasn’t won the Tour yet. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Emerson Oronte wins the Superior Classic Criterium this summer with a very well-paced 2 lap solo effort. It helps that Emerson has a world-class 10 minute average power! (Image courtesy of Kathryn Winn).
The widespread availability of reliable power measuring and feedback devices has provided a great toolset for more focused training in endurance sports like cycling and triathlon.  However these tools can also be utilized to give advantages during competition. (powertap.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Ines is 25 years old and hails from Lille in the north of France and finish town for this year’s stage 4.
"A day at the Tour presents hundreds of options for Roadside adventures, and sometimes it’s tough choosing which path to follow. One story I was determined to get on my trek through the Vosges and Alps, was an interview with one of the Tour’s Podium Girls." (pezcyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014




Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The 34-year-old rider from Victoria signed up for the team when it started three years ago after he had been racing with AG2r, Crédit Agricole, Cervélo and Team Sky since his professional debut in 2005. (cyclingnews.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Limited edition kudos, limitless potential...
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "The Supersix’s phenomenal performance is a fitting match for the Tourminator." (bikeradar.com)

July 15, 2014




Photo: The Shimano Sports Camera enters a market dominated by the GoPro HD Hero 3+ but certainly holds its own.
If you’re at all familiar with GoPro HD Hero cameras, the first thing you’ll notice about the Shimano Sports Camera is that it feels smaller and lighter than other cameras on the market. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 15, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Pedestrians cross a bike lane on Dearborn Street near Jackson Boulevard during the morning rush hour in Chicago. (Photo: Alyssa L Schukar for USA .
The problem for cyclist Gillian Wu started when she yelled at a gaggle of pedestrians lingering in the bike lane to get out of the way. (9news.com)

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Photo: A simply superb performance by Nibali, a disappointing end to a great day for Rodriguez.
It was touted as the Queen stage of the Vosges and even the Queen stage of the entire Tour by some and Stage 10 didn’t disappoint with the action on show. Once again crashes unfortunately dominated the news with the big loss of Alberto Contador but nothing could overshadow the performance of Vincenzo Nibali who reigned supreme in the Vosges. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Vincenzo Nibali has excelled in a range of different disciplines during the first ten stages of this 101st Tour de France. Is he the most complete rider in the race? (Pic: Sirotti).
Italian national champion adds sublime climbing display to mastery of cobbles and fearless descending. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Photo: I felt good today but it’s not great to be towing everybody to the line. If Vincenzo goes I guess you have to respond. He’s got enough time already so I didn't really want him to get any more...
When Vincenzo Nibali attacked in the finale of today's Tour de France stage, only Richie Porte showed any will to try to bring him back. Despite moving into second in the overall standings, the Australian was slightly frustrated not having received any help. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Everything is going alright up to this point, I feel strong. Nibali showed to really be on top of his game, a bit above us, but the race is long and we'll see how we tackle it...
Alejandro Valverde moved a step closer to his big goal of the Tour de France podium when he finished third in today's big mountain stage and assumed the same position in the overall standings. Regretting Alberto Contador's withdrawal, he admits that Vincenzo Nibali is currenly the strongest rider in the race. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: I am so thankful to Tony. He's just incredible. What he did is amazing. I'm disappointed I couldn't finish his work. But I did the best I could...
For the second day in a row, Tony Martin rode most of a Tour de France stage on his own when he tried to set up his teammate Michal Kwiatkowski for a big coup that could have given him both the stage win and the yellow jersey. In the end, the mission failed but both riders were glad to have given it a try. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: I can say that I don’t miss too much, even after my crash in the Tour de Suisse and all that has happened to me, I should be very proud of today. I felt good.
Frank Schleck and Haimar Zubeldia started to claw back some of the time they have already lost when they finished in the top 16 of today's big mountain stage of the Tour de France. The Luxembourgish champion was pleased with his performance and claims not to be missing much compared to the best. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 11 Profile.
Tuesday is the first rest day of the 2014 Tour de France.  The race resumes Wednesday with Stage 11. (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: The jersey winners at the 2014 Giro Rosa: blue (best Italian), Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products); white (best young rider): Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabobank-Liv); pink (general classification), Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv); red (points classification) Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabobank-Liv) — second to Vos in points; green (mountain classification), Emma Pooley (Lotto-Belisol). Photo: Giro Rosa .
Atop the legendary Ghisallo climb, Emma Pooley won her third stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa. Marianne Vos also pulled off a hat-trick, winning her third overall title in the Italian women’s stage race. (velonews.com)

July 14, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 14, 2014




Photo: Megan Rathwell (ATAC Sportswear) wins Tour de White Rock Peace Arch News Road Race – photo c Oran Kelly...
Matteo Del-Cin who rides for the new Silber Pro Cycling Team attacked the break to win the Peace Arch News Road Race, the final day of racing of Tour de White Rock and BC Superweek on July 13. Megan Rathwell, of the ATAC Sportswear team, won the women’s race for her second podium placing at the 2014 Tour de White Rock. (podiuminsight.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: SRM power meters are ungodly expensive but that hasn't stopped countless riders (both amateur and professional) from purchasing them for themselves. 2013 was apparently SRM's best-ever year for sales, too .
There's more involved than just a handful of strain gauges. (bikeradar.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: The whole top of the frame opens for quick lens changes...
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "The Cutters are a rare breed: cycling sunglasses stylish enough to be worn off the bike." (bikeradar.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: For a naturally sweet ride, stash produce in your pocket. (Robertson/Velodramatic).
Three nutrition tips every cyclist should live by. (bicycling.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Go for a ride on an egg ...
It’s usual to think of eggs as a good source of protein – and they are. A small hen’s egg will provide 6g of good quality protein. This is found almost entirely in the egg white, whilst the yolk is a rich source of cholesterol, fat and vitamin E. (bikeradar.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) abandons stage 10 after a crash
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Tinkoff-Saxo's Alberto Contador has been left with a fractured tibia after his fall in the Tour de France during stage 10 on Monday. The Spanish climber crashed midway through the stage and despite continuing was forced to abandon. (cyclingnews.com)

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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com).
Tinkoff-Saxo rider crashes out on stage 10. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The broken bike of Spain's Alberto Contador is pictured after a fall during the 161.50 km tenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14, 2014 between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles ski resort, eastern France.. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE.
Initial reports on the Tour’s race radio, in French, and by NBC Sports’ Steve Porino, that Contador’s bike was “in pieces,” appear to be correct. “His frame snapped in half. They threw it in a heap in the back of the car,” Porino said, noting that he had arrived shortly after the crash. (velonews.com)

July 14, 2014




Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) arrives in Gérardmer
Photo: © ASO/B. Bade.
New yellow jersey Tony Gallopin may be the center of attention as the Tour heads for La Planche des Belles Filles, but most of the support on the roadsides today will be directed towards local riders Thibaut Pinot and Arthur Vichot. The two FDJ.fr riders were schooled on these climbs and still train on them. (cyclingnews.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: I finished second, I'm glad. I had good sensations but I was not in a great day. Yet I finished second and it's a super place. I like that kind of weather with rain and cold...
Thibaut Pinot showed that he is a dangerous podium candidate in the Tour de France when he finished second in Today's big mountain stage. Despite enjoying riding on home soil in the Vosges, the pure climber is looking forward to the Alps and Pyrenees whose longer climbs suit him better, and even claimed not to have had his best day. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: The contest between the two rivals is too close to call, but we should know more after Monday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Vincenzo Nibali keeps saying that the 2014 Tour de France is not simply a duel between him and Alberto Contador, but no one believes him. (velonews.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Richie Porte on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Sky boss Dave Brailsford says that Richie Porte has the fitness, confidence and team to take on the Tour de France contenders. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 14, 2014





Photo: Ji was a visible presence throughout the first week of the Tour, often riding at the front of the peloton.
Ji Cheng, the first Chinese cyclist to ride the Tour de France, says he will just be hoping to survive when the Grand Boucle reaches the high mountains. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Global Relay Bridge the Gap athletes and board members...
"This year, the podium prize money and prime money was split equally between the men and the women, making Gastown the biggest women’s criterium prize purse in North America." (anikatodd.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Tire width depends on tire pressure and rim width. That means the actual width can be a little narrower or wider than the nominal width.
Decades ago, some tire makers cheated when stating tire widths. Why? To make their tires appear lighter than they really were. By selling a 25 mm tire as a 28 mm, they made the tire seem lighter than the competition’s tires, which actually were 3 mm wider. (janheine.wordpress.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: The top-of-the-line Defy Advanced SL 0 comes stock with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and Zipp 202 Disc carbon clinchers..
Giant has made a giant-sized statement. Last week at a press event in Scotland, the world’s largest bike maker rolled out a fully revamped version of its Defy endurance road bike, claiming it’s both the lightest road frame it’s ever produced (890 grams for size medium Advanced SL), and that it smoked comparable competition when lab tested for weight, stiffness and compliance. (roadbikereview.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © (inrng.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered." (dougreport.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Most new bike buyers with a realistic budget are getting fed up with bicycles that retail for more than a new Nissan Versa...
Amazing carbon fiber road bike performance for around $2,500. (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: Andrew Talansky was in pain after the finish of stage 10. Talansky has suffered two crashes in the last few days and lost over 10 minutes on the stage, dashing his GC aspirations. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Having crashed two days in a row, Andrew Talansky suffered in today's stage 10 of the Tour de France and lost more than 10 minutes to race leader Vincenzo Nibali. Garmin-Sharp will now reevaluate their goals on the rest day as their American captain is now out of the GC battle. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Australian confirmed for Vuelta a España and world championships...
The question about whether or not Cadel Evans will continue beyond the end of this season as a BMC Racing Team rider – and indeed as a professional – will be decided after the Vuelta a España, where the Australian will compete in support of team-mate Samuel Sanchez. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Nibali seems hard to beat but the overall classification is bound to change because if we ignore Nibali the other ten overall are within about 100 seconds.
It was a day marked by the loss of Alberto Contador as much as the win by Vincenzo Nibali.

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Photo: Peter Sagan is poised to win his third green jersey title at the Tour, but he's still searching for his first stage win. © (cyclingquotes.com).
Peter Sagan and team Cannondale hold the green jersey in the Tour de France, but things could be better. After one week, Sagan remains winless and the Italian team faces uncertainty in 2015. (velonews.com)

July 14, 2014





Photo: Crucial day to see if American can get his GC challenge back on track.
BMC Racing team captain Tejay van Garderen has said that the team has a simple strategy for today’s decisive mountain stage: track the team which is expected to animate the race, and then see what can be done in light of that. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 14, 2014




Photo: The road has climbed already but from here the climb is 5.9km at 8.5% but frequently goes into double digits, especially after a milder section early on. The ride finishes with a 20% ramp to the small ski station.
The Planche des Belles Filles is a novelty that first appeared in the Tour de France in 2012 after the Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme came across cyclists buzzing about the climb on a forum. It’s back for the 2014 Tour and could well feature again and again. (inrng.com)

July 14, 2014




2014 Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Having been granted a two-year WorldTour licence extension by the UCI last week, the route of the 17th Tour Down Under in 2015 has been revealed with a mix of new and old. (cyclingnews.com)

July 14, 2014






Bradley Wiggins, British time trial national championships 2014 Credit: Andy Jones . © (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
Bradley Wiggins has told Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that he plans to stay with Team Sky in 2015 and target Paris-Roubaix and possibly the Hour Record on the track. Team Sky manager Brailsford however told The Guardian that nothing is signed yet. "He hasn't signed. We've met with his management company and we'll see where we're at. Nothing is signed." (cyclingnews.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Should we let another rider wait for him, although it seemed unlikely they would make the time limit over the remaining 100km? We decided to do it and were lucky that the race jury decided as they did.
One day after hsi big coup that saw him move into third overall, Tiago Machado found himself on the ground after a bad crash in today's big mountain stage of the Tour de France. Having originally decided to abandon, he changed his mind and fought his way to the finish alongside teammate Andreas Schillinger. Despite missing the time cut, the pair have been allowed to stay in the race. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 14, 2014




Team NetApp gets organized as they head out onto course.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
The NetApp-Endura team will announce a new five-year title sponsor on Tuesday, during the first rest day of the Tour de France. Team owner Ralph Denk is convinced that Germany is about to return as a major cycling nation in the professional peloton. (cyclingnews.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: it will look like an extra large pimple, and most likely will hurt like the dickens.
First of all, not every little bump “down there” is a saddle sore, so don’t panic. In fact, more often than not, it’s not a saddle sore at all. (saddlesorewomen.com)

July 14, 2014




Photo: Three of these shoes aren't available to the public. We're not sure about the fourth ...
Unreleased models, prototypes, blank shoes and custom footwear. (bikeradar.com)

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Stage winner Tony Martin
Photo: © Bryn Lennon. (podiumcafe.com)
Tony Martin soloed to victory in Mulhouse on stage 9 of the Tour de France, while Frenchman Tony Gallopin will wear the yellow jersey on Bastille Day after he finished among the chasing group. (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Tony Gallopin had the yellow jersey on his mind after stage 5, and now it's on his shoulders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tony Gallopin dug in hard on the final 30km to ensure he would wrest the yellow jersey from Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali on Sunday and give France a timely boost in the Tour de France before Monday’s Bastille Day. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 10 Profile.
Monday's Tour de France Stage 10 departs Mulhouse at 1:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at La Planche des Belles Filles at around 5:44pm CET (11:44am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: Kinley Gibson (Trek Red Truck Racing) wins Tour de White Rock Choices Markets Criterium – photo c Oran Kelly.
Germany’s Florenz Knauer wins Choices Markets Criterium for second straight podium finish at Tour de White Rock in Vancouver, BC on Saturday. 2013 Junior National Time Trial Champion Kinley Gibson Takes Women’s Race. (podiuminsight.com)

July 13, 2014





Oleg Tinkov leads the Tinkoff-Saxo riders out on their training run
Photo: © Alberto Contador.
Oleg Tinkov spent stage eight of the Tour de France in the Tinkoff-Saxo team car next to Bjarne Riis and was wearing a huge smile post-race after his team rode strongly on the steep climbs and Alberto Contador gained a few seconds on race leader and big rival Vincenzo Nibali. (cyclingnews.com)

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Peter Kennaugh celebrates retaining the leaders jersey following the Stage 7 ITT of the 2014 Tour of Austria Credit: Graham Watson .
Haller wins finale in Vienna. (cyclingnews.com)

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World champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) struggled with a mechanical on course today
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Rui Costa lost some ground on his general classification rivals after a mechanical problem on the final climb of stage 8 of the Tour de France. The Portuguese rider looked strong and had been able to stick with the main group of favourites on the climb to Gérardmer La Mauselaine, but found his bike lacking when the attacks started coming. (cyclingnews.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: As with all Giro-sponsored teams, BMC can pick between the standard Aeon, the full-on aero Air Attack, or this new 'best of both worlds' Synthe .
77 percent of teams have access to aero road helmets. (bikeradar.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: Everything is possible. I would love to work for Alberto Contador again. Do the work for him, I always liked that. In fact, I am very happy to do climbing work. I did that for a large part of my career and being a leader working to ha...
Daniel Navarro wants a stage in the Tour de France 2014. He was ninth last year in the General Classification, his goal this year is another. He wants to raise his arms at a finish line. He is 135th at 43:13 to Vincenzo Nibali overall. His terrain, the mountains, comes now. The Spanish rider is in his second season in the Cofidis and does not rule working with Alberto Contador.  (cyclingquotes.com)

July 13, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Stages & Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 13, 2014




Photo: Mark Cavendish poses before the 2014 Tour de France ...
Mark Cavendish recovering from surgery to repair shoulder injury sustained on opening stage of Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: A banged-up Andrew Talansky crossed the finish line on stage 7. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Andrew Talansky has scrapes and scabs up and down his body from various crashes, but those battle scars do not matter. What he cares about is having a chance to race against the Tour de France’s top riders when the race climbs into the mountains. (velonews.com)

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Marianne Vos in pink
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
Pooley wins in Madonna del Ghisallo. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Tony Martin took one of the best victories of his career, and a road one at that.
On a day that saw Astana and the major players’ content to let the break go, we ended with a new Maillot Jaune, a shake-up in the Tour de France overall, a popular German win and a new Toast of France! Bring on Bastille Day! (pezcyclingnews.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: Monday's stage will make the difference. Yes, I think so”, he said when asked if Nibali will have the Tour won should the gap remain the same on Monday evenng...
Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes his protégé might have won the Tour if he keeps the same lead over his rivals at La Planche des Belles Filles on Monday. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali will, need to keep one eye on Alberto Contador throughout the Vosges. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com...
Alberto Contador has vowed to continue attacking and Vincenzo Nibali believes him as the Tour de France rivals light up the hilly Vosges region. (velonews.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: I'm surprisingly well. I escaped relatively unscathed from the crashes. I'm lucky to still be in the race when Chris Froome is home. The form is here, the team is doing great...
Andrew Talansky has been the unluckiest of the favorites in the last couple of days, crashing twice in spectacular fashion in the finale in Nancy and again in Gerardmer on Saturday. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: The Vosges Mountains brought crippling gradients and heavy rain to the Tour de France party. pic: ©Sirotti.
The eighth stage of the 2014 Tour de France added mountains to the already potent mix of crowds, crashes and cobbles that had fuelled an exhilarating first week. (roadcyclinguk.com)

July 13, 2014




Luca Paolini (Katusha)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Luca Paolini was given a warning by the UCI on stage eight after the Katusha rider was spotted using his mobile phone during the race. After each stage the organizers issue a document with all the sanctions given, from disposing of food wrappers in the wrong way to taking bidons at the wrong time. (cyclingnews.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix Evo. SRAM Red mechs and brakes. Vision Metron carbon deep section wheels...
Sagan has swapped from the Hulk of previous years to fellow Marvel superhero Wolverine for this year’s Tour. This X-Men theme is carried over with the top tube airbrushed with glaring eyes and razor-sharp claws. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 13, 2014




Photo: They ship in packs of 10 on their own, but are also available with their own valve extension packs...
"Just a few weeks ago, we saw Silca’s new valve stems with rubber sections built in to prevent the incessant rattling that comes with long valve stems and deep section rims. Now, we found this solution from Miche for those of you already quite happy with your existing valve extenders or extra long one-piece units." (bikerumor.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © (inrng.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered." (dougreport.com)

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Tejay van Garderen (BMC) crosses the line
Photo: © ASO/B. Bade.
Tejay van Garderen is taking each day as it comes at this year’s Tour de France, after suffering four crashes during the opening week of the race. After enjoying a calm day inside the peloton on stage 9, van Garderen is looking to move himself back into GC contention. (cyclingnews.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team weighed things up, thought things out and decided to relinquish the grip on the yellow jersey...
It’s the most cherished prize in cycling but, as the old saying goes, sometimes when you love something you have to set it free. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 13, 2014




Photo: First I'm just hoping I've got some form. Second I'm hoping for a stage win but I've got to get the form first, I've got to get to first base. Maybe it's good, who knows? It's so hard to tell...
Chris Horner has not been back from injury very long but he has been thrown into the Tour de France by his Lampre-Merida team to help leader Rui Costa as well as be a very able plan B should Costa fall out of GC contention. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 13, 2014





Photo: Brian Cookson at the site in Paris where the UCI was founded (source Brian Cookson Images, Flickr).
Brian Cookson’s promise that he would bring a fresh transparency to the operations of the UCI is being questioned today after it emerged that the governing body no longer plans to announce doping sanctions imposed on riders caught breaking anti-doping rules, except in the most high profile cases. (road.cc)

July 13, 2014





Viatcheslav Ekimov and Denis Menchov have seen it all.
Photo: © Bettini.
Denis Menchov’s two-year ban for biological passport violations was never formally announced and only came to public notice on Saturday after a table listing current and recent doping sanctions appeared on the UCI website. (cyclingnews.com)

July 13, 2014





Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Four years after the tumultuous 2010 Tour de France, the results are being rewritten again. Alberto Contador was the winner on the podium in Paris, being flanked by runner-up Andy Schleck and third-placed Denis Menchov. Due to his positive test for clenbuterol, Contador lost his third Tour de France victory half a year later to Andy Schleck, and now Menchov has been stripped of his third place finish. (cyclingnews.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: Lance Armstrong Livestrong speech You Tube still.
Golf is the new cycling for Armstrong, cockroach wing artwork, and door open for return to Livestrong? (road.cc)

July 13, 2014




Photo: German sprinter Marcel Kittel is taking the cycling world by storm (Picture: AP)...
Giant-Shimano rider Marcel Kittel is rapidly rising through the ranks of the cycling world – with the German’s popularity seemingly increasing day-by-day thanks to his superb sprinting performances in the 2014 Tour de France. (metro.co.uk)

July 13, 2014




Photo: As a bike rider I love winning which I’m pretty sure more people can understand. It’s fun...
"Summers not over, I hear you say. Well sure it’s not for roadies but I only have 5 more days of racing left, so it pretty much is for me. Besides this weeks weather in Belgium could easily be in disguise as autumn." (helenwyman.com)

July 13, 2014




Photo: Keep up with all the Tour news with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app ...
Five-star rated app features GPS data from the riders, news, mapping, commentary and more. (bikeradar.com)

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Blel Kadri blows a kiss as he takes the first French victory of this year's Tour. Photo: AFP (velonews.com)
Frenchman Blel Kadri won the eighth stage of the Tour de France and the first summit finish at Gérardmer La Mauselaine on Saturday. The breakaway rider climbed to the summit alone to take his first Grand Tour stage win of his career. (cyclingnews.com)

July 12, 2014





Photo: Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France .
Up to this morning, the general classification battles of the 2014 Tour de France have been tactical, and the advantage has lain with Vincenzo Nibali, who thrives in the kind of improvisatory chaos of stages two, over the Pennines, and stage five, over the cobbles. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 12, 2014





Photo: Blel Kadri of Ag2R-La Mondiale took France’s first victory of the Tour de France...
Blel Kadri of Ag2R-La Mondiale took France’s first victory of the Tour de France with a superb stage eight solo win in the Vosges mountains at Gerardmer. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

July 12, 2014




Liquigas-Cannondale's Ted King works to pull Ivan Basso back into the race at Paris-Nice
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
This time last year, Ted King was already back at home and out of the Tour de France. The Cannondale rider had been thrown from the race for finishing outside of the time cut during the team time trial. King was suffering with a separated shoulder going into fourth stage and finished just seven seconds outside of the time cut. (cyclingnews.com)

July 12, 2014






Photo: Richie Porte on stage seven of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Team Sky's new leader, Richie Porte, says it's now Vincenzo Nibali and Astana's Tour de France to lose. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Cheng Ji is the first Chinese to start all three grand tours, and he wants to make it to Paris. Photo: Gregor Brown...
Cheng Ji may sit second from last in the general classification, but he has already made history by becoming the first rider from China to compete in the Tour de France. “Like I say, it doesn’t matter in sport where you’re from, what matters is what you want to be and what you believe,” Ji said. “It’s very simple, just try and change your way.” (velonews.com)

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Photo: Just another crash for Talansky this Tour – how many is that now?.
Race Report: Another long attack highlighted the early goings of the Tour’s first mountain stage today with the win finally going the way of the break thanks to a superb performance from Blel Kadri. (pezcyclingnews.com)

July 12, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages & Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Austria - July 6-13 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 6-19 (Stages & Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Route),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Suisse - June 14-22 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

July 12, 2014





Belgian time trial champion Kristof Vandewalle (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) powers to victory in the prologue time trial.
Photo: © Photopress.be.
Kennaugh still in yellow with one more stage to go. (cyclingnews.com)

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New race leader Ilya Davidenok (Continental Team Astana)
Photo: © 7Cycling.
Davidenok maintains his overall race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Sweeps Giro di Burnaby, Earns 5th in Tour of Qinghai Lake Stage 6...
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling criterium squad extended their dominant winning streak last night by sweeping the podium at the Giro di Burnaby, an important goal for the team within the Canadian BC Superweek series. (cyclingillustrated.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 9 Profile.
Sunday's Tour de France Stage 9 departs Gerardmer at 1:10pm CET (7:10am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Mulhouse at around 5:35pm CET (11:35am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 2:15pm CET (8:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Andrew talansky on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Second crash in two days sees Garmin-Sharp's Andrew Talansky lose time over Tour de France rivals. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Emma Pooley (Lotto Belisol) soloed to the win with 15 seconds to spare
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
Vos maintains overall race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 8 was named as the Queen stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa...
The Giro has suddenly become very interesting in the fight for overall GC. Emma Pooley took her second stage victory on the mountain top finish of San Domenico di Varzo. Mara Abbott came in just behind her in second. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Alberto Contador sends a warning to Vincenzo Nibali (Getty Images). (sbs.com.au)
Spaniard shows he is ready to attack Nibali in the mountains. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Italian names those he considers key rivals for yellow...
This jersey is mine. That’s what Vincenzo Nibali appeared to be saying on the first uphill finish of this year’s Tour, with the Italian matching all attacks on his Maillot Jaune and riding in such a way as to try to intimidate his competition. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 12, 2014




Photo: Firstly, I tried to catch a breakaway, soon after that, another group was gone. With five riders in the lead, I decided to take it easy. It was better for me considering the difficulty of the finale...
Peter Sagan had been tipped as a potential joker for today's first mountain stage of the Tour de France but the Slovakian eased up pretty early. Having tried to make it into the early break, he decided to save energy for later. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: I felt a lot better today which was a relief. I’ve had a few difficult days but I am getting better just in time with some more opportunities for the team coming up next week...
For Team Giant-Shimano, today's mountain stage of the Tour de France was mostly about survival as Tom Dumoulin proved to be unable to follow the best. The good news was that John Degenkolb is feeling a lot better despite suffering from a muscle injury. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: Some stages have taken a while to get going but they’ve all provided action...
The first week of the Tour de France has flown by, so much has happened during the past 1291km. The Tour seems to create its own time and space and Yorkshire seems to be more than a week ago. It’s been a week packed with action and drama yet the race has only just got going. (inrng.com)

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Photo: The newest of BMC's two team buses isn't the biggest in the peloton, but packs in all a pro rider could need ...
Stack of rotating SIM cards, wine from Rihs’ vineyards and more. (bikeradar.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: Nibali, 29, kept hold of the Tour de France yellow jersey after Trentin,
24, won Friday’s 234.5km stage from Epernay to Nancy...
The demise of Italian cycling has been greatly exaggerated according to winning pair Vincenzo Nibali and MatteoTrentin. (bicycle.net)

July 12, 2014




Photo: You know though, I thought for a moment that it might all be over but I don't want to give up like this. I crashed out of the Tour and that's not how I want people to remember me. So as soon as I can start again I will ride...
Andy Schleck has said that even though his injury sustained at the Tour de France will keep him off the bike for several weeks, he will come back and once again fight to remain a pro cyclist. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: TV doesn't tell the real story: It's staggering to witness how fast pro cyclists go uphill....
Be honest: On at least one occasion, you've watched the Tour from your couch and wondered why it wasn't you pedaling in that pack. Here are a few quantifiable reasons. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it's months of recovery or same day). © (inrng.com)
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered." (dougreport.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: Mark Cavendish’s Signature Venge...
In celebration of the 2014 Tour de France’s three-week, 3,656km journey from Leeds in the UK to the iconic Champs-Elysees in central Paris—many sponsors have gone the extra mile by creating custom parts and paint for their riders. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: There are no live streams of the race, but we get really good coverage on twitter.
It’s time for the biggest women’s stage race of the year, the Giro Rosa, running from 4th to 13th July, the only women’s race that the UCI allow to run for ten days – and this year it’s extra special, as it’s the 25th iteration of the women’s Giro. (prowomenscycling.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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