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July 2014

July 21, 2014





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)

July 21, 2014







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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July 20, 2014



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)

July 21, 2014







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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July 20, 2014




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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July 21, 2014




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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July 20, 2014






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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July 19, 2014



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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July 20, 2014





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)

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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)

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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)

July 19, 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 19, 2014





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: Daily Distraction.

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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)

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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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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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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)

July 17, 2014







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)

July 17, 2014






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)

July 16, 2014





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: Daily Distraction.

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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)

July 15, 2014







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)

July 15, 2014




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)

July 14, 2014





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)

July 14, 2014




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)

July 14, 2014




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)

July 14, 2014




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)

July 14, 2014






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.

July 14, 2014





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)

July 13, 2014








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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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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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)

July 12, 2014




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)

July 12, 2014




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)

July 12, 2014




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

July 12, 2014




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)

July 12, 2014





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)

July 12, 2014







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)

July 12, 2014




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)

July 12, 2014




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)

July 12, 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 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)

July 12, 2014






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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Denis Menchov (Russia)
Photo: © Daniel Simms.
Russian Denis Menchov has been stripped of his results from the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Tours de France, with the UCI surreptitiously slipping the news into a summary of doping cases that was published on July 10. (cyclingnews.com)

July 12, 2014





Photo: As for Tejay, he's alright. The morale is always a bit touched when you lose time but if he maintains a 3:14 gap with Nibali, to me, he'll finish second in the Tour...
Ironically many riders feel relieved at the prospect of tackling the mountain at last. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 12, 2014




Michal Kwiatkowski launches an attack
Photo: © Sirotti.
Polish champion Michal Kwiatkowski was the best young rider and fourth in the general classification before the first mountain summit, stage 8 of the Tour de France. But he was one of the first big overall contenders to get dropped in the final kilometres of a stormy Saturday afternoon up to Gérardmer La Mauselaine. (cyclingnews.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: Although I do not like to ride in these conditions, my legs were giving me very good feedback, I felt good. Unfortunately I had to deal with this setback that forced me to make a comeback...
Rui Costa was feeling really good in today's first mountain stage of the Tour de France but the world champion was hit by a major setback when he dropped his chain at the bottom of the final climb. Fellow Lampre-Merida captain Chris Horner suffered in the cold and lost contact with the favorites on the penultimate climb. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: The UCI WorldTour can be an expensive place. VIP experiences that bring potential backers close to the teams can help secure vital funding.
With the Grand Depart of the 101st Tour de France made on home soil, coverage in the UK media has been greater than ever, not only with the race having begun in Yorkshire, but also thanks to arguably Britain’s finest generation of professional cyclists aiming for more success in cycling’s greatest race. (roadcyclinguk.com)

July 12, 2014




Sep Vanmarcke will lead the Belkin challenge in Flanders
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Roompot Vakanties, a Dutch holiday company, has money ready to invest in cycling, Omroep Zeeland reports. “We have a certain amount to invest in cycling in 2015,” the company’s CEO said. “Both Belkin and Orange Cycling know the amount and the ball is now in their court.” (cyclingnews.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: I think those two minutes are hard to bring back. I think he will be able to control the race. He won the Giro d'Italia last year, that wasn't just pure luck...
Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters thinks that it will now be very difficult for anyone other than Vincenzo Nibali to win the Tour de France. Nibali grabbed the jersey by just 2 seconds on stage 2 and has built his lead, with his next GC challenger being Kwiatkowski at 50 seconds in fourth overall, and his next proven contender is Jurgen van den Broeck, fifth at 1:45..

July 12, 2014




Fans in Belfast came out in droves to see the Giro d'Italia.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The 2015 Giro d’Italia will start in Sanremo and begin with three stages in the Liguria region, according to a report in Italian newspaper Secolo XIX. (cyclingnews.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: The cobbles are an integral part of the Tour de France. If we were crazy, we would've gone through the Arenberg forest. A Tour de France winner has to be able to ride on every kind of road...
Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme has defended the inclusion of the cobbled stage of the Tour de France, saying riders should be able to ride on all terrain. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: The truth about me is that I was very sick after a toxoplasmosis. It is therefore difficult to be at the start of the Vuelta, but I want to do better than last year.
Carlos Betancur, who has not been selected by AG2R La Mondiale for the Tour de France, is currently in Spain where he is preparing for the third grand tour of the cycling season: the Vuelta a Espana. However, he admits it will be "difficult" to go for the Vuelta’s overall classification after being "very sick." (cyclingquotes.com)

July 12, 2014




Photo: Highly advanced sub-800g frame and Shimano’s flagship electronic group...
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Handling, pace, lightness – this is an exceptionally exciting bike to ride." (bikeradar.com)

July 12, 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 12, 2014




Photo: Shimano’s RS685 hydraulic disc brakes, FSA Team Issue handlebar and stem, Fondriest carbon seatpost, Selle Italia SL saddle and Metron 30DB wheels...
"Claimed weight for the complete bike is 7.1kg (15.65 lb) – pretty respectable. Five sizes will be offered with head angles ranging from 72.5º to 73º, putting it on the racier side of things." (bikerumor.com)

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The photo finish doesn’t lie though and it was Matteo Trentin who took the win
Photo: © (roadbikereview.com).
Omega Pharma QuickStep's Matteo Trentin took a photo-finish win over Peter Sagan in the sprint finish of the seventh stage of the Tour de France. Multiple crashes in the final kilometer had decimated a field already ripped apart by the fast pace set in the closing kilometers. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014





Photo: Since the first stage, every day I'm among the main contenders and now I wear the green jersey with a good advantage. This is a positive aspect, but I want something more... © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (velonews.com)
Peter Sagan has a commanding lead in the points competition after having finished in the top 5 in all stages so far. However, the Slovakian is starting to get frustrated after he again narrowly missed out on a stage victory in today's seventh stage. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Briton won’t be drawn on what Froome’s next objective might be.
Sky principal Dave Brailsford has said that the new team Tour leader Richie Porte is eager to seize the chance he has been given and to lead the team in search of a yellow jersey in Paris. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 11, 2014




Photo: VINCENZO NIBALI on stage five of the 2014 Tour de France .
Astana trainer Paolo Slongo talks about Vincenzo Nibali's power output during Tour de France stage five - Nibali used more power than during an Alpine mountains stage. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 11, 2014





Photo: Alberto Contador on stage five of the 2014 Tour de France .
Tinkoff-Saxo manager Bjarne Riis says Alberto Contador was nervous when faced with wet cobbles, losing time to rival Vincenzo Nibali. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 11, 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 11, 2014




New race leader Ilya Davidenok (Continental Team Astana)
Photo: © 7Cycling.
Ilya Davidenok holds onto overall lead for a second day. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014





Photo: Petrov takes his first victory in Tinkoff-Saxo colours by emerging as the strongest from an 11-rider breakaway; Kennaugh finishes third and extends his overall lead.
Evgeny Petrov took his first win since joining the Tinkoff-Saxo team when he took a huge solo victory in the final mountain stage of the Tour of Austria. Having been part of an 11-rider breakaway, the Russian dropped his companions on the final climb and rode solo to the finish while race leader Peter Kennaugh marked his rivals closely, finished third and extended his overall lead with two stages to go. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Giro di Burnaby Women’s Podium. From L to R – Leah Kirchmann, Erica Allar, Laura Van Gilder. Photo credit – Chris Relke.
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking Rider Erica Allar Wins in First Trip to BC Superweek. Canadian National Champion Leah Kirchmann of Optum finished second for another podium visit. Third place went to Laura Gilder of Team Mellow Mushroom Racing. (podiuminsight.com)

July 11, 2014




Nairo Quintana (Movistar) with the Giro d'Italia trophy
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The Giro d’Italia 2016 “is almost certainly” starting in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, according to a report Friday morning in a Dutch newspaper. The provincial government has agreed to help finance the start, according to the organizing committee. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali may be best remembered for his victory in the snow at the 2013 Giro d'Italia. But the Italian may have something even more dramatic in store for the 2014 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The photo shows him in pink, head down, arm up, the road inky wet. He’s racing into legend among the thick snowflakes, a moment that would radiate from this place in the Dolomites and outward. (velonews.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Light race-ready ride that's great on climbs...
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "A bike that feels lighter than air, is well equipped and a great ride." (bikeradar.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: In the Heat: OSMO Preload Hydration ...
"Our testers uncork the best new drinks to fuel your ride, whether you're battling heat and long miles, or just trying to recover." (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 8 Profile.
Saturday's Tour de France Stage 8 departs Tomblaine at 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Gérardmer La Mauselaine at around 5:29pm CET (11:29am 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 11, 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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Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) crashes in the sprint to the stage 7 finish line
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Andrew Talansky is affectionately nicknamed Pit-bull by his Garmin-Sharp team and his character and aggression came out after he crashed hard in sight of the finish of stage seven of the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014





Marianne Vos wins stage 7 of the Giro Rosa
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
Marianne Vos won the seventh stage in the Giro Rosa on Friday. The Rabo-Liv world champion celebrated her fourth stage victory in Italy by beating Giorgia Bronzini and Emma Johansson. She naturally keeps hold of the pink leader’s jersey with two stages to go. (cyclingnews.com)





Shelley Olds (Ale Cipollini)
Photo: © Jean-François Quénet.
North America’s top pro men and women are well into the first week of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, and while its still too soon to predict outcomes, cycling fans can expect some great racing still to come. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali survived a long, nervous stage on Friday, one in which several GC contenders suffered crashes. He now looks ahead to defending his lead in the mountains. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Race leader Vincenzo Nibali will go on the defensive Saturday when the Tour de France faces its first summit finish up La Mauselaine. “He could attack, maybe, it depends on his legs,” Astana team manger, Giuseppe Martinelli said. (velonews.com)

July 11, 2014




Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) had his day ended by a crash
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
In his first interview since knee surgery on Wednesday, Andy Schleck has said that he will spend several weeks off the bike but that he will fight to rebuild his career. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: The coming week-end is going to be very difficult with a lot of climbs on the course. Alberto Contador gave me a signal of what he's keen to do when he asked Nicolas Roche to pull today.
Vincenzo Nibali got safely through the final flat stage of the Tour de France before the race reaches the mountains but in the finale he was warned by Alberto Contador who asked Nicolas Roche to up the pace on the final climb. The race leader saw this as a sign of Contador's intention to attack in the Vosges.

July 11, 2014




Photo: The recommended daily calorie intake for the riders ranges from 4,000kcal to 9,000kcal, while fluid intake can be as high as 10 litres.
Ride a Grand Tour and you can eat up to 9,000 calories a day! (road.cc)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Team effort is required for Team Sky to transition to a new plan (Kim Ludbrook/EPA)...
Much focus has been given to the tactics employed by Team Sky and the decision not to take former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins as back-up to the lead rider. (sbs.com.au)

July 11, 2014




Photo: A total of 14 riders featured on the unusually long medical statement.
Important helpers for two of the GC riders had to abandon the race yesterday. Alberto Contador and Richie Porte both lost one of their helpers, as the two Spaniards Jesus Hernandez and Xabier Zandio left the race after crashes. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 11, 2014




This crash looked like a French civil war.
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Pinot loses time and Démare crashes. (cyclingnews.com)

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The peloton passed this World War 1 cemetery in Belgium
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
The brightly colored carnival that is the Tour de France’s publicity caravan will fall silent today in memory of the lives lost in World War 1. As they pass by World War 1 battle fields, between kilometer 111 at Bras-sur-Meuse and the Mémorial de Verdun at kilometre 123, no loud noises will be permitted. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: YOU CAN NEVER REMEMBER WHICH WAY TO TURN THE PEDALS.
25 solutions to vexing problems. (bicycling.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: If you ever wondered how to distinguish an SLJ from the 1970s from a later 1980s one, or what the difference between the SX and the SLJ was, you’ll find the answers here.
Hideki Sasaki has released the second book in the “Derailleurs of the World” series. The new book covers Simplex, perhaps the most influential derailleur maker of all. From the earliest 1920s designs to the last slant parallelogram derailleurs of the 1990s, they are all documented in their many variations. (janheine.wordpress.com)

July 11, 2014






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: BMC rider Tejay van Garderen downplayed the crash which saw him concede over a minute.
The BMC rider lost over a minute and the services of team-mate Darwin Atapuma in the fall approaching Nancy. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) tries to get back to the peloton after his first crash
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
"MRIs done, confirmed fractures to the left wrist & right hand. Time for some R&R..." Froome wrote on Tritter, revealing the news before Team Sky made any formal or detailed announcement. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: I have only one advice to give them. Save as much energy as you can and relax every time you have a chance.
This focus on a Tour newcomer is obviously tongue-in-cheek: when Jens Voigt made his Tour de France debut in 1998, Danny van Poppel or Simon Yates, the two youngest riders in this edition, were five. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: The 24-year-old Pole has come on in leaps and bounds these last two years...
Michal Kwiatkowski may not have won a stage of the Tour de France yet but he has impressed with his daring tactics and is getting ever closer. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: I was ready to get a win; to go for it today. I was ready in the head, I felt good, but then I had a mechanical with a flat tire...
With several mountain stages coming up, Fabian Cancellara was determined to go for glory in today's stage 7 of the Tour de France. However, the Swiss suffered a puncture in the finale and had his greatest disappointment of the race so far. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: I’ll file this one in the pics you won’t see too often file...
"The final hill was the 1300m 7.9% long Cote de Boufflers coming just before the finish. What really surprised me was Fabian Cancellara out the back… On a stage where I’d expected to see him at the front." (pezcyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a woman? Go get your bike. © (urbanvelo.org).
Cycling is awfully similar to being a woman. (medium.com)

July 11, 2014







Photo: The race had made its way to Northern Italy and it was time for the climbers to come out to play on a tough stage 6.
" Rosa with the race heading into the hills of northern Italy for the first time yesterday. Tiff Cromwell has the latest insight from within stage 6 of the race." (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 11, 2014




Peter Sagan (Cannondale) looking less than amused
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Peter Sagan continued his consistent sprint finishes at the Tour de France with fifth place on stage six despite not being at 100%. Sagan was feeling the effects of crashing twice in two days as he explained after the finish in Reims. (cyclingnews.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Coffee handups? We’ll drink to that. (Motofish Images)...
A cyclist's guide to boosting performance with the stimulant. (bicycling.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Honey Stinger organic waffles.
Whether you are after a mid-ride treat, a post ride treat… or just a general treat these waffles from Honey Stinger are something a bit different. (bikeradar.com)

July 11, 2014




Photo: Mavic has worked with six custom builders to produce special bikes commemeorating the French company's 125th anniversary...
The builders — Ritte, Seven, Argonaut, Lynskey, Independent Fabrication, and Mosaic — were asked to make a frame that was "a representation of the builder's relationship with Mavic both professionally and personally," Mavic said. (bicycleretailer.com)

July 11, 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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July 10, 2014

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Photo: Andre Greipel, pictured earlier this season in Adelaide, one stage six of the Tour de France (pic: Sirotti).
German champion earns first win of this year's race as Vincenzo Nibali retains yellow jersey. (roadcyclinguk.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: About the finale... well, there are not many things to say. Simply, I wasn't able to sprint. I was boxed in and I finished fifth doing nothing, just pedaling. I hope to absorb the bruises I have on my body as soon as possible...
For the second day in a row, Peter Sagan went down in a crash but the Slovakian proved his class as he still managed to finished fifth on the stage. He lamented having been boxed in which prevented him from ever launching his sprint and now sets his sights on tomorrow. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 10, 2014





Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Marcel Kittel suffered his first sprint loss at this year's Tour de France. The German sprinter was dropped in the final two kilometers of the stage and didn't contest the sprint. As the speed went up, he was spat out of the back and he rolled in almost a minute down on the stage winner André Greipel. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: Maybe the late attack of Omega Pharma’s Michal Kwiatkowski in the final km changed the situation and Porsev had to start his work much earlier than was planned but it’s really impossible to say now.
For the second time in this year's Tour de France, Alexander Kristoff finished second in a sprint. His Katusha team regretted the late attack from Michal Kwiatkowski which had forced Alexander Porsev to launch his lead-out much earlier than planned. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 10, 2014





Photo: Andre Greipel on the podium after winning Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour de France.
A fourth sprint, a fourth victory by a tall, broad-shouldered German. But while events today unfolded in a similar pattern to the previous three bunch sprints, with Omega Pharma imposing themselves on the lead-out, the identity of the winner in Reims was different. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 10, 2014




Riders on the cobbles of stage 5
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
After the finish of a Dantesque fifth stage of the Tour de France, which tackled seven rain-soaked cobbled sectors used in Paris-Roubaix, Tour de France Race Director Christian Prudhomme defended his organization's decision to include the stage in this year's race. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014






Bradley Wiggins makes it back to the peloton after a crash
Photo: © Sirotti.
Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford has said he has no regrets about not selecting Bradley Wiggins for the Tour de France as a possible plan B in case Chris Froome was unable to defend his title. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 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 10, 2014





Photo: Jesse Sergent (jessesergent) on Twitter
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Kennaugh defends his leader's jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014




Marco Benfatto (Astana) celebrates victory
Photo: © 7Cycling.
Oleksandr Polivoda remains in overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: Optum’s Leah Kirchmann wins Gastown Grand Prix ahead of TIBCO’s Jo Kiesanowski and Sam Schneider – photo c Greg Descantes.
Luke Keough takes Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix for his second straight win at BC Superweek on Wednesday, July 9 in Vancouver, BC. Canadian National Champion Leah Kirchmann claims the richest women’s criterium in North America with her third victory at BC Superweek. (podiuminsight.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: Peter Sagan, like many Speedplay-sponsored riders, went with the stripped-down version of the pedal to allow for a bit of mud clearing on a pedal that normal jams pretty quickly with mud and debris on nasty days .
Mechanics equip riders with special bikes, tubulars and modifications. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 7 Profile.
Friday's Tour de France Stage 7 departs Epernay at 11:35am CET (5:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Nancy 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 10, 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 10, 2014




Photo: The frame is configured for 140mm post mounts front and rear, and includes some neat features.
The cyclocross racer’s BMC dream has been fulfilled as BMC announced the race-ready Crossmachine CX01. It sports the company’s SLR pedigree but it is firmly suited for cross racing. (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: It has been confirmed by Italian media that Cannondale Procycling will fold with the end of 2014 season and the Italian bike manufacturer will merge with Garmin-Sharp as a sponsor from 2015.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, even though some minor details of agreement are yet to be squared, it has been confirmed that Cannondale Procycling will fold with the end of 2014 season and the Italian bike manufacturer will merge with Garmin-Sharp as a sponsor from 2015. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 10, 2014





Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) after the stage
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
American reveals how Chris Froome crashed out. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014





Photo: Richie Porte gets his big grand tour shot now. Is he up to it? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Riche Porte had little time to be down about the loss of his captain, Chris Froome, at this Tour de France. He was, in an instant, the captain himself. After riding as Sky’s number two, Porte now sat at the helm of one of peloton’s most feared ships — Team Sky. (velonews.com)

July 10, 2014





Emma Pooley (Lotto Belisol) on the attack
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Vos maintains race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014




Jesus Hernandez (Tinkoff Saxo)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Alberto Contador has described the loss of his teammate Jesús Hernandez as a big blow ahead of the mountains of the Tour de France, which begin this weekend with the eighth stage from Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: Jonathan Vaughters has remained mum about Garmin-Sharp's sponsorship future, but he seems confident in the team's prospects. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Cycling’s version of musical chairs is in full swing, with riders and teams scrambling to make sure they have a seat at the table for 2015. (velonews.com)

July 10, 2014





Photo: Vale Scandolara in the green Queen of the Mountains jersey - Giro Rosa.
"Througout this year's Giro Rosa, we're catching up with ORICA-AIS riders Valentina Scandolara and Amanda Spratt. After Stage 5 there as no wifi, but this morning Vale found time to answer some more Q&A, on the stage, the transfers, studying on Tour and whether it's possible for her to march in line..." (podiumcafe.com)

July 10, 2014




Robert Millar in the Tour de France
Photo: © Sirotti.
The decision to discount Bradley Wiggins from the Team Sky selection that was taken by Dave Brailsford three weeks ago isn't looking too smart this morning. He can take some solace that even the great manager's get it wrong , look at the position Brazil's Scolari finds himself in after the World Cup drubbing from the Germans but all the same there'll be lots of #toldyouso on Twitter for the next few days. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: My nickname is ‘Le Coq’ because of ‘Coquard,’ and my legs are very skinny.
There is a new generation of French riders that is no longer happy to just make up the numbers and play the role of plucky loser that its compatriots have been for several years and, at just 21 years of age, Bryan Coquard is the latest to make it to the top level. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 10, 2014






Photo: Vincenzo's qualities? He's clever and sets his goals perfectly like he showed last year in the Giro. And he doesn't fear pressure. Others would feel pressure with the yell jersey. Not him...
The cobbled stage over, the peloton is aware that a new Tour is starting, led by Vincenzo Nibali and without title-holder Chris Froome. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: The cobbled stage five was every bit as dramatic as we were promised it would be (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO).
It was always going to be a decisive, enthralling stage but few could have predicted just how stage five of the 2014 Tour de France was to pan out. (roadcyclinguk.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: If you have done less than you should have, our advice is: don’t panic!
It doesn’t matter how often you read or are told about the importance of building up to an event and having a long-term plan, there will always be those who leave it to the last minute. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 10, 2014






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)

July 10, 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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July 10, 2014




Photo: your average French viewer wants roadside freebies and helicopter panoramas on TV.
The Tour de France attracts about 12 million people to the roadside. That’s the biggest audience in the world. Subtract the foreigners on holiday and roughly 15% of the French population will watch the race, impressive given the route has to miss many regions each year. (inrng.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) knows the attacks are coming..
After blitzing the cobblestones Wednesday to take invaluable gains against his main rivals, the Italian needs to look no further than the first climbing stages looming in the Vosges Mountains this weekend. (velonews.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: You broke my heart Freddo! - Doug Pensinger.
"This is basically Milano-Sanremo without the tricky turns (cough). Still, 1300 meters at 8% will be no picnic for the sprinters. At the end of 230km, does Kittel's elastic snap on the climb?" (podiumcafe.com)

July 10, 2014





Richie Porte (Sky) is now his team's GC man after Froome's abandon
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Time waits for no man and it certainly does not wait for a rider and his team in the Tour de France and on stage 5 of the Tour, Team Sky were forced to quickly change focus after Chris Froome’s retirement. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: One minute is not the end of the world, but it's a minute lost in a stupid way. Now we must take it back...
Yesterday FDJ and Thibaut Pinot were on a high after the team leader had done surprisingly well on the cobbles. Today everything went wrong for the French team as Pinot was caught out in the crosswinds and lost a minute while sprinter Arnaud Demare crashed for the second day in a row. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: It wasn't a day that could win the Tour but it absolutely was a day that you cold lose the Tour. We came through unscathed and in a good position, Andrew Talansky said...
Even though Andrew Talansky, now even bigger Tour de France podium contender as a consequence of highly dramatic happenings during yesterday’s cobbled stage, lost some precious time to mailot jaune Vincenzo Nibali, the 25-year old American was more than pleased to survive the carnage unscathed. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 10, 2014






Photo: After a crash at the Criterium du Dauphine in June, and three crashes at the Tour on stages 4 and 5, Chris Froome will now focus on the Vuelta a España. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Chris Froome will now target the Vuelta a Espana after crashing out of the Tour de France, his Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said. (velonews.com)

July 10, 2014




Frenchman Bernard Hinault leads Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk (green jersey) during the 16th stage of the Tour de France in 1979. Hinault went on to win his second consecutive Tour de France as Zoetemelk finished second again.
Photo: © AFP Photo.
The Tour de France continues to remember the victims of World War I during today's stage 6 from Arras to Reims. (cyclingnews.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: For training to be optimal it must be specific. Cycling is a strength sport as well as an endurance sport, and training must reflect that..
Few people thought Francesco Moser would break Eddy Merckx’s 12-year-old Hour record when he did in 1984. But progress in sports science and new training methods — like this one — put the Italian ahead. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 10, 2014




Photo: Note Speedplay Pave's...
The wet editions of Paris-Roubaix are the ones cycling fans remember most. They produce images that stay with us; images of riders suffering through the dirt and rain while battling the broken cobbles of the north of France. When you get this sort of action at the biggest stage race of the year it produces a day that goes down in the history books. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 10, 2014




Photo: Is this your proudest moment in cycling?
"It takes serious skill to win an elite national title. To win three on the same weekend is nearly impossible, but Optum Pro Cycling’s Leah Kirchmann showed that it could be done last weekend in Canada when she took first place in the time trial, the criterium and the road race. We wanted to find out her training secrets!" (diamondback.com)

July 10, 2014




Photo: Bluenose was the speed bike used to challenge the world human-powered land-speed record in 2012..
Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert are designing a bicycle that could set a new world record for human-powered vehicles, which is currently 133.8 kilometers per hour (83.1 mph). (mashable.com)

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July 9, 2014

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Photo: Lars Boom launched a late attack to win the 5th stage of the Tour de France (AAP).
Lars Boom claimed the most heroic victory of his career in winning Stage 5 of the Tour de France as race leader Vincenzo Nibali staged a monumental ride on the cobbles to compound his overall lead. (sbs.com.au)

July 9, 2014





Photo: Lars Boom wins Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
"This was bike racing of old: gritty and lacking in calculated control." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 9, 2014






Photo: Andrew Talansky survived a rough ride on the cobblestones of the Tour's stage 5, but he was satisfied not to lose significant time to most GC rivals. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
Battered and bruised, but still in the game. That sums up the Tour de France fates of Tejay van Garderen and Andrew Talansky. (velonews.com)

July 9, 2014







Team Sky pacing Froome back to the peloton
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Chris Froome’s travails continued in the opening kilometers of stage 5 of the Tour de France, as he crashed for the second time in as many days. The Sky rider hit the ground in a crash after 35 kilometres on roads made greasy by persistent rain. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: I was riding a little bit too far behind with Cancellara when an Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider let a bit of a gap in front of us and we never managed to make it back to the front of the race...
Peter Sagan went into today's dramatic Tour de France stage as one of the big favorites but the Slovakian was unable to keep up with Astana and Lars Boom in the finale. While happy to extend his lead in the points competition, he lamented a big mistake that had cost him the chance to win the race. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 9, 2014






Photo: Oscar Gatto (Cannondale) wins the stage 2 sprint
Photo: © Mario Stiehl.
Kennaugh keeps race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014




Robert Millar in the Tour de France
Photo: © Sirotti.
Stay near the front. Drink. Eat. Wash new shorts before wearing. Put on suntan cream. Be at the front at the feed zone. Keep fighting for position. Slide back when the sprint starts. No talking at the back with your friends. No ice cream. No freezing cold drinks at the finish. Move up on a wheel. Stay out of the wind. Watch the favourites. No Coca Cola, chocolate, crisps or fried food. Stay off your legs. Don't drink too many coffees. Don't don't don't don't don't... (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: Three times a winner of Paris-Roubaix, Fabian Cancellara.
Triple Roubaix winner expresses concerns about safety, says stage five could be a lottery. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 9, 2014







Photo: Tour de France Stage 6 Profile.
Thursday's Tour de France Stage 6 departs Arras at 12:50pm CET (6:50am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Reims at around 5:24pm CET (11:24am 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 9, 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 9, 2014




Photo: Despite it’s vintage appearance, the frame was constructed in 2008.
Listed as a “FUTURA 2000 Colnago PROTOTYPE road bike (57cm) with ORIGINAL Artwork wheel-set!!”, the bike is described as a one of kind masterpiece by famed American graffiti artist Lenny McGurr. (bikerumor.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one's balance tend to produce a wearied and exhausted 'bicycle face.
Once upon a time, the main danger associated with bicycling had nothing to do with being hit by a car. Instead, some late 19th century doctors warned that — especially for women — using the newfangled contraption could lead to a threatening medical condition: bicycle face. (vox.com)

July 9, 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: Chris Froome poses before the 2014 Tour de France .
Team Sky boss speaks after defending champion Chris Froome crashes out of stage five and abandons the race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 9, 2014






Photo: Young Gun Talansky took to a field.
Tour Analysis: Stage 5 was a crazy day at the office for everyone on the Tour de France; here's insight on the chaos. Froome gone, Contador struggles and Nibali dominates. (pezcyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014






 (podiumcafe.com) Marianne Vos wins Giro Rosa Stage 5 - Giro Rosa.
World champion extends race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014






Not a great day for Andy Schleck in the end
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Andy Schleck underwent surgery on his injured knee Wednesday morning after the damage was found to be worse than originally thought. The Trek Factory Racing rider crashed near the end of the third stage of the Tour de France, and was able to finish the stage, although obviously in pain. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014




Chloe Hosking attacks
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
"The fifth stage of the Giro Rosa from Jesi to Cesenatico was most likely the last chance for the sprinters to come out to play this year. With the peloton moving into the mountains I was determined not to miss another opportunity as I had a few days earlier in Frattamaggiore." (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: Already a stage winner in the Tour de France five years ago, Heinrich Haussler.
“There is going to be stress like crazy, there are going to be crashes.” (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 9, 2014




Photo: the third man, Vincenzo Nibali, proved that attacks can still pay off...
If you believed everything written in European newspapers — particularly the highly influential L’Équipe of Paris — you would think that this 101st Tour de France is a two-horse race between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: Prior to the Velocis, Bontrager’s top of the line helmet was the Oracle, which is also very comfortable and very good looking.
With all the hullabaloo about helmet aerodynamics these days, you’d think no one was making regular lids these days. Fortunately, they are, and the Bontrager Velocis is a fantastic example of a “normal” helmet. (bikerumor.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: Gretchen Reeves returns to the Crusher in the Tushar to defend her title. She'll be hoping for a smoother race this year, as she suffered a flat tire in 2013. Catherine Fegan-Kim | VeloNews.com.
The fourth annual Crusher in the Tushar runs Saturday, July 12, over 70 miles of paved and dirt roads through the remote wilderness areas of Utah’s Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest. (velonews.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: For 2012, the Tour decided to make a course suited to strong time trialists, like Bradley Wiggins. (James Startt).
The Tour de France designers target history and fans. (bicycling.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: To market the outlandish design, the company reached out to Greg LeMond.
To celebrate a wonderful history and the start of the Tour, Oakley is launching three new collections: Heritage Lifestyle, Heritage Sport Performance, and Tour De France. (bikerumor.com)

July 9, 2014






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)

July 9, 2014




Photo: The bike handled with confidence and while I did get bounced around on the rougher stuff, this is a bike I’d love for a fire road adventure.
"The GT Grade had so intrigued me I made sure to take it for a quick spin while another bike was being readied for me. I took it through some grass, a bit of dirt, off a curb (or three or four) and over all the chewed up asphalt I could find, plus, yes, a bit of gravel." (redkiteprayer.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: Shimano's new Flat Mount disc brake standard was developed specifically for disc-equipped road bikes .
‘Flat Mount’ developed specifically for disc-equipped road bikes. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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July 9, 2014




Belgian Eddy Merckx celebrates winning his fifth Tour de France
Photo: © AFP Photo.
"I would have loved to race out there on the cobblestone in this Tour de France," the Cannibal said, with a grin that clearly explained why he earned him the nickname of the Cannibal. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014






Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Vincenzo Nibali grew up watching old video tapes of Francesco Moser race to three consecutive victories at Paris-Roubaix and he seemed as comfortable as his fellow Italian as he glided over the very same cobbles to extend his lead in the Tour de France on stage five. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014






Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Alberto Contador saw the gap to race leader Vincenzo Nibali widen, after a mechanical issue prevented him from chasing the Italian. Contador began stage 5 of this Tour de France in fifth place, just two seconds behind Nibali, but has now fallen down to 19th – 2:37 down on the yellow jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014




Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara could not match the pace of Boom and Nibali
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Despite finishing fifth on the cobbled stage of the Tour de France, Fabian Cancellara suggested that cobbles have no place in the race due to the dangers of racing on the pave in such difficult conditions. Wet roads were dangerous as Schleck loses eight minutes. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014




Tinkoff-Saxo previews the stage 5 cobbles a few days before the start of the Tour de France
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Two sectors of cobblestones have been removed from the route of stage 5 of the Tour de France due to heavy rainfall in northern France. The race jury communicated its decision to the teams association AIGCP on Wednesday morning, before the start of the stage from Ypres to Arenberg. (cyclingnews.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: Tejay van Garderen is quickly growing into his role as leader of BMC Racing's Tour de France team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWSport.com.
Tejay van Garderen rolls into Wednesday’s decisive cobblestone stage on the cusp of a major hurdle. The 25-year-old has been growing by the day through this Tour de France, and if he survives the brutal pavé with his GC options intact, the team will be quietly confident for what lies ahead. (velonews.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: Superb speed and stability, with a surprising degree of endurance comfort.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "An ingenious rough-road performance solution with no vices." (bikeradar.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: We first spotted the Trek Emonda at the Critérium du Dauphiné - a race often used to test new equipment ahead of the Tour.
The latest machinery at the disposal of the world's best cyclists. (roadcyclinguk.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: More than anyone else, George Hincapie sat at the center of the storm of the EPO generation.
Loyal Lieutenant: Leading out Lance and pushing through pain on the rocky road to Paris (HarperSport, $26.99) is the most frustrating book on the Armstrong era in print. (redkiteprayer.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: For best results, ride hot and slow. (Getty Images).
Working out in heat and humidity can boost your cycling engine, if you follow this research-backed plan. (bicycling.com)

July 9, 2014




Photo: To be sold in both low and high profile designs, and weigh less than 30 grams each.
In the future, it seems everything will be connected to your smart phone. First locks, and now with Cycle AT, a tire pressure monitoring system. (bikerumor.com)

July 9, 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 9, 2014




Photo: The first year of the Tour of Alberta brought the peloton to the wide open wheat fields in the western part of the Canadian province. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The Tour of Alberta, scheduled for September 2-7, 2014, will feature more than 700 kilometers of racing from Calgary to Edmonton, over a variety of terrain. (velonews.com)

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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Marcel Kittel won a close fought sprint to take stage 4 of the Tour de France from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille. The German managed to edge out Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Demare to seal his third stage win of the race, while race leader Vincenzo Nibali enjoyed another relatively quiet day in the saddle. (cyclingnews.com)

July 8, 2014








Photo: Chris Froome after a crash on stage four of the 2014 Tour de France (cyclingweekly.co.uk).
The 29-year-old Briton was knocked over after two riders touched in the peloton and one swerved into him, sending him down on his left side. (velonews.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Honestly, it was my mistake. I took the right side of a roundabout, the road was wet and I slid down. I suffered few bruises on right leg and arm - I hope to don't suffer any problems during the next days...
Peter Sagan is known for his excellent bike-handling skills but today the Slovakian went down in a crash near the finish. Admitting that it was his own fault, the Slovakian was pleased with his fourth place that allowed him to score important points for the points competition. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 8, 2014




Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) can hardly believe he's won the race
Photo: © ASO/G. Demouveaux.
American Tour de France contenders Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen warmed down and recovered on the rollers after Tuesday's fourth stage to Lille but like much of the peloton, their thoughts were already fixed on Wednesday's fifth stage from Ypres to Porte du Hainault close to the Arenberg Forest. (cyclingnews.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Greg Henderson negotiates Stage 5: The stairs (Lotto-Belisol).
The Lotto-Belisol rider crashed at a roundabout with two of his team-mates. The incident happened less than 30km from the finish in the day's 163.5km stage from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille. While Lars Bak and Bart De Clercq were able to continue, it was game over for Henderson. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 5 Profile.
Wednesday's Tour de France Stage 5 departs Ypres at 1:45pm CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Arenberg Porte du Hainaut at around 5:18pm CET (11:18am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 1:45pm CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

July 8, 2014





Dayer Quintana (Movistar) soloes to the win on the Kitzbüheler Horn
Photo: © Mario Stiehl.
Kennaugh holds onto race lead on the Kitzbüheler Horn. (cyclingnews.com)

July 8, 2014




Oleksandr Polivoda (Kolss Cycling Team) in the yellow race leader's jersey
Photo: © 7Cycling.
Polivoda hangs on to overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 8, 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 8, 2014




Photo: I’m more attached to technology like phones and computers than I’d like to be.
The physics graduate, motocross racer, frame-builder, mountain bike pioneer, component, wheel and tire designer and Trek consultant talks about the joy of bread and his attachment to technology. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 8, 2014




Photo: The old rider’s favourite: ‘I’m more of a climber than a sprinter’ (or vice versa) is about to become redundant.
Are you more of a sprinter, a climber or a plain old rouleur? You may think it comes down to your natural muscle make-up, but Cyclist reveals it’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it. (cyclist.com.au)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Christophe Bassons's 2000 memoir Positif updated, expanded and finally published in English.
The story of a rider squeezed out of the sport for daring to not toe the company line. (podiumcafe.com)

July 8, 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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Marianne Vos in pink
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
World champion retains the pink jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: THE COBBLESTONES OF WALLERS-ARENBERG Credit: Graham Watson .
Wednesday's stage five can be regarded as a mini 'Paris-Roubaix' and should shake up the overall classification. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome will ride a Pinarello DogmaK, the same frame used by the team at Paris-Roubaix. He'll use Shimano C50 wheels wrapped with FMB Paris Roubaix 27mm tubulars. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
Pretenders. Out of their element. That’s how some of the biggest names in cycling will feel as they toe the line in Ypres on Wednesday, staring down the barrel of a mini Paris-Roubaix, armed only with skinny arms, big lungs, and hope — always hope — that they won’t crack like eggs against the stones. (velonews.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: a selection of podcasts covering the Tour de France if you want to try them..
"One of the great things about the Tour de France is the amount of coverage and content available. This includes podcasts. I’m a fan of podcasts as you can listen while doing something else and the way they are recorded means analysis and debate of the day’s racing as opposed to live coverage." (inrng.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: A huge yorkshire pudding edition this week..
Looks like Yorkshire has absolutely berserk with their support. 200 Million lining the roads on stage 1 alone. How many of these 200,000 Million will be complaining again next week about cyclists on the road? (wednesdaylegs.wordpress.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Tomorrow is the first major GC showdown of the Tour de France.
Irishman says team has increased motivation due to Spaniard’s strong form. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 8, 2014





Chloe Hosking
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
"Stage four of the Giro Rosa was as close as we get to rest days in women's cycling; after three hard road stages I think everyone sub-consciously wanted one too." (cyclingnews.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: My focus is on doing everything I can to support Team Sky riders to be on the podium and to help Chris to win this race, to inspire people in this country to get involved and to keep on cycling.
Dave Brailsford has been forced to reiterate that he is fully focussed on helping Brit Chris Froome win the Tour de France, after Sky’s manager claimed he wanted to win the race with a Frenchman in the future. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: The body is made from a metal replacement plastic.
"What started out as an idea for a simple tire lever that wouldn’t break ended up, with the thinking time afforded by a transatlantic flight, becoming a rather clever multitool that packs in the essentials plus a few bonuses we’re not used to seeing." (bikerumor.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Riding with hairy legs slows you down, so says Specialized's wind tunnel .
In cycling terms, Specialized reckons you can save around 70 seconds on average over 40km by shaving your legs. (bikeradar.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: I don’t recall the last time I felt a need to write about chain lube.
"I really love that Finish Line so thoroughly believes in this gizmo that they sell it empty so that you can add your favorite lube." (redkiteprayer.com)

July 8, 2014






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)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Leopard-Trek's Jens Voigt had a bad day at the office on the 14th stage of the Tour de France. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA. © theguardian.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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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Will Frischkorn raced with the Garmin team in many major European races, including the Tour de France and the 2009 Tour de Suisse, shown here. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWSport.com.
Will enjoyed a successful career as a top-level racer — culminating in the 2008 Tour de France, where he missed victory by only inches in stage 3 of that year’s race. More notably, Frischkorn was a clean racer throughout his career. Realizing that he would never reach the very top level of riders in the pro peloton, he walked away from the sport when he was 29 years old — which many consider to be about the prime age for pro cyclists. (velonews.com)





















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Photo: Garmin-Sharp's 2014 Tour de France team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWSport.com.
"It’s funny how many people have asked if I’ll be racing the Tour de France this year. They probably don’t realize that there are 29 guys on the team, and only nine get to start the Tour (we capitalize Tour as if it’s a religious reference)." (velonews.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Marcel Kittel wins stage four of the 2014 Tour de France .
Unsurprisingly, Marcel Kittel won the fourth stage of the 2014 Tour de France. Surprisingly, however, it wasn’t straightforward at all. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 8, 2014






Photo: He has no idea where Kristoff is coming from?
Mark Cavendish is livid with Katusha fastman Alexander Kristoff’s claims that Cavendish crashed on purpose during the first stage of the Tour de France. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 8, 2014





Gregory Rast and Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Andy Schleck has been forced to abandon the Tour de France after the injuries he sustained in a crash on stage 3 ruled him out of starting Tuesday’s stage to Lille. (cyclingnews.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: An Alpe d'Huez monument honors the fallen during World War I. On Wednesday, the Tour will pay homage to WWI in the north of France, and in Belgium. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com.
On Wednesday morning, the Tour de France peloton will dot itself across the north of France and Belgium, rolling over battlefields of the Great War and by plain white crosses with no names. It’s been 100 years since the start of a war that killed 16 million people. (velonews.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: When it comes to gear, cyclists refuse to go against the wave — even despite concerns about genital damage..
London-based researchers said there was no correlation between cycling and ED, nor was there a connection between the sport and infertility, according to a new study. However, there was a slight increase in the risk of prostate cancer in cyclists over 50. (nydailynews.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: There are a few different reasons that a cyclist couldn’t make it up an incline..
In one of the stages of the Tirreno-Adriatic race in 2013, there was a 27 percent gradient. That’s pretty steep for a race. Many cyclists would just have to walk their bike up such an incline. But how steep is too steep? (wired.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Zak Dempster leads an escape in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad .
Just over two years ago, Zak Dempster won the Tour Series round in Woking. Yesterday, he sprinted alongside the sport’s fastest on The Mall to complete his third Tour de France stage, the latest step in the Australian’s rise through the ranks. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Customers are being asked to immediately stop using their bikes.
Both Trek and Scott have issued safety recalls on a number of mid priced bicycles sold between 2011-2013 with SR Suntour Suspension Forks. According to the notice, the fork dropouts can break. All told, Scott is recalling 5,200 bikes, while Trek is recalling 120,000. (bikerumor.com)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Will this year's Tour be raced like 2011-13 - or will we see a repeat of recent events at the Criterium du Dauphine? (Getty).
Are the events we saw at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné a thing of the past at the Tour? (sbs.com.au)

July 8, 2014




Photo: Currently suspended by Saxo-Tinkoff for biological passport irregularities and a pending investigation, Roman Kreuziger remains optimistic. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Roman Kreuziger said Tuesday that he believes in justice after a pending anti-doping inquiry due to biological passport abnormalities stopped him from taking part in the 2014 Tour de France. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Giant-Shimano's Marcel Kittel claimed his second stage win at the 2014 Tour de France (AAP). (sbs.com.au)
It was the German 26-year-old’s second stage victory already in this year’s Tour on the final day of racing in Britain before heading back across the Channel to France. Slovak Peter Sagan was second with Australian Mark Renshaw in third. Italian Vincenzo Nibali kept the race leader’s yellow jersey. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Tour de France Stage 4 Profile.
Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 4 departs Le Touquet-Paris Plage at 1:35pm CET (7:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Villeneuve-d'Ascq Lille Métropole at around 5:28pm CET (11:28am 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 7, 2014




Photo: one the most awkward, cringe-worthy podium moments in recent memory..
"If you’ve been paying the slightest bit of attention to the Tour thus far, you’ve noticed the all-encompassing swell of crowds along the English roadside. Sure, it’s been impressive, and at times deafening, but it’s also yielded some stern warnings from the peloton, caused numerous crashes, and oddly enough, inspired a complete and utter damnation of selfies — praise to this simply on principle." (competitivecyclist.com)

July 7, 2014






Photo: The rain just made it so nervous. Everyone has fresh legs, everyone can fight really hard. I hate those finishes...
Tejay van Garderen got safely through today's hectic and wet stage of the Tour de France while his teammate Daniel Oss sprinted to a top 10 result. However, the American admitted that he hates this kind of nervous stages. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 7, 2014





Photo: Brother Fränk Schleck also loses time.
Despite media suggestions on Twitter that Andy Schleck cannot bend his knee after falling close to the end of today’s third stage of the Tour de France, his Trek Factory Racing team has said that the rider’s condition is not too serious after his crash and that he will continue in the race. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 7, 2014




Photo: We did get a little bit wet in the final but I suppose it wouldn’t have been a British start without a bit of rain...
Chris Froome got safely through the final of the three British stages but admitted that racing on slick roads in London had been a dangerous experience. He is pleased to have three potentially dangerous days out of the way. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: After two stages and a prologue, world champion Marianne Vos was wearing pink. Photo courtesy Giro Rosa.
After a prologue and two road stages, world champion Marianne Vos leads the Giro Rosa, the 10-day stage race that tops the women’s international calendar. (velonews.com)

July 7, 2014





Photo: Gatto takes his first win since joining the Green Machine by holding off Lobato and Haller in the bunch sprint on the second stage of the Tour of Austria; Kennaugh defends lead...
Oscar Gatto finally broke his drought and took his first win in Cannondale colors when he emerged as the fastest in the bunch sprint at the end of the second stage of the Tour of Austria. The Italian beat Juan Jose Lobato and local hero Marco Haller in the final dash to the line while Peter Kennaugh defended his lead on the eve of the queen stage. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 7, 2014




Oleksandr Polivoda (Kolss Cycling Team) in the yellow race leader's jersey
Photo: © 7Cycling.
Polivoda remains in the race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: The Tour de France has already had its impact on the healt of several riders. Here's a short medical update..
ASO has released a medical bulletin which reveals that several riders are already bothered by health issues. (cyclingquotes.com)

July 7, 2014





Photo: Hanson Wins Manhattan Beach Grand Prix...
Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. Sponsored each year by Chevron, the City of Manhattan Beach, South Bay Wheelmen cycling club, and the South Bay Wheelmen Foundation. (cyclingillustrated.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: Leah Kirchmann (Optum) outsprints Alison Beveridge (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) to win the 2014 Tour de Delta Brenco Criterium – photo c Greg Descantes.
Just like last year, one team is really flexing its muscles at the Tour de Delta. In 2013, it was NOW and Novartis for MS who was dominant, and this year, it looks like Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies is poised to take command early at BC Superweek. (podiuminsight.com)

July 7, 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 7, 2014




Matthew Busche (Trek) in the breakaway
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The second stage of the 2014 Tour de France was a mixed day for Trek Factory Racing with Matthew Busche making it into the breakaway and Jens Voigt in the polka dot jersey but when the peloton arrived at the Jenkin Road climb, the peloton splintered into numerous groups. Andy and Fränk Schleck both lost time on their GC rivals although Haimar Zubeldia finished in the leading group two seconds behind stage winner Vincenzo Nibali to minimize his losses. (cyclingnews.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: It's always a joyous occasion when the Tour de France comes home from abroad.
Le Tour comes home to France. Then leaves. Then returns again. (podiumcafe.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: The round “O” shape (not the logo) looks like it could be a pivot, perhaps rotating the arms downward to release the lens....
The full frame design blends the open frame Radarlock style with the Racing Jackets favored by Hincapie back in the day and their goggles. The arms get a very industrial styling. (bikerumor.com)

July 7, 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 7, 2014




Photo: There’s more to the humble inner tube than meets the eye.
An inner tube seems like such a simple and straightforward bike part that very little is ever written or said about it. But it is an important component; there is more to the tube than meets the eye, and getting the right one for your bike is important. (rideons.wordpress.com)

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Photo: Fernando Alonso on stage eighteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia .
Rumors suggest that F1 star Fernando Alonso could take over either Belkin in Giant-Shimano pro cycling teams. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 7, 2014




Photo: Yorkshire’s grand départ and the London finish has been a roaring success.
As the Tour de France convoy returns to French soil via the port of Calais it passes right by the village of Ardres, a nondescript place except it was once the site of an extravagant display of wealth and power between the Kings of France and England in 1520. (inrng.com)

July 7, 2014





Photo: Can Marcel Kittel's sprint rivals come up with a plan to beat him in this year's Tour de France?
Never two without three, goes the French proverb. But looking at the way Marcel Kittel dominated stage three of the 2014 Tour in London, his second sprint win of the race, the saying might need some modification by Paris. Never two without five. Or even six. Seven? Probably not, but ask us again on the eve of the final stage. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 7, 2014





Annemiek Van Vleuten (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) in the maglia rosa
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
Vos maintains overall race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

July 7, 2014






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)

July 7, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome (Sky) finished with the other GC contenders on stage 2, indicating that he is ready to defend his title at the 2014 Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Chris Froome is a man of destiny. Last year, after usurping teammate Bradley Wiggins’ throne, he became Africa’s first yellow jersey winner in emphatic fashion. In 2014, Froome is poised to make history yet again if he can manage to win his second straight Tour de France. (velonews.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: Chris Horner is riding in his seventh Tour, and this time is coming back from a brutal crash in Italy that derailed his early season racing and training plans. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
It’s been a bumpy road for Chris Horner. He’s riding the Tour de France after a bad crash in Italy, his form a bit underdone, and he’s got a cobblestone stage on the horizon — stage 5. (velonews.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: some of the stand-out stories that illuminated stage 3 to London.
The third part of the opening English triptych on this year's Tour de France may have lacked the drama of Yorkshire but a hectic finish in London still gave fans something to dig their teeth into - although not in a way that would have sated a Suarez-style appetite. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

July 7, 2014




Tinkoff Saxo director Bjarne Riis and his rider Alberto Contador
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Bjarne Riis shrugged off suggestions that Alberto Contador was left isolated in the finale of stage 2 to Sheffield at the Tour de France, insisting the team will be able take on Team sky and Astana as Contador fights for the overall victory. (cyclingnews.com)

July 7, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) starts his first day in the maillot jaune
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Astana will not try to lose the yellow jersey to a non-general classification rival says Lieuwe Westra. On stage two, his teammate Vincenzo Nibali took the lead of the Tour de France, after a beautifully timed attack to win stage 2 by two seconds. (cyclingnews.com)

July 7, 2014




Dave Brailsford and Richie Porte deep in conversation
Photo: © SWpix.com.
Having already guided riders to just about every title in cycle sport, Dave Brailsford has revealed that he has one further ambition that he would love to achieve: guiding a French rider to the Tour de France title. (cyclingnews.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: British cycling fans have been happy with Brailsford's impact but may not like his latest comments.
But in an interview with the French sports daily L’Equipe, Brailsford was asked if a French winner would be his next objective, he replied: ‘Yes, I would like to win with a French rider.' (dailymail.co.uk)

July 7, 2014




Photo: American sounding confident after stage two of Tour de France.
Crossing the line, wheeling to a halt and showing a satisfied smile, it was clear that Tejay van Garderen was very encouraged by his feelings on stage two of the Tour de France. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 7, 2014




Photo: The Protone has a claimed weight of 210g and uses Coolmax 3D DRY padding..
With the Tour de France starting over the weekend in Yorkshire, you may have noticed reigning champion Chris Froome and the rest of Team Sky in a new helmet. The Protone is the fourth lid that the Italian helmet manufacturer and Team Sky have developed in collaboration. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: It was another day of circuit racing with six laps of a 20km loop in Frattamaggiore on the outskirts of Naples....
The sprinters finally had their day to shine today and the Italians had something to celebrate as Giorgia Bronzini took victory ahead of current pink jersey wearer Marianne Vos and American Shelley Olds. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 7, 2014




Photo: to be able to do really hard efforts, your easy days must be genuinely easy .
If you’ve been riding consistently but haven’t become any faster for a while, it’s probably because you’re not going hard enough.
And also because you’re going too hard. (bikeradar.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: Speedplay's goal with Light Action pedals was to make clipless pedals more appealing to cyclists.
The cleat's redesigned spring reduces engagement effort while retaining the same retention security and release of other Speedplay cleats. It will be available separately as well as with the Light Action pedal and is compatible with previous models of Light Action pedals. (bicycleretailer.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: you may think that riders leave all the work of sorting their bikes out to the mechanics,.
The Tour de France is the biggest annual sporting event on the planet and so it's no surprise that new bikes and cycling-related technology often make their first appearance at the race. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: The French will love that, an Englishman delivering the Holy Grail. I wonder what Hinault would have to say about that?
Tour Analysis: With the Tour headed across the Channel tonight for its proper start on French soil, Lee Rodgers casts an eye over the opening three days of an awesome start that’s even caused reaction from the inimitable Bernard Hinault. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Andrew Talansky's 2010 Tour of the Gila proved to be one of the most important races of his life, because that's where he met Jonathan Vaughters. Photo: Gregor Brown | VeloNews.com.
Andrew Talansky is in the driver’s seat of Garmin-Sharp’s Tour de France team and showing how far he has come since a chance meeting with general manager Jonathan Vaughters. (velonews.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: What about the work he didn't cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a global cancer advocacy?
After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? (esquire.com)

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Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Sharp)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Speaking at the end of stage 3 of the Tour, team manager Jonathan Vaughters said that, “Garmin has a contract with the team next year but not as a title sponsor. The team name will definitely change next year, yes.” (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Made the selection: Jan Bakelants, a stage winner at last year's Tour de France and custodian of the leader's yellow jersey for two days, has been named in Omega Pharma-Quick-Step's nine-man tean Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
British men used to seek refuge in the pub - now they join the cult of lycra. As the Tour de France heads to London, Beverley Turner, an experienced cycling widow to James Cracknell, explains the real economic and emotional cost of this growing obsession  (telegraph.co.uk)

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Photo: My job was 500 metres long but the biggest fight was already over. My boys had done a great job before that...
Marcel Kittel continued his domination of the Tour de France sprints when he won today's big battle on The Mall in London. The German claimed that he did one of the fastest sprints of his career but refuses the suggestion that there are no rival for him in this year's Tour de France. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Milan-San Remo winner has Alexander Kristoff has criticized Mark Cavendish's sprinting style, suggesting the Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider "lost his head a little bit” as he tried to win the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate. He went as far as comparing Cavendish to football player Luis Suarez, who has track record of biting opponents in the heat of the moment. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Sprinter could return in time for Vuelta a España but no decision made as yet.
Mark Cavendish faces a long period of time away from racing after it was confirmed that he will undergo surgery today on the shoulder he injured on stage one of the Tour de France. (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 7, 2014




Photo: The Tour de France is getting ever closer to using onboard cameras. (Getty Images/AFP).
It’s been in the pipeline for a long time, but Tour de France race organizer ASO will finally follow through with plans cycling fans have been demanding for the best part of a decade; the incorporation of on-board cameras as part of its live broadcast offering. (sbs.com.au)

July 7, 2014




Photo: Leopard-Trek's Jens Voigt had a bad day at the office on the 14th stage of the Tour de France. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA. © theguardian.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 7, 2014




Photo: The Race To Truth - Blowing The Whistle On Lance Armstrong And Cycling's Doping Culture
Author: Emma O'Reilly (with Shannon Kyle, foreword by Lance Armstrong).
Emma O'Reilly's account of the price she paid for blowing the whistle on her experience of cycling's doping culture. (podiumcafe.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: My son showed no interest in bikes for a long time. It was only when his younger sister taught herself to ride with a neighbor’s bike, that he, too, wanted to learn to ride.
Many avid cyclists would love to share their joy of cycling with their children, but some find that their children aren’t interested at all. I am lucky – for now – that my son shares my love of the sport. How did this happen? (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Photo: Caught on camera: a fan risks the wrath of the peloton .
Calls for action ahead of stage three after spectators put peloton at risk to capture themselves on camera. (telegraph.co.uk)

July 7, 2014




Photo: Its new CLX 40 wheels are significantly cheaper than the Zipps and – at 1492g – 186g lighter too.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "We don’t think you’ll find better for the money – Roval really has taken the fight to Zipp’s 303s." (bikeradar.com)

July 7, 2014




Photo: Williams Cycling is branching out from wheels and components into a small range of road frames. The top-end Aeros Genesis frameset, shown here, costs US$1,899.99 (£1,114/AU$2,021) and weighs 1,607g for a 49cm frame and uncut fork .
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Awesome pricing and aero shaping with a very smooth ride." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: men’s and women’s genitals are positioned differently....
If only she’d taken our bike-fit advice. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Astana's Vincenzo Nibali claimed an opportunistic victory on Stage 2 of the Tour de France (AAP).
The yellow jersey changed shoulders after Stage 2 of the Tour de France with Vincenzo Nibali now leading the race after a crafty and opportunistic victory in Sheffield. (sbs.com.au)

July 6, 2014