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Catharine Pendrel pumped for cyclocross nationals - Canadian ...
cyclingmagazine.ca.
World mountain bike champion defends Canadian cyclo-cross title. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014






Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) wins the Saitama Criterium. Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Marcel Kittel won the second edition of the Saitama Criterium by Tour de France, beating Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff in a small group finish. (cyclingnews.com)

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Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) wins stage 6 of the Tour of Hainan. Photo: © Tour of Hainan. (cyclingnews.com)
After yesterday's win for his teammate Andrea Palini, Niccolo Bonifazio made it two in a row for Lampre-Merida when he scored his second stage win by winning stage 6 of the Tour of Hainan. At the end of a very fast stage, he beat Barry Markus and Wouter Wippert in a bunch sprint and also took the leader's jersey in the process. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: And we’re still smiling about that when Guy wins Keirin Two; good exercise for me as I have to trot round grab their helmets, give them their towel and hat – and it’s always nice to see those podium girls close up.
"Working as a runner for the stars at the Amsterdam Six Day race our journalist Ed Hood is once again embedded deep inside the race. Here’s his story from the first half of the race at the velodrome in Amsterdam as we pick up the action on Day 3." (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

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

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


Octobern 25, 2014




Photo: Wout Van Aert has added the second edition of the Polderscross in Kruisbeke to his palmares.
Wout Van Aert has added the second edition of the Polderscross in Kruisbeke to his palmares. The youngster again demonstrated his talent by holding off Sven Nys and Klaas Vantornout. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 25, 2014



Chris Froome (Team Sky) in relaxed mood Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Sky rider to decide on program by December: Chris Froome has reiterated that he may skip the Tour de France next year in order to focus on the Giro d’Italia and said that a final decision on his 2015 program will be taken in December.
When the Tour route was unveiled on Wednesday, Froome immediately voiced his reservations about the course in a statement posted on his website and suggested that he would consider riding the Giro and Vuelta a España instead. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport at the Saitama Criterium in Japan, Froome explained his rationale further. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: I would like to thank the whole team again. We ride for various professional teams, but if we pull the white-red jersey, we hold the right to be a team together, for nothing is more important.
After Rafal Majka's two stage wins in this year's Tour de France and Michal Kwiatkowski’s sensational coup at the road world championship, Polish cycling seems to be finally back in the mainstream of the cycling world’s attention.
President Boguslaw Komorowski invited Majka and the National Team to Krakow, where the team was awarded honorary titles. World Champion Kwiatkowksi and coach Piotr Wadecki received the Golden Cross of Merit. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 25, 2014




Rigoberto Uran wore a pink bowtie at the 2015 Giro d'Italia route presentation
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Wanty-Groupe Gobert continues to build roster for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Bored with cycling? Spice things up with one of these 10 ideas Tim de Waele.
If your riding feels stale, try these 10 tips to reignite your passion for cycling.
Getting a few good finishes under your belt, commuting by bike every day of the week, improving your time trial results can all fire up your riding and just make you want more.
But even this can become a bit humdrum. If your riding feels more like a wet weekend than a sunny getaway, it’s time to shake things up a little. Here’s a few suggestions. (bikeradar.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Superstar Proline tool kit What Mountain Bike / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A solid first kit with a good build, selection and price. Impressive." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Tour de France supremo Christian Prudhomme (Reuters).
While race director Christian Prudhomme demonstrated his ability to get down with the kids at the 2015 Tour de France presentation in Paris, next year's route has Chris Froome very much questioning his participation.
Nevertheless bullish in an accountant's grey suit, Prudhomme - all 1.90m of him - took to the stage to wax lyrical about the exponential growth of cycling the world over. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

October 25, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Betancur likes the look of 2015 Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Apart from the pavement, cobblestones, sand and gravel, much of the course includes off-camber grass corners. © Andrew Reimann.
In 2014, Winnipeg hosts a weekend with the Canadian National Championships followed by the Manitoba Grand Prix UCI Race. The course begins with sweeping grass turns and off-cambers within view of Winnipeg’s brand new Museum of Human Rights.
By the time a quarter of a lap is finished, however, the course takes a large departure from the grass, dirt and mud known so well to traditional cyclocross. Pavement and cobblestone stretches turn the course into an urban environment, which should create some fast racing over the next two days. (cxmagazine.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Old Sunset Highway bridge over Raging River.
"With a break in the rain, I rode my bike out the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail on Friday to enjoy the fall colors.
Unfortunately, I discovered that my timing was a little off. Many of the trees were already bare and their moss-covered limbs exposed for all to see." (bikingbis.com)

October 25, 2014




Ridley has dramatically redesigned its flagship X-Night into a far lighter and better-riding cyclocross machine than before James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Fantastic chassis but needs better wheels." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Richard Moore considers why Chris Froome would choose to miss the Tour in favour of other races in 2015.
The first instinct on reading Chris Froome’s reaction to next year’s Tour de France route, which appears to favor pure climbers over all-rounders, might be to assume that Froome has gone rogue, and that his threat to skip the Tour and go for the Giro and Vuelta will prove to be idle.
Froome offered his thoughts within minutes of the official unveiling of the route: “There’s no two ways about it, next year’s Tour is going to be about the mountains,” he said. “There’s very little emphasis on time trialling which means the race will be decided up in the high mountains.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




At the 2015 Tour, there will be more at stake during a sprint finish than just a stage win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Time bonuses, and the thrilling battle for the yellow jersey in the first week that come with them, are back in the Tour de France.
As part of a restructuring of the points competition, Tour officials reintroduced time bonuses for the first time since eliminating them for the 2008 edition. Finish-line bonuses of 10, 6, and 4 seconds will be in the offing in the opening nine days of racing, but do not apply to the stage 1 time trial nor the stage 9 team time trial. The remainder of the stages, dominated by the Pyrénées and Alps, will not see bonuses in play. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Mark Cavendish in the green jersey after stage 11 of the 2011 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
In a move that will suit the likes of Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, whilst potentially upsetting the dominance of Peter Sagan, the Tour de France’s nine flat stages will feature an overhauled green jersey points system in 2015.
Thierry Gouvenou, Tour de France course director, confirmed the changes at the presentation in Paris on October 22: “When we are almost certain that the stage will end in a sprint, we will add a little bonus to first place. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Former Vuelta and Tour de France winner Pedro Delgado was one of those presenting the new route.
Photo: © Shane Stokes.
Former Tour de France winner analyzes 2015 route: Pedro Delgado believes that the format of the 2015 Tour route is not so different to those adopted by the Vuelta in recent years - and that it does no favors at all to 2013 Tour champion Chris Froome (Team Sky). (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




2013 US pro women's time trial podium (L-R): Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY16), Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) and Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS)
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
American excited about downtown Richmond loop: This week, the 34-year-old has been scouting out the time trial and road courses. "It's huge to have the Worlds be in the US," said Small to Cyclingnews. "Having Worlds on your home turf adds to the excitement. I came from volleyball, and it was the same thing. When you played on your home court, you just played better. Yeah, Richmond isn't my hometown, but it's my home country." (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014






Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 24, 2014





Palini won the stage ahead of his teammate Niccolo Bonifazio second and Astana’s Ruslan Tleubayev third
Photo: © Tour of Hainan.
After finishing second, third, fifth and second in the opening four stages of the Tour of Hainan, Italy’s Andrea Palini finally got the victory he was looking for in a rained soaked day of racing on a tropical island. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) takes stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
New signing and contract extensions at Lotto-Belisol and Wanty-Groupe Gobert. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Tests undertaken by staff at Amsterdam’s VU hospital reveal that Stam exhibited signs of a heart arrhythmia immediately prior to the crash that appear to have been a contributing factor to the accident.
The family of derny driver Cees Stam who crashed at the Six-Days of Amsterdam three days ago, has given an update on his condition. Examinations have indicated that heart arrhythmia led to the incident. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 24, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

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

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


Octobern 24, 2014




Elia Viviani after winning the 2014 Coppa Bernocchi.
Photo: © Bettini.
Froome undecided on 2015 Tour, Sky signs Viviani. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2013 Saitama Criterium. Froome returns in 2014.
Saturday's Saitama Criterium will be broadcast live on Eurosport starting at around 3pm local time in Japan (8am CET, 2am U.S. Eastern).  There should be live streams. (cyclingfans.com)

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Taylor Phinney won a stage at the Tour of California in 2014, but suffered a season-ending crash shortly after during the national road race. In an interview with VeloNews, he looks to next season. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
At this point, what happened to Taylor Phinney that day is well known. An in-race motorcycle slowed down in front of him and others during a descent of the USA Cycling road national championships. He smashed into a guardrail. His left leg snapped as a toothpick does under a heavy thumb.
What happens next, though, is the unknown. Phinney has worked and rehabbed. He’s suffered through watching the races, feeling like he’s losing ground every single day as the peloton barrels forward. He talked about his recovery and his ambitions for next season. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Sponsorship in pro cycling is mostly centered around the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
One of cycling’s greatest attractions for fans is that it’s basically free to watch. The flip side is that, relative to other sports, there is much greater pressure on event organizers and teams to find external commercial sponsors to provide the financial foundation for the sport. And although there is an urgent need to diversify the sources of revenue in the sport, the fact is that pro cycling — by its very nature — will always be heavily dependent upon commercial sponsorship. Viewed from this perspective, one of the most pressing issues faced by the sport is the need to attract and retain more committed and global long-term sponsors. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Lieuwe Westra wins stage seven of the 2014 Dauphine-Libere .
Police caught team Astana rider Lieuwe Westra on radar driving 189 kilometres per hour (118mph) in the northern part of the Netherlands on Wednesday evening.
“It is what it is,” Westra told Dutch Leeuwarder Courant website. “I just drove too fast.”
The Dutchman finished second in the Paris-Nice stage race in 2012 riding for Vacansoleil and joined Astana this year to help Vincenzo Nibali win the Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Photo: But writing about it? That takes a sharper focus which I don’t have.
The cyclocross season has started and there’s been a few emails and tweets to say “looking forward to your cross coverage”. But as loyal readers know there is no cyclo-cross coverage. It’s also a chance to address why there’s little coverage of women’s racing here too.
Why no cyclo-cross? Because it doesn’t interest me as much as road cycling. I’ve mocked cross before as Belgium’s answer to tractor-pulling but it’s really a sport where participation is superior to watching on TV. (inrng.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: I hope that with my new team mates and staff I’ll be able to reach all the goals I have and this will be the perfect environment for me to do that.
Team Sky has confirmed the signing of Italian sprinter Elia Viviani. The team will have more emphasis on sprinting in 2015 and hopes that the former Cannondale rider will help them achieve their goal. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 24, 2014




Graeme Obree is working with his son on his latest attempt to set the human powered land speed record. Photo: Humans Invent.
Graeme Obree is one of the great enigmas of the cycling world. He has consistently looked to further the design and performance of the bicycle, normally from the humble workshop of his kitchen, and he is an ambassador for all that is great about cycling and craft. From his two hour records in the 1990s to his 2013 attempt at the human powered land speed record (HPVA) in Battle Mountain, Obree is obsessed with pushing the boundaries of a bicycle. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Vuelta a Espana organizers will unveil the 2015 route after the new year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
With two routes of the three grand tours already confirmed, now all eyes turn to Spain.
The Vuelta a España, however, is waiting until January 10 to make its route announcement for the 70th edition.
The Vuelta is confirmed to start with five days of racing in and around Malaga in Spain’s sunny Andalucía region, coinciding with the peak holiday season in late August. (velonews.com)
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Choosing a sports drink, for many, has less to do with science and more to do with what your body craves. Caffeine? Salt? Green tea? There's an answer in this mix. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com.
"The brands offering electrolyte drink mixes might have you thinking that hydration is a precise science. They use long words that you probably don’t understand - at least I have to look most of them up. But in reality, hydration is much more simple. In the real world, what we pour into our bodies revolves around a few things: what are we craving, and what tastes good, or in the case of many electrolyte mixes, what can we stomach. Luckily, there is a growing number of tasty and portable options available. Here is my go-to selection and how I use them." (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Polar Loop fitness tracker
Russell Burton.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "One of the best fitness bands, but you’d be better with a proper HRM for biking." (bikeradar.com)

October 24, 2014





Photo: The best of the next-tech race bikes have an unprecedented connectedness to the road.
"Earlier this year, Wilier's top-of-the-line Zero.7 won the new Superbike category in our annual Editors' Choice competition. In retrospect, it was a nice retirement gift for that frame—Wilier has rolled out a redesigned version for 2015. The most evident changes on first look: a new, hourglass-shape head tube, which cleanly integrates with the fork crown to create a more aero profile and stiffer front end, and the graphics (available in the blacked-out version you see here, the Italian tricolor, and Colombian colors), which, to my eye, have the most elegant look of any Wilier." (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: My first impression as I pushed on the pedals when our pack of riders pulled out of the driveway and onto a rolling country lane was that this bike might weigh less than my shoes.
"It's hard not to draw comparisons. Abby Santurbane, Liv's global category manager, admonishes me every time I start. "How do the head-tube and seat-tube angles of the Avail compare with the Giant Defy for men?" I ask. And Abby says, "We're not making those comparisons anymore. Avail is built from the ground up, not tweaked from the men's mold." I note that the junctions where the Avail's seatpost, top tube, and seat stays intersect look different than on the Defy. Same answer, less patient this time: Stop comparing. Though Liv grew out of Giant, and was originally just the women's line of the brand, it is now not only a separate brand but also a completely different bike." (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: n cycling, high tech eventually comes at a low price . (Photo by Jonathan Pushnik)
"Financial theorists might still be debating the efficacy of trickle-down economics, but we're here to tell you that trickle-down technology flat out works. This $2,500 bike uses aerodynamic, Squoval 3 tubes that were introduced on Cervélo's $10,000 RCA frame in 2013. This version of Squoval—a combination of square and oval—has a rounded leading edge to channel airflow around the tube, and a blunt trailing edge that causes the air coming off the tubes to be less turbulent (and thus create less drag)." (bicycling.com)

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Photo: I am pretty sure I am capable of much more than I have shown so far. Photography by Cor Vos
He was ninth in the Tour de France two years ago and is a past winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de Georgia and the Tour of Slovenia. Despite that, and despite being still just 30 years of age, Janez Brajkovic finds himself hurtling towards November with still no idea if he will be racing in 2015. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 24, 2014





Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura) in gold at the Tour of Britain press conference
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
UCI President defends the Biological Passport: Brian Cookson has responded to claims made by Jonathan Tiernan-Locke in relation to his UK Anti-doping (UKAD ) hearing and subsequent doping ban, telling the British rider he is “putting himself in a deeper and deeper hole.” Tiernan-Locke called his hearing – run by UKAD – a “mickey mouse court”. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Roman Kreuziger winds up the pace for Contador
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Team says they will accept the final ruling in Biological Passport case:
The Tinkoff-Saxo team has reiterated its support for Roman Kreuziger as the Czech rider prepares to fight for his reputation and career in his Biological Passport case against the UCI and WADA. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Matteo Rabottini's 2014 EPO positive is causing headaches for Neri Sottoli as the team angles for a Giro d'Italia invitation. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Italian second-division team, Neri Sottoli may sign Alessandro Petacchi for 2015, but it races into the new season with uncertainties linked to past doping cases.
The team fans love to hate may be back, and maybe with Petacchi, if all goes well for general manager Angelo Citracca. If not, he explained that the team has enough sponsorship and is not dependent on a Giro d’Italia invite to continue. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski – the first Polish rider to wear the coveted stripes – lit up September’s Tour of Britain.
Road race world champion Michal Kwiatkowski holds 94 Strava KOMs from the recent Tour of Britain. You may never be world champion, but you could echo his feats and try to take one of his Strava segments. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Photo: After two years at BMC, then time spent with Champion System and Hincapie Sportswear Development, Chris Butler is making the move to Team SmartStop. He's eager to grow into his role as a GC rider. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Coming off a strong year with the Hincapie Sportswear Development, Chris Butler, 26, will make the jump to the successful upstart Team SmartStop next year.
Proving himself as one of the most promising riders in the sport, Butler had strong performances against WorldTour riders at both the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge, but hopes to build upon his results next year when moving into a GC role for SmartStop. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Our size 43 (EU) sample pair weighs 569g.
AU$129 / US$100 / £85.
Giro Treble II shoes: The Treble II is the entry-level model in Giro's shoes range, and it borrows plenty of design features and style from the brand’s higher-end offerings.
The synthetic upper has three wide velcro straps to give a firm hold on the foot. The injected nylon outsole is compatible with both two- and thre-bolt cleats, so they will work with just about any pedal system. (bikeradar.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Pictured on an aero seatpost; it really couldn’t be any neater and the enhanced functions look set to make this Irish invention one of the bike game’s real winners of 2014..
"Every now and again innovative kit comes on the market that really catches your eye. These lights from Irish company See.Sense fit into that category.
First off, they’re really small and neat and they look great; always a good start, especially for a piece of kit normally produced without much of an eye on design." (stickybottle.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Bianchi never went away—but it hasn't been this enticing in a while either.
Bianchi, which has been around since about 1885, lays claim to being the world's oldest continually producing bike company, and to being one of the first to install derailleurs and pneumatic tires on bikes—big technological advances at the time. Until the past few years, however, it seemed to me that, at least judging from the company's presence in America, Bianchi's biggest accomplishment was catching the wave of fixie obsession. (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Yes, the Émonda is light. But past that, it's such a remarkably well-balanced road bike that its overall performance is what wows you.
When Trek unveiled its Émonda line in July, all the talk was about the flagship SLR 10. Some gawped at its claimed 10.25-pound weight; others opined that a near-$16,000 bike surely meant the apocalypse was upon us. Lost in the buzz: The Émonda is not a single bike, but a line with 16 models, including women's versions and two framesets. (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: It's a lightweight, aero road bike that Pierre Rolland and Thomas Voeckler used for some stages of this year's Tour de France.
This is the second race bike introduced by Colnago this year. The first, the C60, uses the company's signature clover-shaped lugs to join clovered carbon tubes. That frame is pieced together in Colnago's Italian factory, and the marriage is of more than materials—the C60 blends old-world craftsmanship with modern bike design. The V1-r has no such nostalgia. It's made in Taiwan, and instead of lugs it has a monocoque carbon design. The process freed Colnago to nip, tuck, and tease more performance while also reducing weight—at a claimed 835 grams, a 52cm frame is 215 grams lighter than a comparable C60, and costs $1,450 less. (bicycling.com)

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Alison Powers won the 2014 road race at U.S. nationals. It was her second title that weekend, as she also claimed the national time trial championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
After a successful year racing for UnitedHealthcare in the U.S. and internationally, Alison Powers will retire from professional cycling. She plans to focus on her coaching business, ALP Cycles Coaching.
Looking back on her career, Powers said, “It has been a pretty amazing career! I have won or been part of a team that has won almost every single race in the United States. All of my cycling goals have been accomplished and I feel very satisfied leaving the sport. I’m proud to have won the Tour of the Gila criterium in 2006, my first year doing NRC races, and then to have won it again this year, my last year racing.”  (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Team LottoNL-Jumbo was introduced on Thursday. It is a unique combination of a cycling team and speed-skating team. Photo: LottoNL-Jumbo.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo, which is the 2015 iteration of the Belkin team, was officially presented Thursday. Key team staff and athletes such as Robert Gesink, Laurens ten Dam, and Wilco Kelderman were on hand to introduce the team’s new look.
Belkin was involved with the cycling team for only a brief period — it’s sponsorship began mid-2013, and it announced it would withdraw from the sport earlier this year. In 2014, the team won stages at notable races such as Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya, Tour de France, and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Taylor Phinney gets ready to pre-ride the 2015 time trial world championship course
Photo: © Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor.
Rolling course will produce fast rides: Taylor Phinney checked out the Elite men's individual time trial course for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond on Wednesday. The American was in town as an attendee at a USA Cycling camp being held to give riders a chance to preview several of next year's race courses. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: With Froome casting doubt over his plans for next year, we take a look at what the Sky rider will need to consider when choosing between
the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.
Chris Froome will have to evaluate the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France routes, the first two grand tours of 2015, to determine which path he will take next year. The Tour, which takes place on July 4 to 26, carries more prestige, but the Giro, May 9 to 31, offers more time trials and a chance to return later in the season to race the Vuelta a España.
“The team and I will have to give it some careful consideration,” Froome said yesterday after the Tour presentation. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




Photo: On the hunt for a contract for next year, Frenchman Julien Antomarchi of La Pomme Marseille brilliantly rode to a solo victory.
Julien Antomarchi took the biggest win of his career when he won stage 4 of the Tour of Hainan. Having been part of a three-rider breakaway, the Frenchman managed to hold off the peloton by just a single second but it was enough to take both the stage win and the leader's jersey. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 23, 2014




Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Nibali on his future and the 2015 season, Le Tour in numbers. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Christina Probert-Turner (The TEAM SoCalCross/Turner Bikes/Jenson) leads Nicole Brandt (LaGrange/Michelob Ultra) early in the Knobbe Martens Women’s Elite A race. © Philip Beckman/PB Creative.
What a difference a couple of weeks can make. Round four of the SoCalCross Prestige Series took place at the same location as Round four, two weeks prior. It may as well have been in a different time zone. The temperature was set to defrost instead of broil, the course was radically revamped, and both the Men’s and Women’s Elite A results were completely rewritten. (cxmagazine.com)

October 23, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 23, 2014




Photo: Innovative thru-axles, frame delivers wonderful handling.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Whether on tarmac or trail, the Mares AX 3.0 is fast, fun and full of innovation." (bikeradar.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Smith after sometime probing the mountain bike industry, launch its first road lid called the Overtake.
CyclingWeekly verdict: 9 out of 10 stars. "Without trying to reinvent the wheel, it has managed to help change the way we look at styling, as well as which materials we use in the helmet industry. Lightweight construction with subtle aerodynamic properties and outrageous styling and colours to choose from, what’s not to like?"  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014





Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2013 Saitama Criterium. Froome returns in 2014.
Saturday's Saitama Criterium will be broadcast live on Eurosport starting at around 3pm local time in Japan (8am CET, 2am U.S. Eastern).  There should be live streams. (cyclingfans.com)

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October 22, 2014


Top contenders for the U.S. world championship team gathered in the Virginia capital on Wednesday and Thursday to take a first tour of the road and time trial courses, hold team meetings, and build the foundation of the nation’s first home-field advantage in nearly three decades. Photo courtesy Richmond2015..
The 2015 UCI world championships in Richmond, Virginia, are still nearly a year away, but the initial reviews of the road and time trial courses are in.
Top contenders for the U.S. world championship team gathered in the Virginia capital on Wednesday and Thursday to take a first tour of the road and time trial courses, hold team meetings, and build the foundation of the nation’s first home-field advantage in nearly three decades. (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: UCI president and former member of the team's operating board says homegrown riders are not being developed by the squad..
UCI president Brian Cookson believes Team Sky has abandoned one of its original pledges of seeking to develop young British riders.
Cookson was a member of the operating board of the team’s owners, Tour Racing Limited, from its inception in 2010 until he was elected into his current position last September.
But during an interview for CW’s  sister magazine, Cycle Sport, Cookson bemoaned the team’s changed position on blooding home-grown talent. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




102nd Tour de France 2015 Presentation Christian Prudhomme TDF Director and Jan van Zanen (Ned) Mayor departure city Utrecht
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France suggested that cycling and the Tour de France has become 'swag' (a French term meaning cool) after the spectacular start in Yorkshire and the dramatic racing at the 2014 edition of the race. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish shake hands as this year’s Tour de France rolled out, but it looks as though only Cavendish will be on the Utrecht start line in July (pic: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com).
"The Tour de France 2015 route announcement has certainly met with mixed reaction, with the absence of any meaningful individual time trial and a clear focus on the mountains not to everyone’s taste.
Chris Froome has already raised doubts over his own participation, saying the course does not suit his characteristics as a rider, though chief rival Alberto Contador is relishing what he admits will be a difficult race." (roadcyclinguk.com)

October 23, 2014




Peter Sagan (Cannondale) makes it three green jersey wins in three years
Photo: © ASO/B. Bade.
At the unveiling of the 2015 Tour de France route in Paris, race organiser ASO confirmed a change to the green jersey points classification for the nine flat stages of 2015 race.
Race director Christian Prudhomme hinted that there would be changes in an interview in September after Peter Sagan dominated the competition during the last three editions of the Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Matthias Brande wants to break the hour record next week in Switzerland. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Austrian Matthias Brändle will attempt to beat Jens Voigt’s hour record on October 30.
“I am delighted that a young rider is interested,” UCI President Brian Cookson said in a press release. “This proves that the Hour Record has again become a dream for athletes, including those of the new generation, as well as for cycling fans.
“I am convinced that in the future many other riders will attempt to add their names to the prestigious list of legendary Hour Record holders.” (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Karsten Kroon's biggest win came in 2002 on stage 8 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
One of cycling’s elder statesmen is retiring from professional racing after a successful career spanning three decades. Karsten Kroon turned pro in 1997 with Rabobank. He rode for Team CSC from 2006-2009, then BMC for two season, and wrapped up his career with Tinkoff-Saxo from 2012 to present.
Kroon rode his last race in Sunday’s Japan Cup, and after returning home, he confirmed that it was the right decision. (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: A question that many cyclists have asked: how much coffee must you drink to ride faster and further? Years of studies by dozens of
scientists have shown what the pros have known for decades - coffee adds zip. Now research is helping to nail the numbers .
A Spanish lab gave a group of amaters a combo of caffeine and carbohydrate gel and has found they rode significantly better than others who had smaller doses or none at all. The big hit of caffeine gave them staying power.
But how big was the hit? The scientists from the Unversity of Alicante gave the volunteers measured amounts of caffeine for every kilo of their body weight. The doses were taken 70 minutes before the experiment. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




Photo: The Reynolds 46 Aero bucks the current trend of snub-nose rims with its pointy edge
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Light, fast and relatively easy to handle, but wet braking isn't great and hard dry braking can cause squealing." (bikeradar.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: The mixte is the latest of only a handful of bikes created by SaiTong Man within his home in Cambridge
Satoma Cycles.
We first spotted the work of SaiTong Man at this year’s Cycle Show in Birmingham. He's the individual behind Cambridge firm Satoma Cycles. The frame Man had on display showed exceptional attention to detail – sat on a floor dominated by mass-produced bikes, it was impossible to ignore.
Man’s story is quite remarkable. He was formerly a successful video games designer, but decided to step away from the screens and pursue his passion for hand-crafted work. Man also used to produce hand-built wooden furniture, but has now dropped that craft in favor of frame building. (bikeradar.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Keep your fitness up with some indoor pedalling
BikeRadar.
You have to keep riding in winter if you want to consolidate your summer fitness gains. Riding outdoors can be treacherous when it's dark and icy, which is why indoor trainers are a boon to cyclists, especially those who want to use their own bikes rather than go to a gym. (bikeradar.com)

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Hitting out: Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 Tour de France winner, criticised his Astana team-mates Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
Vincenzo Nibali has described the recent positive doping tests at Astana as "isolated", arguing that the team should not be held responsible for the "stupidity" of some of its riders.
Brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy both tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in August, the former having helped Nibali to victory at the Tour de France the previous month. (telegraph.co.uk)

October 23, 2014





Photo: Former Amstel Gold Race winner suspected of blood doping. Photography by Cor Vos.
Both the World Anti Doping Agency and the UCI have decided to fight the decision taken last month by the Czech Olympic Committee to clear Roman Kreuziger of anomalies in his biological passport, with the bodies confirming that they will bring the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 23, 2014





Photo: George, the crap you and your buddies got up to changed many lives too – it forced countless riders from pursuing a career in a peloton they knew was dirty.
Alternate realities? String theory, perhaps, where near-identical universes thrum alongside each other, where other variations of you live out their existence doing the same stuff but with different outcomes? Or the confirmation that the world has truly gone bat-shit crazy?
Whatever it is, George Hincapie and his cheery band of fellow travelers have somehow managed – again – to write their own histories. Hincapie IS NOT a drug cheat. he is in fact a good ol’ boy who gave and still gives a whole load of something back to cycling. God bless him and the flea-bitten horse called Hypocrisy he rode in on. (crankpunk.com)

October 23, 2014





Photo: Tour de France 2014 winner says that his first reaction to finding out about his Astana teammates' positive tests was
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali reacted to the recent doping cases in his Astana team by saying they are “ugly” but “isolated.”
In the last two months, three Kazakh cyclists, brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy, and Ilya Davidenok tested positive for banned drugs.
“The first reaction when learning of this is rage,” the Italian said at 2015 Tour presentation yesterday, according to France’s Le Monde. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Two in a row for Vincenzo Nibali?.
"The organizers of the biggest bike race in the World have announced the route of the 2015 French Grand Tour. It’s a tough parcours with a lot of climbing and very little time trialing, but the sprinters do get their opportunities. Our first thoughts; tough but fair." (pezcyclingnews.com)
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October 23, 2014




You little beauty: Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana) from Kazakhstan celebrates his tour win on the podium in Sanya.
Photo: © Shane Goss.
In response to three positive doping tests by Kazakhstan riders, the country’s National Anti-Doping Centre along with the Kazakstan Cycling Federation will introduce biometric passport monitoring of domestic professional cyclists from 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Riders take on the Wallace + Wallace Grandstand Run-Up at DarkCross near Winnipeg. © Nik Pham.
Riders competing in the Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Winnipeg on October 25 will face extreme obstacles on the course at The Forks. Obstacles make races harder, but they have other uses, and a rich history in the sport.
“I believe there used to be a phrase in the UCI rulebook: ‘Cyclocross shall not require feats of gymnastics,’” notes Brook Watts, race director of CrossVegas. (cxmagazine.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Our beginner's blog on the various methods of dealing with swallowing a fly
Russell Burton.
"When the weather is good, riding to work is the best possible start to the day (unless something bad happens such as running into a yapping dog who makes a play for your trouser leg, or catching a bug in your gob). That's not so much the case when it's tipping it down. In fact, I tend to give the bike miss on those occassions and get the train instead, wimping out due to an old wound." (bikeradar.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: From the contest that brought you the Packtasche comes another potential new product for cyclists: a self-filling water bottle, the Fontus, that attaches to your bike's top tube..
Kristof Retezár, an industrial design student from Vienna, Austria, says his invention collects the moisture in the air and condensing it into drinkable water. The mechanism is solar-powered, and can collect up to a half-liter of water per hour. (bicycling.com)

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Chris Froome said the 2015 Tour de France route may not suit him and he could skip the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Chris Froome said the 2015 Tour de France presented Wednesday “is about the mountains” and that he could skip the race in favor of the time trial-heavy Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
“There’s no two ways about it, next year’s Tour is going to be about the mountains,” Froome said in a press statement. (velonews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: He'll be back: Chris Froome suggested that he may miss next year's Tour de France, but Stephen Roche reckons the Team Sky rider will be in Utrecht Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
"For Chris Froome to come out and say that he might not compete in next year’s Tour de France is a pretty startling statement, especially as he released his comments right in the middle of a presentation in Paris which he did not attend. Talk about putting a bomb under proceedings! I cannot see him skipping the race, though.
I think Chris was just voicing a bit of frustration at a parcours which – while it features plenty of climbing – does not play entirely to his strengths." (telegraph.co.uk)

October 22, 2014







Photo: After a big battle between Lampre-Merida and Belkin, Astana had lead-out riders left for the finale, with Kamyshev taking a surprise win in the bunch sprint on stage 3 of the Tour of Hainan; Wang becomes a surprise overall leader...
Arman Kamyshev took his first professional victory when he became a surprise winner of the bunch sprint on stage 3 of the Tour of Hainan. The Kazakh held off Maksym Averin and Wouter Wippert while Meiyin Wang picked up enough bonus seconds to take the overall lead. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 22, 2014





Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Some spectators reported that Stam fainted prior to crashing.
Six-day derny pacer and former cyclist Cees Stam remains in critical condition after a crash in the Six-Days of Amsterdam last night. Stam fell while pacing his grandson Yoeri Havik in the derny race in the second night and took down others in the accident.
The 68-year-old Dutchman spent the night at the University Hospital in Amsterdam. “Stam has displayed some positive signs overnight, but his condition overall remains critical,” read a race statement today. “The organization remains in close contact with the family.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 22, 2014




Photo: John Njoroge Muya retained his yellow jersey status and was presented with the yellow jersey to wear for Stage Three.
Over the weekend we were shocked by the tragic death of Kenyan professional cyclist John Njoroge Muya at the Tour of Matabungkay. Jennifer Carruthers was the race photographer on the scene and she gives her account of the circumstances that lead to the terrible loss of a husband, father, and member of the cycling community. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 22, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 22, 2014




Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) with the winners wheel
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
2015 route of Australia's oldest stage race revealed: Upon the unveiling of the 2015 Jayco Herald Sun Tour route in Melbourne, the Victorian premier Dennis Napthine announced a three-partnership between the state government and Australia's oldest stage race to secure its future for the next three years. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) took the steps in his stride
Photo: © tdwsport.
Americans strong in Valkenburg, Van Amerongen wins Kiremko, Dodge doubles in HPCX. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: A mystery for years, for others this tool is a piece of industry history..
The tool is heavy, shiny, and well-made. It resembles a part from an expensive European espresso machine, with an array of baffling knobs, screws, and handles.
Some say it resembles a tattoo gun.
What it doesn’t resemble - for most people - is anything seen in a bike factory or on a shop work bench. (bicycleretailer.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Bon appetite, let’s ride! November 5-9. Entirely worth your while.
"A wise man once said, A bad day on the bike is better than a good day at work. Okay, but what happens then when you ride a bike for a living? Or where do you end up in that matrix when you ride a bike for a living AND you have a good day on the bike? Surely minds are blown." (iamtedking.com)

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October 21, 2014






he 2015 Tour de France route will feature four consecutive days in the Alps. Photo: (cyclingweekly.co.uk).
For the first time in Tour de France history, the legendary Alpe d’Huez will be climbed on the penultimate stage of the 2015 edition before the final procession in Paris.
That was one of several surprises unveiled on Wednesday as the official route for the 2015 Tour, from July 4-26, was announced in Paris by Tour director Christian Prudhomme. (velonews.com)

October 22, 2014





With ample climbing on the menu, the 2015 Tour de France will likely suit Alberto Contador. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
For Alberto Contador, the harder, the better. So the Spaniard likes what he sees in a surprising, climbing-heavy 2015 Tour de France route revealed Wednesday.
Contador, who has already confirmed he will race the Giro d’Italia in May, said the Tour route is unlike anything he’s seen before.
“It’s a Tour I like,” Contador said Wednesday. “It’s the hardest of the past few years, and it will demand the best of me to recover well after the Giro, but I will prepare for it as best I can.” (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Cadel Evans congratulates Carlos Sastre on his 2008 victory
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
"This gives climbers a focus right til the end," says 2008 Tour winner: Spain's last winner on the Alpe d'Huez, Carlos Sastre, says he feels that the Tour's last mountainous stage ending on the mythical summit finish "will guarantee a spectacular finale to the race, even though it may not be decisive." (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014





After a breakout performance at the 2013 Tour de France, where he won the best young rider's jersey and the king of the mountains jersey, Nairo Quintana will return to France in 2015 with his sights set on yellow. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Sometimes it seems the Tour de France designs a course with one rider in mind. That was the case in 2012, when ASO unveiled a route with 100km of individual time trials, meaning that Bradley Wiggins only had to stay upright, and he stood a very good chance at making history as the race’s first British champion.
For 2015, it seems that the Tour organization had one rider in mind when it designed a course with just a single individual time trial, and no less than six uphill finales: Nairo Quintana. (velonews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: The Feel: the sign at the start says Montvernier is 8km away and you should turn the right. Ignore it.
New for the 2015 Tour, this is Hairpin Heaven. Alpe d’Huez might be famous for its 21 bends but here’s a road with 18 hairpins in short formation. One bend follows another, a helter skelter for the road cyclist and just a short spin away from some of the famous climbs of the Tour de France. But is it as good as it looks?
The Route: the D77B starts in Pontamafrey-Montpascal in the Savoie department of France. The road heads north to Montvernier. The climb is 3.8km long and averages 8%. (inrng.com)

October 22, 2014





Photo: Reportedly, the Austrian rider Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) will make an Hour Record Attempt on October 30 on the velodrome in Aigle (Switzerland).
One month ago Jens Voigt set a new Hour Record. Now Matthias Brändle will try to do even better when he makes his own attempt next Thursday in Aigle. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Staying in the game makes you stronger than throwing in the towel. (John Bullington Photography).
"This past weekend, I packed my race bag one more time for a trip to Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan. Saturday was Founder’s Peak-to-Peak mountain bike race, the wrap of my mountain bike season. I’ve been excited about this race for months. For one, I’ve never been to Michigan and there’s no better way to see a place than by bike. It promised to give me an opportunity to race a type of terrain I don’t generally set wheels on: smooth, mostly flat and very fast. It also has a pretty generous purse." (bicycling.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Obviously one of the major developments that Luck has been working on is that of the integrated power meter. Photography by Dave Everett
"Initially there were two things that stopped me wandering past Luck’s booth at Eurobike. Firstly the fact I’d not seen the brand’s footwear in over 10 years, since a friend had owned a glistening white pair back in 2001. I’d envied him - they were some of the nicest shoes I’d seen back then. I was happily surprised at Eurobike to see that Luck was still about and producing good-looking shoes." (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: USA Cycling’s website lists the Hincapie Fondo as permitted as a Fun Ride or Tour. Photography by Cor Vos (cyclingtips.com.au)
Lance Armstrong may not, as previously reported, participate at the Gran Fondo Hincapie this weekend in South Carolina, due to the event’s sanctioning through USA Cycling.
Because of his lifetime ban, Armstrong is prohibited from participating in any event sanctioned by any signatory to the World Anti-Doping [WADA] Code.
What is at question is the status of the gran fondo, and how that lifetime ban applies. (velonews.com)

October 22, 2014







Photo: Don’t call it a prologue, the opening time trial has been known for ages but assumes more relevance as the only solo TT in the race.
The route for the 2015 Tour de France is out. As usual a lot leaks out before, velowire.com sleuths the stages and yesterday race organizer ASO accidentally put a PDF online with the route yesterday. But it’s still a comforting ritual, a projection to the other side of winter.
This is a chance to see the map for real and to get more info on the route such as the intermediate climbs, the amount of time trialling and novelties such as the return of time bonuses. Plus race organizers can sell us a story, a theme for 2015. (inrng.com)

October 22, 2014




Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was third overall in Tirreno-Adriatico
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Cookson expects Tinkoff-Saxo rider's case will go to CAS: UCI President Brian Cookson says that the sport’s governing body will launch an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the Roman Kreuziger Biological Passport violation case. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014






Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov made an appearance at the Tour de France 2015 presentation
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Astana manager on Licence Commission and CIRC: While Vincenzo Nibali stood center-stage at the Tour de France presentation at the Palais des Congrès and spoke of his desire to defend his yellow jersey in 2015, his Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov lingered in the aisles and quietly fielded questions on the team’s recent spate of doping cases, which could harm its prospects of participating in the race at all next year. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014





Photo: Equipamientos 2014 - Página 6
www.pcmespana.com.
Group moves to align more closely with the UCI: The Movement of Credible Cycling (MPCC) is moving to align its regulations more closely with those of the UCI as it continues to take a firm stance against doping in professional cycling. At its annual meeting in Paris on Monday and Tuesday, the MPCC also acknowledged the actions of the Astana team after its three doping positives but criticized the Neri Sottoli team. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: And who else but the Colombian can complete our top-five? From his Giro d’Italia winning domination, to stepping up as an ambassador for UNICEF, Quintana has had a pretty happy 2014.
The best and the worst. The warts and all. The highs and the lows. Whatever they were, wherever they happened, over the next few weeks we’re going to put forward our candidates for the performances of the year 2014. And where better to start, but a group of riders that have probably defined this season more than any other: The youth. (sbs.com.au)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Fränk and Andy always together, the name FrAndy stuck for both of them.
Earlier this month Andy Schleck said that he would race no more. The younger half of the most successful brother combination in modern cycling would not turn a pedal in anger again due to the knee injury he sustained in the Tour de France. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: The Prevail seems to have been around forever – it's a familiar sight in races at all levels and has evolved, over time, into its current design.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Latest iteration of a classic helmet delivers on pretty much all fronts: styling, comfort and ventilation are all superb." (bikeradar.com)

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October 21, 2014


Race leader Jonathan Tiernan-Locke goes to sign on as race winner but lost the race after a positive doping test in 2014
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has revealed that he may not return to racing as a professional rider when his two-year ban for a UCI Biological Passport violation ends on December 31, 2015.
Speaking to Cyclingnews after attending the Exmoor Beast sportive event near his home in Devon, the British rider reveals the personal anguish he has gone through as he tried to fight his case. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014





Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 21, 2014




The USA's Guy East and Daniel Holloway get ready for another day of hard racing in Rotterdam
Photo: © wouterroosenboom.nl.
American sprinter revels in track roots: US Elite criterium champion Daniel Holloway could be hard to get in touch with this week; his schedule for the next five evenings is booked. The 27-year-old speedster from Morgan Hill, California, is competing with fellow American Guy East this week at the Amsterdam Six Day, which started Monday in the Netherlands. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014






Photo: I had to go too early. I chose the right side of the road while the others were sprinting on the left.
Today Belkin's impressive streak of ten straight wins in the Tour of Hainan was broken when Moreno Hofland could only manage sixth in the sprint on stage 2. However, the young Dutchman was pleased to get rid of the leader's jersey. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Riding hard in Europe.
One of the most surprising signings of the 2012/13 transfer season was the move from the US amateur team Californian Giant to mighty WorldTour outfit Astana by 22 year-old Evan Huffman from Elk Grove, California.
Huffman produced some startling time trial results in 2012, beating the likes of Tom Zirbel in the McLane Pacific stage race TT and then besting Rory Sutherland at the Tour of Gila TT before taking the US U23 TT title. Californian Giant and Astana share the same bike sponsor in Specialized, who spotted Huffman’s potential and recommended him to the Kazakh squad. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 21, 2014





On the 2014 Tour de France's second stage into Sheffield, Vincenzo Nibali subjected his rivals to a brutal attack on the steep final climb. More fireworks are expected next year, as the Tour is rumored to include the Mur de Huy and other punchy climbs in northern Europe. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) will present its 2015 Tour de France route Wednesday in Paris, but already, enough is known or rumored to suggest that Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali will have a chance to defend his 2014 title.
The race will start in Utrecht, Netherlands on July 4 and finish in Paris on July 26. It is due to run counter-clockwise around the country, skirting the north coast before running through the high Pyrenean and Alpine mountains. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: La Course by Le Tour de France returns in 2015. - 2014: See our 20 team/rider profiles.
Live feeds for Wednesday's 2015 Tour de France Route Presentation should get underway at around 11:30am CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern).
Where will the 2015 Tour de France go after Utrecht in the Netherlands?  We'll find out on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  The route presentation will be live on Eurosport and it will be streamed live online as well.(cyclingfans.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Broadly, there are three primary reasons why great roads get ignored:.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, the 2015 Tour de France route will be announced.  There will be great excitement.  And then a few boorish, negative types will complain that many of the same old roads and host towns are included, while some of the very best climbs in France are ignored - yet again. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) at Worlds
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Oliveira extends with Lampre-Merida, No news on Horner for 2015, Cofidis to ride Orbea bikes. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014




Liesbet de Vocht (Lotto-Belisol) won her retirement race in Arendonk this year. She beat Marianne Vos in a sprint. Photo: Glenn Coessens.
While Liesbet De Vocht’s fellow Belgians prepared for the women’s world road championships in Ponferrada, Spain, she sat on the sidelines, literally. She was unable to ride due to a debilitating knee injury sustained in September’s Boels Ladies Tour. “I knew immediately when I crashed, my chances for worlds were over,” she said. “I was crushed, to say the least. I landed directly on my knee, cutting it straight through to the bone. They stitched it up but I wasn’t allowed to bend the knee for the first few days. After 10 days, the wound was still open and still wasn’t 100 percent.” (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Lars Van der Haar maintained his lead in the UCI rankings.
Lars Van der Haar maintained his lead in the UCI rankings following his victory in a first round of cyclo-cross World Cup held in Valkenburg on Sunday. Arguably the most renowned rider in the discipline, Sven Nys, is currently second, while Francis Mourey, Kevin Pauwels and the Superprestige series leader Mathieu Van der Poel complete the top five. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




This weekend, at the HPCX races in New Jersey, I got to start in the second row, which hadn’t happened in a while. Photo by Keith Snyder
"I’ve been on some good form the past few weeks. The whole pedaling a bike for an hour hard has been going well. Unfortunately, the results sheet has not always really reflected that." (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: 2014's top-scoring saddles
BikeRadar.
A good road bike saddle needs to be many things, but the most important thing is that it's comfortable. However, what's comfortable for one cyclist might not be comfortable for another, and that makes the merits of a saddle largely subjective. (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014




Go from back of the pack to the front of the group.
(Photo by Beardy McBeard).
Everyone enjoys the camaraderie, competition, and excitement of a group ride—until you get dropped. Here's how to keep the pace. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The J.B. Special is distinguishable by its tartan detailing.
First unveiled at Eurobike back in 2012, Carrera’s foldable helmet is inspired by the “leather-sausage” that “protected” the heads of the peloton through the 1970s. The new collaboration between Carrera and Brooks England sees the retro dialed up to eleven with a generous helping of leather and tartan detailing from the famous Black Country manufacturer. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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October 20, 2014


Four members of the controversial 1999 U.S. Postal Service team will ride together at Gran Fondo Hincapie. Photo: TDW Sport.
This weekend, at a gran fondo in Greenville, South Carolina, several members of the former U.S. Postal Service team will ride together again.
Four members of the USPS team that won the 1999 Tour de France - Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Kevin Livingston - will reunite at the October 25 Gran Fondo Hincapie.
Former Postal/Discovery Channel team members Michael Barry and Tom Danielson will also be attending. Though initially listed as a participant, former USPS rider David Zabriskie has said he will not be able to make the trip. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: With only a few more races left in the season, our form is no longer at risk of hitting peaks or valleys. (Photo by Ted King)
"Once we start riding through all the months ending in ber, professional cyclists get a giddy feeling. For the first time all year, our training plans extend past the date marking the end of just one more session of intervals. The necessity to complete another muscle-searing training effort will soon be (or already is) behind us, and now we can head out onto the road for the simple love of the ride. This freedom is invigorating." (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: the World Tour races must invite all the UCI WorldTeams, normally the top-18 teams with a licence to ride.
After the World Tour last week now for a look at the full pro calendar. The World Tour might have retreated from China but there are 48 days of racing in the country, more than the USA, Britain and Australia… combined.
The wider calendar bas all the .HC and .1 rated races around the world on the UCI Europe, America, Asia, Oceania and Africa Tours as well as the World Tour, so the Tour de France, the spring classics but also the Tour of Langkawi and more. There are 194 races – a grand tour counts as one race – with a total of 606 days of racing. (inrng.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Chris Horner, Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana Deià-Lluc 2014 Credit: Andy Jones .
With 2014 coming to a close, there are several riders without contracts for next season. Grand Tour overall and stage winners, an Olympic Champion and the 2010 Dauphiné victor remain searching for a team. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




The peloton passes under the La Course sign
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Vuelta a Espana director Javier Gullén has sais that the Spanish Grand Tour is to emulate the Tour de France and will hold a one-day women’s race prior to last stage in Madrid next September.
The women’s event will be held on the Paseo de la Castellana boulevard in central Madrid, which will return to hosting the last stage of the Vuelta in 2015 after this year's finish in Santiago de Compostela. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: I am excited to join the staff of Bretagne-Seche just after ending my career. I felt potential in this team. It will make progress. The challenge is exciting.
Sébastien Hinault who has just ended his professional career at the age of 40, will be sports director at Bretagne-Seche Environnement in 2015. He will work alongside athletic director Roger Trehin and coach Franck Renimel under the leadership of general manager Emmanuel Hubert. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Zach McDonald rips up the course at MFG in Magnuson Park. © Robert Grunau.
A few days of the rains that Seattle is known for relented and gave way to near summer conditions for Sunday’s Magnuson Park CX, the fourth stop in the MFG series. 1,018 racers took to a course that started out wet, with patches of mud, that had mostly firmed up for the elite races in the afternoon. The predominately flat course took up a swath of Seattle’s enormous Warren G Magnuson park and featured a few technical bits in fields along Lake Washington. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The Tour of California has been under pressure to put on a proper women's race, as they use to run a UCI-level crit.
"We've known about these for a while, but there's been more details announced this week about the two new women's races for 2015 - the Vuelta a España final day race, and the Tour of California women's race.... And breaking news, an announcement we didn't know about - a new round in the 2015 Road World Cup!"

October 21, 2014





Photo: The peloton in Madrid on stage twenty one of the 2013 Tour of Spain .
For the first time in its 80 year history, the Vuelta a Espana will hold a women’s race on the day of the final stage of the men’s race which finishes in Madrid.
According to Spanish sports newspaper Marca, organizers of the Vuelta, Unipublic, are already in talks with the UCI over classifying it as top category one-day race in the elite women’s calendar, so they can potentially recruit the best riders in the world to the race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The Race Against The Stasi - The Incredible Story of Dieter Wiedemann, The Iron Curtain and the Greatest Cycling Race on Earth.
With most biographies, the best part of them is the chorus of voices the author calls upon to add to the story he tells. In The Race Against The Stasi Sykes lets his chorus - Wiedemann himself, friends, family, contemporaries - take center stage, while he takes himself off to the wings and out of the story. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Knowing how long you have to pedal to work off a treat can help you eat less of it, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
(Photo by Rochelle Hartman).
Snickers: 72 calories, or a 10-minute ride at 10–12 mph.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup: 80 calories, or a 6-minute ride at 16–20 mph.
Almond Joy: 91 calories, or an 8-minute ride at 14–16 mph.
Milky Way: 76 calories, or a 4-minute ride at more than 20 mph.
M&M’s: 90 calories, or a 19-minute ride at 10 mph. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: As a rider’s pressure on the pedal moves relative to the crankarm due to ankle twisting or variations in spindle length, the 4iiii corrects for it based on this calibration data.
4iiii’s $399 Precision ANT and Bluetooth power meter built into this little unit comes with a glue kit for the user to attach it to the left crankarm. The installation kit includes a jig that plugs into the pedal hole to ensure it’s placed in the correct location. After gluing it on with epoxy and leaving it for six hours, the user hangs a 10+ pound weight from three different points on an included load cell spindle. This is done just once for an aluminum crank, but it should be done annually with a carbon crank, since 4iiii says its flex characteristics can change over time. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The 2015 Trek Madone 2.1 is set to retail at £1,000 / US$1,319.99 / AU$1,799
Tom Ballard / BikeRadar.
Trek has limited the 2015 Madone range to the top-end carbon 7-series and aluminium 2-series bikes, giving greater prominence to this entry point to the Madone pedigree. This follows the introduction of the ultra-light Trek Emonda and Trek's continued emphasis on the distance friendly Domane. (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014




Roland Cattin with Paolo Bettini's bike, Interbike 2004. Photo: Ted Constantino.
Roland Cattin, the founder of Time Sport International, died on Sunday morning near his home in Paris, following a bicycle ride he had taken with his wife. The cause was a heart attack, said Gilles Lalonde, sales manager for Time Sport USA. Cattin was 65 years old. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Details of reasoned decision released, show basis for outcome of case. Photography by LB/RB/Cor Vos
Orica GreenEdge rider Daryl Impey can continue his career uninterrupted after the UCI and WADA have declined to appeal his probenecid case verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The CEO of the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS), Khalid Galant, confirmed that no appeal had been lodged against its earlier decision to allow the rider to return to racing. The permitted timeframe for appeals has now lapsed. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 21, 2014




Brian Cookson has opened the door to the UCI lowering the 6.8kg weight limit. Photo: AFP | Fabrice Coffrini.
The 6.8-kilogram (14.99-pound) weight limit imposed by current UCI regulations is on thin ice, but hasn’t fallen through just yet.
“I understand why that rule was brought on in the first place, though I think that technology has moved on,” UCI President Brian Cookson said to VeloNews in a phone interview. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




After retiring from racing, Bobby Julich worked with Saxo Bank as a technical director. In 2015, he'll return to the squad, now Tinkoff-Saxo, as a sport director. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)..
American ex-pro Bobby Julich and Sean Yates look to be heading to Tinkoff-Saxo in a major, behind-the-scenes shakeup at the team for next season.
According to reports in the French daily L’Equipe, the pair will join Tinkoff-Saxo’s sport director staff for the 2015 season. At the same time, Philippe Mauduit and Fabrizio Guidi, two long-time sport directors who’ve been with the team since 2011, are out. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014






Photo: We want the best riders in the world there from the start of the year to the end, so that there’s a real narrative with all of the champions together throughout the season from one race to the next.
The Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme, will reveal the route of the 2015 edition of la Grande Boucle on Wednesday, October 22. Before it happens, though, he agreed to traditionally share his reflections on a current and future picture of the discipline and currently hottest topics in sports media, including investigation on Astana, Oleg Tinkov’s proposal or a revival of cycling in France in Germany. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




In 2006, Mike Friedman suffered a pulmonary embolism. He made a full recovery and returned to professional racing thanks to prompt medical treatment. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).
On November 17, 2006, Mike Friedman, 24, felt an excruciating pain rip through his torso. “I’ve never been so short of breath,” he said. “It was like a dull knife ripping apart my chest.” In the middle of watching the movie “Cars,” he turned to his date and said, “We need to get to a hospital. I think I’m having a heart attack.”
Forty minutes later, Friedman was under evaluation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, not for a heart attack, but for a pulmonary embolism, a potentially lethal blood clot in his lung. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Lizzie Armistead urges UCI to implement a minimum wage for female cyclists to progress the sport.
The Olympic silver medallist and Commonwealth cycling champion has urged the International Cycling Union (UCI) to improve pay conditions in a bid to help professonalize women’s cycling.
“There have been some good realistic steps and good progression,”  Armistead told Sky Sports News. “I think the UCI has put in some good ideas and some good strategies but obviously there’s still a long way to go. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




So now that it's over... what was it about anyway? Photo: Doug Pensinger.
Zzzzz... whu? Oh, the year in cycling is over? Right! Let's get on this.
First off, this limping to the finish is a lame way to wrap up the season. In what other sport does anyone have to ask "Is the season officially over?" None, that's what. And by the way, I mean men's cycling. The women finish with the Giro dell'Emilia, or maybe the World Championships, depending on how you feel about predominantly Italian fields. In any event, they close out in relative style. The men? The Nationale Sluitingprijs, or the soon-to-be-snuffed out Tour of Beijing. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) raced to second place at Full Moon Vista cyclocross in Ellison Park, in Rochester, New York. Photo: Dave McElwaine.
Canadian cyclocross rider Maghalie Rochette captured attention across the American racing scene with a third place finish at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester and second at Rochester’s Ellison Park Full Moon Vista race. This weekend, she heads to Winnipeg to vie for a maple leaf jersey in Canadian cyclocross nationals.
Now in her third and most consistently successful year of UCI ‘cross competition, the 21-year-old Luna Pro Team rider also won The Night Weasels Cometh, a big non-UCI event in New England. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The run-up slowed things down on an otherwise fast course. © Pat Malach.
Chris Jones took his second win of the 2014 Cross Crusade series Sunday in Portland after Carl Decker slid out on pavement in the final corner and had to settle for second. The women had their third winner in as many races after Beth Ann Orton powered away from the field in the fast, dry conditions. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Joe Berlyoung (Chicago, IL) leads Andrew Giniat (Winnetka, IL) as both try stay in the top 15. © Snowy Mountain Photography.
A week of rain and an early morning frost lead to a very tacky course at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup’s fourth race, Carpenter Park. Taking advantage of the ideal cyclocross conditions were Kelli Richter in the women’s elite race and returning from Wisconsin Joseph Maloney  in the elite men’s race. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: To apply, for a scholarship, you must be at least 18 years old and a US resident.
One topic that often comes up during discussions of roadblocks that keep women from riding is the intimidation factor of walking into a male-dominated bike shop. To help combat this, and help grow women’s cycling, SRAM, Liv, Quality Bicycle Products, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro’s, and Park Tool have teamed up to fund ten scholarships for women to attend a two-week Professional Shop Repair and Operations class at UBI. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: I mean, I stepped back a bit within the last few years and let my (now ex-) wife run the registration and I had Robin Rinehart run the onsite operations.
"NAHBS was talked about for a few years, not as NAHBS though, but as a “get together” to help out the new builders so they wouldn’t fall into the same pitfalls or traps most young builders fall into. I felt like it should be much more than an educational get together, but it needed to help market the builders “on the cheap.” Bringing in the cycling media was the plan all along. Without them, the show wouldn’t have grown with exhibitors and attendees. My entire vision was to bring a spotlight to this niche and help my brethren secure orders, media articles and contacts that they may not have made elsewhere." (redkiteprayer.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Giro says its new Synthe is its most aerodynamically efficient road helmet - but it's also very well ventilated at both fast and slow speeds, light, and comfortable
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Aero, airy, light, and comfy – if you're after a new road lid, we'd urge you to give this a once-over." (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Cannondale’s new Slice Black Inc heads a five-strong range of time trial/triathlon bikes (Pic: Cannondale).
Cannondale has revamped the Slice time trial bike, removing the Slice RS used by the Cannondale team from the UK range and replacing it with a machine geared towards multi-sport athletes. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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The 2015 Amgen Tour of California promises much of the great scenery the race is known for. It will also offer a women's stage race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will return to Sacramento to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight-day stage race will start in California’s capital city and travel North to South, spanning nearly 700 miles. The Tour of California also announced a three-day professional women’s race May 8-10, as well as an invitational time trial on May 15. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 20, 2014





Tejay van Garderen lost time due to crashes and a bonk in the Tour de France but still finished fifth. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tejay van Garderen is chilling out by now. With the last races of the year in the history books, the 2014 racing season is in the rearview mirror.
By any measure, the 2014 campaign was a great year for the American. He opened the season by finishing second to Chris Froome at the Tour of Oman. But that was followed up by a setback at Paris-Nice, when he abandoned ill. Just as quickly, he rebounded at the Volta a Catalunya to win a horrible stage in the Pyrenees for what would be his first UCI WorldTour-level professional victory. After skipping a defense at the Amgen Tour of California, van Garderen’s high hopes for the Tour de Romandie faded when he hit a tree branch and was forced to abandon. That up-and-down turn of fortune set the tone for the remainder of the year. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014






Moreno Hofland (Belkin) wins the opening stage of the Tour of Hainan.
Photo: © Tour of Hainan.
Just like a year ago, Moreno Hofland, claimed stage 1 of the Tour of Hainan in Chengmai. The defending champion handled the pressure of being the hot favorite with a bunch sprint victory ahead of Italy’s Andrea Palini and Ondrej Rybin. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The peloton will cross France from the East to the West.
This Wednesday morning, at the Palais des Congres in Paris, Christian Prudhomme and Amaury Sports Organisatin will present the route of Tour de France 2015.
According to La Dépêche du midi, in 2015, it will take place from Saturday, July 4th to Sunday July 26th. The 102nd edition will start in Utrecht, in the Netherlands.The peloton will cross France from the East to the West. In Brittany, the cyclists will ride the Mur de Bretagne. After a transfer to the South of France, the riders will face the first mountain stages in the Pyrenees including the Plateau de Beille. Then towards the Alps, where the riders will climb the famous l’Alpe d’Huez. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 20, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 20, 2014





Cassandra Maximenko (Silverbull Target Taining).
Van Gilder settles for second and Cutler third. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Michael Vanthourenhout takes U23 race in Valkenburg.
It’s been a busy weekend in cyclocross racing across the states and around the world. Here are some capsule news stories we’ve received. (bikeworldnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: He described a ride that started early in the center of the city, then climbed up on quiet roads, back down and around the island through forests, along beaches, across a reservoir, and then finally back to town.
Hong Kong. Riding bikes. Mutually exclusive. Keep them separated. They don’t go together.
I wouldn’t say that’s a controversial opinion. It didn’t even seem like one that was up for discussion, but there we were talking to this guy at Eurobike, who was gushing about how cool riding bikes in Hong Kong is." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The RG-4600 and RG-4720 are shown here. Both models are available in two versions. Photography by Matt Wikstrom
SH+ is an Italian company that is devoted to ski and cycling helmets, goggles, gloves and eyewear. There are nearly a dozen models in the company’s eyewear catalog and all feature bold styling and bright colors. For cyclists, there is the RG-4600 with a single wrap-around lens, the half-framed RG-4720, and the full-framed RG-4700. All three models use an interchangeable lens system. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The 2015 Fizik Aliante was first seen at the Eurobike show in August
Tom Ballard / Immediate Media.
The 2015 Fizik Aliante heralds the saddle series’ first complete redesign in 15 years. This new edition offers lighter weight and sleeker looks, but is still the same comfortable seat that's loved by riders around the world.
The redesign process at Fizik focused on maintaining the lauded seat dimensions and curve of the original Aliante, while bringing the look up to date with the Arione. (bikeradar.com)

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The legal battle between Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Department of Justice continues as the government calls Armstrong's claims
The United States Department of Justice responded to Lance Armstrong’s initial legal defenses on October 17, calling he and his attorneys’ approach “baseless.”
In a 27-page document filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. attorneys attempted to assail Armstrong’s central defenses, which essentially amount to this: The United States should have known about the doping program at the U.S. Postal Service team, and that in its sponsorship of the program, the government got much more than it paid for. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




Hollande and Prudhomme pose for a photo
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
At the Palais de Congrès in Paris on Wednesday morning, Christian Prudhomme will reveal the route of the 2015 Tour de France, and, as per tradition, the race director will also deliver something of a state of the nation address, casting an eye over the twelve months gone by and looking forward to the challenges of the year to come. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: But what about the Tour of Hainan and the Tour of Taihu Lake?
The season’s over for 2014. It’s been a great one for OPQS with 62 wins, half as much again as the nearest team. Mark Cavendish has been their best rider with 11 wins and it could have been more were it not for that crash at the finish of the Tour de France’s opening stage. But OPQS’s win rate is helped by 18 of their 30 riders winning. (inrng.com)

October 20, 2014




Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) are two 24-year-olds who have raced together for years. They are expected to deliver many more exciting battles as they reach the prime of their careers. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com”.
Cycling’s class of 1990 promises to lead the way in 2015 and beyond based on its progress and results so far. Michal Kwiatkowski dominates the headlines after his recent world championship win, but many other 24-year-olds are at his side. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




French champion Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) finished second
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Bernaudeau on Europcar, Chavanel heads to Normandy beaches. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: My first coach, Rahsaan Bahati, gave me some excellent tactical advice.
'This year I delayed entering my first race until yesterday, reasoning that it would give me a bit of a breather and a chance to rest my legs and stomach after a road season in which I raced twice and drank hundreds of gallons of fermented electrolyte recovery drink. Also, prior to my season opener at the SPYclocross Series, I had hired a couple of coaches so that I could improve on my string of last place finishes from 2013." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Once upon a time, cyclists were free to mix and match transmission components but that all changed when Shimano introduced indexed gear shifting in 1984. Photography by Matt Wikstrom
With three major groupset manufacturers, transmissions of anywhere from seven- to 11-speed, and an excess of aftermarket cranksets and wheels on the market, consumers will inevitably suffer from a clash of component compatibilities, particularly when upgrading. Matt Wikstrom takes a look at the known incompatibilities between groupsets from different brands (and within the same brand) along with some emerging compatibilities. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Zipp Service Course was given a full reboot in 2013, resulting in an all-new line of six bars, two stems and four seatposts.
Zipp is well known in the professional peloton for their wheelsets, but their Service Course bars and stems are increasingly seeing use in the pro ranks as well. The line is a great choice for team mechanics as the range of bars offers a wide selection of widths and shapes to accommodate the needs of riders. (bikeworldnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: decently fast, comfortable and well equipped. And while 10kg isn’t that light, it’s good for the money, and you'll only really notice on climbs.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Nippy, comfy and impressively specced – you're unlikely to find a better ride at this price point." (bikeradar.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: With a longer wheelbase and taller head tube than an out-and-out race bikes, the Infinito CV Disc is a bike for going the distance.
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Same smooth ride quality and racey performance with the benefits of disc brakes, but it's not exactly cheap and the fork isn't stiff enough."  (road.cc)

October 20, 2014




Photo: the road in early October, just before it was closed for the season.
"In Seattle, we don’t really have four seasons. The joke that we get a three months of summer and nine months of rain is fairly true.
Yet I love to see the landscape change with the seasons and the weather. That is why I love the Cascade Mountains. Every time I ride there, the landscape looks and feels different." (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Photo: an ambulance was on the spot and our coach Rob arrived a minute later. He was transported to the nearest hospital but his injuries were beyond saving.
Kenyan rider John Muya Njoroge has been killed in a collision at the Tour of Matabungkay in the Philippines over the weekend. Philippine news website Tempo.com.ph and the Kenyan Riders Facebook page report that the 30-year-old died on Saturday October 18 at 10am when he collided with a car coming the other way. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




As one of the most promising young American riders, Tejay van Garderen often bears the brunt of high public expectations. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Talent is a gift, a lovely box with a pretty ribbon. Expectation is a leaden cloak upon thin shoulders.
There is a pressure to perform in sport, just as there is in life, but it’s magnified in such a complex arena like cycling. Small mistakes are extrapolated into patterns of failure, a tome of publicly perceived underachievement. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




Davison capped off her comeback season with a bronze medal at the 2014 Mountain Bike World Championships.
(Photo by Michal Cervany).
How the Olympian and national champion went from her second hip surgery to a bronze medal at the World Championships - in a single season. (bicycling.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: I’m up for contract and looking for a new team as Lampre-Merida will not keep me for next year.
Andrea Palini is riding his final race in Lampre-Merida colors at the Tour of Hainan. Looking for a new team, the Italian got the race off to a solid start when he finished second on the opening stage. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Thor Huovd and Lance Armstrong on stage three of the 2009 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
Recently retired Thor Hushovd is ‘no hero’ for keeping silent about Lance Armstrong’s doping after hearing about it in 2011, says US anti-doping boss Travis Tygart.
“You’re no hero when you sit still without doing something about injustice against great athletes,” Tygart told Norway’s VG website.
“It’s a sad day when athletes are afraid to or unable to stand up for fair play and integrity in sport.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Smith Optics is not a name we would have nominated to reinvent head protection.
Much like bikes, apparel and wheels, helmets fractured into different categories a few seasons ago—aero helmets, lightweight helmets, and helmets with all the fit bells and whistles. And, like those other products, helmets have begun to morph into single products that do it all. New helmets are light, aero and well ventilated with comprehensive fit systems. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The device will retail for $370 for cycling use. A running version will sell for $300 and a multisport edition will sell for $420.
Previously, lactate threshold could be measured only by taking periodic blood samples, usually performed in labs while the athlete rode a stationary trainer or ran on a treadmill. The BSX Insight instead relies on a device that straps onto the athlete's calf and shines an LED light into the muscle. Based on the way the light is refracted, the device can determine blood lactate levels. The company claims its results are 95-97 percent as accurate as traditional tests. (bicycleretailer.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Just as you’d expect, with the hammer down on the flats, an aero bike is faster. But when it comes time to buy a bike you’ll need to factor in more than just raw speed.
In a perfect world, we would all have a quiver of bikes hanging in the garage. Lightweight climber for when you’re headed to the hills. Aero road bike for long days on the flats. And a rig with wider tire clearance and subtly more relaxed geometry for those off-road adventures. Alas, for most of us owning that many bikes exceeds the capabilities of our available disposable income. So which bike is the best bike if you can own just one? The gang from the Global Cycling Network conducted an interesting shoot-out between aero road bikes and lightweight climbing bikes to see which is the fastest. Check out this video to find out what they discovered - and hear some interesting conclusions (roadbikereview.com).

October 20, 2014




Photo: Designed with CFD, the head tube – down tube junction is shaped to make the transition to the fork crown much more smoothly..
This year’s Interbike was just plain better than last year (and the year before and the year before)… It seems as though the cycling industry had decided that the world is still turning and cranks are still going round and product development is actually still OK. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Katie Compton overcame a huge mechanical for a major comeback win at Valkenburg. Screenshot from UCI coverage. (cxmagazine.com).
Katie Compton started the 2014/2015 Women's cyclo-cross World Cup with a dominant ride in Valkenberg, recovering from a early problem to pass through the field and win alone. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014







Photo: Lars van der Haar winning the World Cup at Valkenburg in 2013, repeated this year. © Thomas van Bracht.
The 2013 overall World Cup winner Lars van der Haar showed today that he is on track by once again winning the opening round of the World Cup at Valkenburg. Van der Haar rode impressively, taking the holeshot and establishing an early lead, then shaking Tom Meeusen and Kevin Pauwels off his wheel on his way to victory. (cxmagazine.com)

October 19, 2014






Photo: Between trumpeters, hecklers pleading riders to bunny-hop the larger-than-average barriers, and signs demanding a party, Maximenko and Van Gilder had no shortage of an audience. © Andrew Reimann.
The weather may have been having riders begging for water in Valkenburg, but in New Jersey, wind and cooler temperatures made it feel like cyclocross for day two of HPCX (UCI C2). Overnight course changes and dryer ground made for fast group racing all day. (cxmagazine.com)

October 19, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 19, 2014




Photo: Where I need to make up some ground is perhaps around my race knowledge.
Simon Yates has spent his neo-pro year adapting to the WorldTour in the biggest races, including the Tour de France and riding to a superb 12th on GC in the Basque Country. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: The Compak comes with a 'snooker cue' style case
Press Shot.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A packable track pump for regular travellers or those with minimal space.." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo : Sirotti
Publiée le 19/10/2014 à 16:39 .
"A favorite Chrono des Nations champion Sylvain Chavanel did not tremble assuming his position to win the event for the first time in his career after his 2nd place in 2012 and 3rd year last. He succeeds Tony Martin charts and became the first to win the French Herbaria since Pascal Lance in 1995." (cyclismactu.net)

October 19, 2014





Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) begins to celebrate
Photo: © tdwsport.
Australia's Nathan Haas ended the 2014 season on a high by beating Edvald Boasson Hagen and Gregor Bole in a close sprint to win the Japan Cup. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: It’s Cavriana with 129 K to go before we leave behind the featureless fields and industrial estates and get back into nice green countryside with vineyards and old, old buildings.
"Grand Tour veteran Ed Hood was at the 2013 Giro d’Italia covering the action, and the stage to Vicenza that year has practically the same profile and course as stage 12 for the Giro’15. We retrace Ed’s day of fun on the Crosara climb and look forward to next years Italian Tour." (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: Moreno Hofland (Belkin)
Photo: © Guoqiang Song.
Riders from the Belkin team have returned to Chengmai in China for the Tour of Hainan, where they took an unprecedented clean sweep of the stages and overall classification in 2013.
Moreno Hofland captains the Dutch team once again twelve months after he took his first professional victory on the Chinese island. Belkin has selected a fast team for the stage race as they foresee a majority of bunch sprint finishes during the nine stages. However a mountain stage is expected to play a huge part in the final overall classification. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: When I was told that I was not going to the Vuelta, it was a relief because I was tired as the crash had cost me a lot of energy. (Graham Watson Stage 6 Photo) © www.roadbikereview.com
Forty days after his crash in the Tour de France, Xavier Zandio discovered that he had a broken vertebra. The news came as a relief for him although it meant that his season ended in mid-August. But at least he found a reason for their back pain that prevented him from sleeping. After the rest period, the Team Sky rider resumed training last week to prepare for next year. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: This is not good for me and for what people think of me.
Due to the recent doping cases, UCI has decided to review Astana's WorldTour license. Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang is worried about the situation. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: the climb really starts from Uvernet-Fours where it’s 6km at 7% including a tough middle section.
Pra-Loup has only been used twice in the Tour de France. It is the the climb that defeated Eddy Merckx and is tipped to be used again in the Tour de France. Is it enough to make anyone nervous? (inrng.com)

October 19, 2014




Former pro Federico Bahamontes with Bernard Hinault
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
"It is possible to do all three Grand Tours in one year. I did it in 1958, winning the King of the Mountains classifications in the Vuelta and Tour.
The key to it, though, is how you tackle the season. You have to rest up beforehand. You can’t get to the end of March and already have 6000 kilometres of racing and training in your legs. You have to start your season later, miss out on the Tour of Andalusia and Milan-San Remo and so on." (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: The organizers are responsible for the TV production which makes it very expensive.
Today the cyclocross World Cup kicks off in Valkenburg but the competition is no longer the main criterion for consistency. "The interest outside Belgium is simply not big enough," says UCI coordinator Peter Van Den Abeele. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: It was necessary to go from sixteen to twenty riders and we have signed 8 newcomers.
With 8 new signings, Bretagne has been one of the most active teams on the transfer market. Manager Emmanuel Hubert explains the reason for his decision to make marquee signings of riders like Pierrick Fedrigo, Yauheni Hutarovich and Jonathan Hivert. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




The cover of Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk
Photo: © Cyclingnews.
If you've been following endurance mountain biking in recent years, you've probably heard the name Rebecca Rusch. After years of adventure racing around the globe, Rusch reinvented her athletic self and burst onto the mountain bike scene to win three 24-hour solo world championship titles. More recently, the Specialized rider drew plenty of attention by winning four Leadville 100 titles. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: There will be live streams for both the Women's and Men's races..
The Cyclocross season action continues Sunday with UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Valkenburg, Netherlands.  (Cauberg Cross). Live streaming video:
Elite Men: 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern).
Elite Women: 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 18, 2014






It was a near thing, but Chris Sutton edged Steele Von Hoff to win the Japan Cup Criterium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
Team Sky's Chris Sutton won the Japan Cup Criterium on Saturday as riders warmed-up for Sunday's headline 151km race on the hiller Utsonomiya circuit.
The Australian sprinter got an excellent leadout from his teammates and had the speed to edge out 2013 winner Steele Von Hoff. Sutton was given the victory after race officials carefully studied the photo-finish. Teammate Ben Swift was third, with Gregor Bole fourth and Wesley Sulzberger fifth. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Thibaut Pinot showed his strength and potential at this year's Tour. Here he is during stage 17.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Gallopin and Stybar tie the knot, Eijssen joins Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Willems goes out with a win. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I think it is possible to beat Jens Voigt. What he did was really impressive but he is no born track rider.
Alex Rasmussen will try to beat the Hour Record after Jens Voigt set a new standard in September. The Dane believes that it is possible to do even better. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 18, 2014




Photo: I personally would have preferred to continue his maturity another year with Caja Rural, but in came Bruyneel and the kid could not say no.
Michal Kwiatkowski is now a coveted rider. He will certainly not be short of offers once his contract with Patrick Lefevere’s Etixx-Quik Step team is up at the end of next season. This wasn’t always the case and Eusebio Unzué almost had the Polish star in 2011, but missed out. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Fortunately, the Sky rider returned to the road last week to catch up and start to prepare for next season. He still has a contract with the British team.
Xavier Zandio has not competed since the Clasica San Sebastian. In fact, he resumed training last week after discovering in mid-August that he suffered a broken vertebra in a crash on the sixth stage of the Tour de France. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The Aprire can be specced with SRAM or Shimano kit and different wheelsets
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Excellent all-rounder that throws down the gauntlet to the big players." (bikeradar.com)

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October 17, 2014


Photo: There are 6 Time Trial events at the Chrono des Nations.
Sunday's first event starts at 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).
LIVE video from 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).
Women Cadets first, then Men Cadets, Junior Women, Junior Men, (then U23 Men after Elite Women).
Elite + U23 Women start: 1:37pm CET (7:37am U.S. Eastern).
Elite/U23 Men start: 2:07pm CET (8:07am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Hushovd had a moral responsibility to help the fight against doping once he learned such a key piece of information.
The World Anti Doping Agency may have said that it doesn’t believe that Thor Hushovd violated the WADA Code when he didn’t inform authorities that Lance Armstrong had told in in 2011 that he had doped during his career, but US Anti Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart isn’t impressed. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 18, 2014





Photo: We can't take anything for granted. I just say that last year the Tour visited Arras via Valenciennes.
After this year's great drama on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles, rumors in the French press now indicate that the riders will again have to tackle pavé in the 2015 edition of the race. The confirmation is expected to come on Wednesday when the entire route will be unveiled in Paris. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Bernard Hinault
Photo: © Amstel Curcao Race.
Bernhard Hinault has given his public support to Oleg Tinkov's idea of the biggest riders in professional cycling going head to head in the three Grand Tours, suggesting that the triple challenge would be possible if the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana had easier routes. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I am very happy to have extended the contract with Lampre-Merida for the 2015 season. When you feel good in a team, the goal is to stay with that outfit.
Lampre-Merida will still count on the services of the Portuguese road and time trial champion after the team has announced that they have extended the contract with Nelson Oliveira. The Portuguese has reached an agreement with the team for the 2015 season. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The operation went well. It was not a heart operation. The cause of the arrhythmia has been found along the groin.
BMC rider Klaas Lodewyck has undergone successful surgery. The Belgian has been suffering from cardiac arrhytmia which has kept him on the sidelines since late July. "On Thursday he will undergo a cycling test to see whether the problem has definitely been resolved," his fiancée Femke Herygers tells Sporza. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I've always been a big fan of Fizik's saddles having ridden various iterations of Ariones and Aliantes but I'd happily say this Kurve Snake Aluminium is the best so far.
road.cc verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Interesting design that creates the comfiest race saddle I've tried; it'll cost you though." (road.cc)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Lots of peanuts were crushed in the making of this recipe.
As we are constantly told, whenever we complete a hard training session or race, it’s really important to eat to put back some of the energy lost and replenish nutrients to aid recovery. The trouble is that whenever you read about this in a magazine the suggested foods of choice tend to appeal to rabbits and health freaks. (irontwit.creativeblogs.net)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Scott take kids' cycling seriously. There are no cartoon characters, fluffy colours, or slacking on the technical backstory.
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Proper adult spec road race bike, just shrunk." (road.cc)

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Photo: Former Giro d’Italia chief claims he was sacrificed to prevent bigger scandal in RCS Sport’s parent company.
Ten months after he was abruptly fired by RCS Sport, former COO Michele Acquarone had his day in court this week, tackling his former employers in an unfair dismissal case.
The former Giro d’Italia chief squared up against the Italian company and will find out next week if a quick decision will be made in relation to his firing, or if the judge will require more time and witness testimony before she can reach a decision. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Pantani’s tomb. Photo: Yuzuru Sunuda.
The mother of deceased Marco Pantani claims her son was “scared” of winning the Giro d’Italia in 1999 as speculation mounts the former cycling icon may have fallen victim to malevolent forces outside the sport. “I found pieces of paper among his belongings on which he had written ‘I’m scared of winning,'” Tonina Pantani said in Gazzetta dello Sport Saturday. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The Cyclocross World Cup has been drastically reformed. Now only riders in the top 50 of the UCI ranking have automatic entry to the races.
On Sunday, the World Cup kicks off at the Caubergcross and this year the top 50 of the UCI rankings will automatically be allowed to start. "And there are nearly 20 Belgians in the top 50," said Dutch coach Johan Lammerts. "This rule comes at the expense of the internationalization of the sport." (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014





Photo: The impact on the team could be quite serious. I don’t want to say any more than that at this stage, because it’s ongoing.
UCI president Brian Cookson has stated to the press that he is disappointed with the series of positive doping tests from Astana and that it might have serious effects on the future of the Kazakh team. The positive tests came from the Iglinsky brothers and Ilya Davidenok. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Frederik Willems has ended his active career with immediate effect. Next year e will become a sports director at his current Lotto-Belisol team.
Frederik Willems has won his farewell race in Bentille. He emerged as the strongest in the bunch sprint ahead of compatriot Stijn Devolder and Italian Manuel Quinziato. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Phil Gaimon, noted for his wit and regular writing on his blog and in other publications that dispenses impressively useless but amusing advice .
Men’s professional cycling: it’s all about glamour. Jaguar team cars; on-demand massages; garages full of the latest super-light carbon wonderbikes; worshipful fans; exotic locales with breathtaking scenery; breathtaking podium girls; the big bucks and global recognition. But then again perhaps not and for an entertaining albeit rueful look at this Real World check out “Pro Cycling on $10 a Day” by American pro Phil Gaimon, the man with with Sad Clown Face on the cover photo. That’s earning the $10, not spending it by the way. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The new team of Stefan Schumacher who is moving from the Danish team Christina Watches to Poland, will get advice from Max.Com Sport Management.
The Polish pro continental team CCC Polsat wants to join the WorldTour before the start of the 2018 season. With this goal in mind, Piotr Wadecki's team has decided to work together with an Italian professional advertising agency that will help the team in PR issues during the next five years. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Tomorrow I will race for the last time in my life, the Japan Cup. Everything comes to an end and that's the beauty of life.
Having considered prolonging his career at the new Rompoot team, Karsten Kroon has made up his mind. Tomorrow he will end his career at the Japan Cup. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: An exploded view of the MiniMoto, with its iconic asymmetrical curved arms. © Clifford Lee...
Less than a handful of years ago, cyclocross bikes were iconic for having cantilever brakes and the debate raged on about the merits and demerits of wide or narrow profile designs.  Paul Components ruled the roost in the United States with both designs, both versions using an innovative sealed bushing and spring system that made set up a breeze if you had the right 15mm wrench on hand. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Lars van der Haar will lead the men's field in the opening round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup (Getty).
The first of six rounds of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup kicks off with men’s and women’s defending World Cup champions Lars van der Haar and Katie Compton on the start line.
Missing from the race in Valkenburg, the Netherlands will be van der Haar and Compton’s world champion counterparts Zdenek Stybar and Marianne Vos. (sbs.com.au)

October 17, 2014




Yukio Arashiro was a crowd favorite
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
An expectant crowd assembled in Utsunomiya to welcome their cycling heroes at the team presentation of the 23rd Japan Cup. Japanese WorldTour riders Yukio Arashiro and Fumiyuki Beppu were on hand, along with a whole host of other WorldTour stars and local talent.
The Japan Cup criterium will take place on Saturday 19 October, followed by the Japan Cup itself on Sunday. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Merhawi Kudus is MTN-Qhubeka's hot new climber from Eritrea
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The battle for Tour de France wildcard places will hot up next week when the official 2015 race route will be presented in Paris and Brian Smith will be eager to make a case for MTN – Qhubeka’s inclusion when he meets ASO representatives. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 17, 2014




Photo: Megan Guanier, Lauren Hall, and Mara Abbott rode for the U.S. team at 2014 world championships in Spain. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Nearly two dozen elite-level cyclists will gather in Richmond, Virginia to train and familiarize themselves with the courses on offer for the 2015 world road championships. The organizing committee, Richmond 2015 and USA Cycling will host the two-day training camp October 22 and 23.
Some of America’s top male and female riders will be in attendance, including Taylor Phinney, Evelyn Stevens, and Virginia natives Joe Dombrowski, Andrea Dvorak, and Ben King. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The East Coast meets in New Jersey for the UCI weekend hosted by HPCX. photo by Rutgers Cycling on flickr.
Elite professional cyclists from around the United States and the World will compete October 18th and 19th in New Jersey’s premier cyclocross event, HPCX (UCI C2).
Hundreds of spectators and athletes will visit Thompson Park in Jamesburg, NJ during the Saturday and Sunday races. As the only UCI race in the United States the third weekend in October, HPCX expects to draw a competitive field for the elite men’s and women’s races. With the opportunity to ride on the same course as the pros, the weekend will also feature men’s and women’s races of all categories, including juniors, and the experienced 35 and 45+ age groups. (cxmagazine.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Geoff Kabush won the 2013 Canadian cyclocross national championship. Photo: Doug Brons .
Geoff Kabush heads to Winnipeg for Canadian cyclocross nationals on October 25 after a September of atypical results and welcome recovery. He fell ill at mountain bike world championships in Norway and couldn’t repeat his 2013 podium performance at CrossVegas. Since then, he’s squeezed in some off-season fun and rest while home in North Vancouver. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Wind tunnel tests have given new clues on how to make aerodynamics work for you – and against your rivals..
We've all been in a race or a group ride where some riders just won't take their turn on the front. Now, thanks to research in Australia, it's been shown how you can reduce the benefits to wheelsuckers while still gaining advantage from them being there  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 17, 2014




Photo: They want me to put me on the roster for the classics. Those are the races that I will focus on. I will do almost all the classics.
U23 Worlds bronze medallist Kristoffer Skjerping will turn professional in 2015. The talented Norwegian has signed a two-year contract with the merged Cannondale-Garmin team and is expected to do all the major cobbled classics in his debut season. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The Rapha Women’s three-quarter length tights take the sting out of cooler weather
Colin Levitch / Immediate Media.
Rapha’s range covers everything from high-performing, tight-fitting garments for serious riders, to functional commuter wear that. The Women’s three-quarter length tights sit in the middle of this spectrum. (bikeradar.com)

October 17, 2014




Ashleigh Moolman sprints to second place
Photo: © sportfoto.nl..
Rasmussen to attempt Hour Record, Moolman nominated for award, Italian magistrate to investigate Pantani’s failed haematocrit test from 1999. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Siva Atom charger.
"We previewed this commuter-friendly tech charger a couple of months ago, but now we’ve got our hands on one for testing. The unit is easily installed on the non-driveside rear hub, after which each rotation of the wheel feeds energy into a 1,650mAh battery pack that’s enough to charge your iPhone or other USB device at the same speed as plugging it into the wall." (bikeradar.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Elite rider Beth Newell designed Keirin Cut Jeans to fit your quads .
It’s one of the frustrations - and incongruities - of being a cyclist: Your body is built like a machine and can go for hours, but getting jeans around your quads is a Herculean feat. And if you do manage to find a pair that accommodates your legs, chances are it’s way too loose in the waist. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Sottani opened his inquiry while a separate investigation into Pantani’s death ongoing in Rimini, 33 miles away in the same Emilia-Romagna region..
Marco Pantani‘s 1999 Giro d’Italia expulsion is at the center of a new investigation that opened in September in Forlì, Italy. Public prosecutor Carlo Sottani is examining if the Mafia and sporting fraud had a hand in the Italian cyclist’s high haematocrit anti-doping test and dismissal while in the race leader’s pink jersey. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 17, 2014






Nairo Quintana said he is open to riding in all three grand tours next year, but the three other top stage racers likely won't join him. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Oleg Tinkov’s 1 million euro challenge to have cycling’s top four grand tour contenders race in the three grand tours of 2015 has died before it even began. The Russian businessman and owner of Tinkoff-Saxo admitted he will have to scale down his hopes or pursue the stars to do it another year.
“The sooner it happens the better it is. For the next year it may be hard,” Tinkov told Sky Sports Thursday. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: At 31 years of age, Alex Cano returns to the professional level at the Colombia team.
Once regarded as a big climbing talent, Alex Cano suddenly disappeared into anonymity. Next year he will be back in Europe as he has signed a contract with Team Colombia. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: In all likelihood, Stybar will not be defending his rainbow jersey at the 2015 UCI World Championships of Cyclocross. © Thomas Van Bracht.
With the World Cup in Valkenburg only days away, the past week has been brutal on many elite European riders, some who were planning on racing on Sunday. Sven Nys, failing to show up to Kermiscross van Ardooie from illness, is actually one of the more minor stories in this week of attrition. (cxmagazine.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Zdenek Stybar broke his collarbone and damaged shoulder ligaments Wednesday. © Patrick Verhoest.
The international Cyclocross season is heating up, with both Belgian-based series underway and the last of the Big Three, the UCI calendar, ready to kick off this weekend. (podiumcafe.com)

October 17, 2014





Photo: Europcar announced on Friday that 2015 will be its last year sponsoring a cycling team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Europcar announced Friday that it will end its partnership with the cycling team run by Jean-René Bernaudeau after 2015.
The car rental group said it will sponsor the team in 2015 at the same level as it did in 2014. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The first use of sunglasses in sport dates back roughly to the turn of the 20th century. Photography by Cor Vos
Sunglasses have evolved from a humble yet essential piece of protection in the cyclist's kit bag to an expensive fashion statement. Dave Everett and Wade Wallace look back through the archives to find some of the more memorable and outlandish examples of cycling-specific eyewear that we've seen in recent decades. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 17, 2014






Photo: Zdenek Stybar's plans to race two season ender Cyclo-cross races had been abandoned (Getty). (sbs.com.au)
Zdenek Stybar was set to kick off his off-season with his wedding. Now his crash in yesterday's Kermiscross in Ardooie has put the event under threat. On Saturday he is scheduled to step into the Sint-Antoniuskerk in Essen to marry Ine Vanden Berghe. Now his nasty crash in the Kermiscorss can throw a wrench into the works. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Shawn Farrell, at a 2011 USA Cycling National Officials' Summit. Photo by Casey B. Gibson.
USA Cycling has fired its longtime technical director, Shawn Farrell.
Farrell was terminated Thursday after 11 years in the role. USA Cycling’s communications director Bill Kellick declined an opportunity to comment, citing the situation as “an employment issue.” (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Manuele Boaro gives an example of the low elbow position in the Tour of Beijing
Tim de Waele.
The findings of a recent study from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers could instantly boost your cycling power by more than 13 percent, just by changing your posture. (bikeradar.com)

October 17, 2014






Photo: Silca will sponsor Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld with its high-end inflation tech. Photo: Silca.
Silca, the company behind a $450 pump and other high-end inflation accoutrements, will sponsor Stu Thorne and his Cannondale Cyclocrossworld ‘cross team for the remainder of this season. The team will use Silca’s Hiro locking Presta chuck and SuperPista Ultimate floor pump. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Recognise yourself in two or more of our ’10 signs you’re a Fred’? You need to have a word with yourself..
Football shorts over lyric are a common sight these days as are riders who wear trainers with old-style toe-strap pedal set ups.
Are you a dreaded Fred?
If you recognize yourself in any two characteristics in our Fred Bingo we’re afraid you’re in the club and need to have a good hard, honest look at your life! (stickybottle.com)

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Photo: UCI president Brian Cookson talked with VeloNews Friday about the Astana situation and the MPCC. Photo: Franck Fife | AFP.
UCI leader Brian Cookson said Friday that the recent doping positives could be a very “serious” situation for the Astana team but that he hadn’t met with team officials regarding the incidents.
Astana, home of 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali, has come under withering pressure after two recent EPO positives by brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy and now what may be a third positive, as rider llya Davidenok returned an “adverse analytical finding” for anabolic androgenic steroids in a sample collected at the Tour de l’Avenir on August 28. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The Astana team are going to have a full review of their licence within the next month as this was the third time in the space of a few weeks that one of their riders tested positive.
Ilya Davidenok has tested positive for anabolic steroids in the Tour de l’Avenir on August 28. Davidenok, who was with the Astana development team for the last two years, has been a stagiaire with the Astana team since August 1. The future of Astana could be in doubt after a third positive test in a short period of time. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Danish rider comments in advance of UCI’s Licence Commission inquiry into team. Photography by Cor Vos
Speaking after three of his Astana team-mates were announced in the past five and a half weeks as having tested positive, Jakob Fuglsang has expressed concern at the situation and what it might do for his reputation.
“It is not good for me and what people think about me,” the Danish rider told DR Sporten. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 17, 2014





Photo: hor Hushovd makes hairy revelations in tell-all book
Thor Hushovd during this year's Arctic Race (AFP).
Who's the odd one out - former world champion cyclist Thor Hushovd, wily Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde or chunky goal-shy footballer Wayne Rooney?
The answer, of course, is Hushovd - the only of the three to have had a successful hair implant.
In fact, Norway's most famous recently-retired rider has had two of them - or so he admits in his autobiography, 'Thor', which was released in Norway on Wednesday. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: As soon as the last rider was through, the road clogged with fans. I made it one turn from the top before I was swallowed up by the mass and forced to walk the last few hundred meters over the top.
The 2005 Giro d’Italia was one of the best on record, as Paulo Savoldelli battled Gibo Simoni right to the end of the penultimate stage and the unpaved switchbacks of the 18km long Colle della Finestre. The 2015 Giro stage 20 corsa serves up the same final 55km that, riders willing, could decide the race. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014





Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Van Avermaet targets Tour, Van Genechten leaves Lotto and Lefevere extends with janom s.r.o. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Of course I want to be on the bike again tomorrow but I have no deadline. I do not want to force things.
Having been sidelined by his team due to abnormal blood values, Sergio Henao was fully cleared by his Sky team and returned to action in the Tour de Suisse. Unfortunately, he was involved in a horrific crash during the warm-up for the time trial but as he rehabilitation is going well, he now hopes to be back on his bike in December. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Perucha can be described as a craftsman, a frame builder, a welder, a racer or a teacher. Images: Antonio Bigarini
There are certain stories that deserve to be told. This is one of them. It’s set in the capital of Spain, in the barrio Ventilla, far from downtown Madrid and its tourists, but in the authentic heart of the city. Higinio Domingo Perucha is its main character. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Impotence is a cause for concern for many men — and rightly so.
Cycling isn’t the geeky loser’s sport it once was. Now it’s official: cycling can improve not only your pulling power, but also your performance. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 17, 2014




Photo: BioShift automatic shifting system
BikeRadar / Immediate Media.
BioShift is an automatic shifting system, that could mean you never need to think about gear selection again. It's a product of US research and development by Baron BioSystems and works together with Shimano’s existing Di2 electronic components. (bikeradar.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The peloton on stage six of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
The WorldTour is done and dusted once again (no cheering at the back) and Alejandro Valverde was crowned winner, but how much do you remember about the UCI's flagship season-long competition. Take our quick six-question quiz and tweet @cyclingweekly with your result. No Google searching! (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 17, 2014




Men's leader Mike Friedman (Optum) sitting in the bunch.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Orica-AIS signs new talents, Vini Fantini-Nippo to Japan Cup. (cyclingnews.com)

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October 16, 2014


Thor Hushovd and Lance Armstrong in 2005
Photo: © AFP.
Thor Hushovd has reiterated his belief that wining clean during a period of widespread doping in professional cycling was possible. The Norwegian was speaking during a press conference to publicize the release of his autobiography.
The recently retired 36-year-old faced questions relating to his career but others, including fellow ex-professionals Lance Armstrong and Christophe Bassons. (cyclingnews.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: March is very busy month. It’s easy to think the season is just getting going but it’s actually in full swing.
There are less than 100 days until the season resumes with the Tour Down Under. 2015 will look a lot like 2014 but here is a closer look at the calendar.
Which countries have the most races? Where can you win the most World Tour points? What’s the busiest month of the year? And more. (inrng.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Honoured... Nairo Quintana has been officially recognised as a 'friend' of UNICEF at a ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. (Getty Images/AFP).
Nairo Quintana has been named a Friend of UNICEF, an honorary ambassadorial role, at a ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. Quintana's role will see him act as an advocate and supporter of under privileged children and communities.
The Giro d'Italia champion, who completed his season at the Vuelta a España, in September, said he's delighted to be able to be a part of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) cause, a cause he strongly believes in. (sbs.com.au)

October 16, 2014





Elia Viviani after winning the 2014 Coppa Bernocchi.
Photo: © Bettini.
Cancellara out of Japan Cup, Van Avermaet is Flandrian of the year. (cyclingnews.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: My first win in the Flandrien competition was the most unexpected, this is the most deserved. This award has great value because my fello riders have voted for me.
Greg Van Avermaet lived up to his status as favorite and has again been selected to as the Flandrien of the Year. Dylan Teuns, Michal Kwiatkowski and Sven Nys also won prizes in the competition organized by Het Nieuwsblad. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 16, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 16, 2014




Photo: The road has been my life for years but if things go wrong and I have no team, I have a plan B. That plan would be to dedicate myself to MTB Marathon. © nl.wikipedia.org
While most of the European professionals have already started their holiday, some are still training to prepare for goals outside Europe. One of them is Francisco Mancebo. The Spaniard continues to ride with an eye on late November when he will put on a racing number if all goes well. That will be a relief because Mancebo has not done a race for his team, Pro Cycling Team SkyDive Dubai, since May. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: It’s made from our ultralight, highly technical fabric that provides excellent stretch and breathability for amazing riding performance.
Some riders have their own shops selling clothing with their brand.  The 2014 Road World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prévot has a shop, where you can buy hoodies, polo shirts, t-shirts, caps and even an umbrella with her PFP brand. (prowomenscycling.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Jonathan Dibben in 2015 Worlds U23 Time Trial (copyright Britishcyling.org.uk).
If you want to beat your personal best when riding a time trial, you’re much better off riding in the evening than the morning according to a new study from Brazil, which found a 6.5 second average improvement in times over 1 kilometer when ridden later in the day. (road.cc)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Saddle height is the simplest of adjustments you can make to your bike with probably the greatest benefit.
Setting the right saddle height is essential for comfort, efficiency and avoiding injury. Here we explain why it's important and how you can set your seat for the maximum combination of comfort and speed.  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 16, 2014




Photo: The Lake CX402 is the company’s latest take on a customizable high-performance moldable cycling shoe.
Looking to transfer every last watt of energy from the body to the wheels, serious riders are constantly in search of gear that prioritizes energy efficiency. A lot of times this equates to stiffness and as little weight as possible, which in material terms usually leads to carbon fiber. This obsession with lightweight composites goes beyond bike frames, with most high end cycling shoes sporting carbon fiber soles for maximum power delivery to the pedals. (roadbikereview.com)

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Hein Verbruggen passed the UCI baton to Pat McQuaid in 2005
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Paul Kimmage has welcomed the latest development in the case surrounding the missing money from the Defence Fund set up in his name but has confirmed to Cyclingnews that former UCI President Hein Verbruggen is still pursuing him through the Swiss courts. (cyclingnews.com)

October 16, 2014






Photo: money would either be split four ways, or could alternatively be given to the rider with the best combined result from the three races. Photography by LB/RB/Cor Vos.
Tinkoff Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov has accepted that the Grand Tour challenge he has been pushing for is unlikely to take place in 2015, but has said that he remains committed to the idea and hopes that the sport’s top riders will commit to it for the following season. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 16, 2014




Prosecutors are reviewing new documents concerning the death of Marco Pantani. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Marco Pantani, whether in life or death, is front page news in Italy. Cycling’s last Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double winner, died in 2004 of what an initial investigation showed was a cocaine overdose. Ten years later, however, a new probe into the possible murder of Pantani sees the Italian back in news headlines. (velonews.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: These days, Taylor Phinney spends his time on a velodrome as he rehabs from a broken leg suffered in a crash at nationals. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Every sport has its colors. Team colors, checkered flags, green blazers.
In cycling, there is simply yellow. Sure, the world champion’s stripes are really something. And there’s the polka-dots, the green jersey, and the maglia rosa.
But the Maillot Jaune? It’s the one that’s sought after and dreamt of. It’s the one that motivates broken riders to train, to grind their teeth down. Wearing it in Paris is the dream, but holding it for even a day is something a rider carries with him forever. (velonews.com)

October 16, 2014






Zdenek Stybar had set his sights on a few final cyclocross races. But after a crash in Ardooie that resulted in a broken collarbone, the season appears to be at an end for the Czech rider. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com (File).
Cyclocross world champion Zdenek Stybar has again fallen victim to the curse of the rainbow jersey. Sporza reports that Stybar suffered a broken collarbone in Wednesday’s Kermiscross van Ardooie.
This setback comes as Stybar was starting to show signs of life, after a long recovery from a painful crash at the Eneco Tour that left him with severe facial injuries. Coincidentally, that August crash also occurred in Ardooie, Belgium. (velonews.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Next year the main objective is the Tour and later in the year the Vuelta a Espana. We do no know if we will both go to the Tour and the Vuelta a Espana or if he does the Giro and the Vuelta and I do the Tour and the Vuelta.
The Tour de France and the Vuelt a Espana are Nairo Quintana's main objectives for 2015. The Colombian Movistar rider  and the Tour of Spain, then, are the main objectives of Nairo Quintana next season. The Colombian Movistar Team rider sees it as realistic to do all three grand tours as proposed by Oleg Tinkov but admits that it is a different challenge to go there to win all of them. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: In the past, the Six Days of Ghent were not a great success, that's true. I asked him to arrive in Ghent with a good condition. He assured me that he is working hard and that he will do his best will do.
The Six Days of Ghent is getting ready to welcome cycling super star Mark Cavendish next month. The Brit will form a strong pair with crowd favorite Iljo Keisse. However, Cav has never been at his best in the Belgian race. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Christine Tejada Leppanen (Chicago, IL) racing in the women’s single speed category. © SnowyMountain Photography.
The third stop of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup (CCC) series, Dan Ryan Woods hosted by Beverly Bike*VeePak, had participants raving about new course features: expanded single track sections, a stair run up and more capitalizing on the park’s natural features to create a fast and technical course. Lou Kuhn, owner of series sponsor The Pony Shop, appreciated that the race had “more single track than most courses.” The race kept several features from previous years, including three half barriers that allowed many to show off their bunny hopping skills. (cxmagazine.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: The Tour starts with a time trial that should suit me well. This is really the main goal of the season.
Having recently finished third at the TT World Championships, Tom Dumoulin has set his sights on the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. With the Grande Boucle starting in his home country, he wants to conquer the coveted tunic in the opening time trial. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 16, 2014




Lezyne's Micro Floor Drive HV is perfect for cyclists who travel, or for mountain bikers looking for a faster inflation option. Its long hose and floor pump design make it much easier to use than a traditional mini pump. It's also bigger, of course, at 12
The wonders of the humble floor pump can only be truly appreciated while sitting on a foreign hotel room floor, 200 pump strokes, 40 psi, and one case of tennis elbow into a half-hour-long tire inflation process. Mini-pumps, as a general rule, suck in inverse proportion to the amount of air that they blow. Smaller is generally worse. (velonews.com)

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Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov will meet with UCI president Brian Cookson to offer an explanation for Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy’s recent positive tests for EPO. The UCI has stated that the case has “raised questions” about Astana’s management and suggested that the team could have to meet certain conditions to retain its WorldTour licence for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 16, 2014





Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Horner rode for Lampre-Merida this year but was forced to miss the Giro d’Italia through injury. He came back and rode the Tour de France in order to prepare for the Vuelta a Espana, but missed the defence of his title due to low cortisol levels picked up in a pre-race MPCC test. (cyclingnews.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Alejandro Valverde’s stunning year saw him crowned world number one (pic: Sirotti).
The curtain has fallen on the 2014 UCI WorldTour season in China, with the Tour of Beijing bringing an end to a season which began in Australia back in January.
Through three grand tours, five Monuments and a feast of spectacular one-day and stage races, the season has been another enthralling spectacle. (roadcyclinguk.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: As the roster of top-tier female riders was announced, all eyes turned to the new faces of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has concluded an outstanding racing season, one that brought new opportunities and resulted in new successes. As the 2013 season came to a close, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team announced the exciting news that the team would develop and launch an entirely new women’s program to race alongside the men in the 2014 season. (cyclingillustrated.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Pantano joines the Swiss team to help Mathias Frank in the mountains and I was told that I would also have my opportunities.
Jarlinson Pantano is pleased to have signed a contract with IAM Cycling. The Colombian appreciates the fact that he will take a next step in his career with the Swiss outfit where his main task is to support Mathias Frank in the mountains. He has signed a one-year contract. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: The course will offer the sprinters many opportunities, so we'll try to exploit the qualities of Bonifazio, Ferrari and Palini. Mori and Xu Gang will be our leaders for the overall classification.
Lampre-Merida are ready for their debut in the Tour of Hainan. The team will line up three sprinters that are led by Roberto Ferrari. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Elliot Reinecke (Focus/Velo Hangar) leads the break group of seven up the stairs. © Philip Beckman/PB Creative.
The Velocity Cross has been a part of the SoCal cyclocross scene for years. Last weekend’s version of the event was, however, like none before. Although still staked and ribboned by the Velocity Cycling Team, and still taking place at Prado Regional Park in Chino, this edition had a significantly different look and feel. (cxmagazine.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Geoff Kabush tackles the 2013 Canadian Cyclocross Championship men’s elite race. © Doug Brons.
Geoff Kabush heads to Winnipeg for Canadian Cyclocross Nationals on October 25 after a September of atypical results and welcome recovery. He fell ill at mountain bike world championships in Norway and subsequently couldn’t repeat his 2013 podium performance at CrossVegas. Since then he’s squeezed in some off-season fun and rest while home in North Vancouver. (cxmagazine.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: The Tour de France at Alpe d'Huez on stage eighteen of the 2013 Tour de France .
The word ‘iconic’ is often over-worked in cycling, but its application to the wiggling climb up Alpe d’Huez is entirely justified.
The 13.8-kilometers of tarmac slithers its way from Bourg d’Oisans to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps, navigating 21 hairpin bends along the way. From the air, the road is instantly recognizable – as is its relentless turns and gradient when you are travelling up it or watching a race unfold on its slopes. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Clif Shot Bloks come in eight fruity flavors—three with added caffeine.
Like nutritious candy for cyclists, these yummy gummies deliver a jolt of fast-acting carbs and other essentials to fuel your ride. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Concerns over air quality and Beijing are not new. Photography by Tour of Beijing
The Tour of Beijing is no more. After four editions, the Chinese stage race will no longer close out the UCI WorldTour. Jane Aubrey has worked on the Tour of Beijing for the past two years and wrote the following about why the race's cancellation is genuine shame. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez make a formidable trio that propels Spain to the top nation on the World Tour...
The World Tour is over and Spain tops all the rankings: Alejandro Valverde leads the UCI rankings, Movistar win the best team and Spain finish well ahead of Italy for the best nation. A fiesta or a statistical quirk?
Spain’s best riders are ageing, the trio of Valverde, Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez have a combined age of over 100 years. Who are the young riders carrying the Spanish hopes for the future? (inrng.com)

October 15, 2014




André Greipel won stage 6 of the 2014 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Lotto-Belisol’s André Greipel closed out the 2014 season with the most wins of any international professional. He claimed 16 victories over the course of the season.
His successful year started at the Tour Down Under, where he won stage 4 and stage 6. (velonews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Adam Hansen wins stage nineteen of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
Oleg Tinkov is crazy about cycling and has a “cool” idea to get the top stage racers in all three of the 2015 Grand Tours, says Adam Hansen. The Australian professional has consecutively raced all three Grand Tours for the past three years – the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España – and wants to see the stars do the same next season. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 15, 2014




Theo Bos (Belkin) about to raise his arms in celebration
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Pantano to IAM and Chavanel headlineing Chrono. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Kristen Kelsey (AXIOMHVAC-Voler-Cycle U) put together a strong ride to earn the top spot, increasing her lead in the series standings. © Geoffery Crofoot.
Throton A Sulivan Park played host to the fourth stop on last year’s MFG Cyclocross Series. The venue change was a last minute one, done after heavy rains made a joint venture with the Cascade Cross series in Bellingham impossible (the impact of nearly a thousand people and two days of racing would have been too high). This year however was a different story. (cxmagazine.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: It's possible to prepare for climbs without hills
Tim de Waele.
If you're preparing for a hilly ride but live in the flatlands, then follow these tips and release your inner mountain goat. (bikeradar.com)

October 15, 2014




stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado Springs went through the Garden of the Gods
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Degenkolb reflects, Beamon joins Tibco. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Sidi’s Techno 3 wire fastening system uses a pair of flip up rotary dials, one for the forefoot and the other for the ankle...
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "We can't fault these shoes for comfort, support or efficiency." (bikeradar.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: what’s particularly terrific about this tool is the fact that it fits over the quick release nut, meaning you no longer need to remove the quick release skewer in order to change cassettes.
The genius of the Crombie isn’t that it packs up nice and small, though I do appreciate its efficient size. And it isn’t that a single tool includes both the chain whip and the cassette lockring tool in a single package. Or that you don’t need an adjustable wrench. Or even that a single tool includes both Campagnolo and Shimano cassette tools. All of those things are terrific, but what’s particularly terrific about this tool is the fact that it fits over the quick release nut, meaning you no longer need to remove the quick release skewer in order to change cassettes. (redkiteprayer.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: The 8GB card delivers two hours of record time at the only resolution available, 720p, with a total camera and light battery life of five hours.
When you spend hours and hours riding who’s watching out for you? Who’s got your back?  Your riding buddies? Your hi-visibility kit? The ICE system on your fancy new POC helmet?  The folks at Fly6 have raised their hands and are volunteering up a new piece of technology designed to save our rears.  Fly6 produces a compact camera packed into a convenient rear flashing LED safety light. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 15, 2014




The USH is at home on a cyclocross bike, unless you're fighting through the slop. It would also do well as a touring tire for those who like dirt roads. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
"If you’re like me, you don’t actually ride a lot of cyclocross during cyclocross season.
Maybe I’m in the minority, but in the fall, most of my time spent actually cyclocrossing — if that is a verb — is during races. Midweek rides are often on a mix of roads, dirt roads, and a few trails and parks for good measure.
For that reason, among others, the Clement X’Plor USH tires I mounted back in July have remained on my ‘cross bike far longer than expected and have served as reliable training tires." (velonews.com)

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Alejandro Valverde said his most enjoyable race in 2014 was Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Calling 2014 his best season “by a mile,” Alejandro Valverde reflected on winning the UCI WorldTour points title Wednesday.
Valverde, 34, notched 11 victories, 28 podium finishes, and third- and fourth-place results in the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France, respectively. With those results, he gathered 686 WorldTour points to finish ahead of Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador (620) and Orica-GreenEdge rider Simon Gerrans (478). (velonews.com)

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Thor Hushovd won world championships in 2010, but in his new biography, he says Edvald Boasson Hagen did not do his part to support the team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Former world champion Thor Hushovd published his biography, “Thor” on Wednesday. The account of his life as a professional includes details of his relationship with Lance Armstrong, a firm denial of ever having doped, and other revelations ranging from controversial to downright bizarre.
Of Armstrong, Hushovd claims to have known of the American’s doping as early as 2011. In the book, the Norwegian alleges that the UCI hid some of Armstrong’s positive samples. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Generally speaking, it was a very good season for me. I have shown that I can be on the podium in the monuments on the podium. I can also win classics as I proved in Gent-Wevelgem...
Last Sunday John Degenkolb ended his season when he was unable to defend his title in Paris-Tours. Despite a few disappointments, the German is pleased with his results in 2014.
Degenkolb draws a positive conclusion of his fourth year as a professional. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Simon Yates (Great Britain) wins stage 6 on Haytor in 2013
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
A neo-professional’s first season in cycling is all about learning and adapting, a trial and error process in which you either sink or swim.
For Simon Yates 2014 has been a season of lessons learnt but the 22-year-old British rider has passed his debut season with flying colors having raced at the competitive end in several week-long stage races and enjoying a debut start in the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




The podium in Ronse: Mathieu van der Poel, Sven Nys and Klaas Vantornout
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Bosmans with Lyme disease, Berden to represent Belgium? (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Led by Gabriel Rasch, the team will line up Ian Boswell, Bernhard Eisel, Chris Sutton, Ben Swift and Edvald Boasson Hagen, the latter in his last race before joining MTN - Qhubeka.
On Sunday, Sky will bring their 2014 season to a close in the Japan Cup. The team will be led by an in-form Edvald Boasson Hagen in the Norwegian's final outing in the colors of the squad. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Elle Anderson started off her European campaign at Gieten with a 5th place. screenshot – vier.be video.
"Over the 2014-15 season, American phenom Elle Anderson will be contributing to Cyclocross Magazine as she travels throughout Europe to race some of the arduous courses that the world has to offer. Want to know the weekly schedule for a pro while overseas? Anderson laid out her week from Superprestige Gieten to BPost Bank at Ronse, both which she was able to place top five in. Bonus: You get to learn the names for the days of the week in Dutch." (cxmagazine.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: This past weekend there was another C1 race on the East Coast, in Rochester, New York, and I didn’t go — but that’s not to say the weekend was a waste. Words by Dan Chabanov // Image by Tim Willis.
"This is one of those times when it pays to know the guys you’re racing and know what they’re good at and not good at. John is really good at pedaling, but not that great at turning. So it was going to be hard for guys to pass him on the straights, yet he wouldn’t be able to corner as fast as me." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: It’s been a little over a month since we released Elements of Style, a collaborative video project with our good friends at The Sufferfest.
"A couple weeks back I invited a few people to write a short review of the video. I did this for a couple of reasons: firstly, reviewing a video I was involved in would be a bit of a conflict of interest (of course I think it’s great); and secondly, we’re keen to do further videos along the same lines and we wanted to find out what people liked about Elements of Style, and what they didn’t." (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Tools, bananas and time on the bike – that's what cyclists want!
Robert Smith.
Social media survey shows favorite snacks and riding must-haves. Puncture kits and tools were listed as the most essential ride accessories – 28 per cent of respondents put these even above water and food (22 per cent) or a phone for emergencies (13 per cent). (bikeradar.com)

October 15, 2014




A rendering of the proposed cover for the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs. Photo: Sink Combs Dethlefs Sports Architecture/USOC.
USA Cycling and the United States Olympic Committee have teamed up to give track cyclists year-round, on-the-track training opportunities in Colorado Springs with the addition of a seasonal dome on the open-air 7-Eleven Velodrome located in Memorial Park. The dome will be put in place for the first time in early 2015. (velonews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: At a folded length of 47cm (18.5in) and weighing 332g including a basic canvas pouch, it’s substantially smaller and lighter than a traditional floor pump.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Solid quality and easy pumping beats a mini pump, but the high price makes this for the regular travelling cyclist only." (bikeradar.com)






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Photo: He didn’t come to the hearing. He never responded to any of the court orders. The court finally just ran out of patience.
Aaron Brown, previously better known by his previous Twitter identity @UCI_Overlord, has lost a class suit court action taken on behalf of the donors to the Kimmage Fund, and has been ordered to repay the fund plus any additional costs which arose due to the legal case. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Cooke says several riders he represents are also currently without deals.
As was the case at this time last year, Chris Horner finds himself in a very uncertain position: unsure whether or not he will have a pro contract come the new season.
Last Autumn the American rider had just won the 2013 Vuelta a España but, despite that victory, his 42 years of age plus rumored high salary demands combined to give some teams cold feet. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Brian Cookson
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
UCI President Brian Cookson has insisted that the wide-sweeping reforms of professional road racing that will revolutionzse the sport in 2017 are on schedule despite a breakdown in negotiations with key stakeholders during the summer and a further stall at the recent road world championship in Ponferrada. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: In a business dedicated to tailoring bicycle to rider like it's a suit—reach to the handlebar, where cycling shoe meets pedal, and so on—Hogg has built a global reputation for his contrarian approach. (Photo by Steven Laxton)
He's been called outlandish. And his methods are, without question, unorthodox. So why is Steve Hogg's appointment book overflowing with the names of cyclists willing to fly halfway around the world for just a few hours with this obsessive bike-fit guru? (bicycling.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Guru's fitting system can not only analyze your position, but also recommend bikes you might like.
(Photo courtesy of Dorel).
A bike-fit is only as good as the fitter, so before committing to any shop or service, ask other riders for referrals. And when choosing, consider your budget, the service's features, and whether you're shopping for a new bike. Here are four systems you might like. (bicycling.com)

October 15, 2014





Italian Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot on the 2014 Tour de France podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Oleg Tinkov’s proposed triple Grand Tour challenge has stoked plenty of media interest but has met with a decidedly non-committal response from the most interested party, the riders themselves. From next Wednesday, however, their stances might become a little clearer, as the route of the 2015 Tour de France is unveiled in the Palais de Congrès in Paris on Wednesday October 22. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: More sea views to Sestri Levante on stage 3...
The route of the 2015 Giro d’Italia was announced last week and who better to run his eye over the course than our most experienced Grand Tour reporter; Ed Hood. This year’s Italian tour is mostly in the north, but in Ed’s own words: “There’s something for everyone in the 2015 Giro!” (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: The peloton in the 2014 Milan-San Remo ...
The 2015 edition of Milan-San Remo, taking place on March 22, will cover the same coastal route in Northwest Italy as it did in 2014, with the Cipressa and Poggio but without the Pompeiana climb.
“As of today, the 2015 course of La Classicissima will be the same as 2014,” race director, Mauro Vegni told Elleradio. “In the next weeks we will have time to confirm the details, but all the news that popped up regarding the changes is not true.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Star performer...Simon Gerrans wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Getty Images).
"Twelve different riders contributed to our 34 individual wins and a further three were involved in the team time trial win at the Giro d’Italia. It’s a real tribute to the depth of our team."  (sbs.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Alessandro Petacchi has been deemed surplus to requirements by the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team for next season but the 40-year-old remains hopeful of continuing his professional career in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: You add a longer 130 mm stem. A lighter handlebar. A Thomson seatpost. Fresh wheels. A black Selle Italia Turbomatic 4 saddle makes way for a white Fi’zi:k Aliante.
I have a lot of history with my bike—a Litespeed Firenze bought the year before my oldest daughter was born on the other side of the country nearly nine years ago. When you have a bike for this long, it changes with the miles. It has to. With each ride you come to understand what you want from it and what its limits are. (redkiteprayer.com)

October 15, 2014




The men begin the final stage here in Bend
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Reports of the imminent demise of the Cascade Cycling Classic appear to have been greatly exaggerated. After losing its longtime title sponsor earlier this summer, the 35-year-old US stage race announced today it has signed a three-year deal with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, the state's largest health insurance provider. (cyclingnews.com)

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Sacha Modolo captured the win in Tuesday's Tour of Beijing finale. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
Philippe Gilbert secured overall victory at the Tour of Beijing after the final stage around the Bird's Nest Piazza finished in a bunch sprint.
Sacha Modolo won the final high-speed sprint after the peloton caught the day's breakaway pair of Laurent Mangel and Tosh Van der Sande inside the final kilometer. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: This is a big win, not only for me, but also a big one for the team. I knew the team was really good here, which gave me confidence...
Philippe Gilbert took his first ever victory in a WorldTour stage race when he finished safely in the bunch on the final day of the Tour of Beijing. Despite being one of the most decorated riders, the Belgian made it clear that he regards the result as a very big performance. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 14, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finishes second
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team both sealed victory in the final WorldTour standings, as the curtain fell on the series at the Tour of Beijing. It was a clean sweep for Spain, who also wrapped up the national rankings, more than 700 points clear of Italy. Movistar has hailed it as their most successful season, after taking 34 victories throughout the year – including Nairo Quintana’s Giro d’Italia success. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 13, 2014




Lars van der Haar winning the World Cup at Valkenburg last year. © Thomas van Bracht.
"With the World Cup quickly approaching, opening next week at Valkenburg, we knew the Pro CX schedule of events we released earlier in the year wouldn’t be nearly enough for our readers who like to keep their eyes on the full world stage of cyclocross." (cxmagazine.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: Adam Myerson controlling the leaders at Minuteman Cyclocross. © Katie Busick Photography.
Racers gathered yesterday under the glowing fall foliage for the fourth edition of the Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross Race p/b Landry’s Bicycles in Lancaster, MA. The morning racers faced damp course conditions and chilly temperatures, but the clear sky brought the sun to warm the course, removing the chill from the air on a quintessential New England autumn afternoon. (cxmagazine.com)

October 14, 2014





Photo: After three riders were caught inside the final kilometre, Debusschere narrowly beat Van Asbroeck in a photo finish...
For the second year in a row, Jens Debusschere ended the season in the perfect way when he won the Nationale Sluitingsprijs, the final road race of the European season. When the race came down to a bunch sprint, the Belgian held off Tom Van Asbroeck in a photo finish while his teammate Jonas Vangenechten made it two Lotto Belisol riders on the podium. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 14, 2014




Stefan Schumacher (Christina Watches)
Photo: © Isabelle Duchesne.
Following the possible demise of the Christian Watches squad, German Stefan Schumacher is reportedly moving to the Polish CCC Polsat Polkowice team, to be known as CCC Sprandi Polkowice in 2015. The Polish team is, according to naszosie.pl, seeking to raise its image ahead of a bid for the WorldTour in 2016. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




UniSA coach Sanders eyeing West Australian. Photo: © Mark Gunter.
As Australian cycling enjoys seeing the likes of Michael Hepburn, Rohan Dennis and now Caleb Ewan make inroads in to their World Tour careers, and await the likes of world under 23 time trial champion Campbell Flakemore in his first professional season with BMC next year, one name many are speaking of - and as a general classification rider - is Rob Power. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014





Photo: Caleb Ewan got his first World Tour experience with the UNI-SA team at the Santos Tour Down Under (Sirotti).
The Tour of Beijing was not Caleb Ewan’s first WorldTour race, that honor went to the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under in January, but his promise as a world class sprinter was realized at the end of the five-day race in China. (sbs.com.au)

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Dan Martin has blasted to summit victory in China today, showing that once he is in this kind of form he is very hard to beat. (stickybottle.com).
Ireland’s Dan Martin took the fourth stage of the Tour of Beijing with an extraordinary uphill sprint on Monday, but Belgian Philippe Gilbert stayed just close enough to keep the overall lead.
Martin, who won the Giro di Lombardia earlier this month, struck in the last kilometer of the long climb up Miaofeng Mountain in Mentougou, after a series of attacks had been reeled in by the peloton. (velonews.com)

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Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) enjoyed one of the greatest victories in his career atop the mighty Zoncolan. (Stage 20) Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Michael Rogers rolled on by in the calm and clean Belgian morning, nearly unnoticed. He was making his return to racing off a provisional ban after he tested positive for clenbuterol in China, at the 2013 Tour of Beijing.
That could have been curtains for the three-time world time trial champ. (velonews.com)

October 14, 2014




Riding to win all three grand tours in one season is possible, Bernard Hinault said. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali has the capability of racing all three grand tours in 2015 according to the experts, but he remains unconvinced of the idea.
“The current calendar provides more space for recovery between one tour and another,” five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault said Monday night. “For this reason exactly, I think it is possible to race as a challenger not only in the Giro and the Tour, but also in the Vuelta.” (velonews.com)

October 14, 2014





A smiling Pantani savours his first pink in Selva Val Gardena
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Germany critical of Guadeloupe track, Stultiens signs for Giant-Alpecin. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Joseph Dombrowski (Team Sky)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The 23-year-old American has been recovering and training since surgery in July to repair an iliac artery injury that was finally diagnosed after the Tour de Suisse. It was just one part of a frustrating year for the Virginia native, who raced only 23 days in his final season with Team Sky, after knee pain and a loss of power, delayed this year's start. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: The corsa bobs and weaves it’s way along the coast. The views are a worthy reward for the effort.
"The 2015 Giro d’Italia starts in Liguria – one of my favorite regions of la bell’Italia. I’ve spent some quality time here and can attest the area is filled with excellent rides along the coast and into the mountains that define it. This ride from Levanto to Sestri Levante is a classic." (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: The large channels and vents do a decent job of keeping the heat down without sacrificing aerodynamics. It’s easy to put on in a hurry, and a long, sweeping tail and close-fitting sides help keep the drag down to a minimum.
An aero helmet can be a cost-effective upgrade compared to, say, an aero-tubed frame. And as there’s often little to choose between aero helmets in terms of aerodynamics, it can easily come down to what’s comfortable. (bikeradar.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: There was an elite class consuming things that ordinary people couldn’t buy in the shops. They had been chosen because they were politicians, sportsmen and suchlike.
This is the tale of a cyclist called Dieter Wiedemann. His career as an international racing cyclist takes off at the same time as the Berlin Wall gos up. Wiedemann was on the wrong side.
The book starts with an introduction to the race, the politics and the history to give you a quick grounding it what will come. It’s hard to review the book without delving into the story but reading the book is all about the details so any plot spoilers here shouldn’t ruin it. (inrng.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: I was bummed I couldn't jump barriers on the first lap because there was too much traffic.
Steeplechase Tournaments, like American Criteriums, are weekend events in various towns-not-cities throughout America. (manualforspeed.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat raised $625,716 for local nonprofits this year.
The Tour de Fat kicks off each festival with a costumed bike parade through city streets. After the parade, thousands gather for a day of eclectic entertainment, New Belgium beer, bike-themed activities, local food and more. (bicycleretailer.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: The elastomer offers little flex but may absorb road shock.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A pedigree endurance machine that's let down by underwhelming finishing kit – and doesn't quite deliver on its frame's hype." (bikeradar.com)

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Team boss Alexander Vinokourov gives Nibali a kiss
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has stated that the recent positive tests of Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy have been received "very badly” by his Astana team.
Astana ended its season prematurely when it suspended itself from racing and missed the Tour of Beijing after confirmation of the second EPO positive, as per Movement for Credible Cycling regulations. The UCI said recently that the matter had raised questions over the team’s management, while Astana has promised an internal investigation. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Cervelo's Test Team is an example of an unfortunate, yet common phenomenon in cycling. Despite the team's all-star roster and strong results, it folded within two years of its inception. This is indicative of cycling's unstable financial footing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Cycling is a unique sport, freely accessible to tens of millions of fans every year. Whether it is the estimated 15 million people who watch the Tour de France in person each year, or the countless spectators of the classics, regional pro races, and downtown criteriums, almost no one has to walk through a turnstile or pay admission for the privilege. This is one of the great allures of the sport — the ability to get up close and personal with the riders, and truly experience the race first-hand. (velonews.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: It has been an incredible journey since 2011 and together we have all achieved a great amount for cycling in China...
Today the fourth and final edition of the Tour of Beijing finished with an overall victory for Philippe Gilbert. The organizers of the race are proud of their achievements during the four years of existence.
Global Cycling Promotion director Alain Rumpf said it was with great sadness that the final day of the fourth and final edition of the Tour of Beijing had arrived. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: British sprinter will team up with his fellow team mate and five time winner of the Six Days of Gent, local hero Iljo Keisse...
After being forced out of Six Day events by the Omega Pharma – Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere last year, Mark Cavendish will feature in arguably most renowned of winter track events this November in Gent, the organizers confirmed. British sprinter will team up with his fellow team mate and five time winner of the Six Days of Gent, local hero Iljo Keisse. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 14, 2014




Surprise packets... health.com.au-search2retain lead the bunch at the Melbourne to Warrnambool. (Mark Gunter).
For some years now Australia’s domestic series has been the playground of three teams; Avanti Racing in its various incarnations, Budget Forklifts, and Drapac; but that strangehold on the top may slowly be changing. (sbs.com.au)

October 14, 2014




End of the road: David Millar, pictured wearing the polka dot jersey as leader in the mountains classification at the 2007 Tour de France, ended his career as a professional cyclist on the steep Bec Hill climb on Sunday Photo: REUTERS.
The curtain fell on David Millar’s career as a professional cyclist at Sunday’s Bec Hill Climb in Surrey and Richard Moore of the Telegraph Cycling Podcast was there to witness it. (telegraph.co.uk)

October 14, 2014




Team AG2R presented
Photo: © Susanne Goetze.
Txurruka extends with Caja Rural, Van Avermaet plays football. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: Readjusting is easier with magnets than pins, and BibBits even gives the imitation pin-decal for the traditionalists. © Cyclocross Magazine.
How important are inaccurate race results? Do you want to make it easy on the timing crew? Or is it more important to protect your expensive threads? Perhaps the thought of poking eight holes into a new Rapha jersey or a Castelli skinsuit brings tears to your eyes.
BibBits has been making and selling race number magnets since 2012 and the company targets the running and cycling crowd and anyone tired of safety pins. (cxmagazine.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: Kask's Vertigo helmet is instantly comfortable. Its well cushioned triple density pads are heavily perforated and fit is spot on.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Light and comfortable, with excellent coverage." (bikeradar.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: Shimano is generous with both mesh and pockets on the Hot Condition.
With its position in the components market long secured, Shimano has been dabbling in clothing, bags and even sunglasses in recent years. Here are three new jerseys from the Japanese giant, the Accu-3D aero jersey, the Mirror Cool jersey with heat-reflective technology, and the mesh Hot Condition jersey. (bikeradar.com)

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Dan Martin has blasted to summit victory in China today, showing that once he is in this kind of form he is very hard to beat. (stickybottle.com).
Ireland’s Dan Martin took the fourth stage of the Tour of Beijing with an extraordinary uphill sprint on Monday, but Belgian Philippe Gilbert stayed just close enough to keep the overall lead.
Martin, who won the Giro di Lombardia earlier this month, struck in the last kilometer of the long climb up Miaofeng Mountain in Mentougou, after a series of attacks had been reeled in by the peloton. (velonews.com)

October 13, 2014




Philippe Gilbert has to dig deep to minimise his losses
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Philippe Gilbert had to dig deep during stage 4 on Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain to keep Dan Martin in his sights and the Tour of Beijing race lead tightly in his grasp. The Belgian Classics specialist was expected to hand over the jersey he took control of on day two, at the end of the day - in fact he thought he had lost it and had a tense wait to find out he’d done enough to stay ahead of the Garmin-Sharp rider. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: I would like to do the Giro/Tour again.
Mick Rogers clocked up two stage wins in the Giro d’Italia, while Majka finished sixth overall in the race. The duo also stepped up and delivered after Contador’s retirement from the Tour, with Majka netting two stages plus the mountains classification and Rogers taking the first Tour stage win of his career.
Their team leader returned for the Vuelta a España and took the overall victory plus two stage wins, showing that his recovery from a fractured tibia was complete. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 13, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


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Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Tuesday's Tour of Beijing Stage 5 departs Tiananmen Square at 1:45pm local (1:45am U.S. Eastern or 7:45am CET) and is expected at the finish at Bird’s Nest Piazza at around 4:30pm local (4:30am U.S. Eastern or 10:30am CET).  Tour of Beijing live video streaming should get underway at around 2:45pm local (2:45am U.S. Eastern, 11:45pm Pacific, or 8:45am CET). (cyclingfans.com)

October 13, 2014




The Tinkoff Saxo team and owner Oleg Tinkov
Photo: © Alberto Contador.
The Tinkoff-Saxo team has confirmed that its 80 riders and staff will climb the 5895-metre-high Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa as part of team building camp in early November.
The trip will see Alberto Contador, Rafal Majka and new signings such as Peter Sagan and Ivan Basso trek for a total of six days, gradually climbing and acclimatizing to the altitude before tackling the summit on November 5. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: The double stairs are a signature feature at Alpenrose. © Pat Malach.
Choice of lines in the final sprint made the difference in the men’s race Sunday during the second day of the Cross Crusade’s opening weekend at Alpenrose Dairy. After battling throughout the race to regain the lead group, Giant’s Carl Decker swung wide out of the last corner and found clear sailing to the finish ahead of Kona’s Spencer Paxson, who took the inside line and ran into lapped traffic that blocked his path to the line. (cxmagazine.com)

October 13, 2014




Danny Summerhill (K-Edge/ Felt) taking the win at Ellison Park
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Dodge continues his brilliant weekend. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: I started cycling the last year that I was racing motocross. At the tim,e I started working with a trainer who was helping me get ready to make the transition into professional racing so my training was becoming more fine tuned.
Jon Hornbeck currently rides professionally for the 5 Hour Energy pb Kenda Pro Cycling Team and is also is the owner of  Fast Tours Cycling camps. Jon tells us about his rise to the pro cycling ranks from a motocross background and his new business venture with Fast Tours Cycling camps, which offers professionally guided luxury tours in Temecula in November, December and January. (socalcycling.com)

October 13, 2014




Sidelined for several months this season as a result of his positive test for clenbuterol at last year’s Japan Cup, Tinkoff Saxo rider Mick Rogers has said that while his suspension – later reversed by the UCI – was a very stressful period, that it ultimately made him a much better rider.
The Australian told CyclingTips that the period led to a complete re-evaluation of his mental and physical approach to cycling, with the enforced break from competition giving him time to reflect, to rethink how he had traditionally done things and to tackle the demands of cycling in a different way. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Tyler Farrar won the third stage of the Tour of Beijing on Sunday, ending a season-long victory drought at the final WorldTour race of the year.
The longest stage of the tour, the 176km stage served up tricky climbs followed by rapid descents, and Farrar came out of nowhere near the end to take the victory. (velonews.com)

October 12, 2014




Oleg Tinkov (left) and Bjarne Riis (right) celebrated at the 2014 Tour de France after the team's third stage win, taken by Polish rider Rafal Majka. Photo Tinkoff-Saxo Press. (velonews.com)
Tinkoff-Saxo is convinced the idea to have the world's best four riders compete head-to-head in the three Grand Tours will be beneficial to the sport of cycling. Right now, all teams have the unique opportunity to take the challenge and shape their team and riders programs accordingly. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: I think it’s a good fit for me. It will be nice to be a part of an American team, with American riders.
Talented Joe Dombrowski was expected to fully develop his great potential after joining Team Sky in 2013, but health issues prevented him from performing in line with such expectations. It took no less than 18 months to eventually diagnose his problem correctly, but the British team won’t benefit from successful surgery of the 23-year old American as he will join Cannondale for 2015. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: Having a strong core is vital if you’re going to improve as a cyclist. Photography by Cor Vos
Having ‘good form’ on the bike incorporates a number of elements. On a superficial level, it’s about how you look on the bike; at a more nuanced level, it’s about ensuring that your setup on the bike is good, that your pedalling style is efficient, that you’re using the muscles you should, and that you’re getting as much out of your riding as you can. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 13, 2014




Photo: The race is won by Rebellin, who won also in 2006, a lifetime ago.
The iconic arches in Bologna and the difficult finishing circuit with its demanding climb always make for a great race and a very crowd friendly event where this year Davide Rebellin at 43 years old turned back the hands of time to take the victory. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: Route highlights include the long rip down Highway 1 along the Pacific coast..
"Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a road bike funk. I haven’t done a proper road ride since the Motherlode Century back in May. The summer has been consumed with riding dirt, and really, I have not been missing the pavement all that much. I needed a shot in the arm of some choice asphalt, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo. So I figured it was worth shaving my legs and slapping some 25c road tires on the cyclocross bike to see what all the hubbub was about." (roadbikereview.com)

October 13, 2014




Damiano Cunego was 19th in the Giro d'Italia this year, 10 years after winning the Italian grand tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Italian Damiano Cunego is returning to school, changing teams from Lampre-Merida to Vini Fantini-Nippo, and thinking of retirement after years of riding off the mark.
“My wife, who studies medicine, encouraged me and the idea grew to return to school,” the 2004 Giro d’Italia winner told Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper. “The idea is to have a future not far from now as a sports coach. It’s always appealed to me.” (velonews.com)

October 13, 2014




Roger Lapébie summits the Col d'Allos in the 1937 Tour de France. Power meters? Heart rate monitors? Nutrition plans? Riders in that era relied heavily on grit and determination to complete the grueling races. Photo: The Horton Collection.
Used to be, guys had to fix their own forks with a hammer and forge, and those riders later drank beers stolen from cafes along the way, passing a church key and bottles among themselves.
Used to be, guys would ride two stages in one day, punch striking railroad workers in their screaming faces, then drink wine. And then attack. While wearing wool shirts. (velonews.com)

October 13, 2014




Daniel McLay took second in the juniors
Photo: © Brian Jones/Kimroy Photography.
McLay to Bretagne-Séché Environnement, MTN-Qhubeka riders share excitement for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: The bike uses a 7005-series double-butted aluminium frame with a Cinelli cockpit, Columbus carbon fork and Rodi Airline Evo wheels.
Portuguese bike brand Overlap’s new Pura Criteriosa is a new hand-built crit bike with no brakes and a carbon belt drive.
The Pura Criteriosa was designed for the final stage of the Red Hook Crit – an unsanctioned series of city centre criteriums – held in Milan on 11 October, to be ridden by Brazilian rider Henrique Leandro. (bikeradar.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: You should have spent plenty of time trainingbuilding up to your ride, and this will have allowed you to work out how hard you can go for the distance you will be riding.
Beginner cycling tips to avoid ruining a big ride. If you’ve been working towards a big ride all year, then the last thing you want is for it to all go wrong on the day. Avoid these regular errors. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: 10 solo stage wins across the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia & Vuelta a Espana. First British rider to wear the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours.
David Millar woke up as a "former" cyclist on Monday, finally freed of the need for speed.
"It's nice to be able to wake up and go and ride my bike and not worry if I am going slow," he said after the final act of his 18-year professional career on Sunday. (bbc.com)

October 13, 2014




Alberto Contador surrounded by his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
D'hoore and Cordon-Ragot join Wiggle Honda, Coppi e Bartali date change. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: I lacked confidence and strength in the end. I saw that the Belgian was riding strongly in the break, he did his work and he responded when I tested him in the finale.
Thomas Voeckler had a last chance to win a race in 2014 when he found himself in the perfect position at the end of yesterday's Paris-Tours. Having been beaten by Jelle Wallays, the Frenchman regretted to finish the season with taking a single win. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 13, 2014




Romain Bardet (Ag2r)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Romain Bardet shot to prominence this summer as he battled with his compatriot Thibaut Pinot for the Tour de France’s coveted best young rider’s white jersey. Pinot walked away with a jersey and a podium placing but Bardet put in a hugely impressive ride to finish sixth in only his second Grand Boucle. He is considered a future Tour de France contender and a part of the new generation of French Grand Tour riders. Ag2r-La Mondiale consider him a key team leader and he has signed an extension to his contract that means he stay with the team until 2018. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




The Ponferrada castle was a popular spot for fans
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Representatives of two political parties in Ponferrada, the Spanish town where the world championships were recently held, have claimed the event may have created a significant debt running into several million euros.
Local media reported that two opposition parties, the Partido Popular (PP) and the Unión Progreso y Democracia (UPyD), have demanded that the official accounts be made public to reveal whether this debt exists. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) secured third place overall
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Serghei Tvetcov, third overall this year at the USA Pro Challenge, has signed a two-year deal with Italian ProContinental team Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela. The 25-year-old from Moldova has ridden at Continental level with Jelly Belly-Maxxis for the past two seasons, after moving to the US in 2011. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: Jack from Illinois (not his real name), always despised the Donut Ride for being a preenfest. He wasn’t wrong.
Every city in America has a Saturday morning Donut Ride, where a handful of riders beats up on everyone else, and everyone else marks “success” in terms of how far they got before getting kicked out the back. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: They can be fully custom-fitted, with an oven and vacuum-orming process giving an outstanding fit.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Shimano has created a new benchmark for top flight mouldable shoes – the R321s excel at every level." (bikeradar.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: The new Slice design gives more comfort, lighter weight and better handling, especially in crosswinds .
The non-UCI legal Slice is designed specifically for the needs of saddle-forward triathletes, with Cannondale and fit partner Guru undertaking analysis of thousands of multi-sporters’ riding positions to inform the new steep seat-angled geometry. There is also a women’s version of the bike (though not available in the UK); its geometry remains the same, but sizes range from 44 to 60cm, so sizing shouldn’t be an issue in any territory. (bikeradar.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: Leanda Cave, 2012 Ironman World Champion, with the Britto-painted Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0
JMC Marketing.
This striking custom-painted Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0 TT bike belongs to 2012 Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave, and has been given an stylish paintjob by renowned Brazilian-born neo-pop artist Romero Britto. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: While he lost the Japan Cup result, he was able to return to racing and lined out in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Although he was a non-finisher there, he went on to compete in the Giro d’Italia and took two stage victories.
Sidelined for several months this season as a result of his positive test for clenbuterol at last year’s Japan Cup, Tinkoff Saxo rider Mick Rogers has said that while his suspension – later reversed by the UCI – was a very stressful period, that it ultimately made him a much better rider.
The Australian told CyclingTips that the period led to a complete re-evaluation of his mental and physical approach to cycling, with the enforced break from competition giving him time to reflect, to rethink how he had traditionally done things and to tackle the demands of cycling in a different way. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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yler Farrar wins Tour of Beijing 2014 Stage 3
Photo: © Garmin Sharp. (cyclingperspective.com)
Tyler Farrar won the third stage of the Tour of Beijing on Sunday, ending a season-long victory drought at the final WorldTour race of the year.
The longest stage of the tour, the 176km stage served up tricky climbs followed by rapid descents, and Farrar came out of nowhere near the end to take the victory. (velonews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman from Dig Deep answer another bunch of your questions. Photography by Jered Gruber, Kristof Ramon and Matt de Neef
After a long road season it is advisable to take a break as much to rest the mind as the body. It depends on which discipline is your priority whether you decide to take a break now or after the cross season. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 12, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 12, 2014





Tyler Farrar throws his bike to the line for third place
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tyler Farrar picked up his first win in over a year on stage 3 of the Tour of Beijing and credited his move to MTN-Qhubeka as one of the factors that helped him to success.
The American moves to the South African team next season, ending his long association with Garmin-Sharp. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014





Photo: In a race like today it’s a difference in depth. The depth of under 23 to WorldTour level is huge and he is realising that here but it is all a learning experience...
Caleb Ewan got the perfect lead-out in today's stage of the Tour of Beijing but the Australian faded back and finished the stage in 10th. Orica-GreenEDGE don't see the result as a failure as the 20-year-old Australian is still in a learning process. (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Team Sky is really focused on classifications. I think they are the best team to help me develop. For me, that did it...
At last he could say. After weeks of silence, Wout Poels confirmed last week what everyone already knew: Team Sky is his new employer. The Weekend Interview with the 27-year old Dutchman explains his choice.

October 12, 2014




Photo: I am looking forward to pinning on the number and I especially want to shine at the Paris-Tours, since that is a race that suits me well...
Today 40-year-old Sebastien Hinault will end his career in Paris-Tours. The Frenchman took his time to reflect on his 18-year career before he brings it all to a close late in the afternoon. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Monday's Tour of Beijing Stage 4 departs Yanqing at 12:15pm local (12:15am U.S. Eastern or 6:15am CET) and is expected at the finish at Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain Summit at around 4:27pm local (4:27am U.S. Eastern or 10:27am CET).  Tour of Beijing live video streaming should get underway at around 2:45pm local (2:45am U.S. Eastern, 11:45pm Pacific, or 8:45am CET). (cyclingfans.com)

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GP Bruno Beghelli podium
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The Coppa Italia, a series of Italian races ranked HC or 1, wrapped up with the GP Bruno Beghelli today. Sonny Colbrelli won the overall individual classification and, perhaps most importantly, the team classification went to Neri Sottoli, who beat Bardiani CSF by a single point. The top overall team in the series is given a wildcard invitation to the Giro d'Italia the following season, but Neri Sottoli's win has come under question by the competing team managers. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014






Belgian champion Sven Nys dominates the kickoff to the Bpost Bank Trofee series. Photo: AFP. (velonews.com)
Sven Nys opened the Bpost Bank Trofee Series opener in Ronse, Belgium with a dominating win. (cxmagazine.com)

October 12, 2014




Sophie de Boer pushing her bike
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Dutch rider Sophie de Boer won the first round of the Bpost Bank Trophy cyclo-cross series in Ronse, Belgium. The win at the GP Mario De Clercq is the first victory for the 23-year-old who turned professional back in 2008. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Between Charm City and Cross Crusade, Chris Jones’s return to cyclocross has been a warm welcome. © Pat Malach.
UnitedHealthcare road pro and former Rapha-Focus cyclocross rider Chris Jones won the opening salvo of the 2014 Cross Crusade Saturday at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland, Oregon, while River City Bicycles’ Megan Chinburg took the first women’s race of the series. (cxmagazine.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Wyman, game face on, won the GP Brabant (photo: UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2014 Elite Women.) © Thomas van Bracht.
On Saturday, Lars van der Haar made up for his disappointment with second at the Superprestige Gieten and ran away with the win over a small pack led home by countryman Corne van Kessel. Belgian Jim Aernouts finished third.
On the women’s side, it was a British affiair. Brit Helen Wyman took another win, with a five second victory over Dutch racer Sophie de Boer and fellow Brit Nikki Harris. (cxmagazine.com)

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Valerio Conti (foto da: teamlampremerida.com).
Koren second and Zakarin third in Monteveglio. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: We can now invite the most successful and most promising young riders to attend training camps with us to see if they will fit...
Trek Factory Racing is following the lead of the Belgians, by launching a feeder team. Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Lotto Belisol both have one as do Giant-Shimano and Topsport Vlaanderen has long been a proving ground for young Belgians looking to move into the WorldTour. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Julio Padilla needed only a single fast lap to take home peloton’s fastest qualifier prize. Words and Images: Jack Chevell
The final round of the 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series was held on a fast and narrow road circuit in the suburbs of Milan, Italy. Rain in the morning meant isolated patches of damp, and slippery painted road markings lay in wait to punish anyone pushing too hard before a dry line had been given time to develop. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Wallays and Voecker went early in a group with Cesare Benedetti (NetApp-Endura), Julien Duval (Roubaix–Lille Métropole), Pierre Gouault (BigMat–Auber 93), Yoann Paillot (La Pomme Marseille) and Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty).
When was the race won? In the final sprint for the literal explanation but Thomas Voeckler was easily beaten. He went into the finish with no theatrics, stunts or even facial expressions. The image above shows the Europcar rider and Jelle Wallays of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise racing with less than 10km to go. Voeckler is hunched low and straining to produce the power and the more the closer the finish got, the more a win would become elusive. (inrng.com)

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Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) wins the World Ports Classic opener.
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Voeckler forced to settle for second. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014





Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen) winner of the 2014 Paris-Tours
Photo: © AFP Photo.
With his victory in Paris-Tours, Topsport Vlaanderen's Jelle Wallays wrote himself into the record books as the first rider to win both the U23 version of the race and the elite event, but more importantly for the Belgian, he finally showed his promise after years of frustration. The 25-year-old had just signed his first pro contract with Topsport Vlaanderen when he won the U23 Paris-Tours in 2010, and hopes this year's victory will demonstrate his talent to the WorldTour teams. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014





Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Gianni Savio is busy putting the finishing touches to his Androni team for 2015 and has confirmed that Franco Pellizotti is set to stay with the squad next season.
Pellizotti, 36, is out of contract at the end of the season but still remains a competitive force, and finished third in the recent Giro dell'Emilia. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: The field of 400 (28 different nations) that started together, that rolled the first 18-kilometer neutral zone together, is already in bits.
The third Taiwan KOM Challenge is on the 15th of November, 2014 and it is one amazing race. The KOM Challenge is the high point of the Taiwan government-supported ‘Taiwan Cycling Festival’ and is a true high mountain challenge. It’s brutal, but has a beauty all of its own. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Caroline Mani tooka a back-to-back win, Miller rode to her second podium finish of the weekend, and Maghalie Rochette getting second on the day and. © Andrew Reimann.
Before the last lap, Mani pounced at the right time, clenching her teeth in the last remaining climbs. Rochette was able to trail behind her, riding well through many of the more demanding descents, but Mani put in too much of a gap in the climbs, and got to the finish line alone. (cxmagazine.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Stylish shoes with suberb construction.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Superbly constructed, with a supportive footbed and comfort in spades." (bikeradar.com)

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Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Philippe Gilbert claimed a shortened stage 2 of the Tour of Beijing on Saturday, sprinting clear of Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg and Rui Costa on the uphill finish. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014






Italy's Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat Polkowice) wins Giro dell'Emilia
Photo: © Bettini Photo. (cyclingnews.com)
Davide Rebellin again proved that age is just a number when he won the 97th edition of the Italian semi-classic Giro dell’Emilia, one of Italy’s most prestigious one-day races. The Italian attacked out of a 5-rider group on the famous San Luca climb, passed a fading Angel Madrazo and held off Franco Pellizotti to win the race 8 years after his first victory. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 11, 2014




Rossella Ratto (Estado De Mexico Faren) takes a solo victory
Photo: © Giro dell Emilia Internazionale Donne.
Pitel and Bronzini round out podium. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014






Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) with one lap to go
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Summerhill out-sprints Dodge for second. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: I had ‘always believe in yourself’ in my head which is actually what my mum said to me this morning – the power of the mind is amazing. Photography by Con Chronis
Geelong’s Oliver Kent-Spark has notched up the biggest win of his career, taking out the 99th Melbourne to Warrnambool in perfect conditions on Saturday.
After 273 kilometers of racing, Kent-Spark pipped Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alex Edmondson on the line in seven hours flat. Defending champion Sam Horgan finished third. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 11, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Start List),

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 10, 2014








Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Stage 3 start time: Saturday 12:10 CST (9:10 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:45 CST (11:45 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 16:28 CST (1:28 AM PST). (cyclingfans.com)

October 11, 2014


Mario Cipollini makes headlines at the start of the Giro in 2002
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Once upon a time, Mario Cipollini would travel to Tour de France start-lines in a roman chariot, dressed as Julius Caesar, or chased by a pride of pantomime lions. That was when he was a rider - and of course Cipollini, infamously, never made it to the Champs Elysées during a career that yielded 191 victories, including a record 42 Giro stages and 12 in the Tour. So perhaps the unfamiliarity of the surroundings explains why he cut such a sheepish figure, lurking not far from the Arc de Triomphe on the final day of the 2014 Grande Boucle, not a laurel wreath or toga in sight. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: I’m sure this is something the license commission will be considering when they appraise their licenses for 2015.
Following positives from both Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy, the Astana team have had to self-suspend themselves from the Tour of Beijing to meet MPCC rules and will incur a fine from the UCI of up to $100,000 as a result of not attending the WorldTour’s final race. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 11, 2014





Photo: To keep you up to date with which races take place where and when, I present you: the 2014/2015 cyclocross calendar.
"Road cycling season is done and dusted. If that makes you sad: get over it. It's time for cyclocross! No silly three hour 'peloton controlling the break', no 'why thank you I like my seventh place in this grand tour just fine.' Just sixty minutes of muddy madness." (podiumcafe.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: Nys, Stybar, Van der Poel, van der Haar, Pauwels, Meeusen, Walsleben, Vantornout, Peeters, Wellens, Aernouts, Bina, Simunek...
The 2014 Bpost Bank Trophy Cyclocross Ronse-Kluisbergen (GP Mario De Clercq) is Sunday, October 12. Live streaming video: 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern, 5:45am Pacific). (cyclingfans.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: Bold styling, upper silicone pads.
BikeRadar verdict: 2 out of 5 stars. "A sharp design that’s well made and very tough, but suffers some comfort issues." (bikeradar.com)

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Boogerd lawyers up, Cunego the student, Lampre deny Sanchez move. (cyclingnews.com)

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Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Tour of Beijing’s shortened stage 2 due to poor air-quality appeased most of the peloton as it rolled across the original finish line in Yangquing – but possibly not the Movistar rider who wore a face mask. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: It’s time for cycling to step out of its comfort zone and move forward and be open to these people who want to bring new energy in and a different approach.
After Vincenzo Nibali dismissed Oleg Tinkov’s idea of all four of cycling’s best Grand Tour riders competing in all three Grand Tours in one season, Michael Rogers takes a different view, insisting that Oleg’s idea may be key to cycling remaining in the public eye. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: The Giro’s route for 2015 was announced earlier this week and one highlight is the Colle delle Finestre, the highest point of the 2015 Giro and unpaved too. What’s it like to ride?
The Route: there are two sides and this is the northern side from Susa, the Giro route which allows you to climb the unpaved section and descend on tarmac. It is 18.6km at an average of 9.1%. After Susa, follow the signs for Meana and the Colle delle Finestre. (inrng.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: PEZ’s Literary Editor Leslie Reissner goes back in time to check out this book of truly classic images from Europe’s most hallowed races.
Drawn from the one of the world’s finest collections of cycling artifacts, the latest cycling book from Velopress, ‘Goggles & Dust’ collects over 100 stunning photographs from competitive cycling’s heyday in the 1920s and ’30s. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) riding to the gold medal
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Lotto and BMC line-ups for Pari-Tours, Larsson to Cult Energy. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: With deep paint and coordinated highlights, Trek's Remedy 8 looks good and should stay that way
Russell Burton.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Capable and well-built, but weight, unadventurous angles and basic shocks hold it back." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The early part of the stage usually pans out like every other race with the creation of an early breakaway but for the riders.
Sunday's Paris-Tours departs Bonneval at 11:05am CET (5:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Tours at around 4:39pm CET (10:39am U.S. Eastern).  Paris-Tours live streaming video should get underway at around *3:30pm CET (*9:30am U.S. Eastern, *6:30am Pacific). (cyclingfans.com)

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Michael Rogers is no stranger to the strain of riding multiple grand tours in one season, having completed both the Giro and Tour in 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov proposed that the sport’s four best grand tour riders contest the Vuelta a España, Giro d’Italia, and Tour de France, and split one million euros between them for their trouble. Possible? Maybe. Intriguing? Sure. Crazy? Maybe.
Mum’s been the word from Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, and Alberto Contador. However, Vincenzo Nibali eschewed the idea Friday, noting it was self-promotion and little else on Tinkov’s behalf, and that the biggest grand tour riders “certainly” didn’t need the Russian’s money. (velonews.com)

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Luka Mezgec wins opening stage of the Tour of Beijing
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport. (cyclingnews.com)
More sprint success for Giant-Shimano as Luka Mezgec takes opening stage of final 2014 WorldTour race in China. Tyler Farrar led the sprint into the final few hundred metres, but faded slightly allowing Mezgec and second-placed Caleb Ewan to slip past on the line. Farrar settled for third.. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Caleb Ewan (UniSA) is still chasing a stage win
Photo: © AFP.
Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan started his first official race with Orica-GreenEdge with success placing second in the bunch sprint during the opening stage at the WorldTour Tour of Beijing on Friday.
“We definitely came off to a great start with Caleb taking second,” said Matt White, the team's director. (cyclingnews.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: Dan Martin’s hopes of winning the Tour of Beijing outright are still intact after he got through the opening stage won by Luka Mezgec of Giant-Shimano.
Recently crowned Tour of Lombardy winner, Dan Martin got back to business today in the Tour of Beijing’s opening stage where he finished in the belly of the bunch in the same time as stage winner Luka Mezgec.
Martin crossed the line in 68th place, as Slovenian rider Mezgec took the spoils from rising star Caleb Ewan of Orica-GreenEDGE.
Martin’s team-mate, Tyler Farrar rounded out the podium. (stickybottle.com)

October 10, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 10, 2014




Photo: The TV thing has reached a new height of insanity: once again the Giro dell'Emilia, one of the most watchable races of the entire sport, a race where Nairo Quintana announced his interesting future, joining Coppi, Bartali, Merckx et al in the winner's circle, will get a half-hour of delayed TV coverage. © Getty Images Sport
"Every year I complain about the lack of prominence given this race. Maybe I should shut up? My usual rant about the Giro dell'Emilia has to do with the visual beauty of this race, the difficult course with its selective finish, and the incredible action that makes it a more Catholic-looking Flech Wallonne." (podiumcafe.com)





Photo: With the sun shining, the course kept a tacky feel as it dried out. .
If Saturday’s rain was the fire and brimstone of New England’s Holy Week of cyclocross, the heavens shined on the final day of the KMC Cyclocross Festival. (bikeworldnews.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: Alberto Contador, pictured at the route presentation, has thrown down the gauntlet to his rivals (pic: Sirotti).
No sooner had the 2015 Giro d’Italia route been announced than speculation began as to who would be on the start line for the opening stage team time trial to San Remo.
Tinkoff-Saxo boss Oleg Tinkov is among those keen for the WorldTour’s very best to tackle the season-opening Grand Tour, with his team’s leader – Alberto Contador – already set for the race. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Photo: Stage 2 Profile.
Stage 2 start time: Friday 12:55 CST (9:55 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:45 CST (11:45 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 16:26 CST (1:26 AM PST). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Longtime start town for the U23 Paris-Tours, the medieval town of Bonneval will see the start of the 2014 Elite Men Paris-Tours.
Copyright © 2003 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com.
Sunday's Paris-Tours departs Bonneval at 11:05am CET (5:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Tours at around 4:39pm CET (10:39am U.S. Eastern).  Paris-Tours live streaming video should get underway at around *3:30pm CET (*9:30am U.S. Eastern, *6:30am Pacific). (cyclingfans.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: Diamondback claims the Serios is faster than both the Cervelo P5 and Trek Speed concept at certain wind angles. Photo: Diamondback.
Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t. (velonews.com)

October 10, 2014



Astana has self-suspended operations in keeping with MPCC code. The team will miss the Tour of Beijing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
The embattled Astana squad of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali issued a statement Friday, expressing regret over the recent doping positives of Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy, promising an internal investigation, and inviting the Kazakhstani brothers to speak before the UCI’s Cycling Independent Reform Commission. (velonews.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: UCI president Brian Cookson. Photograph: Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images.
When Suze Clemitson challenged Cookson about the UCI’s reponsibility to women in the sport, he invited her to the National Cycling Center to discuss wages, equality and that tweet. (theguardian.com)

October 10, 2014




The masterminds behind Team Sky: Sean Yates (l) and Dave Brailsford.
Photo: © Team Sky.
Boogerd lawyers up, Cunego the student, Lampre deny Sanchez move. (cyclingnews.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: The Belgian federation had the same proposal as the Dutch Doping Authority had. I will be suspended for a long period, or I will have to talk about other people. I refuse to do that. I rather be suspended for life.
Michael Boogerd has not reacted to an invitation from Jaak Fransen, Attorney for the Belgian Cycling Federation, to a conversation to talk about his doping use. “Instead I have hired a lawyer.” Boogerd told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: I try to clear my ‪#‎3GTchallenge‬ idea. It is not about me, and not about being the Tsar of cycling! It is about the sport we all love...
The Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov would like to see the four tenors in major cycling tours in 2015 to compete on the roads of the three major stage races : Giro, Tour and Vuelta. He dreams of seeing Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana compete in all three races. The team boss Saxo-Tinkoff offers for this a million in compensation. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: I grew up restoring and customising vintage Vespa and Lambretta motor scooters. At age 19, when I moved from Colorado to Portland and started messengering, my love of scooters shifted to bikes. Photography by Jeff Curtes.
Framebuilder Sacha White has gained a reputation in recent years for producing some of the world's most beautiful handmade custom bikes. White's bike-building "community", Vanilla Workshop, produces both Vanilla Bicycles – "pure, classic and focused on the pursuit of craft" – and Speedvagen – "modern, rebellious and built to be ridden." (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 10, 2014




Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
Photo: © Sirotti.
Dutch veteran Karsten Kroon said there is a sliver of a chance he could ride for the nascent Roompot-Orange squad next year, though he emphasised retirement is still the likeliest option. (cyclingnews.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: Attractive frame, balanced ride.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "It's a bit heavy for the price, but it's a competent all-round performer." (bikeradar.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: The Veloloop amplifies your bicycle’s ability to trigger electromagnetic stoplight sensors
Courtesy.
If you’ve ever found yourself waiting at an intersection for a stoplight that never seems to change your bicycle might have been to blame. (bikeradar.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: The horn on this more-than-a-century-old Peugeot still worked!
"When my friend David Cooper from Chicago mentioned that he was a judge at the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elégance in Tacoma, I decided to go and join him there. I don’t get to see him often, and attending the Concours as his guest was sure to be fun. The ride to Tacoma promised a change in scenery from other routes I take." (janheine.wordpress.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: Wahoo's Tickr X heart rate monitor .
Featuring Bontrager, Smith, Castelli, Santini and Wahoo. (bikeradar.com)

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Frankie Andreu (US Postal Service) in action during the 2000 edition of Paris-Nice
Photo: © AFP.
"I started racing bikes when I was twelve years old. I went to many places, raced all over Europe, and rode thousands upon thousands of miles in races. There are a lot of days of racing that I don’t remember; oftentimes, someone else will have a better recollection of that race than I would. One important day in cycling I will forever remember is the day Lance Armstrong announced that he wouldn’t fight USADA."

October 10, 2014




Photo: There is an obvious element of disappointment and the unfulfilled promise.
Andy Shleck is alive and well. A lot of the coverage of his retirement has resembled an obituary, with sorrow at his sudden departure, talk of a promising career that stopped too early and people sharing fond memories. Apart from a knee that can’t take the demands of pro cycling – the doctors said if he kept riding he’d need a knee transplant before he’s 40 – he’s in rude health, has a young family and he’s a millionaire too. He’ll be ok. (inrng.com)

October 10, 2014





Photo: David Millar takes wins the 12th stage of the 99th Tour de France in Annonay-Davézieux in 2012. Photograph: Reuters.
The Scot, a precocious talent whose 17 seasons as a professional will be defined by his rehabilitation from a drug ban, is about to bow out in the Bec Cycling Club hill climb. (theguardian.com)

October 10, 2014




Tyler Farrar all smiles but his day ended badly with a crash
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Colbrelli on a roll in Italy, Démare to Paris-Tours, Niemiec renews with Lampre. (cyclingnews.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: In the professional peloton, Sylvain Georges won the Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour and Grand Prix Plumelec-Morbihan in 2011 and a stage of the Tour of California in 2012.
Suspended 18 months after testing positive for a stimulant in May 2013 and dismissed by his team, Sylvain Georges is setted to make his return in the peloton on November 9th, when to lift his suspension. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: Bertine rode for Wiggle-Honda at this year’s La Course and World Championships road race.
(Photo courtesy of Wiggle-Honda).
The expansion of the women’s race from La Course, a one-day event, to a weeklong stage race would be a huge step in women’s cycling. La Course, which was sponsored by California-based company Specialized Bicycles, came to be in part due to the relentless efforts of cyclist, author, and producer Kathryn Bertine. (bicycling.com)

October 10, 2014





Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Sonny Colbrelli continued his fine late-season run on Thursday with an impressive victory at the Coppa Sabatini in Peccioli, a win that will do little quell speculation that he could join Team Sky in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 10, 2014





Photo: If I were Oleg Tinkov, I would use the money to start some development teams. That would create a great future for the sport.
Vincenzo Nibali is not really excited about the offer from Oleg Tinkov. The Team boss of Tinkov-Saxo proposed earlier this week to Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nibali one million dollar, when do would ride the Giro, Tour and Vuelta in 2015. The Tour de France winner of 2014 is skeptical. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 10, 2014




Photo: This helmet, certified according to CPSC standards in December 2013, was manufactured in early 2014.
Louis Garneau Sports is recalling about 1,180 aero bike helmets because of concerns about how the helmet material provides head protection in cold weather. The company is cooperating with the U.C. Consumer Product Safety Commission on the recall. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Thursday/Friday's Tour of Beijing Stage 1 departs Chong Li at 12:10pm local (12:10am U.S. Eastern or 6:10am CET) and is expected at the finish at Zhangjiakou at around 4:26pm local (4:26am U.S. Eastern or 10:26am CET).  Tour of Beijing live video streaming should get underway at around 2:45pm local (2:45am U.S. Eastern, 11:45pm Pacific, or 8:45am CET). (cyclingfans.com)

October 9, 2014




John Degenkolb (Germany) Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Sprint finish decides French race. (cyclingnews.com)

October 9, 2014





Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) wins Memorial Marco Pantani Photo: © Bettini.
Finetto and Pellizotti round out top three. (cyclingnews.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: Benat was able to get away because you had three or four good riders from Movistar attack. Now that we’ve got Ryder and me, there’s two guys to go for it and hopefully we’re in a much stronger position.
With less than a few hours before the fourth and final edition of the Tour of Beijing, it’s been a challenging few days for Garmin-Sharp but one of the pre-race favorites, Dan Martin, is taking it all in his stride. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 9, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 9, 2014




Photo: On the final lap, Compton had plenty of time to zip up her jersey, sit up, and salute the crowd.
National champions Katie Compton and Jeremy Powers dominated what became a wet day of racing for the pro fields at the KMC Cyclocross Festival in Providence, RI. (bikeworldnews.com)

October 9, 2014





Photo: The Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championship course in The Forks features 46 metres of deep sand.© Timothy Dueck.
During the last weekend in October a small city on the Canadian prairie, Winnipeg, will host a national cyclocross championship that seeks to surpass all previous editions in scope and quality. Moreover, a downtown venue will maximize exposure to the event and sport by taking cyclocross to the people. (cxmagazine.com)

October 9, 2014




With the Cascade Classic cancelled due to a lack of sponsorship, the NRC calendar has grown smaller. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
With the loss of the Cascade Cycling Classic, the NRC race schedule will be limited to only seven races in 2015, however, there have been three UCI dates added to both the men’s and women’s calendar for 2015.
Redlands Bicycle Classic in Redlands, California will kick the season off in April, while Thompson Bucks County Classic will wrap up the calendar in Pennsylvania on September 12. (velonews.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: 2013 Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic winner Jack Anderson plays up to the crowd at the finish line..
Cyclists from across Australia are gearing up to race through the Jacaranda City and beyond for one of the nation's premier one day race events - the 54th Grafton to Inverell Cycle Race.
Racing among the flowering Jacaranda trees and festivities, the 228km marathon is the final round of the National Subaru Road Series and brings up to 700 people to Grafton at Jacaranda time each year. (dailyexaminer.com.au)

October 9, 2014




Photo: Lapenna showed off his custom Boo, which he converted to a ’cross bike to race the Leadville 100. He finished the 100-mile mountain bike race in under 10 hours.
"Boo Bikes co-founders Drew Haugen and Jacob Lapenna, the creators of custom bamboo bikes, swung by the Bicycling Pennsylvania office this week to jump on the daily lunch ride, show us what they’ve been up to, and show off their Boo Bus, which is taking them and their bikes across the country." (bicycling.com)

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Andy Schleck will end his racing career at the end of this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck announced his retirement from cycling at 29 years old Thursday.
“There’s been a lot of speculation, now I have to confirm the speculation,” said Schleck in a press conference in his home country of Luxembourg.
“I will not be a cyclist in 2015. It hurts. The decision was taken form after my crashes.” (velonews.com)

October 9, 2014




Samuel Sánchez (BMC) crosses the line Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Despite a solid campaign with BMC, where he was 6th at the Vuelta a España, 5th in Lombardia and provided the assist for Philippe Gilbert’s Amstel Gold Race victory, Sanchez has yet to pen a deal for 2015. His agent Michel Gros has revealed that there has been interest from Lampre-Merida but still no firm offer for the 36-year-old’s services. (cyclingnews.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: We'll talk more in a week or ten days, but for them it was not yet the right time to create a team.
While the Fernando Alonso project appeared to be buried, the Formula 1 driver annonced, according to L'Equipe, that all is not over. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: We start Paris-Tours with the same eight men as in Binche, where they did well.
Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM closes its European cycling season at Paris-Tours on Sunday, where Jos van Emden plans to end his year with a high. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 9, 2014





After two years with the Astana team, Evan Huffman is heading back to America to race for Team SmartStop. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Astana project is over for American Evan Huffman, as the Californian will return to racing stateside next season with Team SmartStop. Huffman, 24, rode for Astana for two seasons.
For Huffman, it’s a chance to further develop in an American program; for SmartStop, it’s a chance to bolster the team, and add a time trial specialist. (velonews.com)

October 9, 2014




After spending some time unwinding and enjoying some much deserved time off from training and racing, we questioned Eric about his first worlds experience. Photo: USA CYCLING
Eric Marcotte recently returned back to Arizona from Ponferrada, Spain where he was a part of the six-man team who represented the United States of America at the UCI Road World Championships at the end of September. (cyclingillustrated.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: Cyclocross promotes silky smooth pedalling.
If you’re going out for a winter ride, you’re going to get dirty – driving rain, slippery roads and poor visibility. But rather than battling the grime, embrace it and improve your cycling skills with a little rough-stuff riding. (bikeradar.com)

October 9, 2014





Photo: Dopers could retain muscle memory years after taking banned substances Thomas Angermann.
A recent study by scientists from the University of Oslo have found that athletes' muscles can retain the performance-enhancing benefit of anabolic steroids years, or even decades, after taking them. (bikeradar.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: If you’re the type that likes to venture onto rough roads, tubeless tires make a lot of sense.
Pros and cons of ditching standard clinchers for a tubeless set-up. (roadbikereview.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: The bamboo motif runs front to back between the Octal's generous vents Adrian Cockle / WWF-Canon.
Garmin-Sharp rider's new Tour of Beijing helmet to be sold for WWF. (bikeradar.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: Made popular once again in recent years by hipsters, the fixed wheel still has a key role to play in training elite cyclists. Don’t chance the ‘no brakes’ version though!
"Having been an international coach for the  last six years, I have come to fully understand the reason behind persistence with the fixed wheel. Spend just one winter on a fixed wheel and I guarantee you‘ll improve your pedalling efficiency." (stickybottle.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: It would also be fair to say that this confidence at Mavic is founded in part in a history of French engineering often unjustly overlooked in favor of their German neighbors.
"I’ve always wanted to come to the House of Yellow. There are a few brands that have been there my whole cycling life, but Mavic is one that’s always been alongside, consistent. Neither out of reach, nor left behind. In fact, I think we’ve kind of evolved in tandem. It’s taken 25-odd years, but here I am. I have finally arrived—and crashed into the building (hoping there’s no cctv!)." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 9, 2014




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Photo: Speaking at the Leaders in Sport conference in London, U.S. Anti-Doping CEO Travis Tygart said that Lance Armstrong should fully cooperate with authorities. Photo: AFP PHOTO | JOHN THYS (File).
United States Anti-doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday called on Lance Armstrong to spill the secrets of his doping under oath for the good of cycling.
Tygart led the USADA investigation which found Armstrong’s United States Postal Service team had carried out “the most sophisticated, professionalized, and successful doping program sport has ever seen.” (velonews.com)

October 9, 2014







Photo: €1 million pot to be shared among four riders: Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana. €250,000 per rider.
Oleg Tinkov’s offer of a million Euros to ride all three grand tours has grabbed a lot of attention. It sounds good but anyone brave enough to take up the challenge could well finish the year out of pocket. It’s madness… but he does have a point. (inrng.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: Astana chases on stage nine of the 2014 Tour de France .
The Astana team has once again found itself at the center of controversy with Iglinskiy brothers, Maxim and Valentin, both testing positive for EPO within a two-week period.
The squad has suspended itself from racing for an eight-day stretch, in accordance with Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) rules, and is not taking part in this week’s Tour of Beijing. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 9, 2014




Mike Broderick and Mary McConneloug take the win in stage 3 of the Swiss Epic Photo: © Mary McConneloug & Mike Broderick.
Dropping into the center of plush Swiss villages temporarily transformed into accommodating race venues after hours spent negotiating world class high alpine tracks in the surrounding area is the stuff MTB dreams are made of. (cyclingnews.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: My agent, Michel Gros, actively working to find me a new structure. I am willing to make a financial sacrifice, what I want is to develop myself in my job and that you respect my work.
Out of contract with Giant-Shimano, Thomas Damuseau decided to leave the Dutch team. At 25 years old, the young Frenchman has still not signed a new contract and could end up on the floor next season. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: TV doesn't tell the real story: It's staggering to witness how fast pro cyclists go uphill. Their strength-to-weight ratios make these speeds possible.
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)

October 9, 2014




Andrea Waldis is the newest addition to the Luna Pro team Photo: © Luna Pro Mountain Bike Team.
2012 junior cross country mountain bike world champion Andrea Waldis, of Morschach, Switzerland, has joined the Luna Pro Team for the next two years. Waldis is 20 years old and, in addition to winning a world championship, is also the winner of two under 23 World Cup races as a first year under 23 athlete. Waldis' focus for 2015 will be the UCI Cross Country World Cup, also racing in select US events, as well as the European, Swiss and World Championships. (cyclingnews.com)

October 9, 2014




Photo: At any one time roughly $1,000,000 worth of this carbon is sitting in Zipp’s freezers.
Zipp is one of the major players in the wheel manufacturing world and the company can claim a whole raft of victories and titles within both road cycling and triathlon. It can also claim to being one of the brands that led the carbon wheel revolution — in its 28-year history Zipp has helped push the envelope when it comes to wheel aerodynamics, stability, handling and performance. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 9, 2014




Photo: Effective ventilation, very light.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Dated appearance and some slapdash finishing detract from a lid that's otherwise a pleasure to wear." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Benat Intxausti, the defending champion, will lead Movistar after Alejandro Valverde opted not to race – safe in the knowledge his world number one spot is secure as a result of Alberto Contador’s injury (pic: Sirotti).
The 2014 UCI WorldTour season will draw to a close in Beijing, with the fourth edition of the Chinese race rolling out on Friday October 10.
And though the pre-race build-up has been dominated by the riders who will not take the start line, those who do start will have still plenty to fight for. (roadcyclinguk.com)

October 8, 2014





Cannondale held the fastest time until Movistar came through in the Vuelta a España team time trial
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has confirmed the list of teams with WorldTour licences for 2015, along with squads looking to extend licences into the future.
AG2R La Mondiale, Astana, Lampre-Merida, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, Orica GreenEdge, Team Europcar, Giant-Alpecin, Team Katusha and Team Sky all have existing licences for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 8, 2014




Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (MTN - Qhubeka)
Photo: © Robert Bettini.
The final deadline for WorldTour application passed more than a week ago and it looks like the UCI may be short one team at the top. With the Garmin and Cannondale teams merging next season, there may be only 17 teams remaining at WorldTour level. (cyclingnews.com)

October 8, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 8, 2014




Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Van der Poel opens Superprestige with a victory. Compton takes double wins in Providence. Cant on a roll in European cyclo-cross. Powers continues dominance in US ‘cross with seventh straight win. (cyclingnews.com)

October 8, 2014




Photo: Only 19, the Dutch sensation has a junior world road title to his name along with the 2012-13 junior world cyclocross title.
Last Sunday the cyclocross season kicked off under a cloud of relatively significant uncertainty, for a sport that has been a two- or three-man battle for quite some time. Niels Albert, one of those two (or three), was freshly retired due to heart trouble and was busy either coaching a team or filming an extremely goofy promo segment where he's trapped in a small camper with a beautiful woman. Sven Nys is... well, he's Sven, but at some point he'll get old, right? I mean, nobody defeats Death in the end. If someone were to, it could be Sven, but Death is very fast in the sand. Also, if you're into omens, there's this. And it's not promising. (podiumcafe.com)

October 8, 2014




If he gets a bike on time and recovers from what sounds like a ridiculous journey, Dan Martin will be one of the hottest favourites for the Tour of Beijing which starts on Friday.
Last weekend’s Tour of Lombardy winner, Dan Martin’s trip to China for the Tour of Beijing has not exactly gone according to plan thus far.
After a nine and a half hour flight, Martin and his Garmin Sharp teammates found their bikes held up by customs and were forced to drive to their hotel without them. (stickybottle.com)

October 8, 2014




Photo: Cycling introduced me to Sonoma County in the truest sense possible. I’d never have visited were it not for the bike..
"I took up cycling so that I could go places, see things. Even without having thought through my urge, I had an instinctive understanding that seeing the world from the saddle of the bike was a better perspective. It is a fundamental truth of cycling, perhaps cycling’s most obvious truth, but we each arrive at it on our own, an epiphany that arrives with the same pleasant shock as our first kiss."

October 8, 2014




Photo: I’m going with easy here – Power Meter, I hate you.
"The few rides I’ve had with the Power Meter so far, I’ve found myself “Looking at Stems”. And the mere thought of knowing I will be putting myself through pain just because some little electronic device on my stem is telling me I’m riding shite, well, it sends shivers down my spine." (wednesdaylegs.wordpress.com)

October 8, 2014




Photo: The Eddy Merckx SanRemo76 follows the form of the EMX-525 launched on the eve of the 2012 Tour de France.
road.cc verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Brilliant handling bike with superb performance and reliable build kit, let down by fiddly seatclamp."  (road.cc)

October 8, 2014


Photo: Neri Sottoli during the opening stage of the 2014 Giro d'Italia Credit: Graham Watson .
Neri Sottoli top the Coppa Italia rankings, which usually leads to automatic selection for the Giro d'Italia.The Giro d’Italia may have to welcome back team Neri Sottoli for its 2015 edition, in favor of teams like MTN-Qhubeka and Colombia, despite a series of doping cases and controversy. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini.
Movement for Credible Cycling president Roger Legeay has rejected the idea that Astana did not act within the spirit of MPCC rules in its handling of Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy’s recent positive tests for EPO, which led to the team’s withdrawal from this week’s Tour of Beijing. (cyclingnews.com)

October 8, 2014





Photo: Both doping cases are saddening, but I am convinced that those actions were taken by riders independently and the team had nothing to do with it.
Astana’s decision to auto-suspend themselves from participation in the Tour of Beijing in order to meet the MPCC requirements, forced Lieuwe Westra to change his initial race program and prematurely end his 2014 season. As a consequence, the 32-year old Dutchman confessed to be saddened by both doping cases at Kazakh team and missing this week’s Giro dell’Emilia and GP Bruno Beghelli. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 8, 2014





One of the highlights of BMC Racing's 2014 season was a surprise victory in the world team time trial championships. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The end of the season always brings with it the news of transfers and retirements, of speculations for next season and goals. American team BMC Racing will see a changing of the guard of sorts, as Cadel Evans and Thor Hushovd will both retire. (velonews.com)

October 8, 2014




Photo: French national champion believes he can win one of the most prestigious races for sprinters.
Speaking in advance of Sunday’s Paris-Tours, a race known as the Sprinters’ Classic, young French contender Arnaud Démare has expressed growing confidence about his prospects and also his place amongst the fast men of cycling.
The 23 year old has clocked up 15 wins thus far this year. He was victorious on stage 6 of the Tour of Qatar, took two stages plus the overall in both the Four Days of Dunkirk and the Tour de Picardie, then won Halle Ingooigem and the French road race championships. (cyclingtips.com.au).

October 8, 2014




Photo: One by one, we passed the suicides who’d started out with Rudy and Stathis the Wily Greek. © Seth Davidson/Kare Dehlie Thorstad.
"I used to think I was smart. I used to think I was handsome. I used to think I was going to be rich. I used to think I was good in bed. I used to think I was going to have a good job. I used to think life was fair.
I used to think I was a climber." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 8, 2014




Lance Armstrong liked to control the media
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The whistleblower lawsuit has been ongoing for four years already, but it could be another two years before there is a final ruling on the case, according to VeloNews. Lance Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis brought the case against the Texan in 2010, claiming that he had defrauded the US government by using the funds from their sponsor the US Postal Service for performance enhancing drugs. Since then, Landis has been joined by the US Department of Justice. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Lunges are a great move for cyclists - and you don't need a gym, either
Courtesy.
In the winter, our riding opportunities dwindle like the fading daylight. But that doesn't mean you have to lose fitness. All cyclists can benefit from an organised and deliberate winter gym programme. Adding resistance training to your winter routine will help you begin your next cycling season ahead of the game. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The purely practical difference is we’ll have 17+5 for races like the Tour de France, 17 automatic teams and five wildcards. It gives local races more chance to invite who they want but it’s not going to the racing.
It’s official: 17 Teams are chasing 18 World Tour Places as the likes of IAM Cycling and MTN-Qhubeka prefer, for now, to stay in cycling’s second division knowing they’ll collect plenty of wildcard invitations. No surprises but several reader questions by email and Twitter following today’s announcement. Here’s a Q&A on the teams, timing and more. (inrng.com)

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Joe Dombrowski will leave Sky for the Slipstream Sports-managed Cannondale team next season. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
American Joe Dombrowski will soon end his time with Team Sky and make the switch next season to what is currently the Garmin-Sharp team, but will become Cannondale next season. It has been a bit tougher going than anticipated for the young climber from Virginia. After a solid 2012 with Bontrager-Livestrong that saw him climb into public view at the Amgen Tour of California and win the Girobio, he’s battled injury for two years on Sky, and recently had surgery on his left leg to fix an arterial issue. He’s back to training again. (velonews.com)

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) trying to drop Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Buy one get one free. Everybody loves a two-for-one deal; you get so much more for your money so I can see why Alberto Contador has been offered up as the latest promotion after someone at Tinkoff has had a marketing brain wave and decided that the publicity is worth the investment. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Andy Schleck.. So many stories. (Getty Images/AFP).
With rumors floating around that Andy Schleck is about to pull the pin, Cycling Central looks back at the Luxembourger's greatest hits. The victories, the #chaingates and some of the best internet memes. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: A new chapter in my life has started after 16 years as a professional, spending most of my waking hours training and preparing.
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Nicki Sørensen retires as a pro cyclist after 16 seasons. The 39-year old Dane has spent 14 seasons on Tinkoff-Saxo as a trusted teammate playing the part of super domestique while enjoying personal success as well. He rode the last kilometers of his active career in Giro di Lombardia, which he calls “a very emotional experience.” (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Elite Women’s Team Time Trial: Specialized-Lululemon took their third consecutive TTT title by a yawning – for this discipline – 1:17 margin; but it will be their last as the team disbands at the end of the year.
Just when you thought the World road championships were a distant memory, we have one last blast from Ponferrada. John Young had a pile of great pic’s left in his unused locker from the champs, so here is John’s favorite shots to bring you ‘The Last Word’ (or picture) from the Rainbow jersey competition. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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World champions past and present Francesco Moser, Paolo Bettini, Michal Kwiatkowski, Oscar Freire and Maurizio Fondriest with Sidi founder Dino Signori.
Photo: © ATCommunication.
Para-cycling’s place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics is at risk after the UCI neglected to submit the necessary paperwork to register its events on time to the International Paralympic Committee. (cyclingnews.com)

October 8, 2014




Photo: Rebecca Rusch's new book tells how she went from being a normal kid in Chicago to a woman known as the Queen of Pain.
In Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled, Rusch tells her life's story, including her career as a professional athlete in climbing, adventure racing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: The Tools4Bikes Velovise is inspired by tools used for skis and snowboards, and turns any straight-edged table into a workstand. It weighs just 1.7kg and fits into a box measuring 29x11x11cm.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A high quality product that shines where portability is a priority." (bikeradar.com)
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Zdenek Stybar is the Czech champion
Photo: © Jan Brychta.
Czech champion tops Degenkolb, Debusschere. (cyclingnews.com)

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One bonus of racing in the U.S. is Subway sandwiches in the race caravan. Photo by Ryan Kendrick..
As folks start thinking about cyclocross treads and winter clothing, some of us roadies still have work to do. I’m off to the Tour of Beijing, and then I finish my season at Japan Cup the following week.
Japan Cup will be my last race in argyle. Obviously, as a professional cyclist, I want to race at the highest level, so the main goal of the year was to stay with Slipstream, and the secondary goal was to at least stay in the WorldTour. I suppose my dreams of winning the Tour de France just took a small hit, but I won’t give up. (velonews.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

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

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

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp).
Photo: © Bettini.
Ryder Hesjedal will end his 2014 season at this week's Tour of Beijing, bring the curtain down on a long season that included the Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta a España and over eighty days of racing that began back on February 5 at the Dubai Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Saturday’s Men Elite A podium (l-r): Scott Lundy (Serious Cycling, 5th), Alfred Pacheco (Buena Park Bikes, 2nd), Julien Bourdevaire (Blackstar/Rock N Road, 1st), Brian Gordon (Blackstar/Rock N Road, 3rd) and Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific, 4th). © Philip Beckman/PB Creative.
The SoCal cyclocross season slipped onto the small cog in a big hurry with a doubleheader kickoff weekend at O’Melveny Park in Granada Hills. This rarely utilized facility in the northern end of the San Fernando Valley provided all the elements typical of the iconic SoCalCross Prestige Series, including fast grass, a couple of dismounts, a bit of pavement and a deceptive degree of climbing. The whole course seemed to consist of false flat, which hammered unsuspecting riders with its accumulative elevation gain. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Plaza is a complete professional rider, we know we can entrust him the responsibility of the important role of supporter of the team captains...
After the departure of Winner Anacona, Elia Favilli and Luca Wackermann, the Italian Lampre Merida announces first recruit for the 2015 season. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: We wanted to work with SRAM, who does an amazing job of activating their partnerships, and who has a great history of support along with a true understanding of athletes' needs...
SRAM will offer pre-race technical assistance to both pro and amateur athletes at select Ironman events, including day-of-race Zipp wheel rentals. At the upcoming world championships in Kona, Hawaii, SRAM will be the official in-race pro neutral support partner. SRAM technicians will provide service from one car, two motorcycles, and two scooters that will continuously patrol the 112-mile bike leg. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: Fit, comfort, compact design, price.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "The Mojito belies its weight and price with impressive comfort and performance." (bikeradar.com)

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Osmo Active Hydration is designed to keep energy flowing smoothly through your body
Tom Ballard / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Forward-thinking sports nutrition that delivers better hydration and nutrition absorption." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: I will get the results I know I am capable of, and I will prove my worth.
Confirming that he will not be staying with his current Garmin Sharp team for 2015, Phil Gaimon has said that he is looking forward to the chance to chase personal targets in races with the Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Even Giant – who dictates its own production schedules – has problems meeting its own deadlines for new cyclocross bikes.
Cyclocross is a funny little segment of cycling. While the niche is small when compared to the total size of the pie, its adherents are  passionate to the point where many view the seven to eight months of glorious weather in the off-season merely as prep for the four to five months of suffering-filled racing in the wet and cold. Moreover, it's one of the only categories that are actually showing strong growth – at least in the US. So why do bike companies consistently have problems actually delivering 'cross-specific gear in time? (bikeradar.com)

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Fernando Alonso, Mauro Vegni and Paolo Bettini during Stage 18 at the Giro d'Italia
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The chances of Formula One driver Fernando Alonso creating a major professional team for 2015 are hanging by a thread, with time running out for registration with the UCI and no sign that Alonso's management company, Novo Group Holdings, has signed riders, created an infrastructure or struck a deal with an existing team. (cyclingnews.com)

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Alberto Contador said the 59km time trial in next year's Giro is
Alberto Contador ended his season in Italy over the weekend with eyes on a new challenge: winning the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France in 2015. “I’ll try to do both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, if someone can do it, it’s me,” Contador said at the 2015 Giro d’Italia route presentation Monday. “I don’t know if I can win the double, but the only way to find out is to try.” (velonews.com)

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Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov, as pictured at the 2014 Vuelta. Tinkov has offered the sport's GC stars a prize if they compete in each grand tour. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
The thing about Oleg Tinkov?
His money is always where his mouth is.
The Russian, who owns the Tinkoff-Saxo team, has challenged the sport’s best general classification riders to fight it out in all three grand tours next season, and he’s offering 1 million Euro total ($1,267,910) — 250,000 Euro each — to Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, and his own Alberto Contador, if the men compete against each other in the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, and the Vuelta a España.
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Photo: The Ecoforce 1 is a handcrafted bicycle that combines performance and beauty with environmental and social responsibility.
Greenstar Bikes announced today it is offering quality bamboo bikes that fit everyone’s budget. With a retail price tag around $450, the Greenstar Ecoforce 1™ model bamboo bicycle is affordable, reliable and based on a green, renewable, family-farmed resource. The new bike is available now to independent bicycle dealers across the USA. (bikeworldnews.com)

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Fabio Aru (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Fabio Aru took advantage of Vincenzo Nibali's absence from the presentation of the 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation to stake his claim for the role of Astana team leader next year's Corsa Rosa. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Comfortable, rapid, superb spec.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Whether you see it as art or a true superbike, the C60 is the current pinnacle of the marque." (bikeradar.com)

October 7, 2014




Photo: The most ‘classic’ looking of the new lineup is the Vigorelli, a butted chromoly frame with traditional forged dropouts and bosses for mudguards...
There's also a bike that's yet to be launched – this fully vintage-inspired machine will be called the L’Eroica and will be based on the classic steel Bianchis of old, ridden by such legends as Felice Gimondi and Fausto Coppi. Details are scarce at the moment, but it will have a butted steel frame and feature a smattering of vintage-inspired parts and a Campagnolo drivetrain. (bikeradar.com)

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Legal jiu-jitsu continued in the Lance Armstrong case as a district judge ruled to set a timeline on proceedings. The UCI has also been asked to provide evidence. Photo: AFP PHOTO | Gabriel BOUYS (File).
It may be more than a year before Lance Armstrong and the United States Department of Justice square off in earnest, if ever. If the DOJ and Armstrong don’t settle the looming whistleblower lawsuit hanging over the former Tour de France winner, the court proceedings could run well into 2016. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Our image is tarnished because of these isolated incidents... – Dimitri Fonfonov, Astana DS in L’Equipe.
Two doping cases are dreadful news for a team but to make matters worse the Astana team now misses the final races of the year. This self-suspension is itself risks being tarnished if the team management has been orchestrating events to ensure they sit out the race of their choice. (inrng.com)

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Andy Schleck (Trek)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Andy Schleck has called a press conference for this Thursday, igniting speculation that the Luxembourger may be about to announce his retirement from cycling. Schleck will hold the press conference in Luxembourg at 10:30 local time on Thursday 9 October. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Saturday it rained. I was happy for a slippery track. Words by Dan Chabanov // Images by Geoffrey Tomes.
After three weeks of hot and dusty racing, even the anti-mudders were happy to see rain in the weekend forecast for the Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival. Much of the prerace chatter was filled with gossip about the course after photos turned up on the internet of a double flyover. Then a course map appeared showing a ramp right next to the beer garden. Late on Friday, we were treated to Instagram videos of people messing up the flyover, to mostly comical effect. The usual internet peanut gallery erupted with outrage over the “unsafe” course design. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Mauro Vegni at the Dubai Tour
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
After unveiling the route of the 2015 Giro d’Italia in Milan on Monday, race director Mauro Vegni explained that the parcours has been designed to facilitate riders who wish to attempt to ride – and win – both the Giro and the Tour de France in the same year. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Laura Trott, Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow, track cycling day four.
British Cycling has named its team for the 2014 European Track Championships, with a mixture of experience and new talent included in the 15-rider line-up. Established names feature in both the men’s and women’s endurance rosters, both of which will be hoping to make their mark in the team pursuit discipline. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Simply perfect fit when moulded.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "The finest of fine quality road shoes with show and go in equal measure." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Take some time out from the trails to read our top tips, then hit them harder than ever...
Seb Rogers.
With dark days, darker nights and weather that’s verging on the criminal side of foul, it’s little wonder that mountain bikers sometimes have a hard time keeping their spirits up when the winter months draw in. (bikeradar.com)

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Team owner Oleg Tinkov was very happy with Alberto Contador's win as was Saxo Bank owner Lars Seier
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Oleg Tinkov is ready to offer a €1 million to Alberto Contador and his Grand Tour rivals if they will compete in all three Grand Tours in 2015. Tinkov launched his Grand Tour triple challenge at the Giro d'Italia presentation in Milan after Contador confirmed that he will target a Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double. Tinkov believes that the best Grand Tour riders in professional cycling should go head to head in the three Grand Tours. He first called on riders to ride all three Grand Tours via Twitter. Now he has backed his offer with a significant cash incentive. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: As this edition seems to be more balanced at first glance, it could maybe be one for a more complete rider as well.
The new Word Champion Michał Kwiatkowski attended the 2015 Giro d’Italia presentation along with his team-mates Rigoberto Uran and Matteo Trentin on Monday, just after making his first-ever appearance in the rainbow jersey at Il Lombardia. The 24-year old Pole recently claimed that he will focus more on one-day classics in the nearest future, but called the balanced route of next year’s Italian three-week event as a one suitable for not only pure climbers, but more complete riders of his own kind. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: The 2015 Giro d’Italia will take place from May 9 – 31. Here’s a look at the route, the early contenders and some more thoughts..
The opening stage is a team time trial run on cycle path. It’s on an old railway line featuring illuminated tunnels and just wide enough to fit a team car and like last summer’s Dauphiné, a way to show off the local infrastructure. (inrng.com)

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Katie Compton earned her second win of the weekend on Sunday. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com.
Katie Compton grabbed her 99th UCI victory on the second day of action at the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival in Providence, Rhode Island Sunday. Helen Wyman  finished second and Rachel Lloyd took third. (velonews.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

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

Il Lombardia - Oct 5 (Results),

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

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

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

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


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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins in Gieten
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nineteen-year-old Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel bounced back from a beaten position to grab the victory in the Superprestige opener in Gieten, Netherlands on Sunday evening. (cyclingnews.com)

October 6, 2014




Photo: This race is also known as the Memorial Frank Vandenbroucke because at the time of his death in 2009 VdB was the most recent winner (1996); the race was not held from 1997-2009.
Tuesday's Binche-Chimay-Binche departs Binche at 12:30pm CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Binche at around 5:07pm CET (11:07am U.S. Eastern).  Binche-Chimay-Binche live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern, 5:45am Pacific). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: If you’re looking for an alternative to the trusty turbo this winter then maybe you need the challenge of riding rollers
Simon Lees.
Rollers are viewed with suspicion, incomprehension or downright fear by many riders – a dangerous liability only suitable for hardcore experienced riders. But once mastered, they can provide a valuable addition to the training armoury of any cyclist, regardless of experience. (bikeradar.com)

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Cadel Evans (BMC) collects his one pink jersey from the 2010 Giro
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Cadel Evans will not be on in the peloton at the 2015 Giro d’Italia but the Australian was on hand at the route presentation in Milan on Monday, where he was honored by RCS Sport on the occasion of his retirement. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: ad news. Training today I hardly could pedal because of the knee, finally I don't go to China.
Alberto Contador has announced on Monday that injuries sustained in the Il Lombardia crash prevent him from training effectively, and thus he won’t participate in the final WorldTour event of the season, the Tour of Beijing held from October 10 to 14. This means that Alejandro Valverde will become a winner of 2014 individual rankings, it is unclear, however, if the Movistar leader will take part in the event as the battle between Spaniards is over. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 6, 2014




Damiano Cunego (Lampre) wins the Giro di Lombardia for the third time
Photo: © Régis Garnier.
Dan Martin lifted Ireland's total number of victories at Il Lombardia to four, following in the wheel tracks of Sean Kelly, winner in 1983, 1985 and 1991. Martin’s win also ensured that Italy has now gone six successive seasons without victory in a Monument Classic. The last Italian to win a Monument was Damiano Cunego, when he won his third Tour of Lombardy in 2008. (cyclingnews.com)

October 6, 2014




Vinokourov and Saiz at the team's official presentation on February 17, 2006
Photo: © Team Liberty Seguros.
Former ONCE and Liberty Seguros manager Manolo Saiz is set to take up a position as sporting manager of the Baqué-Campos team, which is seeking Continental status in 2015, but the Spaniard has claimed that he already had an opportunity to return to the sport at a higher level with Katusha four years ago. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The early break descending to the lake.
"To chase a classic is always very stressful: you need a lot of study to plan the race passages and a lot of experience to realize that plan. That’s why Lombardia is the most difficult to follow live: the organizers change the route every 4-5 years. When you barely know the tricks, they change the game!" (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 6, 2014




Photo: New recruit...Peter Koning will be part of the Drapac squad (Supplied).
Drapac Cycling has signed Dutchman Peter Koning on a two year deal starting next season. The 23 year old joins Drapac after three seasons racing in the Continental ranks and continues the Australian team’s track record of developing cycling talent from the Netherlands. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Like most things all these good things come in twos.
"Life is full of surprises. Will my coffee be good or amazing today, will this mystery beer I’ve been handed while cross eyed blow my mind or make me blow my chunks, or will file treads be fast or make me crash? It is not often that I really know much going into the season or ever for that matter. I don’t race all summer, so my form is always a mystery. With Interbike and cyclocross happening in summer these days the question always looms will bikes be ready on time? Of course in my day-to-day life there is always the question of what on earth will the donkeys do today." (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: The Body Geometry design is also available in three widths (130, 143 and 155mm), with Specialized staff measuring you in store before you buy..
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Ultra-light and exclusive version of Specialized’s race-bred saddle." (bikeradar.com)

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