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August 2014

August 22, 2014


Photo: Tom Danielson crosses the finish line in Crested Butte earlier this week. In the Colorado Springs stage, he flipped off a jeering fan, one example this year of the relationship between the fans and riders in this all-access sport. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
A man leans into the road. Doper, he yells. You suck, he yells. Doper. You suck. Tom Danielson rides closer during a stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado Springs, flips him the bird. (velonews.com)






Laurent Didier (Trek) wins stage 5 of the USA Pro Challenge in Breckenridge
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Laurent Didier made up for his Trek teammate Jens Voigt's disappointment on the previous stage of the USA Pro Challenge by claiming a hard-fought victory on a very cold and rainy stage to Breckenridge. (cyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014





Photo: BELLETTI. Dopo i successi di Roberto Ferrari nel 2012 e Alessandro Malaguti nel 2013, all'Androni Venezuela non è riuscita la terza vittoria consecutiva.
Manuel Belletti took his first his first victory for his new team when he won the bunch sprint on the final stage of the Tour du Limousin, holding off Kevin Reza and Björn Leukemans in the final dash to the line. Mauro Finetto finished safely with the bunch and took the overall victory. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 22, 2014







Jens Voigt (Trek) has a special jersey in his farewell race
Photo: © AFP.
Jens Voigt admits that his failed breakaway on stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge was a somewhat fitting vignet that summarized his entire cycling career: after hitting out in the day's breakaway from the start of the 113km stage in Colorado Springs, he admittedly attacked too early and ended up being caught within sight of the finish line. (cyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014




Carter Jones (Optum) climbed his way to seventh overall
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Optum Pro Cycling's Carter Jones has been knocking on the door of big-time cycling for several years, but this week at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado he is determined to kick that door down. After four stages, the 25-year-old from Boulder is sitting seventh overall, just 49 seconds off the time of race leader and defending champion Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing.

August 22, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages & Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Stages),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Stages),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (History),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

Tour du Limousin - Aug 19-22 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


August 22, 2014




Photo: Doug Report...
"Can we talk about Colorado Springs? Speaking of Mike Creed from Colorado Springs, we love Mike Creed because he is intelligent, opinionated, pleasantly caustic, insightful and honest—which means we can't talk about anything he tells us because the world, no not you, the rest of the world, has proven to us over and over and over again that it has a very low tolerance for Transparency & Reality." (manualforspeed.com)

August 22, 2014




Photo: Italian Sofia Beggin came in third after a bunch sprint on a sweltering Nanjing day. A narrow wheel length over their opponents from the Czech Republic and Denmark was enough to gain her team 65 points, and win them the overall gold medal.
After five tough events, the women’s team cycling competition came down to a thrilling sprint finish in Laoshan. (olympic.org)

August 22, 2014




Photo: The new SRM Power Control 8 looks similar to the PC 7, with three buttons and a wide shape, but brings added features and capabilities. Photo: SRM.
SRM was the first name in the power meter game and is still the largest. Especially in the WorldTour peloton, most riders use an SRM crankset and a Power Control head unit. The Power Control 7 has been a mainstay for years, but riders have complained about its lack of GPS features. (velonews.com)

August 22, 2014






Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Friday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 5 departs Woodland Park at 11:20am MDT and is expected at the finish at Breckenridge at around 3:10pm MDT.  USA Pro Challenge live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

August 22, 2014






August 21, 2014





August 21, 2014



Peter Sagan with fans at the start
Photo: © Susanne Goetze.
Peter Sagan has faced questions about his future all year long and even the recent confirmation of his transfer to Tinkoff-Saxo for the next three seasons has done little to douse speculation about his plans and prospects for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014






Photo: We watched the Tour de France to see a duel between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador but were denied, now they’re back and there’s Nairo Quintana to contend with.
A star-packed field contenders and pretenders for the Vuelta with seven grand tour winners and a long list of rivals. But as any astronomer knows, look up at the stars and you’ll see powerful blue giants also a few white dwarfs. (inrng.com)

August 22, 2014




Photo: Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) returns to racing on Saturday at the Vuelta a España. It will be his first race after abandoning the Tour de France in July. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)..
Talansky returns to competition in Saturday’s team time trial with realistic expectations in his first race back since his bitter exit from the Tour in July. Healthy again and fully recovered from his Tour crashes, Talansky realizes that the best road back to the Tour goes straight through the Vuelta. (velonews.com)

August 22, 2014




Back on French soil and Chris Froome falls
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
A fall during training prior to the Vuelta a España on Thursday means Chris Froome had an unwelcome reminder of the multiple crashes that saw him abandon the Tour de France last July - but there was a major difference this time round. The Sky leader was uninjured from his fall and he remains fully on track for tomorrow’s start. (cyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014




Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) clearly in pain and receiving attention before he would abandon during stage 10.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
On a day when one Vuelta a España contender was withdrawn from the race, ostensibly for health reasons, another boasted of defying his doctor's recommendations to make it to the start line in Jerez de la Frontera. (cyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014




Photo: Robert Millar on the attack
Photo: © AFP.
The Vuelta a Espana is considered by some as the poor relation of the Grand Tours, supposedly relegated to a mere training race for the Worlds. That's so wrong. (cyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014




Photo: The German sprinter will line out in the 12.6 kilometre opening team time trial on Saturday ...
Winner of five races last season plus stage three of the Vuelta a Andalucia this year, Gerald Ciolek spearheads the MTN Qhubeka team in its first-ever Grand Tour and knows that he offers perhaps the best chance for the team to land a headline-grabbing performance. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 22, 2014




Photo: Starting at 19.00 CEST you can follow the opening team time trial on CyclingQuotes.com/live.
Continuing its recent tradition, the Vuelta a Espana kicks off with a team time trial but unlike last year, the opening stage will be mostly a ceremonial affair. At just 12.6km, the stage will only create small time gaps and will mostly serve the purpose of determining the first leader and give the riders a chance to start their race off on a good note. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 22, 2014











Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Saturday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 1, a 12.6km Team Time Trial from Jerez de la Frontera to Jerez de la Frontera, gets underway at 7:04pm CET (1:04pm U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Start Order and Times to come.  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 7:00pm CET (1:00pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014





Photo: John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) won the 2013 edition but is not back to defend.
Sunday's Vattenfall Cyclassics gets underway at 10:55am CET (4:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 4:58pm CET (10:58am U.S. Eastern).  Vattenfall Cyclassics live streaming video should get underway at around 3:30pm CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 22, 2014





August 21, 2014





August 21, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.

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August 22, 2014




Photo: Andrew McQuaid spoke in defence of Jonathan Tiernan Locke previously, but says he has no obligation or desire to answer questions about the rider now that the process against him is over..
Having spoken publicly in defence of his then client Jonathan Tiernan Locke last year when doping allegations were levelled against the former Team Sky rider, cycling agent Andrew McQuaid has proven more media shy now the case has concluded. (stickybottle.com)

August 22, 2014





Photo: Defending Vuelta a España champion Chris Horner will not start the 2014 race Saturday. His team has scratched him from the roster to comply with MPCC code. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Journalists searched out shade from the bleaching Spanish summer sun, waiting for Chris Horner to return from a training ride. They wanted a first-person reaction to the stunning news Friday that the defending Vuelta a España champion would not be starting due to low cortisol levels. (velonews.com)









Photo: Chris Horner will not defend his title at the Vuelta a Espana, the Spanish grand tour that begins Saturday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Horner was treated with cortisone after suffering from bronchitis during the Tour de France, acquired a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) from the UCI and was given the all-clear to race the Vuelta, which starts Saturday, and try to defend his 2013 title. (velonews.com)

August 22, 2014




Brandon Stewart (front) and Konny Looser of Team FedGroup Itec set the pace in the lead group during Stage 1
Photo: © Zoon Cronje.
The result of a previously announced adverse analytical finding for mountain biker Brandon Stewart was confirmed at a hearing by an Independent Tribunal, and he received a two-year ban from all sport. The South African had been found to have the anabolic agent testosterone in his urine sample taken during an out of competition test on July 7, 2013. (cyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014




Photo: I call him the missile as from watching from behind that’s what he looks like.
"Little beauty!!! Finally some delight for the green machine here in the rarefied air of the Rockies with Elia “The Green Missile” Viviani demolishing the field in today’s very selective bunch sprint in Colorado Springs." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 22, 2014





Photo: Older Colorado fans rooting for their favorite older pro rider..
Roadside at the Colorado Springs circuit for Stage 4 Angelica Dixon captured all the atmosphere, action and amazing views of the region as Jens Voigt put in what could possibly be his last trademark attack. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 22, 2014




Photo: Bissell sport director Omer Kem, seen here during the Tour of Utah, said
The other team cars have left. The voice coming from the megaphone is counting down the moments to start. But Bissell sport director Omer Kem sits in the driver’s seat, door open, relaxed. This isn’t his first rodeo. And that’s what the Bissell Development Team is banking on. Coupled with Axel MerckxKem took a few minutes to talk Thursday morning in Colorado Springs. (velonews.com)

August 22, 2014




Photo: Rafal Majka is likely to finish on the final podium, but will also likely leave without either a stage win or overall victory. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
 For the third time in four days, Rafal Majka crossed the finish line at the USA Pro Challenge frustrated over an inability to seize the race lead. (velonews.com)

August 22, 2014






Photo: I adore the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cups, and not just because they're in that promised land, Sweden, but also because OMG YES!!! WE CAN WATCH THE ROAD RACE LIVE!!!!
This will be streamed live on the UCI Youtube on Sunday from 10:40 Euro CEST (9:40am UK BST; 6:40pm Australia AEST; 5:40am USA EST; 2:40am USA PST).

August 22, 2014




Photo: Giro says the new Synthe is the ultimate one-solution road helmet, boasting the aerodynamic performance of the Air Attack with the ventilation of the Aeon .
Featuring Camelbak, Giro, Ridley, Specialized, Ergon and more. (bikeradar.com)

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August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014





Elia Viviani (Cannondale)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Elia Viviani blew away the competition at the USA Pro Challenge stage 4 in Colorado Springs. The Italian sprinter had the dubious honor of being the one who denied the soon-to-be-retired fan favourite Jens Voigt a solo breakaway stage victory. (cyclingnews.com)

August 21, 2014





Photo: I really hope to keep it to the end even though my opponents are not far behind in the overall standings and they have proved from the start that they are in good condition.
Mauro Finetto put himself in a perfect position to win the Tour du Limousin overall when he won today's queen stage and took the overall lead. Despite focusing more on the stage win, the Italian will do his utmost to defend the lead in tomorrow's final stage. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: Perfect skies greeted the peloton for stage 3 at the USA Pro Challenge, a far cry from Tuesday's rainy, muddy conditions. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The high Colorado sun pushed the clouds away at the start of the third stage at the USA Pro Challenge in Gunnison on Wednesday, and Tuesday’s thunderstorm-induced neutralization was fading away with the morning’s dew. (velonews.com)

August 21, 2014




Mike Creed and Eric Marcotte have a talk before leaving on the ride.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
When the USA Pro Challenge comes down from the mountains, where it has been the previous two days, for Thursday's stage 4 circuit race in Colorado Springs, the riders will no doubt enjoy the relatively low level elevation of 1,950 meters. But for first-year Team SmartStop director Michael Creed, the stage will be a homecoming and a chance to show off his squad. (cyclingnews.com)

August 21, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages & Results),

Tour du Limousin - Aug 19-22 (Stages & Results),

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


August 21, 2014




Photo: This year's Giro winner is a fantastic climber, and a pretty damn good chronoman himself.
Let's break the race down. Got a bunch of good riders here. (podiumcafe.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: The Vuelta’s predilection for steep uphill finishes continues with seven summit finishes making this a route reserved for the climbers and GC contenders.
If you want a simple and accessible online Vuelta a España guide, here it is. There’s a concise preview of every stage. (inrng.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: The English translation of Carlos Arribas's 2013 biographical novel based on the life of Luis Ocaña, winner of the 1973 Tour de France and the moral victor of the 1971 edition.
A novel telling of the life and times of Luis Ocaña, winner of the 1973 Tour de France and the moral victor of the 1971 edition. (podiumcafe.com)

August 21, 2014





Photo: No wires on the bike of Frenchman Clement Chevrier, who is leading the USA Pro Challenge’s best young rider competition..
Prototype being raced at USA Pro Challenge has refined rear derailleur, textured hoods. (roadbikereview.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: One interesting therapy that Nibali and his Astana team-mates have recently implemented is acupuncture.
With every aspect of diet and training taken care of, pro teams are increasingly looking towards alternative therapies for an edge. Can acupuncture really help performance? (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 21, 2014




Photo: Each supervent comes with a reinforced edge, creating more weight but a safer helmet. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Kali Protective’s Phenom, available at retail stores now, uses reinforcements around their large vents, called Supervent technology, in order to dissipate the force of a major impact. (cxmagazine.com)

August 21, 2014






Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Thursday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 4 (the Colorado Springs Circuit Race) departs Colorado Springs at 12:50pm MDT and is expected at the finish at Colorado Springs at around 3:28pm MDT.  USA Pro Challenge live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

August 21, 2014


Photo: Voigt was met with more applause on the podium than the stage winner or the race leader. Photo by Casey B. Gibson. .
Jens Voigt, the 42-year-old German whose career has spanned two decades, was off the front, alone, battling against the wind, the peloton, and his own inner demons, one last time. (velonews.com)

August 21, 2014




Tejay van Garderen (BMC) sprinting against Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) for the win
Photo: © AFP.
BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen was riding high at the USA Pro Challenge Wednesday when he took the stage win and overall lead at Monarch Mountain outside of Salida. He said the finish, which topped out at nearly 3,352 meters above sea level, was the highest of his career. (cyclingnews.com)

August 21, 2014





Matthew Busche dropped from 5th to 6th overall on stage 3, sitting 46 seconds behind Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing). Photo by Neal Rogers.
While Gamin-Sharp and BMC Racing have spent the first three days of the USA Pro Challenge closely watching each other — with each team taking ownership of the race lead at one point — Wisconsin native Matthew Busche is quietly vying for a podium finish. (velonews.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: The stage was pretty simple in terrain: one single road!
"It was the queen stage of the USA Pro Challenge today and with a man called King (Ted) in the Cannondale clan we figured it was a good omen for the green machine! We had a very simple objective today — be in the day’s breakaway as it stood a good chance of arriving at the finish before anyone else." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 21, 2014




Photo: The 2014 Vuelta a España will treat the peloton to some of the hottest weather of the season, as well as some of the most difficult climbing. Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Everyone agrees that a string of brutal climbing stages in the third week across northern Spain will crown the eventual winner of the Vuelta a España, but Africa-like heat and a mid-race time trial will put a decisive stamp in the first half of the season’s third grand tour. (velonews.com)

August 21, 2014





Photo: Two-time former Vuelta winner Alberto Contador will target stage wins in this year’s race on his return from a broken leg (pic: Sirotti).
Tinkoff-Saxo have unveiled the line-up that will join two-time champion Alberto Contador at the Vuelta a Espana in the hunt for stage wins. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 21, 2014






Photo: Chris Horner, Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde shared the final podium in Madrid last year (Pic: Sirotti.
Nairo Quitnana, Chris Froome and Joaquim Rodriguez among riders to go head-to-head for red in Spain. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 21, 2014










Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Saturday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 1, a 12.6km Team Time Trial from Jerez de la Frontera to Jerez de la Frontera, gets underway at 7:04pm CET (1:04pm U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Start Order and Times to come.  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 7:00pm CET (1:00pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) won the 2013 edition but is not back to defend.
Sunday's Vattenfall Cyclassics gets underway at 10:55am CET (4:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 4:58pm CET (10:58am U.S. Eastern).  Vattenfall Cyclassics live streaming video should get underway at around 3:30pm CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: the new Octal AVIP MIPS will be its first road helmet with it. The new model will be available at retail early next year..
MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) is a technology licensed from a Swedish company; it aims to reduce rotational forces on the brain by allowing a controlled rotation of the helmet relative to the head in angled impacts. (bicycleretailer.com)

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August 20, 2014





August 20, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.

August 21, 2014













August 21, 2014




Photo: WADA has taken the opportunity to remind anti-doping organizations (ADOs) that had previously stored blood serum samples for future hGH analysis that they should now proceed with retrospective analysis.
MPCC releases data which shows cycling among top sports in fight against doping. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 21, 2014




Photo: Both Paul Kimmage and Shay Elliott spoke openly about drugs in cycling, but it was another Irish legend that blew the whistle first; our first world track champion Harry Reynolds, above.
A number of Irish cyclists over the years have revealed stories of doping in the professional peloton, basing their testimony on what they had witnessed going on around them. Most notably, Paul Kimmage and Shay Elliott both spoke about the use of performance enhancing drugs in cycling. (stickybottle.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: The result is that he’s banned from racing and won’t do the Vuelta a Espana.
The ongoing battle between the UCI and Roman Kreuziger continues. Yesterday saw a fresh round with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) holding an expedited hearing from Kreuziger over the provisional suspension issued by the UCI. Strangely the UCI has yet to announce whether it will actually prosecute him. (inrng.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: They will use argyle and lime green together. If you thought Vaughters' wardrobe was shocking before, well....
Cannondale and Garmin, together at last! Also, bribery is bad and Oleg Tinkoff is worse. (podiumcafe.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: Cannondale will merge with Slipstream Sports after this season, which will leave just one UCI ProTeam registered in Italy. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The closure of Cannondale Liquigas after 10 years reflects the current economic plight in Italy. The squad’s general manager Roberto Amadio explained simply that the situation in Italy does not support first division teams. (velonews.com)

August 21, 2014




Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) suffers in for third on the stage.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Two years ago, the Jelly Belly team was shut out of all of the big UCI stage races in the USA, but after regaining their status as one of the Continental team invitees, they can now chalk up a major stage podium placing thanks to Serghei Tvetcov's third place in the queen stage of the USA Pro Challenge at Monarch Mountain in Colorado. (cyclingnews.com)

August 21, 2014





Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) is devasted after losing two minutes
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
On a day when the Garmin Sharp team announced its merger with the Cannondale squad, the American team was unable to celebrate further in the USA Pro Challenge, as despite its best efforts the team could not crack defending champion Tejay van Garderen on what team director Charly Wegelius deemed as the best chance to do so. (cyclingnews.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: Cars lined both sides of the road for over 2 km and with 200m to go a DJ had the crowd going for hours. Even the state troopers joined in for Cypress Hills ‘Jump’..
The weather was much better on day 3 of the USA Pro Challenge and that brought out the fans in their thousands. Travis and Angelica found some of the craziest, maddest bike fans in Colorado. The racing wasn’t too bad either! (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: MFS briefed Heidi and Courtney on what to tell Alex.
"Our day was amazing. It was quite chilly and everybody was cold. And i got a little bit of sand in my mouth from kissing the riders. Danny Summerhill made us kiss him twice!"  (manualforspeed.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: These use stainless steel rather than chromoly axles, losing 15g and improving long-term looks.
Your pedals are an important link between you and your road bike. Of the three contact points – saddle, bar and pedals – the latter is by far the most dynamic, so getting the right pedal is crucial. (bikeradar.com)

August 21, 2014




Photo: I adore the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cups, and not just because they're in that promised land, Sweden, but also because OMG YES!!! WE CAN WATCH THE ROAD RACE LIVE!!!!
This will be streamed live on the UCI Youtube from 10:40 Euro CEST (9:40am UK BST; 6:40pm Australia AEST; 5:40am USA EST; 2:40am USA PST).

August 21, 2014





August 20, 2014


August 20, 2014




Photo: More importantly is Van Garderen's increase in overall lead of 1:47 over Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) and 2:57 over Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), ...
Tejay van Garderen regained his status of leader of his hometown race, the USA Pro Challenge, with a vicious attack in the final kilometer of the summit finish at Monarch Mountain. The American surged away from the elite leading group, taking only Tour de France rival Rafal Majka along for the ride. (cyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014





Photo: Cyril GAUTIER - Cyclism'Actu. © (cyclingquotes.com)
Leukemans keeps leader's jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014





Photo: BMC on the front during stage 2, on the dirt roads of Kebler Pass. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Tejay van Garderen looks solid. Tom Danielson suffered in the rain and mud over Kebler Pass, but sits nine seconds behind the defending champion. Danielson’s Garmin-Sharp teammate, Alex Howes, is in the race lead, 11 seconds over BMC’s Ben Hermans. And if Rafal Majka is going to crack in the high mountains, he’s not showing any signs, though he’s now 32 seconds behind on the GC. Trek Factory’s Matthew Busche, 13 seconds down, is the only rider in the top five overall that does not ride for either BMC Racing or Garmin-Sharp. (velonews.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Dan Martin wins stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana in 2009 into La Covatilla. In the next three weeks can he smash his Grand Tour best of 13th overall in the race that year and add more Grand Tour stage wins to his palmares? (Photo: Stefano Sirotti).
The pressure of carrying all of Garmin-Sharp’s hopes into the Vuelta a Espana has been taken off the shoulders of the team’s Irish star Dan Martin, with news today that he will share the leadership with tried and trusted wing man Ryder Hesjedal. (stickybottle.com)

August 20, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages & Results),

Tour du Limousin - Aug 19-22 (Stages & Results),

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


August 20, 2014




Luca Guercilena manager of the Trek Factory Racing team
Photo: © Photopress.be.
Having already signed Bauke Mollema to lead Trek Factory Racing for next season Luca Guercilena is putting the finishing touches to his team for 2015. The Italian, who stepped into Johan Bruyneel’s shoes at the end of 2012, has a number of important calls to make over the coming weeks, and must come to a decision over the futures of Frank and Andy Schleck but, the team is building for the future. (cyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014




Joona Laukka with Finnish juniors at the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow race in Tromsø
Photo: © Jean-François Quénet.
The second edition of the Arctic Race of Norway was another huge success, with the impact of extraordinary images of northern Norway on TV networks, in 180 different countries, and the touching farewell of Thor Hushovd in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Tromsø. (cyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: It's still unknown which cities will be awash in pink next May during the Giro d'Italia. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
The Giro d’Italia organizer recently announced the first three stages of the 2015 edition, but it still has a lot on its plate including possible visits to the Abetone, Mortirolo, and Finestre climbs along with a finish near its headquarters in Milan. (velonews.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: John Pryor, of Seattle, paid $10,000 apiece for custom cyclocross and road bikes. Ian C. Bates for The Wall Street Journal.
Amateurs Covet Superlight Frames, Electronic Gear Shifting. (wsj.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Currently the armband is compatible with Google Glass, Recon Jet, and the Epson Moverio BT-200.
You’ve probably seen the guy by now. You know, the one person you know that has Google Glass furiously swiping at their temple trying to access the camera instead of accidentally searching for something in Google? Thanks to Thalmic Labs’ Myo arm band, there is a smarter way to navigate through smartglass options without even touching the device. (bikerumor.com)

August 20, 2014






Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Wednesday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 3 departs Gunnison at 11:25am MDT and is expected at the finish at Monarch Mountain at around 3:50pm MDT.  USA Pro Challenge live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Alexandre Vinokourov and Alexandr Kolobnev were formally accused in May for corruption.
Judge in Liege indicted Alexandre Vinokourov and Alexandr Kolobnev in May over alleged payment to secure 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race win. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Slipstream Sports and Cannondale share key philosophies of a focus on innovation.
Cannondale and Slipstream Sports today announced that Cannondale Pro Cycling SpA and Slipstream Sports will join forces in 2015. Cannondale will become a title sponsor and technical bicycle sponsor for the team and will take an ownership stake in the management organization of Slipsteam Sports LLC. Slipstream Sports will manage the overall operations of the team. Garmin, a key partner of Slipstream Sports since 2008, will remain a significant sponsor of the team in 2015. (bicycle.net)

August 20, 2014




Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Sportswear Development) celebrates victory
Photo: © AFP.
A rainy day and a muddy, gravel descent Tuesday at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado called into question, once again, the UCI's decision to ban race radios from all non-WorldTour events. (cyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Robin Carpenter's stage 2 victory at the USA Pro Challenge came at the expense of the larger teams in the peloton. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Small teams. Small budgets. Thus far, huge results. (velonews.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Light, lively, engaging and fun, and a brilliantly accomplished climber.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "A brilliantly accomplished climber’s bike that’s light, swift and fun ." (bikeradar.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: The term “hormesis” is used in biology to describe a relationship between the dose of something and the benefit or harm from it.
So often the mentality in nutrition (and particularly sports nutrition) is “if some is good, more must be better”. If one protein shake helps recovery, then three will make my recovery three times as good. Fluid prevents dehydration and improves performance, so let’s guzzle down as much as possible. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 20, 2014





Photo: The Colombian duo: Quintana & Uran.
The Vuelta isn’t the Tour or the Giro, but it is unique in its own way, and looking at the line up of starts in Jerez; its going to be the most exciting. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014




David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) at the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Garmin-Sharp will take a three-pronged approach to the Vuelta a España with Dan Martin, Ryder Hesjedal and Andrew Talansky set to lead the team. David Millar will also ride his first Grand Tour of the year, after missing out on selection for the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Chris Horner will defend his Vuelta a Espana title with Lampre-Merida, after the Italian team confirmed its line-up for the race (Pic: Sirotti).
Defending champion Chris Horner will start the Vuelta a Espana with dossard number one on his back after the Italian team confirmed its nine-man selection. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 20, 2014









Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Saturday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 1, a 12.6km Team Time Trial from Jerez de la Frontera to Jerez de la Frontera, gets underway at 7:04pm CET (1:04pm U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Start Order and Times to come.  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 7:00pm CET (1:00pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was third overall in Tirreno-Adriatico
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Roman Kreuziger has had his appeal against a provisional suspension from the International Cycling Union (UCI) rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) . The Tinkoff-Saxo rider was looking to overturn the provisional suspension handed down in order to take part in the up coming Vuelta a Espana. (cyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014





Tiernan Locke (Team Sky)
Photo: © Bettini.
Jon Tiernan-Locke has given his first interview since being banned for doping by the UCI and UKAD, telling the Plymouth Herald that he can't afford to fight to clear his name via another appeal. (cyclingnews.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Lance Armstrong at the 2003 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
"My therapy is riding my bike, playing golf and having a beer" says a still largely unrepentant Lance Armstrong. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 20, 2014






Photo: Once the race reached the dirt roads leading to Kebler Pass, BMC took over the front. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The stage was in its waning miles, and the mud-speckled peloton was barreling into Crested Butte and toward the first uphill finish of this young USA Pro Challenge. The sharp end was now. And then, the riders stopped. (velowire.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: In the rockies, always pack a warm pair of gloves!.
"It was a good old fashion four seasons in a day here in Colorado. As my good mate Timmy Duggan said at the start: in the rockies always pack a warm pair of gloves just in case! He wasn’t wrong and by the time we had covered the 170km between Aspen and Crested Butte we had most certainly experienced all the seasons." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Garmin-Sharp’s Martin rebounded from two serious early-season crashes to take third at the 2014 Tour de l’Ain. (James Startt).
After serious crashes, Mark Cavendish and Dan Martin hope to salvage their seasons. (bicycling.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: There are only three moving parts and some electronics inside .
The Siva Cycle Atom is a rear hub generator for charging your mobile devices  (bikeradar.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: The Gates belt drive and NuVinci hub gear should make for a near-silent and maintenance-free transmission .
In today's world of high-modulus carbon and triple-butted tubing the Urban One is certainly going against the grain. It's produced from a combination of bamboo and flax; the former gives the frame its structure and aesthetic, while the latter adds strength and impact absorption. (bikeradar.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Integration with the Smith helmet line is via a matching contoured brow to improve ventilation and temple cutouts in the helmet designed to accommodate the shortened eyewear arms.
All three models are designed to maximize comfort and integrate with Smith helmets. Ergonomic features include two-position adjustable nose pieces, hydrophillic materials in the contact points to help keep the glasses in place, and a frameless design to maximize the vertical field of view so you can keep your head down while riding. (bikerumor.com)

August 20, 2014




Photo: Five styles are available, including this hi-ves yellow .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A worthy rival for the Giro Aeon and Specialized Prevail on weight, price, venting and comfort." (bikeradar.com)

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Riders are punished by freezing cold rain and hail on Kebler Pass on stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Confusion reigned and literally rained during the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge on Tuesday when the skies opened up and drenched the gravel descent off the penultimate climb of the day on Kebler Pass. (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014








Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Sportswear Development) won Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge with a bold breakaway in the rain over Kebler Pass. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com. (velonews.com)
Hincapie Sportswear Development's Robin Carpenter took a solo win during stage 2 at the USA Pro Challenge in Crested Butte on Tuesday. He took the victory after being in a breakaway for nearly 100km, finishing the race ahead of chasers Alex Howes and Tejay van Garderen. (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Björn Leukemans (Wanty)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider takes the early race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Majka (second from left), behind van Garderen (BMC Racing), and in front of Euser and Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare), during the Aspen Circuit Race at the 2014 USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Casey B. Gibson.
Which Rafal Majka has shown up to the USA Pro Challenge? Is it the rider who told the press Sunday that he didn’t expect to have adapted to altitude in time to contend for the overall victory? (velonews.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: The USA Pro Challenge kicked off today in the lavish alpine town of Aspen. Watching the movie Dumb and Dumber was the first time I heard about this place.
"Dumb and Dumber ... would be a pretty good way of summing up my performance on stage 1." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 19, 2014




Photo: The first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge took just over two and a half hours to complete.
As Keil Reijnen crossed the finish line in Aspen yesterday with arms stretched towards the sky, he kicked off the fourth edition of what is becoming one of North America's most distinctive races. This year, organizers are mixing old and elements with some shorter stages and the race's first summit finish. (podiumcafe.com)

August 19, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages & Results),

Tour du Limousin - Aug 19-22 (Stages & Results),

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

Eneco Tour - Aug 11-17 (Results),

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Results),

Tour de l'Ain - Aug 12-16 (Results),

Vuelta a Burgos - Aug 13-17 (Results),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 14-17 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


August 19, 2014




Stevens in the yellow after a tough week in New Zealand.
Photo: © blank.
The UCI has announced that the Women's Tour of New Zealand will return in 2015 with a UCI 2.2 ranking and will become the third race on the women's cycling calendar in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Stage 1 of the 2013 race was such a success, we decided​ to do it again.
Today's Philosophical Moment Brought to You by An Unfair Advantage: The above photograph was taken before the start of Stage 1, which begs the questions: Is MFS reporting the news, or making the news? (manualforspeed.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Australian G6 Pro Dura-Ace 11-speed Di2 (US$TBC / AU$9,599 / £TBC) .
The BH G6 Pro may look the same as last year's G6, but along with new brakes, there's plenty of updates going on internally. (bikeradar.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: There is no perfect bike, endurance or otherwise, that will satisfy all the needs of all people. In nearly every case the No. 1 criteria shaping a bike buying decision should focus on fit and function as it relates to you — and not what some on-line reviewer tells you.
Testers tab favorite Gran Fondo Racer, Climber, Gravel Racer and Best In Test. (roadbikereview.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: The Spline range was introduced last year and covers 11 wheelsets, including six full carbon clinchers: the 28, 38 and 55 (with each number referring to the depth of the rim), all in conventional rim brake and disc brake formats.
DT Swiss may be best know for spokes and hubs but they also has a wide range of complete wheelsets and the RC 28 Spline C carbon clincher is among them. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 19, 2014





Photo: Stage 2 Profile.
Tuesday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 departs Aspen at 11:10am MDT and is expected at the finish at Crested Butte at around 3:45pm MDT.  USA Pro Challenge live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: American sports icon Lance Armstrong still believes he is a seven-time Tour de France champion, he said recently in an interview.
Patrick asked Armstrong if he could have won the world's greatest bike race without doping. "Not in that era," Armstrong said. (businessinsider.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: This year the Vuelta can probably field the strongest line-up of all the grand tours and even though the main contenders may not all have had the perfect preparation.
The Vuelta a Espana has a reputation as a revenge race for riders that have had little success in the first part of the season. This year some of the world’s biggest stars have been plagued by bad luck and while most of the cycling world lamented Chris Froome’s and Alberto Contador’s crashes in the Tour de France and Joaquim Rodriguez’  crash in the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta director Javier Guillen may have had a hard time hiding his satisfaction. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Chad Haga (Giant-Shimano) is one of eight North Americans taking the start at the Vuelta a España Saturday in Jerez de la Frontera. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
A solid contingent of North American riders is heading to the Vuelta a España this weekend, including WorldTour rookies Chad Haga and Lawson Craddock, who both were tipped Tuesday by Giant-Shimano to make their respective grand tour debuts. (velonews.com)

August 19, 2014




Taylor Phinney (BMC) is able to ride again after his USA nationals crash
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Taylor Phinney is still recovering from the injuries he suffered in a horrific crash earlier this year at the US professional championships, and he's only recently started to pedal around again in his team kit. But the BMC rider told reporters on Monday in Colorado that he's already flying – in a Cessna.  (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014





Thomas Voeckler was taken to a hospital in an ambulance after colliding with a car during training before the start of the Tour du Limousin. Photo: AF PHOTO | ERIC ROGER. (velonews.com)
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car. The Frenchman was riding to the start of the opening stage of the Tour du Limousin when he was hit. (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Jens Voigt wears the polka dot jersey as King of the Mountains during Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France. (Photo by Joe Frost).
Bjarne Riis used when talking about Jens Voigt: "Nuts. Reckless. Foolish. Lost it. An ADHD case if ever there was one." (theroar.com.au)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Christopher Horner all-but sealed Vuelta victory on the Algiru last year – but where will this year’s race be won or lost? (Pic: Sirotti).
The season’s final Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana, rolls out of Jerez, Andalucia, on Saturday August 23, with an all-star cast bidding to end the season on a high by bagging the red jersey. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Saturday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 1, a 12.6km Team Time Trial from Jerez de la Frontera to Jerez de la Frontera, gets underway at 7:04pm CET (1:04pm U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Start Order and Times to come.  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 7:00pm CET (1:00pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Mental Stimulation: Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Phil Gaimon and Alex Howes...two of the world's top ranked chillers: the Art and Science of Napping & Reading.  (manualforspeed.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Selle Italia Flite Titanium team edition L1
Dave Caudery / Cycling Plus.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Top comfort from this performance perch." (bikeradar.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: While standard and compact cranks and chainrings are similar in design, they are not compatible.
A compact crank offers a smaller range of chainrings than a standard crank. (bikeradar.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: While the computer boasts “integrated Google Maps,” it’s not quite as good as it sounds.
Pyle PSBCG90 Smart Bicycling Computer in addition to a super long name offers post workout GPS functions, 80 hours of memory for functions like Ghost riders, and ANT+ compatibility, all under $140. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Tradition – and common sense – dictates that you should fuel up before, during and after training rides.
Fasting before riding is a training secret of the pros – so should we all be racking up the kilometers before we hit the Weet-Bix? (cyclist.com.au)

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August 19, 2014




Photo: Should Tinkov get away with it. Tinkov’s made a career from getting away with it.
Smearing rider reputations and even mocking Norwegians about the Utøya massacre in now-deleted tweet, Oleg Tinkov’s funny side is matched by a tendency for provocation and shock. He’s made a career out of it. Could any other team owner get away with this? (inrng.com)

August 19, 2014






Photo: Chris Horner finished second overall at last week's Tour of Utah. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
History has a funny way of repeating itself. Chris Horner returns to the Vuelta a España with outsider status despite blowing everyone off his wheel a year ago. Vincenzo Nibali admitted he underestimated the 42-year-old American last year as Horner made history as the oldest grand tour winner, and it’s looking likely that the world-class field that’s poised to duke it out for the Spanish tour could well make the same mistake. (velonews.com)

August 19, 2014





Ivan Basso (Cannondale) had another chance to practice his english.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Ivan Basso is reportedly the latest Cannondale rider to have signed for a new team according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. In an interview with the Italian newspaper, Basso confirmed the rumors that will ride for a new team in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014





Peter Sagan with fans at the start
Photo: © Susanne Goetze.
With Ivan Basso signed and Michael Rogers extending his contract, Tinkoff-Saxo will turn their attention to bolstering their one-day squad with Edvald Boasson Hagen their next principle transfer target. General Manager Stefano Feltrin confirmed to Cyclingnews that the team had offered the Norwegian a contract for next year, with a potential move creating a mouth-watering prospect of both Boasson Hagen and Peter Sagan racing in the same colors. (cyclingnews.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: USA Pro Challenge defending champion Tejay van Garderen (Getty Images).
Tejay van Garderen is a betting man. From time to time he drops in on Las Vegas, where almost three years ago he held his bachelor party. (sbs.com.au)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Every time we’d hit a low water crossing, which was about every fifteen minutes, the peloton would slam on the brakes.
"The first USCF race I ever entered was one of the very, very few USCF races I ever won. It was February, 1984." (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: A tread-pattern, no matter how subtle, promises more grip than a slick tyre since it increases the surface area of the tyre.
Our intuition tells us that tires with a patterned tread are less likely to be slippery in wet conditions, but is that really the case? Matt Wikstrom looks at the factors that influence the grip of road tires. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Tube shapes play a big role in the aerodynamics of bike frames. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
"Since most carbon fiber frame builders seem to be using kammtail (as modern as the ’71 Chevy Vega!) tubes for aerodynamic purposes, it got me wondering about the relationship between cross-sectional area and shape. Is a modern carbon frame more or less aerodynamic than my 25-year-old steel frame, using round cross sections but with a much smaller area exposed to the wind?" (velonews.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: But my favorite lesson on wheel changes came from Davis Phinney. I believe it was CBS coverage of the ’87 Tour when the 7-Eleven sprinter had a flat.
A bike race is rarely just a single race. Within even a single criterium, there are usually a multitude of races taking place.  If you’ve ever worked as a bike mechanic, yours is a race unto its own. A race mechanic’s job, when done well, is an event that is less transparent than invisible. For all practical purposes, the job of a race mechanic is to correct an event that shouldn’t be allowed to change the outcome of a race. So when done well, a wheel change is a non-event; it’s as if it never happened. (redkiteprayer.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: Production versions will use a black anodized axle.
One of the concerns with moving to thru axles on road bikes is the time consuming process of wheel removal, a legitimate issue in the heat of the peloton or wheel pits in ‘cross. Paul Components looks like it may have a solution with their upcoming quick release thru axle skewers. (bikerumor.com)

August 19, 2014




Photo: The BURD is Gevenalle’s newest edition to their CX 1 and CX 2 systems. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Last year, Retroshift released a rear derailleur designed with cyclocross in mind. That didn’t mean that it helped you get over the barriers quicker than other rear derailleurs, but offered a promise of durability and cost-effective replacement.CXMagazine:

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Photo: Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) won Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge, nipping his good friend and training partner Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp) at the line. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Kiel Reijnen out-sprinted Alex Howes in Aspen to win stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge. The two young Americans — actually close friends in their adopted hometown of Boulder, Colorado — made a daring escape on the final rise into Aspen. They jumped across a small gap to Javier Megias, who made a solo move moments earlier. (velonews.com)

August 18, 2014





The top three overall GC podium in downtown Denver.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Aspen, Colorado resident Tejay van Garderen has been enjoying preparing to defend his title in the USA Pro Challenge, which begins a quick bike ride away from his home, and is hoping to show good form after a much-needed break following the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014





Tom Danielson (Garmin) put in a good ride on today's tough climb
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Garmin-Sharp's Tom Danielson, winner of last week's Tour of Utah and third at the USA Pro Challenge one year ago, said he believes the 2014 route in Colorado gives him the best chance yet for an overall win in his adopted home stage. But he also knows conquering the general classification will be a difficult climb. (cyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

Eneco Tour - Aug 11-17 (Results),

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Results),

Tour de l'Ain - Aug 12-16 (Results),

Vuelta a Burgos - Aug 13-17 (Results),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 14-17 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


August 18, 2014






Photo: Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has fond memories of the Tour of Britain. He won three stages in 2013, including stage 8, the final day in London. Photo: AFP PHOTO | WILL OLIVER.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step officially announced schedule for the remainder of the 2014 season. Mark Cavendish’sCavendish will travel to western France to ride in the Tour du Poitou Charentes August 26-29. (velonews.com)

August 18, 2014




The Tour of Beijing panda poses for a picture with the other Martin, world time trial champion Tony Martin.
Photo: © Bettini.
The Tour of Beijing’s future is currently on the line with the UCI and race organizers currently negotiating over the event’s status. The race was launched in 2011 and is in its final year of an initial four-year contract. The 2014 edition of the race was unveiled last week and the five-day race will be held from October 10-14. (cyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: Keegan Swirbul (Bissell Development Team) is one of the peloton's freshest faces. The 18-year-old took the start of the Pro Challenge in his hometown, Aspen, Colorado. Photo: Matthew Beaudin | VeloNews.com.
Keegan Swirbul. Ringing any bells? When he was 16, he beat Lance Armstrong in a mountain bike race in Aspen, and was hailed as something of a revelation. He’s 18 now. (velonews.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: A quality frame with good provision for mudguards and a rack.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "A comfortable cruiser but it’s underspecced for the money." (bikeradar.com)

August 18, 2014





Photo: The SuperPista Ultimate pump is made in the U.S. and features a variety of new technologies to justify its $445 retail pricing. .
The 7-pound pump is a completely redesigned version of the Silca SuperPista pumps that have been on the market for decades. It retains modified versions of the all-metal presta chuck and leather plunger gasket of the original. (bicycleretailer.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: The frame is all carbon, head set and bottom brackets are moulded in, with the only aluminum being a replaceable derailleur hangar.
The DIVO ST is the baby of former pro Pietro Caucchioli. He knows a thing or two about riding fast – finished 3rd in the Giro back in the 1990′s. Since leaving the pro ranks he’s been working with a couple Italian bike brands and has landed in the US, setting up distribution for AleBikeWear, and pretty soon his own brand of high end carbon racing bikes. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014







Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) won the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
Monday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 1 (Aspen/Snowmass Circuit) departs Aspen at 2:40pm MDT and is expected at the finish at Aspen at around 4:28pm MDT.  USA Pro Challenge live streaming video should get underway at around 2:40pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: According to the Associated Press, George Hincapie confronts his doping in forthcoming book. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Universal Sports Network will present “George Hincapie: The Loyal Lieutenant,” an exclusive, in-depth, personal interview with George Hincapie, this Friday, August 22, at 8 p.m. EDT and PDT. In the one-hour special, the 17-time Tour de France veteran, three-time national road champion, and five-time Olympian offers an insightful account of his esteemed career through an era plagued by performance-enhancing drug use. (velonews.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: Ted King doesn't yet know where he'll be racing in 2015. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com..
American Ted King has not yet signed a contact for the 2015 season. After four seasons racing in Liquigas and Cannondale lime green, the New Englander is seeking a new home as his Italian program closes up shop at the end of the season. (velonews.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: French website Velochrono pointed out that a decade 23 of the first 25 finishers in the Vuelta were Spaniards. Now it’s all so different with an international cast.
The Vuelta a España enjoys a reputation and a privileged status all while being an elusive event. It lacks obvious preparation races to get the audience warmed-up and if it has a rich history a lot of its best stories are not well known just as it lacks obvious focal points, in the collective conciousness of cycling fans there’s no Spanish equivalent of the Stelvio or Tourmalet. (inrng.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: The peloton on stage nineteen of the 2013 Tour of Spain Credit: Graham Watson..
Provisional list of starters for the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, August 23-September 14. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Chris Froome's bid to win another Tour de France ended prematurely last month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Chris Froome is taking on the Vuelta a España with optimism as he looks to erase the disappointment of his early exit from the Tour de France. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Adam Yates wins Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour of Turkey .
Orica-GreenEdge selects British neo-pro Adam Yates for his Grand Tour debut at the end of August. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Jens Voigt will call it a career at this week's USA Pro Challenge. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
As a consumer of the sport, it’s hard to imagine it without Jens Voigt. And yet, very soon, pro cycling will be without one of its biggest characters. (velonews.com)

August 18, 2014




Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
Photo: © Sirotti.
Dutchman apologies to Wynants and team-mates for his actions. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Laura Trott, Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow, track cycling day four .
Newly-crowned Commonwealth Games champion Laura Trott to come up against World and Olympic road race champion Marianne Vos. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 18, 2014




Tim Wellens on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Belgian held off Boom and Dumoulin to secure Eneco Tour victory. (cyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: It uses tiny neodymium magnets to pull the base of the zipper together and position it in perfect, closed alignment.
"OK brands, pay attention. This is the zipper you need on your next generation of cycling jackets. It’s called MagZip and it works with one hand." (bikerumor.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: Built for endurance racing, the bike has been designed to reduce rider fatigue while still promising top level performance.
Eddy Merckx cycles just released details on one of their four new top-tier bikes for 2015, the Mourenx69. The new bike (pronounced MORE-awn) is named for The Cannibal’s massive win at the 17th stage of  the 1969 Tour de France, when he attacked at the top of the Tourmelet to execute a solo breakaway for the final 140km to the finish. (bikerumor.com)

August 18, 2014






Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Saturday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 1, a 12.6km Team Time Trial from Jerez de la Frontera to Jerez de la Frontera, gets underway at 7:04pm CET (1:04pm U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Start Order and Times to come.  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 7:00pm CET (1:00pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Fifteen months after the journalist Paul Kimmage received notification that the fund set up to help him fight former UCI presidents Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid in court had gone missing.
“In my experience I have never seen a guy who flipped off the court as much as Aaron has.” (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke attacks alone on Haytor Rocks
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
“The Panel found that the explanation provided by the rider… did not sufficiently explain the abnormal values obtained from the sample,” a statement on the body’s website said. “Consequently they imposed a two-year period of ineligibility from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015… Mr Tiernan-Locke has not appealed this decision.” (cyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014




Photography by Simon Moody (feature graphic).
It's been a while since we've heard from The Secret Pro but he's found some time to put pen to paper after the Tour de France. In this issue, he talks about the transfer season, team rumors, and other candid thoughts about the pro peloton. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 18, 2014




Photo: Taylor Phinney (BMC) was on hand to provide moral support for his teammates. Still recovering from an injury sustained at national championships, the young rider went out with them for a training ride. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Twelve weeks after a horrible accident at the U.S. national road championship that broke his leg and severed his patella tendon, Taylor Phinney is back in BMC Racing kit, riding with his teammates, at the USA Pro Challenge. (velonews.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: Douglas Ryder, the man behind MTN-Qhubeka.
The first ever African squad to ride a Grand Tour, the Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka, will start the Vuelta this coming Saturday and although they’ve already achieved a lot just by getting to the race, their expectations are still high. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014





Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins Clasica San Sebastian
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alejandro Valverde is still yet to put pen to paper for his new contract with Movistar, with money proving to be one of the sticking points. Valverde would like to stay with the team, but his agent says that they will consider other options. (cyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014




Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) gets his final podium kisses for taking the overall win.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Organizers of the Tour of Alberta announced the provisional roster for the six-day race that starts in Calgary on September 2 and finishes in Edmonton on September 7. Five WorldTour teams will be on the start line. (cyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014




Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) adds another white jersey to his wardrobe
Photo: © ASO/X.Bourgois.
Thibaut Pinot has extended his contract with FDJ.fr until the end of 2016, team manager Marc Madiot told the French newspaper L’Équipe. The team's current sponsorship deal with FDJ also runs until 2016. (cyclingnews.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: Join a Pack.
Some things are complicated—traffic jams, climate change, deciding if a Tour de France winner will still hold his title in five years. These tangled problems demand nuanced solutions. But finding bliss on your bike can be simple and, as these 11 quick fixes illustrate, transforming your cycling life is as straightforward as turning on the faucet every morning. (bicycling.com)

August 18, 2014




Photo: The new pedal first saw duty in 2006, and immediately went to the top of the podium with Fabian Canellara’s first Paris-Roubaix victory.
The professionals of the World Tour ride what they are told to ride. Rare indeed is the component that flourishes on the World Tour because the riders ask for it, and in some cases demand it, but that is exactly how Speedplay pedals arrived and thrived at the pinnacle of the sport. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Will the Protone's compact design beat Giro, Bell and Smith as the most aero-ish road helmet?
New aerodynamic vented helmet developed with Team Sky. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel will be available in blue, grey, pink, and yellow.
The wired headphone/HR monitor is powered through a 3.5 mm gold-plated audio jack thereby circumventing batteries and bulk, and the Stay-Fit Wing design should help prevent it ending up in your spokes. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Tim Wellens on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck took his maiden victory at WorldTour level when he claimed the final stage of the 2014 Eneco Tour. The Belgian attacked from a large group with roughly 30 kilometers remaining and held off both the remnants of the early break and the peloton. (cyclingnews.com)

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Julian Alaphilippe gets a handup
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Alaphilippe triumphs in final stage. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: I gave everything I had to get the victory. I had to try to do it. When I got beaten on the line like this for my last race in Norway, it’s hard...
Thor Hushovd missed out on one final big victory when his brave attack in the final kilometers of the final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway was neutralized by Alexander Kristoff. The retiring Norwegian was hugely disappointed as he desperately wanted the win for himself and his home crowd. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 17, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

Eneco Tour - Aug 11-17 (Results),

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Results),

Tour de l'Ain - Aug 12-16 (Results),

Vuelta a Burgos - Aug 13-17 (Results),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 14-17 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


August 17, 2014




Aleksej Saramotins (IAM), winner of today’s time trial
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo.
Aleksejs Saramotins capped off a successful Vuelta a Burgos for IAM Cycling as he won the final day time trial to make it two wins for the team at the five day stage race. The 32-year-old will enjoy two days of rest at his home in Nice before lining up for the team at the Vuelta a España. (cyclingnews.com)

August 17, 2014




Photo: He is a good rider, we are interested, but he's too expensive.
Wout Poels will not be signing for Bekin according to Belkin manager Richard Plugge. Plugge says he is interested in the man from Limburg who won a stage in the Vuelta a Pais Vasco this year, but insists he is too expensive. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 17, 2014




Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) won the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
Monday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 1 (Aspen/Snowmass Circuit) departs Aspen at 2:40pm MDT and is expected at the finish at Aspen at around 4:28pm MDT.  USA Pro Challenge live streaming video should get underway at around 2:40pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

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Ivan Basso (Cannondale) had another chance to practice his english.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Ivan Basso remained tight-lipped about his 2015 plans Sunday during the pre-race press conference for the upcoming USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. “No, I don't have any news,” Basso replied when asked if he had any announcements about a contract for next year. (cyclingnews.com)

August 17, 2014




Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin)
Photo: © Jean-François Quénet.
Belkin has entered Steven Kruijswijk into the Vuelta a España but the overall winner of the Arctic Race of Norway confirmed that he won't line up for a third consecutive Grand Tour in Jerez de la Frontera on Saturday. Instead, he will rest up for the GP of Québec and Montreal while Robert Gesink, Wilco Kelderman and Laurens ten Dam will ride GC for the Dutch team in Spain. (cyclingnews.com)

August 17, 2014





Katusha team rider Alexander Kristoff of Norway celebrates as he crosses the finish to win the 15th stage over 222km from Tallard to Nimes. Photo: EPA.
Alexander Kristoff caught local favorite Thor Hushovd to win the final stage of the Arctic Tour of Norway. The former world champion had broken away with less than 2 km to go, and looked to be on the was to his final career win, but his landsman caught and passed him with about 100 meters to go. Sam Bennett of NetApp was third on the day. (cyclingnews.com)

August 17, 2014




Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), winner of the Mountains Classification
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo - www.elpedaldefrodo.com.
Nairo Quintana completed an ideal return into competition after winning the Giro d'Italia with another overall success at the Vuelta a Burgos on Sunday. The Colombian rider won the general classification after a second place finish in the final, 12.4km time trial with its short climbs and long straights. (cyclingnews.com)

August 17, 2014






Nairo Quintana (Movistar) signing autographs
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo.
Nairo Quintana secured the overall honors in the Vuelta a Burgos after finishing in second place in the final stage, a 12.45 kilometre time trial in Aranda de Duero. The Giro d’Italia winner finished one second behind stage winner Aleksejs Saramotins, with Imanol Erviti a further second down, over the predominantly flat course. (cyclingnews.com)

August 17, 2014




Photo: It’s been a really hard season for me, with injuries and no results, and I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself. It’s not over yet.
Last year, it took a strong Vuelta a Espana performance and a stint in theleaders jersey for 30 year old Janez Brajkovic to earn a renewal in his contract with Astana. This year, he finds himself in the same position but he is not riding the Vuelta, and he is left wondering what will happen next. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) talks about starting in his home town of Aspen.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Professional cycling is a sport in which there is rarely any mercy: long, torturous stages are a point of pride for most races, and the athletes themselves are expected to take a never-say-die attitude. So it was surprising when the riders called to the pre-race press conference of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge expressed seemingly unanimous support for the relatively short, punchy race, where the average stage length with the 16.1km time trial is only 120km. (cyclingnews.com)

August 17, 2014




Photo: Contador and Froome have taken the traditional response to dropping out of the Tour -- refocusing their skills and efforts on the Vuelta a España.
Think the Tour de France lacked star power? The Vuelta a España has you covered. (podiumcafe.com)

August 17, 2014




Edvald Boasson Hagen gives a lopsided victory salute in 2013
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Edvald Boasson Hagen's agent, Birger Hungerholdt, has told Cyclingnews that the rider’s future should be finalized in the next two to three weeks. It was confirmed last week that the 27-year-old would leave Team Sky at the end of the season, bringing to an end a five-year association with the team.

August 17, 2014




Photo: He turned professional with Garmin-Sharp at the beginning of last season and what struck me while watching the film is that Lachlan didn’t seem to care for the path he’d chosen.
At this time last year Lachlan Morton had won a stage of the Tour of Utah, wore the yellow jersey for two days at the US Pro Challenge and won the Youth Classification for both races at 21 years old. A year later he’s admittedly having "the worst season I've ever had." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 17, 2014




Photo: A bit of practice was needed for the girls who would be pushing the riders off and the riders didn’t mind.
This years Vuelta a España starts in the deep South of the Iberian peninsular; Jerez de la Frontera. In 2010 the heat was on when the team time trial kicked off in Sevilla with temperatures in the 40’s. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 17, 2014




Photo: Since its debut, the Arione has become the racer's go-to throne. With a massive 300mm length and narrow dimensions, it's a superbly easy saddle to shift your weight around on....
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Plenty of comfort on one of the best race saddles around." (bikeradar.com)

August 17, 2014




Photo: What you end up with is a crank that isn’t just shiny, but also has all the details of the wonderful shape intact.
Eric Hayes is the craftsman who polishes our René Herse cranks, locally on the outskirts of Seattle. These days, most bike parts are black, and few in the bike industry still have the skills to polish metal without grinding off too much material, which looks ugly and affects the strength of lightweight parts. (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Photo: Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tim Wellens claimed a pulsating win and the leader’s jersey at the Eneco Tour on Saturday with a courageous ride between Heerlen and Aywaille. The Lotto rider started the day almost a minute down on the overnight leader, Tom Dumoulin, but attacked in the closing stages after an undulating parcours reduced the peloton to less than 30 riders. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: French talent Julian Alaphillippe sprints to final stage victory at the tour de l’Ain. © (stickybottle.com)
Neo-pro Julian Alaphilippe won the final stage of the Tour de l’Ain while Bert-Jan Lindemann just about held on to the overall lead to win the race. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 7 Profile.
Sunday's Eneco Tour Stage 7 departs Riemst at 12:00pm CET (6:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Sittard-Geleen at around 4:18pm CET (10:18am U.S. Eastern).  Eneco Tour live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern).. (cyclingfans.com)

August 16, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Eneco Tour - Aug 11-17 (Stages & Results),

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Stages & Results),

Tour de l'Ain - Aug 12-16 (Stages & Results),

Vuelta a Burgos - Aug 13-17 (Stages & Results),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 14-17 (Stages & Results),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


August 16, 2014




Photo: Roche has previously ridden alongside Contador in many races.
Although Tinkoff Saxo team leader Alberto Contador confirmed in recent days that he will do the Vuelta a España, his team-mate Nicolas Roche has said that he will not take part. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 16, 2014




Photo: Vally and J-Rod are but two of the guys responsible for the Spanish hegemony. - David Ramos.
Quietly as it does every year, August 15 has passed. August 15 is the UCI World Championship deadline. Which brings us to a touchy subject. Math. (podiumcafe.com)

August 16, 2014




Photo: Giant Revolt 1 – make no mistake, it's a weird-looking steed .
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "The Revolt is an excellent all-rounder with comfort built in." (bikeradar.com)

August 16, 2014




Photo: From kids books to pre-teen novels to the reflections of a mature man, cycling books span the decades .
Extracurricular reading for cyclists of all ages - 10 of the best new cycling books, from illustrated children's tales to useful physiology tips to the drama of professional racing. (bikeradar.com)

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Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r)
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo/www.elpedaldefrodo.com.
Lloyd Mondory won stage four of the Vuelta a Burgos from Medina de Pomar to Villarcayo after a perfect leadout from his teammate Sebastien Turgot in the final 300 meters of the stage. (cyclingnews.com)

August 16, 2014




Simon Spilak (Katusha)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Simon Spilak attacked on the closing climb in the third stage of the Arctic Tour of Norway to take the stage win. Steven Kruijswijk went with him to finish second and claim the overall lead. Jonathan Hivert rounded out the Dutch team’s big day by finishing third, 15 seconds down. (cyclingnews.com)

August 16, 2014





Photo: I'm happy. Every day I feel better. The first day I went wrong, but now I do well.
Dan Martin finished second on today’s stage in Tour de l’Ain after the French winner Julian Alaphilippe of Omega Pharma - QuickStep. The placement on the last stage of the race consolidated his third place in the French race after Bert-Jan Lindeman and Romain Bardet. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 16, 2014





Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Sunday's Vuelta a Burgos Stage 5, a 12.45 km Individual Time Trial at Aranda de Duero, gets underway at 12:44pm CET (6:44am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider.  Vuelta a Burgos live streaming video should get underway at around 1:15pm CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Sunday's Arctic Race of Norway Stage 4 departs Tromso at 1:45pm CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Tromso at around 5:45pm CET (11:45am U.S. Eastern).  Arctic Race of Norway live streaming video should get underway at around 4:45pm CET (10:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 16, 2014




Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
The 2014 USA Pro Challenge fires up Monday in Colorado with a circuit race around Aspen and nearby Snowmass Village. Five WorldTour teams are set to compete against four Pro Continental squads and seven Continental outfits over the seven-day race, which concludes next Sunday with a stage from Boulder to Denver. (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: BRECKENRIDGE, CO - AUGUST 20: Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Cannondale Pro Cycling stands on the start line during stage two of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge on August 20, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images).
Here we go again. The rolling spectacle of the USA Pro Challenge will cycle back into Aspen and Snowmass this week for the fourth consecutive year. (aspentimes.com)

August 16, 2014




Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) won the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
Monday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 1 (Aspen/Snowmass Circuit) departs Aspen at 2:40pm MDT and is expected at the finish at Aspen at around 4:28pm MDT.  USA Pro Challenge live streaming video should get underway at around 2:40pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

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Thor Hushovd is making his last appearance in Norway
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Thor Hushovd is getting ready to say goodbye to pro cycling, admitting that “it was difficult to accept that it was time for me". The BMC rider still hopes to be named to the Norwegian world championships team to top off the end of his career. (cyclingnews.com)

August 16, 2014




Photo: Kingsnorth’s most famous recent graduate, Jack Bauer.
If you’re a young racer with dreams of racing in cycling’s heartland you couldn’t do much better than joining up with the Kingsnorth Wheelers, the amateur team set up in Ghent that has helped riders such as Garmin’s Jack Bauer on to great success. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 16, 2014




Photo: Women's winner Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare)
Photo: © Kent Ruby.
An international field assembled at the Tour of Utah where Tom Danielson won the overall title on Sunday in Park City. Earlier in the week, Coryn Rivera triumphed at the first-ever Tour of Utah Women’s Edition. (cyclingnews.com)

August 16, 2014




Kevin and Yvon Ledanois at the Arctic Race
Photo: © Jean-François Quénet.
While Norwegian super talents Oskar Svendsen, Odd Christian Eiking, Sven-Erik Bystrøm and Sindre Lunke were expected to shine at the Arctic Race of Norway ahead of next week's Tour de l’Avenir, it's been the young Frenchman Kevin Ledanois who's drawn the most attention. (cyclingnews.com)

August 16, 2014




Photo: A rather peeved victim of a dumping has taken to Gumtree to sell his bike - along with the girlfriend who he says ‘took him for a ride’.
Bitter man selling bike he’s used twice - and offers to throw in his ex for those who ‘feel like being taken for a ride’. (road.cc)

August 16, 2014




Photo: Katie Compton’s new Trek Boone carbon cyclocross bike with an IsoSpeed decoupler. photo: Trek.
If your view of an ideal cyclocross course is either the fast-paced, dry course of CrossVegas or an endless bog of deep muddy pits where you can run your tubular tire pressures almost laughably low, you might cringe at the idea of a suspension anywhere on a cyclocross bike. (cxmagazine.com)

August 16, 2014




Photo: © archikitchen.wordpress.com... On a steep descent: “I tightened my wheel skewer, right?
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Janez Brajkovic is still searching for the race-winning form that he enjoyed a few years ago. Photo: Andrew Hood | VeloNews.com.
“I really miss those American races, the American mentality. I like staying in the States, doing California, Colorado, Utah. I love those races. That’s me. I miss those RadioShack days.” (velonews.com)

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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the Patersberg Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Dumoulin moves into the overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Tomorrow the race heads to the other Ardennes, the Wallonian ones, and will finish atop the also-very-famous Cote de la Redoute..
BMC's Greg Van Avermaet took his first classic-style win since 2011 and Giant-Shimano's Tom Dumoulin moved into the overall lead at the ENECO Tour following today's bumpy stage around the Flemish Ardennes. (podiumcafe.com)

August 15, 2014






Photo: Having been part of the early break, Lindeman took the biggest win of his career when he held off a fierce pursuit by Bardet in the Tour de l’Ain queen stage.
Bert-Jan Lindeman proved that he deserves to return to the WorldTour when he took a fantastic solo win in the queen stage of the Tour de l’Ain. Having been part of the early break, he held off a fierce pursuit by defending champion Romain Bardet to take the biggest victory of his career and take over the leader’s jersey with just one stage remaining. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) wins the Tour de Wallonie Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Gianni Meersman is ready to fight for his leader’s jersey on the penultimate stage of the Tour de l’Ain. Meersman holds a 16 second lead over his teammate Julian Alaphilippe, after winning two stages, but will face his first big test on stage three. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Looking at the start list, the Vuelta is the number one Grand Tour this year.
The team has already taken one Grand Tour this year, namely Nairo Quintana’s Giro d’Italia win, and also clocked up a fourth place finish in the Tour de France via Alejandro Valverde. Sights have turned to the upcoming Vuelta a España and, according to directeur sportif José Luis Arrieta, both riders are at the level of form necessary to chase overall victory. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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2014 Races & Results.

Eneco Tour - Aug 11-17 (Stages & Results),

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Stages & Results),

Tour de l'Ain - Aug 12-16 (Stages & Results),

Vuelta a Burgos - Aug 13-17 (Stages),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 14-17 (Stages),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


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Photo: Stage 6 Profile.
Saturday's Eneco Tour Stage 6 departs Heerlen at 12:15pm CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at La Redoute (Aywaille) at around 4:47pm CET (10:47am U.S. Eastern). Eneco Tour live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Each passing day brings a Cannondale rider signing for new team. Yesterday saw Fabio Sabatini heading off to OPQS for 2015.
The end of one team is problem for the sport as a whole because it suggests a shortage of teams for 2015, notably 17 teams chasing 18 spots in the World Tour. (inrng.com)

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins stage 15. Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Hushvold second, Nordhaug retains leaders jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

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Dayer Quintana (Movistar) rolls to the stage 2 start line Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nairo Quintana soloed to victory on the Queen stage of the Vuelta a Burgos. Quintana dropped all his rivals in the final kilometers to take his first victory since winning the Giro d’Italia and moved into the race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: In the final kilometer when Quintana attacked, I could not follow him immediately but I tried to come back to him...
Daniel Moreno proved that he is reaching his usual good late-season condition when he finished second behind Nairo Quintana in the Vuelta a Burgos queen stage. The Katusha leader was pleased with his performance as he could almost keep up with the Giro champion. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), back in Europe after some months working in Colombia. He did a good job today setting up Lobato for the sprint. Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo/www.elpedaldefrodo.com.
For Nairo Quintana, the 2014 season has been the biggest of his career. In May, he became the first Colombian winner of the Giro d’Italia and is now building up for a tilt at the Vuelta a España title. Since joining Movistar in 2012, Quintana has enjoyed a steep progression through cycling and now the challenge is to stay there.

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Photo: They’re called la Marea Naranja, or the orange tide, and they come in their hordes to cheer their heroes.
The Basque region’s relationship with cycling is almost cinematic. It begins with panoramic views of the curving beach in Donostia. It cuts to urban vignettes in Bilbao, then lush but rugged, green hills dotted with tiny villages. It all looks so charmingly simple and inviting. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Jens’ team-issued Madone 7 Series is a chrome-colored vision.
Voigt is one of a kind. Sadly, it appears Jens may actually be serious about retiring. To commemorate Trek has given the big German a custom bike and custom kit for the upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Saturday's Vuelta a Burgos Stage 4 departs Medina de Pomar at 11:21am CET (5:21am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Villarcayo at around 2:43pm CET (8:43am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta a Burgos live streaming video should get underway at around 1:15pm CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern).). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Saturday's Arctic Race of Norway Stage 3 departs Alta at 12:00pm CET (6:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Kvænangsfjellet at around 3:43pm CET (9:43am U.S. Eastern).  Arctic Race of Norway live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) celebrates stage 2 victory in the wet Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Zdenek Stybar should be allowed to leave hospital this weekend, according to his team manager Patrick Lefevere. (cyclingnews.com)

August 15, 2014




Photo: Even UCI WorldTour professionals have to cram into a passenger van to get around town at the races. Photo: Phil Gaimon.
I’m writing from a sofa at 9,000 feet in Snowmass, Colorado, where Garmin-Sharp and a handful of other (less cool) teams, are staying between the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. Everything’s a little weird at altitude. (velonews.com)

August 15, 2014




Photo: A screenshot shows Kayle Leogrande in a YouTube video ad by Ford for its 2015 Mustang..
Ford Motor Co. recently released a new YouTube video for its 2015 Mustang that features Kayle Leogrande, who served a two-year suspension for doping during his racing career, indirectly leading to the downfall of American sports icon Lance Armstrong. (businessinsider.com)

August 15, 2014




Photo: perspective on those races and looks ahead to the remainder of what has been a big season.
"It would be amazing to win the U23 world championships and I’ll certainly do my best to get into good climbing form ahead of it. But if I had to call it now I’d say it’s probably just a little too hard for me." (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Dan Martin has taken advantage of a tough, wet and cold day in the mountains in France to test himself and show some good form (Photo: Stefano Sirotti).
Ireland’s Dan Martin has taken his best result for months today when he finished third on stage 3 of the Tour L’Ain in France.

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Photo: Will this become a common sight at the Tour de France in future years? Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
"Is it frustrating that you are the most elite bike racers in the world and there’s an advanced technology that exists that you’re not allowed to use?" (velonews.com)

August 15, 2014




Photo: There is no question that the Specialized, Cervelos, Giants and Cannondales of the world market excellent bicycles but there are still glorious alternatives.
With dedicated computer programs and specialized apps many cyclists today obsessively track the miles and hours spent on our machines, machines themselves usually designed and often fabricated using computers. Most of those bicycles, generally carbon and generally black, are indistinguishable to look at and, in spite of a panoply of brand names and models, originate in one of only a handful of huge Asian factories. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 15, 2014




Photo: It has never been a better time to be the client of a steel frame builder.
We’re in a true golden age of frame building. The skill level of even garage builders is stunning, higher than much stuff sold commercially back in the 1970s. The veterans are turning out work the belies a care for craft that has nothing to do with commerce and everything to do with integrity. And there are the young Turks bent on making a mark. (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: We really like the look of this new disc version, the 20.
The Genesis Equilibrium has found a place in the crusty heart of many a British roadie, admired for its cheerful versatility and retro styling. (bikeradar.com)

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Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) celebrates his stage win
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Nacer Bouhanni avoided a late crash to take victory on stage 2 of the Eneco Tour. The Frenchman out sprinted Luka Mezgec by a bike’s length with Giacomo NizzoloFactory Racing) taking third. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The last three climbs are all roughly 6km apart, so if you want to pair up, any combination will do.
The race starts in Geraardsbergen, which is a good way to get people excited and an even better way to guarantee a crowd at the finish. Also media. Nothing makes cycling journalists happier than knowing they don't have to drive 200km to handle their duties at the startline and finish. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Friday's Eneco Tour Stage 5 departs Geraardsbergen at 12:35pm CET (6:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Geraardsbergen at around 4:23pm CET (10:23am U.S. Eastern).  Eneco Tour live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider maintains overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) won the overall 2014 Paris-Nice
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Carlos Betancur says that he is still undecided about his future after it was announced earlier this month that he had reached an agreement to end his contract with AG2R-La Mondiale. (cyclingnews.com)

August 14, 2014




Johnny Hoogerland joins the team in Corsica
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Having announced that it had secured a two-year sponsorship deal with Roompot, the planned Orange Cycling team has revealed its first signing for 2015. Team manager Michael Boogerd made the announcement on Wednesday that former Dutch champion Johhny Hoogerland would be joining the team. (cyclingnews.com)

August 14, 2014




Photo: Yet another contender if you’re looking for a comfort-orientated road bike .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Speedy, comfortable and stable – a pleasure to spend some long hours with." (bikeradar.com)

August 14, 2014




Photo: 100 percent natural Vermont maple syrup, which according to the Indiegogo page is packed with vital minerals such an potassium, manganese, iron, calcium, and zinc; essential vitamins; a variety of critical amino acids; and antioxidants that help with proper recovery...
Ted King has never been shy about his love for Maple Syrup. Born and bred on the east coast of the United States, King has collaborated with Slope Side Syrup to produce portable maple syrup. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Each pair is hand built in San Diego, CA and includes special edition Pavé cleats.
Available with either a Stainless or Titanium spindle Pavé pedals retail for $339 or $499 respectively. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: At its heart, this is the same bike that’s won four Paris-Roubaix titles..
Full credit to Specialized. The gigantic — and often polarizing — U.S. bike maker deserves much of the credit for spawning the endurance bike genre that now dominates the consumer road bike market. (roadbikereview.com)

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Lars petter Nordhaug (Belkin) in the rain
Photo: © Jean-François Quénet.
Belkin rider takes the early race lead on home soil. (cyclingnews.com)

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Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) timed his sprint perfectly to win stage 2
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Italy's Matteo Pelucchi won the high-speed sprint that decided stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos to Villadiego. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 2 Profile.
Friday's Arctic Race of Norway Stage 2 departs Honningsvag at 12:45pm CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Alta at around 5:44pm CET (11:44am U.S. Eastern).  Arctic Race of Norway live streaming video should get underway at around 3:45pm CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Friday's Vuelta a Burgos Stage 3 departs Comarca Pinares (Comunero de Revenga) at 11:47am CET (5:47am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Lagunas de Neila at around 4:13pm CET (10:13am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta a Burgos live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 14, 2014




Eric Marcotte (Smartstop) takes the Awbrey Butte stage win
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Despite an effort among USA Cycling and some US-based teams to persuade all National Racing Calendar events to step up to the UCI level next year, only one current race appears willing to make the move, and another will step down from the NRC altogether. (cyclingnews.com)

August 14, 2014




Photo: My mind was in a state of trance as I stood metres away from the finish line watching the race take shape.
Custom Point-“The Race is all about India and its ‘customs’ and it’s from this ‘point’ where it all began.” (velocrushindia.com)

August 14, 2014




Photo: The Felt Z3 was comfortably at home on the rough roads north of Boulder, Colorado..
What it lacks in wow factor it makes up for with top-tier performance. (roadbikereview.com)

August 14, 2014




Photo: Colnago began working with carbon in 1986 when it collaborated with Ferrari to develop a concept bike.
Colnago is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an update to the company's flagship frameset. The C60 replaces the C59 with a revised tubeset and a few other refinements. The result continues Colnago’s reputation for a beautiful bike that offers a classic ride. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 14, 2014




Photo: Four Brit bikes, four different materials, which one of the offerings from Dolan, Forme, Genesis or Condor come up best?
Did you know that aluminium frames have a harsh ride? Titanium frames are soft and whippy? Steel frames go soft with age but have a nicer ride quality? Queen Elizabeth is a kingpin of the international drug trade? All of the above statements are false? (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 14, 2014




Photo: Frame kits start at $1,799, and complete bikes range from $2,599 for a 105 built, to $5,999 for Dura Ace Di2 with Campagnolo builds on the way..
Greg LeMond has finally taken the wraps off their newest bike – the Washoe. Getting back to steel, the frames are all hand made, painted, and assembled here in the USA. (bikerumor.com)

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Zdenek Stybar receives medical treatment after a crash
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Zdenek Stybar was left battered and bruised and out of the 2014 Eneco Tour after being the victim of a high-speed crash in sight of the line in Ardooie at the end of the fourth stage. (cyclingnews.com)

August 14, 2014






Alberto Contador announces that he will ride the Vuelta a Espana despite fracturing his tibia at the Tour de France
Photo: © Alberto Contador.
Alberto Contador has announced that he will ride this year's Vuelta a Espana, The two-time champion released a surprise video message confirming that he would be on the start line of the Vuelta a Espana on August 23 in Jerez de le Frontera. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Cipollini briefly returned to the sport with the Rock Racing team in 2008.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport the retired rider, who was the world’s top sprinter for many years, was taken to the hospital in Lucca after a car hit him while he was on his bike. The driver was turning and didn’t see the rider, who reportedly has injuries to his knee and the quadriceps tendon. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 14, 2014





Kirsten Wild (Liv-Shimano) wins
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Lichtenberg hangs on to overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

August 14, 2014




Photo: VeloNews will update this list as teams confirm their final rosters.
Teams designated with an asterix (*) have confirmed rosters. (velonews.com)

August 14, 2014




Photo: Scott create even their endurance models with race elements and the rear stays immediately catch the attention when first looking at the Solace 15...
The Scott Solace exists in both women's and men's models. It's a model designed to be fast, with comfort elements, allowing the infrequent weekend rider to progress into the occasional weekday morning, and even through to riding every morning. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Added comfort, little weight gain.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Quirky looks, but the perfect post if comfort is your goal." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The Niner ROS 9 Plus IMBA LTD Edition..
Niner is building nine special edition ROS 9 Plus bikes to be auctioned for IMBA this month. The custom-painted singlespeeds are valued at more than $4,500 each; 100 percent of the auction proceeds will go to IMBA. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: Tom Dumoulin (Giant - Shimano)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Stybar ousted from race lead by Boom. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Doug Report...
Thursday's Eneco Tour Stage 4 departs Koksijde at 12:10pm CET (6:10am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Ardooie at around 4:22pm CET (10:22am U.S. Eastern).  Eneco Tour live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 13, 2014




Photo: Sky – which is expected to include Wiggins in his lineup after the team confirmed he would not do the Vuelta a España...
The Sky team of defending champion Bradley Wiggins plus seven other WorldTour teams have been confirmed for next month’s Tour of Britain, which begins in Liverpool on Sunday 7 September and finishes eight days later in central London. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 13, 2014





Photo: Obviously Colorado is a little bit more difficult race to win because of the shallower climbs, so I'm not taking anything for granted.
Tom Danielson managed to repeat his last year’s success to win the Tour of Utah for a second consecutive season, but the Garmin-Sharp rider admitted that a title defense was nothing like a walk in a part for him due to increased pressure and more demanding route. After defying all odds, however, the 36-year old American aims to continue in the same line in another stage race held on his home soil, the USA Pro Challenge. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 13, 2014





Marcel Kittel and Alexander Kristoff meet again in Norway
Photo: © Jean-François Quénet.
When Marcel Kittel and Alexander Kristoff last saw each other, they were fighting elbow to elbow on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, but today they were reunited for a coffee in a traditional Sami hut ahead of the Arctic Race of Norway. (cyclingnews.com)

August 13, 2014




Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)
Photo: © Ruta de Sol a Sol.
Having ridden with Team Sky since its 2010 debut season, Edvald Boasson Hagen has announced that will not renew his contract with the team according to an interview with procycling.no. (cyclingnews.com)

August 13, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) won stage 10 and moved back into yellow.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Italian national team coach Davide Cassani has confirmed that his squad for the world championships in Ponferrada will be built around Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali. (cyclingnews.com)

August 13, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Eneco Tour - Aug 11-17 (Stages & Results),

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Stages & Results),

Tour de l'Ain - Aug 12-16 (Stages & Results),

Vuelta a Burgos - Aug 13-17 (Stages),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 14-17 (Stages),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


August 13, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome rides on after crashing during Stage 4 of the Tour de France (Getty Images).
As he prepares for the Vuelta a Espana, Chris Froome has spoken for the first time about the crash that ended his Tour de France defense, and how he believes it may benefit Sky in the long run. (sbs.com.au)

August 13, 2014




Photo: New developments in power meters are providing valuable data into pedalling technique and efficiency ...
Pedalling efficiency is something that people are starting to talk about more and more now there are a number of power meters out there that can measure both left and right leg power, such as the Pioneer power meter or Garmin Vector. Is this something that we should be worried about in our training? (bikeradar.com)

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Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar Team)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Movistar man beats Dani Moreno in uphill finish. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: As Cavendish chose not to contest his comeback sprint, Kreder exploited the opportunity to take his second victory of the season.
Raymond Kreder grabbed a rare chance to be the lead sprinter when he won today’s first road stage of the Tour de l’Ain. While Mark Cavendish decided to ride in support of his Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammate Gianni Meersman, the Dutchman beat the FDJ stagiaire Marc Sarreau. A third place was enough for Meersman to defend his overall lead. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Thursday's Arctic Race of Norway Stage 1 departs Hammerfest at 12:45pm CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Nordkapp (North Cape) at around 5:46pm CET (11:46am U.S. Eastern).  Arctic Race of Norway live streaming video should get underway at around 3:45pm CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Thursday's Vuelta a Burgos Stage 2 departs Briviesca at 12:39pm CET (6:39am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Villadiego at around 4:15pm CET (10:15am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta a Burgos live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: My goal is to build a new, modern team, based on new technologies, new nutrition programmes, new recovery programmes, new training methods, and data coaching.
By a highly anticipated arrival of Peter Sagan to Tinkoff-Saxo announced last week, team owner Oleg Tinkov confirmed his never hidden ambitions to build the best squad in the discipline. The Russian oligarch and cycling enthusiast acknowledged, however, that realization of this plan requires more professional approach than just filling a roster with stars thanks to impressive budget. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 13, 2014




This week's Vuelta a Burgos is Nairo Quintana's first race since he won the Giro d'Italia in May. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The 24-year-old Colombian has one of the best poker faces in the peloton, but the Movistar rider was clearly happy to be back in the peloton. “I’ve been training hard at home. It’s nice to see your family and friends, but I am ready to race again,” Quintana said as he sat down on a sofa. “I have a lot of big goals for the second half of the season.” (velonews.com)

August 13, 2014




Mark Cavendish giving a wave to fans
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Mark Cavendish made his return to racing on Tuesday evening with a solid 9th-place finish in the prologue of the Tour de l’Ain, which was dominated by his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, who filled the top four places as Gianni Meersman won the 4.6km test in Saint-Amour. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: I still managed to break a tooth on the 14-tooth cog, followed shortly thereafter by the tooth right next to it…
"I installed the alloy Recon 11-28 cassette despite it’s warnings that weight savings come at the expense of durability. But at just 120g, it was worth a shot, so I tested it for a couple hundred miles split evenly between a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and SRAM Red 22 group." (bikerumor.com)

August 13, 2014




Photo: Choose breads that have a low glycaemic index so your blood sugar level remains constant throughout the afternoon – good choices include rye, spelt, wholemeal and multi-seeded varieties of breads or bagels.
Six nutrition packed lunches to fuel an afternoon’s training. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Hey – isn’t that…? Yeah yeah it is – Jim Ochowicz- standing beside the guy in the camo vest!
The world – and cycling – lost one of the greats with Robin William’s passing this week. The comedic giant was also a big cyclist, who often turned up under unexpected circumstances at cycling events to ride along with the crowd. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 13, 2014




Photo: 2013 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec champion Robert Gesink (Belkin)
Photo: © Oran Kelly / PhotoSport International.
The Belkin team has confirmed that it has retained the services of Grand Tour riders Robert Gesink, Wilco Kelderman and Steven Kruijswijk for 2015 and 2016 as it looks to build for the future after securing backing from the Dutch national lottery, De Lotto, and Brandloyalty. (cyclingnews.com)

August 13, 2014




2014 Euskadi team
Photo: © Fundación Ciclista Euskadi.
The Spanish Continental team Euskadi will line up at the Vuelta a Burgos this week for what will be the last stage race in its 22 year history. (cyclingnews.com)

August 13, 2014




Photo: Are rim brakes' days numbered? The industry agrees that it's only a matter of time before discs become standard on road bikes. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
Geoff Brown: “I think the technology is absolutely, 100-percent correct. It works, it’s proven, it’s great. It’s just not an appropriate technology for this application, not for our kind of bicycle racing.” (velonews.com)

August 13, 2014




Photo: In these days of 11-speed groupsets, it’s easy to assume that you have the option of 22 different gears to ease your journey up hills and down dales.
When it comes to gear selection does it makes a difference if you choose big ring/big sprocket or small ring/small sprocket if the gear ratio remains the same? (cyclist.com.au)

August 13, 2014




Photo: MSRP: $339 with stainless steel spindle; $499 with titanium spindle; $ 49 for Pavé cleats..
The Zero Pavé Pedal System has a patented, minimalist design built specifically to handle the conditions of the cobbled classics. The company said the pedals will also be useful for participants in gravel grinder races and similar events. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: The Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 was bar none one of the best looking bikes in the test..
Ultra thin seat post, unique seat tube shape highlight this rough road tamer. (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: The Nitrogen is Argon 18′s new aero chassis.
You’re likely to see more of Argon 18 next year after the firm signed a deal to become the co-sponsor of the ProContinental-registered NetApp-Endura team which made its Tour de France debut in July, to be known at Bora-Argon 18 in 2015. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Photo: A 100g saddle this comfy is seriously impressive – but only a select few will be able to afford it .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Featherweight, fantastically comfortable but so, so pricey." (bikeradar.com)

August 13, 2014




Photo: The Kinetic Z-Rollers feature adjustable fit, precision-machined aluminum 3.5-inch x 14.7-inch drums, premium bearings, and ergonomic knobs.
Kinetic Trainers' 2015 model line will include its first rollers, plus the brand's first bike accessories that are unrelated to its stationary trainer products — a water bottle cage and a seat bag. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: He’s gone from crutches to a cane to standard walking; he’s transitioned from flying on his bike to doing the same in the skies.
BMC Racing Team rider continuing recovery after brutal crash in US pro road championships. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Stage winner Giorgia Bronzini on the podium
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
Lichtenberg maintains race lead. (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Nys, who was second at cyclo-cross worlds last year, won the race in 2013 while wearing the world champion jersey.
Dutch rider Lars Van der Haar and Belgium’s Sven Nys, the top two ranked cyclo-cross racers in the world at the end of the 2013-14 calendar year, will start their cyclo-cross seasons at CrossVegas held on September 10 in Nevada. (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: In a dominant performance by Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Meersman defended last year’s win in the Tour de l’Ain prologue when he beat his teammates Alaphilippe, Serry and Uran to make it an OPQS 1-2-3-4. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
For the second year in a row, Gianni Meersman won the Tour de l’Ain prologue when he led a dominant showing by his Omega Pharma-Quick Step on the short 4.6km course. With Julian Alaphilippe, Pieter Serry and Rigoberto Uran occupying 2th to 4th place, the Belgian team made it a rare 1-2-3-4 in the opener of the mountainous French race. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Czech national champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took a wet and wild stage 2 sprint at the Eneco Tour, moving into the overall lead. Photo by Tim de Waele..
Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Zdenek Stybar, the overall winner of the 2013 Eneco Tour, won stage 2 of this year’s race Tuesday, taking a wet field sprint ahead of Lars Boom. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Doug Report...
Wednesday's Eneco Tour Stage 3, a 9.6km Individual Time Trial from Breda to Breda, gets underway with the departure of the first rider, Evan Huffman, at 1:50pm CET (7:50am U.S. Eastern).  Start Order and Times here.  Eneco Tour live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Rigoberto Uran in second makes it another Colombian on the podium at the Giro d'Italia
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Tour de l’Ain is set to attract more attention than usual when the 26th edition of the five-day stage race kicks off with a 4.6km prologue time trial in the Jura town of St Amour on Tuesday evening. (cyclingnews.com)

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Thumbs up for John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Giant-Shimano team has revealed its 13-rider long list for the Vuelta a España, with the team set to focus on sprint wins with Germany's John Degenkolb and target the overall classification and mountain stages with Warren Barguil. (cyclingnews.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

Eneco Tour - Aug 11-17 (Stages & Results),

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Stages & Results),

Tour de l'Ain - Aug 12-16 (Stages & Results),

Vuelta a Burgos - Aug 13-17 (Stages),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 14-17 (Stages),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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


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Photo: I don’t want to call it a season because I’ve done well at the Giro...
Third overall in this year’s Giro d’Italia, Fabio Aru is aiming high once again in the Vuelta a España, where he will co-captain the Astana team with Paolo Tiralongo. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: According to doctor Toon Claes I have to take into account a recovery period of two months after the operation. If it only depends on the collarbone fracture I will be on the bike after about three weeks...
Having crash hard in training a little more than a week ago, Frederik Willems is finally ready to undergo surgery. The Belgian will be have a plate inserted tomorrow and isn't expected to return to racing in 2014. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Adam Blythe (NFTO) is the day's winner
Photo: © Peter Goding.
After spending just over half a season on the British domestic scene, Adam Blythe hopes that his recent victory at RideLondon Classic will be enough to help him make the step back up to WorldTour level. (cyclingnews.com)

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Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov and manager Bjarne Riis were thrilled with Majka's stage win
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Oleg Tinkov is convinced that Peter Sagan can win his first major Classic after building a strong team to support the talented Slovakian in 2015 when he begins racing with Tinkoff-Saxo. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Chris Froome's stage 4 crash derailed his Tour de France ambitions, but he's already looking ahead to the Vuelta a España and 2015. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Chris Froome said that pulling out of the 2014 Tour de France was “one of the hardest things I have ever done.” (velonews.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Wednesday's Vuelta a Burgos Stage 1 departs Burgos at 12:42pm CET (6:42am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Burgos/El Castillo at around 4:15pm CET (10:15am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta a Burgos live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Imagine the precedent! Every time someone falls off his or her bicycle in a race, it’s potentially a criminal offense.
"I deal with so many batshit crazy ideas, behaviors, and occurrences on a daily basis that it’s refreshing when I run across one that isn’t mine." (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Ivan Basso got in the breakaway on stage 4 of the Tour of Utah, but he struggled to find his high-altitude form during the week-long race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
"I want to ride more, with different goals, but I still want to ride well for a few more years. But after that I want to start a new career like a neo-pro; I think I’d be good [at] that; I know I could do something nice for one team, but it’s not important what I say, it’s important that I show it. Start again from the low level, and go up." (velonews.com)

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Photo: So in short a selector from a large or well-ranked country can pick up to 14 riders and race nine on the day as long as they’re ranked somewhere.
Qualifying for the World Championships road race is a complicated task. Each nation is offered a quota of places and it’s up to the national team selectors to pick the individual riders to suit their goals. The quota is based on the UCI rankings due out on Friday. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Owain in TT mode.
There are a lot of new, young riders coming up through the ranks, just like the Yates brothers. The next could be Welshman Owain Doull, he already rides for the Irish Continental team: An Post-Chain Reaction and has a string of top results in his palmarés. The next generation. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Team Belkin presented
Photo: © Susanne Goetze.
Dutch Holiday company Roompot Vakanties will decide this week whether they will sponsor WorldTour team Belkin or new Pro Continental team Orange Cycling. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Watteam claims its Powerbeat system is compatible with carbon cranks ...
Cheapest direct measure power meter yet. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Aesthetically, the removal of the bottom bracket ring makes for a much cleaner overall look to the Pioneer setup. .
Pioneer’s first power meter set a new standard for on bike pedal stroke analysis, but for 2014 the whole system has been thoroughly re-engineered and re-envisioned, coming out with loads of improvements and features. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The first morning, I tried all kinds of small roads, often merely two tracks of asphalt with grass in the middle.
"I rode before breakfast. I left at the crack of dawn. Captain Cook is on the western slopes of Mauna Loa, one of the two big volcanoes on the island. Apart from the highway that circles the island, most roads switchback either up or down." (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Photo: Having your chain come off mid-ride is a bit of a nuisance, and getting it back on, for the fingers of clumsy folk, can be a fairly hairy procedure...
Struggled to get your chain back on after it has fallen off? Always manage to make a mess of yourself too? Kaye Patton gives us five easy steps to get you back on your way. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: The new S-Works TT helmet (US$TBC / AU$399.95 / UK£TBC) is effectively what was previously known as the S-Works + McLaren TT helmet.
There's a huge range of new stuff from Specialized for 2015. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Thursday's Arctic Race of Norway Stage 1 departs Hammerfest at 12:45pm CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Nordkapp (North Cape) at around 5:46pm CET (11:46am U.S. Eastern).  Arctic Race of Norway live streaming video should get underway at around 3:45pm CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Williams was a customer of City Cycle in San Francisco and Bike Effect in Santa Monica.
It’s hard to find a record of a cycling charity auction that didn’t include a bike from Williams. In addition to Trips for Kids, he donated bikes for the Davis Phinney Foundation, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Children’s Cancer Foundation and more. (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: Rivera took the win at the inaugural women's race at the Tour of Utah. (Photo by Dan Munson).
American cyclist is paving the way to women’s equality in racing, one win at a time. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins leads the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic peloton up Shere Hill...
Wiggins – who returned to road racing action at the RideLondon Surrey Classic on Sunday, having returned to the track to win a silver medal in the men’s team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games – won last year’s national tour to enter the world time trial championships on a high. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Enrico Barbin (Bardiani - CSF)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Bardiani-CSF have announced that its rider Enrico Barbin was hit by a car while training on roads near his home. The 24-year-old Italian fell on his face and was seriously injured enough to be hospitalized by the incident. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Meredith Miller and Allen Krughoff have started their own team for the 2014/2015 cyclocross season. Several other domestic pros are taking this approach, organizing and managing their own teams. Photo: Allen Krughoff.
Jeremy Powers recently announced the formation of Aspire Racing. Also, several domestic professionals have taken it upon themselves to start their own teams for the coming season, resulting in new squads with small but focused rosters. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Determining which tire pressure to use is mostly a trial-and-error process. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com.
"A wider tire will not have a larger contact patch if it is run at the same pressure as a skinnier tire. (That’s why I specified that the rider was using lower pressure with the wider tire.) A tire inflated to 100psi sitting on a flat, smooth surface and holding up 100 pounds of weight will have one square inch of contact with the surface. If the tire is wider, the contact patch will be wider and shorter, but its area will be the same as that of the longer, narrower contact patch of the skinnier tire." (velonews.com)

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Photo: Do I have opinions on pocket organisation? Are you kidding me...
Don’t just shove ride items in your jersey pockets at random. There’s a subtle art to perfect pocket packing. (cyclist.com.au)

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Photo: Alongside the trucks several mechanics were working on bikes, cleaning and prepping for future races.
A service course is used as a central location to house every conceivable item a team needs throughout the season, including team trucks, buses, cars, spare kit and assorted equipment, while also serving as the control centre for the entire team’s operations. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: The Scott Solace 20 was a stable, but not overly aggressive descender.
Unique frame design yields supremely comfortable bike. (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: Secure, fair weather performance...
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Your precious phone is safe in here – but using it adequately may prove too challenging for some." (bikeradar.com)

August 12, 2014




Photo: The usual assortment of allen keys, wrenches, and the obligatory bottle opener is complemented by a Brooks Saddle spanner.
The craftsmen at Brooks turned to their famously loyal customers to design the a new multitool, and after input from over 700 people, are now unveiling the 21 piece MT21 Multitool. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Defending Arctic Race of Norway champion Thor Hushovd will compete in his country's race for the final time when the BMC Racing Team begins the race Thursday...
One year after winning the inaugural edition of the race, Thor Hushovd returns to the Arctic Race of Norway as the defending champion. The Norwegian will lead a five-rider BMC team in a race that has become significantly harder. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Danil o Napolitano (Wanty) and Andrea Guardini (Astana) Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Astana sprinter times it perfectly in Terneuzen. (cyclingnews.com)

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Tom Danielson (Garmin) wins another Tour of Utah Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Tom Danielson found himself in the familiar position of overall winner again this year at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. But the Garmin-Sharp team leader said on Sunday that this year's win was nothing like his triumph in the same race in 2013. (cyclingnews.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Stages & Results),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).


August 11, 2014





Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) reflects on third place Photo: © Sirotti. (cyclingquotes.com)
Tom Boonen begins his build-up to the world championships road race when he returns to competitive action at the Eneco Tour on Monday. He hasn’t raced since he finished third at the Belgian championships in June, having opted to forgo the Tour de France in order to focus on the Worlds. (cyclingnews.com)

August 11, 2014




Nairo Quintana enjoys his national anthem with his child on the podium Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nairo Quintana will race for the first time since winning the Giro d’Italia in May, as he looks to defend his Vuelta a Burgos title. The Colombian will lead Movistar at the race, which begins on Wednesday. (cyclingnews.com)

August 11, 2014




Photo: CrankPump will ensure that you have at least a single co2 cartridge, inflator, and tire levers when you get a flat.
Designed to only work with Shimano Hollowtech II cranksets, CrankPump actually replaces the plastic preload bolt that is included with the cranks. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: The one-piece mainframe is a cunning bit of composite trickery .
BikeRadar verdict: 2.5 out of 5 stars. "Charismatic looks and comfort, but also flex and clearance concerns that would be disappointing at half the price." (bikeradar.com)

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Tuesday's Eneco Tour Stage 2 departs Waalwijk at 12:30pm CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Heusden at around 4:35pm CET (10:35am U.S. Eastern).  Eneco Tour live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 11, 2014




Photo: Unlike the Bosch system, the BionX does have a throttle, so once you’ve started pedaling and have it running, you can just hold the throttle and scoot along with no effort of your own.
Have you noticed there’s been a growing mention of electrically motorized bicycles lately? That’s because they’re coming, whether our domestic infrastructure is ready or not. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Lucas Euser followed Jens Voigt on the first break of the day, which turned out to be somewhat disrupted. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
German Jens Voigt downplayed comments made by American Lucas Euser after Saturday’s sixth stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, saying that words exchanged between them in the day’s breakaway were made “in the heat of the race.” (velonews.com)

August 11, 2014




Tom Danielson (Garmin) congratulates Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie) on taking the KOM jersey this week Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Hincapie Sportswear's Joey Rosskopf took a major step in his cycling career this week at the Tour of Utah, surviving as one of the last protagonists on stage 2 and finishing second to 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans during the queen stage that finished at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. (cyclingnews.com)

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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) Photo: © Prudential RideLondon.
Bradley Wiggins will not ride the Vuelta a España. Team Manager Dave Brailsford told the BBC at RideLondon this weekend that Wiggins will instead defend his Tour of Britain title in September. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Domenico Pozzovivo finished fifth at the Giro d'Italia this year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
With Pozzovivo’s exit, Ag2r will have to count on the wildly inconsistent Carlos Betancur, who has not raced since Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April. (velonews.com)

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Didi the Devil and Robert Gesink on stage 8 Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Gesink underwent heart surgery in April because of an arrhythmia which began to occur in 2008. "According to the doctors, this disease affects one person out of 20 and is not dangerous," explained the Belkin rider. "The arrhythmia also doesn't occurs very often, about once a year. But I decided to undergo an ablation because, as a cyclist, it's never good in the head if you know something wrong can happen." (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Today’s stage, I really wasn’t affected by [the chest infection]. It stayed dry all day, so I had the best legs today; I didn’t seem to be affected by the breathing at all. Today was the first day I felt normal,...
For the second year in a row, Chris Horner finished second behind Tom Danielson in the Tour of Utah. Having come into the race with a bit of illness, the American was pleased to finally have recovered for the final day of the race. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 11, 2014




Photo: Jeremy Powers' Aspire Racing team kit Photo: © Jeremy Powers.
US Cyclo-cross champion Jeremy Powers has created his own cyclo-cross team for the 2014-2015 season. The project, to be called Aspire Racing, will be a team of one for the first year with an aim to grow into the country's first UCI-registered professional cyclo-cross team. (cyclingnews.com)

August 11, 2014




Photo: Can't get a ride like this in on a lunch break? Make the most of a stationary bike workout instead .
While long rides are critical to building endurance, efficiency and confidence, you don’t have to put in double-figure distances to reap those benefits. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Putting the Jamis Xenith Endura Elite through its paces on the roads west of Boulder, Colorado..
True gravel grinder that can do double duty as capable commuter. (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Wednesday's Vuelta a Burgos Stage 1 departs Burgos at 12:42pm CET (6:42am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Burgos/El Castillo at around 4:15pm CET (10:15am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta a Burgos live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 11, 2014




Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Thursday's Arctic Race of Norway Stage 1 departs Hammerfest at 12:45pm CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Nordkapp (North Cape) at around 5:46pm CET (11:46am U.S. Eastern).  Arctic Race of Norway live streaming video should get underway at around 3:45pm CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Australian debuts with BMC after unique mid-season departure from Garmin-Sharp.
Rohan Dennis will make his debut with BMC Racing at the Eneco Tour today after embarking on a rare mid-season transfer from Garmin-Sharp earlier this month. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 11, 2014




Photo: Lawson Craddock was third overall at the Amgen Tour of California and won the Best Young Rider jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Lawson Craddock might be a neo-pro, but he’s been knocking around European races since he was 15 years old. Now 22, he’s no bright-eyed kid thrown to the wolves. His experiences racing with USA Cycling’s U23 team, as well as with the Bontrager and Trek-LiveStrong development teams, are already paying dividends in his rookie pro season. (velonews.com)

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Photo: In a market where the choice of custom clothing is seemingly growing all the time the folks at Verge have certainly put their best foot forward with the Carrera.
One look at the modern day pro peloton shows an abundance of skinsuits being used during standard road stages. What was unthinkable just a few years ago is now commonplace as riders look for the latest edge in aerodynamics and comfort. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Tyler Hamilton, who had to return Olympic gold medal due to doping charges, has taken his anti-PED message as far away as South Africa.
Hamilton came clean, admitted his doping sins and wrote a book ('The Secret Race'), and now spends his time speaking to youth groups around the globe, trying to educate them about the consequences of cheating in sports. (nydailynews.com)

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Photo: A week ago I competed in my second Commonwealth Games.
"The doctor said I could have come down with a mild case of gastro. In a village of 7000 athletes, most of whom had finished competing, hygiene may not have been at the top of everyone’s agenda." (chloehosking.wordpress.com)

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Photo: The 24 year-old is the first Polish rider to win his home stage race since it became part of the UCI WorldTour in 2005.
Rafal Majka jumped up to 12th in the individual rankings of the UCI WorldTour after winning the Tour de Pologne stage race with a determined ride in the final time trial stage in Krakow. (bikeworldnews.com)

August 11, 2014




Photo: Vos had told me I should look out for her rainbow stripes on the road.
"From the Tower of London to the east - where 200,000 and counting red ceramic poppies currently 'flow' into the moat to commemorate those soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War - to Westminster in the west - where last week ArtAngel, a stunning beam of light stretching vertically into the heavens every night, also commemorated the centenary of the Great War." (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

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Photo: Current groupsets now provide up to 22 gear combinations produced by two front chainrings and 11 rear cogs.
There is more to the gearing on your bike than simply the size of your big ring. To get the most out of your gears, it serves to pay attention to the gear ratios produced by the combination of the chainrings with the rear cassette and tailoring them to suit your riding needs. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: The Tioga Spyder Stratum saddle looks like some sort of modern torture device but it's actually quite comfortable - in the right conditions .
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Crazy looks, comfy feel." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Page by Matt Lloyd - bicycle-accident-image The number of bicyclists and other cyclists killed in crashes involving motor vehicles rose 9 percent in 2011, the National Highway ...© www.myinjurycase.com
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Making an impressive comeback, Evans took his second win in a row in the final hard mountain stage of the Tour of Utah; Danielson stayed with his rivals and won the race for the second consecutive year...
One day after his win in the queen stage, Cadel Evans delivered another excellent performance in the final mountain stage of the Tour of Utah to take his second win in a row. Having been dropped on the final climb, he bridged the gap to the front quartet on the descent, recovered for a few kilometres and launched a perfectly timed sprint to hold off Wilco Kelderman and Winner Anacona. Tom Danielson  rolled in at the back of the group to secure the overall victory for the second year in a row. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: While Cardoso beat Vigano and Shilov in the traditional bunch sprint in Lisbon, Veloso finished safely in the bunch to win the race overall. © www.associacaociclismolisboa.com
Manuel Cardoso finally took his elusive stage victory when he won the final stage of the Volta a Portugal that finished with its traditional bunch sprint in Lisbon. Gustavo Cesar Veloso finished safely in the bunch to win the overall race ahead of Rui Sousa and his teammate Delio Fernandez. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Michael Valgren (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Tinkoff-Saxo.
Michael Valgren has won the Tour of Denmark after an 13-rider attack on the finishing circuits in Frederiksberg shuffled the overall classification. (cyclingnews.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

La Route de France - Aug 10-Aug 16 (Stages & Results),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).


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Photo: Actually, it’s not a disappointment. Cadel was the only one to beat me. It would have been awesome to win; it would have been unbelievable. But I’m super pleased...
For the second time in this year's Tour of Utah, American youngster Joseph Rosskopf underlined that he is a man for the future when he nearly beat Cadel Evans in a direct battle on the final climb of the queen stage. Launching a strong attack in the finale, he had the 2011 Tour champion on his limits but the veteran Australian managed to strike back and relegate his rival to second. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Chris Horner (Lampre-Marida) and Tom Danielson (Garmin) come in just after the leaders.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Officials eliminated Lampre-Merida's Andrea Palini, Cannondale's Juraj Sagan and Drapac's Darren Lapthorne from the race as well as team directors Carlo Guardascone of Lampre-Merida, Mattias Michelusi of Cannondale and Jonathan Breekveldt of Drapac. Each of the teams also lost their second team vehicle from the race caravan for the rest of the week. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: I'm gonna blow your mind here; my name is actually James. © cameronpiper.com
"Kiel Reijnen's answers to our sometimes sub-excellent questions were, without fail, brilliant and insightful." (manualforspeed.com)

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Photo: Doug Report...
Monday's Eneco Tour Stage 1 departs Terneuzen at 12:10pm CET (6:10am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Terneuzen at around 4:31pm CET (10:31am U.S. Eastern).  Eneco Tour live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Adam Blythe celebrates victory on The Mall (pic: Jon Buckle/Prudential RideLondon).
Adam Blythe (NFTO) proved that he deserves to return to the WorldTour when he won a very hard and selective edition of the RideLondon Classic. The Brit made it into an elite five-man group that sprinted for the win on the Mall in London and here he showed an amazing kick to hold off Ben Swift and Julian Alaphilippe to take the biggest win of his career. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) wins the elite women's cross country World Cup in Windham
Photo: © Rob Jones.
Catharine Pendrel won the elite women's cross country race at the Windham, New York round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday afternoon. Pendrel finished ahead of Tanja Zakelj and Annika Langvad.

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Giro d'Italia stage 6 winner Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma Lotto) on the podium.
Photo: © Sirotti.
The tough luck continues for Jelly Belly-Maxxis rider Matthew Lloyd, who was struck by a car August 7 while walking to dinner in Cedar City, Utah, and is recovering at a hospital in St. George. (cyclingnews.com)

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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in yellow on the Champs-Élysées
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Vincenzo Nibali celebrated his Tour de France victory with his CanNibali fan club in Mastromarco on Saturday, the Tuscan village where he raced as a Junior and Under 23 rider after moving from his family home in Sicily. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: If it’s famous as testing ground for pro cyclists the reality on a Sunday morning is that it’s one of the most popular cycling routes in Italy with cyclists of all shapes and sizes tackling its slopes.
Most climbs are famous for racing but there are few exceptions where a mountain is better known as a training location. You might think of Mont Teide or the Col de la Madone And here is one of Italy’s asphalt gymnasiums. (inrng.com)

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Photo: this modern looking carbon frame has been impressing everywhere from time trials to fast commutes and interval sessions.
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Well built, top performing evolution of the humble road bike that shows discs aren't just for commuters." (road.cc)

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Photo: Page by Matt Lloyd - bicycle-accident-image The number of bicyclists and other cyclists killed in crashes involving motor vehicles rose 9 percent in 2011, the National Highway ...© www.myinjurycase.com
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Doug Report...
Two riders had been away for most of the stage before Lichtenberg and eight other riders bridged up in the latter stages. Lichtenberg then attacked solo with roughly 20km to go, building up an advantage and finishing 29 seconds clear of solo chaser Alena Amialiusik. (cyclingnews.com)

August 10, 2014




Photo: Annalisa Schmad at the grave of her late husband Johannes Draaijer in Sondel in the Netherlands.
Johannes Draaijer was a Dutch cyclist. He won two stages of the Peace Race in 1987 and one stage of the Vuelta a Murcia in 1989. On February 27, 1990, Draaijer died in his sleep of a heart blockage, just a few days after a race. It is widely presumed, though not proven, that his death was caused by the use of the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO). (independent.ie)

August 10, 2014




Photo: La Vuelta here I come... Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) says he'll be ready to defend his title. (AAP).
"Because of the time I lose against the clock, I need to make it up in the mountains. And I love the Vuelta because there's a lot of space for climbers. I love Spain. I love the atmosphere. I'm looking forward to be there again. It's going to be spectacular. I'm excited." (sbs.com.au)

August 10, 2014




The Tour of Beijing passes Tiananmen Square.
Photo: © Bettini.
The 2014 Tour of Beijing will feature “the toughest parcours in the short history of the event," with the first stage of the this year’s race starting in the mountains north of Beijing and introducing the riders to climbing right from the get-go. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Bigham was the first woman off the Columbine climb, and won by a 51-minute margin. Photo courtesy Leadville Race Series.
U.S. national cross-country champion Todd Wells and British marathon champion Sally Bigham were crowned winners of the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race Saturday. (velonews.com)

August 10, 2014





Photo: Pozzovivo animated mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia, eventually finishing fifth overall.
According to Italian media, Domenico Pozzivivo crashed heavily during a training ride and was quickly taken to nearest hospital, where medical examination revealed a fractures of right fibula and tibia. In such circumstances, it seems very unlikely that the tiny Italian will return to racing this season. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 10, 2014




Photo: The way Rafal performed during the Tour coming out of a Giro shows that it’s realistic to aim for podiums in Grand Tours,
Sixth place claimed by Rafał Majka in the Giro d’Italia general classification, even though respectful, was regarded as a slight disappointment by the rider himself as well as in his home country. However, there was no need to wait too long for a breakthrough performance of the 24-year old Tinkoff-Saxo climber and stage successes at the 101st edition of the Tour de France visibly changed a mentality of the young Pole, fully releasing his already established potential. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: I was really happy with how I was going in Glasgow.
Rising star Tom Moses added to his rising stock at the start of a busy period for the young Englishman at the Commonwealth Games. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Photo: Cadel Evans wins Stage 6 in Snowbird. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com4 .
Rosskopf surprises with second, Danielson keeps race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Race leader Veloso virtually sealed the overall win in the Volta a Portugal by taking a dominant victory in the time trial on the penultimate day, beating prologue winner De La Parte by 55 seconds...
Gustavo Cesar Veloso left no doubt about his superiority in the Volta a Portugal when he crushed the opposition in the time trial on the penultimate day of the race. The Spaniard beat prologue winner Victor De La Parte by a 55 seconds and increased his overall lead over Rui Sousa massively in the process. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 9, 2014




Andrea Guardini (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini.
Andrea Guardini took his second sprint victory at the Tour of Denmark on Saturday morning, winning the 100km road stage from Nyborg to Odense. The riders face a 15km afternoon time trial in Middelfart, with Sunday's final stage over 175km between Kalundborg-Frederiksberg. (cyclingnews.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: Past world road champion Philippe Gilbert headlines the BMC Racing Team's five-man roster and stagiaires Luke Davison and Loic Vliegen make their debut in Sunday's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic...
Having had to abandon the Clasica San Sebastian due to illness, Philippe Gilbert makes his return to competition in tomorrow's Ride London Classic. He leads a young BMC team that is likely to ride in support of Sebastian Lander in case of a sprint finish. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 9, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages & Results),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Results),

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).


August 9, 2014




Photo: Mike Friedman led Optum in the chase to set up Eric Young's big sprint win. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Dubbed America’s “toughest stage race,” the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah has the reputation for being a climbers’ paradise. So, it was curious when Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies announced its team roster for the seven-day race — a squad that includes sprinters Eric Young and Brad Huff, as well as thicker men like Mike Friedman and Tom Soladay for a course that features over 57,000 feet of elevation gain. (velonews.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: The 2015 S-Works Allez Di2 (US$TBC / AU$9,9999 / £TBC). We can't lie, we want one. Sure, it's borderline ridiculous for an alloy bike, but we think that's why it appeals so much .
Specialized's core road range covers everything outside of performance-focused carbon road race bikes. Specialized has put plenty of effort into these ‘everyday’ bike ranges; the price-conscious Allez and flat-bar Sirrus ranges both receive some significant changes, and will join the the all-new Diverge model. (bikeradar.com)

August 9, 2014





Photo: More info and links to come.
Sunday's Tour of Portugal Stage 10 live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm local (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingquotes.com)

August 9, 2014






Photo: Tour of Utah Stage 6 Profile.
Saturday's Tour of Utah Stage 6 departs Salt Lake City at 10:50am MDT and is expected at the finish at Snowbird at around 3:45pm MDT.  Tour of Utah live streaming video should get underway at around 10:45am MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

August 9, 2014






Photo: Doug Report...
Monday's Eneco Tour Stage 1 departs Terneuzen at 12:10pm CET (6:10am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Terneuzen at around 4:31pm CET (10:31am U.S. Eastern).  Eneco Tour live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Rafal Majka (Tinkoff - Saxo) wins the Tour of Poland
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Rafal Majka, who won the final classification of the Tour of Poland after the last time trial in Krakow on Saturday, could be a Grand Tour contender in the future, say his sports directors and the race organizers. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Vandewalle took the biggest win of his career by beating Malori in the final time trial of the Tour de Pologne; Majka did the TT of his life to win the race overall...
Kristof Vandewalle confirmed that he is getting closer to the best time triallists in the world when he narrowly beat Adriano Malori in the final time trial of the Tour de Pologne. Rafal Majka did the time trial of his life to finish 13th and hold off Ion Izagirre by just 8 seconds in the battle for the overall win in the WorldTour race. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 9, 2014





Giorgia Bronzini extended Wiggle-Honda’s unbeaten record in the Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix as she sprinted to victory on The Mall this evening.
Photo: © (cyclingweekly.co.uk).
Giorgia Bronzini used her sprinting speed and experience to beat Marianne Vos and win the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix women's race on the Mall in the center of London. (cyclingnews.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge) in the break
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Christian Meier is set to take the lead in the unofficial ranking of days raced during the 2014 season when he rides the Prudential RideLondon Classic on Sunday. The Canadian will have a total of 82 days of racing on Sunday, most of them at WorldTour events including the recent Tour de France, which he rode after a last minute call-up. (cyclingnews.com)

August 9, 2014





Photo: 2013 sees the inaugural edition of this event and they have attracted an impressive field that includes the following UCI ProTeams.
The 2014 Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic is being held Sunday, August 10. Live streaming video: 1:45pm BST (2:45pm CET - 8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: Philadelphia could host the biggest women's cycling event in the Americas next year....
Mayor Michael Nutter’s low profile trip to France last week could lead to the top women's cycling race in the Americas coming to Philadelphia next year, according to a key member of the traveling delegation. (bizjournals.com)

August 9, 2014






Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) has revised his plans to simply finishing the Tour
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
After finishing third during Thursday's stage four summit finish at the Tour of Utah, Lampre-Merida's Chris Horner said he saw positive signs he is recovering from a chest infection that he picked up before the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: Page by Matt Lloyd - bicycle-accident-image The number of bicyclists and other cyclists killed in crashes involving motor vehicles rose 9 percent in 2011, the National Highway ...© www.myinjurycase.com
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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No time to zip the jersey for stage winner Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp)
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Rohan Dennis will make his official debut with the BMC team at the Eneco Tour on Monday August 11, following his mid-season transfer from Garmin-Sharp. (cyclingnews.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: The awesomeness of this event is the feeling of comradery amongst the participants.
Tandems pose several challenges over singles. First, you must ride as a team. You cannot ride against each other or you will lose fluidity and power. The Stoker vs the Driver, must learn how to relax and ride without the normal sensations of steering and seeing down the road. (303cycling.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: Dutch superstar Marianne Vos.
Dutch superstar Marianne Vos returns to British soil this weekend for the Prudential RideLondon 2014, where she will take part in the Women's Grand Prix on Saturday and the amateur Surrey 100 sportive on Sunday. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

August 9, 2014




Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the attack in the final lap.
Photo: © Tour de Pologne.
Rafal Majka will start the final time trial at the Tour of Poland on Saturday with a narrow lead of just 18 seconds on his main rival Ion Izagirre. The final stage is on flat 25km course in the center of Krakow. (cyclingnews.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: I actually won the British Junior TT Championships in 2010! But yes, it has been a long time since those days and a lot has happened in between.
AN Post Chain Reaction’s Irishman, Conor Dunne at over two meters tall and racing aggressively heis a hard man to miss on his green XXLarge Vitus. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 9, 2014




Matti Breschel (Tinkoff - Saxo)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
The Tinkoff-Saxo team has continued its series of rider announcements for 2015 by confirming that Danish Classics rider Matti Breschel will stay with the team for a further season and play a key role in supporting team captain Peter Sagan in the spring Classics. (cyclingnews.com)

August 9, 2014




Photo: German soldiers in a pre-war training exercise with bicycles – apparently the Germans opted not to use the bicycle in place of cavalry during the August 1914 invasion of Belgium and France.
On the late morning of 28 June, 1914, the 12th Tour de France began in Paris. The riders likely would not have known that 1,836km away, in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo, the heir of the Austrian Empire has just been assassinated, precipitating the start of World War 1. The race, like much of life in Europe on that warm summer morning, went on. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Eric Young delivered perfection today after a victory in stage 5 of the Tour of Utah..
Although he relied on his team’s firepower to control the race, Young was mostly on his own in the final sprint. He kept his cool as the pace fluctuated in the long, straight final drag, to jump at just the right moment and claim his fourth major victory of 2014. (velonews.com)

August 8, 2014






Photo: In a tough uphill sprint, Shilov showed immense power to take his first professional victory in dominant fashion; despite working as a lead-out man in the finale, Veloso retained his overall lead... © ccckolarze.blogspot.com
Sergey Shilov showed exceptional power and great sprinting skills to win today’s stage 8 in the Volta a Portugal in an uphill sprint. Having positioned himself perfectly on the Samuel Caldeira’s wheel, he powered clear of his rivals to hold off Caldeira and Manuel Cardoso by a convincing margin. Despite working as a lead-out man in the finale, Gustavo Cesar Veloso defended his overall lead on the eve of the time trial. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © (cyclingquotes.com).
Breschel makes it Tinkoff-Saxo 1-2. (cyclingnews.com)

August 8, 2014






Photo: Tom Danielson stayed consistent on the Powder Mountain summit finish to win the stage and take the race lead. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Tom Danielson doesn’t like the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. He loves it. The precipitous climbs at altitude found in the Wasatch Range are tailor-made for the Garmin-Sharp rider’s lungs-on-legs physique, as highlighted by his dominance of stage 4 in which he took the victory by 57 seconds and moved into the yellow leader’s jersey. (velonews.com)

August 8, 2014





Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) going for the stage win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The outline of Ryder Hesjedal emerged at the front of the peloton on Thursday at the Tour of Poland, as Garmin-Sharp's leader wanted to make his presence felt on his comeback to competition. On the hilltop finish in Strbske Pleso (Slovakia) he finished 16th in a group of 25 riders that was led home by Rafal Majka. (cyclingnews.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: Marianne Vos has dominated so far in 2014, winning the Giro Rosa and La Course by Le Tour de France, among many other notable races. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix will host a strong field of 100 riders for the women’s criterium in central London Saturday, including reigning world champion Marianne Vos.

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Photo: ENECO TOUR / STAGE 5 / TERNEUZEN-NIEUWEGEIN / 27/08/2007 / PELOTON / GROUPE / PACK / SFEER / ILLUSTRATIE / ILLUSTRATION / AMBIANCE / WINDMOLEN / WINDMILL / PHOTO LUC CLAESSEN / ISOSPORT .
With four stages in the Netherlands and three in Belgium, the race will cover much of the lowlands area over its week long duration, taking in a variety of terrain on the way. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 8, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Stages & Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages & Results),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).


August 8, 2014




Photo: The S3 gets a makeover with comfort in mind.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Superb update makes this pedigree aero machine a little more forgiving to ride." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: More info and links to come.
Saturday's Tour of Portugal Stage 9 live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm local (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingquotes.com)

August 8, 2014






Photo: Tour of Utah Stage 5 Profile.
Friday's Tour of Utah Stage 5 departs Evanston at 11:20am MDT and is expected at the finish at Kamas at around 3:45pm MDT.  Tour of Utah live streaming video should get underway at around 11:15am MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Rafal Majka attacks to win stage six of the 2014 Tour of Poland . © (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
Rafal Majka has underlined his status as the best climber in this year’s Tour de Pologne by taking a huge solo win in the final mountain stage of the race, adding to the victory he took in yesterday’s stage 5. The local hero attacked a select front group on the steepest section of the final climb and held off the Movistar duo of Benat Intxausti and Ion Izagirre by 10 seconds to take both the stage win and the overall lead on the eve of the decisive time trial. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 8, 2014






The green jersey winner of 2014, Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tinkoff-Saxo finally officially announced that it has signed Peter Sagan for three years. The rider and team “have the shared ambition of further strengthening the team and taking the career of the three-time green jersey winner to an even higher level.” (cyclingnews.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: Last year reporter, blogger and Twitter pundit Felix Lowe rode from Barcelona to Rome as part of a cycling tour designed to copy Hannibal’s attempted march to Rome and he’s now telling the tale in print..
Several books in one. Primarily a bicycling travelogue, it also explores history from Hannibal in the Alps to Chris Horner in the Pyrenees. It’s amusing and readable. (inrng.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: With many big names taken our of this years Tour de France, it has given the Vuelta a Espana an unexpected boost in big names attending.
British Eurosport to show live coverage of Vuelta from August 23rd and the Tour of Britain kicking off on September 7th. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 8, 2014




Philip Deignan (Team Sky) at the finish
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Philip Deignan has been a professional since 2005 and he might have found his best balance and position within cycling this year, his first with Team Sky. (cyclingnews.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: If you prefer to capture unusual angles, Klamp is offering a number of unique mounts for their arms..
Each Klamp arm has 8 different pivot points and will be offered in versions that are compatible with everything from GoPro to Garmin mounts.

August 8, 2014





Photo: Swiss Side is a new wheel company based in, wait for it… Switzerland.
Following the customer direct business model, Swiss Side claims to offer the same quality and performance as the big brands at less than half the price. The Gotthard wheelset is its top of the range low profile aluminium clincher. At 27mm deep and 1,520g with rim tape, the wheels are hand built in Taiwan with Sapim bladed aero spokes, and feature Swiss Side’s proprietary hubs. (bikeradar.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: Matcha + Lemons is available in a 20 serving resealable bag for $19.50.
Sold on the hydrating performance of skratch Labs Exercise Hydration mix but need a little pick me up to get you through your workout?  Then the new Matcha + Lemons flavor might be the perfect answer to your nutrition needs. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Stage 7 Profile...
Saturday's Tour de Pologne Stage 7, a 25km Individual Time Trial from Krakow to Krakow, gets underway at around 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider.  Tour de Pologne live streaming video should get underway at around 5:15pm CET (11:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Alberto Contador, leader of Tinkoff-Saxo, tells that he has known about the signing of Sagan for a while.
Tinkoff-Saxo and Peter Sagan have signed a 3-year contract with the shared ambition of further strengthening the squad and becoming a dominant team in most of the races during the season. (tinkoffsaxo.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: Retired roadie Dave Zabriskie will race the Leadville Trail 100 on Saturday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
What’s a former yellow jersey wearer to do after he’s unpinned his road racing numbers? Race the Leadville Trail 100. (velonews.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: Tejay Van Garderen on stage fourteen of the 2014 Tour de France .
Colorado local to face tough competition in mountainous 'home' race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 8, 2014




Photo: He finished 17th overall in the Tour de France but recovery from the illness which dogged him there plus improving sensations in the Tour of Utah – where he finished third on stage four – have given Chris Horner encouragement.
American veteran believes he can step up a level from his 2014 Tour de France campaign. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 8, 2014




Photo: He is, after all, not just at home on the couch. He is beginning to cycle a little...
Following on from some claims that Alberto Contador was seen training on climbs near Lugano at the end of July, just two weeks after he fractured his tibia in the Tour de France, Tinkoff Saxo manager Bjarne Riis said Friday that there is still a chance that the rider could compete in the Vuelta a España. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 8, 2014




Photo: The tour is the final event on the UCI WorldTour calendar and will run from the 10-14 of October starting in Chongli and finishing at Bird’s Nest Stadium. .
Tour of Beijing organizers have dubbed the route for the 2014 event as the hardest yet with a bolstered queen stage featuring in the four-day race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 8, 2014




Photo: Ultegra Di2 W/R785: $2,290, 2,813g [as tested] (Jonathan Pushnik).
No hyperbole—Shimano's R785 hydraulic braking system and Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting will change the way you ride. (bicycling.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: Another nice metric with the Pioneer is that of pedalling efficiency (upper right), calculated as the ratio of positive tangential force (force at 90° to the crank’s position that is actually usefully turning the crank) versus total force. Perfection with no wasted power would be 100%, and improving this efficiency helps in actually laying more power onto the road.
Pioneer introduced their first power meter in late 2013 and now after working with Belkin Pro Cycling have thoroughly re-engineered and re-envisioned the system, coming out with many improvements to the power meter and a brand new smaller but more feature-packed computer. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: the new Garmin is big—almost as large as my iPhone, in fact. Garmin bumped up the screen size from 2.7 to 3.0 inches. They also increased the screen resolution.
"Where do we start? How about this: The Edge 1000 promises to be the most fully-functioned cyclocomputer on the market. If that sounds like just-so-much marketing drivel, I’d understand, but really, the laundry list of what this thing is capable of is staggering–almost overwhelming, to be honest." (bikemag.com)

August 8, 2014




Photo: Specialized Diverge Expert Carbon 2015 .
Gravel road bike with performance edge. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The Louis Garneau P-09 features a wealth of improvements over the Vorttice .
Refined aero helmet from Canada. (bikeradar.com)

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Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) soloed across the line to take the stage win and race lead at Powder Mountain. Photo: Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. (velonews.com)
Defending champion Tom Danielson soloed to the stage victory and a definitive race lead on the race's first major summit finish atop Powder Mountain. (cyclingnews.com)

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Andrea Guardini (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini.
Cort retains overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Having launched a long-distance attack on the mighty Torre mountain, Rui Sousa tried to take it all in the Volta a Portugal queen stage; he took the stage but Veloso fought hard to retain his leader’s jersey... © radiogeice.com
Rui Sousa made up for a disappointing start to the Volta a Portugal when he won today’s queen stage in impressive solo fashion, riding away from everyone else on the iconic Torre mountain. Behind the lone leader, Gustavo Veloso fought hard to defend his overall lead and by finishing fourth he retained his position at the top of the leaderboard, even gaining important time on Luis Leon Sanchez who dropped out of GC contention. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: Wilco Kelderman, riding in the best young rider's jersey and sitting fourth overall at the Criterium du Dauphine. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Tour of Utah is about to explode. The mountains, for which the seven-day race is so famous, are looming large. One mountain, in particular: Powder Mountain. Stage 4 will finish atop the climb that’s never been used before at the Utah race, but which has been described as a beast. (velonews.com)

August 7, 2014





Jempy Drucker (Wanty - Groupe Gobert) in the leader's jersey at the Tour of Luxembourg
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Jempy Drucker has became the latest signing for BMC with the 27-year-old Luxembourger joining the team on a multi-year contract from 2015. Drucker has spent the last three seasons racing at Pro-Continental level and is riding for the Wanty - Groupe Gobert team in 2014. (cyclingnews.com)

August 7, 2014




Jure Kocjan (SmartStop) goes into stage 4 holding onto yellow
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Even after two second-place finishes and a day in the yellow jersey, the upstart SmartStop US Continental team is still fighting for respect at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. A bit of argy-bargy directed at race leader Jure Kocjan in the final sprint Wednesday during stage 3 raised the hackles of Kocjan, along with directors Michael Creed and Gord Fraser. (cyclingnews.com)

August 7, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Stages & Results),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages & Results),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),

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

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

La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),

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

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).


August 7, 2014




Photo: I’m really looking forward to Sunday and to being back on the road with Team Sky. I always enjoy competing in front of home fans and have great memories of riding this route at the Olympics...
After his track campaign at the Commonwealth Games, Bradley Wiggins will return to the road on Sunday when he lines up at the Ride London Classic. One day later Geraint Thomas and Edvald Boasson Hagen leads Team Sky in the Eneco Tour. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: The 4.3 disc uses the same 400 series frame as the 4.5, but drops the drivetrain down to 11 speed 105 with TRP Hy/Rd hydraulic brakes. The wheels are also a bit lower spec, but are still tubeless ready with Centerlock hubs. You can pick up a disc equipped 4.3 for $2629.99..
With Trek World US all wrapped up, we have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for 2015. Like many manufacturers, well will see bigger tires, more disc brakes, thru axles on a few road bikes, and renewed growth in the touring category which seems to blur the line between gravel and touring at this point. (bikerumor.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: The Supersix Evo range has dropped further in price, with the Shimano 105 11 speed starting point costing £1499.99. The full carbon frame also has Shimano RS11 wheels and FSA Gossamer Pro chainset with 52/36 rings .
Expanded, better value road and cyclocross range from Cannondale in 2015. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The full range includes road and mountain bike wheels, with rim depths from 25 to 75 mmm..
Xentis-USA is now offering the complete line of Xentis carbon wheels in the U.S. The wheels are hand-made in Austria. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: Ram's head Mick Davis.
Irish artist finds a new lease of life for dead tires. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: More info and links to come.
Friday's Tour of Portugal Stage 8 live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm local (11:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Tour of Utah Stage 4 Profile.
Thursday's Tour of Utah Stage 4 departs Ogden at 11:10am MDT and is expected at the finish at Powder Mountain at around 3:45pm MDT.  Tour of Utah live streaming video should get underway at around 11:05am MDT.. (cyclingfans.com)

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Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) rides to a stage 14 win in the mountains.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
After his impressive double stage wins in the Tour de France, and the mountains classification jersey, Rafal Majka carried the weight of his home nation in the Tour of Poland, but despite the enormous pressure the Tinkoff-Saxo rider came good on the first day in the mountains, to win stage 5 from Movistar duo Beñat Intxausti and Ion Izagirre. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Doug Report...
Tinkoff-Saxo team owner critical of the Biological Passport after Kreuziger case. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Joe Dombrowski said he used to experience power loss and foot numbness when riding hard. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Two years ago, he was the next big thing, a young climbing ace. He signed a deal with Sky and there was a feeling of good things waiting for Joe Dombrowksi, a gifted ascender and a nice guy. It was just a matter of time. (velonews.com)

August 7, 2014




The Tinkoff Saxo team and owner Oleg Tinkov
Photo: © Alberto Contador.
Saxo Bank has announced that it will remain as a sponsor of the Tinkoff-Saxo team in 2015. After serving as title sponsor since 2009, the Danish bank agreed to stay on as a sponsor following Oleg Tinkov’s purchase of the squad last December, and on Thursday it confirmed that its involvement will continue for another season. (cyclingnews.com)

August 7, 2014




Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Davide Rebellin, who will turn 42 on Friday, is confident that the door of cycling's top division can re-open after his doping suspension in 2009. “I want to show it's possible to win big races aged 43." (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins on Stage 5 of the 2014 Tirreno Adriatico .
The 34-year-old becomes the first Tour de France champion to race in Britain's Olympic cycling legacy event.. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 7, 2014




The 2013 NetApp-Endura team jersey
Photo: © Team NetApp.
Team NetApp-Endura will have a new name with new sponsors in the coming season, with some new riders coming in as well, but it hopes to carry over one thing from this year – a wildcard invitation to the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: The trash talking, the quotes, the bumps and inevitable bruises...
Mercurial. Temperamental. Fast. Above all, fast. Sprinters. They’re the men who ride for the chaotic and desperate finishes, with speeding leadout trains, 90-degree turns near the finish, jostling and head butting. Pandemonium, in another word. (velonews.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: How Eric Marcotte Won US Pro Road Championships: Part 2.
By the numbers, Eric’s normalized power was 372W. (cyclingillustrated.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: It’ll mount to any crank arm -carbon, alloy, old, new, whatever.
Nothing gives power to the people like a power meter that’ll fit any crankset and costs a fraction of competing units. That’s just what Watteam has done, surging to market with their new PowerBeat power meters. (bikerumor.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: The headset and stem (providing you slam it) are semi-integrated into the top tube/head tube junction.
BikeRadar verdict:4 out of 5 stars. "Braking niggles aside, the Aircode seems hugely impressive and left us hungry for more ride time." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Stage 6 Profile...
Friday's Tour de Pologne Stage 6 gets underway at 1:55pm CET (7:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 6:45pm CET (12:45pm U.S. Eastern).  Tour de Pologne live streaming video should get underway at around 5:30pm CET (11:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: Crashes in the Tour de France often send riders hurling to the road. Credit Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

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Photo: Alberto Contador and his Tinkoff Saxo team have played down the speed of his recovery.
Suggestions rider was seen training on climbs at end of July. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC) was all smiles at the final stage in Denver.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
The organizers of the USA Pro Challenge have released a provisional roster for the 2014 event, which begins in Aspen on August 18, and ends in Denver August 24. Defending champion Tejay van Garderen is keen to repeat his victory, but will be up against a strong field that includes double Tour de France stage winner Michael Rogers and mountains classification winner Rafal Majka, as well as former Tour de France podium finisher Fränk Schleck and double Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso. (cyclingnews.com)

August 7, 2014




Pavel Brutt (Katusha) remains in the overall lead.
Photo: © AFP.
The much anticipated second of three announcements from Tinkoff-Saxo came on Thursday, with the team confirming the new signing of Russian Pavel Brutt from Katusha, and the renewal of his compatriot Nikolai Trusov. (cyclingnews.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: (From L) Vuelta a Espana general director Javier Guillen (bottom), with Spanish cyclists Samuel Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde at the presentation of the 2014 route. (Getty).
Vuelta a España general director Javier Guillén is happy to announce that a bevy of the world's best cyclists has chosen to participate in the season's third and final Grand Tour, set to kick off on August 23 in Jerez de la Frontera in the south of Spain. (sbs.com.au)

August 7, 2014




Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) happy with his win
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Having reportedly reached an agreement with his Ag2r-La Mondiale team for an early release from his contract, La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Carlos Betancur will join Omega Pharma-Quick Step for 2015. Giuseppe Acquadro, Betancurs agent, said that the Colombian will line up at the Vuelta a Burgos and Vuelta a España for Ag2r-La Mondiale in the coming weeks, but will not continue with the squad next season. (cyclingnews.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: Fernando Alonso, left, is hoping to launch a new team in time for the 2015 season. Photo: Manan Vatsyayana | AFP (File).
Months after many had all but written off the high-profile project backed by Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, things are quickly clicking into gear. (velonews.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: Luis García-Abad is Alonso’s manager and is helping to assemble the team but it’s seemingly caught in a Catch-22 scenario.
Famous as one of the fastest men in sports Fernando Alonso is proving to be a pedestrian cycling manager. His team is struggling to get going. (inrng.com)

August 7, 2014




Thibaut Pinot won the best young rider jersey
Photo: © Sirotti.
After taking third place at the Tour de France and claiming the white jersey of best young rider, Thibaut Pinot now turns his sights to the Vuelta a España, where he finished 7th overall last season. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Cadel did an amazing job so I had perfect position. With 250 meters to go, the sprint started and I was on the right side so I was completely in the wind. It is a bit disappointing because I had hoped for a podium place today...
Cadel Evans showed that he is ready to work for his younger teammates when he took on the unusual role of a lead-out man for Rick Zabel in stage 3 of the Tour of Utah. In the end, the German made a mistake and had to settle for 7th. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: pacing strategies as the allocation of physiological resources during self-paced exercise.
"The 2nd World Congress of Cycling Science took place on the 2nd & 3rd July (2014) in Leeds. Over the next few weeks I wanted to touch on some of the keynote presentations from the event and possibly expand on the provided abstracts."  (shutup-legs.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: Inflate the chamber up to 160psi, then pull the red lever to release a blast of high volume air all at once to pop the tire into the beads and seat it quickly. Brilliant...
For a house brand, Bontrager has a staggering variety of products, from clothing to helmets to wheels, tires, cockpit and accessories like computers, tape, pumps, tools and more. (bikerumor.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: The SL-80 features a compact-style bend with a 125mm drop. For anyone currently running a carbon fiber compact bar concerned about its ability to take an impact, the SL-80 is a way to keep that bend and pick up some insurance.
This spring Zipp introduced a revamped line of Service Course SL bars. Service Course is Zipp’s line of bars they introduced to serve the needs of the pro teams they were sponsoring. (redkiteprayer.com)

August 7, 2014




Photo: The Snap-It valve is one of the easiest pump heads to use, but it’s not perfect. As Tyler found out, the head struggles with an occasional valve.
Meet Birzman’s Zacoo Tiny Tanker, a tiny floor pump that acts like it’s full sized. As the smallest member of Birzman’s Zacoo floor pump range, the Tiny Tanker promises impressive performance in a compact package that will still fit in your bag, car, or luggage. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: 1 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 4:53:46 2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano.
Belkin sprinter repeats. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Nielsen wins the opening stage of the Tour of Denmark for the second year in a row in a fast and powerful bunch sprint ahead of Topsport's De Buyst and Astana's Agnoli...
For the second season in a row, Magnus Cort Nielsen has sprinted to the stage win in the first stage of the Tour of Denmark. Last year he did it from a breakaway, this year, he has won from the bunch, beating Topsport’s Jasper De Buyst and Valerio Agnoli of Astana. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: More info and links to come.
Thurday's Tour of Portugal Stage 7 live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm local (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingquotes.com)

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The Cedar City podium topped by Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare)
Photo: © Deb Hill.
The Commonwealth Games have wrapped up and the spotlight is back on the North American racing scene at the seven-day Tour of Utah. The UCI 2.1 event kicked off a series of professional men’s races held during the months of August and September, including the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, Tour of Alberta, the double WorldTour events in Québec City and Montreal, and the Bucks County Classic in Pennsylvania. (cyclingnews.com)

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Italian Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot on the 2014 Tour de France podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Vincenzo Nibali has finally travelled home to Lugano, Switzerland after completing his post-Tour de France victory criteriums. However the Italian will continue to celebrate on Saturday with a special party in Tuscany organized by his CanNibali fan club. (cyclingnews.com)

August 6, 2014




Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare) happy to be back racing in his home state.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
UnitedHealthcare's Jeff Louder announced this week that he will retire at the end of the season. The 14-year pro used the team presentation at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, a race he won in 2008, to let the fans in his home state know he had decided to call it quits. (cyclingnews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: Rafal Majka won his second stage of the Tour on stage 17 and secured his lead in the mountains classification. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tinkoff-Saxo riders Michael Rogers and Rafal Majka will attend the USA Pro Challenge later this month, race officials have confirmed. Between them, Rogers and Majka won three mountain stages at the Tour de France last month, with Majka winning two; Majka also secured the race’s King of the Mountains jersey. (velonews.com)

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Mark Cavendish celebrates victory on one of the classic Tour de France stages
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team has announced that Mark Cavendish will return to racing at next week's Tour de l'Ain stage race in France. (cyclingnews.com)

August 6, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Stages & Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages & Results),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Clásica San Sebastián - Aug 2 (Results),
Tour de Wallonie - July 26-30 (Results),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

August 6, 2014




Photo: Stef Wyman’s squad, who were only one of two home-based trade teams to ride at this year’s Friends Life Women’s Tour, have the promising Jessie Walker and para-cycling world champion pilot Corrine Hall among their roster.
Matrix-Vulpine, one of Britain’s leading domestic women’s teams, today announced their intentions to become a UCI-registered outfit for 2015. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Tour of Utah Stage 3 Profile.
Wednesday's Tour of Utah Stage 3 departs Lehi at 10:55am MDT and is expected at the finish at Miller Motorsports Park (MMP) at around 3:45pm MDT.  Tour of Utah live streaming video should get underway at around 10:50am MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: I told Seven Cycles they ought to build more travel bikes.
"There’s going to be a special RKP-edition of the Seven Cycles Evergreen. That notion is a bit surreal, but it also feels very right. This project was what occasioned my visit to Seven a couple of weeks ago. While there I went for a ride with Neil Doshi, Seven’s chief bike designer and Karl Borne, Seven’s marketing director." (redkiteprayer.com)

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Jonas van Genechten sprinted to victory on stage four of the Tour of Poland (pic: Sirotti). (roadcyclinguk.com)
Jonas Van Genechten won stage 4 of the Tour of Poland with a well-timed sprint in Katowice. The Belgian edged a blanket finish from Jacopo Guarnieri and a fast-closing Luka Mezgec. Petr Vakoc retained the overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 Profile...
Thursday's Tour de Pologne Stage 5 gets underway at 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 6:45pm CET (12:45pm U.S. Eastern).  Tour de Pologne live streaming video should get underway at around 5:30pm CET (11:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: A relaxed and smiling Ivan Basso modeled his new glasses at the 2014 Tour of Utah team introductions. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
In addition to star rider Peter Sagan heading to Tinkoff-Saxo for the 2015 season, La Gazzetta reports that Sagan’s brother Juraj, Polish rider Maciej Bodnar, and Italian Ivan Basso are all headed to Tinkoff-Saxo. (velonews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: The calculation and scrutiny of power numbers and climbing times have been the subject of debate for several years.
Three analysts examine the key performances in this year’s race. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: I still know where and when to go, and how to catch the right group. I can recognize the situation and I know this is the moment. But the body just does not respond in the way I want it to...
Jens Voigt again made it into the right breakaway in yesterday's stage of the Tour of Utah but unlike stage winner Michael Schär, he failed to stay clear to the finish. Feeling his age, the German admits that he no longer has the power he once had. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 6, 2014




Damiano Cunego (Lampre - Merida)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Damiano Cunego continues in the Tour of Poland in spite of the deep cut to the knee that he sustained when he was among the fallers on the crash-marred opening stage to Bydgoszcz. (cyclingnews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: Nairo Quintana is aiming to add to his 2014 trophy case with a win at the Vuelta a España. Doing so would make him only the eighth rider to win the Giro and the Vuelta in the same season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The 24-year-old has been cooling his jets high in the Andes, after receiving a hero’s welcome following his dramatic Giro victory, a first for a Colombian rider. Instead of fretting over missing the Tour on team orders, Quintana has instead put everything into his preparation to the win the Vuelta, which is barely two weeks away. (velonews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: The engineering team took their experience with the 695 and improved an already aero and advanced machine to make something that’s even more aero and advanced.
LOOK has a long history of innovation and their latest bike, the 795 Aerolight which was launched this past week is surely the most innovative bike yet from the French team. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: The G.Speed Composite is a new addition to the Gaerne range.
The G.Speed Composite is pitched by Gaerne as one for riders seeking “a functional and high specced shoe for racing and training” and it has a composite sole, which combines a carbon fibre ‘metatarsus and arch support’ with a nylon casing. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Photo: If you’re looking for a new pair of cycling shoes for the road, or for mountain 
biking, or both, we’ve got a wide range of options that’ll see you right .
Summer is the season cycling was made for. When the mercury rises, we shed layers of clothing and switch to our lightest, most eye-catching clothes. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 6, 2014




Photo: No matter which Grade you choose the fundamentals are the same with every version – slack angles and a long wheelbase.
Aggressive pricing confirmed for GT’s disc-equipped adventure road ride. (bikeradar.com)

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Klaas Lodewyck (BMC)
Photo: © Bettini.
The BMC Racing Team today announced that it has removed its Belgian rider Klaas Lodewyck from competition after he experienced irregular heart rhythms during racing and training. (cyclingnews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: Alberto Contador copped a ban for testing positive for high levels of clenbuterol, a similar drug to salbutamol (Getty Images).
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has commissioned research by an Australian doctor into the detection of the performance-enhancing salbutamol in cyclists and other professional athletes. Peter Maniaty speaks to Dr Glenn Jacobson about his research and the effect on cyclists. (sbs.com.au)

August 6, 2014




Photo: Specialized went inside the wind tunnel to find out which downhill tuck position is the fastest.
Go inside the wind tunnel to find out. (roadbikereview.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: I give, and I give, and I give...
There are seasons within the cycling season, and then there are Seasons. Now, of course, is Dear God I Have to Keep Racing? Season, one marked by giddiness and exhaustion that comes with completing the Tour de France, or ... well, the opposite of those feelings, which comes from not completing the Tour de France while many of your teammates, countrymen, rivals and sworn enemies have. (podiumcafe.com)

August 6, 2014




Bauke Mollema suffered after choosing a new bike for the time trial
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
New Trek Factory Racing signing Bauke Mollema has explained that he had already decided to leave Belkin before the Dutch squad’s title sponsor announced that it was pulling out of the sport at the end of the season. (cyclingnews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: BMC Racing's Michael Schär (left) saw a more than four-minute lead over the top of the last climb – 38km from the finish – reduced to seconds inside the final kilometer of the 210km race. Hincapie rider Joey Rosskopf (right) was caught 3km from the finish. Photo by Casey B. Gibson.
First he was going to do it; it was a sure thing. A well-deserved win was virtually in the bag for BMC Racing’s Michael Schär as he crested Boulder Mountain with nearly a five-minute lead after dropping his break mate, Hincapie rider Joey Rosskopf. (velonews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: Take 3 pounds off your bike, pedal at a constant rate of 200 watts, and you’ll get to the top of a 7 percent climb a whole 7.5 seconds ahead of the competition. A 1-pound advantage only puts you ahead by 2.5 seconds.
"Let’s clear something up. There is no such thing as a “fast bike.” Bikes are neither fast nor slow. Bikes are shiny or expensive. Bikes have a lot of mass or a little. Without a rider, they are stationary." (velonews.com)

August 6, 2014




Kisses for stage 2 winner Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale)
Photo: © Bettini.
Christophe Riblon could have claimed leadership or at least a wild card after he took victory at the top of the Alpe d'Huez, at the Tour de France 2013. But the French climber from Ag2r-La Mondiale instead became a domestique for Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet this year, giving up some of his personal ambitions and, instead, contributing to the best team prize on the Champs-Elysées. (cyclingnews.com)

August 6, 2014




Photo: A gift that keeps on giving, long after you have done the ride.
Retracing the route of Tim Krabbé’s seminal novel. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Emma Barraclough is a sports nutritionist at SiS.
Staying fueled – and avoiding ‘the bonk’ – is the key to the success of any long ride, so we caught up with Emma Barraclough, a sports nutritionist at Science in Sport, to find out her advice on how to survive a 100-mile ride.

August 6, 2014




Photo: To tell you the PROTKT or the RFLKT+ are equivalent to a Garmin unit would be a lie.
"I’ve been using two different computer substitutes from Wahoo, the RFLKT+ and the PROTKT. The latter is a case for your iPhone that mounts to your handlebar. The former is a computer display that links to your smartphone via Bluetooth." (redkiteprayer.com)

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Michael Schär (BMC)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
BMC rider solos to win after 130 mile day-long breakaway. (cyclingnews.com)

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Moreno Moser (Cannondale)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Eight riders under contract with Amadio may move to Garmin-Sharp. (cyclingnews.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Powers edged out Schneider for the win in Cedar City. Photo courtesy Tour of Utah..
Reigning national road, criterium, and time trial champion Alison Powers won the Zappos.com Cedar City Grand Prix, held in conjunction with stage 1 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. (velonews.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Tom Danielson has yet to turn in a top result this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tom Danielson is one of the favorites to win the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Maybe the favorite. (velonews.com)






2014 Races & Results.
Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Stages & Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages & Results),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages & Results),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Clásica San Sebastián - Aug 2 (Results),
Tour de Wallonie - July 26-30 (Results),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

August 5, 2014




Marra Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) takes home the race winners bowl
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
"I recently competed in the Giro Rosa with my UnitedHealthcare team in hopes of defending my 2013 title. I finished fourth. Here is my story of the also-ran, complete with advice from swim coaches, yoga instructors, and little kids playing hide and seek, and with the conclusion that it's really quite a privilege to be the owner of a slightly broken heart." (cyclingnews.com)





Yauheni Hutarovich (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Sprinters have no secrets for Yauheni Hutarovich, who captured the first stage of the Tour of Poland on Sunday. The Belarus rider is one of the riders who scrutinizes bunch sprints on videos, sometimes dozens of times a day. (cyclingnews.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Crashes in the Tour de France often send riders hurling to the road. Credit Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Anna Weltman: "I am looking for participants to be in a Research Study that I am conducting for my Master's thesis in Sport Psychology. My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered. Please email me to volunteer" (dougreport.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Specialized's new S-Works Turbo Cotton road clincher tire is a supreme performer...
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Ultra-fast, superb grip, and a truly sublime ride." (bikeradar.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: It looked like Matthews thought the peloton had caught all three escapees, particularly when his fellow sprinters began jockeying for position in the run towards the finish.
Michael Matthews from Orica-GreenEDGE celebrated the stage 2 Tour of Poland win(Torun to Warsaw ) the other day, unfortunately a malfuctioning radio meant that he didn’t get the message that Czech Petr Vakoc had already crossed the line 21 seconds earlier. (wednesdaylegs.wordpress.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Few other texts do such a good job of explicating a complex subject, pro cycling in the age of EPO, with such lucidity and humanity, while simultaneously telling a fascinating story about a singular personality.
Matt Rendell’s The Death of Marco Pantani is one of the best cycling books you will read. (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: he crank arm is exactly the same as the full version of the Rotor power system.
Lightweight, lower cost, single-leg power meter arrives. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) won the 2013 Tour of Utah.
Tuesday's Tour of Utah Stage 2 departs Panguitch at 10:15am MDT and is expected at the finish at Torrey at around 3:45pm MDT.  Tour of Utah live streaming video should get underway at around 10:10am MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

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Theo Bos won stage three of the Tour of Poland (pic: Sirotti). (roadcyclinguk.com)
Mezgec overhauled at the line. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: For the second time in the Volta a Portugal, Bauhaus showed his immense sprint potential by easily passing Vigano in the bunch kick on stage 6; Veloso enjoyed an easy day and retained his lead... © www.wort.lu
After five days of suffering in the mountains, sprint talent Phil Bauhaus was back in the spotlight in the Volta a Portugal when he claimed his second stage win in the 10-stage race. Having positioned himself perfectly on Davide Vigano’s wheel, he easily passed his rivals sprinter to take the win while Gustavo Cesar Veloso enjoyed an easy day in the saddle to retain his overall lead. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Dear @tinkoff_saxo fans, do you want me to close the deal with Peter Sagan? If i get 1000 retweets, i will do it!
Blazin' Saddles looks at the drunken antics of Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov and his ongoing quest to conduct all his team's private business on the most public platform of all: Twitter. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Focusing too much on threshold or sub-threshold work has perhaps lead to a underperforming anaerobic ability like you had previously.
Stephen Gallagher and the team at Dig Deep have selected a handful of questions to answer in detail. The team will also be answering a whole bunch of questions in an upcoming webinar. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 5, 2014




Belkin spent the entire stage working on the front of the field
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Belkin got off to a good start Monday at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, controlling the first stage throughout the day and setting up 22-year-old Moreno Hofland for the win in his first race since crashing out of the Tour of California in May. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 Profile...
Wednesday's Tour de Pologne Stage 4 gets underway at 10:40am CET (4:40am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 4:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de Pologne live streaming video should get underway at around 3:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: More info and links to come.
Wednesday's Tour of Portugal Stage 7 live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm local (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingquotes.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: the North American iteration of TrekWorld 2014 is kicking off, showing all 2015 bikes to dealers.
Starting with their biggest road news of the year, the ultralight Emonda greeted everyone with a hanging sculpture of prototype and test frames dangling above the flagship SLR 10. If you recall, that bike has a 10.25lb claimed weight, which comes with the title of World’s Lightest Production Road Bike.” (bikerumor.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Campagnolo has announced weights and pricing for the new mechanical Super Record, Record, and Chorus groups..
Campagnolo has provided more details about the new Super Record, Record, and Chorus groups recently announced. (velonews.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Five of our favorite bands and bracelets to track all-day activity.—Selene Yeager.
The Garmin vivofit will recalibrate the goals you set if you regularly exceed them or fall short. But don't dally: Sit for more than an hour and a red bar appears on the screen and lengthens until you literally walk it off. (bicycling.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Nuseti features the Inner Drive System (IDS), which is a completely encapsulated drive unit designed especially for mountain biking.
Mountain bike racing champion Gregory Zielinski has drawn from his 16 years of racing to design a bike that is unlike any other. (bikeworldnews.com)

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Photo: A TeXtreme fabric top layer on a Felt Virtue FRD mountain bike frame not only gives a nice checkerboard appearance, but it resists stresses from all angles. It also sandwiches layers of unidirectional fabric between itself and a similar TexTreme sheet to form the bottom layer that prevents unidirectional fibers from imploding inward in the case of a hard impact. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com.
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been told, “We’re a small company, and the only way we can compete with the big companies is to make a better product,” I’d be a very rich man. Given the engineering budgets of companies like Trek, Specialized, Giant, and Cannondale, it’s hard to make a bike better than they make. But Felt Bicycles is a small company that surpasses them in some areas. (velonews.com)

August 5, 2014







Photo: Peter Sagan is headed to Tinkof-Saxo for 2015, according to a news report. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Tour de France green jersey winner Peter Sagan will join Tinkoff-Saxo next season, the Slovak daily Sport said on Tuesday. (velonews.com)

August 5, 2014






Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Roman Kreuziger has announced that he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to overturn the suspension imposed by the UCI due to his ongoing Biological Passport case. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider hopes for a temporary lifting of the ban by CAS before his case is heard so he can to ride the Vuelta a Espana. (cyclingnews.com)

August 5, 2014








Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The organizers of the Vuelta a España have released the names of riders registered to contest the third and final Grand Tour of 2014, with some of the sports biggest names set to fight for success in late August and September. (cyclingnews.com)

August 5, 2014









Photo: Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) wins at Fayence.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Carlos Betancur will leave Ag2r-La Mondiale at the end of this season after reportedly reaching an agreement with the French team to release him from his existing contract, which was not due to expire until the end of 2016. (cyclingnews.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: With the passing of the August 1 deadline, teams can now announce which riders will be riding for them next season.
Team by team list of transfers and who's going where for the 2015 season. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 5, 2014




Photo: Teams are business-like but they are not run for profit – UCI rules constrain this – so there’s no surplus.
What is Team Sky’s budget? The income statement lists the figure in black and white: £22,061,000. ($36.5m / €26.7m.) (inrng.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: The rhythm was a bit friendly and a little bit less race-specific. And most of all, I see myself running OK. But I see the other guys also riding well and functioning well as a team...
Yesterday Cadel Evans returned to competition after a mid-season break when he finished 13th in the opening stage of the Tour of Utah. The Australian was satisfied with his sensations after a pretty calm day that saw his teammates Danilo Wyss and Rick Zabel sprint to top 10 results. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 5, 2014




Photo: The winning bike is what the Teague x Sizemore team considers an “all in” commuter platform for urban environments like Seattle.
After winning the Oregon Manifest and Levi’s Bike Design Project, Denny is headed on for big things. Denny of course being the bike that was created by the collaboration between TEAGUE design and Sizemore Bicycle. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: In his first race back after his horrific crash in the Tour of California, Hofland emerged as the strongest in the bunch sprint on the first stage of the Tour of Utah to become the first leader of the 7-day race.
Moreno Hofland got the best possible return to racing after his long recovery from injury when he won today’s first stage of the Tour of Utah in a bunch sprint. The young Dutchman finished off excellent teamwork from his Belkin teammates by holding off Jure Kocjan and Andrea Palini in the final dash to the line to take both the stage win and the leader’s jersey. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 4, 2014





Tour of Utah 2014, Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans, Jens Voigt, Chris Horner Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media.
The 10th edition of the Tour of Utah begins Monday in Cedar City, Utah, with a week that includes 753.8 miles/1,213 kilometers and 57,863 feet/17,636.6 meters of elevation gain, before it concludes on Sunday the 10th of August in Park City, Utah. (cyclingperspective.com)

August 4, 2014






Tom Danielson (Garmin) returns as last years race winner Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Any notion of two weathered gunfighters squaring off at high noon in the Utah desert may have to be put aside this week at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, where competing priorities and human physiology could thwart attempts to set the table for a rematch between last year's main protagonists. (cyclingnews.com)

August 4, 2014




Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Greg Van Avermaet has had a successful 2014 season, although he is still looking for his first win this year. Being the BMC leader in a number of races has given him “extra confidence” and he feels he can go on to become world champion at the event held from September 21-28 in Ponferrada, Spain. (cyclingnews.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: Well, there was a time when Taylor Phinney, Walker Savidge, and I were auditioning to be in a boy band… Just kidding. I really don’t remember — that was ages ago!
Danny Summerhill. If you’re unfamiliar, he’s a cyclocross prodigy with a penchant for road racing. However, this is putting things lightly. (competitivecyclist.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: In all, there are three Bora 35 models to choose from: Bora Ultra 35, Bora One 35, and Bora One 35 CX...
Campagnolo's Bora wheelset is well known as a high-end (and high-priced) racing wheelset. Where once there was a single 50mm profile on offer, now there are now three to choose from (35, 50, and 80mm). (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 4, 2014





Photo: Doug Report...
Now users can link their Garmin Connect account to their Strava account, so that activity data will be viewable on Strava immediately after the data is uploaded from the GPS device to Garmin Connect. MapMyFitness (including MapMyRun and MapMyRide) and Endomondo syncing is expected soon. (bicycleretailer.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: The EMX-525 is the latest thoroughbred to come out of the Merckx stable.
Named for the other worldly number of wins Merckx collected during his career and Eddie’s preferred ride today, the EMX-525 was the first bike to signal the return of Merckx Bicycles and has heavily influenced the new San Remo76 and Mourenx69.

August 4, 2014




Photo: The Clif Bar is a staple of pre-, during-, and post- workout nutrition.
Whether you prefer your food raw, vegan, organ, dairy-free, gluten-free, or all of the above, there’s an energy bar for you. Here are our favorites for hitting those dietary needs. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) won the 2013 Tour of Utah.
Monday's Tour of Utah Stage 1 departs Cedar City at 10:35am MDT and is expected at the finish at Cedar City at around 3:45pm MDT.  Tour of Utah live streaming video should get underway at around 10:25am MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: The majority of teams/riders in this race are French but the peloton also includes the Chipotle Development Team made up of Americans and Australians, the Canadian Garneau Quebecor team, Velo Passion Humard of Switzerland, the Italian Vega Prefabbricati, the Japanese Team Nippo, and AEL Ecuador..
The 2013 Tour de Guadeloupe will be held from August 2-11.  This is the 63rd edition of the race. (cyclingfans.com)

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2014 Races & Results.
Clásica San Sebastián - Aug 2 (Results),
Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta - July 30-Aug 10 (Stages & Results),
Tour de Pologne - Aug 3-9 (Stages),
Tour of Utah - Aug 4-10 (Stages),
USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Stages),
Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages),
Tour de Wallonie - July 26-30 (Results),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),
La Course Tour de France - July 27 (Results),
Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 4-13 (Results),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

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Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) wins stage 2 at the Tour de Pologne Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Petr Vakoc surprised the peloton at the Tour de Pologne by winning stage two to Warsaw alone and taking the race leader's yellow jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: David Belda (Burgos BH), Vuelta a Castilla y León winner. © (cyclingnews.com)
David Belda continued his excellent Volta a Portugal when he won today’s fifth stage of the race in a tough uphill finale. The Spaniard responded to an acceleration from Jose Goncalves with 1km to go before launching his counterattack that allowed him to narrowly hold off the OFM duo of Delio Fernandez and race leader Gustavo Veloso for his second stage win. Finishing third was enough for Veloso to extend his overall lead. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: Vuelta a España looks set to be a massive battle between some of the top names in the sport.
Glittering provisional line-up outlined by Vuelta a España organizers.

August 4, 2014




Photo: Jens Voigt (Trek) looks forward to getting in the breakaways again this week Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Trek Factory Racing's Jens Voigt confirmed on Sunday that the upcoming USA Pro Challenge in Colorado August 18-24 will be his last professional race. (cyclingnews.com)

August 4, 2014




Chocolate, you'll be please to discover, can be incredibly good for you © Monika Adamczyk - Fotolia.com.
Not only is cocoa an indispensable ingredient of the ideal recovery drink, but according to nutritionist Christine Bailey, new research shows that it can help you ride harder as well. (bikeradar.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: When you pedal, energy moves from the chain through the cassette to the freehub body (an extension of the hub that holds the cassette).
Nothing amps up your training like precise data from a power meter. Here's how PowerTap's remarkably accurate GS works. (bicycling.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: The outer face of the Shimano part...
"Germany’s Berner Bikes makes carbon fiber upgrade parts and accessories, carbon road and ‘cross frames and other bits. These replacement derailleur cages caught our eye despite having been available for a while now." (bikerumor.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: The Idol Disc first broke cover as a prototype at the 2013 Cycle Show in Birmingham last October.
The arrival of Shimano’s hydraulic disc brake setup, and the long-awaited return of SRAM’s system, has opened the floodgates and most manufacturers now have a disc-equipped machine in their range. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: A stiff, racy feel and a frame that looks fabulous.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Niggles aside, the Boardman offers speed and versatility at a bargain price." (bikeradar.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: I wouldn’t suggest putting soup into this…stick with water, or human blood.
Well, this is gnarly. Heavy Pedal’s Campbell’s soup/Merckx/Warhol/etc. bottle design, now available on their site for $11.99. (urbanvelo.org)

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Photo: Stage 2 Profile...
Monday's Tour de Pologne Stage 2 gets underway at 11:05am CET (5:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 4:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de Pologne live streaming video should get underway at around 3:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).. (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: More info and links to come.
Monday's Tour of Portugal Stage 5 departs Alvarenga at 1:05pm local (8:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Santo Tirso at around 5:30pm local (12:30pm U.S. Eastern).  Tour du Portugal live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm local (10:00am U.S. Eastern).. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Roman Kreuziger case to fit into the expected timeline. .
“You have to accumulate a great amount of detail, cast your eye over perhaps years of data.”

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Photo: Kreuziger’s case is different, he’s an active rider, a millionaire and already employing high-profile lawyers to defend him..
It’s a big test for the athlete passport system. So far the UCI has won every case it’s launched or asked others to prosecute, including winning appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).  We might want the instant verdict of a toxicological test with a positive A and B test in the lab but the passport just doesn’t work like this. (inrng.com)

August 4, 2014




Photo: Fernando Alonso on stage eighteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia .
Fernando Alonso's manager, Luis Garcia-Abad can't sign any riders until they learn whether or not their license application has been successful. But with riders signing contracts already, they could be left with nothing. (cyclingnews.com)

August 4, 2014