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August 2014

August 31, 2014





Winner Anacona (Lampre-Marida) tries to go solo on the climb.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Quintana takes Vuelta lead by 3 seconds over Contador. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Chris Froome (Team Sky)
Photo: © Sirotti.
Right up until two kilometers from the summit of Valdelinares, it seemed as though Team Sky’s normal programming had been resumed. A flotilla of men in black had dictated terms through the final two hours of stage 9 of the Vuelta a España, and in the dwindling red jersey group, the overall contenders seemed almost to be bracing themselves for the ferocity of Chris Froome’s inevitable attack. Instead, however, it was Alberto Contador who emerged. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Evans, Aru give their personal expectations and impressions.
Two of the Vuelta a España’s two big pre-race favorites, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, have both suggested that today’s big summit finish of Aramón Valdelinares may have a limited effect in determining the final overall winner of the race. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 31, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

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

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


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Photo: Stage 9 Profile.
Monday is a rest day, the Vuelta a Espana reumes on Tuesday with Stage 10's Time Trial. (cyclingnews.com)

August 31, 2014




Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Sylvain Chavanel won the GP Ouest France-Plouay held on Sunday in France. The Frenchman won the WorldTour race ahead of Italy's Andrea Fedi and compatriot Arthur Vichot. (cyclingnews.com)

August 31, 2014




Ken Hanson (UnitedHealthcare) wins Manhattan Beach Grand Prix
Photo: © Philip Beckman.
Rivera secures women's race victory. (cyclingnews.com)

August 31, 2014




Mattia Gavazzi (Amore & Vita - Selle SMP) celebrates stage 11 victory
Photo: © 7Cycling.
Bernas continues to lead the overall standings. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Winner Anacona (Lampre Merida) takes stage 9
Photo: © AFP.
Any professional’s first win is a special moment, but for Lampre-Merida's Winner Anacona to secure that victory in the Vuelta a España’s second summit finish, at Valdelinares, helped make his maiden triumph even more special. (cyclingnews.com)

August 31, 2014




Photo: Legendary? Yes because this has decided the result of the Tour de France several times.
Not one but three climbs. Why a trilogy? Simply because if you climb the first you can keep going, riding an Alpine sine wave across the Chartreuse range to follow a legendary race route. (inrng.com)

August 31, 2014




Photo: The win goes to Adam Yates (Orica GreenEdge)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Orica GreenEdge team are looking to extend contracts with both Adam and Simon Yates for an additional year. The brothers signed two-year deals with the Australian team at the start of this year but after successful neo-pro seasons for both riders Orica have offered the pair a new deal with additional year included. (cyclingnews.com)

August 31, 2014




Danilo Wyss (BMC)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Danilo Wyss has been handed a one-year contract extension at BMC Racing. The 29-year-old has been with the American registered team since 2008. (cyclingnews.com)

August 31, 2014




Photo: Time for the scrum of the podium pictures and the TV interviews..
The Vuelta a España has changed over the last few years, since ASO has taken a bigger hand in the organization many things have improved, there is less of a feeling of ‘mañana’ and things are a bit slicker. But the race has become a little less friendly. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Matthews second, Sagan third in tight bunch sprint. (cyclingnews.com).

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Photo: Matthews was the only rider able to close down Bouhanni.
Orica GreenEdge directeur sportif Neil Stephens has confirmed that the team had issues with the manoeuvre by Nacer Bouhanni inside the final 50 metres of Saturday’s stage of the race, a sideways swerve which forced Michael Matthews to back off on his sprint and may have cost him the win. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: We had to fight for it, but eventually Wilco and I were up there again. We were able to connect at the very last moment. We’re looking very strong. This was a good final test for tomorrow...
Belkin again showed that they are among the strongest teams in windy conditions when they managed to position their three GC riders Laurens Ten Dam, Robert Gesink and Wilco Kelderman in the first group in stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana. However, Gesink admitted that it had been a big fight to stay with the best on a dramatic day in Spain. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 9 Profile.
Sunday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 9 departs Carboneras de Guadazaón at 12:38pm CET (6:38am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Aramón Valdelinares at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) tops the women's podium with Samantha Schneider (Tibco) in second and Erica Allar (Colavita-Fine Cooking) in third
Photo: © Matt James.
The National Criterium Calendar (NCC) continued at the 29th edition of The Staenberg Group Gateway Cup on Friday evening. UnitedHealthcare’s Luke Keough and Coryn Rivera won their respective races. (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

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

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


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Photo: Belgian Ellen van Loy took a commanding win, with a surprised Australian Lisa Jacobs happy in second, and content Margriet Kloppenburg in third. @ Cyclocross Magazine.
Here are the top three men and women in the 2014 Qiansen Trophy Cyclocross Race in Beijing, China. (cxmagazine.com)

August 30, 2014




Robert Kiserlovski (Trek Factory Racing)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Robert Kiserlovski has signed a two-year contract with Tinkoff-Saxo. The Croatian rider signs from Trek Factory Racing, who confirmed his exit to Cyclingnews earlier this month. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Belgian Igor Decraene, winner of the 2013 world junior time-trial championship in Florence, Italy, has died at age 18 after a training accident. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Belgium cycling lost one of its budding stars on Saturday as the local media reported the death of junior world time-trial champion Igor Decraene. (velonews.com)

August 30, 2014






Photo: Lucinda Brand solos to victory in the final round of the UCI World Cup. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Rabo-Liv squad swept the podium at the GP de Plouay on Saturday, putting Lucinda Brand on the top step, as Lizzie Armitstead claimed the overall title in the 2014 UCI Women’s Road World Cup. (velonews.com)

August 30, 2014




Photo: Ellen van Loy and Lucie Chainel-Lefevre quickly took to the front, but after Lefevre had a mechanical, van Loy was gone for good. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Racing against Ellen van Loy in China sucks because excuses don’t apply. Van Loy works at least forty hours a week working with adults and kids with Down’s Syndrome. It can be an emotionally and physically exhausting job, but somehow she finds the time to train enough to be ranked sixth in the world. (cxmagazine.com)

August 30, 2014





Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) wins the points classification
Photo: © Thomas van Bracht / PelotonPhotos.com.
MTN-Qhubeka’s search for new signings continues with the team confirming that they are looking at a list of riders including Matthew Goss, Tyler Farrar and Steve Cummings. All three riders our out of contract at the end of the season with Goss certain to leave Orica GreenEDGE after the team confirmed that they would not be offering him a new deal. (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2014





Photo: Some of the GC (general classification) riders were in trouble and we tried to make them more in trouble. In the end, it was just four of us who were pulling, so the second group came back...
BMC again proved their skills in windy conditions when they helped split the field in today's stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The team was pleased with their showing but lamented the fact that the Nairo Quintana group had managed to rejoin the peloton. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: The BMC Racing Team has announced its roster for Sunday's GP Ouest-France Plouay, the final WorldTour race in France on the 2014 calendar.
BMC has announced a strong roster for the GP Ouest France-Plouay which takes place tomorrow. Having been close to the win 12 months ago, an in-form Greg Van Avermaet leads the team that can also count on in-form riders like Ben Hermans and Silvan Dillier...

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Photo: Race circuit profile (26.9km).
Sunday's Grand Prix Ouest France - Plouay gets underway at 9:40am CET (3:40am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 3:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).  GP Ouest France - Plouay live streaming video should get underway at around **1:20pm CET (**7:20am U.S. Eastern).  (cyclingfans.com)

August 30, 2014




Photo: We’re starting to get that roll going on [at Tinkoff-Saxo] as well. Now the challenge is that we keep together until the end of the season so we’re not starting from scratch in 2015.
How things have changed for Michael Rogers. Last year he had a positive test for Clenbuterol although thankfully the UCI cleared him of any wrongdoing and he returned to racing in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Now, just 6 months on, Rogers has a new contract at Tinkoff-Saxo and three Grand Tour stages, including a win on Monte Zoncolan, one of cycling’s most feared climbs. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 30, 2014




Photo: Stunning frame, snappy handling and acceleration.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Stunning ride, but the premium frame steals a big chunk of the bike’s budget." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Sagan did not win any stages, but finished very often among the first few riders. Also very pretty, but the gap with a rider who wins four stages should not be so big...
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has come under some abuse for the way the Green Jersey points are awarded. Peter Sagan won the competition for the third straight year even though he failed to win a stage in 2014 and Marcel Kittel took 4 but wasn’t even second in the classification. And Prudhomme may change the points scoring system. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 30, 2014





Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) takes another stage win at the Vuelta a España
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The 2014 season has marked Nacer Bouhanni’s ascent to the very upper echelons of world sprinting, and his victory at Albacete on stage 8 of the Vuelta a España – his second of the race – was merely a confirmation of the fact. (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2014




Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) on the way to top three on the podium
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/CN.
It was a winning weekend for the American team Specialized-lululemon in Vargarda, Sweden, where the penultimate women’s World Cup took place. (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2014




Photo: Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), shown crossing the line with the lead group on stage 4, is the team's best-placed man after eight stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Garmin-Sharp is now putting all of its GC eggs in one basket in the form of Daniel Martin. The Irishman is the team’s sole survivor going into the second week of the Vuelta a España. (velonews.com)

August 30, 2014




Photo: We’re in talks with many riders and we’re obviously trying to build the best team we can...
The Garmin-Cannndale merger has become a little clearer in terms of who will ride for the team in 2015. After strong performances and a first pro win, Alex Howes has signed a contract extension with the team and Davide Formolo, the neo-pro star has agreed to move to the team. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 30, 2014




Thor Hushovd (BMC) waves goodbye to his home fans
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Thor Hushovd has ruled himself out of next month's world championships in Spain after he crashed out on the last stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes on Friday. (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2014




Photo: Daryl (Impey) is definitely one of the riders in the team that can do well here. But we have a few guys in Pieter Weening, Simon Yates and Christian Meier who can also have a general classification result here.
Having been cleared to race yesterday, Daryl Impey is ready to return to racing when he lines up in the Tour of Alberta on Tuesday. The South African is part of a strong Orica-GreenEDGE that is loaded with fast riders. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 30, 2014




Photo: No one honked. No one threw anything. The cars calmly moved over, gave the riders space, and proceeded on their way. The riders aren’t just treated here like people, but very important people.
We usually think of Europe when it comes to cyclist-friendly people and cultures, a completely different experience than what we get at home in North America. But Guadeloupe is much closer to home, and as we recently discovered, is also home to a people who absolutely love cyclists, and cycling. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) proved himself a strong climber.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Alessandro De Marchi claimed the second and biggest victory of his professional career when he took a fine solo success on stage 7 into Alcaudete. The Italian was part of a four-man break that went clear after 40km of racing. (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2014




Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) is the stage 7 winner
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
It has been a long time coming, but Italy’s Alessandro De Marchi  secured his first Grand Tour win in style in Friday’s Vuelta a España stage 7, soloing away to claim a lone win in Alcaudete. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: I'm feeling okay but you definitely get the feeling that when bad luck comes it comes more than once. But all things considered I'm feeling all right and I think I got off relatively unscathed...
Chris Froome had a dramatic day in the Vuelta a Espana as he was briefly distanced after an early crash before gaining 2 seconds on his rivals in the finale. The Brit was pleased with the outcome as he appears to have escaped the incident relatively unscathed. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 8 Profile.
Satudray's Vuelta a Espana Stage 8 departs Baeza at 12:18pm CET (6:18am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Albacete at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Vuelta 2014 Stage 5 landscape (picture Unipublic, Graham Watson).
There’s also an individual time trial to show form ahead of Worlds, and a couple for the sprinters. (road.cc)

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Photo: For the second year in a row, Herrada won the final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, beating Bakelants and Ruffoni in a bunch sprint; Chavanel finished 8th and won the race overall for the third time in his career.
For the second year in a row, Jesus Herrada won the final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes when he became a surprise winner of a bunch sprint, holding off Jan Bakelants and Nicola Ruffoni. Sylvain Chavanel finished 8th and won the race overall. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 29, 2014




Rigoberto Uran in second makes it another Colombian on the podium at the Giro d'Italia
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Double Giro d’Italia runner-up Rigoberto Uran admitted he did not have an ideal day on Thursday’s first summit finish of the Vuelta, but argued that “in any case it’s Sunday” - a longer climb to Valdelinares ski station - “that’s the real test.” (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

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

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


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Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde on the start line
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Vuelta a España leader Alejandro Valverde has rejected rumors that he and his team had tried to ensure rival Chris Froome stayed dropped after his crash by upping the pace in the main peloton. (cyclingnews.com)

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Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) in yellow.
Photo: © Bettini.
Daryl Impey is free to make a return to racing having successfully shown that he did not intentionally take the diuretic Probenecid for which he tested positive in February. (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2014




Photo: Alessandro Petacchi is likely to retire from professional cycling with the end of the 2014 season, as the Omega Pharma- Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere confirmed that the Belgian team will not extend his contract.
According to Italian media, Alessandro Petacchi is likely to retire from professional cycling with the end of the 2014 season, as the Omega Pharma- Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere confirmed that the Belgian team will not extend his contract. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 29, 2014




Theo Bos (Belkin) celebrates his stage victory
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Theo Bos could be about to make a move to MTN-Qhubeka for the 2015 season, according to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2014




Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) can hardly believe he just a stage of the Tour. His first pro win as well
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Jan Bakelants has confirmed that he will join AG2R-La Mondiale this season, although he is yet to put pen to paper. (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2014




Photo: Ryan Trebon edged out Jeremy Powers on day 1 of the 2013 Derby City Cup. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com.
USA Cycling announced today that the 2014-15 edition of their Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX) will begin on September 6 and run through January 4, and will again feature a $40,000 prize purse to be split between the top riders in each of the men’s and women’s final standings. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Race circuit profile (26.9km).
Sunday's Men's Grand Prix Ouest France - Plouay gets underway at 9:40am CET (3:40am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 3:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).  GP Ouest France - Plouay live streaming video should get underway at around **1:20pm CET (**7:20am U.S. Eastern).  (cyclingfans.com)

August 29, 2014




Photo: The Seta's long narrow shaping has somewhat of the look of Fizik's Arione about it, though its not quite as long.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Affordable alternative to a Fizik Arione." (bikeradar.com)

August 29, 2014




Photo: In an expanding trend, Pearl Izumi now offers pockets on its MTB bib liner shorts .
Pearl's 2015 MTB clothing and shoe lineup shown at Eurobike. (bikeradar.com)

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1971 Worlds: Eddy Merckx (Belgium) outsprints Felice Gimondi (Italy) to win his second world championship in Mendrisio, Switzerland
Photo: © AFP.
Cycling legend Eddy Merckx has been undergoing tests after suffering from heart problems last weekend, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. Cardiologist Professor Pedro Brugada has been examining Merckx for the past two days after he was taken to the hospital. (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2014




Photo: It is a pity he crashed. Thor told me he was strong and had good legs. I am sure he would have won this stage without the crash.
Thor Hushovd found himself in the perfect position to take a final big victory when he had made it to the top of the final climb with the 15 best riders in the final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes. Unfortunately, a crash in the final turn prevented him from chasing a final big victory. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: The race was started in 1961 by L’Equipe and more specifically Jacques Goddet.
Esteban Chaves, Moreno Hofland and Rohan Dennis wear the leaders’ jerseys in a race. A glimpse of the future? No, it’s a scene from the past: the 2011 Tour de l’Avenir. The race is on this week. There are several stage races for U-23 riders that matter but none more so than this one. It’s length, international field and mountainous profile make it an essential rendez-vous. If it didn’t exist we’d have to invent it. (inrng.com)

August 29, 2014




Photo: World champion Marianne Vos, winner of the 2014 Sparkassen Giro. Photo: AFP.
Interbike’s first annual industry awards gala, the IB Awards, celebrates the bike industry’s success and innovation. The 2014 awards honor achievements from the 2014 product year, beginning in July 2013 and concluding in June 2014. Nominees and winners will be selected from categories across the bike community, including Product Innovation, Athletic Achievement, Dealer Excellence, Supplier Performance and Advocacy Efforts. (velonews.com)

August 29, 2014




Photo: What is it about people when they see a new bike that makes them unable to resist the urge to lift it up?
It seems like riders and manufacturers are in a perpetual drive to trim weight from their bikes. But are the performance gains really worth the effort and cost? (cyclist.com.au)

August 29, 2014




Photo: Cannondale are getting behind road disc brakes .
Everyone at the German trade show is debating the merits of road disc brake options. Plus new shoes, camo colour schemes and aero stylings. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 29, 2014




Photo: A collection of literary pieces, such as poems, short stories, or plays.
"Part of the art of non-fiction storytelling is to tell you something interesting you don't already know, and the Anthology, through its four volumes to date, does exactly that." (sbs.com.au)

August 29, 2014




Photo: Stevens: You can have any color you want, as long as it’s black! © Christopher Langer.
A clear trend: the whole gravel/adventure race/endurance cyclocross segment is easing its way onto the market while cyclocross race bikes are rather rare. No big cyclocross hype at Eurobike – but if you look closely, a few jewels arise from the muddy waters of a vast bicycle industry. (cxmagazine.com)

August 29, 2014




Photo: Bell’s Star Pro road helmet can alert your family and friends if you suffer a spill. (Courtesy).
Both companies are incorporating the Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) into new helmets. This system allows the hard shell and the liner to move separately in a crash, which could reduce a cyclist’s risk of concussion by decreasing the brain’s rotational acceleration. (bicycling.com)

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Aljandro Valverde wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a Epsana
Photo: © Bettini.
Alejandro Valverde moved back into pole position at the Vuelta a Espana when he won the first summit finish of the race at La Zubia. Valverde had enough finishing punch to edge out Chris Froome and Alberto Contador at the end of a thrilling stage contested fiercely by all of the race's biggest names. The victory put him back into the leader's red jersey which he had ceded to Michael Matthews in Arcos de la Frontera three days ago. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: It was a special climb with no corners, but a long straight road. I suffered a bit in the final, but we'll see in the next days what can happen. On Sunday there will be another test on an uphill finish...
Rigoberto Uran was one of the big losers in the first mountain stage of the Vuelta a Espana as the Colombian could only manage 19th. He remains hopeful that he will be stronger when the race returns to the mountains on Sunday. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 7 Profile.
Friday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 7 departs Alhendín at 1:02pm CET (7:02am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Alcaudete at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern). Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: In the third consecutive bunch sprint, Ruffoni took the first professional win by beating Jans and Cavendish; the latter defended his overall lead going into the decisive time trial in the afternoon.
Nicola Ruffoni broke Mark Cavendish’s stranglehold on the Tour du Poitou-Charentes when he beat Roy Jans and the British race leader in the bunch sprint in the morning stage on the third day of the race. With 4 bonus seconds, Cavendish defended his overall lead as he goes into the decisive time trial in the afternoon. (cyclingquotes.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

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

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


August 28, 2014




Photo: Klaas Lodewyck (BMC Racing Team) came home off the back of the break.
Photo: © Sirotti.
BMC’s Klaas Lodewyck will undergo surgery to fix his heart arrhythmia. As taking medication to manage his condition would result in his forced retirement, Lodewyck has opted to go under the knife. (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2014




Bernard Hinault
Photo: © Amstel Curcao Race.
Four years after it was close to folding completely because of economic problems, the 1983 Vuelta a España confirmed that cycling's third Grand Tour had - in fact - a secure future and, in sporting terms, it could be every bit as exciting as the Giro d'Italia or Tour de France. The Vuelta's official website claims that "1983 was one of the most spectacular editions in history" and it's honestly hard to disagree. (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2014




Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) rolls out of Malaga in red.
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The 2015 Vuelta will start in the province of Malaga, local newspaper Diariosur has reported, for the sixth time in its history. It will be the second year in a row that the Vuelta has started in Spain’s southernmost region, Andalusia, although in 2014 it began in Jerez de la Frontera in the south-western Andalusian province of Cadiz. (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The Tangente Speed is Zipp's top-end clincher. It's a pure race tire, with no puncture-resistant belt. Photo: Zipp.
Zipp announced a thorough update of its Tangente tire line, placing a focus on decreased rolling resistance as well as the aerodynamic interaction between the tire and rim. (velonews.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The project bike this year is a road bike and we see huge potential in suspension and communication...
The German brand, which has already released three new road models this season – the Endurace CF and AL, and the Aeroad CF SLX – has pulled back the covers from a road bike with an active suspension system front and rear, and a series of sensors controlled from a ‘brain’ designed by T-Mobile owners, Deutsche Telekom, compatible with i-Phone and Android smartphone platforms. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The Xpedo Thrust E is a new pedal-based power meter from Taiwan
Tom Ballard / Immediate Media.
Xpedo's new Thrust E power meter pedal system is an obvious competitor to the Garmin Vector (and the Look/Polar option), but offers easier set-up thanks to a fit-and-forget installation. (bikeradar.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Ritchey's new WCS Zeta Disc brings disc brake compatibility to the road along with offset 20mm-wide (internal width) tubeless-compatible aluminium rims. Claimed weight is 1,560g for the pair and retail price is just US$800 .
Wide disc-brake and carbon road wheels, ultralight saddles and the return of the Bullmoose. (bikeradar.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Inside Racing: Pro Cycling on $10 a Day.
Cycling takes a leading role in these five delightful summer reads. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Just a short climb on the agenda today, but it was a steep one that induced plenty of hurt.
The first summit finish of this year's Vuelta a España came early and it was Alejandro Valverde who emerged victorious as the general contender wheat got separated from the chaff in a surprisingly thorough manner. (podiumcafe.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Classics specialists Fabian Cancellara (right), Tom Boonen (center), and Peter Sagan (left) are among the favorites for Ponferrada worlds who are using the Vuelta to hone their form. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com..
In a Vuelta a España packed with superstars, most of the attention has been focused on the GC contenders. And for good reason, with the likes of Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, and Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana headlining what should be a blockbuster battle for victory. (velonews.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Salt Lake City's Jeff Louder, leading the Best Utah Rider competition at the 2012 Tour of Utah. Photo: Wil Matthews | VeloNews.com.
As the 2014 domestic race calendar draws to a close, several familiar names on the domestic road racing circuit are closing out their professional racing careers. Americans Alex Candelario, Jeff Louder, and Matt Cooke, as well as Australian Ben Day, are retiring from the pro peloton and moving on to other endeavors. (velonews.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The Turbine is a small, lightweight device that is placed inside the nose with extendable “paddles” used to keep each nostril open.
After the stage 1 team time trial at this year’s Vuelta a Espana Chris Froome tweeted that he had just used the Turbine breathing aid for the first time, saying that it made a “noticeable difference” and that he’d definitely use it again. So what is the Turbine? (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Ride with Brad Credit: Rick Robson .
The Bradley Wiggins Foundation — launched in a blaze of publicity two years ago on the back of his Tour de France and Olympic triumphs — has also been criticized for late payment of invoices after its first event, the ‘Ride With Brad’ sportive, held in Lancashire in August 2012, failed to sell out. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Christopher Horner, was withdrawn from the Vuelta at the last minute because of his low cortisol levels following cortisone treatment.
The Tour of Margaret River is a relatively new kid on the block, an event for the amateur racers that is steadily growing in popularity. (wednesdaylegs.wordpress.com)

August 28, 2014




Thomas Lövkvist (IAM Cycling)
Photo: © Sirotti.
At the age of 30, Swedish pro cyclist Thomas Löfkvist has informed his current employer IAM Cycling that he won’t consider any contract extension beyond the 2014 season. However he’ll remain in the history of the Swiss team as their first ever winner, after he claimed the overall classification of the Tour of the Mediterranean in February last year. (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The roads, both paved and unpaved, were terrific fun.
"I used to live in Western Massachusetts. I can assert that it is some of the best riding in the entire country. Here’s why." (redkiteprayer.com)

August 28, 2014




How to avoid and treat saddle sore
Simon Dodd Foto.
Saddle sores are an annoying side-effect of cycling that most serious riders have experienced at some time or other. At best they mean uncomfortable riding, and at worst they can keep you off the bike altogether. (bikeradar.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Wilier Triestina's Cento1AIR aero road bike borrows several design features from the TwinBlade TT bike
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Speedy shape but a rather firm ride." (bikeradar.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The Bontrager Circuit is a nice looking helmet for the price
David Rome / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Despite its low price, the Circuit reaps the benefits of trickle down features from the flagship Bontrager helmets." (bikeradar.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The frameset is an entirely new design: gone are the quirky aero brakes, replaced by conventional callipers that make pro race 'magic spanner' efforts far more feasible.
he Ridley Noah SL has been launched at this year's Eurobike show. The original Noah was a pure aero machine, with advanced features including a split-legged fork and unique integrated V-brakes; the Noah SL retains that wind-cheating DNA but sheds some weight and offers greater practicality. (bikeradar.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The all-new Aliante R3 sees the first significant change to the classic Aliante shape in 16 years
Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media.
Fizik has revealed a ground-up redesign of its popular Aliante saddle at Eurobike. The Aliante debuted 16 years ago and has become the benchmark saddle for sportive/gran fondo and endurance riders. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Evan Mcneely is a talented cyclocross racer with a game plan that could change the perception of professional cycling. © Margus Riga.
As controversial headlines continue to question the integrity of athletes in drug-tested sports, current Canadian national mountain bike team member and avid cyclocross racer Evan McNeely has launched a start-up, Stamped for Sport Supplements, to take the stigma out of sports supplements. (cxmagazine.com)

August 28, 2014





WADA President Craig Reedie
Photo: © AFP.
The two substances are known as Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) activators and have been proven to stimulate growth of erythropoietin (EPO) and testosterone. It also reduces the level of oxygen in the blood. (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Rui Costa, winner of the 2011 GP Cycliste Montreal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Organizers of the fifth edition of the Québec City and Montreal Grands Prix Cyclistes (GPs), held September 12 and 14 respectively, announced the rosters for the upcoming races, which include six of the top-15 riders in the UCI WorldTour rankings. (velonews.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Chris Horner, Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana Deià-Lluc 2014 Credit: Andy Jones .
Rider agent Baden Cooke is confident American veteran Chris Horner will secure a contract for the 2015 season despite being pulled from the Vuelta a Espana that he was set to enter as defending champion. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 28, 2014





Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) won the overall 2014 Paris-Nice
Photo: © (cyclingtips.com.au).
AG2R-La Mondiale manager Vincent Lavenu has rejected claims that the team has agreed to release Carlos Betancur from his contract at the end of the season. (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2014




Marc Goos (Belkin) pulls back the breakaway
Photo: © Tour of Hainan 2013.
Since singing a declaration of intent with De Lotto, BrandLoyalty and speed skating Team BrandLoyalty, Belkin has been busy securing its riders for 2015 and beyond with new contracts. (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: Edvald Boasson Hagen is the latest big-name transfer to have been confirmed this month (pic: Sirotti).
While his Team Sky team-mates were spending another day on the front of the bunch at the Vuelta a Espana, Edvald Boasson Hagen was preparing to life away from the British team next season. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The Qiansen Trophy cyclocross race is back for 2014, this year a C1 race. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Men from 21 different countries have made the trip to Beijing, China to contest the second annual Qiansen Trophy Race, China’s first and only cyclocross race on Saturday (Friday for most of our readers). (cxmagazine.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The powder-coated TS-2.2 is less expensive than its chrome brother.
The traditional nickel-chrome TS-2.2 will remain available for those who prefer. But the powder-coated version (TS-2.2P) will be 10-15 percent less expensive, Park's Eric Hawkins said Thursday. (bicycleretailer.com)

August 28, 2014




Photo: The announcement of Cervelo’s new S5 Aero road platform had all the trappings of a typical bike launch.
Eurobike is off to a strong start with more new product releases and major announcements than are typical. Recently the trend has been to launch products at stand alone events rather than compete at the big bike shows for a share of the spotlight. (pelotonmagazine.com)

August 28, 2014




The new Verve Infocrank has a 130BCD spacing for use with traditional 53x39 chainrings
Tom Ballard / Immediate Media.
Australian power meter specialist Verve has launched a new version of its Infocrank power meter at Eurobike, to cater for 130BCD and 24mm axles. The original Infocrank is now available to the masses. (bikeradar.com)

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John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) won stage 5's sprint at the Vuelta, despite a late charge by Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
John Degenkolb survived the heat to take his second consecutive stage victory at the Vuelta a España, much to the displeasure of Nacer Bouhanni. The German rider beat Bouhanni and Moreno Hofland in the chaotic uphill finish in Ronda. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The team needed more information about, who was behind and who wasn’t, we didn’t know who had been left behind. I think that we managed to leave a few interesting riders behind in the initial part, but then they came back...
Alberto Contador and Tinkoff-Saxo tried to put their rivals under pressure with a strong attack in the crosswinds on stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana. In the end, most of the GC riders rejoined the front group and Contador lamented the lack of information as he didn't know who had been left behind. (cyclingquotes.com)








Photo: Stage 6 Profile.
Thursday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 6 departs Benalmadena at 1:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at La Zubia at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern).. (cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2014





Photo: Cavendish will wear the leader's jersey once again at 111km Stage 3 on Thursday..
OPQS rider Mark Cavendish won his second straight sprint stage, this time at 183.6km Stage 2 of Tour du Poitou-Charentes on Wednesday. The Manx Missile relied on another dominant leadout from his teammates, and launched his sprint for the convincing victory. (omegapharma-quickstep.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: Having escaped with 10 riders inside the final 3km, Vangenechten beat De Buyst and Van Asbroeck in a sprint to break Leukemans’ four-year string in the Druivenkoers Overijse.
After four consecutive wins by Bjorn Leukemans, the Druivenkoers Overijse finally got a new winner when Jonas Vangenechten emerged as the strongest in the 54th edition of the race. The Belgian escaped with 9 other riders inside the final 3km and held off the Topsport Vlaanderen pair of Jasper De Buyst and Tom Van Asbroeck to claim the victory. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 27, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

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

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


August 26, 2014




Photo: With a rapidly-growing coaching business to his name, it was suggested that Day might want to consider stepping off the bike a little earlier in order to maintain the quality in both endeavours.
On Sunday we all watched and listened to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge which was a celebration of Jens Vogt's final race of his illustrious career. But there was another rider in the peloton who was also competing his final race; Ben Day. As Jane Aubrey writes, Day's career was filled with talent, glory and mishaps that took him a down a different path. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 27, 2014




Photo: Dane considering staying with Tinkoff-Saxo in another role.
After a professional career that has lasted 16 seasons, Danish rider Nicki Sørensen has decided to call it a day. The 39-year-old will be out of contract with Tinkoff-Saxo at the end of this season and has chosen not to seek an extension. (cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2014





Photo: John Degenkolb returned to winning ways on stage four (pic: Sirotti).
John Degenkolb took the honors on stage four of the Vuelta a Espana, with Michael Matthews protecting the red jersey. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: The Get Set Go bra uses compression and encapsulation support systems.
Trying on and testing out different sports bras can be tedious and discouraging for many women. With so many different style and support options available it can be hard to even know where to start looking. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Climbing. Well, more stunning scenery... just Málaga and Granada, two more gems, if you're scoring at home... and a long occasionally climby run-in...
"I would peg this as a stage-hunter's game for climber types. There's a long list of riders in need of some attention and points. Samuel Sanchez? Amets Txurruka? Alex Kolobnev? [Needing a change in the type of attention he's getting.] Johan Chaves? Chris Anker Sorensen?"

August 27, 2014





Photo: As for Sagan, he is also similarly anonymous. He too has been seen more often near the back of the peloton than near the front.
The teams of both Thibaut Pinot and Peter Sagan have commented on the disappointing performances of both riders thus far in the Vuelta a España, with each squad confirming that neither rider is in the same kind of form that the showed in this year’s Tour de France. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 27, 2014





Photo: The tape on Contador's right leg is one of the few pieces of evidence of his Tour de France-ending crash. The Spaniard finished with the front group on stage 3, despite his time off to recover from the fracture. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alberto Contador shouldn’t even be in this Vuelta a España. Barely a month ago, the Spanish superstar crashed out of the Tour de France with a broken leg. A fractured bone seemed to be a death sentence for Contador’s 2014 season, on the side of an innocuous French road in the Vosges mountains. Everyone close to him says he was in the best form of his career. (velonews.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: American Lawson Craddock (left) is in his grand-tour debut at the Vuelta. Photo by Tim De Waele.
American Lawson Craddock lived the highs and lows of grand tour racing all in one day in Thursday’s fifth stage at the Vuelta a España. (velonews.com)

August 27, 2014






Photo: With the UCI announcement that new regulations for the hour record that will allow for the use of track-legal pursuit bikes, Bradley Wiggins has a renewed interest in the hour record. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Bradley Wiggins could kick off a new round of hour record attempts if he sticks to an announced June 2015 date. His plan could spur on world time trial champion Tony Martin, and Fabian Cancellara, who have both expressed interest. (velonews.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: As the inevitable catch was made moments later, numerous riders reached out to pat Jens! on the back.
As the bell rang for the final finishing circuit of the USA Pro Challenge in Denver on Sunday, Jens Voigt was where we expected to see him - off the front, legs churning, bike rocking back and forth, in the final breakaway of his storied career. (podiumcafe.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: Riding your bike is the best medicine for beating the winter blues .
We all know that getting out on our bikes when it’s cold and dark can be hard, but when we do, it always makes us feel better and lifts our mood. (bikeradar.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: we raced through here but it was a tad more grey at that time...
The Salzkammergut Trophy is Austria’s most famous MTB race, and its largest, this year attracting 4,256 participants. This is a huge race – I took part in the 119km race but there are several other events over three days, the longest being a 211km cross-country sufferfest that took some competitors over 15 hours to finish. (crankpunk.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: The E100 is beyond the normal development cycle, utilizing technologies that haven't been seen before in the bike industry.
The E100 tubular road wheel is the brand's most radical new offering, and with an MSRP of $3,800, it should be. The E100 weighs just 1,050 grams per set, with a 45 mm-deep rim with Easton's Fantom Rim aero profile and tensioned carbon spokes. (bicycleretailer.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: I’ve washed bikes a dozen times with this and haven’t finished the bottle. At $13.99 per liter bottle, that’s a pretty good deal.
"With the exception of properly degreasing a nasty drivetrain, this stuff is nearly miraculous. I give the bike a brief misting of water, spray it down with the wash, let it foam for a few seconds and then hose it all off." (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Team Cannondale's roster for 2015 continues to take shape after Alex Howes and Davide Formolo recently committed their futures to the American WorldTour team. (cyclingnews.com)

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Edvald Boasson Hagen gives a lopsided victory salute in 2013
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Edvald Boasson Hagen has signed a two-year contract with South African continental team MTN-Qhubeka, according to Norwegian television channel TV2. It is rumored that the new contract is worth one million Euros, which is less than he is currently on at Sky. (cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: Level playing field...more women are winning than ever before (Mark Gunter).
One round remains in the 2014 UCI Women's Road World Cup, and so far, eight different riders have won each of the eight rounds. (sbs.com.au)

August 27, 2014




Photo: I do a little bit of a lot of things! My official title is senior e-commerce manager, which includes most of stuff with the web—content, sales, and new products on the sites, enhancing customer experience, and processing and making sure orders are being filled right.
Amanda Stoneham is the senior e-commerce manager at Diamondback, and more importantly, she’s an avid roadie and mountain biker when she’s off the clock. Find out what it’s like being a woman working in the cycling industry. (diamondback.com)

August 27, 2014





Photo: The new shoe is the SH-R321, the second generation of Shimano's Dynalast road shoes.
Timed for the opening of the Eurobike show here this week, Shimano has announced a new top-tier road shoe and some new handlebar, stem and seatpost options offered in its PRO brand. (bicycleretailer.com)

August 27, 2014





Photo: it is only a precious handful that produce bikes which differ significantly from their competitors. LOOK is among that happy few.
Of all the high-end machines we tested on the admittedly limited 7km demo circuit in Friedrichschafen, the 795 Aerolight was the most eager: quick out of the blocks and unwilling to sacrifice speed once gained. Several reasons will lie behind such pleasing alacrity, of course, not least Mavic’s rather wonderful Cosmic Carbone 40c full carbon clinchers, but the chassis certainly played its part. (roadcyclinguk.com)

August 27, 2014





Photo: Single-leg design notwithstanding, BMC has done a similar integrated/external steerer tube design on its TT bike .
he BMC Impec Concept bike, as the name suggests, will never be for sale. But unlike many concept bikes, which are often little more than plastic art projects, the Impec Concept was made tip to tail, from initial idea to carbon fibre product, inside BMC’s Grenchen facility in the space of four months. (bikeradar.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: The tubular aluminium handle doubles as a mounting point for a third wheel, allowing the Bike Travel Bike Pro to be rolled, rather than pulled .
EVOC's has updated its bike travel bike, making it lighter, stiffer and adding a creature comforts to make travelling with a bike easier. (bikeradar.com)

August 27, 2014




Photo: The hook remains in case you don’t run tubeless tires, but Lew cautions to never convert a non-tubeless rim.
Reynolds’ Attack, Assault SLG and Strike SLG Performance road carbon clinchers all become tubeless ready for 2015, and the Attack becomes available in a disc brake specific option, too. The 46 Aero also gets a disc brake option, and three Aero (46, 58 and 72) wheelsets all get tubular rim options. (bikerumor.com)

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John Degenkolb wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a Espana. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
John Degenkolb claimed stage 4 of the Vuelta a Espana from Mairena del Alcor to Córdoba after unleashing a furious sprint in the final 200 meters. The German won by several bike lengths, gauging his efforts perfectly on a day that saw a number of his sprint rivals suffer in the heat. Vincente Reynes finished second with Michael Matthews doing enough to retain his leader’s jersey, taking in third. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: My team rode awesome again today, they did everything they could for me and got me in the right position in the final but it was a little bit hectic in the finish...
Michael Matthews was unable to make it two in a row in the Vuelta a Espana after a poor position for the final sprint saw him start his sprint too far back. Despite defending his leader's jersey, the Australian lamented the lack of respect for the race leader that had caused him to be poorly positioned. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Wednesday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 5 departs Priego de Cordoba at 12:52pm CET (6:52am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Ronda at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: Monday's breakaway included Danilo Wyss (BMC), Jerome Cousin (Europcar), Fumeaux (IAM Cycling), Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka), and Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
After a European summer without high temperatures, the peloton is wilting under a scorching sun during the opening stages of the Vuelta a España. “I am from Texas, but this is still hot for everyone,” Chad Haga said before the start of stage 4. “Everyone is just doing what they can to stay hydrated.” (velonews.com)

August 26, 2014




Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
His face caked in sweat and salt-lines, Joaquim Rodriguez could barely get his hands on a drink quickly enough at the Vuelta a España finish in Cordoba as temperatures soared into the low forties for the last part of the stage. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Romain Sicard (Europcar), Adam yates (Orica-GreenEdge) and Alejando Valverde (Movistar)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
A rider making his Grand Tour debut does not typically attack at the most difficult point of the toughest stage to date, but then Adam Yates does not appear to be a typical neo-professional. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014





Photo: The Vuelta peloton is one with some great riders that were, on paper, perfectly suited to the finish yesterday but Matthews looked unbeatable.
Fascinating too to see a rider coming into his own, as Michael Matthews did by taking the win off the plucky Dan Martin. Matthews was confident enough to let Martin try to come back at him and it’s a confidence well deserved as he is turning out to be a very versatile – and very good – rider. (crankpunk.com)

August 26, 2014





Photo: Dan McLay ...
Dan McLay, who has been riding for the Lotto-Belisol under-23 team for the past two seasons, added a very useful win to his palmares with victory in stage three of the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 26, 2014





Photo: Mark Cavendish on stage one of the Tour de l'Ain 2014 Credit: Graham Watson .
Mark Cavendish takes first win since crashing out of the Tour de France in July. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 26, 2014




Photo: If you look at the results and the performance of the NetApp-Endura team over the last few weeks, you see that the entire team has taken another step forward since the Tour de France and Qinghai Lake.
Following a successful Tour de France, NetApp-Endura returns to one-day racing when they line up in the Druivenkoers Overijse tomorrow. The race kicks off a series of autumn classics in Belgium for the German team. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 26, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

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

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


August 26, 2014




Photo: Specialized-lululemon will be the ones to beat in the world championship team time trial (Images by Andre Weening/UCI).
Specialized-lululemon, Chantal Blaak and Lizzie Armitstead were the big winners when the women's peloton headed north to Sweden for the Open de Suede Vargarda World Cup. (sbs.com.au)

August 26, 2014




Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
When Adam Hansen rolled down the starting ramp on Saturday’s team time trial in the Vuelta a España, the Lotto-Belisol rider began the three-week stage race that could see him equal the all time record of Grand Tour finishes in a single year. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: C3 racer Arley Kemmerer at Kings CX. © Kent Baumgardt.
Can’t believe all of the new small teams cropping up all across the country? Neither can we. Between Cody Kaiser’s LangeTwins Vineyard, Jeremy Powers’s Aspire Team, Zach McDonald’s KCCX, and the Durrins’ Neon Velo Cycling Team, we figured that was it. We figured wrong. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: The 27 year old rider has been with Team Sky for the past five seasons...
Edvald Boasson Hagen will announce Wednesday where he will next compete as a pro rider, but according to VG.no it will not be an anticipated move to Tinkoff Saxo. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 26, 2014




Photo: The USA Pro Challenge had Lexus as official vehicles. The Tour de France has Skodas.
There’s a big gap between audiences in the “new” world of cycling in the English-speaking world where cycling is booming and the “old” world where it is established. To caricature the audience in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand is small… but wealthy; the audience in France, Belgium, Italy and Spain is huge but in a lower income bracket. (inrng.com)

August 26, 2014





Photo: With another Category 3 climb before tomorrow’s finish at Ronda who would bet against him doing it again?
On a day when the biggest challenge was the all-consuming heat it was that other German sprinter who powered into the ancient city of Córdoba and took the win for Giant-Shimano. John Degenkolb has every reason to love Spain and will be looking for more wins in this year’s race. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014





Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) leads up the final climb
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Chris Horner’s agent believes that despite the American failing to start this Vuelta a Espana he can once again find his best form in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: In this outcome we will be focused on Luka - he has worked hard with the coaches to be in good shape for this race and together with the support of the team and a good plan, he can go for the best result possible...
Team Giant-Shimano will line up in their next WorldTour race, the GP Plouay, with a focus on a sprint finish. Luka Mezgec and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg will enjoy the status of being protected riders. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 26, 2014





Rodriguez is given the maglia rosa by Alfredo Martini
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Alfredo Martini, the man that led Italy to six world titles, has died at the age of 93. The former Italian national coach passed away on Monday in his home in Sesto Fiorentino. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: In a month after the Vuelta I expect myself to arrive perfectly prepared for Worlds. Winning the Giro, Tour or Vuelta would mean a lot to me, but World Championships remain an ultimate goal...
More than slightly overweight and without a clear views on his future in professional cycling, Carlos Betancur has returned to competition in Spain after he infamously didn’t make it back from Colombia on time to participate in his season-s biggest objective-to-be – the Tour de France. Despite a lot of controversies surrounding the enigmatic Ag2r La Mondiale rider, he declares his constant affection for bike racing and motivation to build proper disposition for upcoming World Championships. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 26, 2014




In a first for the pro peloton, Team SmartStop assistant director Gord Fraser drove an all-electric BMW in the caravan during two stages of the USA Pro Challenge last week in Colorado.
Photo: © Pat Malach.
Team SmartStop is already ramping up for the 2015 season by re-signing US pro road race champion Eric Marcotte and National Race Calendar leader Travis McCabe. Team owner Jamie Bennett also confirmed this week that SmartStop Self Storage will return next year as the title sponsor. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Robert Millar on the attack
Photo: © blank.
It was stage 6 of the 1986 Vuelta a Espana and Lagos de Covadonga was a relatively new find for the organizers of the Vuelta. It was first climbed in 1983 when it was being touted as their Alpe d'Huez. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: The new Altum replaces the Z5SLi, though it uses rounded tubing for the downtube its top tube design and rear stays borrow heavily from the ESX aero machine .
Big changes for the US custom carbon masters. (bikeradar.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: It all looks very neat, but we had problems with a slipping seatpost .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A solid all-rounder with boundless potential for speed and spot-on handling." (bikeradar.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: Larry asks, How is this even physically possible? Photo: Larry C.
Due to a tapered (rather than square) flank on a critical freehub spline, the PowerTap GS freehub allows the cogs to be incorrectly installed on the freehub. If installed in this improper position, the cog is only driving the freehub body at one contact point. (velonews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: The aero advantage comes not just from the smoother mount profile, but also from the fact that the computer sits closer to the bar, smoothing the air flow over between parts.
The new K-Edge Aero Garmin Mount was developed at the request of Team Sky. Apparently, after they switched to K-Edge mounts to increase the strength if their Garmin mounting device, they wanted something more aero. (bikerumor.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: To eliminate the chain, the designers used the drivetrain and riding position of the Radio Flyer tricycle.
Engineers from Singapore pour their creative energies into this multi configurable bike. (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: After a turbulent end to the 2013 season, Michael Rogers has enjoyed a renaissance in 2014, with a Tour stage win and two Giro stage wins. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
With three grand tour stage wins this season, and a contract extension with Tinkoff-Saxo through 2016, Australian Michael Rogers has enjoyed a renaissance in 2014 — a season put into jeopardy after he’d tested positive for Clenbuterol last fall. (velonews.com)

August 26, 2014





Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) celebrates his first win of the Giro d'Italia
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The UCI is set to decide on whether or not to begin disciplinary hearings into Diego Ulissi’s positive Salbutamol case in the next two weeks, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Italian’s positive test was announced by his team over two months ago, on July 25. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: I want to extend a very sincere thank you to the fine folks of Medalist Sports for putting on another incredible race.
Another USA Pro Challenge is in the rear view mirror. (iamtedking.com)





Fernando Alonso watches Stage 18 from the VIP car
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Luis García Abad, the manager for Formula One star Fernando Alonso, has reportedly told the website Biciciclismo that he has formally requested a WorldTour licence for the F1 star’s new team. However, according to the interview, he has insisted that they have not signed, or even approached, any riders because it would be illegal until the regulations allow him to do so, on October 1st. (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: We can target the sprints with Jonas, while Simon [Geschke] and Tom [Dumoulin] will aim for a strong prologue after which we will look at the GC possibilities...
Following his successful Eneco Tour, Tom Dumoulin will be back in action when he lines up at the Tour of Alberta next week. The Dutchman will target a good overall result while also preparing for the Canadian WorldTour races. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: World Championships a target for return to competition.
Mary McConneloug & Mike Broderick: "It's been a challenging and complicated past few weeks for Mike and me. A time that we have had our mental fortitude tested in a less familiar way. The problems started for us abruptly with a training crash at the World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec, Canada. After getting the x-ray confirmation that I actually broke my ankle (a lateral malleolus fracture) Mike and I have had some serious refiguring to do. Dang!" (cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: The sensor is a small chip encased within the rim .
Embedded sensor for temperature and pressure on Lightweight wheels. (bikeradar.com)

August 26, 2014





A redesigned headset compression system eliminates the need for an expander plug in the steerer tube, opening up that space to hide an internal Di2 battery. Photo: Pro Components.
To help the neat freaks tuck away their Di2 wires, Shimano-owned Pro Components has introduced a new line of Tharsis components, including a new stem, handlebar, and seatpost. (velonews.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: It's easy to open and close with one hand, though it can rock the helmet a bit as you do so .
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Custom aerodynamics and airflow on the go, but expensive." (bikeradar.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: The Genesis LifeBeam is available in two sizes and certified for CE, CPSC or AS markets.
The Genesis LifeBEAM uses electro-optical technology to measure heart rate. The optical sensor is placed on the front of the Genesis, within the existing headband of the helmet. The sensor samples the heart rate and transmits a raw signal to the processing unit, which is placed in the back of the helmet. (bicycleretailer.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: Depending on the conditions Finish Line expects applications to last about a month.
Their new Dry Film Pedal and Cleat Lube is specifically formulated to stick to the parts but not the environment. Approved for use use with Speedplay pedals as well as all other metal or composite cleats, the lube is totally dry and will not attract dirt. (bikerumor.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: Giant’s new, top-of-the-line endurance road bike is disc only and comes stock with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifting, Zipp 202 Disc carbon clinchers, and a $10,300 price tag.
Lightest road frame ever produced by world's largest bike maker. (roadbikereview.com)

August 26, 2014




Photo: Cables are fed into the top tube behind the stem on the new NeilPryde Nazare 2 .
American Classic Carbonator MTB wheels, Time's Activ fork damper, new Crankbrothers tools, and more. (bikeradar.com)









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Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) wins the sprint in stage 3
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Michael Matthews delivered on the hard work done by his Orica-GreenEdge teammates with a beautifully judged victory in Arcos de la Frontera. The final three kilometers were extremely technical, featuring a pinch point coming into and over a narrow bridge, several tight turns through the town and then a kilometer-long climb up to the finish. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Tuesday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 4 departs Mairena del Alcor at 1:20pm CET (7:20am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Cordoba at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Chris Froome gives a few fans some autographs
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
For Chris Froome, the cool down after stage 3 of the Vuelta a España took on a novel form, as he completed the ALS ice bucket challenge outside the Team Sky bus with Pete Kennaugh and trainer Tim Kerrison, to the mirth of the fans who gathered for a glimpse of the former Tour de France winner. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
If stage one’s team time trial of the Vuelta España offered a chance to assess each team’s collective strength, then stage three’s finale of the Vuelta a España on Monday at Arcos de la Frontera will do the same for the favorites - and it will be as much about bike handling skills as pure strength. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: The Vuelta is Nairo Quintana's first race since winning the Giro in May. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
This Vuelta a España just might live up to its billing as the best-ever field for the Spanish tour. Without a doubt, more big names and established superstars rolled out of the start gate Saturday than any Vuelta before. Grand tour winners. (velonews.com)

August 25, 2014




Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) was pumped with his win today
Photo: © AFP.
After enduring four runner-up finishes over six stages, Garmin-Sharp got it right Sunday and finally took a stage win during the final day of the USA Pro Challenge in the team's home state of Colorado. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

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

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


August 25, 2014




Photo: Gabby Durrin, shown here at Essen, was able to pull of a great win at the Vermont Overland. Bart Hazen..
Some spectators might have a difficult time defining what kind of race the Vermont Overland Grand Prix exactly is. It’s kind of a gravel race, but there isn’t exactly a lot of gravel. It’s kind of a road race, but a large part of the course takes place on roads that would destroy the suspension of your average sedan. (cxmagazine.com)

August 25, 2014




Wilco Kelderman (Belkin)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
For Wilco Kelderman, the late addition of an array of star names to the field for his debut Vuelta a España is a source of motivation rather than of intimidation. Just 23 years of age and in his third season as a professional, Kelderman’s apprenticeship to date has been a smooth one. A solid 17th in his first Giro d’Italia last year, he followed that up with seventh this time around and – perhaps more impressively – fourth in a full-blooded Critérium du Dauphiné straight afterwards. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: The Garmin Vector S measures power at the left pedal .
One-sided power meter offers wattage measurement at a lower cost. (bikeradar.com)

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Chris Horner has struggled with a chest infection since the Tour de France's muddy cobblestone stage. He was then treated with cortisone, which resulted in his exclusion from the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Chris Horner is hoping his controversial exit from the Vuelta a España does not have an adverse effect on his contract talks for 2015. Horner, 42, was unable to defend his Vuelta title after treatment for a nagging chest cold pushed his cortisol levels below the acceptable standard for the cycling group, MPCC (Movement Pour Cyclisme Credible), prompting Lampre-Merida to remove him Friday from the Vuelta roster. (velonews.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: I think maybe it's a long, hot day and far enough into the race for people's nerves to calm a bit.
"Hm, if I didn't know better, I'd say it's our first entry from the new way to do grand tour first weeks, the "I Can't Believe It's a Climbing Stage!" stage. Also known to Peter Sagan as the "I Can't Believe How Easy You're Making This For Me!" stage. Wait, what? Moreno Hofland can climb? We'll see about that." (podiumcafe.com)

August 25, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) rides to the start in Cadiz
Photo: © Sirotti.
A late crash involving Vuelta a España leader Alejandro Valverde and two of his teammates on stage 3 to Arcos de la Frontera saw him unable to defend his top spot overall. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Caleb Ewan (UniSA) makes his way around the People's Choice Classic course
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Andersen continues on as race leader. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: My team needed me to get to that group … but I was paying for the effort, and despite still dangling out in no-man’s-land for another 12km I just couldn’t make the gap.
Former Australian national champion Amanda Spratt took part in both races for the Australian Orica-AIS team and wrote this report about the weekend. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 25, 2014




Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins Vattenfall Cyclassics
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Alexander Kristoff has been winning with ease in 2014 since his breakthrough victory at Milan-San Remo in the spring and two debut stage victories at the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014





Photo: KOM leader Ben Jacques Maynes (Jamis) in the break during Stage 2. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Wearing a USA Pro Challenge leader’s jersey can be a heavy burden.
Would any rider in the peloton turn down a shot at the yellow, green, or polka-dot shirts if they had a chance? Unlikely, but once you put on that special piece of kit, responsibilities shift. (velonews.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: I’m actually pretty calm about it all, I’ve got to find my way a little bit, because it’s been ten years since I’ve been to a Grand Tour without being expected to win it...
After failing to successfully conclude his bid for the maglia rosa at the 2014 edition of Giro d’Italia, Cadel Evans lined up at the Vuelta not as a BMC leader, but reliable lieutenant of Samuel Sanchez. Even though such exceptional situation could be treated as a part of his slow withdrawal from professional sport, the 37-year Australian turns down discussions about his retirement and claims to feel relieved to ride Grand Tour event without pressure. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: The new Zirconium wheels use an asymmetric rim profile to balance spoke tension evenly from side to side.
Alchemist has shown us some pretty wild looking wheels for mountain bikes in the past, and now they’re applying their unique take to the road market with an astonishingly lightweight set of disc brake-only clinchers. (bikerumor.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: Be prepared for a great ride. (Thomas MacDonald).
All your ride quandaries, solved. (bicycling.com)

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Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) salutes victory in stage 3
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
After a superb Giro d'Italia this May followed by a training crash ending his hopes of making a Tour de France debut, Michael Matthews continued his rollercoaster season with an emphatic Vuelta a Espana stage win on Monday and the leader's jersey to boot. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Alberto Contador was happy to make it through the team time trial
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Alberto Contador may have started the Vuelta a España on the back foot following his crash and injury in the Tour de France, but so far he remains firmly in the mix with the other favorites. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: The low cortisol levels was due to a course of cortisone treatment which Horner had been taking, under a therapeutic use exemption by the UCI, to treat bronchitis.
Defending champion Chris Horner was withdrawn from the Vuelta a Espana due to cortisol levels below the threshold stipulated as “healthy” by the Movement for Credible Cycling, of which his team, Lampre-Merida, is a member. (socalcycling.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: Jens decided to end his career in Colorado and it was a privilege to watch him tear up the roads.
The husband and wife reporting team of Travis and Angelica Dixon hit the roads of Colorado one last time on Sunday to capture all the action and atmosphere of the final stage from Boulder to Denver. Travis was on the bike and Angelica on the photo-moto for what was yet another great day’s racing through the spectacular Colorado countryside. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014





Photo: Vincenzo Nibali will trade his yellow jersey, along with Astana's kit, for the blue outfit of the Italian national team next month. World championships will be one of his final objectives in 2014. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Italy is rallying its troops around Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali for the world championship road race in Ponferrada, Spain. The official team will not be known until Friday, September 12, 16 days before the race on September 28, but it appears that it will be one for Nibali. (velonews.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal have been focused on this race since the Giro so I’m here and I'm happy to support them.
Andrew Talansky by many was considered a dark horse to finish on the podium of the star-studded Vuelta a Espana after the Criterium du Dauphine surprise winner abandoned the Tour de France in highly dramatic circumstances. Recovered from injuries sustained in France, the 25-year old American managed to put his latest disappointments into a right perspective but claimed that he is dedicated to a supporting role he is expected to play in the season’s final Grand Tour. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 25, 2014




Gabriel Rasch (Team Sky) at Kuurne - Brussels - Kuurne
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Gabriel Rasch will be one of the men behind Team Sky's Chris Froome at this Vuelta a España, not as a professional rider like he used to be until last April, but as a sports director. The British squad named the Norwegian one of the directors for the Spanish Grand Tour, alongside Dario Cioni and Dan Frost. (cyclingnews.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: Phil's last name is pronounced guy'mon, and not gay'men like the award winning author of American Gods, Anansi Boys, Good Omens, Fragile Things, various graphic novels and children's books, etc, etc.).
Highlight: Alex Howes winning Stage 7 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge. By approximately 7/10 of an inch. (manualforspeed.com)

August 25, 2014




Photo: The Pioneer Power Meter Gen-2, available for Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and Ultegra 6800 only at the moment .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Not the power meter we reviewed previously – the new Pioneer is a highly competitive device with near-overwhelming data output options." (bikeradar.com)

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Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp) comes to the front to set tempo.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
In a near repeat performance of the opening stage in Aspen, best friends Alex Howes and Kiel Reijnen went head to head for the stage victory, but this time it was Howes who won the sprint by diving between the barriers and the green jersey winner to claim the team's only stage win of the race. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014





Ian Crane at the Jamis-Hagens Berman team car after his minor spill on stage 7
Photo: © Jonathan Devich..
The final stage of the USA Pro Challenge was marred by an horrific crash in the opening kilometers of the final stage from Boulder to Denver that left Jamis-Hagens Berman rider Ian Crane in serious condition in a local hospital. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Photo: Lizzie Armiststead in 2014 World Cup leader's jersey. Photo: Boels-Dolmans Credit: Boels-Dolmans.
Eighth place good enough as Chantal Blaak makes it a Swedish double for Specialized-Lululemon. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) on his way to third place on the day and overall Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Jelly Belly-Maxxis rider Serghei Tvetcov, who is currently third overall at the USA Pro Challenge as the race heads toward its conclusion Sunday in Denver, is among the biggest revelations of the week. The 25-year-old has been earning results consistently over the past two years with his US Continental team, but his performance this week in Colorado has taken him to another level. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Photo: Near the top of Hoosier Pass, Carter Jones (Optum) tried a short-lived attack, only to be caught before the summit. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
If you were watching closely, you would have seen the bright orange helmet and whirling yellow socks of Carter Jones pedaling alongside some of the world’s strongest riders. (velonews.com)

August 24, 2014




Photo: Doug Report...
Adrian is an instrumental piece of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team lead out train, often sacrificing his own success to position his teammates for the win. (/uhcprocycling.com)

August 24, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

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 24, 2014




Photo: I don't really want to talk about next season yet because first of all I just want to finish this year well...
Even though almost all news regarding Peter Sagan are connected with his move to Tinkoff-Saxo since the transfer season kicked off, the 24-year old Slovak turned down such discussion at the Vuelta a Espana team presentation, claiming that he remains focused on his 2014 objectives. (cyclingquotes.com)

August 24, 2014




Photo: ​Testosterone products, which are prescribed to treat low testosterone (“Low T”) in men, have become popular among young men seeking physical enhancement.
Tejay Van Garderen is the last to start. It's raining and but still waaaaaay crowded. People are shouting and banging on the barriers and pumping their fists and shit. Dave Towle​ is doing his thing, bringing the scene to a frenzy, edging the crowd right up to the countdown; 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and boom, the whole places pops. (manualforspeed.com)

August 24, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni wins stage 4 of the Eneco Tour Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Nacer Bouhanni won the bunch sprint during stage 2 at the Vuelta a España on Sunday in San Fernando. The FDJ.fr squad provided a perfectly timed lead-out for their sprinter to take the win ahead of John Degenkolb and Roberto Ferrari. Valverde moves into the red leader's jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Monday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 3 departs Cadiz at 12:10pm CET (6:10am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Arcos de la Frontera at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014





Alberto Contador high-fiving his fans
Photo: © Bettini.
Even in a Vuelta a España illuminated by galacticos, Alberto Contador is by far and away the brightest star in the firmament, at least as far as the home crowd is concerned. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins Clasica San Sebastian Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alejandro Valverde has made an unexpected return to the Vuelta lead on Sunday’s stage two, as the Spaniard finished 21st, ahead of team-mate and the previous holder of the top spot overall, Jonathan Castroviejo. (cyclingnews.com)

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) celebrates the win Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Farrar beats Cavendish but misses podium again. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Cadel Evans and his BMC team Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Australia’s Cadel Evans is racing the Vuelta a España for the first time in five years this August - but not, for the first time in years, for his own general classification bid. Rather Evans is racing in support of his  BMC teammate Samuel Sánchez. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




The Garmin-Sharp team suffered a disasterous crash in the TTT Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Garmin Sharp’s team management confirmed Sunday that memories of the crash that wreaked havoc in their team time trial performance in the Giro d'Italia this May had left the American squad at a distinct disadvantage in the Vuelta a España's equivalent event on Saturday. (cyclingnews.com)

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Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) can hardly believe he's won the race
Photo: © ASO/G. Demouveaux.
Andrew Talansky began the Tour de France aspiring to place on the podium and ended it utterly alone on the road to Oyonnox in week two, half an hour off the rear of the peloton. A brace of crashes had left him with an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint and after battling to the finish of stage 11 just inside the time limit, he abandoned the race that evening. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Chantal Blaak (Specialized lululemon) leads Emma Johansson (Orica) Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Chantal Blaak won the Open de Suède Vargarda World Cup on Sunday. The Dutchwoman beat her two compatriots, and late-race breakaway companions, Amy Pieters and Roxane Knetemann. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014





Photo: We’re not happy, and we’ve told him this, just as a company should tell its employees.
Lampre-Merida team management has told star Italian rider Filippo Pozzato to pull himself together, adding that it doesn’t need a “prima donna” in the team. (velonews.com)

August 24, 2014




Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) receives kisses from the podium hostesses
Photo: © AFP
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USA Pro Challenge stage 7 winner Alex Howes has signed with Slipstream's professional team, which currently rides under the Garmin-Sharp sponsorship, for the next three years, team manager Jonathan Vaughters confirmed Sunday in Denver. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Photo: As the clans gathered in Jerez for the last big battle of the year, former Australian time trial champion, 2013 Giro stage winner, devourer of Grand Tours and designer of revolutionary cycling shoes, Lotto’s Adam Hansen.
Australian Adam Hansen: Compulsive Grand Tour rider, hard worker, cycle shoe designer and manufacturer and all-round funny guy. He is at the start of the 2014 Vuelta a España in Jerez to compete in his 10th Grand Tour in a row. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Miguel Indurain Photo: © Sirotti.
1996, stage 13 Oviedo-Lagos de Covadonga. (cyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Photo: France: “It’s raining like a pissing cow.”
In French: Il pleut comme vache qui pisse.
Yet another day of heavy rain in Colorado for stage 6. But that didn’t dampen Angelica & Travis Dixon’s (or the fans) enthusiasm for the USA Pro Challenge and today we get a lesson on how to describe the weather conditions 16 different ways. (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 24, 2014




Sarah Storey. Photograph: Levon Biss.
In 2008 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a ‘black-box warning’ on fluoroquinolone antibiotics (including Ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and moxifloxacin) as people taking them had an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. (shutup-legs.com)

August 24, 2014

August 23, 2014




Tejay van Garderen (BMC) riding to stage victory
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Tejay van Garderen smashed the record in the Vail time trial on stage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge, despite pounding cold rain that punished him throughout his ride. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014






Photo: Stage 7 Profile.
Sunday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 7 departs Boulder at 12:30pm MDT and is expected at the finish at Denver at around 3:28pm MDT.  USA Pro Challenge live streaming video should get underway at around 12:00pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

August 23, 2014





August 23, 2014




Photo: Lance Armstrong is not known to have been interrogated under oath yet about the biggest remaining question – specifically who knew that the miracle was all a sham.
Where he once had seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong has seven high-dollar attorneys. (nydailynews.com)

August 23, 2014





Garmin-Sharp's Tom Danielson is in fourth overall at the USA Pro Challenge, but knows it's a huge order now to overcome BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The sky spit rain down in Woodland Park Friday morning. Of course it did, with the tall Hoosier Pass on tap, via Alma, North America’s highest incorporated town. The peloton steeled itself for a cold day through the central Colorado mountains. It was time to suffer, and suffer they did. Tom Danielson in particular. (velonews.com)

August 23, 2014




Tejay van Garderen (BMC) is back in yellow Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Following a day for the breakaway opportunists during Friday's stage 5 road race at the USA Pro Challenge, the general classification contenders will take center stage again Saturday when the race returns to Vail for the stage 6 time trial on the penultimate day. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 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 23, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome after a crash on stage six of the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine Credit: Graham Watson .
Memories of his Tour de France crash come back to Chris Froome when he falls in training.
- Sky's leader was riding the team time trial course when he hit a patch of oil on a roundabout
- Admits he hasn't done the altitude training, or the build up races, ahead of the Vuelta. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 23, 2014




Photo: Lizzie Armitstead increased her Women’s World Cup lead yesterday.
Commonwealth Champion Lizzie Armitstead’s Boels-Dolmans team finish third as Specialized-Lululemon take the Team Time Trial win. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 23, 2014




Photo: The thick gel padding and highly flexible hull makes the Romin a seriously pleasant place to sit.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Excellent endurance saddle available in different widths to suit." (bikeradar.com)

August 23, 2014




Photo: When the sun isn’t out the Uvex 202 Race lenses are nearly clear with a slight smoke tint..
These impressive glasses feature quick photochromic lenses and superior optics. (bikemag.com)

August 23, 2014




Photo: The first and only English-language history of the Spanish Grand Tour, telling the story of each edition of the race from 1935 through to 2013.
Comprehensive and rescues stories which have been lost in the shadow of the other two Grand Tours. As well as being a look at the history of the race and of the men who have won it, the book also looks at Spanish history and the race's place within that broader context. (podiumcafe.com)

August 23, 2014





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August 22, 2014




Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) takes the early race lead after his team won the team time trial
Photo: © Bettini Photo..
For the second time in three years, Jonathan Castroviejo was able to use Movistar’s collective triumph in the team time trial of the Vuelta a España to don the first leader’s jersey of the race. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014




Photo: the only major absentees of this year's Vuelta are the men who lit up the race the last time round: veteran American Chris Horner and man-of-the-moment Vincenzo Nibali.
The strongest field of any Grand Tour in recent memory takes to the start with the 69th edition of Vuelta a Espana set to be the stand-out race of the season. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

August 23, 2014






Movistar win the team time trial at the Vuelta a España
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Movistar Team won the opening team time trial at the Vuelta a España on Saturday evening in Jerez de la Frontera. The team covered the 12.6km course in 14:13 minutes and won the event ahead of teams Cannondale Pro Cycling and Orica-GreenEdge. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014







Photo: Stage 2 Profile.
Sunday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 2 departs Algeciras at 1:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at San Fernando at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 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 23, 2014





Photo: The Colombian rider will parallel with Alejandro Valverde as leader of the Movistar team.
Although both Alberto Contador and Chris Froome are coming to the Vuelta a España after suffering injuries during the Tour de France and needing to recover from fractures before training, Nairo Quintana is clear that he expects both to be strong challengers for the overall. (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 23, 2014




Chris Froome is all smiles Photo: © Bettini.
Before the racing can begin, a game of pass the parcel breaks out among the contenders for the Vuelta a España. Bookmakers’ fancy Nairo Quintana has claimed that the onus is on other teams to control the peloton. Alberto Contador, meanwhile, insists that Chris Froome is the outstanding favorite for victory. At the team presentation in Jerez de la Frontera on Friday evening, however, Froome was quick to deflect the pressure. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014




Merhawi Kudus is MTN-Qhubeka's hot new climber from Eritrea Photo: © Bettini Photo.
MTN-Qhubeka’s debut Vuelta a España squad was presented to the media yesterday and one of the main men in demand was Merhawi Kudus who, at 20, is the youngest rider in the race. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014




Photo: Today’s stage was tailor-made for a breakaway to contest the stage win and that’s exactly what happened.
"It was a pretty quiet day here for me at the Tour of Colorado. After all the excitement of yesterday’s stage I was greeted with the harsh reality of the efforts made to chase down Jensie and my pins where far from happy from the moment the flag dropped." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 23, 2014




Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) in the yellow jersey Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Jan Bakelants will ride for AG2R-La Mondiale next season, according to Belgian Newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. The French outfit has offered him a free role within the team, something he feels that he lacks at Omega Pharma QuickStep. The contract is yet to be signed, but the newspaper hints that the deal is expected to be completed imminently. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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August 23, 2014




Annefleur Kalvenhaar runs with her bike Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Dutch cyclist Annefleur Kalvenhaar has died in the hospital after crashing during qualifying at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Méribel, France. The 20-year-old Kalvenhaar was the reigning under-23 European Cyclocross champion and under-23 Dutch mountain bike champion. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014




Patrik Sinkewitz (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) Photo: © Sirotti.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has reiterated its stance that national anti-doping bodies should resume testing for human growth hormone (hGH), and has asked that they begin retrospective tests, as it updates it’s guidelines on testing. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014




Jens Voigt (Trek) was given a special hat from the Breckenridge organisers Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Every professional cyclist is passionate about the sport, but few can portray that enthusiasm to the general public like Jens Voigt. As the German takes part in his final race at the USA Pro Challenge, here are some tributes to Voigt from his former teammates, directors and breakaway companions. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014




Ben Day (UnitedHealthcare) ready to for the rest of the week. Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Eclipsed by the news of the retirement of the gregarious German rider Jens Voigt is the more quiet end to the career of Australian Ben Day. The UnitedHealthcare rider will hang up his wheels after the USA Pro Challenge in order to focus on his coaching business. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014




Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
Photo: © ASO/X.Bourgois.
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) has undergone a successful surgery to mend his broken collarbone. Voeckler had the surgery in Nantes and left hospital yesterday evening. (cyclingnews.com)

August 23, 2014




Photo: Jens couldn’t help but smile as the crowd lifted him up the last climb. No longer did the road graffiti read ‘shut up legs’ but now ‘shut up retirement!’..
The weather conditions may have been difficult but that didn’t stop the fans from having a great time in Colorado. Angelica & Travis Dixon got among the fans today to capture all the atmosphere, great times and craziness that make up the USA Pro Cycling Challenge..

August 23, 2014




Photo: Why write about these incidents? There is no glory in road rash or broken bones. I write about them because all these problems were avoidable.
Testing bicycles may sound like a dream job – you get to ride all kinds of bicycles without having to pay for them – but it comes with risks. (janheine.wordpress.com)

August 23, 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 23, 2014




Photo: Industry veterans promise the fastest wheels you can buy.
The wheels will be available from October and Knight's prices of $2,899 for the 95 and $2,599 for the 65 and 35 are designed to undercut the likes of Zipp and Enve in all markets. (bikeradar.com)

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August 22, 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)

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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





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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)

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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 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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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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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).

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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.

August 19, 2014


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)

August 18, 2014





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)

August 18, 2014





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)

August 18, 2014





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)

August 18, 2014




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)

August 18, 2014







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)

August 18, 2014




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)

August 18, 2014




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)

August 17, 2014





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)

August 16, 2014





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)

August 15, 2014





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)

August 15, 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 15, 2014







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)

August 15, 2014





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

August 15, 2014





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)

August 15, 2014





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.

August 15, 2014




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)

August 15, 2014





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)

August 15, 2014





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)

August 15, 2014





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)

August 15, 2014




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.

August 15, 2014




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)

August 15, 2014




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)

August 14, 2014




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)

August 14, 2014




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

August 14, 2014





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)

August 14, 2014




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)

August 14, 2014




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)

August 14, 2014





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)

August 14, 2014





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)

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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)

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

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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),


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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

August 12, 2014




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)

August 12, 2014




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)

August 12, 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 12, 2014





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)

August 12, 2014






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)

August 12, 2014




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)

August 12, 2014




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)

August 12, 2014




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)

August 12, 2014




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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