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April 2014

April 19, 2014




Photo: Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) has had many good wins in his seven year career, but this is his biggest win.
Start time: Sun Apr 20, 10:15 CET (1:15 AM PST);
Earliest live video: 13:15 CET (4:15 AM PST);
Approximate finish: 16:45 CET (7:45 AM PST). (steephill.tv)

April 19, 2014






Photo: Young Elisa Cecchini with the combined jersey. © velopalmares.free.fr
Men's race: Keough, Holloway miss out on catching escapee.
Women's race: Kiesanowski, Powers can't get around Italian in the sprint .

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April 19, 2014




Photo: The race covered 181.5 kilometres on many of the same roads that riders like Sky’s Chris Froome will race next Sunday in the professional version.
Tao Geoghegan Hart only second British rider to appear on under-23 Liege podium in race's history. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 19, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (Start List),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
De Brabantse Pijl - April 16 (Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 19, 2014




Photo: Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was third overall in Tirreno-Adriatico.
Dutch directeur thankful for support from Tinkov. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) steps onto the stage to receive another Catalunya leader's jersey.
Second in last year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège despite crashing out of Amstel Gold the Sunday before, 2012 Flèche Wallone winner Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) says he is in top form for the forthcoming Ardennes Classics. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: One of the biggest visual changes is the dropped drive side chainstay.
The new Open One will be made in Germany using a new layup process and unusual frame details. The result is a frame that comes in as light as 796g for a Large. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Phillipe Gilbert getting ready for the trophy presentation.
Belgian points to Kwiatkowski and Valverde. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski will be one of Omega Pharma-QuickStep%u2019s strongest options for the Amstel Gold (AAP).
Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Michal Kwiatkowski has come into his own over the first four months of 2104 but he remains cautious ahead of Sunday’s Amstel Gold race. (sbs.com.au)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Fränk Schleck is excited to get back in the peloton. © Tim de Waele
After missing the 2013 season because of a doping suspension, Fränk Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) returns to Amstel Gold Race confident that he has prepared adequately but unsure as to what result he can expect on Sunday. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Davide Rebellin starts his historic triple off by winning the 2004 Amstel Gold Race.
CCC Polsat Polkowice offers Italian up to two more years. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Astana's Enrico Gasparotto enjoys a winning beer after the 2012 Amstel Gold.
Gasparotto goes for second win in three years, whilst Nibali has freedom of action. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Marc Sergeant calls the shots on the Lotto team.
Gallopin, Vanendert expected to turn out results (cyclingnews.com).

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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April 19, 2014




Photo: Amstel Gold is a brand of beer belonging to Heineken International.
With the Amstel Gold Race this weekend, proof that cycling is linked to beer. It’s not just a one-off, recent races in Belgium have been sponsored by Kwaremont, a brand of beer that’s exploited the sport and it’s not that long ago that a major team was sponsored by a large brewery. (inrng.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Cavendish, who has 25 stage wins at Le Tour de France and is regarded as one of pro cycling’s top sprinter.
It’s no secret that Mark Cavendish’s number one, get podium or die tryin’ goal for this season is to beat Marcus Kittel in the sprints of this year’s Tour de France. (atwistedspoke.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Ian Boswell, shown in his debut with Sky in 2013, this year is tapped to race the Ardennes triple. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com (file).
Ian Boswell rushed to empty his refrigerator and pack his bags when he heard his travel plans. Team Sky had called, asking him to race Amstel Gold, the Giro del Trentino and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. (velonews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Italy's Damiano Cunego out-sprints Luxembourg's Frank Schleck to the line to win Amstel Gold in 2008. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
After some lackluster seasons, Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) showed some of the sparkle of old at the recent Tour of the Basque, landing 6th place overall and placing consistently throughout the week. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: 2013 elite women's road race world championship podium (L-R): Emma Johansson, Marianne Vos and Rossella Ratto.
World champion kicks off her road season at the World Cup in Belgium. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Alberto Contador on the podium. © Susanne Goetze
Contador on the rise as Sky struggle. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Stiff, fast, smoothly reliable .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Light, semi-aero wheels with good power transfer but a very firm feel." (bikeradar.com)

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April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014




Photo: Team SmartStop's Travis McCabe took a big win at the Winston-Salem Classic. Photo by Matt Brown, www.336Creative.com.
A pair of American riders, Travis McCabe and Shelly Olds, took victories Friday at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014





Photo: Shelley Olds joins Women's Yellow Fluo as Alé-Cipollini squad confirmed for 2014. www.velonation.com
Olds beat Canadian Joelle Numainville (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Eugenia Bujak of Poland (BTC City Ljubljana) to the line at the end of the 91-kilometer race that comprised eight laps of an 11.5-km circuit. (bicycle.net)

April 18, 2014




Photo: UCI/National Racing Calendar (NRC) road races on Friday and National Criterium Calendar (NCC)/USA CRITS series races on Saturday.
Saturday: Women's pro criterium: 4:45pm local. Men's pro criterium: 6pm local. (cyclingfans.com)

April 18, 2014






Photo: Jade Wilcoxson, of Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, will be racing the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. (Photo © Casey B. Gibson.).
Some of the top professional cyclists from around the globe will be on the start line later this week for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (Start List),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
De Brabantse Pijl - April 16 (Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 18, 2014




Photo: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) looking comfortable. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Australian national champion also eyes Liege-Bastogne-Liege. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014






Photo: Mark Cavendish on the podium after winning stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico, the British champion's second win thus far in the 2014 season.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step sprinters opts for the Amgen Tour of California. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Focus is owned by the large European conglomerate Pon.
"So on one hand, Focus deserves some praise for offering the Izalco Max in seven sizes, but they go down as the only company I’ve encountered that designed a bike around reach and head tube length. I mean, who does that?"

April 18, 2014




Photo: Very low weight, quality groupset and exceptional wheels.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Frankly, it’s very hard to fault the Rose if you’re prepared to buy a bike online." (bikeradar.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: a multi-tool based around a long, metal, plastic-tipped tyre lever.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Great looks and well made but not the most practical tool." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: This is a very different race to the ones we’ve seen in recent weeks. Born in 1966 it is the newest of the spring classics.
Giant crowds, 34 climbs and a brewery as race sponsor, what’s not to like about the Amstel Gold Race? (inrng.com)

April 18, 2014





Photo: Two-time winner Philippe Gilbert is among the favorites for Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The bumps of Belgium are long gone now, and in their stead come the hills of the Dutch Limburg region. To be more precise, there are 34 climbs over the Amstel Gold Race’s 251 kilometers, amounting to more than 13,000 feet of climbing. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Ben Swift wins stage fiveof the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country.
British sprinter Ben Swift hoping to continue recent spate of solid results in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 18, 2014





Photo: Alejandro Valverde is riding to win at the Ardennes classics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is ready to make up for disappointment last year across the Ardennes with a winning ride in at least one of the hilly classics. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: After a two-year drought of spring victories, Philippe Gilbert outsprinted Michael Matthews to win the Brabantse Pijl. (BMC Racing).
Weekly updates on the form of the top spring Classics contenders. (bicycling.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) celebrates his win in Denain.
FDJ.fr sprinter hoping to continue his winning streak. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Race leader Lea Davison (Specialized)... © Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge
Comeback planned for second half of mountain bike season. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: The base is a super-stiff Easton EC90 SLX ACC carbon sole.
Giro’s formidable road shoe eschews fancy ratchets in the pursuit of a supreme light weight (claimed 410g for size US 42.5). (bikeradar.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: our loaded bikes among the lightweight machines of the randonneurs..
Last weekend, the Japanese randonneurs organized their Flèche 24-hour ride. (janheine.wordpress.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Start line, Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, 2013 (Konrad Zalewski).
A few hours after the end of last year's Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride—the biggest, best, and most fun edition so far—the bombs exploded on Boylston Street. Can this crazy, off-the-cuff, two-wheeled caper continue? And should it? (bicycling.com)

April 18, 2014





Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Amstel contender? Really? © www.teamlampremerida.com
Alejandro Valverde said a funny thing today. (atwistedspoke.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: The 31-year-old Belgian, who won back-to-back Amstel races in 2010 and 2011.
 Former world champion Philippe Gilbert will set off in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race as one of the hot favourites for victory. (bicycle.net)

April 18, 2014






Photo: Dan Martin kicked to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège last year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
As usual, American outfit Garmin-Sharp finds itself a bit of an outsider as it heads into the hilly classics. As usual, the team prefers it that way. And unsurprisingly, the team itself maintains its traditional looseness. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Omega's Michal Kwiatkowski looks to strike in the Ardennes races, starting with Amstel. (c)Tim De Waele.
 Omega Pharma-Quick Step is fresh off a Paris-Roubaix victory, and has an ace in hand for this week’s hilly classics. It’s good to be an Omega rider right about now, and it could get even better soon. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Julien Absalon of BMC MTB Racing punches the air after claiming victory in the elite men's cross country in Pietermaritzburg.
French mountain bike star thinking about when to end his racing career. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Michael Matthews picked up a stage win at the Tour of the Basque Country earlier this month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
 Michael Matthews takes confidence into Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. The Aussie known as “Bling” already won twice this season and placed second behind Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) in Wednesday’s Brabantse Pijl (Brabant Arrow). (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: As a cyclist who adheres faithfully to the ancient “N+1″ proverb.
The Scorpion Bike Stand has a long spindle which fits through the hole in your crank. (bikerumor.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: So far, 5,900 miles of US Bicycle Routes have been designated in 12 states .
Washington state may have its first official U.S. Bicycle Route later this spring. (bikingbis.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Add in SRAM’s CX1 and you have the makings for some exciting cross bikes this season.
2015 looks like it will be the year of the disc brake and the thru axle for cross – or at least some combination of the two. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) is all smiles. © tdw
Pelucchi, Chicchi denied in speedy sprint. (cyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Tejay van Garderen's path to the yellow jersey this summer will go over the cobblestones. Photo: Tim De Waele.
BMC Racing will ride Paris-Roubaix’s pavé Thursday for its Tour de France leader Tejay van Garderen. Nine of the nasty cobble sectors in Northern France will form part of the Tour’s fifth stage July 9. (velonews.com)

April 17, 2014






Photo: Jade Wilcoxson, of Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, will be racing the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. (Photo © Casey B. Gibson.).
Some of the top professional cyclists from around the globe will be on the start line later this week for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina. (velonews.com)

April 17, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
De Brabantse Pijl - April 16 (Results),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 17, 2014




Photo: A young man with a bright future (Rick O'Shay Photography).
At the recent Adelaide Tour, Girdlestone finished third overall and was the best young rider. What makes his result more impressive is that he is only 16 years old and was racing his first elite tour. (sbs.com.au)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Did Terpstra get lucky; was Vanmarcke the strongest but not the smartest; could Wiggo have won; was Cancellara off his A-game...
"They are down, but not out. Al Hinds and Anthony Tan are not in showroom condition (are they ever?), but that does not stop them from joining Phil Gomes – who finally has an excuse not to go near them – in this week’s Cycling Central podcast." (sbs.com.au)

April 17, 2014




Photo: I have heard the race referred to as the Sea Slaughter.
"My favorite part about the Sea Otter Classic, is the fact that it revolves around a cuddle craving mammal known for its playful nature." (cyclingillustrated.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Pacing is crucial in training and on the big day.
One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated and indulge your new-found love of riding is to set yourself a goal, and one of the simplest things for a cyclist to target is a significant distance. (bikeradar.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: The total distance for this race is 184km.
Saturday's Arno Wallaard Memorial departs Meerkerk at 2:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Meerkerk at around 6:47pm CET (12:47pm U.S. Eastern).  Arno Wallaard Memorial live video streaming should get underway at *1:30pm CET (*7:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Sprint finish decides race. (cyclingnews.com)

April 16, 2014




"In all, I would say that this year's Cobbled Classics were remarkable for their lack of tremendous surprises." (podiumcafe.com)

April 16, 2014





Philippe Gilbert timed it to perfection. Not only did he launch an early sprint to hold off Michael Matthews and win Brabantse Pijl Wednesday, but he did so on the eve of the Ardennes classics. (velonews.com)

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Photo: The cobbles are gone - at least until the Eneco Tour .
It's time to swap the cobbles for pavement, but the short climbs still remain. What teams are looking good leading into the Ardennes races? (podiumcafe.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: The peloton in full flight through the Arenberg forest pave sector.
British fan refuses to reveal rider's identity. (cyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014





Photo: in Holland, it’s beer – you have to respect that....
The Amstel Gold Race is on this Sunday around the hills and traffic furniture laden streets of Holland’s Limburg province and it’s a brutal race of attrition defined by more than 30 hills. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: It’s only his second win since the world championship title in 2012 and his first win in a BMC jersey in his home country....
Is Philippe Gilbert back? He won the Brabantse Pijl yesterday by beating Michael Matthews in the sprint but only minutes before he was making a big solo effort off the front of the bunch. (inrng.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: working with teammate Alberto Contador.
Last season, Roman Kreuziger took the biggest victory of his career when he soloed to the finish line after leaving everyone behind with seven kilometers to go of the Amstel Gold Race. (roadcycling.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: there was a small group of kids all together on a sector late in the day. They were lined up with brightly colored signs asking for bidons.
We all have an appreciation for photography and travelling couple Jered and Ashley Gruber are two of the best and most unique in the cycling business. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 17, 2014






Photo: Nathan Haas on the start line and ready for a big day on the bike.
Australian looking to emulate Phil Anderson and win Ardennes Classic. (cyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Two-time points race world champion Edwin Avila—5'5
The average height for us Colombian males is 1.70m (5' 7.2"). 1.59m (5' 2.4") for women. The average height of a European sign in sheet is significantly higher. (cyclinginquisition.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Most of what is moldable is the rear half of the shoe, particularly the heel cup.
Lake’s CX237 has a retail of $279. This is a moldable shoe; stick it in your home oven at about 200 degrees for about five minutes. Be sure to have some gloves. (redkiteprayer.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Christopher Horner (Lampre - Merida)... © Roberto Bettini
"In a moment of bad luck, I was very lucky." (cyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Oleg Tinkov at the race village. © Fotoreporter Sirotti
"My thoughts on Alberto's great spring, Team Sky's zero tolerance and our April Fool." (cyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Where is the line between performance advantages and doping? Graphic: Mike Reisel | Velo magazine.
While Connie Carpenter turned down the offers from coaches and won gold in the road race, one third of the team transfused the blood of other human beings into their arms. (velonews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Toru de France 1999: Maillot Jaune Lance Aranstrong, Lanterne Rouge Jacky Durand.
From last to first - a history of the lanterne rouge. (podiumcafe.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Philippe Gilbert wins Brabantse Pijl for the second time in his career.
Belgian wins his second De Brabantse Pijl. (cyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Vicenzo Nibali (Astana). © Bettini
Italian tests his equipment ready for July. (cyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Tech scenes from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic, Round 3: Lake CX402 .
The flagship shoe from Lake, the CX402, sports a kangaroo leather upper and a fully moldable carbon fiber sole. Of course, that kind of luxurious custom shoe comes at a price and the CX402 carries a price tag of $530. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Podium kisses for race winner Philippe Gilbert (BMC).
Sprint finish decides race. (cyclingnews.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: Arnaud Démare won in 2013 but he is not back to defend.
Thursday's GP de Denain departs Denain at 11:30am CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Denain at around 3:50pm CET (9:50am U.S. Eastern).  GP de Denain live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: very few guys came completely out of the shadows to do something glorious.
"In all, I would say that this year's Cobbled Classics were remarkable for their lack of tremendous surprises." (podiumcafe.com)

April 16, 2014





Photo: Philippe Gilbert landed a confidence-boosting victory Wednesday at De Brabantse Pijl. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Philippe Gilbert timed it to perfection. Not only did he launch an early sprint to hold off Michael Matthews and win Brabantse Pijl Wednesday, but he did so on the eve of the Ardennes classics. (velonews.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: Phil Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)... © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
2013 winner begins Ardnennes campagin. (cyclingnews.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: Tony Gallopin has moved to Lotto Belisol for 2014. © Sirotti
Offensive racing key to a good result. (cyclingnews.com)

April 16, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
De Brabantse Pijl - April 16 (Results),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 16, 2014




Photo: Astana teammates Michele Scarponi and Vincenzo Nibali at the squad's presentation in Italy.
Gazzetta dello Sport laments Italians' poor results on the cobbles. (cyclingnews.com)

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April 15, 2014


Photo: This year’s Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix were vintage editions with excitement and action.
The Brabantse Pijl takes place today and marks the transition from the cobbled classics to a season of hillier races stretching from the Ardennes to the Alps and beyond. Before the peloton collectively heads for hills, time for a short look back in order to look forward to 2015. (inrng.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: Boonen and Cancellara are not as strong as they have been in the past.
We, the weatherbeaten scandal-weary cycling fans, finally got just what we’d been begging for like gooey-eyed puppies for so long – a Roubaix in which Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara were at something very close to equal strength. (crankpunk.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: A sign of things to come? Bauke Mollema hopes so, as he aims high for this weekend's Amstel Gold Race. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com.
Workers bustled about at the finish line of the Amstel Gold Race Wednesday, unloading pallets of beer, putting the finishing touches on VIP tents and decks. Red Amstel flags billowed in the ever-present wind, and a few cyclists took to the finale of the Amstel Gold Race. (velonews.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: Alex Kristoff (Katusha). © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Russian manager says both riders are under contract for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The Orica-GreenEDGE team has been using the Foil since its debut in 2012.
The Orica-GreenEDGE team has been using the Foil since its debut in 2012. As such, the bike has been piloted to a variety of memorable victories at the Australian road titles, the Tour Down Under, Milan-San Remo, as well as stage victories in all three Grand Tours. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: Comfortable, rapid, excellent spec...
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "An out-and-out racing machine of rare smoothness." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: this year’s Sea Otter Classic seemed more actively, deliberately friendly to children...
This small-scale pump track enjoyed a near-constant stream of little people taking warm, if not hot, laps. (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: Ted King is on the short-list for a second Tour de France start with Cannondale. Photo: Jen See | VeloNews.com.
 Ted King, who suffered a heartbreaking exit from last year’s Tour de France, will likely see a second shot to make it to Paris. (velonews.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: I used to live in London. This was back in the days when few who lived there rode a bike.
A one-off ride in London leaves the Doc bemused that cycling in the capital has got more popular but no less terrifying. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) leads Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
Norwegian hoping to ride the Giro d'Italia. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The jersey choices on offer to fans to decide which jersey Miguel Ángel Rubiano will wear this season.
Team Colombia, in cooperation with its technical supplier Nalini, are letting fans decide the final design of his jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

April 16, 2014




Photo: The sensor can be mounted to just about any helmet.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Although there is some room for improvement, the ICEdot may just save your life one day." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Their headtube mount allows riders to conveniently install and rotate their cellphone between landscape and portrait modes..
RokForm offers some beautifully machined mounts and cases for iPhones and various Android devices, which will help keep your precious device safe and within range. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: The Brabant Arrow is something of an arrow-and back. © Fotoreporter Sirotti
This is a fairly well-settled course each year, starting in Leuven, a city of no great importance (unless you like beer), and ending atop the Schavei in Overijse, just southeast of Brussels. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won the 2013 edition ahead of Philippe Gilbert.
Wednesday's La Flèche Brabançonne departs Leuven at 12:36pm CET (6:36am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Overijse at around 5:33pm CET (11:33am U.S. Eastern).  La Flèche Brabançonne live streaming video should get underway at around 3:10pm CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Some of the top professional cyclists from around the globe will be on the start line later this week for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina.
The two days of competition includes UCI/National Racing Calendar (NRC) road races on Friday and National Criterium Calendar (NCC)/USA CRITS series races on Saturday. (cyclingillustrated.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Bryan Coquard (Europcar) winner of the Paris-Camembert. © Jean-François Quénet
Europcar rider tops Dumoulin, Pichon in the sprint. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Alberto Contador previewed the cobblestones that will feature in stage 5 of the Tour de France Monday. Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo.
Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador previewed the Tour de France’s fifth stage Monday, taking a close look at the nine cobblestone sectors facing riders on the July 9 leg between Ypres, Belgium, and Arenberg, France. (velonews.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Tiffany Cromwell Credit: Cor Vos .
A fast rider and an even faster talker, Specialized-lululemon’s notorious Australian adventurer and resident fashion enthusiast sits down with CW. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Niki Terpstra with the 2014 Paris-Roubaix Cobble. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Omega Pharma-Quick Step with commanding lead in team ranking. (cyclingnews.com)

April 15, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
De Brabantse Pijl - April 16 (Start List),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 15, 2014




Photo: Cadel Evans (BMC). © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Key pre-Giro d'Italia race route revealed in Trento. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Optum's Janel Holcomb and Lauren Hall took time out from training camp to talk with us about the state of women's racing. (Sam Wiebe).
Good news: American girls have plenty of female cycling role models to look up to. The bad news? Chances are, they don’t know it. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain). © Rob Jones
Canadian aims to compete at Mont-Sainte-Anne mountain bike World Cup. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: It’s a surprisingly small and light unit and sounds like it is really easy to use. The fact that it’s a wireless unit and they are able to provide any type of crank—including Campagnolo—makes the product especially intriguing.
"While I’d heard of Power 2 Max power meters previously, this was my first time to see them." (redkiteprayer.com)

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Belkin rider outnumbered in finale. (cyclingnews.com)

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Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix victory brings Omega Pharma-QuickStep's season total of wins to 22. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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For the riders, Paris-Roubaix is a personal experience that leaves a big impression. And just as the race is capable of breaking bones, it’s also the race that creates big careers or captures the very moment were a riders peaks. (bicycle.net)

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It's a mostly standard formula these days – slightly relaxed frame geometries, high-volume tires, more cushioning at the contact points – but there was still plenty of variation to keep things interesting. (bikeradar.com)

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San Diego-based eyewear brand SPY®—known for its innovative Happy Lens™ technology—is back to serve up the third edition of their unique and extremely challenging Spring Classic cycling event, the SPY Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR), on April 27. (socalcycling.com)

April 14, 2014



Photo: Chase Pinkham (Bissell) doing an interview for local TV. © Jonathan Devich
We are deeply saddened today by the loss of likely one of the most talented Utah cyclists – Chase Pinkham passed away last night." (cyclingnews.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: UCI may decide that riders can use a modern track bike.
UCI debating on what type of bike cyclists can use to attempt Hour record. Trek already developing 1972-style bike for Cancellara's attempt. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara was unable to match Niki Terpstra's winning move at Paris-Roubaix and finished third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
 Fabian Cancellara said it himself — only the win matters — but he still closed his 2014 spring classics campaign with an impressive run. The Swiss “Spartacus” in black with white pinstripes won the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and placed second in Milano-Sanremo and third in Paris-Roubaix. (velonews.com)

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Photo: The final selection came down to Cassani and Gianetti.
The Amstel Gold Race signals the start of the Ardennes Classics, and the first signs of who’s looking good for the Giro. Almost 20 years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: There is nothing more satisfying than winning the race of truth: an individual time trial. Photography by Kristof Ramon & Matt de Neef.
Winning an ITT means you were the fastest rider on the day, that you'd mastered your race day pacing and left nothing in the legs, crossing the line exhausted but triumphant.
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Photo: The afternoon stage was a sufferfest ...
Doug Dewey is a British amateur cyclist racing in France. He is supported by the Dave Rayner fund. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: How do you know when your quick-release skewers need replacing? Six brands weigh in on the question. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
How do you know when your quick-release skewers need replacing? Six brands weigh in on the question. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) sprints toward victory. © Susanne Goetze
Gerrans back for Amstel Gold and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. (cyclingnews.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Ty Magner (Hincapie Sportswear) wins Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race.
Ty Magner (Hincapie Sportswear) won the pro/1/2 men’s SRAM Circuit Race at Sea Otter Classic this Sunday. Leah Kirchmann (Optum) won the women’s race in a bunch sprint ahead of Lex Albrecht (Twenty16) and Joelle Numainville (Optum).  (podiuminsight.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Cyclists gather outside Espresso Cafe in South Bank, Brisbane (Rae Allen/Flickr/Creative Commons).
"Do bicycle advocates need to act like Hollywood? Yes, I think we do." (sbs.com.au)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Hutchinson already has the 28mm Secteur tire, but the popular Fusion3 tread has a bit more widespread appeal.
Wider tires and Road Tubeless have both been gaining traction, and the new 25mm width in the Hutchinson Fusion3 brings both to the table. (bikerumor.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Bernard Hinault rode it to Tour de France victory in ’85 and there was no going back. .
Clipless – or, more accurately, clip-in – pedal systems have been used by most serious cyclists since Look applied step-in ski-binding technology to bikes in 1984. (bikeradar.com)

April 15, 2014




Photo: Triathletes and time trialists will also have the option for new aluminum 11 speed aero chainrings...
After the introduction of SRAM Red and Force 22 drivetrains, it should come as no surprise that Triathletes are also looking for a drivetrain with more speeds. (bikerumor.com)

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The call for riders to be given yellow and red cards as warnings and sanctions in a bike race got a few laughs last week. (inrng.com)

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Photo: The vial suffered damage after being run over by a vehicle in the race convoy...
British fans picked up vial of pills following a crash in the peloton during Sunday's Hell of the North. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Robert Gesink celebrates his suprise victory at the GP Cycliste Québec.
Belkin rider to reveal more in press conference. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Travis Meyer at the Tour de Perth last month (Mark Gunter).
Meyer, 24, who races for Drapac, suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, fractured jaw, broken arm and a bruised lung. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC). © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Van Petegem to advise Astana on riding the pave. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: We might not be pleased with ourselves, but we are very very pleased with the bicycle.
The history of the bicycle has never run smooth, says the Doc, which makes it all the more fascinating. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Luca Paolini (Katusha) finds time for a quick photo before the race.
Belgian media say the Italian could team up with Paolo Bettini. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: A Sufferring Bradley Wiggins.
Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to support defending champion Chris Froome in July after finishing ninth at Paris-Roubaix. (bicycle.net)

April 15, 2014




Photo: The peloton reach the Cote de Saint-Roch in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons returns in the oldest Classic of the season. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Hannah Barnes wins the Charlotte criterium ahead of Erica Allar.
Three rounds in and UHC already holds a strong lead in series. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: You got no business in my panties drawer!
“That’s a my panties drawer! Why you goin’ into my panties drawer?" (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: These are serious subjects but it’s all dealt with in a very readable way.
Here’s a coaching manual that’s not a coaching manual. In this book Michael Hutchinson goes on journey to explore what makes the best riders so good, from genetics to training, nutrition and bike tech. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Impressive spec for the money, swift handling and race ready.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Classy Dutch race machine at a fantastic price." (bikeradar.com)

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"As you may know, the members of the UCI arose from their coffins during a full moon back in 1999 and decided that the world didn’t hate them nearly enough, so they might as well try a little harder by effectively bringing technological innovation to a halt with a ruling that stipulated that bikes could not get any lighter than 6.8 kilograms."  (bikemag.com)

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Photo: The route of the 2010 Tour de France included four sections of pavé used at Paris-Roubaix. Alberto Contador fared well on that occasion, finishing 13th on the stage, 1:13 down on his closest GC contender. Photo by Tim De Waele..
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) steered clear of Paris-Roubaix, but he was slated to arrive in Compiegne, the start town of the Queen of the Classics, on Monday to get a taste of the cobblestones. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear) takes over the points jersey.
Hincapie Devo rider gets cycling career back on track. (cyclingnews.com)





2014 Races & Results.
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 14, 2014




Photo: Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won the 2013 edition ahead of Philippe Gilbert.
Wednesday's La Flèche Brabançonne departs Leuven at 12:36pm CET (6:36am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Overijse at around 5:33pm CET (11:33am U.S. Eastern).  La Flèche Brabançonne live streaming video should get underway at around 3:10pm CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) puts in an attack. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Belkin rider outnumbered in finale. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Niki Terpstra wins the 2014 Paris-Roubaix .
Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix victory brings Omega Pharma-QuickStep's season total of wins to 22. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: the race demands all of the riders but gives everything back upon arrival at the velodrome.
For the riders, Paris-Roubaix is a personal experience that leaves a big impression. And just as the race is capable of breaking bones, it’s also the race that creates big careers or captures the very moment were a riders peaks. (bicycle.net)

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Photo: Arnaud Démare wins stage 6. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Frenchman happy with team's support. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: 27mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubulars on Zipp 303 carbon wheels for Tinkoff-Saxo.
It's a mostly standard formula these days – slightly relaxed frame geometries, high-volume tires, more cushioning at the contact points – but there was still plenty of variation to keep things interesting. (bikeradar.com)

April 14, 2014




Photo: The SPY Belgian Waffle Ride began as an homage to the storied history of bike racing in Belgium.
San Diego-based eyewear brand SPY®—known for its innovative Happy Lens™ technology—is back to serve up the third edition of their unique and extremely challenging Spring Classic cycling event, the SPY Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR), on April 27. (socalcycling.com)

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Photo: Unlike other sports where play can be stopped you can’t stop a race.
The call for riders to be given yellow and red cards as warnings and sanctions in a bike race got a few laughs last week. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Niki Terpstra capped an explosive cobbled classics season Sunday with victory at Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The cobblestone portion of the 2014 spring classics ended Sunday in the historic Roubaix velodrome, after an unpredictable race for the ages — a hard-fought Paris-Roubaix that encapsulated everything that is right about these hallowed one-day events. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Taylor Phinney lost a shot at the Paris-Roubaix podium when he flatted late in Sunday's race. Photo: Tim De Waele.
A puncture took the air out of Taylor Phinney’s dreams of Paris-Roubaix glory during a bumpy ride Sunday in “The Hell of the North.” (velonews.com)






Photo: Peter Sagan. © Tim de Waele
Sixth place for Slovak after defiant showing. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Niki Terpstra cradles his Paris-Roubaix cobble (AAP Images).
Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix victory has seen the Dutchman jump to third on the WorldTour rankings. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: You may think that getting yourself organised for your local club champs can be a bit of a slog.
It’s clear that for teams like Omega Pharma-QuickStep, BMC and Trek Paris-Roubaix was of the highest importance. The planning for these teams didn’t just start weeks before the race, but at the end of the the 2013 season. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: Smooth, controlled all-rounder ...
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "The Boone is a truly superlative machine that combines excellent comfort, great performance and oodles of versatility." (bikeradar.com)

April 14, 2014




Photo: Your weight should be off the saddle at all times, unless you’re recovering.
It’s no secret that cyclocross is closer to MTB racing than it is road racing. (theradvist.com)

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Photo: Falling into its top-end Pro Series range, the R450 has been designed and constructed to take on the carbon race bike world. .
A lightweight top-end titanium frame that uses a novel construction method. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: For reasons I can’t quite figure out, this rear derailleur reminds me of the Transformers...
Shimano has created mock-ups of each of the mechanical components in the next XTR 9000 group. These give nothing away in terms of weight, adjustability, serviceability or final performance, but they’re kinda fun to look at. (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: Back in 2003, Gilberto Simoni rode his Cannondale Six13 to a stage win in the Tour de France with these completely pointless weights glued to the top tube–the weights made his bike “safe” by UCI standards..
"As you may know, the members of the UCI arose from their coffins during a full moon back in 1999 and decided that the world didn’t hate them nearly enough, so they might as well try a little harder by effectively bringing technological innovation to a halt with a ruling that stipulated that bikes could not get any lighter than 6.8 kilograms."  (bikemag.com)

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Photo: Chris Horner in his new Lampre Merida colours. © Roberto Bettini
Retired 70-year-old may not have realized accident. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stiffer than the previous Vuka drops and thankfully with much improved internal routing.
Based on Zipp’s all new bar shapes designed with improved ramp angles for more comfort in the hoods and control at the levers without compromising your position in the drops, the new SL-70 Aero adds Zipp aerodynamics to the mix. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) hits the ground hard. © Tim de Waele
We were good, but not good enough, says Peiper. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Arnaud Démare (FDJ)... © Bettini
FDJ rider twelfth after two punctures and a fall. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins adds a Tour de France selection to his season goals (AAP).
Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to support defending champion Chris Froome in July after finishing ninth at Paris-Roubaix. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Is it time for a new helmet? Greg K Hull ©Chasing Light Media
“Globally, the use of helmets is low. Studies in the US and in Europe suggest that helmet use can be as low as 14% (UK) and only as high as 42% (US). Fatalities from cycling injury are most commonly associate with head injury and helmets have been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality for injuries sustained while cycling.” (cyclingperspective.com)

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Photo: The golden rule of brake adjustment, regardless of what braking system you have, is to check that the wheels are sitting correctly in the dropouts.
Brake adjustment can be a daunting prospect for the novice mechanic, but fear not—it’s significantly more straightforward than it may at first appear. (rideons.wordpress.com)

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Photo: Niki Terpstra © (cyclingfans.com)
Degenkolb wins sprint for second, Cancellara third. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Niki Terpstra gave it everything in that final push to the Roubaix velodrome. Photo: Tim De Waele.
When Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) heard over the crackle of race radio that he had the freedom to attack as a dozen top riders powered toward the velodrome, he didn’t hesitate. (velonews.com)

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Photo: (From R) Belgium's Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) rides through the Troisvilles trench.
No fifth Roubaix victory for Boonen. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins after the 2014 Paris-Roubaix Credit: Graham Watson .
Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins comment on their seventh and ninth places in 2014 Paris-Roubaix. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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2014 Races & Results.
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 13, 2014




Photo: Miguel Angel Rubiano celebrates winning the national title.
Tricolour to debut at La Flèche Wallonne. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: This was the moment the race was won..
An 11 man group with three riders from Omega Pharma-Quick Step forms with 9km to go and Niki Terpstra attacks with 6.5km to go. Nobody followed him and he quickly took a lead. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rides in the pack.
Swiss continues sequence of podium finishes. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) wins the sprint for second place.
German sprints to best ever Monument finish. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Cavendish back in California. © www1.skysports.com
The Tour of California woke up in an extremely good mood today. (atwistedspoke.com)

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Photo: Tom Boonen wins the 2012 Paris-Roubaix .
Tom Boonen hopes to go one better than Roger De Vlaeminck and become the first rider to win five editions of Paris-Roubaix. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Chris Horner is hospital in Italy. © Lampre-Merida
Punctured lung and broken ribs means he is unlikely to ride the Giro d'Italia. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: courtesy Drapac Professional Cycling. .
Meyer suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, fractured jaw, broken arm and a bruised lung. He was airlifted from Andorra to a hospital in Barcelona  after the incident. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep). © Cyclingnews
Czech star heads next to Amstel Gold. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stijn Devolder (Trek) attempts to get back on his bike after a crash.
Demol praises young team’s commitment. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Sky doesn't have a tire sponsor, so it can run them with the original branding. Photo: Caley Fretz.
The 27mm FMB Paris-Roubaix is by far the most common tire at the race, with well over half of all teams running it either in its original form or debadged and rebadged with a team sponsor. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Overall leader Alberto Contador (Saxo Tinkoff).
Martin wins final time trial stage. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The cobblestones of the Forest of Arenberg, one of the toughest and most inconic 'secteurs' of Paris-Roubaix.
Start time: Sunday April 13 10:15 CET ( 1:15 AM PST); 
Earliest live video: 12:50 CET (3:50 AM PST);
Approximate finish 16:50 CET (7:50 AM PST).  (cyclingfans.com)

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2014 Races & Results.
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Start List),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

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Photo: David Millar will miss the racing when he hangs up his cleats. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com.
David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) wants to savor every moment of his final season among the pro ranks, even if that means suffering for seven hours over the cobbles at Paris-Roubaix. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Martijn Maaskant pulls off after taking a strong pull. © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us
Don't underestimate us, says American team. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Eurosport - MALLORCA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 04: Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain prepares for a training ride on a Team SKY Training Camp Media Day on February 4, 2014 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty .
Bradley Wiggins has no constraints as he gets set to ride the Paris-Roubaix and he believes that will play into his favour in the gruelling one-day race. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

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Photo: Being hit from behind is one of the primal fears of cyclists.
Looking at the photo above from our Flèche last year, it’s easy to think: “Two of these riders are much safer than the other two.” The reflective vests really stand out in the flash of the camera. (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Photo: A fixture in Paris-Roubaix this is a legendary part of the race even if it comes too early to pick the winner.
Here is the Trouée d’Arenberg in France, one of the rare flat pieces of road to be venerated in cycling. Despite its berg name there’s no hill around at all. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky). © Cyclingnews
Norwegian wants to show he still has killer instinct. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp). © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Garmin rider puts last week's crash behind him. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins for the second time in the 2014 season.
Manxman likely to ride in California and Switzerland to prepare for the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: If you’re metric adverse, that’s well under two pounds...
The One is the next evolution of handcrafted carbon frames from Open, incorporating new shapes, layups and in-house production (in Germany) to create a remarkably light mountain bike frame weighing in a less than 850 grams. (dirtragmag.com)

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Photo: The colorful F2x will come in six sizes, from 47 to 60cm.
Make no mistake about it, disc brakes for endurance road bikes and cyclocross rigs are coming in a big way. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Hardtail 27.5: Norco Charger 7.1.
Bicycling chose ten extraordinary mountain bikes as this year’s Editors’ Choice award winners. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: This should be the main. Lance Armstrong and Chris Carmichael pose after Armstrong's first Tour de France win in 1999. Courtesy Trainright.com.
Colorado Springs cycling coach Chris Carmichael knew Lance Armstrong was doping long before Armstrong went to the 1996 Olympics or won a record seven Tour de France titles, according to newly public documents. (gazette.com)

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Photo: Greg LeMond in action during the 1990 Tour de France - the final edition of the French Grand Tour won by the American.
Tour de France winner ready to accept an apology from Armstrong. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Boonen’s trump card, though, is that he has by far the best classics team around him.
Ahead of Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, talk has turned to questions about how to stop Fabian Cancellara. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Peter Sagan makes it look easy on the Koppenberg. © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Cannondale rider lines up for third tilt at Hell of the North. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke were two of the main players on Velo's Most Dramatic Day of Racing in 2013. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com.
Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) hopes history repeats itself in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, but with a different ending. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Gaudin and Turgot promise to go on the attack. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Women’s Dura-Ace.
Bicycling chose thirteen extraordinary bikes as this year’s Editors’ Choice award winners. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Ben Swift (Team Sky) . © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Valverde fails to unseat Contador. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 6 Profile. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the 2013 edition but he is not back to defend.
Saturday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 6, a 25.9 km Individual Time Trial at Markina-Xemein, gets underway at 2:16pm CET (8:16am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider.  Full Start Order and Times here.  Tour of the Basque Country live streaming video should get underway at around *3:45pm CET (*9:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Ramūnas Navardauskas (Garmin Sharp).
Domont wins the final stage. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Marianne Vos' Twitter page.
Before making her 2014 road debut at the Waalse Pijl on April 23, World Champion Marianne Vos is making a stop in sunny California to defend her 2013 Sea Otter mountain bike victories. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Day 3 was the Beaumont Road Race, with 72 fast miles packed full of rollers, technical descents, and field-splintering ascents.
"Everyone knows the best training happens at altitude. Who knew the best ideas happened there too?" (cyclingillustrated.com)

April 11, 2014




Races & Results.
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12, 2014 (Stages &Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 11, 2014




Photo: The advantage over Valverde before Saturday’s time trial leaves everything in the air, said Contador.
Alberto Contador held on to the lead in Vuelta a Pais Vasco, but gave 2 seconds at the finish line to Valverde, now 12 seconds behind Contador. (bikeworldnews.com)

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Photo: Well news flash people, you can achieve anything you want to in life and only you can tell yourself otherwise.
As you start to get older it would appear that as a person you start to build up a wealth of ‘knowledge’. We will call it ‘knowledge’ although in reality we all know its just apocalyptic mistakes that showed us exactly what not to do again. (helenwyman.com)

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Photo: Scott Sunderland spoke with BikeRadar about the changing tech of Paris-Roubaix.
Paris-Roubaix is one of cycling’s greatest one-day spectacles and the cobbled, often treacherous conditions that make the race legendary are the same factors that put the ultimate test to the equipment. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Giro made these boy undershorts with its soft and durable Nycore wool/nylon fabric blend.
The California helmet maker has launched a women’s version of its New Road line of casual cycling clothing.  (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida)... Photo: © Bettini Photo
“The details of the accident are still to be evaluated, however it seems that he was probably hit by a car while riding on the Lecco side of Lake Como.” (cyclingnews.com)

April 11, 2014




Photo: Stefano Agostini criticized cycling's anti-doping system in a letter sent to the UCI and media on Wednesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Stefano Agostini, the 25-year-old Italian fired by Cannondale and suspended by the UCI over an out-of-competition test for banned substance clostebol in Aug. 2013, criticized cycling’s anti-doping program in a letter distributed to the media on Wednesday. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Tom Boonen at the pre-Paris-Roubaix press conference.
“I’ve still beaten him more than he’s beaten me.” (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The cobbles start with over 150km to go and hurt from the start. But it’s the Arenberg Forest that marks the big strategic rendez-vous.
The last act of madness and also the last cobbled classic of the year. Paris-Roubaix is a wild race with a touch of the circus and it’s not just because the riders circle Roubaix’s concrete ring for the finish. (inrng.com)

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Photo: The cobblestones of the Forest of Arenberg, one of the toughest and most inconic 'secteurs' of Paris-Roubaix.
Start time: Sunday April 13 10:15 CET ( 1:15 AM PST); 
Earliest live video: 12:50 CET (3:50 AM PST);
Approximate finish 16:50 CET (7:50 AM PST).  (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Mike Creed and Eric Marcotte have a talk before leaving on the ride.
"We're team SmartStop and we came to race." (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Marcel Kittel wins the 2014 G.P. Scheldprijs .
Marcel Kittel is hesitant to commit to a full Giro d’Italia campaign ahead of his race debut next month. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: XTR M9000 rear derailleurs are completely new, with the front pulley's pivot moved well forward of the cassette to increase the chain wrap around the cogs.
The long-awaited debut of Shimano’s premier component ensemble was staged at its new cycling division across the street from its North American headquarters in Irvine, California.  (pinkbike.com)

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Photo: Highs: Handling, top quality chassis.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "As it stands the Krypton is a formidable sportive machine – it could also be a formidable race bike." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Can history repeat itself?
Cancellara has already won Paris-Roubaix three times in the past eight years, and now he’s shooting for a fourth cobblestone trophy, to join race record holders Boonen and Roger De Vlaeminck. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: It’s a cross between mountain biking, road racing and gladiator warfare.
“If they’re flicking on Paris-Roubaix for the first time they’re going to say – “What the hell? What kind of bike race is this?” (decaironman-training.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara embraces his wife after winning his third Tour of Flanders.
Defending champion pushes pressure to winless riders and teams. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Friday’s main event to Roubaix – and over 25km of cobbles to cover.
Long anticipated, much feared, and never completed ride across the parcours of Paris-Roubaix. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the start of Scheldeprijs. © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Phinney, Pozzato and Hayman weigh up Sky rider’s prospects. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Zdenek Stybar wins the Elite Mens world championships in 2014 .
"I always look ahead and I can easily forget about the past." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Dave Brailsford is leaving his post at British Cycling to concentrate on his role with Sky. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Dave Brailsford, the man behind British Cycling’s Olympic success, is leaving the national program to concentrate solely on his role as principal of Sky, it was announced Friday. (velonews.com)

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Photo: We weighed this set at 1,530g total.
New for this year, the Aero 46 combines the wide rims (26.2mm) that are becoming popular among high-end wheelmakers with a distinct, sharply pointed spoke bed – which is a departure from current trends. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) climbs... © Susanne Goetze
Contador holds up to threats in Eibar. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 5 Profile. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the 2013 edition but he is not back to defend.
Friday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 5 departs Eibar at 1:05pm CET (7:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Markina-Xemein at around 5:10pm CET (11:10am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of the Basque Country live streaming video should get underway at around *3:30pm CET (*9:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will feature more professional women's racing than any previous race of its kind on U.S. soil. © www.amgentourofcalifornia.com
Circuit Race and Time Trial Poised to Bring unparalleled Women’s Racing to the U.S. (cyclingillustrated.com)

April 10, 2014




Races & Results.
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12, 2014 (Stages &Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 10, 2014




Photo: Theo de Rooij managed to sum up Paris-Roubaix to absolute perfection.
“It’s a bollocks, this race! You’re working like an animal, you don’t have time to piss, you wet your pants. You’re riding in mud like this, you’re slipping …. It’s a pile of shit.” (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: these versions of the X-Night have had cantilevers swapped for V-brakes and been drilled to carry bottle cages.
Ridley has adapted their X-Night cyclo-cross bikes for the cobbled classic. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Muur van Gerardsbergen traditionalists will have to resort to youtube nostalgia to get their fix.
After some tinkering the Flanders Classics organizers have found a format they are happy with. The Ronde parcours we saw this year will be the basic formula for the years to come. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Yep, that Johan guy used to ride a bit…
“Do you want to meet Johan?” asked the beautiful podium girl. “Uh, yeah, sure,” I replied, thinking to myself, ‘Surely she can’t mean the Johan.’ (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stiff and responsive.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A nippy, responsive ride let down slightly by a couple of less-thought-out elements." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Your focus on eating healthy should remain steadfast on or off the bike.
Five monthly delivery services that will fuel any ride. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Taylor Phinney rode to 15th place in his 2012 Paris-Roubaix debut. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
“I’d get a Rolls-Royce,” Phinney said last week in Kortrijk, Belgium. “Take the [hood] ornament thing off the front and put the cobble there!” (velonews.com)

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Photo: Stybar ready for cobbles. © (velonews.com).
How are you feeling emotionally about this edition of the storied Paris-Roubaix? In other words, where is your heart and you are you pulling for? (atwistedspoke.com)

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Photo: John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) wins Gent-Wevelgem. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Manager Spekenbrink confident that current negotiations will be fruitful. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Greg Van Avermaet had a near-miss at the Tour of Flanders, finishing second to Fabian Cancellara. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) wants to wreak revenge on Paris-Roubaix following his oh-so-close performance in last weekend’s Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). (velonews.com)

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Photo: Defending champion Johan Vansummeren at Paris-Roubaix. © Bettini Photo
Former champion recovered from Flanders crash. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The cobblestones of the Forest of Arenberg, one of the toughest and most inconic 'secteurs' of Paris-Roubaix.
Start time: Sunday April 13 10:15 CET ( 1:15 AM PST); 
Earliest live video: 12:50 CET (3:50 AM PST);
Approximate finish 16:50 CET (7:50 AM PST).  (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: The 2014 Tour of Poland route is revealed. © Tour of Poland
Race celebrates 25 years since free elections in Poland. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The tread pattern on the Armadillos is intended to improve wet weather grip. The tires are indeed very good on wet roads, though that's likely due to the rubber compound, not the siping. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
Specialized’s latest stab at a hyper-versatile, tough-but-fast, supple-yet-durable training tire has, for the first time in the company’s history, achieved all those things. (velonews.com)

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Photo: © Bettini Photo. (cyclingnews.com)
Lance Armstrong named names and provided additional new details about his doping practices when he was compelled to respond to questions under oath in a recent lawsuit. (usatoday.com)

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Photo: Can anyone other than luck disrupt the Spartacus Express in what promises to be a dry, dusty Paris-Roubaix on Sunday? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Swiss superstar looks unstoppable following his sublime victory in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) last weekend. Even with the odds stacked against him in the four-man winning selection, Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) found the way to carry the day. (velonews.com)

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Photo: There’s a myth that grew as my career went on. Some people said that if it was raining on the morning of a race, I would draw back the curtains and rub my hands together in glee.
Thirty years ago, the legendary Irish cyclist and Eurosport commentator Sean Kelly won Paris-Roubaix for the first time. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)





Photo: Over the last twenty kilometers, the peloton is in pieces, as are the riders.
Paris Roubaix is a race of unknowns. What the riders can’t control, what looms in their futures, haunts them until the pop of the starter’s pistol. (competitivecyclist.com)

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Photo: Riders will encounter the first cobbles in Troisvilles, barely 100km into the race. (James Startt).
The most beautifully brutal of the Classics should be especially thrilling to watch this year. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: If you’ve never had an excuse to go to Wilson’s Prom, I highly recommend you make one...
"I’m often stunned by the beauty of Australia and there are just so many beautiful places I’d never have a reason to visit were it not for cycling." (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: Many of the team mechanics I’ve spoken with mention one brand that they choose to shod their wheels with for Roubaix: FMB.
Tire choice is more important at Paris-Roubaix than in any other race throughout the year. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: The Tourmalet box is designed to fit a road bike, and keep it safe from baggage handlers – though you might get mistaken for a roadie (and not the cycling kind).
"The Galibier is $600, the Tourmalet $800, and the Ventoux $900. That makes them some of the priciest boxes we've seen, but if they can live up to the claims, they may just be worth it." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) sprints to victory. © Bettini
Contador retains overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). © Bettini
Frenchman changes target from stage victories to GC. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Jonas Ahlstrand was congratulated by the newly elected mayor of Angers, Christophe Béchu. © Jean-François Quénet
Bouhanni maintains overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Damiano Cunego (Lampre) was pleased with his performance. © Roberto Bettini
Italian thankful for help from World Champion. (cyclingnews.com)

April 9, 2014




Races & Results.
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12, 2014 (Stages &Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 9, 2014





Photo: The Belgian Cycling Federation president said safety measures such as the use of red and yellow cards could help prevent crashes in bike racing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Such cards are well known in soccer and rugby circles but so far have not made an appearance in cycling. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling)... © Cyclingnews
Haussler set to return for Hell of the North. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Belgian broadcaster Sporza have experimented with dashboard cameras in certain team vehicles at Gent-Wevelgem and Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.
International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said he is mulling over the idea of installing cameras on professional racers’ bicycles to bring fans closer to their heroes. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: The Garmin-Sharp team training for the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad .
The Garmin Sharp team will be changing Cervelo frames for this weekend's Paris­-Roubaix ­ all because of some special tubular tires, as chief mechanic Geoff Brown. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Stage 3 Profile. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the 2013 edition but he is not back to defend.
Wednesday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 3 departs Urdazubi-Urdax at 12:15pm CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Vitoria-Gasteiz at around 5:11pm CET (11:11am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of the Basque Country live streaming video should get underway at around *3:30pm CET (*9:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) is introduced for stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico.
Giant-Shimano sprinter out front by a mile. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) was happy in second place in Scheldeprijs.
American takes second in bunch sprint. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Brad Wiggins is hoping to make a big impression Sunday in Roubaix. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Bradley Wiggins (Sky) was full of laughs before the start of Wednesday’s GP Scheldepris, but downplayed his chances in the very serious business of Paris-Roubaix. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Peter Sagan couldn't match Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke on the Oude Kwaremont at the Tour of Flanders Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele .
With just one more chance to score a monument victory in this spring classics season, Peter Sagan is trying to put his disappointments behind him and think ahead to Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Marcel Kittel found success early in the season but has been shut out since. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) said he’s confident the victories will come, and he’s hoping it’s as soon as today’s Scheldeprijs. (velonews.com)

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Photo: The Garmin Edge 1000 boasts the navigation features of the Edge Touring with more training features.
The Garmin Edge 1000 is being unveiled this week in California. It will carry over many of the training features of the Edge 810 and the navigation features of the Edge Touring, as well as adding a few new options in a higher-resolution display. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Having a sponsor you can trust must make a difference for a team. .
Frankie Andreu is the director of the 5-Hour ENERGY pro cycling team. Having just returned from the Tour of Mexico, Frankie was happy to talk about how racing has changed in 20 years, and what it takes to guide a pro cycling team today. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) at the start of the Italian national series race in Nalles. © Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa
Next up: World Cup opener in Pietermaritzburg. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: This week's race winner got to take home the Tour of Alberta cup. © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us
Possible reverse of race route. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: how a culture of doping was perpetuated between 1998 and 2013.
An inquiry team probing the role of cycling’s leaders in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal will deliver its report by next year, the head of the sport’s global governing body UCI said on Wednesday. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara has the benefit of 1988 Paris-Roubaix winner Dirk Demol (right) directing Trek Factory Racing at the Classics. (Emily Maye/Trek Factort Racing).
Weekly updates on the form of the top spring Classics contenders. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Paris-Roubaix remains steadfastly pan flat.
The third monument of the season is always a special race. It’s the Hell Of The North, the race that puts man and machine over ancient cobbled tracks steeped in history, tragedy and more. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: For the men’s team the victory count rises to 17...
Marcel Kittel wins the Scheldeprijs. Three is the magic number today because he wins the race for the third year in a row and because it’s the team’s third win today with Jonas Ahlstrand winning Stage 2 of the Circuit de la Sarthe and Kirsten Wild taking the win in the Energiewacht Tour. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)... © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Gazzetta dello Sport suggests its possible but Wiggins says 'Not this year'. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Peter Sagan's Cannondale Super-Six Evo in 2012 had a 400g steel spindle in the crank to meet the 6.8kg requirement.
The UCI's "outdated" rule requiring bikes used in races to weigh at least 6.8kg could be scrapped. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Michael Hepburn averaged 80 percent of his 400-watt threshold power over 6.5 hours at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Image: TrainingPeaks.
The Numbers Don’t Lie. (velonews.com)

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Photo: The Monuments – The Grit and The Glory of Cycling’s Greatest One-Day Races by Peter Cossins...
With calendar changes promoting and relegating different events from year to year there are five one day races that sit above all of the others. These “Monuments” have stood the test of time and built a considerable capital of prestige, history and legend and this book is their tale. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Programmed to Enjoy Exercise...
According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, published in The Journal of Physiology, the motivation to exercise — or not — may be at least partly inherited. (nytimes.com)

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Photo: Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step)... © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Contador retains overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Stage 2 winner Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step).
Twentieth win for Omega Pharma Quick Step in 2014. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 3 Profile. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the 2013 edition but he is not back to defend.
Wednesday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 3 departs Urdazubi-Urdax at 12:15pm CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Vitoria-Gasteiz at around 5:11pm CET (11:11am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of the Basque Country live streaming video should get underway at around *3:30pm CET (*9:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) is two-time defending champion.
Wednesday's Scheldeprijs departs Antwerp at 12:15pm CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Schoten at around 5:04pm CET (11:04am U.S. Eastern).  Scheldeprijs live streaming video should get underway at around 2:55pm CET (8:55am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: The Tour de France returns to Great Britain after London hosted the Grand Depart in 2007 (Getty Images).
The Grand Depart of the Tour de France in England in July will be one of the toughest ever with rivals for overall victory jostling for early ascendancy from the word go, according to race director Christian Prudhomme. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) celebrates victory in stage 1 at Paris-Nice.
Sprinters go head to head in French stage race. (cyclingnews.com)

April 8, 2014




Races & Results.
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12, 2014 (Stages &Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 8, 2014




Photo: Cadel Evans (AAP)...
An encouraging performance from Cadel Evans on the opening stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, will give Australian fans hope he can still play a role in May's Giro d'Italia. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)... © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Spaniard only stopped by Contador on Stage 1. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Specialized-Lululemon light it up in the stage 4 crit.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is the longest continuous running stage race in American cycling. Australian Specialized Lululemon rider Loren Rowney talks us through the elite women's race. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: Taylor Phinney leads an escape in the 2014 Tour of Flanders Credit: Watson .
"No guy that has won Roubaix or even come close to winning Roubaix is a wimp." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Taylor Phinney (BMC).
American looks ahead to Hell of the North. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The final Avenir podium (l-r): Andrew Talansky, Alexander Quintanarojas and Jarlinson Pantano Gomez.
Under 23 race concludes with four summit finishes. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The cobblestones of the Forest of Arenberg, one of the toughest and most inconic 'secteurs' of Paris-Roubaix. (Getty Images).
Paris-Roubaix organizers have completed their traditional pre-race inspection of the 28 cobblestone or 'pavé' secteurs in store for riders facing the 257km classic, and handed down the official ratings for the 2014 event. (sbs.com.au)

April 8, 2014






Photo: Marcel Kittel (right) won't have to contend with Mark Cavendish at Wednesday's Scheldeprijs. © Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com...
German Marcel Kittel aims to win a record third straight Scheldeprijs title Wednesday. The win would also put a score on the board for the Giant-Shimano sprinter, who has yet to win this season in Europe. A victory could come a little easier without some favorites starting in Antwerp. (velonews.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: Peter Sagan can't hold on to Fabian Cancellara's wheel as the Trek rider powers up Oude Kwaremont in the Tour of Flanders .
Team Cannondale say Peter Sagan's power numbers were the same as last year, he just couldn't hold on to Cancellara when it mattered. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 8, 2014




Photo: if you simply like one bike more than the rest — and the thing fits you and feels great — then congratulations, you've found the perfect bike.
Picking the best bike for you comes down to three things: fit, feel and finish. (bikeradar.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: Heritage, comfort, compliance.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A superbly struck compromise between high-velocity thrills and long-distance contentment." (bikeradar.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: Claimed weight for the SL-70 Aero is 240g and it will be offered in 38, 40, 42, and 44cm sizes.
Zipp's latest SL-70 Aero carbon road bar makes some heady claims: namely, that it can save 6.4W of effort at 30mph over a round-tubed bar, and that it's 30 percent stiffer than the old VukaSprint. (bikeradar.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: I’ve worn lighter, airier helmets I’ve used few that are this comfortable. The energy-absorbing technology is icing on the cake.
From the outside, nothing on Kali Protectives’ Maraka helmet looks unusual, but features hidden on the inside make it something special. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara and Zdenek Stybar escape in Paris-Roubaix .
All the details for this year's Hell of the North, for many the greatest one-day race on the calendar. Television times, cobbled sections, map, teams and more. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 8, 2014




Photo: Tramadol hydrochloride is the full name. To borrow from Wikipedia it’s a centrally acting opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.
One of the unwelcome side effects of following pro cycling is a passing acquaintance with medicine. In recent years it’s been haematology first with the haematocrit count then EPO and DIY blood doping. Now a quick look at analgesia thanks to Tramadol, a powerful painkiller that’s being used and abused in the peloton. It seems a ban is only a matter of time. (inrng.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: Tony Martin’s crash on stage 1 of the 2013 Tour de France which saw him lose consciousness while on his way to hospital..
For professional cyclists, crashing is an occupational hazard and one that will undoubtedly happen a few times a season. And despite the mandatory use of helmets, concussion is a likely outcome in any crash that involves a rider hitting their head. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: 2013 Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali presents the new route.
Sprinters and pure climbers favored by new rules. (cyclingnews.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: New shoes, particularly for riders with long, narrow feet, can make replicating bike fit a challenge. Photo: Mark Johnson | VeloNews.
"This week we’ll address, at length and with help from a few of the most respected names in the field, one reader’s bike-fit issues that emerged when she needed to replace her shoes. We’ll also take a look at a cyclocross racer’s questions over wheelbase length and choosing a frame when he fits on multiple sizes." (velonews.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: Martijn Maaskant is hoping to shake the burden of his 2008 near-miss at Paris-Roubaix with a strong ride Sunday at the
Martijn Maaskant is hoping to rediscover the magic that saw him hyped as a possible winner of the “Hell of the North” at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. (velonews.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: The Vitesse 500 comes built with full SRAM RED starting at $3,699.
VeloVie’s Vitesse 500 checks a lot of race bike boxes: full carbon construct right down to the drops (frame and fork), brand name raw materials, uni-weave exposed skin, and full top line group and wheels. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 8, 2014




Photo: Internal cabling keeps lines smooth – and more aero – but also means the Kimera is Di2-ready.
"So far the Kimera seems stiff, light and fairly comfortable - it's worth adding it to your test-ride lists." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) on the attack.
Tinkoff-Saxo leader takes time from all his rivals. (cyclingnews.com)

April 7, 2014







Photo: Stage 2 Profile. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the 2013 edition but he is not back to defend.
Tuesday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 2 departs Ordizia at 1:10pm CET (7:10am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Dantxarinea (Urdazubi) at around 5:08pm CET (11:08am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of the Basque Country live streaming video should get underway at around *3:30pm CET (*9:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

April 7, 2014




Races & Results.
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12, 2014 (Stages &Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 7, 2014





Photo: Overall general classification podium. © Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com
Final day Sunset Road Race victory for Tayler Wiles. (cyclingnews.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Cancellara lays down the law on the cobbled climb of the Old Kwaremont with Vanmarcke closely in tow (Photo: Sirotti).
Yesterday’s Tour of Flanders threw up an absolutely fantastic edition of one of the very best races in the world, with aggressive riding from the biggest classics men in the sport splitting the field and producing a really worthy podium. (stickybottle.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Geraint Thomas (right) will support Bradley Wiggins (left) at Paris-Roubaix after finishing eighth in Flanders. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Welsh rider Geraint Thomas said he is happy to help Sky teammates Bradley Wiggins and Edvald Boasson Hagen at next week’s Paris-Roubaix, despite finishing an impressive eighth at the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). (velonews.com)

April 7, 2014






Photo: Johan Van Summeren escapes in the Amstel Gold Race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
Team unaware of potential legal proceedings. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Peter Sagan and Filippo Pozzato cross the line. © Roberto Bettini
Italian never in contention for win. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). © Cyclingnews
Katusha rider didn't have the legs to follow Cancellara. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Elite Corsa Team 550ml Water Bottle 2013.
Five common hydration mistakes-and how to avoid them. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: I’m talking about Paris-Roubaix. It hasn’t rained properly in the race for over a decade.
"The Atacama desert. The Sahara. These are some of the driest spots on the planet. How about Roubaix in the north of France? It hasn’t rained there since 2002." (inrng.com)

April 7, 2014





Photo: The Wallers sector is among the 28 sections of cobbles on tap for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com.
Paris-Roubaix organizers have rated the 28 cobblestone sectors for the race’s 112th edition, which takes place Sunday in northern France. (velonews.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Finish is this way - Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Rider of the Day: Such a category will always, in any race, have numerous nominees, particularly in a seven-hour slog like de Ronde. (podiumcafe.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Stage 1 starts as the race will carry on, a series of steep climbs to test every rider from the start.
A big field, a tough course and one of the hotbeds of cycling in Europe make this one of the best spring stage races. It’s live on TV too. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) on the attack. © Roberto Bettini
Spaniard faces Valverde and van Garderen. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara (right) made the right moves when he needed to in Flanders on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele .
You know you’re good when you make it look easy. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Overall as a team we are happy with the day and how we executed our plan, but when you race to win it can be a little disappointing when it doesn’t happen.
Yesterday's Tour of Flanders was the third round of the nine-round UCI Women's World Cup and one of the most prestigious one-day races on the women's calendar. (cyclingtips.com.au)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Taylor Phinney rode at the front of the Tour of Flanders for almost 177km before he was caught on the Koppenberg with 43.5km remaining. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Taylor Phinney made his mark in his Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) debut. The American in BMC Racing’s red and black kit escaped, survived the front group’s elimination through the Flemish countryside, and learned some valuable lessons on Sunday. (velonews.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek) in the finale of Tour of Flanders.
BMC rider beaten into second place by Cancellara. (cyclingnews.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Cycling Australia... : © Cycling Australia
National body urged to make progress on corporate governance reform. (cyclingnews.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: The 741 wheels (left) and 928 wheels show the difference in rim widths. Ibis refers to the 28mm rim width of the 928 as
Ibis Cycles is throwing its hat into the quickly expanding carbon mountain bike wheel market and is doing so with two pairs of hoops it hopes will redefine how we look at wide rims. (velonews.com)

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Photo: The Team Sky train. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
To back Chris Froome at Liege-Bastogne-Liege before preparing for the Tour de France by riding the Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine. (cyclingnews.com)

April 7, 2014





Photo: Fabian Cancellara (AAP)...
"Every rider has a different story of their 259km journey from Bruges to Oudenaarde that made up the 2014 Tour of Flanders. Here are the reflections of five of the top finishers." (sbs.com.au)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Fabian Cancellara wins for the third time at the Tour of Flanders. Photo: Tim De Waele .
If there’s been an asterisk on Fabian Cancellara’s otherwise stellar spring classics resume, it’s been his track record in sprint finales. (velonews.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Meanwhile over at Sky, there was about ten Rapha-clad English blokes hanging about to catch a glimpse of El Wiggo.
High speed race chasing, VIP access, Flanders Strongmen, crazy bike fans and some Belgian beer added up to a Tour of Flanders 2014 experience. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) on the attack. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Cross world champion looks forward to Paris-Roubaix. (cyclingnews.com)

April 7, 2014






Photo: Ronde van Vlaanderen did not go to plan for Peter Sagan (AAP Images).
Peter Sagan said he would overcome the disappointment of a 16th place finish at the Tour of Flanders and come back better ahead of Paris-Roubaix next weekend. (sbs.com.au)

April 7, 2014




Photo: SRAM is an acronym consisting of its founders' names: Scott, Ray (Ray is the middle name of company head Stan Day), and Sam.
Consider what SRAM was up against in those early days twenty plus years ago, which was a very David versus Goliath scenario that saw the brand and its CEO, Stan Day, having to go toe-to-toe with their Japanese competitor in order to challenge how business was done. (pinkbike.com)

April 7, 2014




Photo: Mark Cavendish will miss GP Scheldeprijs Wednesday in Belgium and could be on the startlist come the Amgen Tour of California in May. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Former world champion Mark Cavendish has pulled out of Wednesday’s Grand Prix Scheldeprijs because of flu, his Omega Pharma team has confirmed. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Success for Giorgia Bronzini in Belgium (Wiggle Honda).
The former world champion was the fastest in the sprint at the end of the 131km race, and comfortably outpaced Shelley Olds (Alé-Cipollini) and Lucy Garner (Giant-Shimano) on the line. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: SportRx offers prescription eyewear from many popular brands.
Comprehensive prescription eyewear services from SportRx. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Stage 1 will show us who's serious for this race. The GC boys will have to be super aggressive right out of the gate here..
Pais Vasco has got the formula down pat: constant short sharp climbs, some tidbits for the sprinters, not that there are hardly any, the always fun Eibar-Arrate climb (got to be one of the most entertaining climbs in all of cycling) and an ending ITT so as not to give everything to the pure climbers. (podiumcafe.com)

April 6, 2014





Photo: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the 2013 edition but he is not back to defend.
Monday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 1 departs Ordizia at 1:15pm CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Ordizia at around 5:10pm CET (11:10am U.S. Eastern).  Live streaming video should get underway at around *3:30pm CET (*9:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara celebrates as he collects his third Flanders title. Photo: AFP. (velonews.com)
Van Avermaet, Vanmarcke podium. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Johan Vansummeren and an unidentified spectator are treated at the scene following a high-speed crash in the Tour of Flanders. Photo: Tim De Waele. © (velonews.com)
Dozens of crashes marred a nervous first half of racing in Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). (velonews.com)

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Photo: Tom Boonen chasing with Niki Terpstra. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Team falls short as Cancella wins. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Leah Kirchmann (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies) with back to back wins. © Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com
Kirchmann wins to extend overall advantage. (cyclingnews.com)

April 6, 2014




Races & Results.
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12, 2014 (Start List),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Results),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Dwars door Vlaanderen - March 26, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 6, 2014




Photo: Specialized and FMB have formally joined forces for team tires at this year's cobbled classics. The hybrid tubulars use FMB's ultra-supple handmade cotton casings and Specialized's Gripton rubber compounds and tread patterns. © James Huang
FMB casings plus Specialized treads. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Cancellara's bike is festooned with several lucky charms.
"Here, we present the machines of the three podium finishers: Cancellara, Avermaet and Vanmarcke." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The Redlands Bicycle Classic will open the 2014 National Racing Calendar. Photo: VeloNews.com.
The 30th Redlands Bicycle Classic opens Wednesday in southern California, there will be two days of live coverage this weekend. Coverage Sunday, April 6 at 12:45 p.m. EDT. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Cancellara isn’t reputed as a sprinter but was still the second fastest behind Kristoff in Sanremo and who’d discount him after such a long day?.
400 metres, 300… 250… 200 metres to go. Suddenly the four riders launched the sprint and Fabian Cancellara accelerated, took the lead and kept it to celebrate as he crossed the line. This was the moment the race was won. (inrng.com)

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Photo: World Champion, Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands), happily shows off her gold medal.
Armitstead makes it a Boels Dolmans 1-2 in Oudenaarde. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Eddy Merckx had 525 victories spanning 14 years overwhelms the senses and comprehension.
In life there are absolutes: the love of our parents, taxes, death, and the fact that Eddy Merckx was the greatest cyclist ever. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Jesse Kerrison (l) congratulates Brodie Talbot (r) on the overall win at the Adelaide Tour. (Mark Gunter).
Budget Forklifts’ Brodie Talbot has claimed his maiden tour victory, winning the Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour, the second event in the men’s Subaru National Road Series (NRS). (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Each State jersey uses a full length YKK zipper along with hidden elastic sleeve openings, and a silicone gripper at the waist.
If you have a lot of state pride, or just want to represent your home state, Pactimo is making it easier to show your allegiance with their new State Jerseys. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Feedback Senior Men Open Cyclocross team for 2011 was John Klish.
"Cyclocross is a very specific type of bike racing. For the most part, the course is off-road but there are sometimes portions of pavement included in the course." (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: It’s not that compact, but Brooks has managed to squeeze an impressive 21 tools into its MT21.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "The leather experts deliver a chunky but functional multi-tool." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Taylor Phinney (BMC) was one of the last riders of the day's breakaway to be caught.
Team impressed with American's performance. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Cancellara made the race, as he so often does, with an acceleration on the final passage of the Oude Kwaremont.
Fabian Cancellara of Trek outlasted a trio of Belgians in the final meters to win his second consecutive and third overall Ronde van Vlaanderen. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara (L) was the strongest of the final selection - AAP.
Fabian Cancellara outfoxed a trio of riders to win a classic edition of the Tour of Flanders in a sprint finish in Oudenaarde. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Peter Sagan couldn't match Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke on the Oude Kwaremont. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Cannondale’s Peter Sagan said he would overcome the disappointment of a 16th-place finish at the Tour of Flanders and come back better ahead of Paris-Roubaix. (velonews.com)

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Photo: World champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) finished in second place for the second straight day at the Volta ao Algarve.
World champion searching for first win in 2014. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: OPQS confirm Cavendish to miss Scheldeprijs 2014 Credit: Picasa .
Mark Cavendish’s classics campaigned officially ended today. Due to the lingering effects of a fever and stomach problems after Milano-Sanremo, he had to skip Ghent-Wevelgem, the Three Days of De Panne and – announced today – the Scheldeprijs. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Smooth, flexible and tough.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "The Strada Bianca is a plump clincher that smooths out any road." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The Redlands Bicycle Classic will open the 2014 National Racing Calendar. Photo: VeloNews.com.
The 30th Redlands Bicycle Classic opens Wednesday in southern California, there will be two days of live coverage this weekend. Times are: Satuday April 5 at 4:10 p.m. EDT and Sunday April 6 at 12:45 p.m. EDT.(velonews.com)

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Photo: This race is also known as Ronde van Vlaanderen (Dutch), Tour des Flandres (French), Giro delle Flandre (Italian), Tour de Flandes (Spanish) .
Start time: Sunday April 6 10:45 CET (1:45 AM PST); Earliest live video: 11:30 CET (2:30 AM PST); Approximate finish: 16:41 CET (7:41 AM PST). (steephill.tv)

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Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins the GP Miguel Indurain.
Movistar leader finishes clear of chasing pack. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Thor Hushovd sets the pace for BMC.
“If you want to be the leader, then you have to perform as a leader.” (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Brian Coquard (Europcar) winner of the Route Adélie.
Simon, Jarrier complete all-French podium. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Travis McCabe (Smart Stop) with the win. © Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com
Kirchmann now leads women's race. (cyclingnews.com)

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Races & Results.
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Start List),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Dwars door Vlaanderen - March 26, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

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Photo: Current Norwegian national champion Thor Hushovd (BMC) with past champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky).
Norwegian and Wiggins to help Team Sky leader. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Taylor Phinney (BMC) just failed to catch the attackers, finishing seventh...
"Sagan is one of a kind." (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Tiffany Cromwell racing in new colours.
Women's team looking to factor in third World Cup round. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: It is 0.6km in length and averages 10% but hits 22%. It is cobbled..
Never has a climb been so big in myth and so small in reality. The Koppenberg has a vertical gain of just 62 meters, the height of a large tree but its legend runs so tall. (inrng.com)

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Photo: Heinrich Haussler will not ride his pet race, the Tour of Flanders, IAM has confirmed. (Sirotti).
Australian classics hopeful Heinrich Haussler has been forced to sit out tomorrow's Ronde van Vlaanderen after contracting a stomach bug. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: To make sure you get the full RVV experience, here is a nifty schedule for you.
It's almost upon us, the day we've all been waiting for: Ronde. Van. Vlaanderen. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Gilmore likes her tubbies pumped to the max.
Now in its second year, the team wants to build on its highly successful debut in 2013 which it won 22 races. It's a tall order, but team manager Rochelle Gilmore believes it's possible. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara embraces his wife, Stephanie, as she is overcome with emotion by his victory in the 100th anniversary of the race. He'll try for another this Sunday. Photo: BrakeThrough Media.
Cancellara, 33, is something of a throwback in a bling-heavy sporting culture, and in his relentless racing style, too. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) put in a solid effort.
Czech says that Flanders suits him better than Roubaix. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Sky's Ian Stannard takes the win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad by a wheel over Greg Van Avermaet. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Team Sky has emerged as the dominant squad in grand tours, winning back-to-back yellow jerseys at the Tour de France with two separate riders, a feat unmatched in 30 years. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Greg van Avermaet (BMC).
BMC man welcomes changes to route. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The likes of Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan will be among the favorites.
Some of the greatest cyclists in the world will begin the battle for the main Spring Classics when the Tour of Flanders gets underway on Sunday. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Orica-GreenEDGE will hope to have a rider well positioned at the Tour of Flanders (Sirotti).
The Australian based Orica-GreenEDGE team hope to place a rider into the top-ten at the end of the end of the Tour of Flanders, which starts on Sunday night (AEST). (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: The hubs have been designed with DT Swiss and have a typically 'clicky' DT freewheel.
The clinchers have an increased rim depth of 45mm, up from last year's 38mm, and are 21mm wide. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: live with the race for the final 2 hours or so.
Saturday's Volta Limburg Classic departs Eijsden at 12:00pm CET (6:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Eijsden at around 5:00pm CET (11:00am U.S. Eastern).  Volta Limburg Classic live video streaming should get underway at *2:45pm CET (*8:45am U.S. Eastern).  (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: The route gets tweaked every year but this year’s revisions matter.
The greatest one day race in the world takes place this Sunday. Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen look to make history with Peter Sagan wanting to join them as a winner of De Ronde. (inrng.com)

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Photo: This race is also known as Ronde van Vlaanderen (Dutch), Tour des Flandres (French), Giro delle Flandre (Italian), Tour de Flandes (Spanish) .
Start time: Sunday April 6 10:45 CET (1:45 AM PST); Earliest live video: 11:30 CET (2:30 AM PST); Approximate finish: 16:41 CET (7:41 AM PST). (steephill.tv)

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Photo: Peter Sagan came off the wheel of Geraint Thomas on the finish straight to take his first win at E3 Harelbeke. Niki Terpstra was second. Photo: Tim De Waele |
Peter Sagan said that he feels no pressure to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday, even if followers expect a big win from the 24-year-old. (velonews.com)

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Photo: After recent wins, Peter Sagan appears to be in his best shape yet for the Tour of Flanders. (Bettini Photo).
With all the cobbled warm-up races in the books, the favorites for Sunday’s Tour of Flanders have emerged. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Geraint Thomas in the 2014 Milan-San Remo .
Geraint Thomas is confident late replacement Bradley Wiggins will slot smoothly into Sky’s classics squad ahead of Sunday’s Tour of Flanders. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Nick Nuyens (Garmin-Sharp) meets up with Stefano Zanini.
Langeveld and Vansummeren to lead Garmin-Sharp. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Travis McCabe (Smart Stop) Out Sprints Ty Magner (Hincapie).
A long, challenging road race around and through beautiful Beaumont. (cyclingillustrated.com)

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Photo: Alison Powers...
The day of racing featured a challenging and technical 7.8 mile Time Trial course. The course featured an out and back route on the north side of the Big Bear lake with a turnaround in Fawnskin. (cyclingillustrated.com)

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Photo: The Redlands Bicycle Classic will open the 2014 National Racing Calendar. Photo: VeloNews.com.
The 30th Redlands Bicycle Classic opens Wednesday in southern California, there will be two days of live coverage this weekend. (velonews.com)

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Races & Results.
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Start List),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Dwars door Vlaanderen - March 26, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

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Photo: A few snapshots from the Koppenberg today...
In Belguim, where newspaper pullout sections and people on bikes all over the course are probably more of a many-decades-old phenomenon than anything new. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Taylor Phinney and BMC Racing will ride for Greg Van Avermaet at the Tour of Flanders. Photo: Tim De Waele.
With one eye on next weekend’s Paris-Roubaix, Phinney will be racing Flanders to learn and to help BMC captain Greg Van Avermaet. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida)... © Bettini
12 teams announced for "America's Toughest Stage Race." (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: American Lauren Hall celebrates winning the 2014 women's edition of Gent-Wevelgem. Photo: Tim De Waele |
Starting her second season with Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, 35-year-old Lauren Hall secured a tremendous victory at last week’s Gent-Wevelgem. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Tom Boonen hopes to make history in Flanders this weekend. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. © (velonews.com)
Tom Boonen faces his biggest appointment of the year this weekend after a tough two weeks at home. On Sunday, he will attempt to win a record fourth Flanders title, but this one would take more significance emotionally after his partner’s recent miscarriage. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) on the attack.
Wilfried Peeters believes that the eight riders he’s chosen for this weekend’s Tour of Flanders has got the right combination of experience and talent to take victory. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing). © Tim de Waele
Flanders is twice as hard for Sagan, says defending champion. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: It’s true that only the strongest riders can remain at the head of a 200-strong peloton for six hours.
To win any major race on the UCI WorldTour calendar, you need to have a strong team, smart tactics and great timing. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Sep Vanmarcke is a top favorite for Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen, even if he won't say it. Photo: Tim De Waele..
Ask Sep Vanmarcke about his chances to win Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), and the humble Belkin star shakes his head, insisting he’s not yet on the level of the five-star favorites. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Peter Sagan powering up the bergs of the 2013 Tour of Flanders aboard the prototype of the 2014 Cannondale Synapse – picture from http://www.cyclingwest.com.
"I hope your Sunday is free, one of the most eagerly-anticipated races in professional cycling, the second of the five monuments and the biggest Flemish race of the year – the Tour of Flanders is upon us." (decaironman-training.com)

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Photo: The elegant, lightweight, and supremely compact concept was a huge hit on Kickstarter.
The idea behind the original Fix It Sticks is as simple as they look: two 'sticks' with tool bits at either end that can be joined together to form a 'T' for leverage. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Further helping matters are the slim 27.2mm seatpost (with lots of exposed shaft)...
He'll be hitting the cobbles fast and hard, which is exactly what this bike was designed for. (bikeradar.com)

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The bergs and pavé of the 98th Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) will play host to a generational showdown Sunday. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Jan Raas, Phil Anderson and Marc Sergeant ride a wet and muddy course during the 1983 Tour of Flanders.
This Sunday the cycling world will focus its attention on the Flanders region of Belgium for the second "Monument" of the 2014 season: the Tour of Flanders. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: The start of the ascent is rough, and the bike bounces a little.
"Before the riders of the World Tour tackle the cobbles and famous bergs of Flanders on Sunday we’re going to have a close up look at two of the legendary climbs." (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Repeat performance... Jurgen Roelandts at last year's Tour of Flanders. (Sirotti).
Jurgen Roelandts hopes to reprise a place on the Flanders podium in this year's Belgian classic after strong showings in Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Lizzie Armiststead in 2014 World Cup leader's jersey. Photo: Boels-Dolmans Credit: Boels-Dolmans .
Olympic silver medalist signs two-year extension to take her through the Rio 2016 cycle. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: His is the velvety baritone, on Belgian TV station Sporza.
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to watch cycling on TV in Belgium—or on one of those many, many grainy Internet streams—then you’ll know Michel Wuyts. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Superb comfort, low weight...
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Fizik’s take on the classic saddle design is a success. But a pricey one…" (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Cross-country cyclists check gear before heading out from the Bike Inn at Mount Vernon to rejoin their east-west route on U.S. 26. (Terry Richard / The Oregonian).
Last year was a challenging one for U.S. bicycle retailers and early indications show a similar disappointing story unfolding in 2014. (oregonlive.com)

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Photo: Wiggle-Honda’s British track stars are set to begin their road season in earnest.
Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts and Joanna Rowsell to rejoin their Wiggle-Honda team mates in Europe after successful track championships. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Wilcoxson’s helmet shattered during her accident, potentially saving her life. (Jen See).
After suffering a concussion in her first Classic of the season, pro cyclist Jade Wilcoxson discovers that the road to recovery is more complicated than she’d imagined. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: The centerpiece of this bike is its women's-specific Enhanced Performance Geometry frame.
"Instead of designing bikes suited specifically to the needs of women, many bike manufacturers take the easy way out and simply “shrink it, and pink it.” (diamondback.com)

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Photo: Prestaflator’s Prestaratchet multi-tool handles hex, torx and screwdriver duties. © (bikerumor.com).
Prestaflator, the company that brought you the cycling-specific inflator and pressure regulator, has put its energy towards making the lives of home mechanics like me easier by providing a highly functional multi-tool that aims to make wrenching easier, faster and safer. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Belgium's Guillaume van Keirsbulck of team Omega Pharma - Quick Step celebrates holding his trophy on the podium after winning the Three Days of De Panne.
Bodnar triumphs in final time trial stage. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) on his way to overall victory.
QuickStep rider takes overall victory ahead of Durbridge. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) wins for the second day in a row.
Steegmans holds lead ahead of time trial. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Podium. © Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com
First leaders decided in revived stage. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Jim Stemper (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) gets a helping hand from eventual stage winner Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp).
Rider struck by race medical vehicle during opening stage. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The Redlands Bicycle Classic will open the 2014 National Racing Calendar. Photo: VeloNews.com.
The 30th Redlands Bicycle Classic opens Wednesday in southern California, there will be two days of live coverage this weekend. (velonews.com)

April 3, 2014




Races & Results.
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Start List),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Dwars door Vlaanderen - March 26, 2014 (Results),
Milan-San Remo - March 23, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 3, 2014






Photo: Bradley Wiggins will race the Tour of Flanders on Sunday for the first time since 2005.
Bradley Wiggins will race the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. American team BMC announced former world champion Philippe Gilbert will not, as expected, race the one-day classic on Sunday. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Fearless Femme maintains their mission of partnering experienced racers with small business sponsors.
The National Criterium Calender, select USA Crits, and Parx Casino Philadelphia races will be the target events on the 2014 schedule. (cyclingillustrated.com)

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Photo: Decide what material you’re most interested in. You should have a feel if you want steel, ti or carbon fiber.
"During this year’s NAHBS and in the couple of weeks since, I’ve been asked repeatedly how to choose a builder for a custom frame. It’s a fair question." (redkiteprayer.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan are among the top favorites for Sunday's 98th Ronde van Vlaanderen. Photo: Tim De Waele.
The bergs and pavé of the 98th Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) will play host to a generational showdown Sunday. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Cobbled fever: It's all about the Spring Classics at this time of year (Sirotti). (sbs.com.au)
It’s time for the second big Spring Classic of the season: Ronde van Vlaanderen, or the Tour of Flanders. This year we have all the big favourites on the starting line and we should be in for quite a show. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: To win Paris-Roubaix or the Ronde van Vlaanderen during his reign was to beat Museeuw.
As dominant as Cancellara was in 2010, as incredible as Boonen has been, neither of these riders possess the aura of invincibility Johan Museeuw had at his peak. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Peter Sagan wins the 2014 E3 Harelbeke .
International cycling news round-up (April 3): Sagan leaves De Panne for Flanders; Women's World Cup picks up sponsor; European Cycling Union moves in with UCI. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Dirk Demol says his star rider Fabian Cancellara is ready for Sunday's Tour of Flanders. Photo: Tim De Waele .
If there were any doubts about Fabian Cancellara’s condition coming into the spring classics, he erased them during last Friday’s E3 Harelbeke. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Zdenek Stybar continued his rapid rise in the peloton at Milano-Sanremo with a solid seventh-place finish. Now he's looking toward the stones of Paris-Roubaix. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) loves talking about racing, loves talking about what makes him tick. His name is bandied about now in cycling as the next “it” rider. Or, we should say, the next star on the road. He’s already a cyclocross king, a three-time world champ, and the discipline’s current bearer of the rainbow stripes. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Veteran Luca Paolini hopes to find an elusive Tour of Flanders victory this weekend. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Luca Paolini can afford to relax on Katusha’s red Skoda car. He already helped the Russian team win Milano-Sanremo with Alexander Kristoff. (velonews.com)

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Photo: The Razor Carbon jersey uses a range of technical fabrics in its construction.
New pro-level kit as used by Lampre-Merida. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Chris Boardman, face of the new Ordnance Survey cycling app Ordnance Survey.
That most venerated of cartographic specialists, Ordnance Survey, has produced an app to enable cyclists to ride every single meter of road that the Tour de France has covered since it first visited the UK in 1974. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Nicolas Frantz on the way to winning the 1928 Tour de France in a photo from The Competition Bicycle.
Traditional handlebars have generous curves that support your hands well. They offer a multitude of hand positions for long-distance comfort. (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Photo: Ride, work, ride, repeat. It's a scientifically proven system. In a recent study in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, scientists found that people scored higher on tests of memory, reasoning, and planning after 30 minutes of spinning on a stationary bike than they did before they rode.
It's no secret that cycling makes you fitter. It also sharpens your thinking and melts away stress. Now researchers are discovering why—and exactly how you can maximize the cognitive benefits of a good ride. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: OPQS have had a great start to the season but it’s the next 10 days with the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix that matter most to the team.
We’re one quarter of the way through the cycling season already. 25% of the season’s racing days have been ridden. As we go into the peak classics season Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Giant-Shimano lead. (inrng.com)

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Photo: they have some astonishing figures to prove it.
Not for nothing are the cobblestoned spring Classics feared and revered by the pros who race them. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Alberto Contador came in second. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Spaniard looks to carry form into race. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The Tour of Flanders peloton departs from the square in Bruges.
Karel Van Wijnendaele is hailed as race’s founding father, but his partner’s role was just as critical. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Too early to start thinking about a November ride in sunny Mexico?
Looking forward to, and training for a gran fondo is the ideal incentive to cap your season with your best fitness, and enjoy the reward of a great ride in a tropical location when the days turn cold back home. The GFNY Cozumel fits the bill perfectly. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 3, 2014




Photo: The 2014 Trofeo Alfredo Binda podium (L-R): Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans), Emma Johansson (Orica - AIS) and Alena Amialiusik (Astana BePink).
Sign of commitment to develop and grow women's racing worldwide. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Ellen van Dijk on the ITT podium, 2013 Road World Championships - Luk Benies /Afp/Getty Images.
Ellen van Dijk was one of the most exciting riders of 2013, winning the Individual Time Trial World Championships after a stunning season where she won the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, Lotto Belisol Tour, the Energiewacht Tour and pretty much every ITT anywhere, and lit up the Spring Classics. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Hövding has launched a scathing attack on EU cycle helmet performance.
The bike helmet industry has come under strong attack from an unusual source: a fellow manufacturer. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Bicycles and pedicabs along a dedicated bike lane in Austin, Texas.
For years, cyclists have faced long odds in Texas, where sprawling highways teem with trucks. Dallas was ranked , several years in a row. But in recent years, the two-wheeled form of transportation has begun to gain ground. (npr.org)

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Photo: Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) wins stage 2 in Koksijde.
Steegmans takes over as race leader (cyclingnews.com).

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Photo: Cavendish, Sagan, Kittel, Demare, Kristoff, Paolini, Renshaw, Terpstra, Gatto, Boeckmans, Dehaes, Gavazzi, Modolo, Bewley, Durbridge, Tuft, Cousin, Hoogerland, Colbrelli, Bazzana, Forster, Jones, Murphy, Summerhill, Baugnies, Napolitano, Chicchi, Mol, ...
Thursday's Stage 3a departs De Panne at 9:25am CET (3:25am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at De Panne at around 12:06pm CET (6:06am U.S. Eastern).  Live streaming video should get underway at around 10:30am CET (4:30am U.S. Eastern).
Thursday's Stage 3b, a 14.3 km Individual Time Trial at De Panne, gets underway at 2:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern). Live streaming video should get underway at around 2:40pm CET (8:40am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Niki Terpstra finished first and second at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke last week. Photo: Tim De Waele .
Driedaagse De Panne (Three Days of De Panne) is no training race for Niki Terpstra. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Arnaud Démare protected by his FDJ teamamtes.
Frenchman denied by Modolo at Three Days of De Panne. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: the Tour of Flanders on Sunday (April 6), the second of the five monuments and the biggest Flemish race of the year.
It’s April again, which means some of the most eagerly-anticipated races in professional cycling are nearly upon us. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Conventional wisdom seems to be that the race is Niki Terpstra's to lose.
This year's Honorary Dogs include opening stage winners Peter Sagan and Sascha Modolo, with a special bark-out to Oscar Gatto, yesterday's almost-winner. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins sets tempo in the peloton for Team Sky.
Team Sky reveals line-ups for Belgium and Basque Country. (cyclingnews.com)

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Races & Results.
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Start List),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Dwars door Vlaanderen - March 26, 2014 (Results),
Milan-San Remo - March 23, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 2, 2014




Photo: The Redlands Bicycle Classic will open the 2014 National Racing Calendar. Photo: VeloNews.com.
The 30th Redlands Bicycle Classic opens Wednesday in southern California, there will be two days of live coverage. (velonews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: It’ll work on any device running Android version 4.3 or newer.
Wahoo Fitness, which has built its marketing around being an iPhone powered fitness equipment provider has just expanded its bag of tricks with a new Android OS app. (bikerumor.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: A balanced light pattern is created when the two different beams are used together .
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Solid construction and reliable light output makes this one worth the price; just ensure it fits with your other accessories." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Movistar brass is sticking to the decision to send Nairo Quintana to the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele.
 Many are still scratching their heads over Movistar’s insistence to send Colombian sensation Nairo Quintana (Movistar) to the Giro d’Italia instead of the Tour de France. (velonews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: The Caja Rural team in San Luis.
MTN Qhubeka to ride first Grand Tour in team’s history. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Amber Neben (Specialized-Lululemon) riding in the yellow jersey at the Exergy Tour.
Former TT world champion rehabilitating after 2013 crash. (cyclingnews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Jamis-Hagens Berman...
A look at the UCI Continental teams. (cyclingnews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Peter Sagan Credit: Watson .
Peter Sagan appears ready to win the Tour of Flanders on Sunday even if rivals and Sagan himself question team Cannondale’s strength. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Sep Vanmarcke and Fabian Cancellara battle it out in last year's Paris-Roubaix. (Getty Images/AFP).
Sep Vanmarcke says he's feeling "stronger than ever" as the cobbled classic season approaches its climax, and is confident he'll be among the favorites to win Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen, or next week's Paris-Roubaix after a consistent run of form through February and March. (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Heinrich Haussler knows time is limited if he wants to win on of his beloved classics. Photo: BrakeThrough Media.
Heinrich Haussler is a bike racer, but he’s also a guy. The kind you’d drink a beer with. The kind who can walk into a bar and look like a guy, not a bike racer. In other words, Heinrich Haussler is cool. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Jurgen Van De Walle, Frederik Willems and Francis De Greef.
Another injury for Lotto Belisol. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: The Giordana Velodrome is but one piece of the 250-acre Riverwalk development in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
"We appreciate that there’s no reason not to attempt to make our communities better. All the strides we’ve made in bicycle advocacy work in the last few years—from bike paths to bike lanes to sharrows—demonstrate that we do understand that the communities we live in can at least be incrementally more livable." (redkiteprayer.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Lapierre has made the top half of the Pulsium compliant and the bottom half stiff.
Lapierre has broken cover in the cobbled classics season with a brand new endurance bike: the Lapierre Pulsium. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Enticing and exciting to ride, superb braking.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "One of the best race bike debuts of 2014." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Nate Brown and I testing out our new bike before the start. This was before we got yelled at. Photo: Phil Gaimon .
"The Tour of Catalunya was last week. It’s sort of a home race for Garmin-Sharp, with most of our riders based in Girona, Spain, and it was nice to go to a race without stepping onto a plane. I just drove the trusty ol’ Renault to the team service course where the bus was parked." (velonews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Crash during 2014 E3 Harelbeke Credit: Watson .
Lotto-Belisol team doctor Jan Mathieu has said that the ongoing use of powerful painkiller Tramadol by some riders is a contributing factor in the recent spate of crashes in the opening classics races of 2014, and has renewed calls to have the drug banned. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Ride to 2016 is an initiative by Dutch rider Reinier Honig who is a strong advocate of better protection for the riders.
The sport is changing. Teams want a new model and some have united under the “Avignon Accord“. The UCI and the races are changing with calendar reform, a points overhaul and more. ASO buys the Vuelta, even leaving Hein Verbruggen in awe. (inrng.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Eddy Merckx taking in the race action in Qatar.
"You have to be able to handle the altitude." (cyclingnews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Belgian TV announcers sometimes cannot tell the difference between the two when calling a race.
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, the rider whom some call Belgium’s next Tom Boonen, is sitting nervously on the bubble, waiting to see if he’ll start the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) on Sunday. (velonews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: it kind of blew my mind, to think that he was possibly the first in-competition drug tester of all time!
Bartali always suspected that Coppi took drugs. On the hairpins of the Col di Bracco, during a stage of the 1946 Giro from Genoa to Montecani Terme, Coppi drank from a glass phial and threw into the verge. Bartali drove back after the race and found it. (crankpunk.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Some 6 hours in on the Paterberg.
The Tour of Flanders defines this region, and for many fans it defines the Spring Classics themselves, but the race itself would be almost nothing without its steep nasty bergs, and of course… the cobbles. Riding the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportif lets you experience it all. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: Elisa Longo Borghini...
The second World Cup of the year was Trofeo Alfredo Binda last Sunday in Cittiglio, next to Varese. It was won by Emma Johansson who outsprinted Lizzie Armitstead and Alena Amialiusik. (cyclingnews.com)

April 2, 2014




Photo: UCI President Brian Cookson wants to reform the Olympic event calendar (AAP).
"I have always admired British humor and I can say now that certainly, the UCI President is not lacking it." (sbs.com.au)

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Photo: Cavendish, Sagan, Kittel, Demare, Kristoff, Paolini, Renshaw, Terpstra, Gatto, Boeckmans, Dehaes, Gavazzi, Modolo, Bewley, Durbridge, Tuft, Cousin, Hoogerland, Colbrelli, Bazzana, Forster, Jones, Murphy, Summerhill, Baugnies, Napolitano, Chicchi, Mol, ...
Wednesday's Three Days of De Panne Stage 2 departs Zottegem at 11:40am CET (5:40am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Koksijde (Oostduinkerke) at around 4:39pm CET (10:39am U.S. Eastern).  Three Days of De Panne live streaming video should get underway at around 2:40pm CET (8:40am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

April 1, 2014






Photo: Peter Sagan (Cannondale). Oscar Gatto (Cannondale) celebrates, well, second place.
Cannondale rider becomes first leader of the race.  (cyclingnews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep).
Dutchman's form looks good ahead of Tour of Flanders. (cyclingnews.com)

April 1, 2014





Photo: Milano-Sanremo winner Alexander Kristoff and many of his big-name sprinting contemporaries are set for a three-day showdown in De Panne, Belgium. Photo: Tim De Waele.
 Sprinters and time trialists will take center stage on the windy flats of western Flanders in Driedaagse De Panne (Three Days of De Panne) this week. (velonews.com)

April 1, 2014




Races & Results.
De Panne-Koksijde - April 1-3, 2014 (Start List),
Tour of Flanders - April 6, 2014 (Start List),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13, 2014 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20, 2014 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23, 2014 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27, 2014 (History),
Volta a Catalunya - March 24-30, 2014 (Results),
Gent-Wevelgem - March 30, 2014 (Results),
E3 Harelbeke - March 28, 2014 (Results),
Dwars door Vlaanderen - March 26, 2014 (Results),
Milan-San Remo - March 23, 2014 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18, 2014 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1, 2014 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27, 2014 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27, 2014 (Stages).

April 1, 2014




Photo: UHC sport director Rachel Heal (center) talks with general manager/sport director Mike Tamayo and rider Hannah Barnes at the team's recent training camp in Arizona. (Courtesy UnitedHealthcare).
At the 2014 Milan-Sanremo, Rachel Heal became the first woman to direct a men’s professional cycling team. (bicycling.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Jerome Clementz has been testing this prototype aerodynamic helmet in Italy. Photo: Daniel Dunn | VeloNews.com.
In 1989, Greg LeMond ushered in the era of aerodynamic technology with his Tour de France victory in Paris. Now, mountain bikers will have their turn. (velonews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) didn't have the legs.
German sprinter recovers after surgery. (cyclingnews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Slovakia's Peter Sagan of Cannondale celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win E3 Harelbeke (AFP).
As the GC men for the Giro and Tour battled it out in Catalunya, the classics men continued to test their mettle over the cobbled roads of Belgian ahead of the approaching monumental Flanders / Roubaix fortnight. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Kenda's Kountach tire proved to be a reliable choice.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "The Kountach is a good-value racing clincher with reliable puncture protection and durability." (bikeradar.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Peter Sagan's Cannondale Synapse Evo Hi-Mod .
Peter Sagan took the start at Gent-Wevelgem aboard a Cannondale Synapse Evo Hi-Mod, a bike he won on at E3 Herelbeke just two days before. (velonews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Getting the right fit means more than just having the right size frame.
Riding a bike that doesn’t fit is no fun. It’s uncomfortable and you risk injury from being too cramped or too stretched out. (bikeradar.com)

April 1, 2014





Photo: We can't wait to see how many news outlets report today that Wilderness Trail Bikes have changed their name.
Even if they changed their name, we would keep calling them WTB. Some old habits die hard. (mbaction.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: The Redlands Bicycle Classic will open the 2014 National Racing Calendar. Photo: VeloNews.com.
The 30th Redlands Bicycle Classic opens Wednesday in southern California, there will be two days of live coverage. (velonews.com)

April 1, 2014





Photo: A crash during E3 Harelbeke blocked the road and held up pre-race favorite Fabian Cancellara. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Why all the crashes? That was the simple question posed from veteran Belgian journalist Hugo Coorevits to Gent-Wevelgem winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) after a weekend filled with lots of them. (velonews.com)

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German to miss the rest of the spring races. (cyclingnews.com)

March 31, 2014




Regarded as one of the hardest one-day races on the elite women's calendar, the 124km Trofeo Alfredo Binda featured five categorized climbs, including four times up the 3km Orina climb.. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

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Photo: Former UCI chief Hein Verbruggen has wide-ranging suggestions for the growth of pro cycling as business. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Hein Verbruggen presided over professional cycling for most of the past 30 years, first as president of the FICP starting in the mid-1980s, then as president of the UCI from 1991 through 2005. (velonews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Young American Andrew Talansky, who wore the yellow jersey in Paris-Nice last year, is the latest addition to our GC favorites. (James Startt).
Weekly updates on the form of the top spring Grand Tour contenders. (bicycling.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Tom Boonen at the Omega-Pharma Quick Step Camp 2014 Credit: Graham Watson .
Tom Boonen tries to put partner's miscarriage to back of mind as Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix draw near. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 1, 2014




Photo: the 24-year-old Slovakian, nicknamed the ‘Terminator’.
Sagan slowed down in the final metres to let the Italian pass him but Gatto wasn’t capable of doing so, and Sagan took the stage instead, millimeters ahead of his team-mate for his fourth win of the season. (bicycle.net)

April 1, 2014




Photo: The Schleck brothers, Frank and Andy, are racing together once again.
Trek Factory Racing placed two riders in top-ten. (cyclingnews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford are facing renewed scrutiny over DNA test results. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Lance Armstrong and Miguel Indurain were both called “extraterrestrial” for their eyebrow-raising performances during their respective careers, but a groundbreaking study has shed light on Tour de France champion Chris Froome’s otherworldly dominance of cycling’s greatest race. (velonews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: uys we said Nutritional MACRO view, not McDo view. The Rabobank team at the 2012 Tour de Qatar stopping by the local Mcdonalds – just for the free internet of course….
As an athlete, your race season is ramping up. Your focus is on performance. Any weight loss you really needed to chip away at should have been achieved by now. It’s the time to keep building, to recover and get stronger, all of which require proper nourishment and carbohydrate intake. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: John Bennett (California Giant-Specialized) holds onto the climber's jersey, Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) the yellow and Roman Van Uden (Pure Black) the sprint jersey..
USA peloton kicks off NRC in California. (cyclingnews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Dr. Ilsa Slaapkamer and Dr. Jakop Bootstrip, found the uncorking of carbonated champagne after vigorous shaking was clearly a metaphor for male climax.
Today the UCI announced the uncorking of champagne, part of the traditional podium celebration at bike races for over a century, will be outlawed in 2015. Citing a five-year study recently concluded by HIGS, the Helsinki Institute for Gender Study, and commissioned by the UCI, the practice is ‘overtly masculine’ and ‘inherently gender biased’ according to the study’s results. (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: These fields have some fast women. Wait...that came out wrong.
After multiple crashes in the women's cat 3/4 crits two weekends in a row, BRAC came up with what they are calling the 'Save the 3/4's from themselves policy.'  "Look. I know full body armor will slow them down, not to mention it's insanely costly. But If we don't act fast, there won't be any female racers left."

April 1, 2014




Photo: The Pee-Wee Elite is a 3-foot tall work stand optimized for repairs on 12” wheel balance bikes.
Feedback Sports, known for high-quality cycling products, addresses a growing 3 to 6 year-old childrens’ DIY market with introduction of an elite level bicycle work stand. (bikerumor.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Huge crowds are expected to witness the high speed action as toddlers get their chance to tear around behind the big motors.
Under fives to race around track behind Big Motors in first event of its kind this July. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Many of the latest crop of superbikes are great — except for the fact that they cost a boatload.
These days it's shockingly common to see a price of more than US$10,000 for what's considered a premier machine, even from a mainstream label. (bikeradar.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Among the places Gord was victorious none stands out more than his 6 Stage victories at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
"Canadian Gord Fraser was the definition of a cycling professional. As a United States based rider from 1998 thru 2006, Gord raced his bike in every corner of the United States." (cyclingillustrated.com)

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Photo: Clenbuterol, Tour shenanigans, and equipment.
The Secret Pro gives some background to the Mick Rogers saga, talks about mixed up blood bags, Tour shenanigans, and equipment failures. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 1, 2014




Photo: A happy Lauren Hall post-win.
Hall's Gent-Wevelgem win was unexpected. (cyclingnews.com)

March 31, 2014




Photo: The impossible compression of carbon, flesh and ambition into the narrow farm tracks of Northern Europe is everything the peloton’s protagonists need to reveal their true selves. Flanders. Roubaix. Gent-Wevelgem.
Riders on the start line of a spring classic are pristine and almost indistinguishable from one another. All logos, sharp edges and mirrored gazes. After hundreds of kilometers of hardship their true character is revealed when they cross the line finish. Dirtied. Exhausted. Exalted. (redkiteprayer.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Guillaume Van Keirsbulck was among the riders appearing to wear Google Glass-equipped optics on Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem. Photo: Tim De Waele.
A technical commission enlisted to examine cycling’s equipment rules will make its first recommendations in a press conference scheduled Thursday in Aigle, Switzerland. The sport’s world governing body, the UCI, is expected to undertake major revisions to a rulebook often criticized for limiting technological advancement. (velonews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Criterium International > F1 Malaysian GP.
De Panne – Criterium International > F1 – How to Pronounce Mezgec – Stannard – Ag2r – Buy your own SRM – New Blood Doping Test. (inrng.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: It is yet to be confirmed by the Tour of Britain organizers on whether it will be implemented in September.
This has been a direct result of the organizations ‘new approach in favor of innovation and technology’. (decaironman-training.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: One reader wonders if there's a compatibility problem with Schwalbe One Tubeless tires and Stan's No Tubes wheels. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
This week, Lennard Zinn answers two questions about tires — one on tubulars and another on tubeless. (velonews.com)

April 1, 2014





Photo: Luca Paolini (Katusha).
Italian buoyed by Milan-San Remo performance. (cyclingnews.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Cyfac's exceptional manufacturing is shown off in the Route 66 to great effect.
Take a look at this curvy road rig from French steel mountain bike specialist, Caminade – it’s the Route 66 and the company is shipping the first batch of steel frames to customers this month. (bikeradar.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: The difference in radius between the two sizes is about 12.5mm, so we’ve been testing prototypes of a rim bed spacer that fits a bit like a tire onto the 26” rim and increases the diameter to the 27.5 tire seat diameter.
The latest dilemma for all of us is 26” or 27.5” wheel size. Can’t decide? Want to try them both without spending loads of money on a new frame & wheels etc? At DMR we've found a solution. (pinkbike.com)

April 1, 2014




Photo: Michael Hutchinson is a professional cyclist with over 50 National Time Trial Titles.
Faster. We all secretly want it, some less secretly than others. But what separates the fast from the not-so-fast? (wheelsuckers.co.uk)

April 1, 2014




Photo: a quality training tool, but one that is incredibly easy to fold up and take with you to your next race.
There are a lot of reasons for why you should train with rollers, but ease of transport and portability typically isn’t high on the list. (bikerumor.com)

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