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March 2015

March 27, 2015


Aside from one victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan has yet to find his winning form this season, which was highlighted by a poor result at E3 Harelbeke on Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Aside from one victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan has yet to find his winning form this season, which was highlighted by a poor result at E3 Harelbeke on Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

The Peter Sagan star appears to be flickering, judging by his finish in E3 Harelbeke, a race he won a year ago and one that should be easy for a cyclist aiming at the monuments like next week’s Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s Sagan followed the attack of Geraint Thomas and Zdenek Stybar on the Oude Kwaremont and raced away with the two, but when they approached the business end of the 215-kilometer race, his lights began to fade.

“It’s shit because in that group of three he should’ve been the fastest,” Tinkoff sports director, Tristan Hoffman told VeloNews.

“He was so disappointed. Then, to make it worse, [the] whole group passes him.”

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Alejandro Valverde claimed his second stage win of the Volta a Catalunya, attacking the select group of favorites who had distanced the race leader Bart De Clercq and soloing to the win over the final 3km.

Rigoberto Uran took second on the stage, gaining important time bonuses, while Paolo Tiralongo denied Richie Porte the final bonus in third.

Porte could be consoled by taking over the race lead by five seconds over Domenico Pozzovivo. Alberto Contador is in third overall at seven seconds.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Ben Swift (Team Sky) solos across the line for the stage win.
(Bettini Photo).
Ben Swift (Team Sky) solos across the line for the stage win. (Bettini Photo)

Torrential rain added to the challenges during Friday's second stage at Coppi e Bartali, but Team Sky's Ben Swift overcame the conditions to take the stage win and seize the overall lead from overnight leader Davide Rebellin.

Swift jumped clear of the bunch on the final ascent of the Ville di Monte Tiffi, infiltrating a three-man breakaway before attacking into the final kilometer and soloing across the line ahead of Matija Kvasina and Francesco Bongiorno.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (Stages & Results),

Gent - Wevelgem - Mar 29 (Start List),

Gent - Wevelgem Women - Mar 29 (Start List),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

E3 Harelbeke - Mar 27 (Results),

Tour de Taiwan - Mar 21-25 (Results),

Milan San Remo - Mar 22 (Results),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 26, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2015 Race Profile.
Photo: Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2015 Race Profile.

Gent Wevelgem, a race steeped in history but when it comes to women’s cycling the race is the young upstart on the UCI women’s calendar this Sunday.

Over in Cittiglio, Italy riders are contesting one of the oldest races in women’s cycling, Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup, which is now entering it’s fourth decade. The two races have clashed on the calendar ever since Gent Wevelgem organisers introduced a women’s race to their programme in 2012.

But the two are learning to coexist and their parcours are suited to very different riders with Gent Wevelgem, like it’s male equivalent being a target for the sprinters.

March 27, 2015 (velofocus.com)





Zdenek Stybar is on great form coming off a win at Strade Bianche, but will it result in more success for Etixx-Quick-Step in the spring classics?. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Zdenek Stybar is on great form coming off a win at Strade Bianche, but will it result in more success for Etixx-Quick-Step in the spring classics?. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

There were crowds of fans around the Etixx-Quick-Step bus Friday morning ahead of the start of E3 Harelbeke, but not Tom Boonen-huge crowds.

Without the presence of the Belgian superstar, who is missing the entire spring classics campaign with injury, there is a very different vibe around the team bus of the perennial cobblestone favorites.

With Boonen at the start line, there was a guarantee that Etixx-Quick-Step would be a favorite for victory in any of the northern classics. Without Boonen, the team is tackling the most important two weeks of its season, hoping to see different players step up.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: This was my first event of the year. I was very happy to win, but also a little surprised!
Photo: This was my first event of the year. I was very happy to win, but also a little surprised!

"By mid-march it seemed to be getting late into the road racing season (by California standards anyway), and I was getting a little nervous about how my fitness would stand up in the notoriously hard SoCal racing.

The Redlands Bicycle Classic is my Hincapie Racing Team’s first objective, and I wanted to test the legs and get some speed in before starting a bigger, more important race.

Local races like the Chuck Pontius Omnium are perfect for that. Especially here in California where local talent runs deep."

March 27, 2015 (cyclingillustrated.com)








Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 5 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 5 Profile.

Thursday's Volta a Catalunya Stage 5 departs Alp at 12:15am CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Valls at around 4:54pm CET (11:54am U.S. Eastern).

Volta a Catalunya live streaming video is scheduled to get underway by around 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 27, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)







March 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Geraint Thomas made several attacks
(Bettini Photo).
Geraint Thomas made several attacks (Bettini Photo).

Geraint Thomas won E3 Harelbeke on Friday after attacking fellow leaders Zdenek Stybar and Peter Sagan with four kilometers to go and soloing across the line of the Belgian cobbled classic.

Stybar held on for second, while Sagan faded in the end and was passed by the chasing peloton.

Matteo Trentin
 won the sprint for the final podium place.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Less than one week after a disappointing run at Milano-Sanremo, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) crashed out of E3 Harelbeke, putting his classics campaign in doubt. Photo: (inrng.com).
Less than one week after a disappointing run at Milano-Sanremo, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) crashed out of E3 Harelbeke, putting his classics campaign in doubt. Photo: Cor Vos (inrng.com).

Fabian Cancellara’s 2015 cobbled classics campaign may have ended before it began in earnest after a crash 39.4 kilometers into E3 Harelbeke on Friday in Belgium. He may have fractured his left wrist.

The Swiss classics champion — a three-time winner of both the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix — crashed on the cobbled Haaghoek sector with around 40 to 50 other riders. He continued for 10km more, but the pain was too much and he abandoned.

“Unfortunately Fabian Cancellara has abandoned the race after his crash. We will keep you informed on his situation as soon as possible,” Trek Factory Racing said on its Twitter account of Cancellara, who won the 2009, 2010, and 2013 editions of the race.

A photo from the race showed Cancellara favoring his left wrist after the crash.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Geraint Thomas (Sky) was elated to win his first major classic in Flanders on Friday at E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Geraint Thomas (Sky) was elated to win his first major classic in Flanders on Friday at E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Wales seems like a world away from Belgium and the bumpy, cobblestone roads of Flanders.

As a teenager growing up near Cardiff, Geraint Thomas and Sky teammate Ian Stannard used to watch videos of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix belonging to John Barkley, a legend in UK cycling, who would ferry aspiring riders across the Channel to witness the northern classics in person.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





In Europe, most cyclists choose to ride without helmets—but does that make sense on American roads?
(Photo by heb/Wikimedia Commons).
In Europe, most cyclists choose to ride without helmets—but does that make sense on American roads? (Photo by heb/Wikimedia Commons).

Wearing a helmet makes sense—but do mandatory helmet laws?

March 27, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: The Concealed Carrie Athletic Top is for women who want the opportunity to protect and defend themselves while enjoying the great outdoors.
Photo: The Concealed Carrie Athletic Top is for women who want the opportunity to protect and defend themselves while enjoying the great outdoors.

At first glance this multi-purpose women's jersey looks ideal for summer cycling with its rear pockets, high collar to keep the sun off and drawstring waist tie to flatter the female figure.

But look a bit closer and there's capacity for an, erm, unusual accessory: a concealed pocket for a handgun.

March 27, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: John Degenkolb won the 2014 Gent-Wevelgem..
Photo: John Degenkolb won the 2014 Gent-Wevelgem.

Gent-Wevelgem LIVE March 29, Belgium.

Race starts at 11:20am CET (5:20am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:07pm CET (11:07am U.S. Eastern)

Live video from *1:30pm CET (*7:30am U.S. Eastern, 4:30am Pacific).

March 27, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Rolf Aldag was behind the wheel at E3 Harelbeke for Etixx-Quick-Step, despite false reports that he nearly boarded the jet that crashed in the Alps earlier this week. Photo: Andy Hood | VeloNews.com.
Rolf Aldag was behind the wheel at E3 Harelbeke for Etixx-Quick-Step, despite false reports that he nearly boarded the jet that crashed in the Alps earlier this week. Photo: Andy Hood | VeloNews.com.

Former pro Rolf Aldag confirmed to VeloNews that he did not have a ticket to fly on the doomed Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, Germany, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people onboard.

Aldag characterized media reports as “ridiculous” that the technical director at Etixx-Quick Step had a ticket for the flight, but did not board.

“I don’t know where these reports have come from. I never had a ticket for that flight. I never planned to fly from Barcelona,” Aldag told VeloNews. “I was never in Spain this week.”

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)






March 26, 2015 (cnn.com)












Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 27, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)











March 27, 2015





Tour favorite Nairo Quintana (Movistar) got a taste of the northern cobblestones at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke in preparation for stage 4 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tour favorite Nairo Quintana (Movistar) got a taste of the northern cobblestones at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke in preparation for stage 4 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Nairo Quintana will never win Paris-Roubaix, but the Colombian knows if he wants to win the Tour de France, he’ll have to survive a version of the “Hell of the North” this summer.

The spindly climber might have looked out of place at the start line of E3 Harelbeke, surrounded by brawny cobble-bashers, but Friday’s race marked the end of a weeklong experiment of getting a taste of what lies ahead this July in the Tour.

“It was important for Nairo to race on the cobbles here this week,” Movistar sport director José Luis Jaimerena told VeloNews. “It’s one thing to see them, but it’s something else to ride them at race speed. What we want is to avoid surprises.”

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: I think it is such an important part of what we are trying to do, to look at new technology, to embrace it rather than to resist it.
Photo: "I think it is such an important part of what we are trying to do, to look at new technology, to embrace it rather than to resist it."

Recent reports suggested that disk brakes could make their debut by next season but, according to Brian Cookson, the new technology may potentially be in the peloton sooner than that.

The UCI and others have been weighing up the introduction of new braking systems for some time. Increased stopping power over a variety of climatic conditions is one of the big motivations, making braking much more predictable, while other factors such as lessening the risk of tubular tyres rolling is another possible benefit.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Georgia Gould, warming up before the 2012 Olympic cross-country race, where she took a bronze medal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Georgia Gould, warming up before the 2012 Olympic cross-country race, where she took a bronze medal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.

What is it that defines a champion? Is it winning the most important events in a given discipline?

Does one major victory constitute a champion, or is this a quality that’s defined by an era of domination? Is the title something that lasts forever?

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Peter Sagan wins the 2014 E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Graham Watson .
Peter Sagan wins the 2014 E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Graham Watson.

Win or lose at E3 Harelbeke, Peter Sagan and his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates will have the chance toast success on Friday night when the Slovak gets his weight in beer delivered to his hotel.

The slightly odd prize is courtesy of E3 sponsor Kwaremont beer in honor of Sagan’s win in Harelbeke last season, when he beat out Niki Terpstra, Geraint Thomas and Stijn Vandenbergh.

Sagan was told of the news on stage after his team presentation as he sat on a throne made out of beer crates and received a kiss from Miss Belgium, Annelies TörösSagan kept his hands to himself this time..

March 27, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: It’s much more fun to work on a clean bike, so the first step should be to clean your bike thoroughly.
Photo: It’s much more fun to work on a clean bike, so the first step should be to clean your bike thoroughly.

"Whether you are going to ride a brevet with an eye on qualifying for Paris-Brest-Paris, whether you plan to ride a century or race, or whether you just want to enjoy exploring this season, having your bike in good condition is the best way to guarantee success.

If you are confident in your bike, you can enjoy the ride without worrying whether you’ll make it to the finish. Here are 8 things to look at."

March 27, 2015 (janheine.wordpress.com)





Fran Lebowitz slammed cycling fashion in an interview.
(Photo by David Shankbone).
Fran Lebowitz slammed cycling fashion in an interview. (Photo by David Shankbone).

"We’ll be the first to admit that cycling-specific clothing like spandex tights and brightly colored jerseys isn't for everyone. But riding a bike in general? That’s just good fashion sense.

But in a recent interview with Elle noted cultural critic, author and one of Vanity Fair’s “best dressed” people Fran Lebowitz told the interviewer that riding a bike will ruin any fashion choice.

She relays this story: "You know when George Plimpton died, someone told me, 'He was so eccentric. He used to ride his bike in a suit and tie!' and it drove me crazy. I said, 'What's eccentric is the bicycle."

March 27, 2015 (bicycling.com)






Photo: Stage 3 Profile (Sunday stage).
Photo: Stage 3 Profile (Sunday stage).

Sunday's Criterium International Stage 3 departs Porto Vecchio at 11:20am CET (5:20am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Col de l’Ospedale at around 4:45pm CET (10:45am U.S. Eastern). 

Criterium International live streaming video is scheduled to get underway at around 3:20pm CET (9:20am U.S. Eastern, 6:20am Pacific).

March 27, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





















March 26, 2015


March 26, 2015




Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Tejay van Garderen claimed his first individual European stage victory since 2009 atop La Molina on stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya. The American soloed away from the elite group of favourites on the summit finish, holding off Team Sky's Richie Porte and Alberto Contador.

The Team Sky train steamrolled the breakaway at the base of the final climb, but as they drew close to catching Riccardo Zoidl and Tom Danielson, there was a hestiation between Tinkoff-Saxo and Sky, and Vasil Kiryienka kept hammering on, getting a gap on the field.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: CCC Sprandi may not be known as the most powerful team for time trials.
Photo: CCC Sprandi may not be known as the most powerful team for time trials.

CCC Sprandi created a major surprise when they beat big favorites Team Sky and MTN-Qhubeka in the 13.3km team time trial at the Settimana Internazional Coppi e Bartali.

In the special event where each squad was divided into two separate teams, Davide Rebellin, Tomasz Kiendys, Adrian Kurek and Jaroslaw Marycz beat the best Sky team by just a single second which allowed Rebellin to take the lead on the eve of the queen stage.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrolchemical) leads the race
(Bettini Photo).
Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrolchemical) leads the race (Bettini Photo).

Thömel takes final stage.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Boudat and the rest of the sprinters suffered when the climbers attacked each other on the climb and at the top of the final climb.
Photo: Boudat and the rest of the sprinters suffered when the climbers attacked each other on the climb and at the top of the final climb.

Former omnium world champion Thomas Boudat proved that he has the potential to become a great road rider when he won the inaugural edition of the Classica Corsica.

After a strong trio had been brought back with 2km to go, it came down to a bunch sprint where the young Frenchman managed to beat Shane Archbold and Daniele Ratto into the minor podium positions.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Erick Rowsell and Tom Scully, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage two Credit: Andy Jones.
Photo: Erick Rowsell and Tom Scully, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage two Credit: Andy Jones.

An unexpected judges’ decision at the Tour de Normandie saw Madison-Genesis rider Tom Scully ‘lose’ the overall race lead between signing on for stage two on Wednesday and reaching the start line.

As we reported yesterday, New Zealander Scully was awarded the yellow jersey of race leader after stage one of the French stage race.

Overnight leader and prologue winner Tom Bohli had lost time and – seemingly – relinquished the lead after being caught up in a crash with around three kilometres to go on stage one.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: this looks like a massively open edition with a wide range of favorites. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Photo: This looks like a massively open edition with a wide range of favorites. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images.

Act 2 of the Flandrian orgy.

E3 Harelbeke, the race named after a highway once upon a time and which has evolved into the Ronde van Vlaanderen dress rehersal of choice for just about everyone.

Ever so slightly we are cranking up the temperature from Wednesday's Dwars door Vlaanderen. By this time next week we'll be at near supernova temperatures.

March 26, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (Stages & Results),

E3 Harelbeke - Mar 27 (Start List),

Gent - Wevelgem - Mar 29 (Start List),

Gent - Wevelgem Women - Mar 29 (Start List),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Tour de Taiwan - Mar 21-25 (Results),

Milan San Remo - Mar 22 (Results),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 26, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Peter Sagan won the 2014 E3 Harelbeke.
Photo: Peter Sagan won the 2014 E3 Harelbeke.

Friday's E3 Harelbeke (E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke) departs Harelbeke at 12:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Harelbeke at around 5:14pm CET (12:14pm U.S. Eastern). 

E3 Harelbeke live streaming video should get underway at around 2:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern, 6:15 Pacific).

March 26, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Trofeo Binda World Cup Profile 2015.
Photo: Trofeo Binda World Cup Profile 2015.

Round two of the UCI Women’s World Cup, Trofeo Binda is the hilliest of the World Cup races but it takes more than climbing prowess to win. It’s as much about choosing the right attacks to follow because one thing is for sure, you can’t chase them all.

The Trofeo Binda dates back to the mid-70’s, making it one of the oldest races in women’s cycling and one of the most prestigious one day races on the calendar. It’s also a great place to spot future stars of the sport.
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March 26, 2015 (velofocus.com)








Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 5 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 5 Profile.

Thursday's Volta a Catalunya Stage 5 departs Alp at 11:15am CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Valls at around 4:57pm CET (11:57am U.S. Eastern).

Volta a Catalunya live streaming video is scheduled to get underway by around 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 26, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) wins stage 3 of the 2015 Volta a Catalunya.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) wins stage 3 of the 2015 Volta a Catalunya. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Domenico Pozzovivo won the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday after attacking a select seven-rider group of GC contenders in the closing two kilometers.

Europcar’s Pierre Rolland took the overall lead.

Pozzovivo soloed across the finish in Girona just ahead of Rigoberto Uran, Dan Martin, Alberto Contador, Fabio Aru, Richie Porte and Andrew Talansky. The first chase group finished 22 seconds later.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






March 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)



Photo: Having already become an outsider once because of his refusal to dope, Mercier feels the same thing is happening all over again.
Photo: Having already become an outsider once because of his refusal to dope, Mercier feels the same thing is happening all over again.

Scott Mercier has genuine integrity and credibility when talking about doping, its consequences and how cyclists can choose the right path.

But Mercier says he has been met with a wall of silence since offering his service to the governing body of the sport in his home country.

He says he spoke to Bob Stapleton, the chairman of the board of USA Cycling, about a potential role last year. And since then? Nothing.

"We met at the USAPro Challenge last year in Aspen, Colorado, just after Bob had been named chairman," explains Mercier.

"We talked about the future of the sport and discussed whether there could be a role for me in the governance of USA Cycling.

"I expressed an interest and Bob said he thought I would be a good board member -- although a potentially controversial one.

"I didn't ask why and to be honest I still don't know. "Bob told me he had a board meeting the following week in Colorado Springs and that he would get back in touch after that.

"I haven't heard from him since. I have emailed him four times but no reply. It's all a little bit bizarre." 

March 26, 2015 (cnn.com)






Photography by Cor Vos: Van Garderen went over a guardrail on Wednesday’s stage and fell several metres. He was fortunately unhurt, but lost almost 16 minutes.
Photography by Cor Vos: Van Garderen went over a guardrail on Wednesday’s stage and fell several meters losing almost 16 minutes.

Each had hoped to end up top dog at the end of the stage, but only one of them was successful in pulling off the win. Tejay van Garderen played things just right on the climb of La Molina, the final ascent on the queen stage of the Volta a Catalunya, and soloed to victory ahead of Richie Porte (Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and the other GC contenders.

“I have very good memories of this race from last year,” van Garderen said, referring to what was his first WorldTour win on the queen stage of the 2014 race to Vallter 2000.





Brent Bookwalter is currently in his eighth season with BMC Racing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Brent Bookwalter is currently in his eighth season with BMC Racing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Brent Bookwalter is relishing fresh opportunities to race to win this season at BMC Racing.

The veteran American was long a loyal lieutenant to 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, but with the Australian retiring in January, Bookwalter is once again seeing chances to be at the sharp end of the action.

“I already have had my chances in the early part of the season. I’ve had freedom to make my own races. Little opportunities like that, when I am not the second man to do the work, it’s fun,”

Bookwalter told VeloNews in a recent interview. “I still enjoy working, especially when we have guys on fire, and I am happy to lay it on the line. It’s nice to be in the mix, reminding myself what it’s like to be racing for the win.”

March 26, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: The company said it has received four reports of the bolt loosening; none of the incidents resulted in rider injury.
Photo: The company said it has received four reports of the bolt loosening; none of the incidents resulted in rider injury.

Specialized is working with U.S. and Canadian authorities to recall about 8,300 aerobars that were sold individually and as part of some complete Shiv aero bike models. The bars were sold from 2011 until February this year.

The concern is that the extension clamp bolt that attaches the Aerobar extensions to the base bar may break or slip. Specialized is providing replacement hardware to remedy the situation.

March 26, 2015 (bicycleretailer.com)





Photo: Sergio Henao Credit: Graham Watson .
Photo: Sergio Henao Credit: Graham Watson.

Nine months after breaking his knee at the Tour de Suisse, Team Sky’s Sergio Henao is set to return to action at this week’s Settimana Coppi e Bartali.

On a recon of the Swiss race’s time trial last June when he was involved in a collision with a car, being diagnosed with a fractured patella at a nearby hospital.

The injury ended Henao’s already disrupted season – after the Tour of Oman last February, Team Sky withdrew their rider from competition after anomalies were found in an out of competition drugs test over the winter.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Geraint Thomas escapes in the 2015 Milan-San Remo .
Photo: XXX.

Geraint Thomas will lead team Sky into the cobbled Classics campaign that starts tomorrow in Belgium, with the E3 Harelbeke on March 27, and runs through to Paris-Roubaix on April 12.

Friday’s E3 race is considered mini-Tour of Flanders, which the Welshman is also targeting next Sunday.

Geraint will be our leader for Friday,” Sports Director Servais Knaven told Cycling Weekly.

“He’s in really good shape, which he showed in Algarve, in Paris-Nice and in San Remo. This is a big hit for him here in the classics.”

March 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Riders like Patrocinio Jimenez, who appears in El Escarabajo, helped pave the way for Colombian superstar Nairo Quintana (pictured).
(Photo by James Startt).
Riders like Patrocinio Jimenez, who appears in El Escarabajo, helped pave the way for Colombian superstar Nairo Quintana (pictured). (Photo by James Startt).

You’ve seen Breaking Away a million times. Maybe you can even quote all of the best lines. But what about in Spanish? In any case, you might want to check out Lisandro Duque’s 1983 film, El Escarabajo.

The story follows one promising small-town cyclist and his two friends. The hour and a half film features real race footage and appearances by Patrocinio Jimenez, a member of the first-ever Colombian team to compete in the Tour de France.

Unfortunately there are no subtitles, but you’ve been meaning to brush up on your Spanish anyway, right? If not, the scenery and vintage racing footage is worth the silent-movie vibe.

March 26, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: Our race is well-balanced, with a true mountain stage where the overall winner of the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour is likely to emerge.
Photo: "Our race is well-balanced, with a true mountain stage where the overall winner of the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour is likely to emerge."

Organizers announced the route for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour on Wednesday, which will include four stages, a total distance of 555 kilometers, and uphill finish on the third day.

The race, to be held October 8-11, is promoted by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and UAE Cycling Federation, in partnership with RCS Sport.

In its first running, the Abu Dhabi Tour will be a UCI category 2.1 event around the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the surrounding desert.

“When I heard about the Abu Dhabi Tour I was super excited,” said Mark Cavendish. “I know that Abu Dhabi is a place full of tradition, that also looks to the future, I think it’s a great place to have a bike race.

March 26, 2015 (velonews.com)





We're not going to deny that a cold beer at the end of the work week feels pretty great—but pace yourself if you have a hard ride planned for the next day.
(Photo by Lindsey Gira).
We're not going to deny that a cold beer at the end of the work week feels pretty great—but pace yourself if you have a hard ride planned for the next day. (Photo by Lindsey Gira).

Happy hour is a great way to wind down from a long week of work. But could your Friday brew be detrimental to your cycling performance over the weekend?

Runner's World columnist William O. Roberts, M.D., a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, says that one or two drinks a week at happy hour would have minimal negative (and possible positive) effects on your health.

This amount of alcohol probably doesn’t adversely affect your training. Alcohol can have a mild diuretic effect, but if you’re eating a normal diet with accompanying fluids you shouldn't be at risk for dehydration, he says.

March 26, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (http://girls-and-bikes.tumblr.com)

March 26, 2015 (girls-and-bikes.tumblr.com)



















March 26, 2015





Photo: We don’t have any firm evidence but we are absolutely aware that these products are out there.
Photo: "We don’t have any firm evidence but we are absolutely aware that these products are out there."

Commenting after the Cycling Independent Reform Commission outlined a real danger that riders are, or could, be using motors in bikes, UCI president Brian Cookson has admitted that this could be the case.

The Briton has said that the UCI is taking the matter extremely seriously and warned any teams or riders tempted by the mode of cheating that the consequences could be ‘devastating’ for them.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Bjarne Riis (left) and team owner Oleg Tinkov (right) seem to be at odds over team Tinkoff-Saxo's performance so far this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Bjarne Riis (left) and team owner Oleg Tinkov (right) seem to be at odds over team Tinkoff-Saxo's performance so far this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Team Tinkoff-Saxo heads into the busiest time of the year with issues left unresolved. Team owner Oleg Tinkov benched founder and manager, Bjarne Riis and created a leadership vacuum ahead of the biggest one-day races.

Peter Sagan, the team’s new $4 million star, led the team in Milano-Sanremo on Sunday. Tomorrow, he will line up with dossard #1 to defend his 2014 E3 Harelbeke title. However, he is racing without the master tactician, Riis.

Riis sat home while Sagan raced to fourth place in Milano-Sanremo and had to leave Alberto Contador in Stephen De Jongh’s hands in Spain’s Volta a Catalunya stage race this week.

The problem appears to be a power struggle between him and the team’s owner and Russian businessman, Tinkov.

March 26, 2015 (velonews.com)




Photo: Greg Van Avermaet as a sixth-place specialist.
Photo: Greg Van Avermaet as a sixth-place specialist.

A follow-up to yesterday’s piece about José Joaquín Rojas, the master of finishing fourth.

Some have asked about Greg Van Avermaet and his ability to place regularly. Is he the king of second place, the present-day peloton Pou-Pou?

Time to crunch the numbers.

March 26, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: The peloton climbs the Cote de Saint-Roche in the 2013 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Photo: Graham Watson.
Photo: The peloton climbs the Cote de Saint-Roche in the 2013 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Photo: Graham Watson.

The Cobbled Classics have their secteurs pavé and their bergs. Paris-Roubaix has its gruelling cobbles and combative racing. However, the oldest classic of them all is set apart by the amount of climbing the riders must conquer if they are to have any hope of victory when they finally return to Liege.

Three-time Vuelta a Espana winner and former Hour Record holder Tony Rominger once added up all the changes in altitude in Liege and reckoned the total came to something like a solid Alpine stage of the Tour.

So, starting at the turn in Bastogne and counting down to the finish at Liège, here’s our climb-by-climb guide to the hills of the last Spring Classic, 261 kilometers long and barely a metre of flat on it.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: That was the only thing I cared about and I knew nothing about diabetes.
Photo:"I knew nothing about diabetes."

Thomas Raeymaekers was on his way to a promising career, in the best under 23 team in Belgium and then he finds out he has diabetes and was advised to hang up his wheels. From his hospital bed he saw the Tour of Turkey and knew he had a future in the peloton.

At this time of year we usually catch up with Martijn Verschoor of Team Novo Nordisk (and will when he has time for a coffee), but as the team were training in Spain recently we managed to have a word with one of the team’s young Belgian riders; Raeymaekers. Thomas has come through some hard times, but now he is were he should be due to inspiration from the team.

March 26, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: The test event for mixed-gender track cycling races was held in Aigle, Switzerland.
Photo: The test event for mixed-gender track cycling races was held in Aigle, Switzerland.

Brian Cookson has hailed a mixed men’s and women’s track cycling test event as “a huge success” as four under-23 teams competed in a team sprint at the World Cycling Centre in Switzerland.

The development of women’s cycling was one of Cookson’s manifesto aims before he was elected president, and cycling events that see men and women competing at the same time seems like an obvious way to completely break down the gender divide.

Teams of two women and two men from Great Britain, France, Italy and Spain gathered in Aigle for the race, with the Italians beating the French in the final by just 1/100 of a second.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: women's cycling groups are working to make riding even easier, safer, and more accessible for women.
Photo: Women's cycling groups are working to make riding even easier, safer, and more accessible for women.

Since Susan B. Anthony famously said, "I think [bicycling] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world," bikes have been a major part of the women’s movement in many ways.

The bike gives us freedom and independence. In communities across the world, it helps to cut down on gender-based violence by making women harder to target.

It helps lower obesity levels and leads us to healthier lifestyles. And it's wicked fun.

March 26, 2015 (bicycling.com)













March 25, 2015







Photo: Bjarne Riis (Cor Vos)
(cyclingtips.com.au).
Bjarne Riis and Oleg Tinkov (Cor Vos). (cyclingtips.com.au).

The news of Bjarne Riis’s suspension from his team manager’s role at Tinkoff-Saxo has prompted vocal criticism of Oleg Tinkov. But why has Tinkov really acted now?

When Oleg Tinkov said three years ago that he and Bjarne Riis would gel because the Dane was exactly like his Estonian wife, it was difficult not to snigger.

Tinkov’s bulging eyes, though, confirmed that his point was meant in earnest. He went on to explain: “Sometimes these things work. My wife is the same. You can never say. Sometimes plusses and minuses work very well together. They can produce a lot of energy.

 My wife is very like Bjarne in some ways. She’s Estonian, she’s very quiet, and, as you said, I’m very flamboyant and energetic. But we’ve been happily married for 25 years. So, no, I don’t see it as a problem.”

March 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






José Joaquín Rojas celebrates but it’s Movistar’s jefe Alejandro Valverde who wins the stage in the Volta a Catalunya, collecting the helpful 10 second time bonus.

Valverde is no stranger to winning, in his early years he was called El Imbatido, the unbeaten one. Rojas by contrast is admired and even mocked for finishing fourth so often.

March 25, 2015 (inrng.com)


March 25, 2015



Photo: Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) wins stage 3 of the 2015 Volta a Catalunya.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) wins stage 3 of the 2015 Volta a Catalunya. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Domenico Pozzovivo won the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday after attacking a select seven-rider group of GC contenders in the closing two kilometers.

Europcar’s Pierre Rolland took the overall lead.

Pozzovivo soloed across the finish in Girona just ahead of Rigoberto Uran, Dan Martin, Alberto Contador, Fabio Aru, Richie Porte and Andrew Talansky. The first chase group finished 22 seconds later.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour on the podium
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour on the podium (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Pourseyedigolakhour moves into race lead.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Tom Scully takes lead in Tour de Normandie 2015 after stage one Credit: Andy Jones .
Photo: Tom Scully takes lead in Tour de Normandie 2015 after stage one Credit: Andy Jones.

Tom Scully of British-based team Madison-Genesis has taken the overall lead in the Tour de Normandie in France after stage one on Tuesday.

New Zealander Scully finished 44th on the opening road stage in the lead group, which was crucially 13 seconds ahead of a second group containing prologue winner and overnight race leader Tom Bohli.

Thanks to Scully’s second position in the prologue on onday, he inherited the yellow leader’s jersey from Swiss rider Bohli.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2015 Race Profile.
Photo: Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2015 Race Profile.

Gent Wevelgem, a race steeped in history but when it comes to women’s cycling the race is the young upstart on the UCI women’s calendar this Sunday.

Over in Cittiglio, Italy riders are contesting one of the oldest races in women’s cycling, Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup, which is now entering it’s fourth decade. The two races have clashed on the calendar ever since Gent Wevelgem organisers introduced a women’s race to their programme in 2012.

But the two are learning to coexist and their parcours are suited to very different riders with Gent Wevelgem, like it’s male equivalent being a target for the sprinters.

March 25, 2015 (velofocus.com)





Photo: The 1962 Wevelgem winner; Rik Van Looy behind Willy Vannitsen (Ford) and Tuur De Cabooter. What could Rik be saying?
Photo: The 1962 Wevelgem winner; Rik Van Looy behind Willy Vannitsen (Ford) and Tuur De Cabooter. What could Rik be saying?

The cobble season is upon us, this is the time of year to be in Belgium or better; Flanders.

On Sunday Gent-Wevelgem heads out of Deinze for a ride to the coast and back via France, followed by a succession of gruesome cobbled climbs before the finish.

Bad weather and hard riders make for a real Classic.

March 25, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Thibault Pinot (FDJ) heads into Critérium International with strong form after finishing fourth overall at Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Thibault Pinot (FDJ) heads into Critérium International with strong form after finishing fourth overall at Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

After the 2014 Tour de France, it was clear that Frenchman Thibaut Pinot had arrived. He left the grand tour with the white jersey awarded to the best young rider, and he finished third overall, behind fellow countryman Jean-Christophe Péraud and winner Vincenzo Nibali.

Now, he looks ahead to the Critérium International, which comprises two stages on Saturday — a flat 92.5km race and a 7km individual time trial — and a hilly 189.5km Sunday stage with a summit finish.

March 25, 2015 (velonews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (Stages & Results),

Tour de Taiwan - Mar 21-25 (Stages & Results),

E3 Harelbeke - Mar 27 (Start List),

Gent - Wevelgem - Mar 29 (Start List),

Gent - Wevelgem Women - Mar 29 (Start List),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Milan San Remo - Mar 22 (Results),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 25, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 4 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 4 Profile.

Thursday's Volta a Catalunya Stage 4 departs Tona at 11:15am CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at La Molina (Alp) at around 4:57pm CET (11:57am U.S. Eastern).

Volta a Catalunya live streaming video is scheduled to get underway by around 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 25, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Movistar went one-two in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage 2 bunch sprint with Alejandro Valverde taking the victory ahead of his teammate Jose Rojas on the streets of Olot. IAM Cycling’s Martin Elmiger secured third place on the day.

Stage 2 brought the peloton a 191.8 kilometers from Mataro to Olot, held under rainy and overcast conditions. A breakaway of four, that included Sam Bewley, Luis Mas Bonet, Tom Stamsnijder and Tsgabu Grmay, held a 2:55-minute lead with 55km to go.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Organizers of the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, G4 Productions, have announced the 17 teams invited to participate in the women’s World Cup on June 7 in Pennsylvania. Two-time defending champion Evelyn Stevens is expected to return with her new Boels-Dolmans team.

Former world champion Giorgia Bronzini and her Wiggle-Honda team are also expected to be on the start line.

It is the first World Cup for women in the US in 14 years, since the 2001 edition of the Liberty Classic. G4 Productions' Robin Morton said in an earlier interview that the the first invitations would go to the top 20 UCI ranked teams from the provisional list at the end of the 2014 season.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Bevin continues overall race lead.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) wins Dwars door Vlaanderen
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) wins Dwars door Vlaanderen (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise took one-two at the Dwars door Vlaanderen with Jelle Wallays taking the victory ahead of his teammate Edward Theuns.

Wallays attacked his four breakaway companions with one kilometer to go and held them off for the win.

Thuens took the sprint for second place ahead of Dylan Van Baarle in third and world champion Michal Kwiatkowski in fourth.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Amy Pieters won her second-consecutive Grote Prijs van Waregem ahead of Liv-Plantur teammate Floortje Mackaij. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Amy Pieters won her second-consecutive Grote Prijs van Waregem ahead of Liv-Plantur teammate Floortje Mackaij. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Not to be outdone by Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, team Liv-Plantur also went one-two at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, with Amy Pieters taking the win ahead of teammate Floortje Mackaij.

For Pieters, it was her second straight win at the women’s midweek Belgian semi-classic, also known as the Grote Prijs van Waregem.

“We tried to make it an aggressive race so we kept pushing for the small breakaways,” Pieters said on the team website. “In the end it was very small, with just Floortje and I.

Even after a good training yesterday I still felt good today, and it was a nice team performance.”

March 25, 2015 (velonews.com)





Trek Factory Racing has built a solid foundation, but the squad is looking to expand its budget and sign more GC contenders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Trek Factory Racing has built a solid foundation, but the squad is looking to expand its budget and sign more GC contenders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

There was plenty of reason to smile inside the Trek Factory Racing team bus at the end of Tirreno-Adriatico. Fabian Cancellara had just taken an emphatic victory in the closing-day time trial to confirm his form ahead of the spring classics, while Bauke Mollema rode to second overall against an elite field to assure everyone that his GC credentials are legitimate.

Tirreno-Adriatico also served as an important milestone for the U.S.-registered team. After a few tumultuous seasons that saw remnants of the team morph from the birth of the Leopard-Trek team in 2011, and merge with RadioShack in 2012, the squad was reborn in 2014, racing under the banner of Trek Factory Racing.

The weeklong Italian race reminded everyone the team has reached new stability and maturity.

March 25, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: One track mind...Mark Cavendish will focus solely on the road.
Photo: One track mind...Mark Cavendish will focus solely on the road.

Briton Mark Cavendish has ruled out trying to add an Olympic medal to his long list of honours, saying it would be "detrimental" to his career.

Winner of 25 Tour de France stages and the world road title in 2011, the Isle of Man rider has begun the road season in fine style, winning the Tour of Dubai for his Etixx-Quick Step team.

His focus is now on this year's Tour de France and trying to move past French great Bernard Hinault into second place on the all-time list of stage victories.

The Olympics, he says, is a nice idea but not on his list of priorities, especially as the hilly road course in Rio de Janeiro would not suit him and a switch to one of the track disciplines would not be practical.

March 25, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photo: Riding in the open countryside: The definition of freedom.
Photo: Riding in the open countryside. The definition of freedom.

It’s all too easy to forget what it was that inspired you to take up cycling regularly. When you are pedalling hard into a headwind, tired, freezing cold and with the rain running down the back of your neck you could be forgiven for wondering what you are doing this for.

Cycling can very easily become addictive, putting you in a position where you feel you ‘have’ to go out no matter the weather, or how you feel.

Sadly, for some, this means cycling becomes a chore, but one that still leaves them feeling very agitated if they don’t get their biking fix.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Sit bones are, or at least should be, key pressure points so a saddle.
Photo: Sit bones are, or at least should be, key pressure points on a saddle.

"The first thing that went into my small suitcase when packing for ten days of riding in the French Alps and Pyrenees was my saddle.

Sure the bike I was hiring would come with a decent quality saddle, and if I left my own behind, I might have even be able to squeeze in a change of shoes and avoid flying into the fashion capital of the world looking like a style disaster.

But it was an easy choice. There was no way I was going to risk spending ten long days on the bike wincing every time I sat down."

March 25, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: You won’t win races on the Vigorelli, but you will win a lot of admiring glances.
Photo: You won’t win races on the Vigorelli, but you will win a lot of admiring glances.

BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "This steel bike offers both style and substance - it won't win races, but it's fun to ride and looks great."

Bianchi is 130 years old this year, and is celebrating that with a collection of five steel-framed machines. The Vigorelli takes its name from Milan’s historic velodrome – home of the hour record from 1935 to 1967 and host to a Led Zepellin concert-turned-riot in 1971.

March 25, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: The standard Star Pro is $240, but for another $40 you can get it with a shield—that is, lens. In incorporating your eyewear into the helmet.
Photo: The standard Star Pro is $240, but for another $40 you can get it with a shield—that is, lens. In incorporating your eyewear into the helmet.

Of the many investments you can make in aero equipment, there’s little that can beat the aero helmet in terms of dollar to speed.

Truly, only shaving your legs offers as great a gain for less money. There’s been one significant difference between leg shaving and aero helmets, though.

Unlike shaving your legs, aero wheels, pro-fit kit or aero frames, the aero helmet has carried a geek factor—even among dedicated riders.

So while leg shaving was as accepted a practice as using clipless pedals, the aero helmet was tin-foil-hat crazy.

March 25, 2015 (redkiteprayer.com)






March 24, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)












March 25, 2015







Photo: Bjarne Riis (Cor Vos)
(cyclingtips.com.au).
Bjarne Riis and Oleg Tinkov (Cor Vos). (cyclingtips.com.au).

The news of Bjarne Riis’s suspension from his team manager’s role at Tinkoff-Saxo has prompted vocal criticism of Oleg Tinkov. But why has Tinkov really acted now?

When Oleg Tinkov said three years ago that he and Bjarne Riis would gel because the Dane was exactly like his Estonian wife, it was difficult not to snigger.

Tinkov’s bulging eyes, though, confirmed that his point was meant in earnest. He went on to explain: “Sometimes these things work. My wife is the same. You can never say. Sometimes plusses and minuses work very well together. They can produce a lot of energy.

 My wife is very like Bjarne in some ways. She’s Estonian, she’s very quiet, and, as you said, I’m very flamboyant and energetic. But we’ve been happily married for 25 years. So, no, I don’t see it as a problem.”

March 25, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: It’s true, Rojas is Señor Cuarto.
Photo: It’s true, Rojas is Señor Cuarto.

José Joaquín Rojas celebrates but it’s Movistar’s jefe Alejandro Valverde who wins the stage in the Volta a Catalunya, collecting the helpful 10 second time bonus.

Valverde is no stranger to winning, in his early years he was called El Imbatido, the unbeaten one. Rojas by contrast is admired and even mocked for finishing fourth so often.

Is it true he’s the king of fourth place, the chocolate medallist specialist?

March 25, 2015 (inrng.com)





Haga got tangled with fellow American Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin) in Milano-Sanremo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Haga got tangled with fellow American Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin) in Milano-Sanremo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

"When I was asked if I wanted to race Milano-Sanremo, I admit that I was woefully ignorant of the race’s history. I did not grow up dreaming of attacking on the Poggio, and “Via Roma” would elicit nothing more than a blank stare.

I only knew that Milano-Sanremo is a monument. And very long. But I also knew that John [Degenkolb] could win and that we work well together, and I was not going to pass up that chance.

After Tirreno-Adriatico, I got to spend a few days riding around Sanremo on the bike path. It was there that I found the race museum-tunnel, featuring two kilometers (each way) of education. I emerged full of respect for the race and a bit intimidated by it, too.

I then took to the internet to watch previous editions and do some reading, and I became enthralled with the race. For a race to so equally favor such a variety of riders is rare already, but add in the exceptional distance, and you have some really unpredictable racing. The more I learned about the race, the more excited I became."

March 25, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photography by Cycling Sports Group: Martin’s result moves him up to sixth overall.
Photography by Cycling Sports Group: Martin’s result moves him up to sixth overall.

Third on Wednesday’s stage three of the Volta a Catalunya, Dan Martin has said that trying to pay tribute to the victims of Tuesday’s plane crash was a big motivation for the team and that he and the other Cannondale-Garmin riders would aim high on Thursday’s toughest stage.

Martin finished third behind solo winner Domenico Pozzovivo, who jumped clear towards the end to nab the victory. Rigoberto Uran led in the chase group three seconds back, with Martin outsprinting Alberto Contador for third and the time bonus.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) has won two consecutive editions of the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).
Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) has won two consecutive editions of the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).

Seventeen teams from around the world are confirmed to race the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic World Cup on June 7.

The race will consist of a 12.3-mile circuit through the city of Philadelphia and features one of the most historic climbs in American racing, the Manayunk Wall.

“This is an exciting year for Philadelphia, with the upgrade to a UCI road World Cup,” said race director Robin Morton. “We’re fortunate to have this level of women’s professional racing in the U.S. again.”

March 25, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Sleep, eating, recovery – it was all part of training.
Photo: Sleep, eating, recovery – it was all part of training. (Jered Gruber)

Twenty-twelve was a bad year for American competitive cycling. It’s the year that Lance Armstrong received his lifetime ban and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. And in the midst of the controversy, his former teammates withdrew from the summer Olympics, placing the hopes for an Olympic cycling medal on the women.

And the women delivered: Kristin Armstrong secured the gold in the individual time trial, Georgia Gold had a career-best ride en route to a bronze medal in cross-country mountain biking and Sarah Hammer earned a silver medal in the women’s omnium.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Strava have launched an updated version of their app (pic: Strava).
Photo: Strava has launched an updated version of their app (pic: Strava).

Route mapping and tracking app Strava has launched a new photo sharing functionality, Strava Photos, alongside introducing improved leaderboards and a new My Recent Efforts feature.

All the new features are available in the newly updated Strava mobile app, version 4.4, available on iOS and Android from the App Store and Google Play Store now.

March 25, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)












 




March 24, 2015






Anti-doping expert Robin Parisotto has stated that although clean athletes can now win Grand Tours, the net needs to tighten around the more sophisticated cheats. The detection of patterns that suggest micro-dosing EPO and blood transfusions in some blood profiles continues to cause a major concern within anti-doping circles.

Parisotto also raised questions over how the UCI previously governed the sport, and has concerns that athletes’ biological passport (APB) data may have been shielded under the governing body’s previous leadership.

He finds it surprising that the riders first sanctioned under the passport system in 2009 included no top names. Pointing to the favoritism by the UCI toward Lance Armstrong and Astana, as evidenced in the CIRC report, he makes the uncomfortable suggestion that the anti-doping experts previously weren't getting full access to the UCI's results.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






March 24, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)


March 24, 2015



Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Movistar went one-two in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage 2 bunch sprint with Alejandro Valverde taking the victory ahead of his teammate Jose Rojas on the streets of Olot. IAM Cycling’s Martin Elmiger secured third place on the day.

Stage 2 brought the peloton a 191.8 kilometers from Mataro to Olot, held under rainy and overcast conditions. A breakaway of four, that included Sam Bewley, Luis Mas Bonet, Tom Stamsnijder and Tsgabu Grmay, held a 2:55-minute lead with 55km to go.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





America’s Evelyn Stevens on the podium
(Bettini Photo).
America’s Evelyn Stevens on the podium. (Bettini Photo)

Organizers of the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, G4 Productions, have announced the 17 teams invited to participate in the women’s World Cup on June 7 in Pennsylvania. Two-time defending champion Evelyn Stevens is expected to return with her new Boels-Dolmans team.

Former world champion Giorgia Bronzini and her Wiggle-Honda team are also expected to be on the start line.

It is the first World Cup for women in the US in 14 years, since the 2001 edition of the Liberty Classic. G4 Productions' Robin Morton said in an earlier interview that the the first invitations would go to the top 20 UCI ranked teams from the provisional list at the end of the 2014 season.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Wouter Wippert (Drapac)
(Bettini Photo).
Wouter Wippert (Drapac) (Bettini Photo).

Bevin continues overall race lead.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Bevin takes stage, overall lead.
Photo: Bevin takes stage, overall lead.

Avanti Racing's Patrick Bevin won a wet Stage 2 of the Tour de Taiwan to take the race lead from Drapac's Wouter Wippert.

Bevin emerged strongest from a series of climbs at the end of a 137km stage into Taoquan City on Monday, holding off Iran's Hossein Askari in a two-man duel to win by two seconds.

The Tour of Tasmania winner now holds a six second lead over Askari and Mirsamad Poorseyedigolakhour.

March 24, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (Stages & Results),

Tour de Taiwan - Mar 21-25 (Stages & Results),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Milan San Remo - Mar 22 (Results),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 24, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: I hope we can continue with the good run of form we experienced in Langkawi and Tirreno.
Photo: "I hope we can continue with the good run of form we experienced in Langkawi and Tirreno."

It's back to the Belgian classics this week for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as the boys start the Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.

At 200km in length and ranked as a UCI 1.HC event, the race is more than just a precursor to the upcoming World Tour E3 Harelbeke this weekend.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)







Photo: 2015 Dwars Door Vlaanderen Route Map .
Photo: 2015 Dwars Door Vlaanderen Route Map.

2015 Dwars door Vlaanderen LIVE Wednesday March 25.

Race starts at 11:45am CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 4:36pm CET (11:36am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 2:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern, 6:15am Pacific).

March 24, 2015








Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 3 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 3 Profile.

Stage 3 start time: Wednesday 13:10 CET (5:10 AM PST.

Approximate finish: 16:53 CET (8:53 AM PST).

Volta a Catalunya live streaming video is scheduled to get underway by around 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 24, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)







Photo: Maciej Paterski (CCC)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Maciej Paterski (CCC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Maciej Paterski won the opening stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya from a three-man sprint ahead of his breakaway companions Pierre Rolland in second and Bart de Clercq, who crossed the line two seconds back in third place.

De Clercq was the first to start the sprint and opened a small lead but it was quickly shut down by Paterski, who then used the Belgian as a lead-out in the final few hundred metres. Rolland was the next to jump from third wheel, however, Paterski sensed the move and initiated his own winning sprint to the line..

March 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: It's already been charged to life by three escapees, but can the Heads of State save face in the end?.
Photo: It's already been charged to life by three escapees, but can the Heads of State save face in the end? Quique Rodriguez, AFP/Getty.

Next up in the endless array of Spanish one-week races, it's the turn of flashy Catalunya, artistic, political and footballing hotbed, home to Barcelona and Girona, and a pretty decent supply of mountains. Oh, and World Tour points.

March 23, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)



Betsy and Frankie Andreu found themselves in Lance Armstrong's crosshairs for years before USADA came down on the Texan this month. Photos: Courtesy ABC News / Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com.
Betsy and Frankie Andreu found themselves in Lance Armstrong's crosshairs for years before USADA came down on the Texan this month. Photos: Courtesy ABC News / Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com.

Betsy Andreu, one of the first people to attest that Lance Armstrong took banned substances, told AFP that despite him destroying her life she felt like she had won by testifying to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday.

Andreu, wife of former Armstrong teammate and fellow doper Frankie Andreu, added that because of her and her husband being among the few people to testify about Armstrong and doping in the sport, they were still not welcome in the American cycling fraternity.

“He [Armstrong] destroyed my entire life, and during 10 years he tried to destroy my reputation,” she told AFP after speaking in front of WADA members at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“But the truth has emerged and it’s a victory for me to be here today and to talk to WADA’s members,” added Andreu, who has been subjected to years of pressure by Armstrong and his inner circle.

March 24, 2015 (velonews.com)






UCI doctor and scientific advisor Dr Mario Zorzoli (Photo: UCI) .
UCI doctor and scientific advisor Dr Mario Zorzoli (Photo: UCI) .

Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has reinstated Dr Mario Zorzoli as their doctor and scientific advisor after the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) found no evidence linking him to covering up doping.

Dr Zorzoli was suspended by the UCI in late January when he was accused by former rider Michael Rasmussen of being aware of the doping within the Rabobank team conducted under Dr Geert Leinders.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)








Photo: Tinkov rushed into the sport, buying the team from Bjarne Riis for a giant sum, reports vary between €3-€5 million.
Photo: Tinkov rushed into the sport, buying the team from Bjarne Riis for a giant sum, reports vary between €3-€5 million.

Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Bjarne Riis has been suspended by Oleg Tinkov. It’s hard to see the Dane coming back from this, in fact he’ll probably be delighted to pedal off into the sunset, his panniers loaded with Euros.

Yet it’s far more than a clash between two men, this is the story of the whole team, Alberto Contador included, and there are lessons for the sport as a whole.

Oleg Tinkov is neither an oligarch nor a pal of President Putin. Instead he’s a successful businessman who has made billions by copying western business practices and importing them into Russia.

March 24, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: Cyclist is owing an amount of 290,000 €..
Photo: Nibali owes 290,000€ in back taxes.

Bad news coming from the tax authorities for Vincenzo Nibali. According to Adnkronos, the Sicilian rider would not have declared all incomes between 2010 and 2011. The Astana Pro Team cyclist is owing an amount of 290,000 €.

Because of the very large amount of euros, Nibali would therefore been charged with the tax evasion, but according to the Italian agency, he has already admitted the mistake. He is negotiating the terms with the justice. Nibali should therefore pay (in addition to the sum to him challenged) a fine of 45,000 €.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Bradley Wiggins in the 2014 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Graham Watson .
Bradley Wiggins in the 2014 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Graham Watson.

Allan Peiper, the Australian who is now the manager of BMC Racing and who was an accomplished cobbled Classics rider himself, believes Bradley Wiggins has the firepower to perform at the Hell of the North, but told Cycling Weekly that he believed the combined might of the opposition would stop him from doing so.

The race is set to be Wiggins’s final outing for Team Sky.

“I think he’s got what it takes, but no I don’t think he can pull it off,” Peiper said.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Mauture and motivated.. Richie Porte is better prepared for 2015 (AAP Images).
Photo: Mauture and motivated.. Richie Porte is better prepared for 2015 (AAP Images).

When Richie Porte arrived at the Tour Down Under in January - three kilograms lighter than the year previous - it was evident beer and Christmas cake had not been part of his off-season diet. The press leaned in as the all-rounder outlined his physically apparent intent for the season, and referenced an increased motivation on the back of a poor 2014 campaign spoiled by confidence-battering illness. 

Porte’s appetite for success is as obvious now as it was then, so too his rigid approach in the lead-up to the Giro d’Italia where he is set to lead Team Sky’s maglia rosa assault.

The 30-year-old tipped the scales at just 59kg at Paris-Nice, which he won for a career second time last week, and rebuked reports published in the French publication L’Equipe that described Sky climbers as “anorexic.”

March 24, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photo: Throughout the history of the Classics, it's the cobbled roads of Flanders that have had the biggest impact on results and careers .
Photo: Throughout the history of the Classics, it's the cobbled roads of Flanders that have had the biggest impact on results and careers. (Graham Watson)

"The Classics are variously adored, feared and eulogized thanks to their tough sections of cobbles. These secteurs pavés can make or break the best laid plans and set champions apart from mere riders.

Here we run through the defining cobbles, bergs and climbs that will likely decide the outcomes of the upcoming Cobbled Classics."

March 24, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: you’ll be north of $20,000 for a build like this with Campagnolo SUPER EPS11 etc
Photo: You’ll be north of $20,000 for a build like this with Campagnolo SUPER EPS11.

Venturing a guess that not many bikes were adorned in Solid 18 karate gold hardware and alligator bar skin and saddle.

But look throughout the show floor and not many things on display feature the level of in-house manufacture that Sarto pull off.

The saddle is well done, but they also make their own tube sets and fork (oh, and bottle cages).

And the frame’s details, like the pass through seat tube/split top tube were beyond everything else in carbon at the show.

March 24, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: the University of Washington, where the cherry trees were in full bloom..
Photo: The University of Washington, where the cherry trees were in full bloom.

"There are many different approaches to riding brevets. I enjoy challenging myself to see how fast I can complete the course, in the tradition of the French randonneurs of the mid-20th century. This means that for the first time this year, the clock is ticking."

March 24, 2015 (janheine.wordpress.com)







March 23, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)










 





March 24, 2015





Photo: Fans wonder if riders are on EPO or not.
(AFP Photo).
Fans wonder if riders are on EPO or not. (AFP Photo)

Anti-doping expert Robin Parisotto has stated that although clean athletes can now win Grand Tours, the net needs to tighten around the more sophisticated cheats. The detection of patterns that suggest micro-dosing EPO and blood transfusions in some blood profiles continues to cause a major concern within anti-doping circles.

Parisotto also raised questions over how the UCI previously governed the sport, and has concerns that athletes’ biological passport (APB) data may have been shielded under the governing body’s previous leadership.

He finds it surprising that the riders first sanctioned under the passport system in 2009 included no top names. Pointing to the favoritism by the UCI toward Lance Armstrong and Astana, as evidenced in the CIRC report, he makes the uncomfortable suggestion that the anti-doping experts previously weren't getting full access to the UCI's results.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: 97th Tour de France Stage 20 : Longjumeau - Paris Champs-Elysees.
Photo: 97th Tour de France Stage 20. Longjumeau - Paris Champs-Elysees. (Yuzuru SUNADA)

Lance Armstrong's failure to tell the truth before testifying to the Cycling Independent Reform Committee means his bid to reduce his ban is 'almost too late'.

World anti-doping chief David Howman says Lance Armstrong may have left his bid to get his life ban reduced too late, having had opportunities to tell the truth on many occasions.

But having waited until the UCI set up its Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) to tell his side of the story, Armstrong reportedly did not seize any other opportunities to come forward.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Mark Cavendish (Team Etixx - Quick Step)
(Sadhbh O'Shea).
Photo: Mark Cavendish (Team Etixx - Quick Step) (Sadhbh O'Shea).

Mark Cavendish has said that he doesn’t think the recent report from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) has brought anything new to the table. The CIRC spent a year looking into the murky history of the sport and spoke to a number of people from the past and present world of cycling but Cavendish believes much of it was already public knowledge.

“To be brutally honest, I don’t think that there is anything particularly new in there. I think that it is all the shit that’s been out there in the last few years just compiled into one document that gives people something else to talk about the past of cycling like it’s the present,” Cavendish said during a conference call following the announcement he would compete at this year’s Prudential RideLondon.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: We will try to use any possibility to take time in the GC, maybe tomorrow or maybe to La Molina on stage four.
"We will try to use any possibility to take time in the GC, maybe tomorrow or maybe to La Molina on stage four." (Cor Vos Photo)

Admitting that the large time deficit he and the other race favorites incurred on the opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Monday, Alberto Contador has nevertheless said that he will do his utmost to try to salvage the situation.

Speaking after Tuesday’s second stage, the Spaniard said that he was worried by the two and a half minute-plus buffer that Maciej Paterski, Pierre Rolland and Bart De Clercq opened up on day one.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Jens Voigt leads an escape on stage one of the 2014 Tour de France.
Photo: Jens Voigt leads an escape on stage one of the 2014 Tour de France.

"We garner the wisdom of some of cycling’s most experienced racers, coaches, team managers and support staff to discover the things they know now that they wish they’d known at the start of their careers."

March 24, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Cyclists socks are about 12cm or taller in height.
Photo: Cyclists socks are about 12cm or taller in height.

There is something about socks that get cyclists all revved up. A topic that sparks fierce debate on the road and at the coffee shop. The option are endless: short or tall? black or white? solid color or pattern? matching your kit or a unique, bold statement?

There are written rules about socks (yes, really) and unwritten nuances that you must consider when making your sock choice. Height and color are the primary talking points within these guidelines.

March 24, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: only the new Forerunner 920XT multisport watch has publicly incorporated Connect IQ..
Photo: Only the new Forerunner 920XT multisport watch has publicly incorporated Connect IQ.

Your smartphone runs apps from a variety of companies, bringing functionality not provided by the phone itself. What if your cycling computer could do the same thing? Imagine a touchscreen cycling computer with purpose-built apps from Strava or TrainingPeaks.

With the Edge 1000, Garmin merged the best-in-class mapping capabilities of the Edge Touring Plus with the detailed training metrics of the Edge 810.

Based on Garmin’s active recruitment for its Connect IQ platform, we suspect the next iteration, likely dubbed the Edge 1010, will have multiple app interfaces available like a smartphone.

March 24, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: Quick-Step has launched its very own beer in conjunction with Belgian brewers De Bie.
Photo: Quick-Step has launched its very own beer in conjunction with Belgian brewers De Bie.

Everyone knows Belgians love a good beer, so it seems fitting that native team Etixx – Quick-Step has launched its very own beer in conjunction with Belgian brewers, Brewery De Bie.

The beer, named De Bie Vélo, is described as a “traditional, light and flavorful beer” by the team, and will be distributed by Etixx through its fanclub, for VIPs at races as well as being available online via the WorldTour team’s shop.

“Etixx – Quick-Step is a cycling team that stands out for success and innovation,” said team CEO Patrick Lefevere. “But we never forget our Belgian roots and our traditions. We feel that quality and passion is what binds De Bie and Etixx – Quick-Step.”

March 24, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)



















March 23, 2015





Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Photo: "We stand by our editorial comment of a year ago — the CIRC was a step forward, but it wasn’t enough." Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

There has been considerable comment on the much anticipated CIRC report — and reactions have predictably varied across the spectrum. There seems to be general agreement that, in terms of the first of its three major objectives, the Commission has put together a reasonable historical narrative about doping in the sport.

But there is little information not already well-known to anyone with the interest to plow through the document, and contrary to Brian Cookson’s warning, there really aren’t “a lot of worms” here.
March 23, 2015 (velonews.com)


March 23, 2015




Photo: Maciej Paterski (CCC)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Maciej Paterski (CCC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Maciej Paterski won the opening stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya from a three-man sprint ahead of his breakaway companions Pierre Rolland in second and Bart de Clercq, who crossed the line two seconds back in third place.

De Clercq was the first to start the sprint and opened a small lead but it was quickly shut down by Paterski, who then used the Belgian as a lead-out in the final few hundred metres. Rolland was the next to jump from third wheel, however, Paterski sensed the move and initiated his own winning sprint to the line..

March 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: It's already been charged to life by three escapees, but can the Heads of State save face in the end?.
Photo: It's already been charged to life by three escapees, but can the Heads of State save face in the end? Quique Rodriguez, AFP/Getty.

Next up in the endless array of Spanish one-week races, it's the turn of flashy Catalunya, artistic, political and footballing hotbed, home to Barcelona and Girona, and a pretty decent supply of mountains. Oh, and World Tour points.

The Volta a Catalunya is Spain's second-oldest stage race, after the Volta a Tarragona (a U23 event now), dating back to 1911 and for years functioning as a nice Tour de France warmup act, back when it was sandwiched between the Giro and Tour. For a while it was repurposed as an alternate to the Giro, in the early stages of the Pro Tour shakeup, and the race saw people like Gustavo Cesar win it.

Nowadays it's been kicked back to late March and probably works better as a warmup for the Ardennes classics and/or the Giro, as long as it's not snowing.

March 23, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)





Photo: Confusing day out on the road today, accurate time gaps would have been helpful. Cor Vos
Photo: Confusing day out on the road today, accurate time gaps would have been helpful. (Cor Vos)

Race favorites Alberto Contador and Chris Froome are each coming to terms with an opening stage which may have cost them their chances of fighting for the final Volta a Catalunya victory, with both riders missing out on a crucial break which gained considerable time.

Polish rider Maciej Paterski shrugged off the effort he put in to finish a fine 22nd in Sunday’s Milan-San Remo, while Frenchman Pierre Rolland finished on the same time. Belgium’s Bart De Clercq was the third member of the break and finished two seconds back.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)







Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 2 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 2 Profile.

Tuesday's Volta a Catalunya Stage 2 departs Mataro at 12:15pm CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Olot at around 4:55pm CET (11:55am U.S. Eastern).

Volta a Catalunya live streaming video is scheduled to get underway by around 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 23, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Dwars is the sexy little amuse bouche to start things off. Photo by Lars Ronbog/FrontzoneSport via Getty Images
"Dwars is the sexy little amuse bouche to start things off." Photo by Lars Ronbog/FrontzoneSport via Getty Images.

"Wednesday marks the start of the true classics season and first up is Dwars door Vlaanderen, the greatest little race in the world in this humble writer's opinion.

There are bigger and fancier races but none give the same pure joy of bike racing as Dwars. Here's why everyone else should love it too."

March 23, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)






Photo: Alberto Contador says he’s picked up a cold but wants to be competitive.
Photo: Alberto Contador says he’s picked up a cold but wants to be competitive.

After a mini-Tour de France and a mini-Giro in Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, the Volta a Catalunya sees a week of stage racing but it’s not a mini-Vuelta. There’s only one summit finish and no time trialling at all.

The field is packed with stage race specialists with Alberto Contador and Chris Froome as the obvious stars yet the outcome is far from predictable.

With a series of tricky stages, variable weather and the hard final stage in Barcelona the winner will need to play their tactical cards carefully.

March 23, 2015 (inrng.com)






John Degenkolb celebrated on the podium after winning Milano-Sanremo Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
John Degenkolb celebrated on the podium after winning Milano-Sanremo Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

German John Degenkolb had his day along the Italian Riviera Sunday in Sanremo. He fished for years, reeling in bigger and bigger ones, and his dedication resulted in one of the trophy catches: a monument, Milano-Sanremo.

For Giant-Alpecin’s Degenkolb, Milano-Sanremo sits in a special category of bicycle races along with Tour de France stages and the world championships. With his sprint ahead of 2014 winner Alexander Kristoff and Michael Matthews, he took his first win at such a level.

On his palmares, he now counts one of cycling’s five monuments, the biggest catch in the 26-year-old’s career that includes wins at Gent-Wevelgem, the Vattenfall Cyclassics, Paris-Tours, and a staggering nine stages in the Vuelta a España.

March 23, 2015 (velonews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (History),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Milan San Remo - Mar 22 (Results),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 23, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Chris Froome continues to use non-round chainrings.
Photo: Chris Froome continues to use non-round chainrings.

Three years after Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Chris Froome continues to use Osymetric chainrings.

Wiggins has reverted to round rings and has continued to win at the highest level, including the World Championship time trial. In addition to Osymetric, Rotor’s Q-rings continue to be used by a considerable number of professional riders, including the former world champion Rui Costa. But should you consider using a cam-shaped ring?

Jean-Louis Talo, a mechanical engineer from Menton, France, produced a prototype Osymetric ring and has spent 22 years trying to convince the cycling world that it works.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: 2015 Dwars Door Vlaanderen Route Map .
Photo: 2015 Dwars Door Vlaanderen Route Map.

A work in progress for 2015 Dwars Door Vlaanderen live and delayed coverage.

Most live feeds will be country restricted, but unrestricted links will appear in bold. Check back at race time for more links.

March 23, 2015 (steephill.tv)








Photo: John Degenkolb sprinted to victory on Sunday in Milano_Sanremo. Photo: (cyclingtips.com.au).
John Degenkolb sprinted to victory on Sunday in Milano_Sanremo. Photo: (cyclingtips.com.au)

John Degenkolb blasted out of a powerful group of survivors to win a rain-soaked, crash-packed Milano-Sanremo on Sunday.

The 106th edition of “La Classicissima” began in rain and ended in sun, and after a late pileup on the winding descent off the Poggio dramatically thinned the herd of contenders, it was the German speedster taking a narrow sprint victory over defending champion Alexander Kristoff with Michael Matthews third.

“It’s really a fantastic moment,” a delighted Degenkolb told Rai Sport. “The race happened exactly as we hoped it would. I really love this place… four years in a row I’ve been here trying to win this race. I know the course, and the Via Roma, it’s special to win here. It’s amazing.”

March 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)




Photo: an email sent by Tinkov’s CEO Stefano Feltrin on Monday morning said that Riis was suspended. Cor Vos
Photo: An email sent by Tinkov’s CEO Stefano Feltrin on Monday morning said that Riis was suspended. (Cor Vos)

Amid rumors that he could be facing a lengthy – or possibly permanent – ban from the sport as a result of the pending Anti Doping Denmark investigation into professional cycling, Bjarne Riis has reportedly been suspended from the Tinkoff-Saxo team by its owner Oleg Tinkov.

Danish newspaper BT announced the news Monday, saying that recent poor performances by the team are the reason for the decision.

It points out that Riis was not present at Milan-San Remo on Sunday, a race which was one of Tinkov’s big targets for the season. The team’s designated leader there, Peter Sagan, finished just off the podium in fourth place.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: On top in Taiwan...Wouter Wippert wins Stage 1 (Supplied).
Photo: On top in Taiwan...Wouter Wippert wins Stage 1 (Supplied).

Drapac's Wouter Wippert sprinted to victory in the opening stage of the Tour de Taiwain.

"We worked together today very nicely. With five kilometers to go (Adam) Phelan was going full gas, keeping me out of the wind and then with one kilometer to go (Travis) Meyer took me up on his wheel. I am pleased with our efforts and form."

It was a short and fast 52km stage to open the six-day tour. Three riders escaped from the peloton on the circuit in Taipei but they were caught with 10km to go, just as the field entered the final lap.

March 23, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photo: Cordon enjoyed full support from her teammates from the start of the race to the finish. Bart Hazen
Photo: Cordon enjoyed full support from her teammates from the start of the race to the finish. (Bart Hazen)

Audrey Cordon outsprinted compatriot Amelie Rivat in a three-up sprint to win Cholet Pays de Loire Dames on Sunday. Mirima Bjørnsrud rounded out the podium.

The victory is Cordon’s second at the French circuit race and her third appearance on the podium. She sprinted to second last year to Emma Johansson. Cordon’s results marks a continuation of the Wiggle Honda hot-streak that includes wins by Giorgia Bronzini and Jolien d’Hoore in Drenthe last weekend.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Kristoff, Degenkolb and Matthews on the Milan-San Remo podium
(Bettini Photo).
Kristoff, Degenkolb and Matthews on the Milan-San Remo podium (Bettini Photo).

The UCI and Italian police carried a surprise check on 36 bikes after the finish of Milan-San Remo, suspicious that some riders and teams may have used hidden motors during the race. Nothing was apparently found during the checks and all the bikes were eventually given back to the teams.

Cyclingnews understands that 11 Trek bikes from the Trek Factory Racing team, 11 Specialized bikes from Etixx-Quick Step and 11 Specialized bikes from Tinkoff-Saxo were checked by the UCI in a special tent erected in the bus parking area.

The bikes of the three podium finishers: John Degenkolb, Alexander Kristoff and Michael Matthews were also checked in the podium area.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported that bikes from the Astana were also tested, but the team has told Cyclingnews that their bikes were not.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Philippe Gilbert (BMC) lifts the pace for his teammates
(Bettini Photo).
Photo: Philippe Gilbert (BMC) lifts the pace for his teammates (Bettini Photo).

Mauro Vegni, the race director of Milan-San Remo, has confirmed that the race route for the Italian Classic will remain the same for the foreseeable future, with the no further climbs added or changes made to the route to make a more selective race.

In recent years race organizer RCS Sport has tried to insert the Pompeiana climb near Imperia in the final 40km of the race. However bad weather during the winter sparked landslides and closed the road, forcing the 2014 and 2015 editions to follow the classic route over the Cipressa and Poggio.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Rachel Neylan won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, confirming her return to the top ranks of the sport. 2015 AFP PHOTO | MARK GUNTER.
Rachel Neylan won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, confirming her return to the top ranks of the sport. 2015 AFP PHOTO | MARK GUNTER.

Rachel Neylan, a world championship silver medalist in 2012, will join ORICA-AIS and race with the outfit until the end of the season.

Over the winter in Australia, Neylan, 33, enjoyed her most successful period of racing since the world championships podium.

“I am everything — happy, thrilled, proud, and honored to be part of ORICA-AIS in what is a pivotal and timely step forward in my cycling career,” Neylan said in an Orica press release.

“I have so much admiration for the passion of Gerry Ryan and Shayne Bannan to bring this Australian team to fruition with such success, and it’s something I have worked hard and aspired to be part of since its inception.

March 23, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Early impressions: light and lively.
Photo: Early impressions: light and lively.

A French marque with a long history in frame building, these days Vitus are owned by Chain Reaction Cycles and have become the online retailer’s showcase brand.

Frame construction is a mix of Toray t800 and t1000 high-modulus carbon fibre built around an FSA BB386 Evo bottom bracket and asymmetric rear stays. It also uses sloping geometry, another feature becoming more popular as manufacturers look for extra ways to add more comfort to their frames.

March 23, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Photo: Using the company's Body Geometry design, the Specialized Ruby Expert saddle comes in three widths and features a modest cut-out for ventilation.
Photo: Using the company's Body Geometry design, the Specialized Ruby Expert saddle comes in three widths and features a modest cut-out.

With the boom in women's cycling, manufacturers are finally waking up to the fact that female riders have very different needs to their male counterparts.

"Shrink it and pink it" certainly doesn't work with saddles, so here's our pick of the best women's saddles currently on the market.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The TCX SLR 1 is a race-ready cyclocross bike.
Photo: The TCX SLR 1 is a race-ready cyclocross bike.

"As I rounded the bend in the trail, I noticed the singletrack tilt upward at an angle that was going to require a compromise of some sort. The intersection of that grade, a 36×28 low gear and my coming-off-a-virus fitness meant that I was either going to have to find a way to stand without spinning the rear tire, or dismount.

Given that my companions - a bunch of Giant employees - were a minute up the trail, standing turned out to be the only answer my pride would allow.

I was out with the boys from Giant (yes, they employee women, but none of them were on this ride) for one of their typical lunch rides. We were riding some coastal singletrack near their headquarters in Newbury Park.

This bedroom community of the great metropolitan expanse of Los Angeles lies within the Conejo Valley just above Ventura offers cyclists easy access to great roads and plenty of singletrack."

March 23, 2015 (redkiteprayer.com)





Photo: John Degenkolb won with more than sprint, his positioning on the Poggio was ideal.
Photo: John Degenkolb won with more than sprint, his positioning on the Poggio was ideal.

John Degenkolb sprints on the Via Roma. He was the fastest in the sprint but in order to contend he rode an impressive final kilometer to get into position, going in the wind to overtake several riders after a clever ride in the final kilometers, with ideal positioning on the Poggio.

Just like last year a start in the rain. An 11 man group quickly established a lead of over 10 minutes, one way to keep warm. Just like last year Matteo Bono, Martin Tjallingi and Jan Barta were in the move too.

No sooner did the move reach a double-digit advantage than Trek, Tinkoff-Saxo and Katusha started setting the pace, signalling no freedom for the fugitives.

March 22, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: I’ve caught a little cold from the two wet stages in Italy with snow and rain.
Photo: "I’ve caught a little cold from the two wet stages in Italy with snow and rain."

Volta a Catalunya is once again shaping up to become an attraction for the big stars of stage racing. With only one day in the high mountains but numerous GC contenders, stage 4 to La Molina should see sparks fly.

Tinkoff-Saxo sends a team of climbers spearheaded by team captain Alberto Contador, who continues his preparation ahead of the Giro.
 
Off the back from a week of racing at Tirreno-Adriatico, Contador hopes to have a successful race backed by a strong team.

March 22, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 23, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)

















March 23, 2015





Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Photo: "We stand by our editorial comment of a year ago — the CIRC was a step forward, but it wasn’t enough." Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

There has been considerable comment on the much anticipated CIRC report — and reactions have predictably varied across the spectrum. There seems to be general agreement that, in terms of the first of its three major objectives, the Commission has put together a reasonable historical narrative about doping in the sport.

But there is little information not already well-known to anyone with the interest to plow through the document, and contrary to Brian Cookson’s warning, there really aren’t “a lot of worms” here.

The narrative is vague and non-committal in places. For example, it states that doping is “probably not as endemic” now as it used to be, and that today, a “good number” of athletes and teams are trying to participate in cycling without doping.

There has already been wide ridicule of the varying allegations that somewhere between 20 and 90 percent of the current peloton is still doping.

March 23, 2015 (velonews.com)





Roman Kreuziger is still awaiting a hearing regarding his biological passport case. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Photo: XXX.

Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger, accused of doping over abnormalities in his biological passport, has slammed anti-doping bodies over delays in his case that has hampered his career.

“I never cease to be amazed. Another delay,” the 28-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo rider wrote on Twitter, blaming the Court of Arbitration for Sport alongside the international cycling association UCI and the WADA anti-doping watchdog.

The CAS has proposed June 10 “for the hearing and (the) verdict a month later. UCI/WADA rejected 2 proposed dates!” Kreuziger said.

Originally, the hearing was scheduled for the turn of March and April.

March 23, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Lance Armstrong and Geoff Thomas set to cycle for charity (Matt Lawton).
Photo: Lance Armstrong and Geoff Thomas set to cycle for charity (Matt Lawton).

During some of the most intense times of what will be remembered as the Lance Armstrong Years, it was never difficult to convince anyone with a half-open mind that he was a fraud. The responses fitted into various categories; sadness, anger, shock and a lot of indifference.

Those who didn’t care came from different places. There were those who argued as everyone was doping, it was surely okay for Armstrong to do the same. The “they’re all at it” argument. You pointed out they all weren’t at it and clean cyclists were having their careers stolen.

March 23, 2015 (thesundaytimes.co.uk)






Richie Porte rode to victory in Paris-Nice earlier this month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Richie Porte rode to victory in Paris-Nice earlier this month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

It all nearly unraveled with 18.2 kilometers remaining in the 181.5km stage 6 on March 14, at the 73rd edition of Paris-Nice — a race Australian Richie Porte won in 2013.

However, the bloody and bruised 30-year-old Tasmanian quickly remounted his visibly battered Pinarello road bike to finish 1 minute behind stage winner and new race leader Tony Gallopin.

The heavily favored Porte, who had won stage 4 in dramatic fashion two days earlier with teammate Geraint Thomas immediately in tow, remained in second on general classification (GC) but fell from 1 second off GC to 36 seconds with the seventh and final stage remaining — a short, sharp, 9.6km individual time trial up the Category 1 Col d’Ãze in Nice.

March 23, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski crashed coming off the Poggio.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski crashed coming off the Poggio. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

With Mark Cavendish lagging behind on the Poggio after dropping his chain on the Cipressa and having to chase back on, Etixx-QuickStep's hopes for a Milan-San Remo victory fell on the shoulders of Zdenek Stybar and World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski.

But those hopes, too, were dashed when a crash on the decsent off the Poggio took both riders out of contention.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Dreaming is part of being human, too. Dream your dreams – and embrace them.
Photo: Dreaming is part of being human, too. Dream your dreams – and embrace them.

"I’m 11 years old. My eyes glued to the TV screen and my palms are sweaty. I’m full of nervous energy, butterflies in my stomach, as I wonder if she can do it.

Cathy Freeman is about to start the women’s 400m at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. I feel like I’m about to start the race next to her. Three months earlier, I had been on that very track racing the Pan Pacific Games, where I had won double bronze in the 800m & 1500m.

The gun sounds the race into action. From the start, it’s clear that Cathy is in it to win it. I watch with bated breath until she crosses the line. First. Cathy is an Olympic champion.

I want that to be me."

March 23, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: The team has been very supportive in every aspect, which I am very thankful for. I am looking forward to get back to racing with the team again.
Photo: The team has been very supportive in every aspect, which I am very thankful for. I am looking forward to get back to racing with the team again.

Slovakian national time trial champion Peter Velits will have surgery on his left leg to treat an overuse injury, the BMC Racing Team announced Monday.

BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said the injury has developed over the past few months. Part of the BMC Racing Team's victorious team time trial squad at the world championships last September, Velits's best finish this season has been 27th on Stage 1 at the Tour of Oman.

"His leg has definitely been bothering him the past few weeks," Dr. Testa said. "So after the medical staff consulted with an external specialist, we decided it was best for him to have surgery."

March 23, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: The Firecrest 202 clincher disc wheelset is easy to ride on any terrain and combines beautifully with hydraulic disc brakes. Matt Wikstrom
Photo: The Firecrest 202 clincher disc wheelset is easy to ride on any terrain and combines beautifully with hydraulic disc brakes. (Matt Wikstrom)

Zipp unveiled its first disc-equipped wheelset in July 2013. Built with Firecrest 303 rims, the wheelset was designed to appeal to cyclocross racers that were migrating to disc brakes. A disc-specific version of Zipp’s 88/188 hubset was created as part of the project.

A year later, Zipp released its second disc-equipped wheelset, this time with Firecrest 202 clincher rims to appeal to road riders that were adopting disc brakes. The wheels utilised the same hubset (named 88/188D) developed for the Firecrest 303 disc-equipped wheels.

In both instances, the rims were standard 202 and 303 designs. With the aerodynamics and engineering carefully refined for both designs, Zipp didn’t see the need to look closely at any gains that might be made in the absence of a braking track.

March 23, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Matteo Tosatto in action during Stage 5 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico.
Photo: Matteo Tosatto in action during Stage 5 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico.

The UCI says that it expects an initial agreement on extreme weather protocols to be in place ahead of the 2015 Giro d’Italia after riders, teams and organizers agreed that an action plan was needed to protect riders in extreme weather conditions.

The decision was made in a preliminary meeting in Milan held on Friday, with cycling’s governing body saying they will meet again in the near future to thrash out the details of the new plan.

“The group considers the safety and the health of riders as an absolute priority,” the UCI said in a statement.

March 22, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Mark Cavendish finishes Stage 2 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico after being held up by a crash .
Photo: Mark Cavendish finishes Stage 2 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico after being held up by a crash.

Mark Cavendish’s says his chain slipped-off his bike towards the finale of the 2015 Milan-San Remo on Sunday, causing him to lose time and possibly a second victory in the monument, which was won by Giant-Alpecin sprinter John Degenkolb.

A kilometer-and-a-half before the top of the Cipressa climb, around 23 kilometers to race to San Remo on Italy’s northwest coast, the chain came off the outside of the Etixx-Quick Step rider’s Specialized bicycle. He was apparently using an unmarked SRAM chainring, instead of a team issue chainring from sponsor FSA.

March 22, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)










March 21, 2015


March 22, 2015






Photo: John Degenkolb sprinted to victory on Sunday in Milano_Sanremo. Photo: (cyclingtips.com.au).
John Degenkolb sprinted to victory on Sunday in Milano_Sanremo. Photo: (cyclingtips.com.au)

John Degenkolb blasted out of a powerful group of survivors to win a rain-soaked, crash-packed Milano-Sanremo on Sunday.

The 106th edition of “La Classicissima” began in rain and ended in sun, and after a late pileup on the winding descent off the Poggio dramatically thinned the herd of contenders, it was the German speedster taking a narrow sprint victory over defending champion Alexander Kristoff with Michael Matthews third.

“It’s really a fantastic moment,” a delighted Degenkolb told Rai Sport. “The race happened exactly as we hoped it would. I really love this place… four years in a row I’ve been here trying to win this race. I know the course, and the Via Roma, it’s special to win here. It’s amazing.”

March 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Fabian Cancellara after Milan-San Remo.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Fabian Cancellara after Milan-San Remo. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Fabian Cancellara was in the mix at the end of Milan-San Remo but the 2008 winner couldn't match the top-end speed of some of the world's best sprinters and had to settle for a disappointing seventh.

Giant-Alpecin's John Degenkolb took the win ahead of 2014 winner Alexander Kristoff and Orica-GreenEdge fastman Michael Metthews.

“If you look ahead of me there are six world-class sprinters, and I am the first non-traditional sprinter, in a way,” Cancellra said after the stage. “I don’t have the absolute instinct to find the right spot and to know when you can feel when someone is coming, and I got a little bit locked in on the right side. I made a mistake there and it’s disappointing because I had good legs.”

March 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (History),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Milan San Remo - Mar 22 (Results),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 22, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Defending Volta Ciclista a Catalunya champion Joaquim Rodriguez will not start this year's race due to a stomach virus, his team confirmed on Sunday. Rodriguez will be replaced by Alberto Losada in the Katusha line-up.

On Sunday morning, just as teammate Alexandre Kristoff began the defense of his own Milano-Sanremo crown, Katusha confirmed Rodriguez’ own Tweet that “to my great regret, I’m out of the Volta because of a stomach virus. Hopefully I will be able to recover for [the Vuelta al] País Vasco. What bad luck I have had!”

March 22, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Profile.

March 23-29, Spain. Stage 1 starts Monday at 12:20pm CET (7:20am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 4:57pm CET (11:57am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 22, 2015 (steephill.tv)







Niki Terpstra, Iljo Keisse, and Lukasz Wisniowski (Tim De Waele). (sbs.com.au)
Photo: Niki Terpstra, Iljo Keisse, and Lukasz Wisniowski (Tim De Waele). (sbs.com.au)

Etixx-Quick-Step swept the podium and then some at the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports on Saturday.

Iljo Keisse, Niki Terpstra and Lukasz Wisniowski escaped a lead group of more than 30 riders and eventually took more than four minutes’ advantage with 25km to go in the 196.1km Dutch race.

Back in the bunch, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Nikolas Maes, Matteo Trentin, and Yves Lampaert kept an eye on things for their three teammates.

Going into the last two laps the pursuit had dwindled to 18 riders, then split again, leaving Lampaert in the first chase with Edward Theuns in the final 2km.

In the finale, Keisse took the victory ahead of Terpstra and Wisniowski.

March 21, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Phillipe Gilbert gives it everything during his solo attack.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Phillipe Gilbert gives it everything during his solo attack. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

The pre-race expectation is that this weekend’s edition of Milan-San Remo will end with a bunch sprint. Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet are two men that plan to make sure that doesn’t happen on Sunday. The Belgian duo have both named La Primavera as their first major target of the season, and assume a joint leadership role with BMC heading into the race.

Gilbert and Van Avermaet last shared this responsibility at the World Championships in Ponferrada in 2014, and as their careers and goals increasingly get entangled in each other’s, they find themselves going up against one another. Unlike some major teams, who have two different cards to play, BMC finds themselves with two of a kind.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








March 21, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)



Photo: John Degenkolb won with more than sprint, his positioning on the Poggio was ideal.
Photo: John Degenkolb won with more than sprint, his positioning on the Poggio was ideal.

John Degenkolb sprints on the Via Roma. He was the fastest in the sprint but in order to contend he rode an impressive final kilometer to get into position, going in the wind to overtake several riders after a clever ride in the final kilometers, with ideal positioning on the Poggio.

Just like last year a start in the rain. An 11 man group quickly established a lead of over 10 minutes, one way to keep warm. Just like last year Matteo Bono, Martin Tjallingi and Jan Barta were in the move too.

No sooner did the move reach a double-digit advantage than Trek, Tinkoff-Saxo and Katusha started setting the pace, signalling no freedom for the fugitives.

March 22, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: I’ve caught a little cold from the two wet stages in Italy with snow and rain.
Photo: "I’ve caught a little cold from the two wet stages in Italy with snow and rain."

Volta a Catalunya is once again shaping up to become an attraction for the big stars of stage racing. With only one day in the high mountains but numerous GC contenders, stage 4 to La Molina should see sparks fly.

Tinkoff-Saxo sends a team of climbers spearheaded by team captain Alberto Contador, who continues his preparation ahead of the Giro.
 
Off the back from a week of racing at Tirreno-Adriatico, Contador hopes to have a successful race backed by a strong team.

March 22, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Christoph Strasser sets new 24 hour cycling record (picture copyright Karelly).
Photo: Christoph Strasser sets new 24 hour cycling record (picture copyright Karelly).

Austria’s Chrisoph Strasser has set a new record for the most distance ridden on a road bike in 24 hours, riding 556.856 miles (896.173 kilometers) at the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin, completing his ride at 3pm local time this afternoon.

The 32-year-old, who is sponsored by Specialized, beat the previous Ultramarathon Cycling Association’s record of 521.975 miles (840.037 kilometers, set in 2004 by the late Jure Robič with plenty of time to spare, riding on to establish the new benchmark.

Among those to congratulate three-time Race Across America (RAAM) winner Strasser was fellow Austrian, Matthias Brändle, who broke the UCI Hour record in October but lost it to Rohan Dennis last month.

March 21, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) gets off the mark for 2015.
(Bettini).
Photo: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) gets off the mark for 2015. (Bettini).

Because of his immense talent, his prodigious results in the early years of his career and now his reported huge salary at Tinkoff-Saxo, Peter Sagan is one of the big-name favorites for Milan-San Remo.

Despite only being 25, he has already ridden Milan-San Remo four times, finishing fourth in 2012 and second in 2013, when he was beaten by Gerald Ciolek in the sprint after the race distance was reduced due to heavy snow before the Turchino.

Last year Sagan finished tenth in the hectic sprint, lacking a final kick and the speed to take on the pure sprinters likes like Mark Cavendish and winner Alexander Kristoff.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Peter Sagan at the Tinkoff-Saxo presentation in Milan, Italy (AAP).
Photo: Peter Sagan at the Tinkoff-Saxo presentation in Milan, Italy (AAP).

Peter Sagan finally took a long awaited stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico to open his 2015 account and will line up at Milan-San Remo as one of the favorites for the victory, and he'll do it on a bike that is perhaps a metaphor for the rest of his season.

Sagan will arrive at the first monument of the season with his form finely honed at the seven-stage Tirreno-Adriatico, where he finally carved out a win on the rainy 6th stage while under mounting pressure to perform.

He had gone several months without standing on the top step of a post-race celebration despite always being in the mix with over a dozen runner-up spots on his palmares this season alone.

"I’m heading to Milan-San Remo to deliver a top result just like at any other race. When the team or I start a race, the ultimate goal is to win. But in cycling you never know and you have to be realistic. My competitors have the same goals and sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. But Milan-San Remo is special and I’ll naturally be at the start with big ambitions."

March 21, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Photo: The finish is closer to the Poggio now, that doesn’t help the sprinters. It will change the tactics.
Photo: "The finish is closer to the Poggio now, that doesn’t help the sprinters. It will change the tactics."

One day before the start André Greipel, Jürgen Roelandts and Tony Gallopin give their preview of Milan-Sanremo. They all agree, it’s unpredictable.

“Sunday I rode the last sixty kilometers of Milan Sanremo," Greipel said. "Of course I knew the final already, but it’s always good to see it again before the actual race. In any case it’s a good preparation.

"Every year there are attacks on the Cipressa and Poggio. That will be the same again this year. Last year I survived the Poggio, but because of cramps I didn’t get to participate in the sprint. I know now that I am able to get in the final. Mentally it was important, knowing that I am able to get over the Poggio with the best.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: IsoSpeed decoupler pivot, which allows the seatmast to flex farther and more easily.
Photo: The IsoSpeed decoupler pivot allows the seatmast to flex farther and more easily.

"The Domane Disc 6.9 has its quirks. But I also think it may be the smartest, friendliest bike I've ridden.

This was the first modern bike I knew of that had legitimate pro racing lineage as well as fender mounts. When we got our first snow in Colorado, I unabashedly installed fenders.

I'll start with the quirks—namely, the signature IsoSpeed decoupler pivot, which allows the seatmast to flex farther and more easily than if it were rigidly attached to the top tube. Other reviewers, and my BICYCLING colleagues, seem to agree that IsoSpeed has amazing bump-swallowing capabilities.

For the most part, I find the Domane more compliant and smoother-riding than most road bikes. In the saddle, I notice striking overtones of stillness and efficiency—with two asterisks."

March 21, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 22, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)



Photo: Matteo Tosatto in action during Stage 5 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico.
Photo: Matteo Tosatto in action during Stage 5 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico.

The UCI says that it expects an initial agreement on extreme weather protocols to be in place ahead of the 2015 Giro d’Italia after riders, teams and organizers agreed that an action plan was needed to protect riders in extreme weather conditions.

The decision was made in a preliminary meeting in Milan held on Friday, with cycling’s governing body saying they will meet again in the near future to thrash out the details of the new plan.

“The group considers the safety and the health of riders as an absolute priority,” the UCI said in a statement.

March 22, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Mark Cavendish finishes Stage 2 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico after being held up by a crash .
Photo: Mark Cavendish finishes Stage 2 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico after being held up by a crash.

Mark Cavendish’s says his chain slipped-off his bike towards the finale of the 2015 Milan-San Remo on Sunday, causing him to lose time and possibly a second victory in the monument, which was won by Giant-Alpecin sprinter John Degenkolb.

A kilometer-and-a-half before the top of the Cipressa climb, around 23 kilometers to race to San Remo on Italy’s northwest coast, the chain came off the outside of the Etixx-Quick Step rider’s Specialized bicycle. He was apparently using an unmarked SRAM chainring, instead of a team issue chainring from sponsor FSA.

March 22, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)











March 21, 2015





Photo: TdF 2014 Vincenzo Nibali wins in Sheffield - picture credit Welcome to Yorkshire, Le Tour Yorkshire com.
Photo: TdF 2014 Vincenzo Nibali wins in Sheffield - credit Welcome to Yorkshire, Le Tour Yorkshire com.

The UCI’s License Commission will meet in Geneva on Thursday 2 April to determine whether Astana, Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali’s team, should be allowed to keep its WorldTour license, reports French newspaper Le Monde.

Last month, world cycling’s governing body asked the License Commission, which operates independently of it, to withdraw Astana’s license after an audit into the Kazakh team’s management and anti-doping procedures had been completed by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL).

March 21, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: The last winner on the Via Roma, Oscar Freire in 2007.
Photo: The last winner on the Via Roma, Oscar Freire in 2007.

In 2015 the Milan-San Remo Classic will go back to its traditions to set up a spectacular finale on the classic Via Roma finish line, which has played a key role in the history of this monumental race.

"Berta, Cipressa, Poggio… three girls I dated in high school? I wish. Considering the form, the curves, and the mystique that each of these capi add to the season’s first and longest Classic – well, let’s just say I should have been so lucky as to ride… I mean date… these hills, I mean girls."

March 21, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Riders from Meade’s new American team, the Fearless Femme.
Photo: Riders from Meade’s new American team, the Fearless Femme.

Irish national road race champion and An Post Rás na mBan stage winner Fiona Meade has secured a promising offer to race in the United States for much of the coming year.

The Cork woman, who currently rides for Blarney Stone CC, will join up with the Fearless Femme cycling team.

She will depart Ireland around the Easter Holiday weekend to commence her program of racing.

Meade will mainly compete on the criterium circuit in the US but will also ride a number of other races, though they are yet to be confirmed.

March 21, 2015 (stickybottle.com)





Photo: Matt Goss (HTC) claims the biggest win of his career
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Matt Goss (HTC) claims the biggest win of his career (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

It is now two years since Matt Goss last won a major individual race: stage two of the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico when he rode for the Orica-GreenEdge team.

The Tasmanian did ride for Orica-GreenEdge in the 2013 Tour de France when the Australian team won the stage four team time trial in Nice. And yes, technically speaking, he did win race four of last year’s Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic series in Victoria, Australia. But even Goss, 28, recognizes that stage win in the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico was the last time he beat a world-class field of sprinters.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Carogna tape uses a thin adhesive layer on the rim side but a thicker layer on the tyre side to help fill in any gaps for a more secure bond.
Photo: Carogna tape uses a thin adhesive layer on the rim side but a thicker layer on the tyre side to help fill in any gaps for a more secure bond.

Tubular tires have persisted in both road and cyclocross circles thanks to their enviable ride quality, generally fantastic cornering ability, and the fact that they can safely be ridden at extremely low pressures or even completely flat.

Nevertheless, many riders simply don’t want to deal with the hassles of installation and removal: the multiple layers of glue, the noxious fumes, the sticky mess, the raw thumbs… Effetto Mariposa’s new Carogna tubular tape, however, promises to make living with tubulars nearly as easy as clinchers.

March 21, 2015 (bikeradar.com)






The Eddy Merckx Mourenx69 commemorates a legendary stage win by the Cannibal at the 1969 Tour de France— his first appearance in the race he'd win five times.

By Stage 17, Merckx already had a lead of more than eight minutes. The conventional wisdom was that all he needed to do was ride safe and stick near his closest rivals to make sure none of them regained significant time.

But on this mountainous stage, Merckx made an audacious attack, going away on a 140km solo break through the Pyrenees—adding another eight minutes to his lead and ensuring such dominance that by the end of the Tour, he'd own the leader's jersey, the sprinter's jersey, and the king of the mountains jersey.

March 21, 2015 (bicycling.com)

March 21, 2015



Niki Terpstra, Iljo Keisse, and Lukasz Wisniowski (Tim De Waele). (sbs.com.au)
Photo: Niki Terpstra, Iljo Keisse, and Lukasz Wisniowski (Tim De Waele). (sbs.com.au)

Etixx-Quick-Step swept the podium and then some at the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports on Saturday.

Iljo Keisse, Niki Terpstra and Lukasz Wisniowski escaped a lead group of more than 30 riders and eventually took more than four minutes’ advantage with 25km to go in the 196.1km Dutch race.

Back in the bunch, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Nikolas Maes, Matteo Trentin, and Yves Lampaert kept an eye on things for their three teammates.

Going into the last two laps the pursuit had dwindled to 18 riders, then split again, leaving Lampaert in the first chase with Edward Theuns in the final 2km.

In the finale, Keisse took the victory ahead of Terpstra and Wisniowski.

March 21, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Phillipe Gilbert gives it everything during his solo attack.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Phillipe Gilbert gives it everything during his solo attack. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

The pre-race expectation is that this weekend’s edition of Milan-San Remo will end with a bunch sprint. Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet are two men that plan to make sure that doesn’t happen on Sunday. The Belgian duo have both named La Primavera as their first major target of the season, and assume a joint leadership role with BMC heading into the race.

Gilbert and Van Avermaet last shared this responsibility at the World Championships in Ponferrada in 2014, and as their careers and goals increasingly get entangled in each other’s, they find themselves going up against one another. Unlike some major teams, who have two different cards to play, BMC finds themselves with two of a kind.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Great victory today for Alexis Gougeard on the Classic Loire-Atlantique! Neo-pro, the 21 year norman rider brings its 8th win of the season to the team.
Photo: Great victory today for Alexis Gougeard on the Classic Loire-Atlantique! Neo-pro, the 21 year norman rider brings its 8th win of the season to the team.

One year after taking a breakthrough win in the Classique Loire Atlantique, Alexis Gougeard repeated his solo performance in the 2015 edition of the race to defend his title in impressive fashion.

After his first attack had been brought back, he escaped from a 10-rider group with 3km to go and held his chasers off to win the race ahead of Marco Marcato and Anthony Delaplace.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Milan-San Remo - Mar 22 (Start List),

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (History),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 21, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.
Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.

2015 Milan-San Remo LIVE Sunday, March 22nd, Italy.

Race starts at 10:10am CET (5:10am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:09pm CET (12:09pm U.S. Eastern)

Live video from 2:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern, 6:15am Pacific).

March 21, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Profile.

March 23-29, Spain. Stage 1 starts Monday at 12:20pm CET (7:20am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 4:57pm CET (11:57am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 21, 2015 (steephill.tv)






Gianni Meersman came out on top in the Handzame Classic, capping off an excellent lead out from his team to win ahead of Antoine Demoitie and Tiesj Benoot.

Meersman came through the melee of leadouts after late work from Iljo Keisse and Matteo Trentin but the groundwork for the win had been laid by the rest of the team who wrestled control from the opposition inside the closing 15 kilometers of racing, neutralizing several late moves before catapulting Meersman, 29, to his third win of the season.

March 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






March 20, 2015 (velonews.com)



Photo: Christoph Strasser sets new 24 hour cycling record (picture copyright Karelly).
Photo: Christoph Strasser sets new 24 hour cycling record (picture copyright Karelly).

Austria’s Chrisoph Strasser has set a new record for the most distance ridden on a road bike in 24 hours, riding 556.856 miles (896.173 kilometers) at the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin, completing his ride at 3pm local time this afternoon.

The 32-year-old, who is sponsored by Specialized, beat the previous Ultramarathon Cycling Association’s record of 521.975 miles (840.037 kilometers, set in 2004 by the late Jure Robič with plenty of time to spare, riding on to establish the new benchmark.

Among those to congratulate three-time Race Across America (RAAM) winner Strasser was fellow Austrian, Matthias Brändle, who broke the UCI Hour record in October but lost it to Rohan Dennis last month.

March 21, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) gets off the mark for 2015.
(Bettini).
Photo: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) gets off the mark for 2015. (Bettini).

Because of his immense talent, his prodigious results in the early years of his career and now his reported huge salary at Tinkoff-Saxo, Peter Sagan is one of the big-name favorites for Milan-San Remo.

Despite only being 25, he has already ridden Milan-San Remo four times, finishing fourth in 2012 and second in 2013, when he was beaten by Gerald Ciolek in the sprint after the race distance was reduced due to heavy snow before the Turchino.

Last year Sagan finished tenth in the hectic sprint, lacking a final kick and the speed to take on the pure sprinters likes like Mark Cavendish and winner Alexander Kristoff.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Peter Sagan at the Tinkoff-Saxo presentation in Milan, Italy (AAP).
Photo: Peter Sagan at the Tinkoff-Saxo presentation in Milan, Italy (AAP).

Peter Sagan finally took a long awaited stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico to open his 2015 account and will line up at Milan-San Remo as one of the favorites for the victory, and he'll do it on a bike that is perhaps a metaphor for the rest of his season.

Sagan will arrive at the first monument of the season with his form finely honed at the seven-stage Tirreno-Adriatico, where he finally carved out a win on the rainy 6th stage while under mounting pressure to perform.

He had gone several months without standing on the top step of a post-race celebration despite always being in the mix with over a dozen runner-up spots on his palmares this season alone.

"I’m heading to Milan-San Remo to deliver a top result just like at any other race. When the team or I start a race, the ultimate goal is to win. But in cycling you never know and you have to be realistic. My competitors have the same goals and sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. But Milan-San Remo is special and I’ll naturally be at the start with big ambitions."

March 21, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Photo: The finish is closer to the Poggio now, that doesn’t help the sprinters. It will change the tactics.
Photo: "The finish is closer to the Poggio now, that doesn’t help the sprinters. It will change the tactics."

One day before the start André Greipel, Jürgen Roelandts and Tony Gallopin give their preview of Milan-Sanremo. They all agree, it’s unpredictable.

“Sunday I rode the last sixty kilometers of Milan Sanremo," Greipel said. "Of course I knew the final already, but it’s always good to see it again before the actual race. In any case it’s a good preparation.

"Every year there are attacks on the Cipressa and Poggio. That will be the same again this year. Last year I survived the Poggio, but because of cramps I didn’t get to participate in the sprint. I know now that I am able to get in the final. Mentally it was important, knowing that I am able to get over the Poggio with the best.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: IsoSpeed decoupler pivot, which allows the seatmast to flex farther and more easily.
Photo: The IsoSpeed decoupler pivot allows the seatmast to flex farther and more easily.

"The Domane Disc 6.9 has its quirks. But I also think it may be the smartest, friendliest bike I've ridden.

This was the first modern bike I knew of that had legitimate pro racing lineage as well as fender mounts. When we got our first snow in Colorado, I unabashedly installed fenders.

I'll start with the quirks—namely, the signature IsoSpeed decoupler pivot, which allows the seatmast to flex farther and more easily than if it were rigidly attached to the top tube. Other reviewers, and my BICYCLING colleagues, seem to agree that IsoSpeed has amazing bump-swallowing capabilities.

For the most part, I find the Domane more compliant and smoother-riding than most road bikes. In the saddle, I notice striking overtones of stillness and efficiency—with two asterisks."

March 21, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Tejay van Garderen said he didn't dress properly for the cold in stage 6 at Paris-Nice last weekend. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tejay van Garderen said he didn't dress properly for the cold in stage 6 at Paris-Nice last weekend. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Tejay van Garderen and the BMC Racing team ended Paris-Nice disappointed last Sunday in France. The American slipped from fourth to 16th overall because he failed to “prepare right” when the weather turned worse on the Côte d’Azur.

Van Garderen began Saturday’s stage 6 fourth overall behind world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, but the team said he failed to dress correctly when the forecast indicated bad weather on the horizon. During the stage, the team car was not able to reach him to give him warmer gear because the race had broken into pieces in the hills above Nice, where van Garderen has a European training base.

“Had a day you hope never to have. So cold!!! #disappointed #OnToTheNextTarget,” van Garderen wrote on Twitter. “Some lessons can only be learned the hard way.”

March 20, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 21, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)









March 21, 2015





Photo: TdF 2014 Vincenzo Nibali wins in Sheffield - picture credit Welcome to Yorkshire, Le Tour Yorkshire com.
Photo: TdF 2014 Vincenzo Nibali wins in Sheffield - credit Welcome to Yorkshire, Le Tour Yorkshire com.

The UCI’s License Commission will meet in Geneva on Thursday 2 April to determine whether Astana, Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali’s team, should be allowed to keep its WorldTour license, reports French newspaper Le Monde.

Last month, world cycling’s governing body asked the License Commission, which operates independently of it, to withdraw Astana’s license after an audit into the Kazakh team’s management and anti-doping procedures had been completed by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL).

March 21, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: The last winner on the Via Roma, Oscar Freire in 2007.
Photo: The last winner on the Via Roma, Oscar Freire in 2007.

In 2015 the Milan-San Remo Classic will go back to its traditions to set up a spectacular finale on the classic Via Roma finish line, which has played a key role in the history of this monumental race.

"Berta, Cipressa, Poggio… three girls I dated in high school? I wish. Considering the form, the curves, and the mystique that each of these capi add to the season’s first and longest Classic – well, let’s just say I should have been so lucky as to ride… I mean date… these hills, I mean girls."

March 21, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Riders from Meade’s new American team, the Fearless Femme.
Photo: Riders from Meade’s new American team, the Fearless Femme.

Irish national road race champion and An Post Rás na mBan stage winner Fiona Meade has secured a promising offer to race in the United States for much of the coming year.

The Cork woman, who currently rides for Blarney Stone CC, will join up with the Fearless Femme cycling team.

She will depart Ireland around the Easter Holiday weekend to commence her program of racing.

Meade will mainly compete on the criterium circuit in the US but will also ride a number of other races, though they are yet to be confirmed.

March 21, 2015 (stickybottle.com)





Photo: Matt Goss (HTC) claims the biggest win of his career
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Matt Goss (HTC) claims the biggest win of his career (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

It is now two years since Matt Goss last won a major individual race: stage two of the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico when he rode for the Orica-GreenEdge team.

The Tasmanian did ride for Orica-GreenEdge in the 2013 Tour de France when the Australian team won the stage four team time trial in Nice. And yes, technically speaking, he did win race four of last year’s Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic series in Victoria, Australia. But even Goss, 28, recognizes that stage win in the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico was the last time he beat a world-class field of sprinters.

March 21, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Carogna tape uses a thin adhesive layer on the rim side but a thicker layer on the tyre side to help fill in any gaps for a more secure bond.
Photo: Carogna tape uses a thin adhesive layer on the rim side but a thicker layer on the tyre side to help fill in any gaps for a more secure bond.

Tubular tires have persisted in both road and cyclocross circles thanks to their enviable ride quality, generally fantastic cornering ability, and the fact that they can safely be ridden at extremely low pressures or even completely flat.

Nevertheless, many riders simply don’t want to deal with the hassles of installation and removal: the multiple layers of glue, the noxious fumes, the sticky mess, the raw thumbs… Effetto Mariposa’s new Carogna tubular tape, however, promises to make living with tubulars nearly as easy as clinchers.

March 21, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: Eddy Merckx Mourenx69
(Photo courtesy of Eddy Merckx).
Eddy Merckx Mourenx69 (Photo courtesy of Eddy Merckx).

The Eddy Merckx Mourenx69 commemorates a legendary stage win by the Cannibal at the 1969 Tour de France— his first appearance in the race he'd win five times.

By Stage 17, Merckx already had a lead of more than eight minutes. The conventional wisdom was that all he needed to do was ride safe and stick near his closest rivals to make sure none of them regained significant time.

But on this mountainous stage, Merckx made an audacious attack, going away on a 140km solo break through the Pyrenees—adding another eight minutes to his lead and ensuring such dominance that by the end of the Tour, he'd own the leader's jersey, the sprinter's jersey, and the king of the mountains jersey.

March 21, 2015 (bicycling.com)















March 20, 2015






March 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)


March 20, 2015


Photo: Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quick Step) holding his trophy aloft
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quickstep) wins the Handzame Classic
(Getty Images Sport) .

Gianni Meersman came out on top in the Handzame Classic, capping off an excellent lead out from his team to win ahead of Antoine Demoitie and Tiesj Benoot.

Meersman came through the melee of leadouts after late work from Iljo Keisse and Matteo Trentin but the groundwork for the win had been laid by the rest of the team who wrestled control from the opposition inside the closing 15 kilometers of racing, neutralizing several late moves before catapulting Meersman, 29, to his third win of the season.

March 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Milano-Sanremo winds along the Mediterranean coast before finishing on the Via Roma. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Milano-Sanremo winds along the Mediterranean coast before finishing on the Via Roma. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Milano-Sanremo’s 293-kilometer fuse, lit in Milan, burns slowly south from the Italian city before making a right turn along the coast, where it winds off the Mediterranean and sparks into a flame. A string of short, punchy climbs set off a final round of desperate fireworks.

Milano-Sanremo is said to be the sprinter’s classic, but the climbs, beginning with Capo Mele at 51km remaining and ending with the peak of the Poggio at 5.5km to go, set up a tension between fast finishers, climbers, and classics strongmen found nowhere else on the pro calendar.

March 20, 2015 (velonews.com)









Photo: Mark Cavendish after winning Stage 7 of the 2015 Tour de San Luis .
Photo: Mark Cavendish after winning Stage 7 of the 2015 Tour de San Luis.

Mark Cavendish explained that Milan San Remo may be ‘easy’ to finish, but that every one of the 300 kilometers in Sunday’s race are complicated.

Cycling Weekly spoke to 2009 Milan San Remo winner Cavendish to get his opinion on the race’s different phases, from Lombardia to Liguria, and to give you a unique insight into Italy’s classic.

“It’s the easiest race to finish, but the hardest to win,” Etixx-QuickStep’s Cavendish said.

March 20, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)








Photo: Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin) in the break
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin) in the break (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

American Chad Haga will start Milan-San Remo for Giant-Alpecin on Sunday in place of Simon Geschke, who broke his collarbone last week in a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. Haga got the news last week while competing at the Italian race.

"It was either the day of the final time trial, or the night before. I knew I was a reserve rider anyways, but I had kind of forgotten about it until Simon broke his collarbone and I realized that I might be going there.

They asked me what I thought about it and decided whether they wanted to pick me or another reserve rider. But they ended up going with me.

March 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 20, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.
Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.

2015 Milan-San Remo LIVE Sunday, March 22nd, Italy.

Race starts at 10:10am CET (5:10am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:09pm CET (12:09pm U.S. Eastern)

Live video from 2:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern, 6:15am Pacific).

March 20, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)







Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Profile.

March 23-29, Spain. Stage 1 starts Monday at 12:20pm CET (7:20am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 4:57pm CET (11:57am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 20, 2015 (steephill.tv)







Team Sky rider Philip Deignan has said that Chris Froome is determined to get back to the top of the sport, with the Irishman confirming that the 2013 Tour de France winner has used the disappointments of 2014 to fuel his drive for this year’s campaign.

The Briton crashed out of last year’s Tour, losing the chance to defend his title, and then went on to be beaten by arch-rival Alberto Contador in the Vuelta a España.

Although he was second overall there, Froome was disappointed not to finish up in the red jersey of race leader and is intent on getting back to the GC summit in this July’s Tour.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






The sprinters traditionally dominate Milan-San Remo but Fabian Cancellara is again determined to have his say, despite turning 34 on Wednesday.

Cancellara has been targeting the spring Classics since 2004 but it would be wrong to think he is past his best. Indeed he had his best winter in many years and is confident he will have yet another strong spring Classics campaign, starting on Sunday.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)



Tejay van Garderen said he didn't dress properly for the cold in stage 6 at Paris-Nice last weekend. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tejay van Garderen said he didn't dress properly for the cold in stage 6 at Paris-Nice last weekend. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Tejay van Garderen and the BMC Racing team ended Paris-Nice disappointed last Sunday in France. The American slipped from fourth to 16th overall because he failed to “prepare right” when the weather turned worse on the Côte d’Azur.

Van Garderen began Saturday’s stage 6 fourth overall behind world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, but the team said he failed to dress correctly when the forecast indicated bad weather on the horizon. During the stage, the team car was not able to reach him to give him warmer gear because the race had broken into pieces in the hills above Nice, where van Garderen has a European training base.

“Had a day you hope never to have. So cold!!! #disappointed #OnToTheNextTarget,” van Garderen wrote on Twitter. “Some lessons can only be learned the hard way.”

March 20, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Francesco Moser inducted to the Giro d'Italia hall of fame
(ANSA – Dal Zennaro / Peri & Bettiniphoto).
Photo: Francesco Moser inducted to the Giro d'Italia hall of fame (ANSA – Dal Zennaro / Peri & Bettiniphoto).

Francesco Moser has been inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame in a special event in Milan. Moser is the fourth rider to be inducted for his victory and follows on from Eddy Merckx, Felice Gimondi and Stephen Roche.

Now 63, Moser’s career spanned several generations. He turned professional in the early seventies and raced against Merckx, finishing seventh in the 1975 Tour de France and winning the best young rider’s white jersey.

He focused on the cobbled Classics and the Giro d’Italia for the rest of his career, winning Paris-Roubaix in 1978, 1979 and 1980. He also won the Tour of Lombardy in 1975 and 1978, Gent-Wevelgem in 1979 and Milan-San Remo in 1984.

He was world road race champion in 1977 in San Cristobal but also missed on a second title several times. He often clashed for Italian team leadership with eternal rival Beppe Saronni, while Bernhard Hinault was often his nemesis at the Giro d’Italia. Moser won a total of 23 stages at the Giro d’Italia, one more than Fausto Coppi.

March 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Cofidis, Europcar and MTN Qhubeka had earlier been confirmed for this year’s Tour de France.. Cor Vos
Photo: Cofidis, Europcar and MTN Qhubeka had earlier been confirmed for this year’s Tour de France. (Cor Vos)

The five wildcard teams for this year’s Vuelta a España have been announced Friday by race organizers Unipublic, with American hopefuls UnitedHealthcare being again passed over for what would have been its first Grand Tour.

Instead, the organizers have selected Spanish team Caja Rural–Seguros RGA, French duo Cofidis and Europcar, Team Colombia and the South African MTN-Qhubeka for the three week event.

March 20, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Giant's new aero road helmet sports a very trim profile.
Photo: Giant's new aero road helmet sports a very trim profile.

"Giant isn’t launching its new high-performance helmet range for a few weeks but two of the new models were on display at the Taipei Cycle Show.

We got up close and personal with the aero road and trail helmets, and both look very promising. Given Giant’s knack for offering excellent value across the board, we anticipate the pricing to be good, too."

March 20, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: L’Eroica was born in Italy but is steadily expanding.
Photo: L’Eroica was born in Italy but is steadily expanding.

Italy’s Strade Bianche professional race has, in relatively short order, become one of the most anticipated races in the early spring calendar.

Through the beautiful Tuscan countryside and over waves of famed white gravel roads, the race is cycling’s true instant classic. Race founder Giancarlo Brocci is also the creator and driving force behind the beloved l’Eroica amateur events.

This year, Eroica California marks the first incursion in the United States with events on April 11 and 12 in San Luis Obispo County. With Paso Robles marked as l’Eroica’s home base, participants may choose from 41, 65, and 123 mile routes.

March 20, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: Ritchey Breakaway Carbon frameset .
Photo: Ritchey Breakaway Carbon frameset.

Ritchey has expanded its range of Breakaway travel bikes with a new carbon fibre road version. At just shy of 1,500g for a size small frame, it’s not especially light – nor does it save any weight over the Ti/Carbon version we reviewed a few years ago. However, we do anticipate that the carbon version might be substantially stiffer, with potentially a smoother ride quality.

Either way, that extra weight isn’t for nothing. Ritchey intentionally overbuilt the tubes to withstand the rigours of air travel, and some of that additional mass is devoted to the trick coupler system that lets you pack a complete bike into a case that masquerades as standard luggage.

March 20, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: The 52-36t chainset offers a third option for road riders, striking a middleground between the ‘standard’ double and a compact. Shimano now offer their Ultegra chainset in 53-39t, 52-36t and 50-34t ratios, as well as a 46-36t option for cyclo-cross.
Photo: The 52-36t chainset offers a third option for road riders, striking a middleground between the ‘standard’ double and a compact. Shimano now offer their Ultegra chainset in 53-39t, 52-36t and 50-34t ratios, as well as a 46-36t option for cyclo-cross.

Matching the chainset and cassette is second only to frameset choice in determining the ‘style’ of road bike that we ride.

But with the current trend leaning towards wider ratios, the classic stereotype of the racer on a ‘standard’ 53-39-tooth double chainring at the front with an 11-23t or 11-25t (or even tighter) cassette at the back, and the sportive rider packing a compact 50-34t chainset paired with a 11-28t cassette, might be fading.

It used to be clear cut, but times are changing and use of the word ‘standard’ in reference to a chainset isn’t as clear as it used to be.

March 20, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)






"We will not give up," Samuel Dumoulinsaid said, surrounded by his team-mates.

The scene was a sharp contrast to the peloton's strike at stage 17 of the 1998 Tour de France in the wake of the Festina affair -- suggesting a cultural shift is finally happening in scandal-ridden cycling.

"The solution is not to keep silent," 34-year-old Dumoulin, who takes pride in "doing his job clean", he told Reuters.

After a UCI-ordered Independent Commission's (CIRC) report into the sport's doping practices suggested cheating was less prevalent but still endemic, several riders offered a different viewpoint.

March 19, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (http://girlsandbikes.tumblr.com/)

March 20, 2015 (girlsandbikes.tumblr.com)












March 20, 2015





Photo: Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale), winner of stage 6 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California
(AFP Photo).
Photo: Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale), winner of stage 6 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California (AFP Photo).

After serving an 18-month ban following a positive test for the stimulant heptaminol, former Ag2r La Mondiale rider Sylvain Georges had been hoping to put that episode behind him and get his racing career back on track when he returned to competition last December.

The Frenchman signed with the Team Pro Immo Nicolas Roux amateur team and took two wins in early March.

March 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker reacts at the end of the race during the UCI world hour record attempt at the bicentennial velodrome in Aguascalientes city on February 25, 2015.
(Getty Images Sport).
Photo: Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker reacts at the end of the race during the UCI world hour record attempt at the bicentennial velodrome in Aguascalientes city on February 25, 2015. (Getty Images Sport).

Thomas Dekker has announced his retirement from cycling effective immediately. With no contract renewal forthcoming by Garmin-Sharp at the end of 2014, Dekker set his sights on the hour record to land himself a contract for this season.

The Dutchman fell short of Rohan Dennis' benchmark of 52.491km by just over a lap of the Aguascalientes velodrome. While there were suggestions Lampre-Merida were interested in adding a Dutch rider to its squad, Dekker's situation remained unchanged.

March 20, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: I was at a criterium bicycle race and was racing with the men for a hard workout. While I was racing, I noticed that instead of my mouth hanging open for breath as I normally do during such a hard workout, that I actually felt like I had greater endurance with less effort..
Photo: I was at a criterium bicycle race and was racing with the men for a hard workout. While I was racing I actually felt like I had greater endurance with less effort.

"I am writing this blog as I sit in the CVAC pod at the Sporting Club – Aventine in La Jolla, Ca. For those of you that have never heard of CVAC, let me share about what this Mork & Mindy (test of age to see who understands this reference) looking pod is all about. Above is a picture of me in the pod with the pod open.

Here is a great explanation of what CVAC is from their website (www.cvacsystems.com):

“CVAC, which stands for Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning. The pod-shaped CVAC looks a little like a personal-sized spacecraft. But instead of flying, it only simulates the air pressure, density and temperature that the person inside would experience if he or she climbed to a high altitude."

March 20, 2015 (tobefastest.com)





Photo: Vincenzo Nibali wins stage twenty at the 2013 Giro d'Italia .
Photo: Vincenzo Nibali wins stage twenty at the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

"Whether or not you agree with the likes of Fabian Cancellara that more protocols should be put in place by the UCI to prevent riders having to race in extreme weather conditions, there’s no doubt that past battles in the mud, rain and snow have made for some memorable spectacles.

Here we take a look at some of the outstanding bad weather racing moments that stood out in our minds."

March 20, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: I took a moment to lay down in the shade and found myself shedding a few tears. After a huge physical effort, I can be a little emotional.
Photo: I took a moment to lay down in the shade and found myself shedding a few tears. After a huge physical effort, I can be a little emotional.

The team meets before and after each race. This meeting was quick: it was a different scenario than our last team race at the San Diego Omnium, where we had the numbers and it was our race to lose. Our plan was to be patient today. Be active, but patient for the right opportunity to go with a break…or lead Trina out for the field sprint.

….wait, what? Trina? Me?

I knew I had been riding enough and had gotten enough intensity to hang in, but sprint at the end of the one of the more technical and fast crits in SoCal with that looooong straight finish?

March 20, 2015 (cyclingillustrated.com)





Photo: Flip up the spring-loaded snap and the wheel is fully secure.
Photo: Flip up the spring-loaded snap and the wheel is fully secure.

Industry veterans Steve Metz and Rafe Schlager are at Taipei Cycle not only to promote a new aftermarket product, but to sell what they see as a valuable technology for both OEs and cyclists.

Partnered with Mike Wang of Taichung-based trading company Dragon Worldwide Logistics, they are here with the SpeedRelease hub, featuring a patented axle system designed for rapid one-handed wheel changes with the security of a through-axle.

March 20, 2015 (bicycleretailer.com)




















March 19, 2015


March 19, 2015



Photo: Deignan rode the Vuelta a España as support for Froome and helped him to second overall there.
Photo: Deignan rode the Vuelta a España as support for Froome and helped him to second overall there. (Cor Vos)

Team Sky rider Philip Deignan has said that Chris Froome is determined to get back to the top of the sport, with the Irishman confirming that the 2013 Tour de France winner has used the disappointments of 2014 to fuel his drive for this year’s campaign.

The Briton crashed out of last year’s Tour, losing the chance to defend his title, and then went on to be beaten by arch-rival Alberto Contador in the Vuelta a España.

Although he was second overall there, Froome was disappointed not to finish up in the red jersey of race leader and is intent on getting back to the GC summit in this July’s Tour.

Deignan backed Froome in the Vuelta and will potentially be part of the Sky team for this year’s Tour. He seems impressed by what he has seen thus far.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Fabian Cancellara sprays the champagne
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Fabian Cancellara sprays the champagne (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

The sprinters traditionally dominate Milan-San Remo but Fabian Cancellara is again determined to have his say, despite turning 34 on Wednesday.

Cancellara has been targeting the spring Classics since 2004 but it would be wrong to think he is past his best. Indeed he had his best winter in many years and is confident he will have yet another strong spring Classics campaign, starting on Sunday.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Oscar Freire jumps in to win the 2004 Milan-San Remo
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Photo: Oscar Freire jumps in to win the 2004 Milan-San Remo (Fotoreporter Sirotti).

Like grunge music and beat poetry, Milan-San Remo is seemingly easy to ride but exceedingly difficult to master. The opening Monument of the year offers a challenge quite unlike any other in cycling: the obvious obstacles are hardly insurmountable yet the pitfalls are constant.

The white knuckle drama of the final 20 kilometers lends to the perception that La Primavera is a straightforward shoot-out between attackers and sprinters, but such a description does scant justice to the subtlety of the race. Ahead of this weekend’s latest installment, Cyclingnews looks back at ten different ways in which the race has been won over the years.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Matt Goss wins Milan-San Remo 2011 Credit: Watson .
Photo: Matt Goss wins Milan-San Remo 2011. Credit: Watson.

Although it is known as the ‘sprinters’ classic’, the fastmen don’t always have it their own way – five editions in the past decade have produced a winner from a late escape or attack on the flashpoint of the Poggio climb, which this year peaks at just 5.5km from the finish.

Cycling Weekly takes a look back at past 14 editions of Milan-San Remo see how the final outcome was achieved.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Team Katusha's Alexander Kristoff on the podium.
(Getty Images Sport).
Photo: Team Katusha's Alexander Kristoff on the podium. (Getty Images Sport).

The Katusha team announced the seven riders who will support Norwegian Alexander Kristoff in his bid to be the first back-to-back champion of Milan-San Remo since Eric Zabel.

Kristoff had but one stage win in the Tour of Oman under his belt when he powered to the sprint victory last year in Sanremo, but so far this year he's racked up five victories: three in Tour of Qatar, one in Oman and a commanding sprint win in the first road stage of Paris-Nice.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 19, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.
Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.

2015 Milan-San Remo LIVE Sunday, March 22, Italy.

Race starts at 10:10am CET (5:10am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:09pm CET (12:09pm U.S. Eastern)

Live video from *1:40pm CET (*8:40am U.S. Eastern).

March 19, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) wins the GP Nobili
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) wins the GP Nobili (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Giacomo Nizzolo claimed his first victory of the 2015 season at the GP Nobili. The Italian beat last year’s winner Simone Ponzi, by more than a bike’s length with Marco Haller taking third.

Following a late attack from Alejandro Valverde and Davide Rebellin, the peloton came back together with eight kilometers to the finish. Without a victory for 2015, Cannondale-Garmin took to the front along with Katusha, but once Nizzolo launched his sprint no one could catch him..

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya P.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Poster.

Live Video Streaming and TV Coverage starting Monday, March 23rd.

This race is broadcast live. Check back for 2015 live coverage options.

March 19, 2015 (steephill.tv)






Vincenzo Nibali said he is satisfied with how he performed at Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Photo: Vincenzo Nibali said he is satisfied with how he performed at Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali admitted he is still not in his best form following Tirreno-Adriatico, but as soon as he sheds his “dead weight,” he will be able to win. That could come as soon as Sunday when he leads team Astana in Milano-Sanremo.

“I wasn’t super in Tirreno-Adriatico, but I’m happy nonetheless,” Nibali added. “I had a good block of work in the race, which I’m sure is going to be useful.”

Nibali can be confident because last year he was in the same no-win situation through the end of June when he took home the Italian championship title. A week later, he won the Sheffield stage at the Tour de France and put on the leader’s yellow jersey.

March 19, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Strong, stable, versatile, quality.
Photo: Strong, stable, versatile, quality.

BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "You get what you pay for, and these are fast, stable and bombproof."

March 19, 2015 (bikeradar.com)








March 18, 2015 (Sporza.be)



Photo: Samuel Dumoulin addresses doping with media at Paris-Nice (AAP Images).
Photo: Samuel Dumoulin addresses doping with media at Paris-Nice (AAP Images).

It declared that the whole Ag2r-La Mondiale team were "determined to advance, true to their values".

"We will not give up," the Frenchman said, surrounded by his team-mates.

The scene was a sharp contrast to the peloton's strike at stage 17 of the 1998 Tour de France in the wake of the Festina affair -- suggesting a cultural shift is finally happening in scandal-ridden cycling.

"The solution is not to keep silent," 34-year-old Dumoulin, who takes pride in "doing his job clean", he told Reuters.

After a UCI-ordered Independent Commission's (CIRC) report into the sport's doping practices suggested cheating was less prevalent but still endemic, several riders offered a different viewpoint.

March 19, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photo: Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters at the team presentation
(Casey Gibson/Garmin).
Photo: Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters at the team presentation (Casey Gibson/Garmin).

Cannondale-Garmn boss Jonathan Vaughters has praised reports of a meeting between Lance Armstrong and US Anti-doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart, according to a report in the Guardian on Wednesday.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Armstrong met with Tygart last week near the Denver Airport. Neither Armstrong nor Tygart would confirm the meeting.

While addressing the Tackling Doping in Sport conference in London, Vaughters told the assembled crowd that he doesn't know what the motivations for the meeting were, but he believes it's good news.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





The highlight of Chad Haga's Tirreno-Adriatico was his stage 3 breakaway, which he started at kilometer zero and rode in for five hours. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The highlight of Chad Haga's Tirreno-Adriatico was his stage 3 breakaway, which he started at kilometer zero and rode in for five hours. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

"Ask a pro about their race schedule and they’ll usually preface the answer with a phrase like, “at the moment I’m scheduled for …” or, “I’m penciled in to race …” because things can change on a dime in this sport.

It’s been a particularly rough spring with injuries and illnesses. Throughout the peloton it seems that guys are falling ill or just falling off their bikes. That’s why teams have deep rosters, though, as sometimes a race like Tirreno-Adriatico must go on without the likes of Marcel Kittel and Chris Froome.

I personally have suffered from the flu and two bouts of stomach bugs this year, and was recently sent flipping over a hedge after a crazy wind gust drove me into the ditch on a training ride. The unpredictability of the sport is why, of the 21 race days I’ve already accumulated, only 13 of them were on my schedule at the start of the year.

Tobias Ludvigsson’s broken wrist resulted in my start at Tirreno instead of Pais Vasco."

March 19, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: The winning break in 2012 with Cancellara, Gerrans and Nibali.
Photo: The winning break in 2012 with Cancellara, Gerrans and Nibali.

Sunday’s Milan-Sanremo will use the Cipressa and Poggio climbs. Once a novelty and now a tradition they help spice up the finish, scalable for some sprinters but hard enough to ensure suspense until the very end of the longest one day on the pro calendar.

Over the years the race has added extra climbs to thwart the sprinters and the prospect of the Pompeiana climb looms for 2016. It means this year’s Milan-Sanremo is the last chance for the sprinters to win.

March 19, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: Peter Sagan before the 2015 Tour of Oman .
Photo: Peter Sagan before the 2015 Tour of Oman (Watson).

Peter Sagan has played down reports that he’s the favorite for Milan-San Remo on Sunday, but will head to the Italian Classic with a strong Tinkoff-Saxo team behind him.

The Slovak, who won the penultimate stage at Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday, is a perennial contender at La Primavera, finishing in the top ten on the last three occasions, but is yet to win one of cycling’s five Monuments.

Such is Sagan’s power on the bike he is one of the few riders in the peloton who could contend in a bunch sprint, such as with his tenth place last year, or if a smaller group breaks away towards the end, like his second-place finish in 2013.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Alberto Contador suffered in the cold weather.
(Bettini Photo).
Photo: Alberto Contador suffered in the cold weather. (Bettini).

Never one to hold back when he believes that his team’s performances are not up to scratch, Oleg Tinkov has responded to Tinkoff-Saxo’s lack of early season success by insisting on a significant change within the team’s management structure.

According to L’Équipe, the Russian entrepreneur had a public row with team manager Bjarne Riis during Tirreno-Adriatico. Angered by a haul of just one win since the start of the year, by Alberto Contador’s loss to Nairo Quintana in the mountains at Tirreno and Rafal Majka’s poor showing as team leader at Paris-Nice, Tinkov demanded that the Dane take over the duties as lead directeur sportif and relegate Steven de Jongh to a seat in the second car.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Sep Vanmarke, Moreno Hofland, Martjin Keizer and Robert Gesink.
(dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl).
Photo: Sep Vanmarke, Moreno Hofland, Martjin Keizer and Robert Gesink. (dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl).

Robert Gesink's interrupted start to 2015 continues with the Dutchman forced to miss the upcoming Ronde Van Zeeland Seaports one-day race and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya due to a knee injury sustained while training.

The LottoNL-Jumbo rider withdrew from Volta ao Algarve last month to to stay at home with his sick son, Bram.

Gesink
also missed Tirreno-Adriatico which was one of his goals for the season.

"Gesink will not start the Ronde Van Zeeland Seaports this weekend," read a statement from the team. "The Dutch Team LottoNL-Jumbo rider will miss the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya as well. Gesink has obtained a minor knee injury while training in the build-up to his season, which starts later after a turbulent winter."

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Richie Porte attacks to win stage five of the 2015 Tour Down Under.
Photo: Richie Porte attacks to win stage five of the 2015 Tour Down Under. (Watson)

Richie Porte has revealed that he smashed the record for the fastest time up the Col de la Madone near Monaco.

The Tasmanian on Team Sky confirmed that he clocked a 29-40 time up the famous col just before the 2014 Tour de France, knocking approximately 30 seconds off his teammate Chris Froome’s time of 30-09.

Froome recently admitted that his time had been beaten, but kept the identity of the new record holder a secret.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The head bones are comfortable to wear and can be worn under a helmet. The button on the side is for accepting and cancelling calls..
Photo: The head bones are comfortable to wear and can be worn under a helmet. The button on the side is for accepting and cancelling calls.

With many road users suggesting that wearing headphones while riding a bike should be outlawed, the suggestion of listening to music while riding is a controversial one. While at the recent Wearable Technology show in London we came across some new headphones from Damson, which may make riding whilst listening to music safer.

The concern is that when wearing in-ear headphones, you are severely diminishing your sense of hearing, subsequently endangering yourself and others through not being able to hear vehicles or other hazards.

Damson headphones, or ‘Headbones’ to give them their proper name work in an ingenious way to solve this problem.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Jens Voigt’s Trek Speed Concept.
Photo: Jens Voigt’s Trek Speed Concept.

Since the Hour Record bike regulations were simplified by the UCI in May 2014, there has been a rash of attempts on the title – and among those leg-burning, all-out efforts, we’ve had some gorgeous bikes to drool over.

So far we’ve covered the machines of Jens Voigt, Matthias Brandle, Jack Bobridge, Rohan DennisSarah Storey and even Alex Dowsett, whose injury has put his attempt on the back burner.

This year, we’re looking forward to seeing Bradley Wiggins take on the Hour, while Tony Martin has also expressed interest. There’s always the hope that we’ll finally see Fabian Cancellara have a go too.

March 19, 2015 (bikeradar.com)






Seven years after the Beijing Olympics were held, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that it intends to retest samples from the Games in order to try to catch users of banned substances.

IOC medical director Richard Budgett stated on Wednesday that some retests have already been done from Beijing, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver plus the 2012 London Olympics.

In total hundreds of samples will be re-examined, using the latest testing methods and techniques.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 19, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)



















March 19, 2015





Photo: I never realized just how much effort goes into preparing for an event of this magnitude.
Photo: I never realized just how much effort goes into preparing for an event of this magnitude.

"Behind every successful athlete is a team of people who help make that athlete a success.

Sisterhood of Cycling, the team I race with, won the Best Overall Team for the Women’s Pro/1/2/3 category at the stage race.  The beauty is that we did this through harnessing the variety of talents of many teammates to win as a team.  It was not about the one individual athlete that won a stage, it is the whole team and all the unseen sacrifices by them that made it possible.

Recognizing the hard work of everyone that made this possible is key to a harmonious and strong team.  Thank you team Sisterhood of Cycling!"

March 19, 2015 (tobefast.com)





Photo: It could be argued that gender suppression is related to the lack of female role models within cycling.
Photo: It could be argued that gender suppression is related to the lack of female role models within cycling.

UCI president Brian Cookson is aiming to address gender equalities in cycling, but knows it will take time and a joined-up approach after the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report highlighted alarming issues of financial and alleged sexual exploitation of women.

“The Commission was told that women’s cycling had been poorly supported in past years, and was given examples where riders in the sport had been exploited financially and even allegedly sexually,” the CIRC report said.

March 19, 2015 (irishexaminer.com)





Photo: Gent-Wevelgem Podium Misters 2015.
Photo: Gent-Wevelgem Podium Misters 2015.

With the issue of whether podium hostesses should still be used in cycling in the news recently as a result of what some saw as a sexist publicity poster for this year’s E3 Harelbeke, organizers of Gent Wevelgem have unveiled their ‘Podium Misters’ for the women’s edition of the race.

Greeting the winner with a peck on each cheek a week on Sunday will be Mr Belgium Personality, Fabio Ronti, and Mister Universe Model Belgium, Philip Moers, says the Flanders Classics organization, which added the women’s edition in 2012.

March 19, 2015 (road.cc)





I was confused, angry, and had some sense of relief that I hadn’t caused the crash myself, but mainly I was confused. (Photo by Gruber Images)
Rowney is at the center of the controversy over the events and attempting to recover in time for second part of the season. (Photo by Gruber Images)

At the end of the Molecaten Drentse 8, Australian rider Loren Rowney of Velocio-SRAM seemed to be sprinting her way into a win, until she suddenly went crashing to the ground.

Further examination of the footage revealed that a spectator had interfered with her sprint. The incident is under investigation, and race organizers say that the spectator involved, who claims the interference was unintentional, is cooperating.

Her crash resulted in a fractured collarbone that required surgery. However, she managed to crawl across the line for seventh.

March 19, 2015 (bicycling.com)






Photo: The Giro Rosa jerseys
(Giro Rosa).
Photo: The Giro Rosa jerseys (Giro Rosa).

Snippets of details about the route for the Giro Rosa 2015 have been released in recent months but now the details of all ten days of racing have been revealed.

After making completing a prologue and first stage in Slovenia the race returns to Italy, passing east to west across northern Italy over the following eight days to finish with the mountain-top finish of San Domenico di Varzo near the Swiss border. The same climb which has featured on the queen stage of the last two editions of the race.

March 19, 2015 (velofocus.com)






Photo: Lauren Kitchen.
Photo: Lauren Kitchen.

It’s been non-stop racing since Omloop het Nieuwsblad at the end of February. The slight lull in the calendar after the Drenthe races comes as a welcome respite for the peloton as the likes of the Trofeo Binda World Cup and Ronde van Vlaanderen loom on the horizon.

The only UCI women’s race this weekend is the Cholet pays de Loire Dames. A rolling circuit course to the south-east of Nantes in France.

Hitec Products will no doubt be buoyed by their first win of the year at last Sunday’s Novilon Eurocup. Lauren Kitchen showed some great early season form and if she can escape stands a great chance leading to the line.

March 19, 2015 (velofocus.com)





Photo: The Castle in Ponferrada was a popular spectator location during the world championships
(Bettini Photo).
Photo: The Castle in Ponferrada was a popular spectator location during the world championships (Bettini).

The 2014 World Championships in Ponferrada have left the small Spanish city facing a hefty debt after the event resoundingly failed to return a profit, local media reported this week.

The most conservative estimates now put losses at 2.7 million euros with a worst-case scenario of up to nine million euros.

Prior to the 2014 World’s the city, situated in a remote corner of north-west Spain, had had its fair share of financial headaches getting the World’s off the ground. The total estimated cost for the eight-day event was 11 million euros, nearly half of which - five million euros - was due to be paid to the UCI.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: An unexpected benefit of MIPS is I found it made the Octal fit better.
Photo: An unexpected benefit of MIPS is I found it made the Octal fit better.

MIPS is in POC but not owned by the helmet maker. Like POC, MIPS is a Swedish company. MIPS is also used by Scott, Lazer and Fox. Recently, BRG Sports, owners of Giro and Bell, made a minority investment in MIPS. BRG says MIPS will continue to hold licensing rights and supply other brands with their impact protection system.

The thin plastic liner, the heart of the Multi-directional Impact Protection System, is held in place by four small bands that are hooked onto anchor points on the vents. The idea is that on impact the main body of the helmet can move independent of the liner. POC and MIPS claim this is especially helpful on side blows as it can reduce some of the twisting action. POC calls that an oblique impact and that it’s the kind of trauma the brain is more sensitive to.

March 19, 2015 (redkiteprayer.com)





Photo: UHC have designed a cognitive test that can be carried out after a mid-race crash.
Photo: Chris Horner pulled out of the 2011 Tour de France with a head injury after riding 15 miles of stage seven with concussion. (Watson)

Broken bones, pulled muscles and strained tendons. All injuries that you would associate with professional cyclists, but head injuries are often somewhat under the radar.

Collision sports such as rugby union and American football have made strides in recent years in identifying concussions and removing players from the field of play once head injuries have occurred.

Such time consuming tests as carried out in these sports would not be practical to carry out in the hustle and bustle of a professional bike race, but now second tier American cycling team UnitedHealthcare are leading the way in streamlining brain injury tests.

March 19, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)













March 18, 2015


March 18, 2015




Wednesday's Nokere Koerse race in Belgium was Kris Boeckman's (Lotto-Soudal) third win this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
Wednesday's Nokere Koerse race in Belgium was Kris Boeckman's (Lotto-Soudal) third win this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)

Kris Boeckmans has after the GP Samyn now Nokere Curonian put on his list. The sprinter for Lotto Soudal beat his competitors with an easy win.

March 18, 2015 (Sporza.be)





Photo: Bauke Mollema (Trek)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Bauke Mollema (Trek) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Bauke Mollema rode an impressive final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing 36 seconds behind the stage winner, and teammate, Fabian Cancellara.

While it wasn’t enough to strip Nairo Quintana of his leader’s jersey, the Dutchman closed the gap to just 18 seconds and cemented his second place overall.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Start List),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 18, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Peter Sagan's win at Tirreno-Adriatico was just what the young rider needed to revive his confidence. On Sunday, he'll face a much greater challenge at Milano-Sanremo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Peter Sagan's win at Tirreno-Adriatico was just what the young rider needed to revive his confidence. On Sunday, he'll face a much greater challenge at Milano-Sanremo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Peter Sagan got the monkey off his back in Tirreno-Adriatico, winning a wet and cold stage 6 on Monday. Now, his Tinkoff-Saxo team looks to the Slovak national champion to deliver again, this time at Milano-Sanremo, the season’s first monument race, Sunday in Italy.

“I’m heading to Milano-Sanremo to deliver a top result just like at any other race. When the team or I start a race, the ultimate goal is to win.

But in cycling you never know, and you have to be realistic,” said Sagan in a team statement. “My competitors have the same goals, and sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. But Milano-Sanremo is special, and I’ll naturally be at the start with big ambitions.”

March 18, 2015 (velonews.com)
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Photo: So will this automatically mean that we are in for a sprint on Sunday? Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Photo: So we are in for a sprint on Sunday? (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Cycling races sometimes struggle with their identities and with how to adapt their courses to fit an ever changing reality.

Riders get stronger, cities change and calls for "modernization" are always there. Milano-Sanremo seem to be in eternal doubts about what they want to do with the finale of their race.

This year's solution? Back to the future. Back to the Via Roma.

March 18, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)








With a win in stage 3 of Paris-Nice under his belt, Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) appears to be on form ahead of a run at Milano-Sanremo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
With a win in stage 3 of Paris-Nice under his belt, Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) appears to be on form ahead of a run at Milano-Sanremo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

The “favorites” list for Milano-Sanremo, the season’s first classic, is as long as the Via Roma. Nearly every team brings someone who aspires to win the longest and fastest of classics, and those dreams have been encouraged by the organizers’ decision to revert to the “classic” Sanremo course, which eliminates the La Maniè climb and moves the finish line back to the Via Roma and closer to the descent off the decisive Poggio climb.

Most of the major favorites have notched early season results that bolster their confidence. Fabian Cancellara, Peter Sagan, defending champ Alexander Kristoff, and Mark Cavendish will all appear on the “five-star” favorites list.

March 18, 2015 (velonews.com)








Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.
Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.

2015 Milan-San Remo LIVE Sunday, March 22, Italy.

Race starts at 10:10am CET (5:10am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:09pm CET (12:09pm U.S. Eastern)

Live video from *1:40pm CET (*8:40am U.S. Eastern).

March 18, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya P.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Poster.

Live Video Streaming and TV Coverage starting Monday, March 23rd.

This race is broadcast live. Check back for 2015 live coverage options.

March 18, 2015 (steephill.tv)





Photo: Big Austrian sausage.
Photo: Big Austrian sausage.

If a selection of British cheeses doesn’t suit you, then why not head to the Tour of Austria and grab yourself a big sausage supplied by Wiesbauer. 2014 winner Pete Kennaugh looks delighted.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Lezyne's smallest and least-expensive GPS computer is the new Mini GPS model, with a miniscule size and weight but a generous feature set and high-end aesthetics
Lezyne.
Photo: Lezyne's smallest and least-expensive GPS computer is the new Mini GPS model, with a miniscule size and weight but a generous feature set and high-end aesthetics (Lezyne).

Three new models are coming this year, ranging from a small-and-simple unit with just the bare essentials, to a fully featured model with all the bells and whistles.

Lezyne says its entry-level Mini GPS is the smallest GPS-enabled cycling computer in the world. Its 33.4 x 50.8 x 22.5mm dimensions make it barely larger than a Tic Tac box and, with a claimed weight of just 30g, it isn’t much heavier, either.

The semi-customisable, monochrome LCD display is small but remarkably crisp with up to three data fields and a backlight for night-time visibility. If you’re not one to fiddle with buttons, there’s an auto-scrolling function that will automatically cycle through various screens for you.

March 18, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: Nairo Quintana rides solo on the way to the Monte Terminillo.
Photo: Nairo Quintana rides solo on the way to the Monte Terminillo.

Nairo Quintana rides solo, the “fantastic four” reduced to one. This was the moment the race was won.

The race opened with a prologue instead of the promised team time trial because of the ravages of a storm.

March 17, 2015 (inrng.com)



Photo: Even if it’s five or ten years later, it’s really an important thing to do.
Photo: Even if it’s five or ten years later, it’s really an important thing to do.

Seven years after the Beijing Olympics were held, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that it intends to retest samples from the Games in order to try to catch users of banned substances.

IOC medical director Richard Budgett stated on Wednesday that some retests have already been done from Beijing, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver plus the 2012 London Olympics.

In total hundreds of samples will be re-examined, using the latest testing methods and techniques.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Former world cyclocross champion Sven Nys spoke out against the prevalence of TUEs in cycling on a Belgian TV program. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Former world cyclocross champion Sven Nys spoke out against the prevalence of TUEs in cycling on a Belgian TV program. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Sporza reports that Belgian cyclocross star Sven Nys has taken a stand against the prevalence of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) in cycling.

Speaking in a panel discussion about the recent Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report on the Belgian Sporza program “Extra Time Koers,” the former world champion said that although better controls have improved the climate in cycling, the rules still effectively enabled doping in some circumstances.

“There are still things in this report I have to furrow my brow at,” he said. “I read that cortisone still remains the biggest problem, while there has already been a test for that for years. Why do they let that continue?

March 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski is also the race's best young rider.
(Getty Images Sport).
Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski is also the race's best young rider. (Getty Images Sport).

Standing on the final podium of 73rd edition of Paris-Nice, world champion Michal Kwiatkowski had his rainbow stripes covered with the maillot blanc for best young competitor. After leading the race for five stages only to be knocked back to second place overall in the final two days, the Polish rider remains unmoved by what some often call "the curse of the rainbow jersey".

"I'm satisfied with the final result. Victory at the prologue, leader's jersey for a couple of stages, it's a really good start of the season," Kwiatkowski said to the Polish website rowery.org. "Skipping Strade Bianche and choosing Paris-Nice instead of Tirreno-Adriatico was a good move, however, I missed the white roads watching Zdenek's beautiful ride in Italy."

March 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Nairo Quintana rode to victory in the seven-day Tirreno-Adriatico stage race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Nairo Quintana rode to victory in the seven-day Tirreno-Adriatico stage race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

It’s not the fact that he won, but the way he did it. Nairo Quintana blew the doors off the best of the peloton to win Tirreno-Adriatico to remind everyone the Colombian climber will be a very real candidate for victory in July’s Tour de France.

After a rough and tumble six months that included shoulder surgery and a crash at the Colombian national championships, Quintana returned to Europe last week somewhat as an enigma. Despite finishing third at the Tour de San Luís in his season debut in January, no one knew what to expect, but it didn’t take long for the defending Giro d’Italia champ to show his true colors.

Attacking through a pelting blizzard, Quintana gapped rivals such as Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali with such ferocity that all they could do was try to limit the damage. Quintana had just delivered his first knockout punch of the season.

March 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Vincenzo Nibali rides in the group during stage 5.
(Bettini Photo).
Photo: Vincenzo Nibali rides in the group during stage 5. (Bettini).

Vincenzo Nibali has declared himself satisfied with his showing at Tirreno-Adriatico despite struggling on the summit finish at Monte Terminillo and finishing the race in 16th place overall, exactly two minutes down on winner Nairo Quintana.

“I wasn’t super in this Tirreno-Adriatico but I’m happy all the same because I got in an excellent block of work during the race that I’m sure will turn out to be useful to me,” Nibali told Gazzetta dello Sport, adding that he had expected not to be competitive given his current weight.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Marcel Kittel won stage one of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire and will return to the county in May.
Photo: Marcel Kittel won stage one of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire and will return to the county in May.

Bradley Wiggins and Marcel Kittel will headline the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire after the teams set for this year’s race were unveiled by ASO and Welcome to Yorkshire.

Wiggins will ride for his new Continental team, WIGGINS, after being granted special dispensation from the UCI to complete his switch from Team Sky in time for the race, which takes place on Friday May 1 to Sunday May 3.

Kittel, who won stage one of the Tour de France in Yorkshire last year, will return to the county with his Giant-Alpecin squad, one of five WorldTour teams set for the race.

March 18, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Photo: Steve Cummings wins the 2015 Trofeo Andratx (Watson).
Photo: Steve Cummings wins the 2015 Trofeo Andratx (Watson).

Steve Cummings quickly played down any idea of a rebirth of his career, but one thinks it could be after the Englishman signed for MTN-Qhubeka, won in the Challenge Mallorca and yesterday placed sixth overall in Tirreno-Adriatico behind Nairo Quintana.

He bounced around several top teams, from Discovery Channel to Barloworld, from Sky to BMC. With BMC, he won a stage in the Vuelta a España and in the early season last year, claimed victory in the Tour Méditerranéen.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Sarah Knights is a member of the Bikebug-Nextgen cycling team.
Photo: Sarah Knights is a member of the Bikebug-Nextgen cycling team.

Bikebug-Nextgen is a Melbourne based women’s NRS cycling team fielded by an eclectic bunch of courageous women. I say courageous as to ride at the level they do while persuing careers in their chosen fields takes a lot of courage and determination.

This is not unique to the Bikebug-Nextgen team, as many of the women in the NRS field are in the same situation. But what makes this team unique when compared to the majority of NRS racing teams is that the entire team, bar one member, all live in the same city, giving the team opportunities to train with one another on a regular basis.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: The first thing that Cannondale told us about the new Slice was that this was a bike built for balance.
Photo: The first thing that Cannondale told us about the new Slice was that this was a bike built for balance.

"The challenge with reviewing a product that seeks to buck a trend is that all of our standard comparisons fall flat.

Of course it’s not that we can’t make a comparison. The issue is that the comparison itself may be unfair. For example, how can we compare a product against previous benchmarks if the product was actually designed to go against them?

This was the challenge when we took our first look at the 2015 Cannondale Slice."

March 18, 2015 (aerogeeks.com)





Giant Defy Advanced 2
(Photo by Kent Pell).
Giant Defy Advanced 2 (Photo by Kent Pell).

"As astonishing as the orginal Defy was, the 2015 redesign manages to go further. According to Giant, the engineers there started with a clean slate but retained the same goals as with the original Defy: light, stiff, and smooth.

New tube shapes and revised carbon layups boosted pedaling stiffness and ride compliance at the same time. The seatpost is a noticeable change from the previous teardrop aero shape, and results in better fore/aft flex. Ultrathin seatstays—the thinnest Giant says it could make while still keeping them hollow—also help soften blows and keep vibration at bay."

March 18, 2015 (bicycling.com)






March 17, 2015 (inrng.com)







March 17, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 18, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)

















March 18, 2015





Photo: Millar in pink on stage four of the 2011 Giro. He was the first British rider to wear the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours..
Photo: Millar in pink on stage four of the 2011 Giro. He was the first British rider to wear the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours. (Watson)

David Millar has called on the UCI to follow up the Cycling Independent Reform Commission’s (CIRC) report with a full audit of today’s peloton to understand where current cyclists stand on doping.

Millar is one of the most outspoken cycling personalities on the subject of doping, having been banned for using EPO in his youth and returning to campaign for a cleaner sport.

CIRC was set up to examine issues of doping and corruption in the sport, and published its report last week.

The former Garmin-Sharp rider, who retired at the end of last season, didn’t speak to CIRC, saying that the two parties could not find a convenient time to meet, but says he has spoken to the UCI about what should happen now.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)







Travis Tygart made a name for himself by exposing the doping practices of Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Service team. Photos: John Thys, Gabriel Bouys | AFP.
Travis Tygart made a name for himself by exposing the doping practices of Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Service team. Photos: John Thys, Gabriel Bouys | AFP.

The New York Times reports that Lance Armstrong met with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart for the first time in more than two years near Denver International Airport last week. Their conversation was the first step in a potential rapprochement that could lead to the reduction of Armstrong’s lifetime ban for doping.

This comes after the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report did nothing to further Armstrong’s efforts to return to competition, namely triathlon.

Tygart, in an interview with The New York Times, would not confirm the meeting had taken place, and Armstrong’s lawyer, Elliot Peters, did not respond to a telephone message The New York Times left at his San Francisco office. But Armstrong, 43, has confided to close friends that the meeting went well and that he was hopeful of further talks.

March 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Last year he underwent heart surgery to correct an arrhythmia. Cor Vos
Photo: Last year he underwent heart surgery to correct an arrhythmia. (Cor Vos)

LottoNL-Jumbo general classification rider Robert Gesink has had a frustrating few months, and now faces further delays in relation to the 2015 season.

The Dutchman had been due to ride this weekend’s Tour of Zeeland Seaports and then go on to the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, starting next Monday, as well.

However his team has announced that he has picked up a minor knee injury and has decided to cancel both those races.

He will instead continue training in Girona and is hoping to be in the right shape to be able to ride the Vuelta al País Vasco.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Fausto Coppi. Legend has it that once he escaped in a race he was never, ever seen again until the finish line.
Photo: Fausto Coppi. Legend has it that once he escaped in a race he was never, ever seen again until the finish line.

As races go Milan-Sanremo has created many legends and myths. Eugène Christophe’s win in 1910 came after 185 riders abandoned before the race had even started, so grim were the conditions.

There’s the emergence of Eddy Merckx who won the race for the first time aged 20. Sean Kelly’s descent off the Poggio rates as a classic. There are far too many moments to list. So let’s take 1946 and the story of Fausto Coppi and his coffee break.

The 1946 edition of Milan-Sanremo is much like the others, a ride from Milan to Sanremo. Back then the organizers didn’t need to deviate the route to include extra climbs like the Poggio and Cipressa because the 290km route was hard enough.

March 18, 2015 (inrng.com)





Martin is focusing on the spring races after a 25th-place finish in Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Martin is focusing on the spring races after a 25th-place finish in Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Dan Martin is getting into his groove ahead of the Volta a Catalunya and the Ardennes Classics. Over the last week in Italy, he rode to 25th overall in the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race.

Martin told VeloNews he wanted to use the race as a way of getting used to the stress and the bump-and-grind of the WorldTour peloton ahead of the Volta a Catalunya later this March and the Ardennes Classics at the end of April, starting with the Amstel Gold Race on April 19.

“I’d love to have something from the race, I’m a racer after all, but obviously I have less racing than the other boys who’ve done Ruta del Sol or the Tour of Oman, and that’s a big advantage,” Martin said.

March 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Use big gear efforts to break up a long ride, and increase your power output. Photo: Daniel Gould.
Use big gear efforts to break up a long ride, and increase your power output. Photo: Daniel Gould.

Power on the bike is determined by two things: how big a gear you can turn and how quickly you can turn it. This session is weightlifting for your legs. It helps your leg muscles create a big force to turn over a hard gear and get it up to speed.

If you are always spinning a gentle gear then you are missing out on the type of workouts that will help to build muscle and increase your power. It’s easy to understand if you think about weight training.

March 18, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: There are a number of possible technologies SRAM could incorporate into a 1x road group Courtesy.
Photo: There are a number of possible technologies SRAM could incorporate into a 1x road group (Courtesy).

SRAM’s three 1x11 mountain bike groups and the CX1 cyclocross group have earned praise for their simplicity and durability – but how will a 1x11 drivetrain designed for the road be received? With prototypes already spotted, a SRAM 1x road group seems to be near production.

When SRAM introduced the CX1 group in early 2014 the company said it would pursue further applications for its 1x drivetrains. SRAM road product manager JP McCarthy said the company was keen to see how many types of bikes can be built with 1x drivetrains.

March 18, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: The Boone disc frameset.
Photo: The Boone disc frameset.

Trek has updated its top-of-the-line Boone and Crockett cyclocross race bikes, adding new colors and graphics, new drivetrain and hydraulic brake options and a 15mm front thru-axle on disc brake models.

The Crockett 5 Disc and Boone 5 Disc ech come spec'd with a carbon thru-axle fork with an aluminum steerer, while the Crockett 9 Disc, Boone 9 Disc, Crockett Disc frameset, and Boone Disc frameset feature a full carbon thru-axle fork with carbon steerer tubes.

The full-carbon disc fork saves 120 grams over the thru-axle fork with aluminum steerer. The thru-axle carbon forks will also be available in a neutral black color for owners of previous Boones and Crocketts wishing to upgrade.

March 18, 2015 (bicycleretailer.com)




















March 17, 2015


March 17, 2015


Photo: Nairo Quintana rides solo on the way to the Monte Terminillo.
Photo: Nairo Quintana rides solo on the way to the Monte Terminillo.

Nairo Quintana rides solo, the “fantastic four” reduced to one. This was the moment the race was won.

The race opened with a prologue instead of the promised team time trial because of the ravages of a storm. Adriano Malori won. Malori means illnesses in Italian but hopefully he’s got a healthy future. The Movistar exile is a time trial expert and, with Tom Dumoulin, one of the few riders to threaten Tony Martin’s hegemony.

Five riders finished within three seconds. Come the final stage, more a test of raw power than handling skills, and Fabian Cancellara was on top. Cancellara’s become a creature of habit and winning the Tirreno-Adriatico time trial usually presages classics podiums.

March 17, 2015 (inrng.com)






Photo: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) enjoying his champagne spray
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) enjoying his champagne spray (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.

Fabian Cancellara won the final time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico in San Benedetto del Tronto while Nairo Quintana sealed overall victory.

Quintana struggled in the closing kilometers and finished 55 seconds down on Cancellara, but he had the comfort of coming into the final, short time trial with a considerable buffer in the overall standings. Bauke Mollema did enough to secure second place overall, 18 seconds down on Quintana, while Rigoberto Uran took third, 31 seconds back.

March 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) won his first individual time trial of 2015 on the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) won his first individual time trial of 2015 on the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Fabian Cancellara won the short time trial that closed out Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday, as Nairo Quintana confirmed his overall victory in the seven-day race. “I feel a lot of racing kilometers,” said Cancellara, who had been disappointed to lose stage 1 to Adriano Malori last week. “On the end, of course, I had to push like everyone has to do. … I just gave all in, and I’m really happy and satisfied.

I’m looking out for the large and bigger picture, the next two weekends, for the big races.”

Malori was second, and Vasil Kiryienka finished third in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy.

March 17, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Doug Report... Harry Engels/Getty Images
Photo: Quintana the one to beat. Harry Engels/Getty Images

Tirreno Adriatico was supposed to be a magnificent Battle of Four Tour de France contenders in an early preview of what we should expect in July.

In the end Froome got the sniffles and His Nibalishiousness wasn't super-interested. So what we got was young Nairo shooting a massive warning shot across old man Alberto's bow.

The Colombian Kid might just be the one to beat this summer.

March 17, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Start List),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 17, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.
Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.

2015 Milan-San Remo LIVE Sunday, March 22, Italy.

Race starts at 10:10am CET (5:10am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:09pm CET (12:09pm U.S. Eastern)

Live video from *1:40pm CET (*8:40am U.S. Eastern).

March 17, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya P.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Poster.

Live Video Streaming and TV Coverage starting Monday, March 23rd.

This race is broadcast live. Check back for 2015 live coverage options.

March 17, 2015 (steephill.tv)








Peter Sagan won his first race of the season on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico from Rieti to Porto Sant'Elpidio. Gerald Ciolek finished in second with Belgian road champion Jens Debusschere in third.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Cancellara saves Mollema after huge scare in Tirreno.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)



Photo: When Servais Knaven was interviewed by Team Sky there was no admission of past mistakes so he’s entitled to stay on.
Photo: When Servais Knaven was interviewed by Team Sky there was no admission of past mistakes so he’s entitled to stay on.

Two weekends in a row British newspaper The Mail on Sunday has delivered up court documents from an old trial in France to embarrass Team Sky with allegations about directeur sportif Servais Knaven’s past.

1998 might rhyme with Festina and Pantani but Dutch team TVM had a torrid time too following police investigations that began in March. A truck was stopped by customs police near the city of Reims and vials of EPO were found. The case was reheated when the TVM team was raided in the 1998 Tour de France and various substances were found, some banned and others legal but questionable.

The court suggested several riders were using EPO including Servais Knaven but at the time no approved test existed.

March 17, 2015 (inrng.com)






Photo: World champion Michal Kwiatkowski will hope tpo take his Paris-Nice form to Milan-San Remo (Getty).
Photo: World champion Michal Kwiatkowski will hope tpo take his Paris-Nice form to Milan-San Remo (Getty).

Fresh from finishing second overall to Australian Richie Porte at Paris-Nice, Etixx-QuickStep's Michal Kwiatkowski travelled straight to Italy to check out 70km of the nearly 300km Milan-San Remo course.

Also known as "La Primavera", the Sunday 22nd of March Milano-San Remo is the fourth UCI WorldTour race of the season, and the first of the major Spring monuments along with the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

With team-mate Michal Golas as his wingman, Kwiatkowski rode several of the key later climbs of the race, including the Capo Mele, Capo Cervo, Capo Berta, and the Cipressa. He also traversed the Poggio twice and checked out the Via Roma finish, which has returned for 2015.

March 17, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photography by Wil Matthews: Meredith Miller has had a long and successful career from a sporting perspective.
Photography by Wil Matthews: Meredith Miller has had a long and successful career.

In September 2014, Meredith Miller launched her new cyclocross team, Noosa CX, by sprinting to victory at CrossVegas, one of the highest profile races in the discipline. If the 41-year-old hadn’t been willing to make her own opportunities, her professional racing life could well have been over before she had the chance to deliver her biggest off-road win.

When the 2009 United States road champion retired from road racing one-and-a-half years ago she always hoped that it wasn’t actually the end of her 15-year cycling career. She had been jumping from the road straight into the dust and mud of the cyclocross field for six seasons, and this was where she hoped to stay.

March 17, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: Astana chases on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France .
Photo: Astana chases on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France .

Race director Mauro Vegni does not want Astana to spoil his Giro d’Italia race this May as Alberto Contador did when he raced and won in 2011.

Contador tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol in the 2010 Tour de France, but was able to race while the case continued, only to see his Giro title stripped after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) failed.

Vegni met with Brian Cookson last week to express his concern over Astana’s license situation. After five doping cases – two from the professional team – the UCI requested to its License Commission in February that Astana be withdrawn from the WorldTour.

March 17, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Dan Martin (Cannondale Garmin)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Dan Martin (Cannondale Garmin) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

The Cannondale-Garmin team remains winless after Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice, but Irishman Daniel Martin thinks the work done in the races will help them as they head into the Volta a Catalunya on the team's home turf next week. The 2013 winner of the race is aiming for an overall podium finish for himself or teammate Andre Cardoso, but knows it will be a fight every day.

"We have a really strong team going to Catalunya, we're going for a team result and one of us on the podium at least with me or Andre. It's a stellar field there, maybe even stronger than here - it's everyone here and from Paris-Nice together. It's going to be a great race."

March 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: The 2015 Tour of Britain rolls out of Anglesey on Sunday September 6.
Photo: The 2015 Tour of Britain rolls out of Anglesey on Sunday September 6.

The Tour of Britain will start in Wales for the first time after organizers confirmed the route for the 2015 race, which rolls out of Anglesey on Sunday September 6.

The eight-stage race will also visit Edinburgh for the first time in its modern incarnation, and return to Lancashire, Northumberland and East Anglia.

The route also features a summit finish on Hartside Fell in Cumbria – dubbed the hardest ever by Tour of Britain organizers and, with no time trial, the pivotal stage in the race – and a revamped London stage, which will pass through Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus.

March 17, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Photography by Matt Wikstrom: Curve is a small wheel brand that is based in Melbourne, Australia.
Photography by Matt Wikstrom: Curve is a small wheel brand that is based in Melbourne, Australia.

"Curve’s road range offers three carbon clincher rim profiles—24mm, 38mm and 50mm—that are tubeless compatible with a retail price of $2,179-$2,229 for a stock build. For this review, I spent a few weeks riding a set of Curve’s stock 38mm carbon clinchers.

The wheelset sent for review weighed 1,482g (677g front, 805g rear) with rim tape but without skewers. Recommended retail is $2,199 and buyers have a choice of Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo freehub bodies. Titanium skewers and carbon-specific brakepads are included."

March 17, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)















Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 17, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





















March 17, 2015





Photo: There was a tacit exchange of favours between UCI leadership and Lance Armstrong.
Photo: There was a tacit exchange of favors between UCI leadership and Lance Armstrong.

"I understand that the UCI is currently asking all of the professional trade teams to make a donation in support of further out-of-competition drug testing. In an effort to speed up this process along and to show my commitment to this effort, I enclose my personal donation to the cause in the amount of $25,000.

"Please use these funds in any way you deem appropriate to continue the fight for drug-free sport and to eradicate those who cheat from within our ranks. While we both agree that the underlying science is very encouraging, I am not confident that the (EPO) test has gone through the rigorous clinical analysis that is necessary to ensure it is 100% accurate.

"I stand with you in support of more and more out-of-competition testing. And, I stand ready to help in any way I can. I am confident that you will put my donation to furthering our parallel goals."

March 17, 2015 (independent.ie)







Photo: Lance Armstrong and Bernard Hinault on the podium in Paris at the 2004 Tour de France
(AFP).
Photo: Lance Armstrong and Bernard Hinault on the podium in Paris at the 2004 Tour de France (AFP).

UCI president Brian Cookson has voiced his opposition to Lance Armstrong’s participation in a charity ride on the route of this year’s Tour de France, stating that it would be “completely inappropriate and disrespectful.”

Armstrong has been invited by former England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas to join him on part of his fund-raising ride for the Cure Leukaemia charity in France this July. Thomas, who cited Armstrong as an inspiration during his recovery from leukaemia a decade ago, is set to ride the entire route of the 2015 Tour one day ahead of the race.

The Daily Mail has reported that Armstrong will join him for two stages.

March 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Jules Lowie, Godfather of Nokere Koerse - Source Unknown.
Photo: Jules Lowie, Godfather of Nokere Koerse - Source Unknown.

Ah, Wednesday racing. And not just some quiet little country romp. Real racing. Cobbles Racing.

The subject is Nokere Koerse, one of the older and more unjustly overlooked races on the calendar. Begun in 1944, the race was staged as a tribute to Jules Lowie, a Nokerian who had won distinction by taking the Paris-Nice title six years earlier. He never won his hometown race... but he did ride it at least twice, and is credited with 8th in the first running and fifth in 1946, his last year as a pro.

March 17, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)





Photo: Mo Bruno Roy, finding love with SSCX. © Andrew Reimann.
Photo: Mo Bruno Roy, finding love with SSCX. © Andrew Reimann.

The Nationals in Austin Texas marked Mo Bruno Roy’s 301st career cyclocross race. When we caught up to her husband, Matt, he disclosed an interesting fact about all of these races: She DNF’d in only two. Bruno Roy has made a career out of not quitting what she sets out to begin.

Just as astonishing, she took a career 41 wins and stood on over 100 podiums: over a third of all the races she entered.

For the racer who doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit, her announcement today detailing her retirement must have been a hard decision to arrive at.

March 17, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)






Photo: The P1 pedal is a simple design that reportedly provides accuracy on par with the company’s hub-based powermeter designs.
Photo: The P1 pedal is a simple design that reportedly provides accuracy on par with the company’s hub-based powermeter designs.

PowerTap, highly regarded as one of the pioneers of powermeter technology, has released two new powermeters into the company’s portfolio at the Taipei Cycle Show today: the P1 pedal and the C1 chainring.

With the introduction of these new products, PowerTap strengthens its market position with a complete portfolio of powermeter products for multiple locations on the bike: hub, chainring, and pedals.

March 17, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)















March 16, 2015






"As much as a race victory means to the riders and staff who contribute to it, there is generally a small problem with its economic value: it doesn’t really have one. In 2008, as a wide-eyed neo-pro on Columbia-High Road, I was initially shocked by the galling salary discrepancy between the male and female riders, even within the same organization. Here is the real bummer about it – the chasm was actually absolutely fair."

March 16, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)


March 16, 2015




Photo: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) wins stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) wins stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Peter Sagan won his first race of the season on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico from Rieti to Porto Sant'Elpidio. Gerald Ciolek finished in second with Belgian road champion Jens Debusschere in third.

Nairo Quintana retained his lead in the overall and heads into the final stage with a 39 second advantage over Bauke Mollema.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: I had a flat tire in a bad moment when Tinkoff-Saxo was going full gas on the climb. Thankfully, Fabian was there and he did a great TT to come back for maybe 20k.
Photo: I had a flat tire in a bad moment when Tinkoff-Saxo was going full gas on the climb. Thankfully, Fabian was there and he did a great TT to come back for maybe 20k.

It was a soggy, long day in the saddle for the 210-kilometer penultimate stage in Tirreno-Adriatico. The cold, rain pelted all day making riders indistinguishable clad in black leggings, dark rain jackets, long fingered gloves and rain caps pulled low.

It was a wretched day to be on the bike for five hours.

The race culminated on two local finishing circuits in Porto Sant’Elpidio and with Italian roads notorious to turn into ice-like conditions in the wet, Trek Factory Racing’s strategy was simple but vital: get second placed Bauke Mollema over the finish line safe and sound.

And, it almost didn’t happen.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Ian Stannard and Mark Cavendish set out from Rieti on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico.
(Bettini Photo).
Photo: Ian Stannard and Mark Cavendish set out from Rieti on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico. (Bettini Photo).

With Mark Cavendish looking unlikely to win another stage in Tirreno-Adriatico, directeur sportif Brian Holm took the decision to simply throw in the towel and pull Cavendish and his entire lead-out train from the race.

Cavendish was part of a large group of riders dropped by the furious pace of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, who eventually won the stage with Peter Sagan, on the climb of the Montelparo, 72km from the finish. Etixx-Quickstep waited for him, but the team decided to cut its losses ahead of Milan-San Remo this weekend.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Kiel Reijnen won the king of the mountains classification at the Tour de Langkawi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Kiel Reijnen won the king of the mountains classification at the Tour de Langkawi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

From the opening stage of the 20th Tour de Langkawi on March 8, American Kiel Reijnen claimed the KOM jersey and never let go.

“We came to race aggressively,” Reijnen said Sunday at the conclusion of the race. “I was hoping for a stage win but the KOM jersey is a nice consolation, and being able to wear it from day one onwards was nice. It was a big team effort and the guys took really good care of me.

“I was hoping we could upset the sprinters on a few stages but that wasn’t to be, but I am really happy with the way I raced and the form I have going back to Europe now.”

March 16, 2015 (velonews.com)





Alberto Contador pushes the pace.
(Bettini Photo).
Alberto Contador pushes the pace. (Bettini Photo).

Adam Yates took another step forward in is development Sunday with an impressive ride in the falling snow to end Tirreno-Adriatico's Queen Stage. The 22-year-old British rider climbed into contention for a podium, finishing seventh during Sunday's stage 5 and moving into sixth overall.

"Right now my legs are sore," Yates told Cyclingnews outside the Orica team bus as it waited to take the riders off the snow-covered slopes of Terminillo. "It was a pretty good performance. I'm happy with my performance going into these last couple of stages."

March 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Stages & Results),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 16, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Stage 7 Profile.
Photo: Stage 7 Profile.

Tuesday's Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 7, a 10km Individual Time Trial at San Benedetto del Tronto, gets underway at 1:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider. Start Order and Times to come.

Tirreno-Adriatico live streaming video should get underway at around 2:30pm CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern).

March 16, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.
Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.

2015 Milan-San Remo LIVE Sunday, March 22, Italy.

Race starts at 10:10am CET (5:10am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:09pm CET (12:09pm U.S. Eastern)

Live video from *1:40pm CET (*8:40am U.S. Eastern).

March 16, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Lance Armstrong reportedly has agreed to join portions of a charity ride that will trace the route of the 2015 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file).
Lance Armstrong reportedly has agreed to join portions of a charity ride that will trace the route of the 2015 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file).

Call it Comeback 3.0. Could Lance Armstrong be returning to the Tour de France? Well, sort of.
 
According to a story in The Daily Mail, the banned-for-life Armstrong has agreed to join portions of a charity ride that will trace the route of the 2015 Tour one day ahead of the pro peloton.
 
The Mail reported that Armstrong will join former footballer and cancer survivor Geoff Thomas for few days of a fundraising ride for a cancer charity.

Thomas said Armstrong’s own tale of surviving cancer inspired him more than a decade ago, and now he wants to link up with the Texan in a charity ride ahead of the Tour route.

March 15, 2015 (velonews.com)



Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick-Step) lost some time on Tirreno-Adriatico's snowy stage 5 that finished on the Terminillo climb. He is eyeing the 2015 Giro d'Italia's time trial as an opportunity to claim his first grand tour title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick-Step) lost some time on Tirreno-Adriatico's snowy stage 5 that finished on the Terminillo climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Rigoberto Urán is realistic about his chances of taking back enough time in Tuesday’s time trial to win the overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, but ask him about what lies in store in the Giro d’Italia, and the Colombian gets excited.

Urán will start Tuesday’s 10km time trial at San Benedetto del Tronto in third place overall, 48 seconds behind compatriot Nairo Quintana, and though Urán is arguably the better time trialist of the two, he recognizes he will likely run out of asphalt before having a chance at the overall.

“I would be happy to finish on the podium in a race of this caliber. The time trial is only 10km, it’s not one of 50km,” Urán told VeloNews. “I went the maximum [up Terminillo], and considering how bad the conditions were, we have to be satisfied. The podium is realistic.”

March 16, 2015 (velonews.com)





Peter Sagan (left) charged to the top of the podium in stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico Monday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Peter Sagan (left) charged to the top of the podium in stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico Monday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Peter Sagan essentially touched the relief valve of the team Tinkoff-Saxo pressure chamber Monday when he won for the first time in nine months.

Inside, however, the desire and need for a win — especially a big classic — is still high. “Pressure? I feel well,” Sagan said after winning the sixth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.

“A contract is a contract. I’ve done a lot in four years, it’s not like I’ve come from nowhere to get this contract. You have to merit it.”

March 16, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Richie Porte wins stage four of the 2015 Paris-Nice . (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
Photo: Richie Porte wins stage four of the 2015 Paris-Nice. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

He may have woven last year’s sorrow into silk with his two stage wins and the overall but Richie Porte has had the ability to win week-long races for a number of seasons, so his Paris-Nice ride can be summed up as recovery rather than a revolution or reformation.

Of greater significance is the debate over whether he has the necessary capabilities to lead a team in a Grand Tour. That in itself is a topic that has hung over the 30-year-old’s head for nearly five years.

The next two months should provide the final answer, but Porte is at least somewhere near his best, having arrested the decline from a hugely disappointing 2014 with an impressive start to this campaign.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Richie Porte attacks on stage four of the 2015 Paris-Nice .
Photo: Richie Porte attacks on stage four of the 2015 Paris-Nice .

Paris-Nice champion Richie Porte tops the latest UCI WorldTour ranking, with Team Sky rising to lead the team ranking.

Australian Porte won Paris-Nice on Sunday after clinching the finale time trial stage, and now sits in the lead of the season-long ranking which currently includes points from the Tour Down Under – in which Porte placed second – and Paris-Nice.

Porte sits ahead of Tour Down Under winner and fellow Australian Rohan Dennis with 198 points to 114. Michal Kwiatkowski is in third with 89 points.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) was impressive in the snow
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Photo: Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) was impressive in the snow (Fotoreporter Sirotti).

Wearing the best young rider’s jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico, Thibaut Pinot blended into the snowy conditions but not well enough for the likes of Alberto Contador to let him stretch his legs on the climb to Terminillo after the stage winning attack by Nairo Quintana.

While Quintana was putting time into all his overall classification contenders, Pinot lamented a lack of cooperation from Contador and Domenico Pozzovivo and then a lack of freedom to follow the Movistar rider.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at the finish.
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Photo: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at the finish. (Fotoreporter Sirotti).

Vincenzo Nibali has cast doubt on his participation in next Sunday’s Milan-San Remo, citing his current lack of form and the absence of the climb of Le Manie from the route.

The Sicilian has been some way short of his best at Tirreno-Adriatico and he conceded over two minutes on Sunday’s snowbound summit finish at Terminillo.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, Mavic Ksyrium SLR, FSA Energy bars and OS-99 carbon stem, Ritchey WCS Carbon post, Selle Italia Flite Saddle..
Photo: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, Mavic Ksyrium SLR, FSA Energy bars and OS-99 carbon stem, Ritchey WCS Carbon post, Selle Italia Flite Saddle.

When the subject turns to ride quality it’s typically not too long before the name Wilier comes up. They may play second fiddle to Pinarello and Colnago in ‘bling’ factor, but Wilier can take on all comers with its beautiful ride quality.

Through all its iterations the Cento1 has carried this flag and the original Zero.7, Wilier’s ultra light road racer, continued the tradition.

For 2015 the Zero.7 has been redesigned and far from subtle changes, the bike is a wholly new animal – a wholly new animal we hoped retained the Wilier road magic.

March 16, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: This XSOS is aimed at large riders and folks that are looking for a stiff, but comfortable ride.
Photo: This XSOS is “aimed at large riders and folks that are looking for a stiff, but comfortable ride.”

Independent Fabrication has revealed an updated XSOS, a frame that blends carbon fibre and titanium tubes, with a redesigned rear triangle to accommodate disc brakes.

First introduced two years ago, the XSOS was an update on the original XS, the US company’s first frame to combine carbon fibre main tubes with welded titanium lugs.

This new XSOS carries all the same features of the regular model, including oversized Enve main tubes and an Enve fork with a 1.5in tapered steerer tube making the most of the 44mm head tube, along with pressfit 30 bottom bracket.

March 16, 2015 (road.cc)










Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 16, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)













March 16, 2015





Photography by Cor Vos: Equality (or lack thereof) in cycling has been a widely discussed topic on Ella this past week.
Photography by Cor Vos: Equality (or lack thereof) in cycling has been a widely discussed topic on Ella this past week.

"As much as a race victory means to the riders and staff who contribute to it, there is generally a small problem with its economic value: it doesn’t really have one. In 2008, as a wide-eyed neo-pro on Columbia-High Road, I was initially shocked by the galling salary discrepancy between the male and female riders, even within the same organization. Here is the real bummer about it – the chasm was actually absolutely fair.

In fact, we were darn lucky the boys were there to support us. The sponsorship dollars brought in by just the women’s faction would in no way have sustained our program. We could face a grimmer picture, but for the grace of male media leverage."

March 16, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Megan Guarnier celebrates after winning Strade Bianche.
(Photo by Cyclephotos.co.uk/Balint Hamvas).
Megan Guarnier celebrates after winning Strade Bianche. (Photo by Cyclephotos.co.uk/Balint Hamvas).

Women’s cycling in the US just keeps getting better. After posting last week about the big shake-up that’s been happening within the women’s professional peloton, American women delivered three amazing results.

2012 national road race champion Megan Guarnier soloed to victory at the inaugural women’s edition of the Italian Strade Bianche. With over 30 seconds on second place, her commanding win makes her poised as a possibility to contest the Olympic road race in 2016.

She beat out riders such as two-time world road race champion Giorgia Bronzini and two-time national road race winner and two-time Giro Rosa winner Mara Abbott.

March 16, 2015 (bicycling.com)






Photo: Fabian Cancellara on stage five of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico (Watson) .
Photo: Fabian Cancellara on stage five of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico (Watson) .

Three weeks after he held court under a motorway bridge at the Tour of Oman, Fabian Cancellara again found himself leading the call for rule changes after extreme weather at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Whereas the stifling 45-degree heat of the desert was the issue in February, on Sunday riders felt the other end of the spectrum, riding the final kilometers to the top of the Terminillo in a blizzard.

March 16, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Lance Armstrong Photo by Maryse Alberti, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Lance Armstrong Photo by Maryse Alberti, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Lance Armstrong should stay away from the Tour de France, says Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford, with the banned cyclist reported to be riding the route of a couple of stages of the race for charity this summer.

It emerged yesterday that Armstrong plans to join former England footballer and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas for part of his One Day Ahead charity ride this summer which aims to raise £1 million for Cure Leukaemia.

March 16, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: The full tilt version of The Dirty Devil course is 127 miles (205 km) with over 11,000 feet of ascent (3,350 m) and conquers 3 dirt roads.
Photo: The full tilt version of The Dirty Devil course is 127 miles (205 km) with over 11,000 feet of ascent (3,350 m) and conquers 3 dirt roads.

On an early March day this year Robert Panzera headed out into the spectacular countryside of San Diego County, California for a recon of the famous Dirty Devil Ultra Century Ride. This unique ride takes in 28 miles of packed dirt roads, amazing scenery, 11,000 feet of ascent (3,350 m) and makes for a perfect – and yet challenging ride.

Years ago many of the roads that are used for The Dirty Devil were seldom traversed by those on road bikes. Most did not do that type of riding with the skinny tires, but saved those adventures for bikes with fatter tires and maybe a bit of suspension.

But alas, we’ve moved into the time of the gravel grinder, and riding road bikes and beefier approximations of road bikes on the unpaved backgrounds is all the rage.

March 16, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Defending champion, Jean-Christophe Péraud.
Photo: Defending champion, Jean-Christophe Péraud.

The route and a preliminary entry list for the 84th edition of the Critérium International, the 6th to be held in southern Corsica, were presented today in Porto-Vecchio, by Mayor Georges Mela and race organizer François Lemarchand.

Defending champion, Jean-Christophe Péraud, will be one of the main favorites for the win on the three-stage race this coming 28 and 29 March. But the runner-up on the 2014 Tour de France will face stiff competition, led by Thibaut Pinot, who joined him on the podium in Paris last July.

March 16, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: I can say I’ve never seen a builder’s fingerprints more deeply embedded in a frame.
Photo: "I can say I’ve never seen a builder’s fingerprints more deeply embedded in a frame."

"Each year at NAHBS there are a number of bikes displayed that go home empty-handed, bikes of such obvious merit that many attendees question the judgment—if not the sanity—of the judges.

In my final post on NAHBS, I want to address a few of these bikes."

March 16, 2015 (redkiteprayer.com)





Scott Contessa Solace 35
(Photo by Kent Pell).
Scott Contessa Solace 35 (Photo by Kent Pell).

"Luxury comes with a price—and vice versa. My Solace 35 came with Shimano's lower-tier Tiagra drivetrain and mostly Syncros components (Scott's house brand). Shifting wasn't as crisp as it is with higher-end parts, and I found the saddle to be a little unfriendly after only one ride—though saddles are an easy swap, and one of the most common with new bikes. This SUV is a little more "built Ford tough" than "the ultimate driving machine"—but for $1,800, it's a steal.

More important, it's versatile. I didn't just test this bike on different terrain, or in different weather conditions, or on different routes. I rode it under different circumstances and through different emotions."

March 16, 2015 (bicycling.com)











March 15, 2015


March 15, 2015


Lance Armstrong reportedly has agreed to join portions of a charity ride that will trace the route of the 2015 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file).
Lance Armstrong reportedly has agreed to join portions of a charity ride that will trace the route of the 2015 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file).

Call it Comeback 3.0. Could Lance Armstrong be returning to the Tour de France? Well, sort of.
 
According to a story in The Daily Mail, the banned-for-life Armstrong has agreed to join portions of a charity ride that will trace the route of the 2015 Tour one day ahead of the pro peloton.
 
The Mail reported that Armstrong will join former footballer and cancer survivor Geoff Thomas for few days of a fundraising ride for a cancer charity.

Thomas said Armstrong’s own tale of surviving cancer inspired him more than a decade ago, and now he wants to link up with the Texan in a charity ride ahead of the Tour route.

March 15, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Porte wins the race for a second time.
Photo: Porte wins the race for a second time. (Credit ASO)

Richie Porte rides up the Col d’Eze. If he’d distanced his rivals on the Col de la Croix du Chaubouret midweek, his margin of victory was much greater in Sunday’s Col d’Eze time trial.

With the fantastic four and more heading to Italy this was the chance for a new name to emerge, for a young starlet to shine on the Côte d’Azur. Only we ended up with a repeat winner aged over 30.

The race started with a prologue that had all the ingredients of an ordinary time trial and Michał Kwiatkowski pipped Rohan Dennis by a fraction of a second. Lars Boom was fifth despite having raced the Strade Bianche the day before.
March 15, 2015 (inrng.com)









Photo: Richie Porte clocked the fastest time to overhaul a 36 second deficit.
Photo: Graham Watson . (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
Richie Porte stormed to stage and overall victory atop the Col d’Eze on the final day of Paris Nice. The Australian national time trial champion was streets ahead of second placed Simon Spilak with his time of 20:23. Rui Costa took third while Tony Martin.

Yellow jersey Tony Gallopin put in a valiant effort in defending his lead but saw his advantage swept away in the rain of southern France, finishing 1:39 behind Porte in the end.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photography by Cor Vos: Emma Johansson has broken her collarbone.
Photography by Cor Vos: Emma Johansson has broken her collarbone.

Kirsten Wild won a crash-marred sprint at the Novilon Eurocup ahead of Chloe Hosking and Christine Majerus. The Dutchwomen proved quickest from a group of around 30 riders that formed in the final hour of the race.

Novilon Eurocup, the final of the three Drenthe races, was the most aggressive.

The peloton split from kilometer zero, with a group of 14 immediately gaining an advantage over a fractured peloton. They would stretch the gap out to nearly a minute in the first hour of the race.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Porte came into the day second overall behind yesterday's stage winner Tony Gallopin. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Nairo Quintana of Movistar seized control of Tirreno Adriatico in a wintry finish atop the Terminillo, giving him the queen stage victory and a significant lead in the overall.

Richie Porte of Team Sky won the race-ending Col 'Eze time trial in dominant fashion, vaulting him to the overall victory in Paris Nice.

March 15, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Stages & Results),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 14, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: He was unable to ride the 2014 Tour de France and Tour of Poland.
Roman Kreuziger hopes that he appear next month at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), so he can ride the Giro in may if he is found not guilty of doping. 

The UCI lodged the appeal with CAS last October, and Kreuziger spent many months unable to ride due to a provisional suspension. The Czech says that many proposed court dates have been thrown out since October and he is still unaware of when the court date will be. 

The case began in May 2014 when he was notified that there were anomalies in his biological passport from his 2011 season, which he rode with Astana.

The Czech Olympic Committee cleared him of any wrongdoing and this prompted the UCI to lodge an appeal with CAS. 

March 15, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.
Photo: Milan-San Remo Profile.

2015 Milan-San Remo LIVE Sunday, March 22, Italy.

Race starts at 10:10am CET (5:10am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:09pm CET (12:09pm U.S. Eastern)

Live video from *1:40pm CET (*8:40am U.S. Eastern).

March 15, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)







Tony Gallopin takes stage 6 and the overall lead with one stage remaining in Paris-Nice. Photo: AFP. (velonews.com)
Tony Gallopin soloed to victory Saturday during stage 6 of Paris-Nice and took over the race lead heading into Sunday's final time trial.

The Lotto Soudal rider slipped away from the yellow jersey group of Michal Kwiatkowski with about 30km remaining and forged his way through the rain to the finish line in Nice. Simon Spilak finished second, followed by Rui Costa in third.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: It is a huge disappointment because I came in with high hopes. I had good form.
Tejay van Garderen said Saturday's cold and wet conditions at Paris-Nice led to his slide down the general classification. The BMC Racing Team's leader conceded nearly five minutes in the 187.5-kilometer race and fell out of the top 10 on the penultimate day of the race.

"On the descent off the Côte de Châteauneuf, I got really cold and I was just shivering," van Garderen said to the BMC website. "I just felt completely blocked. I tried to stay calm and tried to kind of regroup myself in hopes I would come around on the final climb. But once we started it, my legs were not really working.”

March 14, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)






A spate of riders has decided to put an early end to their Paris-Nice, ahead of the final weekend. Arnaud Démare, Dries Devenyns, Moreno Hofland and Maarten Wynants, Ruben Plaza and Michael Schär all chose not to start the penultimate stage to Nice.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)



Photo: Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing)
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Photo: Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) (Fotoreporter Sirotti).

Bauke Mollema and Rigoberto Uran are set to fight for the podium places at Tirreno-Adriatico after impressing for yet another day on the Terminillo snow-covered finish on Sunday.

Neither were able to match Nairo Quintana, who barring disaster will win Tirreno-Adriatico after Tuesday’s final time trial.

However Mollema and Uran are separated by just nine seconds in the general classification. Mollema is second overall at 39 seconds, with Uran at third at 48 seconds, making every second vital in the final time trial.

The pair will also have to watch their backs, with Thibaut Pinot fourth overall, at 57 seconds.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)









Photo: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was simply unstoppable (Bettini Photo).
Nairo Quintana took a snow capped victory on the Queen Stage of Tirreno Adriatico ahead of Bauke Mollema.

Quintana launched a stinging attack with five kilometers remaining to take the win as the snow fell heavily on the riders. Joaquim Rodríguez finished third.

Blue jersey Wout Poels lost over one and a half minutes on the winner, and was forced to hand over the lead of the general classification.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Vincenzo Nibali doesn't have much to say to the press these days, but his performances are speaking volumes. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file).
Vincenzo Nibali doesn't have much to say to the press these days, but his performances are speaking volumes. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file).

Team Astana has had better days. Its star rider is struggling to match his direct rivals, losing more than two minutes on Sunday in Italy’s Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, and its future is up in the air.
 
Nibali immediately ran for shelter from the snow and freezing temperatures when he reached the finish line atop Monte Terminillo.

He stayed in the Astana bus and, for the second consecutive day, refused to speak to waiting press.
 
From outside, the closed-door policy did not look good.

March 15, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: The Italian made use of a combination of strength in the hard classics conditions.
Photo: The Italian made use of a combination of strength in the hard classics conditions.

Manuel Belletti confirmed that he back on track after a few disappointing seasons when he took a hugely dominant sprint win in today’s Dwars door Drenthe.

Having made it into a 20-rider group on a windy day in the Netherlands, he beat Barry Markus and Michael Carbel in the final dash to the line to take the second win of his 2015 season.

The Southeast team has been known for its ability to pick up riders who have had a hard time, and put them back on track. In the past they have done so with Mauro Finetto and last year it was Simone Ponzi who seemed to shine after a few difficult years.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)






Photo: Lance Armstrong (left) will join Geoff Thomas's Cure Leukaemia charity ride of the Tour de France course.
Lance Armstrong could be back riding stages of the Tour de France this summer after former England footballer Geoff Thomas persuaded the cyclist to join him for part of his charity ride this summer which aims to raise £1 million for the charity Cure Leukaemia.

Thomas, like Armstrong a cancer survivor, credits the Texan with providing him with the inspiration to overcome the disease, and after he went into remission a decade ago rode the entire route of the 2005 Tour one day before the race tackled it.

March 15, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)
(Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl).
Marianne Vos has already been forced to sit on the side-lines for the last month and her persisting hamstring injury is likely to keep her from competing at next two rounds of the World Cup.

Her Rabo Liv directeur sportif Koos Moerenhout has told Dutch broadcaster NOS that the 27-year-old would not be taking place at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and the Tour of Flanders.

"Marianne is always very eager. But she has to make a pass on the race. In terms of recovery it has been pretty good, but she will only return to competition when she is completely over it,” said Moerenhout.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Elle Anderson and Rhae Shaw show how well the new team is getting along with each other.
(Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us).
Photo: Elle Anderson and Rhae Shaw show how well the new team is getting along with each other. (Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us).

Under the guidance of director Jono Coulter, the team is looking forward to the new season, and with 11 riders from four different countries, preseason training and bonding is hugely important. The team benefits from the combined experience of veteran racers Robin Farina and Liza Rachetto, who played a mentor role at team camp for the younger riders.

“My personal goals for this year will always be to provide positive leadership and mentorship for the team while giving 110 percent at each race,” Farina said. “Being opportunistic always leads to either team results and my goal will be to be on the top step of the podium for our team and sponsors.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Canyon Endurace CF 9.0 Pro
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
Photo: Canyon Endurace CF 9.0 Pro
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.

BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Value and performance make this one of 2015’s star debuts."

March 15, 2015 (bikeradar.com)








Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Monday's Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 6 departs Rieti at 10:35am CET (5:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at Porto Sant’Elpidio at around 4:13pm CET (11:13am U.S. Eastern). 

Tirreno-Adriatico live streaming video should get underway at around *2:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern).

March 15, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 15, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)















March 15, 2015







Photo: Andrea Guardini adds to his overall stage record
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Andrea Guardini sprinted to victory in Kuala Lumpur on the final stage of the Tour de Langkawi, with Youcef Reguigui finishing safely in the bunch to seal his overall win.

After 96km of racing, including six laps around the Malaysian capital, the Italian latched onto the lead-out train of Southeast before launching his sprint with 200 metres remaining and holding off Caleb Ewan and Michael Kolar to take the win.

He did so with a depleted team as Andrey Zeits, Daniil Fominykh and Maxat Ayazbayev were forced to abandon the race on Saturday after a bout of food poisoning at the teams’ hotel.

The victory caps another dominant display in Malaysia for the Italian, whose four wins in eight stages takes his total tally to 18 in five editions of the race.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Tejay van Garderen hoped to make up a few positions int he GC
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Tejay van Garderen hoped to make up a few positions int he GC (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen had set his sights on a top finish at Paris-Nice, but after slipping from fourth overall to 16th during Saturday's cold, wet stage to Nice, he was only able to manage 20th place during Sunday's final time trial up Col d'Eze.

Van Garderen finished 1:18 behind stage winner and overall Paris-Nice champion Richie Porte on Sunday. He was 5:41 behind Porte in the general classification for 16th place.

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Youcef Reguigui enjoys his win
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Youcef Reguigui enjoys his win (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

On the face of it, the Tour de Langkawi has been a pretty happy affair for MTN-Qhubeka – they couldn’t have asked for much more from the race than winning the queen stage and the general classification.

Yet those late successes put a gloss on what has otherwise a stressful and frustrating week for the South African team. As the team’s directeur sportif, Michel Cornelisse, noted: “It was a week with ups and downs but in the end it’s up.”

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Reijnen didn’t get a chance to push for the type of victory he was originally looking for. Photography by Shane Stokes
In the red jersey since the end of stage one, Kiel Reijnen essentially sealed victory in the King of the Mountains classification at the Tour de Langkawi on Saturday’s queen stage of the race.

Although the American still had to safely make it through the final stage in downtown Kuala Lumpur, his broad grin when talking about his situation showed that he considered the job essentially done.

“I am not a pure climber by any stretch of the imagination but there were a lot of climbs here that were short and steep and that certainly suits me."

March 15, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Wout Poels (Team Sky)
(Bettini Photo).
Wout Poels (Team Sky)  (Bettini Photo).

Wouter Poels lost 1:37 and the Tirreno-Adriatico blue leader’s jersey to an unstoppable Nairo Quintana in the snow on Terminillo but the Dutchman took defeat well, knowing he'd given his all on the 16km climb.

“It was really hard, I gave everything, but that’s the result,” he said pragmatically. “It’s been a good experience. I’m now tenth overall and I hope to move up. I’ve learned a lot this week with the team, it’s good for the future.”

March 15, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Book de Tour.
The Official 2015 Richmond World Championship artist in residence, Greig Leach, recorded last year’s Tour de France as the action unfolded each day. His post-card sized, watercolor and ink drawings are now available in book form worthy of gracing any coffee table.

The capturing of a bicycle race has taken many forms. From the breathless, florid prose of the overwrought correspondents following the Tour de France writing for L’Auto, then to still photography with unwieldy cameras and on to sound with radio (and accordion accompaniment!), then film newsreels and television and now Internet sites, podcasts and fans waving cellphones.

There have been attempts by painters to capture the special moments of a race: Toulouse Lautrec’s 1896 poster of racers using Simpson chains; Lyonel Feininger’s trapezoidal speedsters in 1912; Edward Hopper’s 1937 portrait of a Six Day Racer in his cabin. But they all seem too studied, unable to depict the energy that we know and love when we watch our cycling heroes in action.

But when the Road World Championships come to Richmond, Virginia this fall there is at least one man ready to try.

March 15, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)












March 14, 2015





Photo: Spectator grabs Loren Rowney's bike (source RTV Drentse video screenshot).
The spectator who brought down Velocio-SRAM rider Loren Rowney as she sprinted for the line at the Drenthe 8 race in the Netherlands on Thursday has been identified, and says the incident was “an accident.”

According to race organizer Femmy van Issum, the male spectator came forward this afternoon, reports Wielerfiets.nl.

“Contrary to many people’s opinion, the man was unaware [of the incident]," she said, adding that his son had tugged his coat immediately prior to the crash.

“That probably led to him sticking out his arm,” van Issum said, adding that photographs showed that he hadn’t been looking at the riders.

March 14, 2015 (road.cc)






Photo: Cobbles, crashes and the short but crushingly steep VAMberg caused splits in the bunch. Cor Vos
Jolien d’Hoore sprinted to victory at Ronde van Drenthe, coming off teammate Chloe Hosking’s wheel with the finish line in sight. The Belgian national road champion had a full bike length on Amy Pieters in second place. Ellen van Dijk rounded out the podium in Hoogeveen.

It’s the first World Cup victory for d’Hoore, who notched her biggest result to date on her 25th birthday.

It has been a hugely successful week for Wiggle Honda with d’Hoore’s win at Omloop van het Hageland last Sunday and Giorgia Bronzini’s win at Drentse 8 on Thursday coming ahead of d’Hoore’s victory at the opening round of the ten-race women’s World Cup series.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)








March 14, 2015




Tony Gallopin takes stage 6 and the overall lead with one stage remaining in Paris-Nice. Photo: AFP. (velonews.com)
Tony Gallopin soloed to victory Saturday during stage 6 of Paris-Nice and took over the race lead heading into Sunday's final time trial.

The Lotto Soudal rider slipped away from the yellow jersey group of Michal Kwiatkowski with about 30km remaining and forged his way through the rain to the finish line in Nice. Simon Spilak finished second, followed by Rui Costa in third.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: It is a huge disappointment because I came in with high hopes. I had good form.
Tejay van Garderen said Saturday's cold and wet conditions at Paris-Nice led to his slide down the general classification. The BMC Racing Team's leader conceded nearly five minutes in the 187.5-kilometer race and fell out of the top 10 on the penultimate day of the race.

"On the descent off the Côte de Châteauneuf, I got really cold and I was just shivering," van Garderen said to the BMC website. "I just felt completely blocked. I tried to stay calm and tried to kind of regroup myself in hopes I would come around on the final climb. But once we started it, my legs were not really working.”

March 14, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) and Francesco Moser on the podium
(Bettini Photo).
A spate of riders has decided to put an early end to their Paris-Nice, ahead of the final weekend. Arnaud Démare, Dries Devenyns, Moreno Hofland and Maarten Wynants, Ruben Plaza and Michael Schär all chose not to start the penultimate stage to Nice.

Illness is the major reason for abandoning with Démare and Hofland blaming a fever for their departure, while Devenyns has gone home on doctor’s orders while suffering from a cold. Wynants has followed his teammate out of the race after developing bronchitis in the last couple of days.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Stages & Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages & Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Stages & Results),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 14, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)






Gustav Larsson (IAM Cycling) gets a gap on his rivals
(Bettini Photo).
If you want to break the men’s hour record, you’ll have to hurry. Next in line is Swede Gustav Larsson, whose attempt in Manchester on Saturday was announced just a couple of days ago.

“It’s a bit scary to do this kind of thing so early in the year, but I can’t wait for Wiggins. It’s now or it will never happen.”

Larsson will make his attempt only eight months after breaking his back in a nasty crash while training.

From the hospital bed he tweeted a picture of his smashed-up face and the words: “I'll be f###ing back! Just like terminator...“

March 14, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Paris-Nice Stage 7 Profile.
Sunday's Paris-Nice Stage 7, a 9.5km Individual Time Trial from Nice to Col d'Eze, gets underway at 11:55am CET (6:55am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider. 

Paris-Nice live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern, 530am Pacific).

March 14, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Paris-Nice: Cimolai wins stage 5 in Rasteau.

March 13, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)









Wouter Poels took stage 4 and the overall lead on Saturday at Tirreno-Adriatico. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file). (velonews.com)
Wout Poels took an impressive solo victory in Castelraimondo on the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Poels’ former teammate Rigoberto Uran won the sprint for second place, 14 seconds behind, with Joaquim Rodríguez rounding out the top three.

Poels moves into the lead of the general classification ahead of Urán.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Alberto Contador in the pack during Tirreno's stage 4.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Alberto Contador is quietly confident he can win Tirreno-Adriatico and get the better of his big-name rivals Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana on the important mountain stage of Tirreno-Adriatico to Terminillo on Sunday.

The Spaniard finished in the first chase group in Castelraimondo on Saturday, 14 seconds behind solo winner Wouter Poels and is now 10th overall at 32 seconds. He crashed with 50 kilometers to go, forcing him to chase to avoid losing time.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
(Bettini Photo).
Vincenzo Nibali preferred to stay in the warm Astana team bus than speak to the media and sign autographs for the tifosi after stage four of Tirreno-Adriatico.

At the start in Indicatore the Tour de France winner had seemed relaxed and ready for the weekend of decisive racing in the hills and especially Sunday’s mountain finish at Terminillo.

However after finishing in a second chase group behind stage winner and new race leader Wouter Poels, and after losing seven seconds to Alberto Contador and other key rivals, he was in no mood to talk.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Wouter Poels is only the latest Sky rider to be spraying champagne from the podium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Team Sky’s singular obsession with the Tour de France is officially over.

Not that the UK team wasn’t racing to win every chance it could during the first half decade of its existence, but it was no secret that the team’s energy and focus was directed toward winning cycling’s biggest prize — the yellow jersey.

Sky pulled off the unimaginable not once, but twice, with two different riders, as Bradley Wiggins and then Chris Froome made history in the Tour de France during 2012-13.

March 14, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Guardini appeared to lack confidence and, at times, support. Cor Vos
When he burst on the pro scene in 2011, clocking up 11 UCI victories in his debut year as a 21 year old, it appeared that cycling had found a new star sprinter.

Earning comparisons with Mark Cavendish’s own debut year and having a similarly aero sprinting style, many predicated that Andrea Guardini was set for a huge future.

Those early successes included five stage wins plus the points classification in the Tour de Langkawi, victory on stage five of the Tour of Qatar, two stages in the Tour of Turkey and one each in the Volta a Portugal, the Tour of Slovenia and the Giro di Padania.

For a first year pro it was a staggering haul.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)







Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Saturday's Stage 5 start time: 10:50 CET (2:50 AM PST);

Approximate finish: 16:10 CET (8:10 AM PST);  

Tirreno-Adriatico live streaming video should get underway at around 14:00 CET (6:00 AM PST).

March 14, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





My Story: I crashed spectacularly at Drentse 8.

March 13, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 14, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)









March 14, 2015





Photo: Spectator grabs Loren Rowney's bike (source RTV Drentse video screenshot).
The spectator who brought down Velocio-SRAM rider Loren Rowney as she sprinted for the line at the Drenthe 8 race in the Netherlands on Thursday has been identified, and says the incident was “an accident.”

According to race organizer Femmy van Issum, the male spectator came forward this afternoon, reports Wielerfiets.nl.

“Contrary to many people’s opinion, the man was unaware [of the incident]," she said, adding that his son had tugged his coat immediately prior to the crash.

“That probably led to him sticking out his arm,” van Issum said, adding that photographs showed that he hadn’t been looking at the riders.

March 14, 2015 (road.cc)






Photo: Cobbles, crashes and the short but crushingly steep VAMberg caused splits in the bunch. Cor Vos
Jolien d’Hoore sprinted to victory at Ronde van Drenthe, coming off teammate Chloe Hosking’s wheel with the finish line in sight. The Belgian national road champion had a full bike length on Amy Pieters in second place. Ellen van Dijk rounded out the podium in Hoogeveen.

It’s the first World Cup victory for d’Hoore, who notched her biggest result to date on her 25th birthday.

It has been a hugely successful week for Wiggle Honda with d’Hoore’s win at Omloop van het Hageland last Sunday and Giorgia Bronzini’s win at Drentse 8 on Thursday coming ahead of d’Hoore’s victory at the opening round of the ten-race women’s World Cup series.

March 14, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Youcef Reguigui roars to the stage win and the overall lead in stage 7 of the Tour de Langkawi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Youcef Reguigui seized the overall lead of the Tour de Langkawi on Saturday after winning the seventh and penultimate stage.

The mountainous 180.8km stage started in Shah Alam and led the peloton up Frasers Hill, 1150 meters above sea level, with a final climb of 5km.

A four-man breakaway went clear and built a lead of nearly 8 minutes before a chase led first by Skydive Dubai and Tinkoff-Saxo, then Sky, began reeling it back in.

March 14, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: On the podium at the 2013 Junior Worlds.
Mads Pedersen, a big winner on the junior scene with a victory at Paris Roubaix, Worlds medals and more Pedersen is now in the Professional Continental ranks after the team stepped up a notch this year.

Danish/Luxembourger squad, Cult Racing has only moved up to the Pro Continental ranks for this season but already they’ve proved themselves to be no respecters of reputation and while perhaps not piling up the wins have been one of the animators of the season’s races, thus far.

March 14, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)








Photo: Stage 8 Profile.
Sunday's Tour de Langkawi Stage 8 departs Kuala Kubu Bharu at 2:00pm local (7:00am CET, 2:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Kuala Lumpur at around 4:19pm local (9:19am CET, 4:19am U.S. Eastern). 

Tour de Langkawi live streaming should begin at around 3pm local (8:00am CET, 3:00am U.S. Eastern)..

March 14, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)











March 13, 2015







March 13, 2015




Photo: Trofeo Lagueglia winner Davide Cimolai won stage five of Paris-Nice (pic: Sirotti). (roadcyclinguk.com)
Davide Cimolai of Lampre-Merida won the mass sprint of the fifth stage of Paris-Nice, ahead of Bryan Coquard and Michael Matthews.

The peloton caught the last member of the day’s break group, Thomas De Gendt, within sight of the finish line.

There was no change in the general classification.

March 13, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Caleb Ewan holds a 27-second lead in the GC standings at the Tour de Langkawi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Caleb Ewan snagged his second stage win at the Tour de Langkawi Friday, winning stage 6 in a bunch sprint.

Ewan extended his lead in the GC following the 96.6-kilometer stage from Maran to Karak, and now holds a 27-second buffer over Natnael Berhane and a 30-second advantage over Youcef Reguigui, both of MTN-Qhubeka.

The 20-year-old Australian out-sprinted Jakub Mareczko and Chris Sutton to claim his second victory of the week at the race in Malaysia. Ewan also won stage 3.

March 13, 2015 (velonews.com)





With only sprinter Caleb Ewan ahead of him on GC as the Tour de Langkawi peloton prepares for a hilly penultimate stage, Natnael Berhane has positioned himself well for a run at the overall title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
27 seconds will separate South African-based UCI Pro Continental team MTN-Qhubeka from the general classification lead at the 20th Tour de Langkawi (2.HC) when the six-man team rolls to the start of the race’s penultimate stage in Shah Alam.

While the team’s first guard is in Italy racing Tirreno-Adriatico, including newly-signed Edvald Boasson Hagen, Tyler Farrar, and Matthew Goss, the second unit is in Malaysia with five riders within 36 seconds of race leader Caleb Ewan.

After six stages the race enters the queen’s stage on Saturday and features two categorized climbs, including Bukit Cerakah (Cat. 4) inside the first 20 kilometers and the summit finish atop Frasier’s Hill (Cat. 1) at the 180.8km mark.

March 13, 2015 (velonews.com)





Greg Van Avermaet outmatched other familiar classics names, including Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan, to win Tirreno-Adriatico stage 3. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Greg Van Avermaet timed it right Friday at Tirreno-Adriatico. With the classics approaching and a doping hearing going on at home in Brussels, the Belgian stormed over the cobblestones leading up to Arezzo’s city center to win ahead of several classics champions.

“It’s important to be a leader of the team, but you are only a leader if you win races,” BMC Racing’s Van Avermaet said.

March 13, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: You’ll see the 1,000 Swiss Franc fines (US$1,000) for team managers.
"A short piece to mark a change in the sport. The UCI are clamping down on mechanics leaning out of car windows to service riders in a races.

It’s been such a famous image from many races and now it’s going away for good. It’ll have tactical consequences too."

March 13, 2015 (inrng.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Stages & Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages & Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Stages & Results),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

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March 13, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Throughout the 2015 season Orica-GreenEdge signee Jack Haig will be writing diary entries for CyclingTips.
"During the Australian summer I spent a lot of time catching up with people, after spending most of last year in Italy with the U23 Australian team.

When I was living in Italy and traveling around for races in Europe for those couple of months I thought it was pretty cool.

But I guess I didn’t really realize how awesome an opportunity I had been given … until I came back to Australia and started talking to people and seeing their reaction to what I had been up to."

March 13, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: DThe 2015 Genesis Croix de Fer 10 in rosso red, Tour de Fer frameset in matt silver and Croix de Fer 20 bike in white, are all affected
Genesis.
Genesis has recalled the steel forks on three bikes from the company’s 2015 range due to long-term durability concerns. The brand is offering a free replacement for all affected customers.

Genesis says: “While there is no immediate risk to safety and there have been no reported failures, we have chosen to recall these forks and to replace them, free of charge, with a brand new fork."

March 13, 2015 (bikeradar.com)








Photo: Paris-Nice Stage 6 Profile.
Saturday's Paris-Nice Stage 6 departs Vence at 11:35am CET (6:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at Nice at around 4:41pm CET (11:41am U.S. Eastern). 

Paris-Nice live streaming video should get underway at around 3:15pm CET (10:15am U.S. Eastern, 7:15am Pacific). 

March 13, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Tejay van Garderen finished fifth.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The first mountain finish of the 2015 Paris-Nice saw American Tejay van Garderen finish fifth after he failed to follow an attack in the final 4km from Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.

Thursday's stage 4 test, which featured six categorized climbs in the final 60km of the day, included the summit finish on the Col de la Croix de Chaubouret, a 10km climb with an average grade of 6.7 percent.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Porte wins atop Croix de Chaubouret.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Giorgia Bronzini wins Drentse 8.

March 12, 2015 (velofocus.com)



Photo: And then suddenly I was flying through the air. Photography by Cor Vos
"I’m aware that there are a lot of people discussing the crash – and that many people that watched the footage think it was intentional. I can understand how people think that, but looking at the video, no one can say that with certainty.

If it’s intentional? I would be really concerned. I know there are malicious people in the world. Things like this have happened before where spectators have done things intentionally to cause harm."

March 13, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet won stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico in Arezzo on Friday. The Belgian opened his sprint with 200 metres to go following a punchy final ascent onto the Via Ricasoli, holding off Peter Sagan and Zdenek Stybar.

Van Avermaet’s win moved him up into the overall race lead, taking the blue leader’s jersey from Andriano Malori.

He is now leading the race by two seconds ahead of Sagan while Malori has dropped into third place at eight seconds back.

March 13, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: A crash involving Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) at the end of stage 2
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Elia Viviani was one of the last riders to sign on in Cascina before the start of the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico but he is determined to fight the pain of his high-speed stage 2 crash and stay in the race.

Viviani crashed at 70km/h after Mark Cavendish moved slightly after his chain came off the chainring when he powered on the pedals to launch his sprint. Viviani had nowhere to go and rode into Cavendish, landing hard on his hip and lower back.

He got up and finished the stage and was not diagnosed with any fractures and so was determined to continue in Tirreno-Adriatico.

March 13, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: German sprinter early-season preparations disrupted .
Marcel Kittel is having to restart his training after being laid low by a virus picked up at the Tour Down Under.

The German sprinter struggled through the Tour of Qatar but then withdrew from the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, where he was set for a much-anticipated showdown with Mark Cavendish.

“It’s not good yet,” Kittle’s race coach, Marc Reef, told Cycling Weekly. “He’s just begun on the bike again, so he’s re-starting to get better. He’s not completely recovered. It’s a shame that it happens.”

March 13, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Chris Froome (Team Sky)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Chris Froome would welcome the introduction of the UCI rolling out 24-hour drug testing, telling Cyclingnews that the sport “must do everything it can to tackle doping.”

The recommendation for around the clock anti-doping measures was made by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) as part of their blueprint for a cleaner sport.

It remains to be seen if the sport’s governing body is in favor of such a measure or whether the structure and finances to launch such a project are feasible, but Froome, who confirmed that he was asked to meet with CIRC, said that he would be willing to have testers knocking at his door at any time, and at any race.

March 13, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Fabian Cancellara rides into the spring classics on top form. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
That Fabian Cancellara will be ready for the spring classics is not a worry for team brass inside the Trek Factory Racing bus.

The Swiss superstar is already on top form, taking a confidence-boosting stage victory in the Tour of Oman and just missing out on the leader’s jersey by just one second in the short, explosive opening prologue at Tirreno-Adriatico this week.

The spring classics are just around the corner, and the atmosphere is quietly percolating inside the Trek bus, not only due to Cancellara’s obvious strength, but also his top-end finishing sprint.

For veteran sport director Dirk Demol, having that finishing kick after a long, abusive effort that comes with the monuments is often the difference between winning and losing.

March 13, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Philip Deignan – Team Sky.
"No matter where you are in the world, if there’s bike racing going on there are great stories to tell.

For the girls and guys that race, or have raced at any stage of their lives, the memory of their very first bike race is likely to be a strong one. You personally may have memories of chewing bar tape in your first race or, if you were lucky, getting to raise your hands aloft as you came across the finish line.

Each and every story says something about how and why people either continued with racing or decided to call it quits."

March 13, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Best New Builder – Love Baum Cycles.
"The North American Handmade Bicycle Show showcased scores of jaw-dropping bikes by some of the finest framebuilders in the world again this year.

We’ll soon show you nearly every bike that was on display in the halls of the Louisville Convention Center in Kentucky, but to start our coverage, let’s take a look at the bikes that won this year’s award categories."

March 13, 2015 (bikeradar.com)







Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Stage 4 start time: Saturday 9:10 CET (1:10:00 AM PST)

Earliest live video: 14:40 CET (6:40:00 AM PST);

Approximate finish: 16:09 CET (8:09:00 AM PST)

March 13, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)










Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 13, 2015








March 13, 2015





Photo: US Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart
(AFP).
Although some were disappointed that the Cycling Independent Reform Commission report did not deliver the so-called “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” that had been floated as a catch-all solution to the sport’s problems two years ago, it document did outline critical failings in the UCI’s governance and its management of anti-doping efforts over the past two decades.

In a statement released on Monday, USADA CEO Travis Tygart welcomed the publication of the CIRC report as “a strong first step in moving past the failures of the past.” Later in the week, he spoke in more detail about his thoughts on the dossier, including the damning picture it paints of the UCI’s influence on the supposedly independent “Vrijman Report” into accusations that Lance Armstrong had used EPO at the 1999 Tour de France.

March 13, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Brian Cookson
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Following the release of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report on the history of doping in cycling, the UCI has announced further anti-doping measures and recommendations to strengthen anti-doping and governance going forward.

Some of the recommendations include improving the Athlete Biological Passport, night-time testing in special cases and relaunching a whistleblower program.

“I am absolutely determined to use the CIRC’s report to ensure that cycling continues the process of fully regaining the trust of fans, broadcasters and all the riders who compete clean,” said UCI President Brian Cookson.

“We value the recommendations of the CIRC and have now established an internal task force to ensure the recommendations are properly followed up.”

March 13, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: When dealing with the protracted process around work on the Vrijman report, the CIRC makes no mention of McQuaid..
The head of the organization that ultimately brought down Lance Armstrong has described as “sordid” some of the actions of former UCI presidents Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen in relation to the banned rider.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart was commenting on a section of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report, published this week by the UCI.

“A stunning example of deceit found by the CIRC is that the UCI, under the explicit direction of Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid, commissioned a supposedly ‘independent’ investigation of Armstrong’s positive samples from the (1999 – Ed) Tour de France,” he said in a statement.

March 13, 2015 (stickybottle.com)





Photo: Marianne Vos leads the way at the 2014 Women’s Tour of Britain. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA .
Among the headline-grabbing evidence of doping and corruption in the men’s sport, the CIRC report states “The Commission was told that women’s cycling had been poorly supported in past years, and was given examples where riders in the sport had been exploited financially and even allegedly sexually.”

The debate about a minimum wage for women cyclists has raged long and hard. Tracey Gaudry, the first female vice president of the UCI, said last year that she sees the minimum wage as part of a larger picture – the duty of care the sport has to its athletes.

Gaudry’s sense of frustration at the pace of change is palpable and many riders continue to be left high and dry by teams that withhold prize money. Financial abuse can be every bit as real as physical and sexual intimidation in trapping women in exploitative situations.

March 13, 2015 (theguardiaan.com)





Photo: Professional: an adjective meaning to follow an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain. Cor Vos
Salaries among the professional cyclists have proven a popular topic on CyclingTips. We’ve talked about factors that determine a rider’s wage and the ways in which the UCI minimum wage is broken – yet both of this articles focused only on the men’s peloton. What about the women?

We set out to explore the salary issue within professional women’s cycling.

The topic is particularly timely given recent revelations about the UCI’s plans to slowly introduce requirements over time within the top tier of the proposed two-tiered division of the sport.

With changes in regulations around wages unlikely until 2018, it is possible for women to find financial stability while racing full-time?

March 13, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Felt's F85 is uncompromisingly racy without sacrificing comfort
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Brilliant value aluminium road bike that’s definitely on the racy side."

March 13, 2015 (bikeradar.com)





Photo: The Speedplay Syzr pedal system at NAHBS 2015. © Cyclocross Magazine.
After years of development, and teases at Interbike, Speedplay is set to ship their Syzr Mountain Bike Pedals. At Interbike 2014, we saw the pedal that was expected to be released at the end of last year. We followed up with Speedplay at NAHBS to examine the ready-to-be-shipped pedals.

The Syzr cleats have a pivot mechanism designed into them, and users can adjust the float from zero to ten degrees. We asked them about their performance in muddy conditions, and we were told that the pedals have gone through extensive testing with mud and rocks without any issues, both with respect to the pedal’s release function and the float system in the cleats. It remained uncertain whether or not conditions in ice were also extensively tested.

March 13, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)








Photo: Stage 7 Profile.
Saturday's Tour de Langkawi Stage 7 departs Shah Alam at 12:00pm local (5:00am CET, 12:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Bukit Fraser (Fraser's Hill) at around 4:51pm local (9:51am CET, 4:51am U.S. Eastern). 

Tour de Langkawi live streaming should begin at around 3pm local (8:00am CET, 3:00am U.S. Eastern).

March 13, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)




















March 12, 2015


March 12, 2015


Photo: Tejay van Garderen finished fifth.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The first mountain finish of the 2015 Paris-Nice saw American Tejay van Garderen finish fifth after he failed to follow an attack in the final 4km from Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.

Thursday's stage 4 test, which featured six categorized climbs in the final 60km of the day, included the summit finish on the Col de la Croix de Chaubouret, a 10km climb with an average grade of 6.7 percent.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Richie Porte (Team Sky) is the stage 4 winner
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Richie Porte led home a Team Sky one-two on stage 4 of Paris-Nice from Varennes-sur-Allier to the summit of Croix de Chaubouret with Geraint Thomas second Michal Kwiatkowski in third.

The Sky duo jumped clear of a select group of race favorites inside the final two kilometers of the climb with Porte leading the pair home. Kwiatkowski delivered with a determined solo chase to finish eight second in arrears – an effort that saw him reclaim the race lead with Porte now just one second back, and Thomas in third at three seconds.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Giorgia Bronzini takes the win as Loren Rowney hits the deck.
Giorgia Bronzini won Molecaten Drentse 8 from a breakaway group of seven to earn Wiggle Honda back-to-back wins after Jolien D’hoore won last Sunday’s Omloop van het Hageland.

In calm conditions the pace was kept high in the early part of the race and most of the main contenders came into the local finishing circuit as one group.

As the kilometers ticked by a group of seven escaped with most of the big teams represented. Rabo-Liv being the notable exception.

March 12, 2015 (velofocus.com)







Photo: A happy Seo Joon Yong
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Joon Yong Seo soloed to victory on stage 5 of the Tour de Langkawi, attacking from the day’s breakaway with 25km to go to become the second Korean rider to win a stage of the Malaysian race.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Team Sky is looking forward to Saturday's climber-friendly stage at Tour de Langkawi after coming up short in the race's sprint stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It has been a quiet week so far for Team Sky in Malaysia. The British WorldTour team’s second guard has been under the radar and off the podium after five stages of the 20th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi.

As per normal, Langkawi is traditionally a sprinter’s race, and this year is no exception with Andrea Guardini and Caleb Ewan dominating the first half of the eight-day stage race.

Guardini continues to pad his race record of all-time stage wins (17), picking up three more victories this week, while the 20-year-old Australian neo-pro won stage 3 and lifted the yellow leader’s jersey off Guardini in the process.

While Sky sports director Gabriel Rasch admits the team does feel pressure to perform, he’s not concerned about his team’s lack of success so far, and feels confident that his team is more than capable of making up the 26-second deficit on Ewan.

March 12, 2015 (velonews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Stages & Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages & Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Stages & Results),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

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March 12, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)






Italian Gianni Bugno, winner of the 1990 Giro d'Italia and a two-time world road champion, is president of the CPA. Photo by Brad Kaminski.
The Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA), the professional rider’s association, will have an official delegate at all future UCI WorldTour events, the group announced Thursday.

The delegates will observe the operations of the races and accept rider input on workplace conditions and other concerns, and will act as an intermediary between riders, race organizers, and the UCI. Following each stage, the delegate will submit a report to the CPA.

“The CPA Delegate’s presence will be positive for the riders, but also the other stakeholders: the race organization, teams, and the UCI. From now on, all stakeholders will be able to interface with one person who synthesizes the peloton’s opinion and the majority of the riders in case of need,” according to a statement from the CPA.

March 12, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: The last well-known former cyclist to be seen in this T-shirt was Lance Armstrong.
The Cycle Ataxia charity sportive last month courted Lance Armstrong – and the controversy that comes with him – when it requested he be photographed in one of its T-shirts.

Armstrong duly obliged and sent the photo back to event organizer Barry Rice, with his permission to use the image in fundraising activities.

Rice said it was only when he had the picture of the disgraced star in his hands that he started asking around properly about Armstrong and realized the extent of his deceit.

Now Ireland’s only elite world road champion and Tour de France winner Stephen Roche has stepped into the breach.

March 12, 2015 (stickybottle.com)





Photo: The foundation of the 720 is an ‘Alpha Gold’ aluminium frame which was created with dual goals.
Trek has released three all-new adventure bikes, the 520, 720 and 920, designed to battle all terrain and provide a solid platform for anyone who wants to explore on two wheels.

The most ‘road-ready’ of these is the 720, which Trek describes as “the roadie’s touring bike” due to the fact that is uses traditional road bike geometry.

March 12, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)







Photo: Paris-Nice Stage 5 Profile.
Friday's Paris-Nice Stage 5 departs Saint-Etienne at 11:05am CET (6:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at Rasteau at around 3:55pm CET (10:55am U.S. Eastern). 

Paris-Nice live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern, 6:00am Pacific).

March 11, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) wins the sprint in stage 3
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Kwiatkowski loses his race lead to Matthews going into mountains.

Michael Matthews made the most of a perfect lead-out from his Orica-GreenEdge team to take victory on stage 3 of Paris-Nice. The Australian was delivered to the front in the final two corners and powered home to beat Davide Cimolai and Giacomo Nizzolok.

Matthews also moves into the race lead, just one second ahead of Michael Kwiatkowski.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Andrea Guardini wins afain
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Andrea Guardini got back to winning ways at the Tour de Langkawi, seeing off Jakub Mareczko and yellow jersey Caleb Ewan to secure his third victory in four stages.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)




Photo: Nibali still owed €539,630 for Tour de France win.
De Telegraaf reported today that the French Cycling Federation has yet to pay out prize money for the country's 2014 races, including the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix. Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, for example, is still waiting to receive the nearly €540,000 he is owed for winning the French Grand Tour.

The FCC has placed more than €2 million in a bank account rather than distributing it to teams and riders, saying it is waiting for results from drug tests to ensure that no doped riders receive prize money.

The FCC said it will payout prize money once a year.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Jens Debusschere (Lotto Belisol)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Jens Debusschere won the second stage at Tirreno-Adriatico in a crash-marred bunch sprint. Peter Sagan was second and Sam Bennet third in the chaotic sprint.

Adriano Malori kept the overall lead, and the time bonus moved Sagan up to second place, in the same time. Fabian Cancellara is third.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Mar Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) rolls to the stage 2 finish
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Mark Cavendish’s Etixx-QuickStep team has said it will move quickly to investigate what caused kis chain to drop and so spark a crash at the end of stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico in Cascina.

It seems that Tom Boonen suffered a similar problem in a sprint at the Tour of Qatar.

Cavendish was perfectly placed and about to launch his sprint with 250 meters to go when his chain jumped outwards and off his big chain ring.

Cavendish managed to stay upright despite the sudden loss of power but moved slightly. Elia Viviani was unable to avoid Cavendish and was the first to crash. Sacha Modolo and several other riders also went down hard.
Both Viviani and Modolo got up and finished the stage but suffered multiple injuries.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Belgian champion Jens Debusschere outsprinted Slovakian Peter Sagan .
Italian Adriano Malori, who won the opening stage time-trial on Wednesday, retained the overall race lead with Sagan now in second place on the same time, thanks to a finishing bonus, with Swiss Fabian Cancellara third, one second behind.

The overall race favorites, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana, avoided the carnage and kept their powder dry, notably for the uphill finish on stage three as well as a much hillier stage four on Saturday.

March 12, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)






Photography by Cor Vos and Beth Duryea: A Women’s WorldTour, two divisions for teams and a proposed plan to slowly introduce a minimum wage were amongst the topics discussed at UCI Women’s Team seminar held in Siena last Sunday.
The proposals put forth by the UCI have been developed by the UCI Women’s Working Group, a team of seven individuals formed in December 2014.

Team members include: rider representatives Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and Evelyn Stvens, team manager representatives Rochelle Gilmore, Kristy Scrymgeour, Eric van den Boom and Martin Barras, and sports economics expert Alberto Celani.

A Women’s WorldTour, two divisions for teams and a proposed plan to slowly introduce a minimum wage were among the topics discussed at UCI Women’s Team seminar held in Siena last Sunday.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Mara Abbott leads Dani King
(Bart Hazen).
I remember when my dad taught me the phrase “eating crow”.

As a kid, I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever heard - “Even the gizzard???” I would always exclaim, proud of my witty use of avian anatomy.

For those who have not heard the phrase, one “eats crow” when forced to admit error in a previously asserted viewpoint. For instance: I have spent the last few years confidently proclaiming that I wanted to ride primarily in the United States - that above all, I would never sign on for a full season in Europe.

So you could say that this year, as the only American on the Eurocentric Wiggle Honda team, I am eating crow. Fortunately, it has so far turned out to taste pretty good.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photography by Dave Everett: The 2015 edition of Paris-Nice is currently in progress with the race set to finish on Sunday with an individual time trial up the Col d’Eze just outside of Nice.
The seventh and final stage of this year’s Paris-Nice is the climb of the Col d’Eze. It’s seen action in various editions of the French stage race since 1968, most recently in 2013 when Richie Porte took the stage win and cemented his overall victory.

At 9.6km long the Col d’Eze climb isn’t up there with the mammoth mountains that the sport tackles in the heart of the Alps, Pyrenees or Dolomites but it’s a decisive climb, particularly given it falls on the last day of the race. The climb has an average gradient of 4.7% and rises 501 meters over its 9.6km.

It’s a far cry from what a velodrome has to offer so why would a team take its riders for an expensive and intense session in one of the world’s leading indoor velodromes to prepare for it?

March 12, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Tom Boonen at the Etixx training camp in 2015 .
Tom Boonen has undergone a surgical procedure to rectify the shoulder joint dislocation he suffered after crashing during stage one of Paris-Nice on Monday.

Although it was initially suspected that the 34-year-old Belgian Classics star had fractured his collarbone, a medical examination revealed that he had suffered from an acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation.

Boonen’s surgical procedure was undertaken in a hospital in Herentals, and his Etixx-QuickStep team reports that it went well.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Geraint Thomas escapes on stage four of the 2015 Paris-Nice .
Geraint Thomas has been a double Olympic gold medalist, placed top ten in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, won top-tier time trials and taken some impressive stage race results.

One-day Classics, stage races, track medals, even grand tours; he could have his pick from any.

Thomas’ only problem was that he was in danger of settling on none of them.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: DiNucci won the Best Lugs category.
What separates the category award winners from Best in Show is little more than a matter of degrees.

While we don’t have a hard and fast rule regarding framesets being ineligible for Best in Show, they lack the extra degrees of consideration that have gone into a bike once it is painted and built up with parts.

Mark DiNucci’s entry for Best Lugged Frame caused me to reconsider that position for the better part of a day.

March 12, 2015 (redkiteprayer.com)







Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Friday's Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 3 departs Cascina at 11:15am CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at Arezzo at around 4:13pm CET (11:13am U.S. Eastern).

Tirreno-Adriatico live streaming video should get underway at around 2:30pm CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern, 6:30am Pacific).

March 11, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)














Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

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March 12, 2015






Photo: the AIS head coach at the time, Marv Barras, put her name forward to the Australian owner of Specialized-lululemon (now Velocio-SRAM)....
A spectator caused Australian Loren Rowney to crash at the finish of the Ronde van Drenthe race in the Netherlands on Thursday.

Video footage shows a man, standing against the barriers on the right side of the finish chute. He appears to have reached out and grabbed Rowney’s handlebars. She went tumbling to the ground, right before the finish line.

March 12, 2015 (velonews.com)






The most disturbing grey area in cycling is the use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions – under which riders are permitted to use otherwise banned substances for medical reasons. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian .
"There is much to admire in the CIRC report. Its terms of reference were never designed to flush out hitherto unknown dopers but it does score highly in its forensic analysis of cycling’s governance.

In this it is scathing.

It is obvious that the leadership of the UCI did not always execute its responsibilities competently; so the spotlight falls on the past presidents Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid.

Both saved their most vigorous efforts for the pursuit of people they believed had 'defamed the UCI and its presidents.'”

March 12, 2015 (theguardian.com)





Riders in the pro peloton see the findings of UCI's CIRC Report as out of touch with today's reality. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
There’s the public face, and then there’s what they really think.

Reactions to the UCI’s headline-grabbing CIRC Report have been muted and guarded from inside the peloton, but turn off the tape recorder and you begin to hear a different story

There is a blend of anger, frustration, and apathy in light of the release, on Monday, of the long-awaited report from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission that portrayed today’s peloton in a very mixed light. As part of its sweeping study of the EPO era, the three-member panel also suggested that doping remains a major problem within cycling.

March 12, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Geraint Thomas wins Stage 2 of the 2015 Volta ao Algarve .
Geraint Thomas has given his reaction to some of the findings in the Cycling Independent Reform Commission’s report into doping in professional cycling, saying that he finds it ‘insulting’ that some people consider that cycling is ‘still really filthy’.

Thomas made it clear that he thinks his Tour de France-winning Sky team-mates Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins ride clean.

A section of the CIRC report relating to doping in cycling today included a statement from an unnamed current professional rider, who felt that “90% of the peloton was doping, although he thought that there was little orchestrated team doping in the manner that teams had previously employed.”

March 12, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Chris Froome on the podium after Stage 4 of the 2015 Tour of Andalucia Ruta Del Sol .
Chris Froome took time to answer fans’ queries in an impromptu Twitter question-and-answer session on Wednesday, including his reaction on hearing the news this week that French rider Lloyd Mondory had tested positive for EPO.

“What an idiot” was Froome’s reply to Alexandre Mignot who asked “What was your first thought when you learned Lloyd Mondory’s positive test?”.

Mignot then followed the answer up, asking Froome whether he thought this because Mondory doped or got caught. “Because he doped obviously,” said Froome.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Andrea Guardini keeping the points jersey safe for Caleb Ewan
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
There may be a dark cloud of uncertainty hanging over Astana at the moment, but its team at the Tour de Langkawi is determined to carry on with business as usual.

In February the UCI requested that the Kazakh team’s WorldTour license be revoked following an audit conducted by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL).

It came after five positive tests in a year for riders associated with the team (two coming from the Astana Continental team that has since been suspended) which led Brian Cookson to say they were drinking in the last chance saloon.

March 12, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: While we haven’t tested these tires under controlled conditions, the Extralight appears even faster than the already-fast standard version.
Compass tires are available in two versions: standard and extralight.

What is the difference between the two?

The difference is in the casing. The standard casing is already quite light and supple, but for the Extralight, we worked with Panaracer to push the envelope further.

These tires use a casing material that is also used on high-end tubular tires, and not usually available for clinchers.

March 12, 2015 (janheine.wordpress.com)





Photo: Stages Indoor Cycling launched at a fitness show in Los Angeles in March
Courtesy.
Stages Cycling jumped into the power-meter game at the end of 2012, but its parent company, Foundation Fitness, had already been producing indoor bikes for two decades. In fact, the genesis of the left-crank power meter Stages now sells came from Foundation Fitness.

The Stages Indoor Cycling bikes will be sold to gyms and individuals. Unlike many one-size-fits-all gym bikes, the SC3 and SC2 were clearly designed by cyclists.

BikeRadar had a chance to ride the SC3, and a few things were notable. The Gates carbon belt drive is smooth and quiet. Height and fore/aft adjustments are quick and easy for the saddle and the handlebars.

March 12, 2015 (bikeradar.com)







Photo: Stage 6 Profile.
Friday's Tour de Langkawi Stage 6 departs Maran at 3:00pm local (8:00am CET, 3:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Karak at around 5:19pm local (10:19am CET, 5:19am U.S. Eastern).

Tour de Langkawi live streaming should begin at around 4pm local (9:00am CET, 4:00am U.S. Eastern).

March 11, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)




















March 11, 2015






Former professional and ex-doper David Millar says he doesn't think nighttime testing would be worth the trade-offs. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
In the fight against doping, what is the definition of a proportional response?

The CIRC report, released late Sunday by the UCI, proposes an increase in overnight testing for riders, utilizing a new exception within the UCI’s 2015 Anti-Doping Rules.

The proposal, if acted upon, could see riders roused at any hour of the night to provide samples to anti-doping officials.

March 11, 2015 (velonews.com)


March 11, 2015



Photo: Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) wins the sprint in stage 3
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Kwiatkowski loses his race lead to Matthews going into mountains.

Michael Matthews made the most of a perfect lead-out from his Orica-GreenEdge team to take victory on stage 3 of Paris-Nice. The Australian was delivered to the front in the final two corners and powered home to beat Davide Cimolai and Giacomo Nizzolok.

Matthews also moves into the race lead, just one second ahead of Michael Kwiatkowski.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Andrea Guardini wins afain
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Andrea Guardini got back to winning ways at the Tour de Langkawi, seeing off Jakub Mareczko and yellow jersey Caleb Ewan to secure his third victory in four stages.

Whereas the two climbs in yesterday’s stage meant the Italian was unable to contest the sprint, today’s flat 165km route down the east coast of Malaysia from Kota Bharu to Kuala Berang was tailor-made for him to secure his 17th victory since 2011.

Yesterday’s stage winner Ewan got boxed in and came from too far back, while fellow 20-year-old Mareczko was in a good position but lacked Guardini’s raw speed.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Movistar rider Alex Dowsett aiming for rescheduled UCI Hour Record attempt after collarbone recovery.
Alex Dowsett is hoping to make his attempt at the UCI Hour Record in late April after his initial plans were postponed by a training crash that resulted in a broken collarbone.

The 26 year-old’s support team are looking at the slot to minimize the disruption to the Movistar rider’s road season and ahead of Bradley Wiggins’ attempt scheduled to take place in London on June 7.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





After missing out on wintertime racing in Australia with a broken collarbone, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) was hoping to begin his season in earnest at Strade Bianche, but another crash has sidelined the Aussie for the time being. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It’s touch-and-go if Simon Gerrans will be able to defend his Liège-Bastogne-Liège title next month.

The Australian suffered a fracture on the radial head of his arm in a heavy crash in Saturday’s Strade Bianche, and team officials said his spring classics program might be in danger.

Orica-GreenEdge sport director Matt White said the team is crossing its fingers that Gerrans could return as soon as the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March, but insist it’s still too early to say if that’s possible.

March 11, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Gloucester: Scenic, and one of the most challenging races in the United States. © Andrew Reimann.
This weekend, Colin Reuter of crossresults.com poured over his databases with one goal in mind: to figure out the best and worst ways to try and get a UCI point in cyclocross in the United States.

How did he do this? He looked at all the races on the USA CX Pro Calender, and based on his crossresults.com rider points system, he examined both the predicted rider and the actual rider to claim the last UCI point in a given race.

For the full math and his conclusions, be sure to check out his post at Until the Snow Ends, but we wanted to offer some of his salient points, as well as make a few of our own.

March 11, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Stages & Results),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages & Results),

Le Tour de Langkawi - Mar 8-15 (Stages & Results),

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

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

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Results),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Results),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 11, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Mark Cavendish at the Etixx training camp in 2015 Credit: Graham Watson .
Mark Cavendish completed the opening time trial of the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race today despite suffering the after-effects of a stomach virus he picked in South Africa last week.

He admitted he feels “nervous” with the illness striking at a crucial time in the season, with less than two weeks to go until Milan-San Remo.

“At least it’s better that it happens now than next week,” Cavendish told Cycling Weekly.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





The Addict is offered in three versions that vary only in the weight and strength of the carbon fibre. Photography by Matt Wikstrom
After a short hiatus, the Addict returned to Scott’s road range in 2014.

The frameset was re-designed to offer more compliance than the original Addict while continuing as a lightweight chassis.

In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom rides the 2015 Addict and compares the mid-priced Addict 20 with the high-end Team Issue bike.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Ritte Snob
(Photo courtesy of Ritte).
"This could have been the most pointless bike review ever written, because Ritte is one of those brands that people either conceptually get and love, or else really, really don't.

But two factors make your consideration of this bike worthwhile, beyond Ritte's reputation.

First - and most important - this thing is a blast to ride, and this noteworthy capability often gets overshadowed by Ritte's spirited marketing.

Second is that, as I showed the bike around, I realized that some people who don't like Ritte misunderstand what the company is about."

March 11, 2015 (bicycling.com)







Photo: Paris-Nice Stage 4 Profile.
Thursday's Paris-Nice Stage 4 departs Varennes-sur-Allier at 10:15am CET (5:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at Croix de Chaubouret at around 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern). 

Paris-Nice live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern, 6:00pm Pacific).

March 11, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: Germany's Andre Greipel celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the second stage of Paris-Nice.
(Getty Images Sport).
André Greipel finished off the hard work of his Lotto Soudal team with a well played long sprint victory on the second stage of Paris-Nice in Saint Amond Montrond.

Michal Kwiatkowski held onto the yellow jersey, but Degenkolb pulled himself closer to the race lead with the time bonus, and is now third at three seconds behind Rohan Dennis.

March 10, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)




















Photo: Adriano Malori (Movistar)
(Roberto/BettiniPhoto).
Adriano Malori won the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in a shortened 5.4km individual time trial in Lido di Camaiore, Italy on Wednesday.

The Italian finished the course in 6:04 minutes beating Fabian Cancellara by one second and Greg Van Avermaet by two seconds.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: gree with them, or disagree? Got your own idea?
Doping is once again at the top of cycling news headlines this week after the publication of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) anti-doping report and the positive EPO test of French rider Lloyd Mondory.

We recently asked readers to come up with measures that they would introduce to help the fight against doping in professional cycling, and here are a selection of answers.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The top three men for stage 5
(Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us).
An anonymous racer from Colorado has stepped in to rescue the Tour of the Gila from possible extinction. The Silver City Daily Press reported that the donor has competed in the Tour of the Gila in the past and wanted to have another chance to come back.

Race organizer Jack Brennan said the individual did not want to be named just yet, but stated categorically that it was not Lance Armstrong, who resides in Aspen.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The teams of Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead (right) will both take part in the 2015 Women’s Tour.
The top six ranked women’s international cycling teams are among the 16 squads that will be taking part in the 2015 Friends Life Women’s Tour over June 17-21.

The second edition of the Women’s Tour has attracted a very strong line-up of teams from around the world, including seven teams making their debut in the race.

Rabo Liv, the team of last year’s winner Marianne Vos, will return, as does the Boels Dolmans squad of 2014 World Cup winner Lizzie Armitstead.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





With a roster of international powerhouses, they are arguably the strongest team on paper. Photography by Cor Vos
Red and orange. It’s the color that’s been dominating the women’s races and podiums since the start of the season as the Boels-Dolmans squad is emerging as the team to beat this year.

The Dutch-registered squad has already secured six wins this spring.

The only race they started in which they didn’t reach the top step of the podium was Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and even there, they put two riders on the podium with van Dijk in second and Armitstead in third.

There’s no sign that they’re slowing down.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: Signorina (young woman in Italian) explores a new direction in functional art.
"I’ve been struggling with my thoughts about the Abbott “Signorina” bicycle displayed at NAHBS that has created both outrage and controversy.

As a student of art (I attended art school at the college level), I can appreciate that one man sees Mona Lisa where another might see a Mapplethorpe and take offense. 

By definition, “art” is objective; but, intent comes into play here and by adding his “survey” to the photos on his web site, Mr. Abbott moves away from art and into the realm of just plain creepy and lewd."

March 11, 2015 (outspokencyclist.com





Photo: Greg Lemond made s aplash in his debut year, and went on to win the Tour de France on three occasions.
"Cavendish, Merckx, LeMond, Boardman... We take a look at 10 riders that made a big splash in their first year as a professional rider."

March 11, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The large vents on the back of the Protone should help avoid overheating.
The Protone was originally unveiled at the Tour de France last year, and Kask have been working with the team since then to further refine the design, reportedly improving upon aerodynamics, strength and comfort.

So the version that’s coming to market is effectively the Protone Mk II and Kask say the 210g lid boasts one of the lowest aerodynamic coefficients of any vented helmet around, without compromising on ventilation.

March 11, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Photo: There is no longer such thing as 'a road bike' - there are multiple types for different purposes
Courtesy.
The road bike is dead.

That is to say, the concept of a road bike without some sort of preceding adjective is dead. Today, you can get an endurance bike, an aero bike, an adventure bike, a race bike, a gravel bike or a climbing bike, to list a few.

As the definitions of road riding continue to splinter and brands battle to carve out territory with specialised bikes, our list of adjectives gets longer.

Will we reach a point where these various streams converge? Not any time soon.

March 11, 2015 (bikeradar.com)









Photo: Stage 1 Profile.
Thursday's Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2 departs Camaiore at 12:35pm CET (7:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at Cascina at around 4:14pm CET (11:14am U.S. Eastern). 

Tirreno-Adriatico live streaming video should get underway at around 2:30pm CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern, 6:30am Pacific).

March 11, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






















Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

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March 11, 2015






Former professional and ex-doper David Millar says he doesn't think nighttime testing would be worth the trade-offs. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
In the fight against doping, what is the definition of a proportional response?

The CIRC report, released late Sunday by the UCI, proposes an increase in overnight testing for riders, utilizing a new exception within the UCI’s 2015 Anti-Doping Rules.

The proposal, if acted upon, could see riders roused at any hour of the night to provide samples to anti-doping officials.

Riders dislike the idea. The UCI is keeping all its options open.

March 11, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was third overall in Tirreno-Adriatico
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Roman Kreuziger is hoping to make his appearance in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) before the end of next month.

Kreuziger’s legal team have proposed a number of dates to the CAS but he hopes that a date will be set for April, which means that he would still potentially be able to ride the Giro d’Italia in May if he is found innocent of doping.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Romain Bardet at the 2014 Tour de France (Watson) .
AG2R-La Mondiale rider Romain Bardet apologized to cycling fans after his teammate Lloyd Mondory was suspended for failing a drugs test, saying the incident jeopardises efforts to make the sport more credible.

Mondory was suspended by the UCI pending an investigation after he tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test on February 17.

Bardet, 24, had a breakthrough year with the French team in 2014, finishing sixth in the Tour de France, and said it is unfair for the whole squad to be tainted by the actions of individuals.

March 11, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Irishman gives credit to Cookson for following through with promise to allow UCI be investigated.
Speaking in the wake of a Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report th