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March 2015

March 5, 2015




Photo: Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, talked to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission to tell them his view of the state of cycling.
Chris Froome has confirmed that he was one of the riders who talked to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), whose report into doping in the sport is due next week.

The Team Sky rider waived his right to anonymity by telling the Daily Mail that he sat down with CIRC to give his perspective on the state of cycling at present.

And Froome insists the sport is cleaning up its act, with positive drugs tests simply proving the detection systems are working.

“I sat down with CIRC after the end of the season last year and spent a good few hours with them, just talking about the state of the sport and how, from a rider’s point of view, they can try to improve on things,” he said.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) receives kisses from the podium hostesses
(AFP).
When the merger that led to the formation of Cannondale-Garmin was confirmed last summer, it seemed apt that the only man signed up to the team for the next three years was the lone rider to have been a part of the Slipstream project from its very outset.

Alex Howes was part of the first crop of juniors to ride for Jonathan Vaughters’ 5280-Subaru team in Colorado in 2003, and he has remained part of the structure, through its various guises, almost all of the way since.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Heading to South Africa...Mark Cavendish (Getty Images).
Mark Cavendish is traveling nearly 14,000km this weekend to take part in a 47km race.

Cavendish - and Australian lead out man Mark Renshaw - are making the trip to South Africa to compete in the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The event, which consists of a road race and the world's largest participation ride with 35,000 cyclists, has been forced to shorten the course to 47km after fires swept across Cape Town's Table Mountain. .
March 5, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Photo: 2014 Strade Bianche champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
(Sirotti).
The spring Classics season kicked off with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, and many of the same riders who competed in Belgium will head to Tuscany for Sunday’s Strade Bianche, which race organiser RCS Sport has dubbed “the northern Classic at the most southern point in Europe.”

Officially now called Strade Bianche Eroica Pro, after the creation of an accompanying sportif and a women’s version of the race, Strade Bianche is a unique race on the packed European calendar.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photography by Cor Vos: The stunning scenery through the Tuscan hills and quaint Italian villages provides a feast for the eyes.
Strade Bianche is a race full of history.

It began as an amateur fondo called l’Eroica, which is held in October in Tuscany each year following the Road World Championships.

The ride is a throwback to earlier days. All participants ride bicycles built before 1982. Many wear vintage clothing and accessories.

The professional event began as a men’s only affair in 2007 – and for the first time this year, the women have been invited to the party.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Ian Stannard wins the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad .
After winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, Team Sky’s Ian Stannard will take part in Italy’s Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico in the coming week. He will race there without the expectation or pressure to win, as he continues his important build-up to the classics.

“Strade Bianche is probably too hard for him, we also don’t want to always put the pressure on him,” Sky sports director Servais Knaven explained.

“He had pressure in Nieuwsblad and in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, so he will have free role in Italy. To say he can go for the win, is asking too much.”

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The course is made of two sections: A 53 kilometre anti-clockwise ‘squirrel shaped‘ loop starting in the host town, Tielt-Winge followed by five laps of a local 13 kilometre circuit.
Omloop van het Hageland is the second race in the Lotto Cycling Cup and wraps up the first block of racing in Belgium before the teams head north for the Drenthe races next week.

Many riders will be making their way back from Siena and the first Strade Bianche as the race gets underway in Tielt but many of the larger teams have sufficient strength in depth in their squads to field very competitive teams for both races.

March 5, 2015 (velofocus.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Start List),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Start List),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Race),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (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),

Le Samyn - Mar 4 (Results),

Le Samyn des Dames - Mar 4 (Results),

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne - Mar 1 (Results),

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite - Feb 28 (Results),

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

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

More ...

March 4, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Rigoberto Uran won the Giro's stage 12 individual time trial in 2014, and after previewing the 2015 TT course, he's confident he can rise to the occasion again. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Rising Colombian star Rigoberto Uran previewed the potentially decisive 59.2km individual time trial course slated for this year’s Giro d’Italia, and the GC favorite said, “It’s a nice parcours that I really love.”

Riding alongside Etixx-Quick-Step teammate Gianluca Brambilla in Treviso, Italy this week, Uran said the time trial “can be key, because energy levels of all riders will be at the limit after that amount of racing.

It could be important for the GC because, after about an an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes of time trialing, time differences can be pretty significant.”

March 5, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Strade Bianche Profile.
2015 Strade Bianche LIVE Saturday, March 7.

Race starts at 10:30am CET (4:30am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 3:30pm CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)

Live video from 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern, 5:00am Pacific).

March 5, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: Paris-Nice Prologue Profile.
Sunday's Paris-Nice Prologue, a 6.7km Individual Time Trial at Maurepas, gets underway at 1:35pm CET (8:35am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider.

Paris-Nice live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern, 6:00am Pacific).

March 5, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)




Photo: Will Astana be saved if Alexandre Vinokourov steps down from his position as team manager?
The Astana affair continues to evolve and is still lacking a lot of clarity.

First the team has been granted a later deadline for sumbitting their dossier to the UCI License Commission and they will now have to present their defense before Friday, March 20.

However, La Gazzetta dello Sport now presents a possible loophole that could save Vincenzo Nibali's and Fabio Aru's team.

If general manager Alexandre Vinokourov steps down from his position and allows a new management to take over, it may be enough for the UCI to accept Astana in the WorldTour.

This could be an easy way for the team to avoid being relegated to pro continental level or losing their license completely.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: A VPN is a Virtual Private Network and it can allow you to get around geo-restriction technology.
March is a busy month for pro cycling. Even if you had the free time and inclination trying to watch as many races as possible would not be easy.

Races are spread over many channels and for many fans there’s sometimes no legal way to watch a race because it’s not on TV.

The internet’s changed expectations and fans want watch every race going and thanks to the web it’s often possible.

Many people resort to so-called pirate feeds. But there’s a better way: use a VPN.

March 5, 2015 (inrng.com)







UCI President Brian Cookson said
The UCI’s Athletes’ Commission, a group tasked with providing a direct link between riders and the governing body, will see an organizational shakeup and a modernization this season.

The new-look Athletes’ Commission will place its members on the corresponding UCI commission overseeing their discipline — the road representative will sit on the UCI’s road commission, for example — providing a direct line to top-level decision making.

The president of the Athletes’ Commission, who will be elected by the other commission members, will sit on the UCI Management Committee.

March 5, 2015 (velonews.com)






Paris-Nice 2015 will offer a mountaintop finish midway through the eight-day race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Beginning Sunday, twin plot lines will course south from Maurepas, a suburb outside Paris, toward Nice and the Mediterranean Sea. One is doused in yellow, built around two time trials and a tough mountaintop finish.

Another is green, a matchup of the sprinters, fighting for the four stage wins on offer. The two combined will tell the story of the first real stage race of the year.

Paris-Nice, or the “Race to the Sun” as it has been optimistically dubbed, races across France from March 8-15.

A Tour de France in miniature, it often provides insight into climbs and stages Tour organizers Amaury Sport Organization will use for the grand boucle in coming years. The race compresses sprints, mountaintop finishes, and time trials into a single week.

March 5, 2015 (velonews.com)





Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan now wear the same jersey, aboard the Tinkoff-Saxo team. They'll have to balance their divergent aspirations at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de France, but the team insists it's possible to aim for both yellow and green jerseys. Photo: AFP PHOTO | ERIC FEFERBERG (File).
It was the blockbuster trade of the season. Peter Sagan’s move to Tinkoff-Saxo gave the already-loaded team another deadly weapon.

Cycling’s latest super-duo will match up for the first time this season as Tinkoff-Saxo will bring Alberto Contador and Sagan together in the same jersey in the same race for Tirreno-Adriatico next week.

Contador made his season debut at Ruta del Sol, where he went mano-a-mano with Chris Froome in a gripping battle that saw the two grand tour favorites separated by two seconds. Sagan, meanwhile, opened his season in the desert, with seven top-fives during the tours of Qatar and Oman, but no wins. Sagan lines up this weekend in Italy at Strade Bianche to make his European debut before linking up with Contador for Tirreno-Adriatico (March 11-17).

March 5, 2015 (velonews.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).
Lampre-Merida team manager Giuseppe Sarroni has denied that his team are interested in signing Thomas Dekker for this season.

On Thursday, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf quoted Peter Koperdraad, the managing director of Merida Benelux, saying that they may reignite talks with Dekker after his attempt at the Hour Record but Sarroni says the team is going in a different direction.

"We never thought of Thomas Dekker,” Saronni told Tuttobiciweb.

“Our philosophy is different. Maximum respect for Thomas, who has had the courage to face a challenge such as an Hour Record attempt despite not having a professional team behind him, but the philosophy of the Lampre-Merida is to invest in young talents, add new pieces to the team of the future and to improve promising riders.”

March 5, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Even the best drink on the market reportedly only contains approximately half of the amount of sodium that the body sweats out.
Adding salt to electrolyte sports drinks can improve performance for endurance athletes, with many top drinks not containing enough sodium.

Researchers in Spain have found that athletes who supplement their electrolyte drinks with extra salt perform better in endurance events than those who rely on the drinks alone for rehydration.

They found that the leading sports recovery drinks did not contain enough electrolytes to replenish those lost during long distance events, meaning the body will run on a sodium deficit.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: om Boonen Credit: Yuzuru Sunada .
Style is a word used a lot in cycling. On one level it’s very practical. It helps quantify form and efficiency.

A good riding style is efficient because more power goes into the pedals per calorie of energy burned, but the style we are talking about here is so much more than that.

Cycling is very visual. It’s quite graceful too when you think about it. A bicycle transfers the up and down motion of the rider’s legs into smoothly spinning wheels, and the most stylish riders do that with the greatest grace.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Canyon gave its aero road platform a thorough overhaul and this latest version is absolutely fantastic
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Swap out the old-school wheels and you've got an utterly fantastic aero road machine."

March 5, 2015 (bikeradar.com)










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

March 5, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)


















March 5, 2015







Photo: Dave Brailsford before stage two of the 2014 Paris-Nice (Watson) .
Dave Brailsford welcomes the UCI’s stance on Astana’s WorldTour license, insisting it is acting in the best interests of cycling’s credibility.

Astana has until March 20 to prepare their response to the UCI’s request for the License Commission to withdraw their right to race, which comes after after the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne returned its audit of team procedures.

Team Sky principal, Brailsford, says Team Sky are playing their role in moving cycling into a new anti-doping era, but insists only the UCI can decide on the best course of action for Astana.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC) checking his data or Angry Birds high score
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
On paper, Tejay van Garderen sets out from Maurepas this Sunday as one of the outstanding favorites for final overall victory at Paris-Nice, but the Race to the Sun rarely plays out according to a preordained script.

Twelve months ago, van Garderen’s race was ended prematurely by a bout of illness that forced him to abandon on the second day, but even without such misfortune, BMC directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois warns that Paris-Nice can never be reduced to its set-piece stages.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Ned Overend has more championship titles to his name than he has fingers to count them. The age-defying 59-year-old relies on high-intensity training and Strava to stay fast. Photo: Wil Matthews .
"I turned 59 in 2014, and I have maintained a high level of fitness since I first began endurance racing in the late 1970s.

Training with an emphasis on high-intensity intervals has been my preferred method of preparing for events throughout my career, which includes racing mountain bikes, road bikes, cyclocross, and Xterra triathlon.

I made a few forays into long-distance events such as the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and the Ironman triathlon, but my preference is racing for one to four hours."

March 5, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Lance Armstrong admits doping to Oprah Winfrey in 2013 (Getty Images).
No doubt Lance Armstrong is still digesting the news that he has to repay $10m (£6.4m) to previous sponsors following a ruling by an arbitration panel a few weeks ago.

This is on top of the lifetime ban from all sporting competitions that he was given several years back. Many probably think he got the punishment he deserved, but was it done fairly?

Leading sports organizations such as the International Olympic Committee and FIFA have been under pressure to resolve internal ethical issues in recent years.

On the other hand the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) remains highly regarded for its determination to stop athletes cheating, standing for fairness and protecting a level playing field.

Like a pulp crime novel, anti-doping action is seen as the good guys against the bad guys.

March 5, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photography by Cor Vos: Maybe a cute little cocktail dress.
"My youngest teammate Anna Christian looked genuinely concerned as she pulled me aside after dinner last Friday, the night before our first European race, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Chloe, I need to ask you a question,” she said.

Oh no. What’s she done?, I thought to myself. I know I’m one of the most experienced on the team but I’m not ready to help hide a body.

That falls outside the “what I’m expected to do for my teammates” charter.

“What are you wearing tomorrow?” she asked."

March 5, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Owain Doull, Andy Tennant, Steven Burke and Ed Clancy took silver at the World Championships (Pic: Vaughn Ridley/SWpix.com).
On the face of it, Great Britain’s below-par World Championships showing was a disappointment all round, returning with no gold medals for the first time since 2001.

Among the disappointment, however, were a few rays of hope and causes for optimism – not least for the men’s team pursuit squad, who improved significantly on their Cali horror show of 12 months earlier.

Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant, Steven Burke and Owain Doull – the latter two only just recovered from injuries  – won silver behind New Zealand in Paris.

March 5, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Photo: France en Vélo – The Ultimate Cycle Journey From Channel to Med – St-Malo to Nice by Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh.
More than 5000 people each year tackle John O’Groats to Lands End, but now there is a new challenge St-Malo to Nice – the ultimate route across France.

Lands End to John O’Groats is ridden by a huge number of cyclists each year, some riding it for charity, others as a purely personal challenge.

Imagine arriving at the glittering blue of the Cote d’Azur, warm sun beating down on your back and the vibrant town of Nice to welcome you.

There is an alternative to a wet and windy End to End; instead of riding across Britain, ride across France.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Dimension Data set to revolutionize the experience of billions of cycling fans across the globe..
"Commencing in July this year at the Tour de France, Dimension Data will partner with A.S.O. to revolutionize the viewing experience of billions of cycling fans across the globe.

Both organizations said their common goal in the coming years is to deliver and share the best race information speedily and in real-time with race commentators and the global viewing public."

March 5, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Moots Vamoots
(Photo courtesy of Moots).
"Cyclists come in all shapes and sizes, and lucky for us, so do bikes. However, when you’re a larger rider—whether you’re super-tall or consider yourself in the Clydesdale/Athena category (commonly defined as weighing more than 220 pounds for men or 160 pounds for women)—finding long-lasting, proper-fitting bike gear, from wheels to jerseys, can be tough.

When we recently reported on clothing for bigger riders, we heard from our readers that it wasn’t just finding the perfect pair of shorts that was the problem: It’s finding components and frames that can stand up to the weight of larger athletes."

March 5, 2015 (bicycling.com)









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March 4, 2015




Photo: Kris Boeckmans (Lotto Soudal) in the leader's jersey
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Kris Boeckmans won Le Samyn after beating Gianni Meersman with a powerful effort in the small group sprint in Dour, while Christophe Laporte took third.

Etixx-QuickStep dominated proceedings in the finale, and Stijn Vandenbergh’s show of forcing on the final stretch of cobbles, the 700 metres of the Rue de Bellevue, meant that the Belgian squad had four out of eight riders in the race’s decisive move.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photography by Cor Vos: Chantal and Ellen were still fresh coming into the finish. (cyclingtips.com.au)
Chantal Blaak won the bunch sprint that decided the Le Samyn des Dames race after a six-rider attack was reeled back in the final kilometers.

Blaak beat Anna van der Breggan, with last year’s winner Emma Johansson completing the podium.

It is the first victory of the season for Blaak, who finished fourth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, and the seventh win for her Boels Dolmans team.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Last year’s winner: Carlos Betancur wins stage six of the 2014 Paris-Nice.
After last year’s unusual parcours, made up almost exclusively of middle-mountain stages, this year’s Paris-Nice (March 8-15) reverts to type with the balanced blend of flat stages, time-trials and mountain stages.

As such, the race once more resembles a mini-Tour de France, and looks set to be contested by general classification riders looking ahead to the grand tours later in the season.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Overall wiiner, Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r)
(ASO/P.Perreve).
Jean-Christophe Péraud is starting to find his form after a slower start to the 2015 season than previous years, and is hoping he can find his form by the end of Paris-Nice to grab a good result in the uphill time trial on the Col d'Eze.

The AG2R La Mondiale rider was third overall when he last competed in Paris-Nice, using a fourth place on the Col d'Eze time trial to pull himself onto the podium, and is tipping that year's overall winner, Richie Porte, as the rider to beat this year.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Samuel Sánchez (BMC) was busy on the front of the peloton during his first race of 2015
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Former Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez will make his European debut with BMC Racing Saturday at Strade Bianche in support of three-time top-10 finisher Greg Van Avermaet.

Sánchez, who won the Olympic road race in 2008, was a late signing for the team and has competed only once so far this season in the red-and-black BMC kit, appearing on February 1 at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Nairo Quintana said he is satisfied with third overall in San Luis.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Nairo Quintana has returned to Spain from his home in Colombia as he prepares to kick off his 2015 European campaign at next week’s Tirreno-Adriatico.

The 2014 Giro d’Italia winner celebrated his 25th birthday at home on February 5 and clocked up some serious training rides with his brother Dayer and several fellow Colombian riders.

Movistar teammate Winner Anacona posted a photo of Quintana to Twitter, suggesting the Colombians had clocked up 222km and 3715m of climbing during a 7:40 ride.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Le Samyn - Mar 4 (History),

Le Samyn des Dames - Mar 4 (Results),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Start List),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Race),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (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),

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne - Mar 1 (Results),

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite - Feb 28 (Results),

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

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

More ...

March 4, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photography by Jered & Ashley Gruber: I was wondering if it would be better to do more intensive training first and boost my FTP and VO2max and then continue with the endurance and work towards the start of the new season.
Depending on the particular event you are aiming for you will need to gradually increase your training stress and this is done by both volume and intensity so you need to have these at an optimal level before you begin to taper.

Increasing only one of these (either volume training or higher-intensity training) on the final approach to your aim will leave you short in some part of your performance.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Bart Wellens retires from cyclo-cross.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Sagan leads Tinkoff-Saxo at Strade Bianche.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








If history is any guide, Roman Kreuziger faces an uphill battle as he appeals a biological passport doping sanction in the courts. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger faces a difficult legal battle to defend himself against accusations that he doped, based on past cases. Both the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed that an athlete has never won in appeal of a biological passport case.

WADA told VeloNews, “All passport cases brought before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have resulted in sanctions.”

The sports high court in Lausanne, Switzerland, CAS, confirmed the same but noted that it reduced the ban of Turkish track and field athlete, Alemitu Bekele two years ago.

March 4, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov at the Dubai Tour
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The Astana team has until March 20 to prepare its defense and response to the UCI’s request to revoke its license according to a report in the l’Equipe newspaper.

The UCI formally requested that its License Commission revoke the Kazakhstan team’s WorldTour license after an audit by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) of the team’s anti-doping culture, policies, structures and management systems.

The UCI also claimed that it has now received important evidence from the Padua police investigation. This was not available when the UCI License Commission granted the Astana team a 2015 license in December.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Axel Merckx met up with his father Eddy at the recent Tour of Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Axel Merckx has helped 18 cyclists — including Taylor Phinney and Joe Dombrowski — graduate to UCI WorldTeams over the last six years, a success rate he said is thanks to Axeon’s independence.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Merckx told VeloNews. “It’s a formula that works, not for everyone but for a big majority of the guys out there.

“I’m really proud of the team, it’s something that we’ve built up over the years. I’m trying to keep it going as long as I can.”

The Belgian former professional and son of cycling great Eddy Merckx announced in December a new look to his team for 2015. Bissell stepped down from the title sponsorship and took a smaller role, and the team was rebranded as Axeon.

Axeon is not a company, but a name that Merckx wants to help establish in cycling.

March 4, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere and Tom Boonen meet the press.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The tax evasion case involving Tom Boonen and his Etixx-QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere has been postponed. The pair were due to appear in front of the council chambers in Kortrijk this Tuesday along with Trek Factory Racing racing Stijn Devolder and six other members of the Etixx team.

According to a report in the Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf, the lawyers have requested a delay in the proceedings so that they may be able to reach a settlement.

The trial is the result of an investigation that began in 2009. Boonen and his fellow defendants are believed to have used various financial schemes to avoid paying tax.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Credit to my wife for the pictures and to my son Mario for the moral support. Looking forward to see him in races in the future!
This Saturday the 9th Strade Bianche heads off from San Gimignano to cross the ‘White Roads’ before finishing in the historic city of Siena. Our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico (and his bike), covered the last 20 kilometers to take in the final climbs and those dirt roads in his Tuscan homeland.

Despite its short story the Strade Bianche is already one of the most important races in the spring calendar and it’s the first big race in Italy, opening an important month.

March is full of cycling events with the WorldTour’s Tirreno Adriatico and the first of the historic classics: Milano Sanremo.

March 4, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)






Photography by Wade Wallace: The Power comes in the flagship S-Works model which is a pricey $300.
Specialized designed the Power for the purpose of being able to ride in a low, aggressive, aerodynamic position while staying comfortable and not restricting blood flow to the nether regions.

The most notable thing about the Power is that it appears to be a combination of many of Specialized’s existing Body Geometry saddles.

It bears the most resemblance to a Romin but with a shorter nose (by 30mm) and a more generous groove in the middle.

However, the widest part of the saddle measures the same as the Romin and comes in 143mm and 155mm sizes, going as wide as 168mm in the Expert and Comp models.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: My humble workbench is from the kitchen section of Ikea with many hours spent reinforcing it and securing it to the wall.
"What you need depends on how much DIY you intend to be doing.

There may also be some cycling-specific tools that you should invest in before some of the items here.

The first thing you need is a well-lit, ventilated space with access to a power supply – that's a must for any home workshop.

Consider the space you have available and prioritize the most important things – tool storage, for example."

March 4, 2015 (bikeradar.com)






Spectator dies after Belgian feedzone crash.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





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

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March 4, 2015





Pauline Ferrand-Prevot wins the 2014 edition of Fleche Wallone Femmes.
(Photo by ASO).
When Marianne Vos didn’t win World Championships on the road, we were surprised.

When she didn’t win World Championships in the mud, we were downright shocked.

Sure, she was injured—an early season hamstring issue made her season suffer—but for those of us who have seen Vos dominate the women’s peloton in road and 'cross for the past few years, watching her take third place earlier this month felt like a changing of the guard.

Added to that, it was Vos’s teammate, 22-year-old Pauline Ferrand Prevot, who took both wins and is wearing the rainbow jerseys.

March 4, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: A feed-zone .
Belgian pro Johan Vansummeren, winner of the 2011 Paris-Roubaix, wants cycling’s governing body, the UCI, to strengthen its race safety measures after a spectator’s death on Sunday.

A rider collided with 54-year-old wife of ex-pro Ludwig Wynants while she was in the feed zone of the Brustem-Sint-Truiden race near Hasselt, Belgium.

She later died of her injuries.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: There were some really big names and teams in this race, with a very hard course. I was hoping just to finish.
Along with the nine Europeans who crowded the top 10 at the semi-classic Le Samyn on Wednesday was 22-year-old Park City native Tanner Putt of UnitedHealthcare.

Tanner joined eight Belgians — including winner Kris Boeckmans — and a Frenchman to finish ahead of riders like 2014 Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra, Tour de France stage winner and compatriot Tyler Farrar, rising sprinting stars Giacomo Nizzolo and Bryan Coquard, and many others.

March 4, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





The chainrings may be expensive, but they last quite long and the ability to swap between compact and standard rings on the same crank is brilliant. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
Two years, over 10,000 miles, one conclusion: Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group is the best human-powered drivetrain the world has ever seen.

If you’re a weight-weenie, look to SRAM, home of the best weight/cost ratio in the industry. If heritage and beauty are paramount, there can be nothing but Campagnolo and its striking carbon curves.

But if clever, precise engineering and absolutely flawless performance gets you flush in the face, Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 is the group for you.

One can argue cost/benefit ratios and aesthetics and personal ergonomic preferences until the cows come home, but to do so is to miss the point. In the 9000 drivetrain, Shimano has a kit so impeccable it rivals the company’s own electronic groups.

Shift performance — and that’s what really matters here — is in a class of its own.

March 4, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: a freshly forged René Herse crank. Taiwanese workers earn good wages and work under decent conditions.
There are a number of small companies who make bicycle components in the U.S., but they are often limited by the technology that is available to them.

For example, CNC machines are relatively affordable and small. That is the reason why you see so many CNC-machined cranks and brakes, even though forging would make them lighter and stronger. (CNC machining is a good way to make other parts, like hubs and headsets.)

CNC machining also is quite wasteful, as a lot of aluminum is turned into shavings.

In contrast, a forging hammer is an investment that only one bicycle company has amortized on their own: Shimano is said to forge their own components. All others, including industry leaders like Campagnolo and SRAM, do not run their own forge.

March 4, 2015 (janheine.wordpress.com)





Photo: The Fly12 combines a full HD camera and a 400 lumen headlight into one
Courtesy / BikeRadar (edit).
Shortly following the release of the new Fly6 rear light and safety camera, Cycliq has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Fly12 –  a front facing headlight and HD camera.

Cycliq has announced an update to the yet-to-be-released Fly12. The Fly12 now features a bike alarm for cafe stops.

The Fly12 features a full HD 1080p front facing camera that will record at 45fps, and a 400 lumen headlight that Cycliq claims to offer 75 feet of visibility in complete darkness.

The light will feature three intensities in both solid and flashing modes.

March 4, 2015 (bikeradar.com)















March 3, 2015





Preview: Rich field set to race Paris-Nice.

March 3, 2015 (sbs.com.au)







March 3, 2015



Photo: Bart Wellens (Telenet - Fidea)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The 36 year-old Belgian has spent the last 12 years of his career with the Telenet Fidea team.

He was world champion in 2003 and 2004 after being Under 23 world champion in 1999 and 2000.

He also won two editions of the World Cup in 2002 and 2003 and the Superprestige series in 2003 and 2004.

His last victory was at the 2011 GP Rouwmoer in Essen.

He has struggled to finish in the top ten in major races this season as new generation of riders emerged lead by 19 year-old Mathieu van der Poel.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Le Samyn - Mar 4 (History),

Le Samyn des Dames - Mar 4 (Start List),

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Start List),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Race),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (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),

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne - Mar 1 (Results),

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite - Feb 28 (Results),

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

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

More ...

March 3, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo)
(Bettini Photo).
The Slovakian has racked up a series of placings in his early season racing in Qatar and Oman but is still in search of his first victory since signing for the squad.

Sagan finished second in both the 2013 and 2014 editions of Strade Bianche.

Last year Michal Kwiatkowski dropped Sagan on the final climb into Siena after the two distanced the rest of the peloton after the testing sections of dirt roads, while he took second after helping teammate Moreno Moser to victory in 2013.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Ian Stannard's teammates helped put him into position to win Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
With Ian Stannard’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad win Saturday in Gent, Belgium, Sky showed it is reaching a new level in classics racing after dominating in grand tours over the past five years.

With the monuments on the horizon, the result boosted the British team’s morale and sent a warning out to established squads like Etixx-Quick-Step.

“We were all quite young at the start of the team in 2010, but we’ve been growing together and learning the races,” Stannard told VeloNews in February.

“It comes down to experience, knowing and learning the races.”

March 3, 2015 (velonews.com)





Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) is ready to return to the peloton after missing out on early season Australian races with a broken collarbone. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
After his longest break from racing since turning pro 11 years ago, Simon Gerrans returns to competition this weekend at Strade Bianche.

The veteran Australian crashed three months ago, leaving him with a broken clavicle, and with a snap of the bone, he was forced to forfeit a chance to defend his title at the Santos Tour Down Under in January.

Coming off an intense training camp in South Africa, Gerrans vows to make up for lost time.

“I’m always excited to get racing underway, but this year more so than ever,” Gerrans wrote on his personal website. “Now that I’ve gone such a long period without racing, I’m really looking forward to getting back into it again and getting the season started.”

March 3, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Ellen van Dijk, Anna van der Breggen and Elizabeth Armitstead on the podium.
(David Stockman/AFP/Getty Images).
The classics season is now underway and the women’s peloton will head next to Le Samyn des Dames on Wednesday in Belgium followed by the inaugural Strade Bianche on Saturday in Italy and then back to Belgium on Sunday for the Omloop van het Hageland - Tielt-Winge.

A thrilling start to the classic’s season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday saw Anna Van der Breggen take the win ahead of Ellen Van Dijk in a two-up sprint. Lizzie Armitstead took third in a bunch sprint.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: In 2009 Andy Schleck won Liege-Bastogne-Liege
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Five months after he announced his retirement, Andy Schleck is making plans to open a bike shop. According to Luxembourgish website Paperjam.lu, the former rider hopes to open the doors of a new shop in Itzig in 2016. Along with the bike shop, the article states that Schleck wants to open an adjoining café.

"The store will not only be a lobby with bikes that will be on display," Schleck told the website. "We want to give great importance to the service.

I want to transfer to the customer service my skills and my athletic experience."

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photography by Dave Everett & Cor Vos: exactly what goes into preparing world-class teams with all the clothing and equipment they need for the new season.
One team that’s had a massive overhaul for the 2015 season is MTN-Qhubeka, the African Pro Continental team that has been riding on Trek with SRAM and Zipp for the past few seasons.

With Trek focusing its efforts and finances on its in-house Trek Factory Racing Team, MTN-Qhubeka managed to pull together a bunch of brands that many will recognise as the suppliers that were part of the initial Cervelo Test team of 2009.

That team eventually morphed into Garmin-Sharp and is now known as Cannondale-Garmin.

Brian Smith was brought on late last year as general manager for MTN-Qhubeka and has been instrumental in securing the sponsors that now supply the team. Cervelo, Rotor, KMC, 3T, Castelli and CeramicSpeed were all part of that initial Cervelo team; a team Smith helped bring together.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: The bars used for the 2013 Transition Apex are also included in this recall.
Specialized has issued a voluntary recall of the clamps that secure the bar extensions to the base bar for both models of Shiv - the time trial bike and the triathlon-specific bike - built between 2012 and 2015.

Clamps for both carbon and aluminum bars are included in this recall. Cockpit configurations that include the low-stack option are not affected.

March 3, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: There will be LIVE and On Demand coverage in English on Cycling TV. (Available in USA, CAN, BRA, CHL, CHN, JAP, MEX).
2015 GP Le Samyn LIVE Wednesday, March 4, Belgium.

Men's race starts at 12:05pm CET (6:05am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 5:02pm CET (11:02am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 3:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern, 6:15am Pacific).

March 3, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Everything you need to know about the 2015 Spring Classics.
Opening the action was Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The 2015 route had a total of 11 climbs or "hellingen," with course designer and former winner Peter Van Petegem keeping the circular route but tweaking the order of the climbs and adding the Bosgat ascent.

After a tumultuous year, 2014 winner Ian Stannard returned to the race as he searched to get his career back on track after breaking his back at Ghent-Wevelgem and spending three months off his bike.

There is still plenty more action to come in the Classics over the next two months, so let Cyclingnews guide you through the important races from Milan-San Remo to Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)




Photo: The feed zone on stage four of the 2014 Tour de Suisse (Watson) .
A 54-year-old woman was killed in a racing feedzone in Belgium on Sunday after a rider lost control of his bike in the wind.

The woman, who was the wife of former Tour de France stage winner Ludwig Wijnants, was struck by 18-year-old Jordi Van Dingenen at the Brustem-Sint-Truiden race.

Van Dingenen was riding the race, which is for elite riders without a contract, for the Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace team, whose team leader, Roger Loysch, witnessed the incident.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Andrew Talansky in the new Cannondale-Garmin colors. Photo: Courtesy of Cannondale-Garmin | Jake Hamm..
After a rollercoaster 2014 season that brought American Andrew Talanksy his greatest sporting achievement to date and also his lowest moment, the Cannondale-Garmin rider heads into the 2015 season with one objective in mind — success at the Tour de France.

What success at the Tour look would look like for Talansky, against a field that is expected to include three former winners, remains to be seen.

A 10th-place finisher at the 2013 Tour, Talansky, 26, won the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné, taking advantage of the rivalry between Alberto Contador and Chris Froome to pull of a daring final-stage coup.

He headed into last year’s Tour as a contender for, if not the podium, then perhaps a top-five finish.

March 3, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Luis Leon Sanchez in his new Astana kit
(Astana Pro Team).
Despite the UCI's request to revoke Astana's WorldTour license, Spaniard Luis León Sánchez says the team is still acting as if the situation were normal, planning to compete in Paris-Nice next week, a race that Sanchez won in 2009 and took second place the following year.

The UCI announced last week that it appealed to its Licensing Commission to revoke the team's license because of the team's connection to the Padova doping investigation.

The team was given a provisional licence for 2015 after the doping positives of Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy last year and was subject to an independent audit.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: If a race organiser picks a cobbled road it’s because they want to soften up the riders in the same way a cook softens a steak with a meat tenderiser.
This time last year the UCI had brought in new rule requiring riders to stick to the road.

This time last year the peloton ignored it. The result is that the UCI changed the rule and riders can use paths as long as it’s safe to do so.

Also Ian Stannard appears 10 times harder than the rest in the image above.

But he ended up on the cobbles by accident, briefly missing a move adopted by everyone else.

March 3, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: Paris-Nice will be a warm up for the prestigious Paris-Roubaix classic, which Wiggins is keen to wi.
Bradley Wiggins, the first Briton to win the Tour de France, was named Tuesday in Sky’s team for the six stage Paris-Nice event which begins Sunday.

Sky leader Chris Froome meanwhile will take part in the Tirreno-Adriatico, which begins in Italy on Wednesday and which also features Vuelta champion Alberto Contador, Tour de France champion Vicenzo Nibali and Giro d’Italia champion Nairo Quintana.

Wiggins won the Paris-Nice in 2012 prior to his Tour triumph.

The race is a key part of his farewell schedule before he leaves Sky to set up his own team. Australia’s Richie Porte, who won the Paris-Nice in 2013 and Welsh rider Geraint Thomas, who led last year’s edition, are also part of a strong Sky line-up featuring Bernhard Eisel and Nicolas Roche.

March 3, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photography by Luke Webber: Storey was born without a functioning left hand, and has taken 11 Paralympic gold medals.
She made an extremely strong impression in going within 563 metres of equalling the long-standing hour record of Leontien Van Moorsel, but British Paralympian Sarah Storey has ruled out another tilt at the mark.

Storey, who covered 45.502 kilometers in Lee Valley VeloPark in London on Saturday, said that once was enough for her, although she did leave a small possibility open after 2016.

“It’s a once in a lifetime,” she said, speaking to Press Association. “I won’t be considering doing it any time soon. If I ever did it again it would be well after Rio.”

March 3, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: A Shimano Nexus 3-speed internal gear rear hub shifts electronically.
Six years since its introduction at the Taipei Cycle Show, the distinctive Gocycle e-bike is available for distribution in the United States.

“The profile of a successful bicycle shop for us is usually one that’s into different niche categories. They may have super-cool urban bikes, folding bikes and e-bikes. Those people do very well with Gocycle,” company founder Richard Thorpe said.

The small-wheeled folding bike, now in its second generation, is unusual in many ways. Called the G2, its frame and wheels are made of magnesium. A small, 500-watt front hub motor pairs with a pedal-powered rear hub.

March 3, 2015 (bicycleretailer.com)





Jonathan Page rode disc brakes to a second place finish at the US National Championships.
(Photo by Molly Hurford).
The recent World Cyclocross Championships may not look like a major turning point in many respects. The race was held in a safely traditionalist bastion of 'cross (Tábor, Czech Republic) and the winners were reliably from old-guard 'cross nations (excepting the Junior Men's victor, Simon Andreassen of Denmark).

But viewed another way, the race may mark a major shift: the last World Championships that saw the majority of competitors race on traditional rim brakes.

That seems counterintuitive. Three of the four winners rode discs, with U23 men's champion Michael Vanthourenhout being the only holdout.

But the majority of starters still raced on cantilevers.

March 3, 2015 (bicycling.com)







Photo: The 29 year old Belgian was told last Thursday that he had to appear before the Belgian Cycling Federation on March 13. Photography by by Cor Vos
Although Greg Van Avermaet is one of the BMC Racing Team’s biggest guns for the spring Classics, it remains to be seen how his preparation and thus form will be affected by his implication in the doping matter involving Dr. Chris Mertens.

On Saturday it was confirmed that the Belgian rider had been summoned to appear at an anti-doping hearing held by the Belgian cycling federation Koninklijke Belgische Wielrijdersbond (KBW) on Tuesday March 13.

This date clashes with two major races on the spring calendar, Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. Both of these are used by Classic riders as an important part of the build-up to Milan-Sanremo and other events.

Paris-Nice runs from March 8 to 15 while Tirreno-Adriatico will be held from March 11 to 17.

Milan-Sanremo will itself be held on March 22.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)











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March 3, 2015





Photo: The 2015 Paris-Nice runs from 9-15 March (Getty).
Paris-Nice, the 'Race to the Sun', gets underway this weekend without its defending champion but with many of the biggest talents in the world of professional cycling.

Missing will be Carlos Betancur who will instead line up in Italy for the Tirreno Adriatico, but Paris-Nice will feature Australians Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis and Michael Matthews).

In one of his last races as a road professional for Sky, Bradley Wiggins will ride in support of the 2013 winner Porte, adding some much needed muscle and experience to the Australian’s chances.

March 3, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) in the overall lead in Paris-Nice
(ASO).
Nacer Bouhanni is yet to taste victory after 15 race days for his new Cofidis team but will be aiming to end his drought on home roads in Paris-Nice.

The sprinter has won stage one of the Race to the Sun for the last two editions which also saw him pull on the yellow leader's jersey. While Bouhanni will lead the team's mission for sprint wins, Luis Ángel Maté will look to finish high up on the overall classification.

Bouhanni won 11 races last year, including five grand tour stages, although is yet to reach the same heights with Cofidis since transferring from FDJ at the end of last year.

The 24-year-old's best results so far this season is third place on the final stage of the Tour of Qatar.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Mike Woods (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) claimed his first professional victory at the Clássica Internacional Loulé on Sunday. Photo: © João Fonseca.
Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies started its 2015 season with convincing wins in both California and Portugal.

Across the pond, Canadian Mike Woods won Sunday’s Clássica Internacional Loulé, soloing away from the field to claim his first professional victory. And just 10 days prior, Woods notched a fifth-place result in the fifth stage of Volta ao Algarve, which was won by Team Sky’s Richie Porte.

Meanwhile in California, Scott Zwizanski won the overall title at the Chico Stage Race, a four-stage, three-day event, which finished on Sunday.

“My form may be good, but this was certainly a team win,” Zwizanski said. “We worked together well and took advantage of every opportunity that was given to us to win the race together. The behind-the scenes guys like Soladay and Selander might not be on the podium, but their hard work and tactical savvy made everything possible.”

March 3, 2015 (velonews.com)







Photo: Kevin de Weert (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The statement came in response to a report in Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Tuesday, which linked De Weert to the inquiry.

De Weert confirmed that he was a patient of Mertens in 2012, when he raced for Omega Pharma-QuickStep, but stopped being treated by him when the investigation began in 2013.

The Belgian, who signed for LottoNL-Jumbo this winter, added that he later provided a DNA sample to investigators and said that he has not been summoned to either a civil or sporting hearing on the matter.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Lucy Martin wraps up against the cold weather
(Ladies on Wheels).
Lucy Martin is a fifth year professional cyclist with Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling. Martin rode for the British Olympic Development team until 2011 when she began her career with the Cervélo Test Team. The 24-year-old was selected to ride with the British team at the 2012 Olympic Games, where her teammate Lizzie Armitstead won silver.

"I started my 2015 campaign back in November when most of the team came together in Limoux, France. It’s a quaint little French village just a couple hours north of where I’m based in Girona.

This was a great camp for the team to get started on serious base training guided by the legend Chris Georgas - aka 'brows' - as I learnt later on- no explanation needed."

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Beryl Burton screenshot (BBC).
Perhaps the greatest female cyclist the UK has ever produced, Beryl Burton, is the subject of a short biographical film by the BBC as part of a series paying tribute to pioneering women in sport in the run up to International Women's Day on March 8.

Burton dominated women's time trialling and track racing for decades, winning 96 national titles and the best British all-rounder for 25 consecutive years.

She picked up seven world titles along the way too.

March 3, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: Starting at 15.00 CET, you can follow the opening race on the Walloon calendar on CyclingQuotes.com/live.
After the big opening of the Flemish cycling season last weekend, racing in the Walloon part of Belgium kicks off in more modest surroundings on Wednesday.

With several pave sectors and short, steep climbs, Le Samyn resembles a Flemish race more than a typical Walloon classic and usually allows some of the lesser known riders to shine in the absence of their captains.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)






The Specialized Power saddle is designed for road racers and triathletes. It resembles a time trial saddle, with its stubby nose, but the Power saddle is designed for any rider who spends a lot of time in a low position, whether that's in the drops or on the aero bars. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com.
Specialized’s line of saddles is getting close to being as large as its line of bicycles. The newest model, the Power saddle, takes design elements from Specialized’s time trial saddle, the Sitero, and Specialized’s popular Phenom saddle.

At first glance, the Power saddle stands out with its wide cutout. Then you sit on it and feel the Power’s extremely stiff carbon shell.

“The Power saddle is made using a new construction that combines carbon and advanced polymers, achieving the stiffness of carbon and the durability of plastic,” Specialized’s Lucas Hartman said.

Hartman went on to claim the Power saddle’s base is 20 percent stronger than other S-Works saddles and is 12 percent stiffer.

"While I cannot corroborate the claim in regards to strength, as I’ve only ridden the Power saddle for a few hundred miles, I can say it’s the stiffest saddle I’ve ridden. But don’t misconstrue that to mean it’s uncomfortable because it’s not."

March 3, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Bianchi Intenso Dura-Ace Mix
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "All the best traits we expect of Bianchi but without the premium price."

March 3, 2015 (bikeradar.com)
















March 2, 2015


March 2, 2015


Photo: Everything you need to know about the 2015 Spring Classics.
Opening the action was Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The 2015 route had a total of 11 climbs or "hellingen," with course designer and former winner Peter Van Petegem keeping the circular route but tweaking the order of the climbs and adding the Bosgat ascent.

After a tumultuous year, 2014 winner Ian Stannard returned to the race as he searched to get his career back on track after breaking his back at Ghent-Wevelgem and spending three months off his bike.

There is still plenty more action to come in the Classics over the next two months, so let Cyclingnews guide you through the important races from Milan-San Remo to Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in Sunday's Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Once again, the contrasts could not have been more stark.

On Saturday, for the second straight year, Belgian powerhouse Etixx-Quick-Step failed to deliver at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, its first home race of the season.

On Sunday, for the second straight year, it took revenge at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

In 2014 the difference was largely weather:

Saturday’s wet, frigid gloom gave way to the kind of lovely early spring sunshine in which Etixx’s Tom Boonen has built the better part of his career.

This year, the difference was simple patience.

March 2, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Three against one and it was a foregone conclusion, surely? Ian Stannard had other ideas when he won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday .
They were scratching their heads at the start of Kuurne Brussels Kuurne on Sunday morning, still wondering how Belgium’s top team could have thrown away victory in Het Nieuwsblad the previous day.

To recap: Ian Stannard of Team Sky, away with three Etixx-QuickStep riders for the final 40km, scored the most improbable of wins in Ghent, and in so doing left three of the strongest Classics riders, Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh, with – choose your description or metaphor – red faces, pants around ankles, egg on face, bottoms on a plate.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Caleb Fairly is looking forward to working for Giant-Alpecin's impressive line-up of sprinters and its aspiring GC favorites. Photo: Andrew Hood | VeloNews.com.
Caleb Fairly says he’s “fitting in nicely” with his new team, Giant-Alpecin, and is looking forward to a season in the trenches for the squad’s big guns.

The 28-year-old Texan joined the Dutch-German outfit for the 2015 season after riding for American teams High Road and Garmin since 2010.

“There are differences in the cultures. It’s definitely more Dutch or German; it’s also very relaxed. I am fitting in nicely,” Fairly told VeloNews. “At the same time, it’s very structured and organized. I am liking it so far.

They are very punctual, very specific. I can say there is never any confusion about what’s going on, or what your job is that day. That’s good for riders.”

Fairly said he had contact with the Giant-Alpecin organization when High Road was folding at the end of 2011. He spent a season with SpiderTech and joined Garmin for two seasons, where he rode and completed his first grand tour at the Vuelta a España in 2013.

March 2, 2015 (velonews.com)







Photo: It's the beginning of the season for Simon Gerrans (AAP Images).
This time last year, Gerrans had won both the Australian National Championships and the Tour Down Under.

This year, however, the Orica-GreenEDGE rider is yet to register a single race day owing to breaking his collarbone in December.

Next week the 34 year old will pin on a number for the first time since the UCI Road World Championships in September last year, making his racing return at the Italian one-day race Strade Bianche.

“I’m feeling good in training, and I can’t wait to pin a number on again,” a fully-recovered Gerrans wrote.

March 2, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Start List),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (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),

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne - Mar 1 (Results),

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite - Feb 28 (Results),

Volta ao Algarve - Feb 19-23 (Results),

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

Tour of Oman 2015 - Feb 17-22 (Results),

Vuelta a Andalucia - Feb 18-22 (Results),

Women's Tour of New Zealand - Feb 18-22 (Results),

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

More ...

March 1, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photography by Cor Vos: My teammates and I arrived in Belgium a week before the race.
"I had been warned, so I was mentally prepared for what to expect coming to Belgium this spring. I had been told to expect terrible weather – rain and freezing cold and maybe even snow. I heard about the big bunches and the race for position and how costly making a mistake would be.

“You have to keep going until you drop,” they said.

“It’s like war out there to hold position,” they told me.

My coach, Martin Barras, scared me a bit about the weather. I’ve come from an Australian summer. I’ve probably only been to the snow five times – and that was only in Australia. I haven’t had much to do with the cold weather. Martin told me to harden up. He said: 'You need to learn to train in the rain because in Belgium its always raining!'"

March 2, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





The climb up N 23rd Street, Richmond (Photo: Google Maps).
The 2015 World Championships road race route in Richmond, Virginia, will feature two challenging hills within three kilometers of the finish line, the organizer has revealed.

Working with the UCI, Richmond 2015 has modified the routes and finalized the schedule for week between September 19 and 27.

The downtown road race takes in the cobbled climb of Libbie Hill, before three 90-degree turns take the riders up 23rd Street, which hits a 13 per cent gradient short ascent.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com.
Bicycling participation among Americans is substantially greater than initially thought, according to a new study released Monday.

The U.S. Bicycling Participation Benchmarking Report, commissioned by PeopleForBikes, indicates that 34 percent of Americans age three or older rode a bike at least once in 2014.

For comparison, the same study found that 40 percent of Americans ran or jogged outside last year.

Previous studies had pegged U.S. bicycling participation much lower. The 2014 National Sporting Goods Association data indicated a bicycling participation rate of only 12 percent.

March 2, 2015 (velonews.com)







Cavendish sprints to Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne win.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Kristoff: Maybe Cavendish was fresher.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: The 29 year old Belgian was told last Thursday that he had to appear before the Belgian Cycling Federation on March 13. Photography by by Cor Vos
Although Greg Van Avermaet is one of the BMC Racing Team’s biggest guns for the spring Classics, it remains to be seen how his preparation and thus form will be affected by his implication in the doping matter involving Dr. Chris Mertens.

On Saturday it was confirmed that the Belgian rider had been summoned to appear at an anti-doping hearing held by the Belgian cycling federation Koninklijke Belgische Wielrijdersbond (KBW) on Tuesday March 13.

This date clashes with two major races on the spring calendar, Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. Both of these are used by Classic riders as an important part of the build-up to Milan-Sanremo and other events.

Paris-Nice runs from March 8 to 15 while Tirreno-Adriatico will be held from March 11 to 17.

Milan-Sanremo will itself be held on March 22.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: Lance Armstrong liked to control the media
(Bettini Photo).
Having been stripped of his seven Tour de France victories following the 2012 USADA reasoned decision, Armstrong has repeatedly argued that his life-time ban is too harsh a penalty considering former teammates were only handed six-month bans.

Armstrong claimed that he would be “the first through the door” when the Cycling Independent Reform Commission began to interview former dopers.

He revealed he spoke to the CIRC investigators twice during 2014 and told the BBC that he had been “totally honest”, adding, "At this point of my life, I'm not out to protect anybody.

I'm out to protect seven people, and they all have the last name Armstrong."

March 2, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) with the trident trophy of overall Tirreno-Adriatico winner
(Bettini Photo).
The organizers of Tirreno-Adriatico have confirmed that Chris Froome , Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali will all ride this year’s race, setting up the first ever clash between the four big-name Grand Tour contenders.

The only other time when the so-called ‘Four Tenors’ or ‘Fantastic Four’ of cycling will race against each other is expected to be at the Tour de France.

The four have never gone head to head in a major WorldTour stage race due to different race program and objectives.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Nicholas Roche admires former teammate Alberto Contador's ambition for the Giro-Tour double. Now riding for Team Sky, Roche (shown here in a 2013 Tinkoff training camp) feels Contador needed a new challenge. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Nicolas Roche has an interesting take on Alberto Contador’s run at the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France double.

Not only did he ride two seasons alongside the ambitious Spaniard in 2013-14, but also his father, Stephen, was only one of seven riders to have matched the feat, when he won the Giro and Tour (not to mention the world championships) in 1987.

Roche, now racing with rival Team Sky, said he understands Contador’s ambitions.

“It’s great to see that he’s aiming for the double. Alberto is someone who likes to prove he can do the impossible. He’s won nine grand tours [seven after disqualifications from the 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro], so winning one more or one less isn’t going to change that much for him,” Roche told VeloNews.

“Doing something that people is say is impossible, that’s a good challenge for him. He finds motivation in that.”

March 2, 2015 (velonews.com)





Ian Stannard outsprinted Niki Terpstra to win his second consecutive Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Pic: Sirotti).
Tom Simpson’s Tour of Flanders win in 1961 remains the only time a Briton has topped the podium at either the Ronde or Paris-Roubaix, but Stannard proved, once again, he could be the man to end the barren run.

Victory last year, after a gutsy attack with Greg van Avermaet and a well-timed sprint for the line, firmly established Stannard as a Classics contender, but the 27-year-old suffered a fractured vertebrae after crashing into a ditch at Ghent-Wevelgem to effectively end his season, returning only for the RideLondon-Surrey Classics, Eneco Tour and a single stage of the Tour of Briton.

March 2, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Photo: A doctor in America recommends indoor cycling for migraine sufferers, while a Swedish study shows it improves their quality of life.
There is currently no cure for migraines, but the millions of people who suffer from them could find some relief through indoor cycling, according to new research.

Dr Carolyn Bernstein, from Beth Isreal-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, says the low impact nature of cycling indoors is a great way to alleviate the symptoms of migraines.

Dr Bernstein, a migraine sufferer herself, told Fox21 that exercise in general can help relief, but it is not a complete cure.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo Rupert Fowler : Whether you're an owl or a lark can have a big impact on how well you train at certain times of the day .
In recent years there’s been an increasing recognition of the importance of the daily biological rhythm (circadian rhythm) in physical performance.

Previous studies on athletes have suggested that certain aspects of physical performance such as power and strength tend to peak during late afternoon/early evening.

But now a new study by UK scientists suggests that an individual’s internal body clock has an even more powerful influence on performance than was previously suspected.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)










Photo: The bicycle includes components that can also be used in a vehicles such as a car, truck or sports utility vehicle. blogs.wsj.com
There's a theory that some drivers get annoyed with cyclists because while stuck in traffic they envy our freedom keep moving despite congestion. If a patent application from Ford ever goes into production, jammed-in drivers could escape by assembling a bike from parts of their cars.

According to Richard Gray of Mailonline, Ford proposes to incorporate a bike frame in the body of the car, and have the other components do double-duty as car parts.

The car's spare tire will split to work as the bike's wheels; the jack will mount as the pedals and the saddle will come from one of the headrests.

March 2, 2015 (road.cc)







Dumoulin wins La Drôme Classic.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





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

March 2, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)














March 2, 2015





MTN-Qhubeka has ridden its way into the European peloton, and will debut at the Tour de France in 2015, the first-ever African team to do so. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The South Africa-based MTN-Qhubeka team has received a good deal of attention this year, with its off-season signings of Tyler Farrar, Edvald Boassen Hagen, and Matt Goss among others.

Its invitation to participate in this year’s Tour de France was also particularly ground-breaking. But apart from being the first African-registered team to earn a spot for the Tour’s starting line, and its notable racing successes over the last few years, the team is also driven by a different and unique philosophy — one which may eventually impact pro cycling at the highest level, and help to evolve the sport toward a more sustainable model.

Team founder and owner Douglas Ryder sees his squad as pioneering the future of African cycling in a way that will lead to more UCI events on the continent, and eventually, more African riders having the opportunity to race on top global teams.

March 2, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: It’s still painful, especially walking; on the bike it actually feels better. So I am able to train a couple hours on the road now, but obviously this is not enough to be ready for a race like Paris-Nice.
The injury Fränk Schleck sustained in a crash in the first stage of Ruta del Sol on February 18 has left the Luxembourger struggling to return to full form ahead of Paris-Nice.

The Trek Factory Racing directors allowed time for Schleck to recover from the deep muscular hematoma in his quadriceps, hoping that he would be able to rebound in time for the March 8 start.

Today the team’s final decision was unfortunate news: Schleck would be unable to attain a level necessary for the WorldTour event.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Olympic champion Dani King tells BBC Breakfast that she is back in good shape physically and how her Wiggle-Honda teammates are supporting her recovery .
Dani King admits it was scary to get back on the road after the crash that left her with broken ribs and a collapsed lung last year.

The 2012 Olympic team pursuit champion’s winter training was cut short by the accident, which occurred when a training partner hit a submerged pothole, bringing King to the ground as well.

But the 24-year-old is back in action with her Wiggle-Honda team, having recently returned from a training camp in Belgium, where the terrain was a real test of her recovery.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photography by Cycling Australia and Cor Vos: I’ve been working for two years towards Rio. It has all been a building phase and process towards that.
Anna Meares may be proud to have just delivered her eleventh world championship win but the Australian track cyclist is not about to get caught up in her history-making achievement, not when there is still work to be done towards the Rio Olympic Games next year.

When the 31-year-old won the women’s keirin final at the UCI Track World Championships in France a little over a week ago, she beat Felicia Ballanger’s record of 10 world championship gold medals.

With win number 11, Meares solidified her place in the record books, and the cycling world took notice. Meares received congratulatory tweets from figures such as Jens Voigt and Robbie McEwen, a flood of messages on her Facebook page and heavy mainstream media coverage.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: In my head, a European team was the way to compete at the top level. Photography by Kirsty Baxter, Balint Hamvas and BrakeThrough Media
While racing was in full swing these past few months in New Zealand, Australia and Qatar, all eyes were on Europe this weekend when the women’s road season “officially began” with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.

Although more UCI-sanctioned races are appearing around the globe, for men’s and women’s pro cycling alike, Europe is still considered the pinnacle of bike racing, and athletes from around the globe do whatever it takes to become “Euro pro”.

“In order to become the best cyclist — which is always the goal — you have to perform where all the best cycling is, and that really is in Europe,” said American cyclist Tayler Wiles.

Fellow American Megan Guarnier agrees.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Mark Cavendish beat Alexander Kristoff at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, the first time the two have faced off this season (Pic: Tim de Waele/EQS).
Mark Cavendish drew first blood against in-form Alexander Kristoff  as the pair continued their Milan-San Remo preparations at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Cavendish – who won the Belgian semi-Classic on his last appearance, with Team Sky in 2012 – outsprinted Kristoff and Elia Viviani  to notch up his sixth victory of the season.

March 2, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Photo by Matt Wikstrom: Craddock Cycles recently appointed Goldstein Cycles as its Australian agent.
Richard Craddock was born into a cycling family, so it was inevitable that he would throw his leg over a bike and start racing.

Less inevitable perhaps was his involvement in the industry, but that wasn’t what inspired him to start building his own carbon frames.

It was frustration instead, at not being able to find a mass-produced frameset that fitted him perfectly.

His first prototype generated enough interest for Richard to consider building a business around his new bike.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: If 25mm is good enough for the pros, it’s definitely good enough for us average Joes.
n the past, narrow tires were the order of the day, but the modern peloton is bucking the trend and switching to wider hoops.

Tire companies are unanimous in their support for this increase in diameter, which they claim reduces rolling resistance and saves energy, as well as adding extra comfort.

No longer does thinner mean faster.

It’s not just the tire brands making the change. Bike manufacturers are also taking heed of the trend and fitting their machines with 25mm tires as standard — instead of the formerly ubiquitous 23mm size.

As a result, tire clearances are expanding. Frames that were once too narrow for anything other than skinny race tires now have room for fatter fitments.

March 2, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)







March 1, 2015





Photo: Armstrong denies he has had an agenda and remains banned from competitive cycling (Laurent Rebours) .
Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban from competitive sport is set to remain in place after the report into doping refused to recommend lifting it.

The Cycling Independent Reform Commission, established by the UCI president Brian Cookson, presented its report in Switzerland on Friday.

The American agreed to co-operate with the commission and had two meetings with its members.

Armstrong claims to have answered every question and, in a recent interview with the BBC, the former cyclist suggested he had been wholly honest in his dealings with the commission.

“At this point in my life I’m not out to protect anybody. I’m out to protect seven people and they all have the last name Armstrong.”

March 1, 2015 (thesundaytimes.co.uk)


March 1, 2015





Mark Cavendish prevailed in a chaotic finale at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file). (velonews.com)
Mark Cavendish claimed his second win in Kuurne Brussels Kuurne after out-sprinting Alexander Kristoff and Elia Viviani on Sunday, saving Etixx-QuickStep’s blushes after the team lost out in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: I felt really tired all day and I felt yesterday’s effort in the legs.
Team Katusha’s leader Alexander Kristoff finished second in the prestigious one-day race Kuurne – Bruxelles – Kuurne (193 km), which was held today in Belgium.

Kristoff and his Katusha teammates controlled the last 30 km, keeping the pace high as the peloton headed through the city streets of Kuurne.

Kristoff held his position as the group hit the final corner to set up the field sprint.

The strong Norwegian ramped up his power with 150 m to go, kicking for the finish line in a massive turn of speed. A last second pass from Mark Cavendish put Kristoff in second place by less than a bike length in an exciting group sprint.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages),

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),

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne - Mar 1 (Results),

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite - Feb 28 (Results),

Volta ao Algarve - Feb 19-23 (Results),

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

Tour of Oman 2015 - Feb 17-22 (Results),

Vuelta a Andalucia - Feb 18-22 (Results),

Women's Tour of New Zealand - Feb 18-22 (Results),

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

More ...

March 1, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Stannard’s win makes him the ninth rider to win back-to-back Omloops.
Ian Stannard took on three riders from a rival team, cracking them one by one on the road to Gent before it was Niki Terpstra’s time to get done over in the sprint.

The locals call triumphing in a race overwinning, a term that ought to be used in English to describe Stannard’s success.

The early break went with only seven riders.

It had quality with 21 year old Aléxis Gougeard plus two established rouleurs in Albert Timmer and Matt Brammeier and as the race went on this trio were the last to hold out as Team Sky set the pace with Bradley Wiggins, born in Ghent, leading over the cobbles to the sound of angry farmers waving black flags from idle tractors.

March 1, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: After a year of reconstruction, I am sure we will see the real Romain in 2015.
Romain Sicard has shown during the difficult Vuelta a Andalucía, last week, he already had a good physical condition to "hard circuits and the Vuelta worthy arrivals", he compares.

He finished in 14th place at a mountain top finish, and during the penultimate stage, he made a long breakaway before the return of Froome-Contador duo.

Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe, the rider is hoping his form can help him gain leadership in more races for Europcar, such as today’s Drome Classic.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Alpe d’Huez Photo: Graham Watson
…and then they do it again. On the same day.
t’s too much to ask for all your friends to be cyclists.

We all need a mix of acquaintances who can ask silly questions, completely miss the point and not understand what you’re going through when Marcel Kittel beats Mark Cavendish yet again.

This is what you know, and they don’t. At least until you make them read it.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)









Ian Stannard
took on three riders from a rival team, cracking them one by one on the road to Gent before it was Niki Terpstra’s time to get done over in the sprint.

The locals call triumphing in a race overwinning, a term that ought to be used in English to describe Stannard’s success.

February 28, 2015 (inrng.com)








Stannard repeats in Omloop.

February 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Samuel Dumoulin wins his first race in nearly two years. Photo courtesy Yves Perret | AG2R La Mondiale. (velonews.com)
Frenchman out-paces Felline, Delfosse.

Samuel Dumoulin used a last-ditch attack to seize the victory on Sunday in the Drome Classic.

Dumoulin took his first win in nearly two years  by just four seconds over Fabio Felline, with Sébastien Delfosse third at seven seconds.

The 200km race around Livron was marked by a four-man break that included Danny Summerhill, Grégoire Tarride, Axel Domont and Bert-Jan Lindeman.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) wins GP Lugano.
(Sirotti).
Lampre rider tops Gavazzi, Montaguti in all-Italian podium.

Twenty-one-year old Italian rider Niccolò Bonfazio won the final sprint at the end of the 184,9 km course, beating Francesco Gavazzi, Matteo Montaguti and Rasmus Guldhammer and thus completing the great performance of the whole blue-fuchsia-green team.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The past year this team started to break out of the mold of how we were racing.
During the winter break, BMC duo Brent Bookwalter, the longest serving member on the team, and Peter Stetina, sat down with PEZ Cycling to discuss the team and American cycling in general. 

With riders like Thor Hushovd, Cadel Evans and Martin Kohler leaving the team in the offseason, all three with great experience and many years spent riding with the team, Bookwalter was asked to assess the changes in the team.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: The team will next season apply for a ProContinental license.
Skydive Dubai's ambition is to apply for a WorldTour license in a few years, according to sport director Humaid Mehrab Al Sabbagh, speaking in an interview with Rouleur Magazine. Skydive Dubai would be the first Arabian team to be at the highest level.

Skydive Dubai was started last year and runs this year with a continental license.

The team includes Andrea Palini, Francisco Mancebo and Vladimir Gusev.

The Tunisian Rafaâ Chtioui won earlier this month La Tropicale Amissa Bongo.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: We have already organized five editions of the race and it wasn't a problem in the past.
Despite riders' protest resulting in the cancellation of the fifth stage of this year's Tour of Oman, the continuation of the event held in the Middle East has been confirmed for 2016 season.

The race organizer, Eddy Merckx, threatened that an unpleasant incident seriously endangered a future of the event and openly criticized an attitude presented by riders.

However, a representative of the Omani party responsible for running the event emphasized that it wasn't a case.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Classy chassis is a true winner that the spec can’t quite match."

March 1, 2015 (bikeradar.com)






"We received a letter from LAPD Officer John (Rusty) Redican regarding a a ring of high end bicycle thieves that were  arrested a few years back, who may or may not be at it again.

There is some good information in his letter that is worth reading and sharing with your fellow cyclists."

March 1, 2015 (socalcycling.com)





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

March 1, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





March 1, 2015





Photo: Armstrong denies he has had an agenda and remains banned from competitive cycling (Laurent Rebours) .
Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban from competitive sport is set to remain in place after the report into doping refused to recommend lifting it.

The Cycling Independent Reform Commission, established by the UCI president Brian Cookson, presented its report in Switzerland on Friday.

The American agreed to co-operate with the commission and had two meetings with its members.

Armstrong claims to have answered every question and, in a recent interview with the BBC, the former cyclist suggested he had been wholly honest in his dealings with the commission.

“At this point in my life I’m not out to protect anybody. I’m out to protect seven people and they all have the last name Armstrong.”

March 1, 2015 (thesundaytimes.co.uk)





Photo: GP Samyn is the opening of the new Lotto Wallonia Cup.
The 47th edition of the Grand Prix Samyn (1.1) is not tailored for the sprinters this year.

By working on the traditional route, it includes 13 cobbled sections totaling 13 kilometers in the final of this year’s event, which takes place on Wednesday.

The GP is ridden on March 4 between Quaregnon and Dour.

The arrival of the edition of 2015 is in the center of Dour, where the race finishes with three local laps.

According to the organization, the toughest cobbled sector, which received a three-star difficulty, lies just over two kilometers from the finish.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Servais Knaven and Rod Ellingworth catch up during a training ride
(Team Sky).
Servais Knaven knows better than most that when riders from Patrick Lefevere’s team outnumber the rest in the finale of a cobbled classic, only one outcome is likely.

After all, he was one of four Domo riders in the winning break of seven at Paris-Roubaix in 2001, and he duly slipped away to claim victory and lead a sweep of the podium for the Belgian squad.

On Saturday at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, then, Knaven must have had a sinking feeling as he sat in the Sky team car behind the decisive break and watched his man Ian Stannard outnumbered by three of Lefevere’s Etixx-QuickStep charges.

One imagines that the Dutchman was able to offer plenty of insight but precious little consolation when Stannard dropped back to weigh up his prospects.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Arnaud Démare (FDJ)
(Bettini Photo).
The record 30-year drought since France’s last Tour de France victory tends to grab the headlines but it’s worth recalling that 18 years have now passed since Frédéric Guesdon became the last home winner of Paris-Roubaix when he surprised Johan Museeuw, Andrei Tchmil et al in a gripping sprint finish on the velodrome.

After retiring in 2012, Guesdon remained at FDJ as a directeur sportif, and he now finds himself in the position of offering guidance to the man viewed by many as his most likely successor at Roubaix, Arnaud Démare.

March 1, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Google Maps elevation.png.
Cyclists are among the most likely Google Maps users to report problems with the maps, allowing the internet giant to adapt and improve mapping.

If a user tells Google that its directions are wrong, a team at Google’s Project Ground Truth will check out the claims and adjust the map - but it relies on feet - or wheels - on the ground.

March 1, 2015 (road.cc)











February 28, 2015








British rider Sarah Storey came up short in her bid to beat Leontien Van Moorsel’s twelve year world hour record, covering a distance of 45.502 kilometres in Lee Valley VeloPark in London on Saturday and missing out by fractionally over half a kilometer.

Riding courageously, the multiple British Paralympic gold medallist dug in as deep as possible but taking on the pace set by one of the most successful female riders of all time proved to be too much.

February 28, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





What Makes Ian Stannard A Great Rider.

February 28, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)


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