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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)







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: 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: 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)





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)







March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






March 24, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






March 24, 2015 (velonews.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 27, 2015 (cyclingfans.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: 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)






"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: 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)





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.

March 25, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






March 25, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)






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