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Unserious questions, part 5: the Giro finale.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Joe Dombrowski spent some time up the road in the last week of the Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."The Giro d’Italia is over. Five of the original six American racers made it to Torino on Sunday, led by Joe Dombrowski in 34th overall.

Dombrowski raced for just over 88 hours since May 6th. His Strava profile, which includes rest-day rides and the like, tells an even more difficult story: 91 hours, 2,145 miles, 142,428 feet of climbing. It was not an easy month."
(velonews.com)

May 30, 2016








Seven talking points from the final week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Kristof Ramon & Cor VosThumb Overlay."t seems like a lifetime ago that the 2016 Giro d’Italia got underway in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn.

In reality it’s been only three weeks - three weeks of terribly exciting bike racing.

So as the dust settles on the season’s first Grand Tour, we look back at the final week of the race and consider the moments and performances that defined the 2016 Giro d’Italia."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 30, 2016





Giro d'Italia: Valverde completes Grand Tour podium hat-trick.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): 2016 Giro d'Italia podium: Estaban Chaves (Orica), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."At 36 years of age, Alejandro Valverde was one of the oldest debutants at this year’s Giro d’Italia - third oldest behind Ruben Plaza and Jean-Christophe Peraud to be exact.

They say that it’s better late than never and upon crossing the line in Turin on Sunday, Valverde finally completed his hat-trick of Grand Tour podium finishes."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 30, 2016






Rachel Neylan wins women's Grand Prix de Plumelec Morbihan.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): The women's Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan podium (High5 GoExPro Australian Women’s Road Development Team)Thumb Overlay."Australian beats Christine Majerus and Elise Delzenne." (cyclingnews.com)





May 30, 2016





Porte to lead BMC at Criterium du Dauphine, van Garderen for Tour de Suisse.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Richie Porte (BMC) shows the effort during the Tour de Romandie prologue. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."BMC Racing will split up the team’s two general classification leaders for the upcoming WorldTour races, with Australian Richie Porte taking the reins at Critérium du Dauphiné and American Tejay van Garderen heading for Tour de Suisse." (cyclingnews.com)

May 30, 2016





On Test: PowerTap P1 Pedals.

Thumbnail Credit (pelotonmagazine.com): PowerTap states that the P1 pedals use a proprietary, three-bolt Keo-style cleat Thumb Overlay."Baring a very similar style and engagement feel to the Look Keo Blade pedals, the PowerTap P1 pedals follow the recent trend of power meters moving away from historically high price-points and crank spindles.

The Keo is not a bad pedal system to emulate from a technology standpoint, as they were first introduced in 1984 and Hinault went on to immediately win two Tours – the power platform is tested and logical.

The latest from PowerTap gets closer to where your power pistons are connected to the drivetrain, the pedals, and at a more digestible price."
(pelotonmagazine.com)

May 30, 2016










2016 Criterium du Dauphine LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Prologue: Sunday, June 5 Les Gets/Les Gets (3.9 km)Thumb Overlay."Sunday's (June 5) Criterium du Dauphine Prologue, a 3.9km Individual Time Trial from Les Gets to Les Gets, gets underway at 11:40pm CET (5:40am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.

Finish at around 2:47pm CET (8:47am U.S. Eastern).

Criterium du Dauphine live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)







Nibali pulls off a Giro d'Italia resurrection.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) kisses the Giro d'Italia trophy (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."In Italy they are describing Vincenzo Nibali's come back and Giro d'Italia victory as one of the greatest comebacks in professional cycling.

It has been called a resurrection, ‘Dal buio al trionfo' – from the dark to victory, as Gazzetta dello Sport described on Sunday morning, giving Nibali the top half of the front page of their sports newspaper for a second consecutive day."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 29, 2016









Nibali wins 2016 Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in the maglia rosa (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali secured his second career Giro d’Italia overall victory Sunday in Torino. Giro points champion Giacomo Nizzolo, meanwhile, will have to wait at least another year to nab a maiden stage win at his home grand tour.

Although the 27-year-old Italian crossed the finish line first in Sunday’s 21st and final stage of the race, he was relegated for an irregular sprint after swerving in the finale, cutting off Sacha Modolo.

Nikias Arndt, the second rider across the line, was awarded the victory instead."
(velonews.com) (cyclingnews.com)

May 29, 2016








The Moment The Giro Was Won.

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): Cor VosThumb Overlay."The moment the race was lost? Steven Kruijswijk started the day’s stage to Risoul with a three minute lead on Esteban Chaves and more than four minutes on Vincenzo Nibali.

With his form and recent performances this looked more than comfortable. A crash on the snowy descent of the Colle dell’Agnello and a long chase, saw him finish the stage almost five minutes down on Nibali and surrender the maglia rosa to Esteban Chaves who had just lost time to Nibali on the summit finish to Risoul."
(inrng.com)

May 29, 2016








Fairytale Finish for Nizzolo…Then Disaster!

Thumbnail Credit (pezcyclingnews.com): Vincenzo Nibali was almost carried home by his teammates to seal the victory on a GiroThumb Overlay."It was a damp start to the final stage of the 99th Giro but, despite several crashes, it was a red-hot sprint that saw the man already in Red finally get the win to go with the jersey.

Nizzolo (although Modolo wasn’t happy with his line) finished the fastest of the fast men to end this epic race.

And then, after the celebrations it was announced that he’d been disqualified!"
(pezcyclingnews.com)

May 29, 2016





Hard-working Bobridge in contention for ‘maglia nera’.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Jack Bobridge has spent plenty of time at the front of the Giro peloton putting in work for Trek – Segafredo, but that has also contributed to his spending plenty of time at the back of the bunch as well. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Jack Bobridge would be happy to surrender his claim to one of the long standing but now unofficial honors of the Giro d’Italia before the race finishes on Sunday.

That honor is being the “winner” of the Giro’s “maglia nera” (black jersey) as the last finisher on general classification, like the “lanterne rouge” (red lantern) in the Tour de France."
(velonews.com)

May 29, 2016







21-year-old Greg Daniel stuns favorites to take US national road title.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by USA CyclingThumb Overlay."Axeon Hagens Berman’s incredible 2016 season rolled on Saturday in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as 21-year-old Greg Daniel stunned the pre-race favorites with a late-race solo attack that held to the line to take the U.S. national road title.

Alex Howes finished second, five seconds back. Travis McCabe was third, in the same time."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 29, 2016







Giro d'Italia: Taaramae wins stage 20 in Sant’Anna di Vinadio.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Chaves loses battle for GC on the Colle della Lombarda.

Vincenzo Nibali pulled off what seemed impossible just a few days ago and all but won the Giro d’Italia with a devastating performance on the final mountain stage.

The Italian started stage 20 to Sant'Anna di Vinadio 44 seconds down on maglia rosa Esteban Chaves but made up the deficit on the penultimate climb with a long-range attack after cracking all his major rivals, including the Colombian."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016









Five talking points from stage 20 of the Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Vincenzo Nibali riding away on stage 20 of the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Photo: Graham WatsonThumb Overlay."Yesterday’s stage victory was only the start of Vincenzo Nibali’s against the odds comeback.

Today he attacked around 5km from the summit of the Colle della Lombardia, the final climb of the day, and immediately dropped the pink jersey Esteban Chaves."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 28, 2016







Dombrowski disappointed to miss out on a stage victory at the Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale) dancing on the pedals (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Joe Dombrowski desperately wanted to win the final mountain stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia.

He has covered the mountain climb numerous times in long training rides up from his European base in Nice and was hoping to win in front of his parents, who had also ridden up the climb and reached the isolated group of buildings that cluster around the Sant'Anna di Vinadio monastery."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016







Kruijswijk declared fit to battle on at the Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Steven Kruijswijk struggles to the line after crashing during stage 19. (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Steven Kruijswijk will battle on in the Giro d'Italia after being declared fit to start the penultimate stage on Saturday morning.

After spinning the legs on the rollers in his hotel this morning, Kruijswijk's LottoNL Jumbo team confirmed he would be carrying on, despite the fractured rib and pain in his foot and side that he sustained in a crash on yesterday's stage 19."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016





Fractured scapula and collarbone a mixed blessing for Zakarin.

Thumbnail Credit (sbs.com.au): Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) left Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia in an ambulance after a serious tumble left onlookers fearing for the worst. Thumb Overlay."Zakarin, who was sitting in fifth overall, crashed out in the dramatic 162km stage from Pinerolo to Risoul, two days before the Giro ends in Turin.

The 26-year-old Katusha rider came off in a turn on the long descent off the Coll dell'Agnello. He was sitting four minutes and 50 seconds behind Steven Kruijswijk, who later crashed on the same descent and lost his pink leader’s jersey.

While Kruijswick managed to complete the stage with a fractured rib, for Zakarin the Giro is over."
(sbs.com.au)

May 28, 2016






Kruijswijk's Giro d'Italia questionable after rib fracture diagnosed.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) finishes stage 19 after a crash in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."On Thursday, it seemed as if Steven Kruijswijk had the Giro d'Italia sewn up and would be arriving in Turin as the first Dutch winner in the race's history.

Now, the LottoN Jumbo team confirmed late Friday that Kruijswijk had sustained a fractured rib, and is suffering from pain in his foot and side."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016







Giro d'Italia: Nibali claims penultimate mountain stage.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) attacks (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Vincenzo Nibali took emotional victory on hectic and breath-taking stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia. In a day that saw the maglia rosa Steven Kruijswijk crash heavily, Nibali claimed valuable seconds on his rivals following a late attack on the last climb.

Mikel Nieve crossed the line in second place with Esteban Chaves in second.

After enduring a lot of criticism and pressure from the Italian press, the victory proved cathartic for Nibali who burst into tears soon after the line."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016








Chaos on Giro’s Cima Coppi.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): The Giro d'Italia's overall standings will be decided in the final Alpine mountain stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Thumb Overlay."The Giro d’Italia’s Cima Coppi, the highest mountain of the race, was unkind to a few GC contenders, but it was actually the Colle dell’Agnello’s descent that wreaked the most havoc.

True, Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde was dropped on the climb, possibly suffering from the altitude, which he said affected him in the Dolomites. At the start of the day, he was third overall.

But really, most fans will remember the two big crashes on the Agnello’s long, foggy descent from the top of the 2,744-meter (9,004-foot) peak."
(velonews.com)

May 27, 2016










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Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 11-14 (Stages),

Crescent Women World Cup Vårgårda - Aug 21 (Race),

GP de Plouay - Aug 27 (Race),

Brussels Cycling Classic - Sept 3 (Race),

Tour of Britain - Sept 4-11 (Stages),

Eneco Tour - Sept 19-25 (Stages),

Giro dell'Emilia 2016 - Sept 24 (Race),

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli 2016 - Sept 25 (Race),

Tre Valli Varesine 2016 - Sept 27 (Race),

Milano-Torino 2016 - Sept 28 (Race),

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2016 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): The 2016 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic events are being held May 29-30Thumb Overlay."Monday: Men's Road Race at 1:30pm U.S. Eastern (19:30pm CET)" (cyclingfans.com)










Ratto wins Winston Salem Classic.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling) (Velofocus)Thumb Overlay."Rossella Ratto soloed to the win Monday at the Winston Salem Cycling Classic, the 10th event of USA Cycling's 2016 Pro Road Tour.

Ratto gave Cylance its first UCI victory of the season thanks to a well-timed and tenacious attack."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 30, 2016






Coryn Rivera wins USA Crits Winston Salem Cycling Classic.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Coryn Rivera (UHC) looking calm on the stage line (Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)Thumb Overlay."Erica Allar and Kimberley Wells complete the podium.

Murphy beats Brad Huff and Ty Magner in sprint finish." (cyclingnews.com)


May 30, 2016





Drops Cycling: ‘The idea is to become the dominant women’s team in Britain’.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Drops Cycling, Lincoln Grand Prix 2016. Photo: Andy Jones Thumb Overlay."Women’s cycling is going through something of a purple patch in the UK at the moment and along with Lizzie Armitstead’s dominance of the international calendar and Wiggle High5 showcasing some of Britain’s top riders, first-year amateur team Drops Cycling are aiming to make waves both at home and in Europe." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 30, 2016






Dumoulin on course to start Tour de France.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Tom Dumoulin’s participation in the Tour de France looks all but certain after his Giant Alpecin team confirmed he would aim to use the race as his build up to the Olympic Games in Rio." (cyclingnews.com)

May 30, 2016





Nieve saves Team Sky's Giro d'Italia with mountains classification victory.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Mikel Nieve won the KOM classification (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."It appeared that Team Sky was going to suffer another disappointing Giro d’Italia when Mikel Landa was forced to abandon at the start of the second week.

However, last-minute addition Mikel Nieve salvaged the race with victory in the mountains classification and a stage win."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 30, 2016





Giro d’Italia victory cements Nibali’s role as future leader of Bahrain Cycling team.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) all smiles with his pink jersey (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Vincenzo Nibali carefully hid behind the UCI rule stopping riders talking about their future teams until the transfer window officially opens on August 1, but Cyclingnews understands the Giro d’Italia winner will ride for the nascent Bahrain Cycling Team in 2017 after playing a key role in the creation of the new WorldTour team." (cyclingnews.com)

May 30, 2016





The Sage Cycles Barlow Titanium Gravel Frame.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): Sage Cycles Barlow Titanium gravel bike. ©️ Clifford Lee / Cyclocross MagazineThumb Overlay."Our 56cm review sample of the Sage Barlow is beautifully TIG welded of 3 Al/2.5 V titanium alloy with a geometry that mixes elements from a modern ‘cross bike, like 42.5cm chainstays and a 7.0cm bottom bracket drop, with a road racing bike-like long 58cm top tube to facilitate a lower position on the bike.

The long top tube combined with the 72.5 head tube angle yields a long 617mm front center."
(cxmagazine.com)

May 30, 2016





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Baloise Belgium Tour goes on, but without Lotto Soudal.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Stage 3 of the Baloise Belgium Tour (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."The Baloise Belgium Tour will continue as planned on Sunday with stage 4, despite doubts that lingered after a serious crash, caused by two motorbikes, saw stage 3 abandoned.

Discussions took place between riders, teams and race organisers, and it was decided that the final stage would be raced."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 29, 2016







Waeytens wins grueling sprint in final stage Baloise Belgium Tour.

Thumbnail Credit (sporza.be): The final victory in the Baloise Belgium Tour for Dries DevenynsThumb Overlay."Zico Waeytens has won his first professional victory should celebrate.

Dries Devenyns was overall winner of the Baloise Belgium Tour.

The final stage was somewhat depressed after the dramatic stage on Saturday. After the accident yesterday, the riders decided to start anyway in the final stage.

Just Lotto Soudal, the team of the unfortunate Stig Broeckx, was no longer at the start. Starting in Tremelo was imprinted the atmosphere. The start was just postponed and the local round was completed in closed battle. "
(sporza.be)

May 29, 2016





Dumoulin makes it two in a row in Boucles de l’Aulne.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): One day after his win at the GP de Plumelec, Dumoulin was the fastest in the uphill sprintThumb Overlay."After a very fast and aggressive race, Samuel Dumoulin made it to wins in two days when he added the victory in the Boucles de l’Aulne to the win he took at the GP de Plumelec yesterday.

After his Ag2r team had controlled the final 8km lap, he beat Arthur Vichot and Clement Venturini in the uphill sprint and this allowed him to move in the lead in the Coupe de France standings."
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 29, 2016






Irish on the attack into Skerries but Fankhauser wins Rás.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): Clemens Fankhauser (Austria Tirol Cycling) has won the An Post Rás for the second time this afternoon. The 30 year-old took the jersey on stage three and despite countless attacks since then, held firm to cross the line with three seconds to spare on runner-up Jai Hindley of Australia with the latter’s teammate Lucas Hamilton taking third. Above, Nicolai Brochner of Denmark Riwal wins Stage 8 (Photo: Ryan Byrne – Inpho)Thumb Overlay."Clemens Fankhauser has written his name into Rás legend this afternoon by becoming one of just five riders to win the race twice.

Philip Cassidy, Paul McCormack, Chris Newtown and Stephen Spratt are all two-time winners while Seamus O’Hanlon won it four times and Paddy Flanagan three times."
(stickybottle.com)

May 29, 2016





Alex Dowsett breaks British 25-mile time trial record with sub 45-minute ride.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Alex Dowsett wins the RTTC Classic Time Trial Series round in Essex Thumb Overlay."Alex Dowsett comprehensively broke the British 25-mile time trial competition record on Sunday, becoming the first rider in history to break the 45-minute mark with a time of 44-29.

The previous record, 45-43 held by Matt Bottrill, was smashed by over a minute by Dowsett in his ride at the ECCA Championships in Cambridgeshire on the E2/25 course, with the Movistar rider averaging 33.7mph (54.2kmph)."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 29, 2016





New Product Spotlight: Silca Tubeless Valve Kits, Cores, Extenders and Rim Tape.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): Silca’s new Tubeless Valve Kit, replacement valve cores and valve extenders. ©️ Cyclocross MagazineThumb Overlay."Silca, perhaps best known for its Super Pista and Super Pista Ultimate floor pumps, is getting into the tubeless game with its new tubeless valve kit and rim tape and is offering replacement valve cores and valve extenders now as well too." (cxmagazine.com)

May 29, 2016






Daniel claims U.S. road race championship.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Gregory Daniel outfoxed a strong lead group with a solo move to win the national championship road race in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (file)Thumb Overlay."21-year-old Gregory Daniel earned himself a year in the red, white, and blue jersey of the national road race champion Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Axeon Hagens Berman rider jumped clear of a small lead group in the final kilometer and held on to solo across the line in disbelief at the victory.

Moments later, Cannondale’s Alex Howes sprinted across the line for second place, with Travis McCabe nabbing third."
(velonews.com)

May 28, 2016






Guarnier repeats victory at US road championships.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Stage winner and second in the general classification, Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) (Sean Robinson/VelofocusThumb Overlay."1 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 3:48:26.

2 Coryn Rivera (USA) United Healthcare Professional Cycling Team.

3 Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling.

4 Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016









Belgium Tour stage 3 abandoned after motorbikes cause big crash.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): The photo motorbike showing signs of the crash (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."The third stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour was called off part-way through after a big crash, which was caused by two motorbikes, left numerous riders needing medical attention.

Race organizers told Cyclingnews that the crash occurred on a descent some 65km into the stage, when one motorbike collided with another that was at a standstill, sending both into the bunch of riders. The stage was initially neutralized and then abandoned altogether."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016





Vinokourov hopes Giro d'Italia success will persuade Nibali to stay with Astana.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov at the Dubai Tour (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Alexandre Vinokourov hugged Vincenzo Nibali after he gained enough time in stage 20 to take the pink jersey from Esteban Chaves and set up overall victory at the Giro d'Italia.

The Astana team is in its tenth season and was hoping to continue its run of Grand Tour success in 2016 after winning the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in recent seasons."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016





Dumoulin and Vuillermoz make it a 1-2 for Ag2r in Plumelec.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): Dumoulin got his first win in the previous race of the seriesThumb Overlay."Samuel Dumoulin again proved that he is finally back at his best level after a difficult start to the year by taking his second consecutive win in the Coupe de France series at the GP Plumelec.

In the iconic uphill sprint on the Cote de Cadoudal, he came out on top by holding off his teammate Alexis Vuillermoz who made it a 1-2 for Ag2r.

Arthur Vichot was the best of the rest in third."
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 28, 2016





SQlab Focuses on Fit with New Ergowave Saddle Line.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): The Ergowave saddle’s nose sits lower and flatter than the saddle’s rear. Photo courtesy: SQlabThumb Overlay."TheSQlab’s claim to fame is that its saddles are offered in many widths.

SQlab, back in 2002, was the first saddle manufacturer to introduce a system to measure sit bone distance to determine proper saddle width.

While saddle makers that offer differing widths of the same model typically sell two or three different widths, SQlab offers its Ergowave saddle in four widths from 12cm to 15cm wide in 1cm increments."
(cxmagazine.com)

May 28, 2016







Taylor Phinney wins US Pro Time Trial championship.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): Taylor Phinney with the stars n stripes on his collar and sleeves to recognise his previous national US titles (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Two years after a devastating injury at the national road championship, American Taylor Phinney reclaimed the U.S. national time-trial title, the third TT championship of his career.

Phinney rode the rolling 48km course in a time of 1:02:45, 70 seconds ahead of silver medalist Tom Zirbel.

Alexey Vermeulen, who is just 21, took the bronze medal, just two seconds behind Zirbel."
(cyclingtips.com.au) (cyclingquotes.com)

May 27, 2016







Small wins women's US Pro Time Trial title.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): www.bpct.ch740 × 470Search by image Carmen Small joins Bigla Pro Cycling TeamThumb Overlay."Bigla’s Carmen Small stunned with a victory ahead of pre-race favorite Kristin Armstrong, who had to settle for third place.

Bepink’s Amber Neben finished second, 22.7 seconds behind Small’s time of 42:32.

Early reports indicate that Armstrong suffered from the heat and humidity during the 33km race. She was 1:08.56 off the winning time."
(velonews.com) (cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016







Belgium Tour: Double day for Devenyns.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): IAM Cycling | Dries DevenynsThumb Overlay."Dries Devenyns put himself in the perfect position to go for the overall win at the Baloise Belgium Tour by claiming an impressive stage win in stage 2 which was like a small version of the Tour of Flanders.

Having made it into a 9-rider group, he attacked inside the final kilometer and sprinted past lone leader Stijn Vandenbergh to take the victory and move into the race lead with a 4-second advantage over his teammate Reto Hollenstein. Baptiste Planckaert won the sprint for second."
(cyclingquotes.com) (cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016





Irish young guns Dunbar & Feeley light up Rás into Dungarvan.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): Irish riders Eddie Dunbar and Daire Feeley receive huge local support at Rathcormac as stage 6 of the Rás made its way from Clonakilty to Dungarvan (Photo: Morgan Treacy)Thumb Overlay."Aaron Gate opened the An Post Chain Reaction team account for 2016 on day six of the Rás today on an afternoon that saw Clemens Fankheuser retain the race leader’s yellow jersey for the third day in-a-row.

Twice a stage winner from last year, Kiwi rider Gate edged Nicolai Brochner and Matt Holmes at the end of the 159-kilometer stage from Clonakilty to Dungarvan."
(stickybottle.com)

May 27, 2016






distraction. "Giacomo Nizzolo had a tussle in Turin and was declassed from the final stage win, although he still won the red jersey." (pezcyclingnews.com)

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May 30, 2016








The UCI reacts to motorcycle incidents .

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): Right now, our thoughts are with Stig BroeckxThumb Overlay."Following the crash involving several riders and two motorcycles at the Tour of Belgium on Saturday May 28, 2016, in which one rider was seriously hurt, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), in partnership with the Belgian cycling federation the Royale Ligue Vélocipédique Belge (RLVB), is looking closely at the circumstances of the incident.

Right now, our thoughts are with Stig Broeckx, his family, friends and teammates from Lotto Soudal."
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 30, 2016






Gilbert: I’m looking for more of a family team.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): I want to find a team where I can enjoy myselfThumb Overlay."Philippe Gilbert will make his comeback next week at the Tour of Luxembourg, having witnessed most of his spring campaign going down the drain following a finger injury after an accident with a motorist.

Meanwhile, Gilbert is trying to secure a contract for the coming seasons. His deal with BMC Racing Team expires in a few months’ time, but the former world road champion is believed to be looking for new employers."
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 30, 2016





Tech of the Week: Canyon’s US expansion, Kruijswijk’s ‘awful’ bike, and more.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Esteban Chaves and Scott’s new aero helmet (Photo: Watson)Thumb Overlay."For our friends across the Atlantic at least, the biggest tech story from the last seven days was the news that Canyon will starting shipping its bikes to the USA from spring 2017.

The German company will maintain the same structure as it has now, with all bikes being built in its factory in Koblenz before being shipped across the Atlantic."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 30, 2016





Jungels: I’m no longer invisible.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quickstep) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Etixx QuickStep came away from the Giro d’Italia with a hugely successful haul, winning four stages, having three stints in the maglia rosa and seeing Bob Jungels claim the white jersey and finish sixth overall.

It was undoubtedly one the Belgian team’s best ever Grand Tour showings and, with Jungels highly impressing in the mountains, the team have unearthed a genuine GC candidate for the future."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 30, 2016





Hands-on with Elite’s new Drivo, Kura, and Rampa trainers.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): The three trainers span three different price ranges and key feature setsThumb Overlay."Today Italian trainer company Elite joined in on the 2016 Trainer announcements bandwagon with the unveiling of four new indoor training products, including one set of rollers.

These announcements marks not just new trainers, but most notably a cleaner and simpler product line going forward. In past years the company has had more than 15 trainers at a time, often with similar and confusing model names."
(dcrainmaker.com)

May 30, 2016






2016 Tour de France LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Stage 1: Saturday, July 2 Mont-Saint-Michel/Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (188 km)Thumb Overlay."Saturday's (July 2nd) Stage 1 starts at -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern).

Live video from -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)
















May 29, 2016





Elvin wins Gooik Geraardsbergen Gooik.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) wins Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik (Orica-AIS)Thumb Overlay."Gracie Elvin won her second consecutive title at the UCI 1.1 Gooik Geraardsbergen Gooik in Belgium on Sunday.

The Australian won the race from a sprint ahead of Lotte Kopecky and Elise Delzenne, both from the Lotto Soudal Ladies team."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 29, 2016






New Bahrain Cycling Team officially confirmed by Sheikh Nasser.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Bahrain Cycling Team will inspire, race hard, and look elegant. ✌🏼️🚴🏼 فريق البحرين للدراجات راح يلهم، و يسابق بقوه، و طبعاً بيلبس بأناقه 😉 #Bahrain_cycling_teamThumb Overlay."The new and long-awaited Bahrain cycling project was officially confirmed by Sheikh Nasser on Sunday, with the prince saying the Middle East’s first potential WorldTour team “will soon make its debut on the international scene.”

Sheikh Nasser was confirmed the team’s existence to the Bahrain News Agency, but also took to Instagram to show off the team’s logo on some branded clothing, saying “Bahrain Cycling Team will inspire, race hard, and look elegant."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 29, 2016






Tinkoff and IAM exit from WorldTour could leave volatile transfer market for riders.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): The gap left by folding WorldTour teams IAM and TInkoff will mean fewer spots available for riders in the top level of pro cyclingThumb Overlay."Riders may have to settle for less this transfer season with supply possibly set to outweigh demand and so grant teams a greater bargaining power.

IAM will cease operations at the end of the year and Tinkoff it is widely believed will also fold through want of a sponsor, leaving a sizeable gap in the 2017 WorldTour that is not guaranteed to be filled by two new ventures offering maximum positions."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 29, 2016







Nibali turns focus to Rio.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth career grand tour victory Sunday in Torino. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Barely moments after winning the Giro d’Italia, Nibali turned his attention to his next major goal: the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

After a short vacation, Nibali said he will link up with Astana teammates preparing for the Tour de France, and he reconfirmed that he won’t be riding to win."
(velonews.com)

May 29, 2016





Best road bike pedals.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): Normally double-sided, Speedplay sacrifices one of the faces on its Zero Aero pedals for a dimpled aerodynamic surface (BIkeradar)Thumb Overlay."Of the three points of contact between you and your bike – the saddle, bar and pedals – your pedals have the most work to do.

As well as keeping your feet in place as they spin at up to and sometime over 100rpm, they also have to provide a solid platform to push against so you can generate the power needed to propel you and your machine forwards.

All of which is a long-winded way of saying that choosing the best road bike pedal for your riding style is crucial."
(bikeradar.com)

May 29, 2016





In Review: Trek Boone 7 Disc Cyclocross Bike.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): Trek Boone 7 Disc cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross MagazineThumb Overlay."Trek Bicycle‘s Boone is now a common sight at cyclocross races and even gravel events, from your local weekend scene to the World Cup circuit.

And it’s no wonder given not only Trek’s reach with sponsored riders like 12-time US Cyclocross National Champion Katie Compton, up and comers like Spencer Petrov and of course Sven Nys and the Telenet-Fidea team, but also the bike’s own chops."
(cxmagazine.com)

May 29, 2016













May 28, 2016





Ex-pro, cancer survivor Canada dies in gran fondo crash.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): David Cañada, who last raced professionally in 2008, died Saturday at age 41. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file)Thumb Overlay."David Cañada, an ex-pro and cancer survivor, died Saturday from head injuries sustained during a fall in a gran fondo event in his home region of Aragon, Spain.

According to Spanish media reports, he crashed into another rider, landed heavily on his head, and later died of injuries. He was 41."
(velonews.com)

May 28, 2016





Russia's doping scandal: Who's telling the truth?

Thumbnail Credit (telegraph.co.uk): First meldonium case exposed in Russian athletics | Reuters www.reuters.comThumb Overlay."Russian athletics has been plunged into one of the most explosive doping scandals in sporting history.

Eight of their stars from London's 2012 Olympics have now tested positive for drug use, as have a further 14 from Beijing 2008."
(telegraph.co.uk)

May 28, 2016






Eddie Dunbar takes Rás stage win in Wicklow.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): Eddie Dunbar has taken victory on the penultimate stage of the An Post Rás into Baltinglass.Thumb Overlay."Less than six weeks after breaking his arm in a crash while out training in Cork, Eddie Dunbar has bounced back in stunning fashion with victory on stage seven of the An Post Rás today, Saturday.

The 19-year old Corkman won a sprint from a five-man breakaway into Baltinglass, edging fellow U23 Jai Hindley and race leader Clemens Fankheuser."
(stickybottle.com)

May 28, 2016





Armitstead wins Boels Hills Classic.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): The Boels Hills Classic (Sean Robinson/Velofocus)Thumb Overlay."1 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 3:26:38.

2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS.

3 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team.

4 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:20."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016





Dombrowski: I think the grand tours suit me.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Joe Dombrowski put in several digs while out front in the breakaway in the Giro's 20th stage, ultimately riding to third place on the day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."As Cannondale’s Joe Dombrowski crossed the finish line of the last mountain stage in the Giro d’Italia on Saturday, he admitted to being “a little different.”

After an impressive third place finish on the 20th and penultimate stage of the race - 134 kilometers from Guillestre to Sant’Anna Di Vinadio - the 25-year-old American could certainly say he achieved his objective of the race apart from helping Colombian teammate Rigoberto Urán in the overall.

 That goal? “To try to win a mountain stage."
(velonews.com)

May 28, 2016





Torque on the Fly.

Thumbnail Credit (redkiteprayer.com): How many times have I seen someone reach for an Allen key only to moments later hear that telltale wooden crack!?Thumb Overlay."No, we’re not talking about how much power you can generate on demand. That’s the stuff of Strava.

What about when you have to make a road or trailside repair and some of your components are especially lightweight alloy or carbon fiber?

If you’re like me, you noted the relative position of the wrench when you loosened the bolt and then tightened it back to exactly that position and hoped for the best. It’s an approach that has served me well so far, but I’m told that one-eighth of a turn of a bolt can take it from within torque spec to exceeding it enough to strip threads."
(redkiteprayer.com)

May 28, 2016





Shimano STEPS: components explained.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): Shimano is bringing out a range of electric bike components called STEPS (Courtesy)Thumb Overlay."With the constant improvements in motor and battery technology, electric bikes are becoming more popular.

A number of brands have already jumped on the e-bike bandwagon and that number's set to increase as more powertrain options become available.

Shimano's STEPS is one such option. "
(bikeradar.com)

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May 27, 2016










Race Results.

USA Crits Winston Salem Classic - May 29 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 6-29 (Results),

An Post Ras - May 22-29 (Results),

Baloise Belgium Tour - May 25-29 (Results),

USA  Road Championships - May 27-28 (Results),

Tour of California - May 15-22 (Results),

Women's Tour of California - May 19-22 (Results),

Liège Bastogne Liège - April 24 (Results),

La Flèche Wallonne - April 20 (Results),

Amstel Gold Race - April 17 (Results),

Paris Roubaix - April 10 (Results),

Evelyn Stevens Hour Record Attempt - Feb 27 (Results),

Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 30-31 (Results),

Road World Championships 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

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

La Route de France 2015 - Aug 9-15 (Results),

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

Giro Rosa 2015 - July 3-12 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)



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