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Your guide to the 2016 Giro Rosa, women’s cycling’s biggest tour.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Cor Vos & CyclePhotos.co.ukThumb Overlay."After a very exciting showdown of the world’s best cyclists in the Aviva Women’s Tour, the women’s WorldTour continues in Italy for women’s cycling only remaining “Grand Tour,” the Giro Rosa.

While many of the stages in the Aviva Women’s Tour this year ended in bunch sprints, the racing in the Giro Rosa is very different."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

June 29, 2016








Tour de France Preview: The Case for Alberto.

Thumbnail Credit (podiumcafe.com): Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty ImagesThumb Overlay."After Froome and Quintana we have arrived at two time TdF champion Alberto Contador.

Are his TdF-winning days behind him or does he have what it takes to join Philippe Thys, Louison Bobet and Greg LeMond in the three time winner’s club?"
(podiumcafe.com)

June 29, 2016






Bouhanni to miss the Tour de France.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Cofidis' Nacer Bouhanni looking relaxed on the start line of stage 1 (ASO)Thumb Overlay."Nacer Bouhanni will not ride the Tour de France, with the Frenchman ruled out just three days ahead of the Grand Départ having failed to recover from a hand injury sustained last weekend.

The 25-year-old required four stitches in his right hand after he reportedly punched a fellow guest who was making noise at the hotel where Bouhanni was staying ahead of the French national championships road race."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 29, 2016





Tested: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Dura-Ace 2.

Thumbnail Credit (bicycling.com): Photograph by Mitch MandelThumb Overlay."We’ve been punching over rollers and dive-bombing into descents, hammering through the flats at the bottom to carry us into the next rise.

A ride like this is fun no matter what. But doing it on a bike like the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod takes that enjoyment to the next level."
(bicycling.com)

June 29, 2016





Wilier’s new Alabarda bar-stem combo cleverly hides its shifter cables.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): The most striking feature of Wilier’s new Cento10 Air is the integrated bar and stem. Here’s a look at its clever design.Thumb Overlay."Wilier’s headtube emblem is a halberd and Alabarda is the Italian for that mediaeval weapon, so it’s a fitting name for the brand’s new integrated bar.

It’s an all-carbon aero design with a wide flat top and small frontal profile and allows the Cento10’s gear cables to be entirely internally routed through the bar, stem, headset and frame."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 29, 2016





Wilier launches new Cento10 Air aero road bike.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): The new Wilier Cento10 Air is 3% more aero than the Cento1. We rode it in Italy's Dolomites at the launch event.Thumb Overlay."We’ve already had a sneak peek at the Wilier Cento10 Air which Pippo Pozatto was riding in the Giro d’Italia in May.

Now Wilier has officially launched the bike and we’ve tried it out in the Dolomites on some of the route of the Giro’s stage 14. Wilier was founded in 1906 and the Cento10 Air’s name reflects the brand’s 110th year."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 29, 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 2) Tour de France Stage 1 departs Mont Saint Michel at 12:20pm CET (6:20am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Utah Beach Sainte Marie du Mont at around 5:18pm CET (11:18am U.S. Eastern).

Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)






Twenty and Thwarted: Why a world champion left pro cycling after just one season.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Cor VosThumb Overlay."I have been pushing pedals for over 10 years now, I started when I was 8 years old and I’m now 20.

I decided to take a step back from professional cycling in November last year for a simple reason; I needed to take a mental break.

Female cyclists peak mid to late 20’s, some even early 30’s, therefore I felt now was the best time for me, coming into the end of an Olympic cycle, to have a mental break from professional cycling while still so young."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

June 28, 2016





Bahamontes predicts new face on highest step of 2016 Tour de France podium.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Alberto Contador is congratulated by legendary Spanish cyclist Federico Bahamontes. (Rafael Gómez Alonso)Thumb Overlay."Spain's first ever Tour de France winner Federico Martín Bahamontes predicts that "there will be a new face on the top of the podium in Paris this year, and one of the hardest fought races in recent years."

However, Bahamontes warned Cyclingnews that "only a truly chaotic race, with lots of attacking, will make it possible for that new winner to come through."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 28, 2016







‘I’m feeling an awful lot of pressure’ – cyclists react to England’s Euro 2016 exit.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Chris Froome and other cyclists react to England's 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last-16 of the European ChampionshipsThumb Overlay."There was another entry made to the ‘English sporting failures’ page on Wikipedia last night as the national football team went down 2-1 to lowly Iceland – a country that has more volcanos than professional footballers.

Chris Froome felt the weight of the nation’s expectations transfer firmly to his shoulders ahead of the Tour de France."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 28, 2016





Whitten comes back from fractured skull to win Canadian time trial championship.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Tara Whitten flies the Canadian flag after victory in the Omnium. (Gerry McManus)Thumb Overlay."Tara Whitten has made a strong statement in her comeback to professional cycling, and bid for the Rio Olympics, after recovering from a skull fracture sustained in a crash in March while previewing the road race and time trial courses for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

After nearly four months of recovery, she won the Canadian time trial title on Tuesday in Gatineau, Ottawa, by 49 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor Karol-Ann Canuel."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 28, 2016





Turn by Turn Navigation Rolls out to Wahoo ELEMNT.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): Now the first step in using the ELEMNT routing is that you have to create the route somewhere elseThumb Overlay."When the Wahoo ELEMNT was first announced last fall, it included the claim of being able to do ‘Turn by Turn’ navigation.

That capability gives your bike computer the ability to tell you to ‘Turn left on Main Street’, rather than a more typical breadcrumb trail or similar non-aware route overlay. It also means a unit can recover from a navigation failure (even if it’s your fault) and get you back on track."
(dcrainmaker.com)

June 28, 2016





Stages Goes Carbon For SRAM and FSA Cranksets.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): Stages power meter cranks go carbon, and the company has $629 FSA 386 EVO models and GXP models to mate with SRAM OEM and SRAMaftermarket cranksets. Press Camp 2016. © Cyclocross MagazineThumb Overlay."Today there are an increasing number of power meters on the market. And each seemingly claims to be the most reliable, with the most features, the easiest to use and/or the most practical for riders with multiple bikes and/or wheelsets.

Not too long ago, Stages Cycling leapt into the fray with its left crankarm based system. Then, the company’s seemingly obvious solution, strain gauges embedded in the back of the left crankarm, seemed alarmingly simple.

Combined with aggressive pricing compared to other power meters then on the market, the stage was set for them to take over the market, or at least a good share of it."
(cxmagazine.com)

June 28, 2016





Only five Americans in Tour, with some big names missing.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Five Americans will race the 2016 Tour de France: Tejay van Garderen, Lawson Craddock, Pete Stetina, Alex Howes, and Brent Bookwalter (L-R). Photos by Casey Gibson and Tim de WaeleThumb Overlay."Five is better than three, but it’s still a relatively thin field of Americans racing the 2016 Tour de France.

With Cannondale confirming its Tour roster Monday, naming Alex Howes and Lawson Craddock among its nine starters, the U.S. presence in the Tour peloton sees a slight bump from a near-record low of three last year, to five U.S. starters.

It appears Tour rookie Antoine Duchesne will be Canada’s lone starter. "
(velonews.com)

June 27, 2016








Dan Martin: I can compete in the Tour de France mountains.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Dan Martin (Etixx) was third overall at Criterium du Dauphine (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."It was a hard week of racing. I remember last year when I did it and it took me a few days to recover so I've made sure that I've taken it easy for a few days.

 I had a really good block of training coming into the race and it was basically a race every day this year at the Dauphiné with the GC going off almost every day and then the final three hard days in the mountains."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 27, 2016





Tour de France: Astana confirm Aru and Nibali in line-up.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Fabio Aru (Astana) (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Astana head to the Tour de France with the last two Grand Tour winners, Fabio Aru and Vincenzo Nibali, as its leaders.

Aru makes his Tour debut and will lead the team, with 2014 Tour winner Nibali set to line up in something of a free role."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 27, 2016





Tech of the week: 2016 Tour de France bikes, the Heroïn bike, and more.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): All you need to know about the bike that will be ridden at the 2016 Tour de FranceThumb Overlay."This is your essential guide of the bikes that will be ridden at the 2016 Tour de France.

For each team, you will find details about the manufacturer, the different models ridden for the different conditions (standard, aero, endurance and time trial) and also the features groupsets, wheels and finishing kit."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 27, 2016





Women's Road Bike of the Year Awards.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): Presenting BikeRadar Women's Road Bike of the Year Awards 2016 (Phil Hall / Immediate Media Co)Thumb Overlay."Over 20 bikes, hundreds of cumulative miles, a whole load of climbing and descending, a smattering of sprinting, and a selection of BikeRadar readers.

These are the magic ingredients that have gone into making the BikeRadar Women's Road Bike of the Year Awards. "
(bikeradar.com)

June 27, 2016





Best New Cycling Technology Trends.

Thumbnail Credit (clevertraining.com): Velocomp PowerpodThumb Overlay."As the most innovative new cycling technology continues to emerge, we tunnel our energy into tracking down only the most useful gear that enhances the performance, safety and enjoyment of your sport at the best possible price point.

The past year has brought a particularly revolutionary line-up of new cycling gear to the mix that has really changed the cycling sport as you know it."
(clevertraining.com)

June 27, 2016





Gaviria makes no compromise on gold as Olympic debut approaches.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-QuickStep) on his way to tenth (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Fernando Gaviria says that despite a lack of experience, he has no intention whatsoever of lowering his sights on omnium gold in his first ever participation in the Olympic Games.

Gaviria’s achievements on the road, winning a stage at Tirreno Adriatico, his first ever WorldTour race, and making it into the finale of Milan San Remo at the age of 21 this spring, have threatened to overshadow his already considerable success on the track."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 27, 2016


























Upcoming Races.

Giro d'Italia Femminile - July 1-10 (Stages),

Tour de France 2016 - July 2-24 (Stages),

Tour of Austria - July 2-9 (Stages),

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),

Giro del Piemonte 2016- Sept 29 (Race),

UCI Road World Championships 2016 - Oct 16 (Race),

More... (cyclingnews.com)





Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and 9150 – Everything to know.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): by David Rome June 30, 2016 TECH SUPPORTED BY Boa Closure Systems Thumb Overlay."Three years. That’s the approximate shelf life of a major-brand product in the bicycle industry.

Whether it’s a carbon frame or an entire groupset, it has proven to be a consistent number. And that number has been overdue for the market leader, with Shimano finally unveiling its much-rumored Dura-Ace 9100 mechanical and Dura-Ace Di2 9150 groupsets."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

June 29, 2016






Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, Now with power meter option.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): The R9100 platform is vast – it covers everything from shifting to brake systems, drivetrains to wheels, and pedals to power meters. Thumb Overlay."Today, every power meter company in the industry just breathed a huge collective sigh of relief:

Shimano did not ultimately decide to baseline their long rumored integrated power meter as part of the Dura-Ace standard offering. Instead, they made it optional at an (unknown) higher price point.

But that doesn’t mean these companies can rest on their laurels – far from it."
(dcrainmaker.com)

June 29, 2016





TDF Winner’s Prize Money Upped to 500,000 Euros.

Thumbnail Credit (pelotonmagazine.com): This year’s Tour de France winner will receive 500,000 euros ($555,000), an increase of 11 percent from last year, organizers ASO said on Wednesday. Thumb Overlay."Last year the Tour yellow jersey winner earned 450,000 euros. The winners of the other main jerseys have also seen their prize money increased.

All riders reaching Paris will earn a minimum of 1,000 euros (up from 400 last year), while stage winners will see their prize money increased from 8,000 to 11,000 euros. Total prize money dished out will be just under 2.3 million euros, ASO said."
(pelotonmagazine.com)

June 29, 2016






Vansummeren retires from cycling due to heart problem.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Johan Vansummeren finds the strength to hold aloft the trophy (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Johan Vansummeren has called an end to his 12-year career due to heart problems.

Vansummeren was diagnosed with a heart anomaly earlier this season and has been forced to sit on the sidelines since February, missing the cobbled Classics."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 29, 2016






Orica GreenEdge change to Orica BikeExchange ahead of Tour de France.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Orica-Green Edge chase on stage three of the 2015 Vuelta a España (Watson) Thumb Overlay."WorldTour team Orica GreenEdge will announce on Thursday they are changing their name to Orica BikeExchange ahead of the Tour de France.

The deal with the Australian marketplace company, invested in by team owner Gerry Ryan, will continue until the end of 2016 and will be reviewed for the 2017 season, according to Fox Sports."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 29, 2016





Giant Alpecin unveils special edition white jersey for the Tour de France.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Tom Dumoulin shows off Giant-Alpecin's new white kit (Giant-Alpecin)Thumb Overlay."GiantAlpecin has unveiled a special edition white jersey for the Tour de France, which begins this Saturday in Mont-Saint-Michel.

Produced by their clothing sponsor Etxeondo, the new ‘July kit’ is the reverse of their normal black and white jersey."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 29, 2016





Cannondale launches revamped SuperX and CAADX cyclocross bikes.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by James HuangThumb Overlay."Cannondale’s new SuperX and CAADX cyclocross bikes head into the 2016-17 season with longer, lower, and slacker frame geometries for improved high-speed stability but shorter rear ends and decreased trail dimensions for quicker low-speed handling.

Cannondale says the progressive handling is better suited to today’s more technical cyclocross courses but you’re more likely to notice that the new geometry is just incredibly fun."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

June 29, 2016





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Tour Roundtable: Do you trust your heart or head?

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Chris Froome looks nearly unbeatable ahead of the Tour de France, and his Sky team is full of strong support riders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Thumb Overlay."When you sit down to watch a bike race, do you ever feel that dissonance between who you hope will win and who you expect will take the flowers?

We do too, and the Tour de France is no different. Starting this Saturday, the Tour is the ultimate face-off between the world’s best cyclists, and I’ll admit that it would be thrilling to see some surprises this July.

Isn’t it fun when a relatively unknown rider rips up the script with a daring breakaway? Don’t we all enjoy a bit of schadenfreude when the five star favorites falter?"
(velonews.com)

June 28, 2016






Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): Cor VosThumb Overlay."An iconic jersey and an accidental competition. If a big name rider wins like Chris Froome did last year then it’s incidental, a bonus on top of the yellow jersey.

If a lesser rider wins then we may appreciate the effort but it can feel like the triumph of arithmetic rather than a genuine award for the best climber. Either way it’s a fine prize and many riders will try to wear it, even one day can mark a career."
(inrng.com)

June 28, 2016








Inside Nacer Bouhanni's Tour de France lead-out train.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Nacer Bouhanni (Cyclingnews)Thumb Overlay."To date, the Tour de France has been anything but plain sailing for Nacer Bouhanni.

In 2013, he was forced to abandon through illness, in 2014 he was overlooked by his then team, FDJ, for selection, and in 2015, he again quit after crashing first in the Nationals and then in the Tour's first week, in a mass pile-up involving five Cofidis riders."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 28, 2016





Kuss looking for European experience to help sharpen skills.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Sepp Kuss wins atop Mont Megantic during the Tour de Beauce. (Casey B. Gibson)Thumb Overlay."All roads continue to lead up for mountain biker turned road revelation Sepp Kuss.

The 21-year-old newcomer has already established himself as one of the top climbers on the North American domestic scene this year, and he's now hoping to expand his road racing knowledge with a European trip later this summer."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 28, 2016






Bookwalter extends with BMC.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): We've been fortunate enough to experience a lot of success and good memories along the wayThumb Overlay."Brent Bookwalter has extended his contract with BMC Racing Team and is set to line up for his tenth season with the team in 2017.

Bookwalter joins Danilo Wyss as the longest serving rider with BMC Racing Team, General Manager Jim Ochowicz said."
(cyclingquotes.com)

June 28, 2016





Gerry Ryan likely to announce new Orica GreenEdge sponsor before 2016 Tour de France.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Simon Gerrans and Gerry Ryan (Daniel Simms)Thumb Overlay."In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, Orica GreenEdge team owner Gerry Ryan explained he is likely to announce a new sponsor before the Tour de France grand depart on July 2 in Mont-Saint-Michel.

Orica, who have been a naming rights sponsor since mid-way through the 2012 season, announced they would be withdrawing from the team at the end of the 2017 season."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 28, 2016





A Better Way to Adjust Toe-In.

Thumbnail Credit (janheine.wordpress.com): What is toe-in?Thumb Overlay."Compass centerpull brakes now come with special washers to adjust toe-in.

These washers are easy to retrofit on older Compass and even classic Mafac brakes. With this system, you to adjust toe-in only once, when you initially set up the brakes, and then never worry about it again."
(janheine.wordpress.com)

June 28, 2016





Cancellara in charge of veteran Trek Tour team.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Time trial ace Fabian Cancellara will lead Trek – Segafredo in his final run at the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Thumb Overlay."American outfit Trek Segafredo is placing its faith in experience at the Tour de France with a team announced Monday led by time-trial specialist Fabian Cancellera.

The 35-year-old Swiss veteran is competing for the last time in the race before retirement. He has seven stage wins to his name.

Cancellera is joined by Spain’s Haimar Zubeldia, for whom this is a 15th appearance in the race, Markel Irizar, Frank Schleck, and Gregory Rast, all of whom are over 35."
(velonews.com)

June 27, 2016






Who Will Win The Green Jersey?

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): Points are awarded at the finish and the intermediate sprints. Thumb Overlay."A trick question? Peter Sagan was such a convincing winner of the Tour de France points competition last year that it’s hard to imagine anyone else winning.

He’s taken the green jersey home four years in a row and even when they changed the rules to tilt the competition against him last year he still won."
(inrng.com)

June 27, 2016







Unzué: ‘Nairo is ready to win the Tour.’

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Nairo Quintana won the Tour de Romandie in April, but a Tour de France victory has proven an elusive target so far in his career.Thumb Overlay."Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué believes the third time will be a charm for Nairo Quintana, who says his young protégé is “ready to win” the Tour de France.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Quintana has only raced two Tours - each time second to Sky’s Chris Froome in 2013 and 2015 - and for the Colombian’s third crack at the yellow jersey, Unzué says the peloton will see an even better Quintana this July. "
(velonews.com)

June 27, 2016





Gilbert: This win is completely different to my first Belgian national title.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Philippe Gilbert takes a bite out his gold medal (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Philippe Gilbert won the second Belgian road race title of his career in Lacs de l'Eau d'Heure on Sunday.

The BMC puncheur says this victory is complete different from his first national title won in 2011."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 27, 2016





LIMITS Power Meter Accuracy Data.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): Following installation I set the crank length (in my case 175mm)Thumb Overlay."This is not a review. This is a placeholder post for sharing data from a production/final LIMITS power meter.

This unit was not sent to me by LIMITS (which I am also a paid Indiegogo backer of), but rather a DCR reader (Jon Entwistle), who happened to go to the LIMITS launch event in Scotland.

A handful of units were handed out at that event, and he sent me his in order to test and provide public data on. I do not know when backer units will ship (mine included)."
(dcrainmaker.com)

June 27, 2016





Why being a professional cyclist is sometimes not as great as it seems.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Carter Jones, Cameron Meyer and Campbell Flakemore have all retired before the age of 30 in the last six months, but what is forcing riders away from the sport?Thumb Overlay."Carter Jones became the third WorldTour rider to retire before the age of 30 in the past 12 months, showing the idea of being a professional cyclist is sometimes better than the reality.

Many casual cyclists dream about riding a bike for a living, travelling the world and racing in the sport’s biggest races, but once you are inside the bubble the novelty seems to wear off for some."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 27, 2016





White Lightning Offers Matte Finish Cleaner and Cleans Branding.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): White Lightning’s newest product, Matte Finisher, is a foaming aerosol cleaner that doesn’t leave a glossy finish on matte finishes. Press Camp 2016. © Cyclocross MagazineThumb Overlay."White Lightning, which has the same parent company as Finish Line, was on hand at the 2016 Bike Press Camp with a new product and a new look.

The newest offering is the company’s Matte Finisher. Many bikes in recent years have moved to a matte finish, be it black or another color, as the loss of gloss has taken on increased popularity."
(cxmagazine.com)

June 27, 2016





Laying it on the line: Nairo will win the Tour.

Thumbnail Credit (sbs.com.au): Nairo Quintana punching it uphill at the recent Tour de Romandie, which he won (Getty) (Getty Images) Thumb Overlay."It may not be the most courageous of calls but my bet is that I'll be crowing when the 2016 Tour de France peloton crosses the finish line in Paris, with Movistar's Nairo Quintana the winner.

Here's why. Nairo himself. At 26 he's close to reaching his prime as an athlete. In contrast, his key opponents are all in their 30's, either at their absolute peak, like Chris Froome (31) or on their way to decline, like Alberto Contador (33).

Let's say they are in the marginal gains phase of their careers while Quintana still has room for big improvements."
(sbs.com.au)

June 26, 2016





Peloton reacts to news of Stig Broeckx brain damage.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Fight for Stig (Lotto Soudal)Thumb Overlay."The world of cycling was dealt a gut-wrenching blow on Saturday when the Lotto Soudal team issued a medical update explaining that Stig Broeckx is in a vegetative state with severe brain damage, with attempts to bring him out of his coma so far unsuccessful." (cyclingnews.com)

June 26, 2016






distraction. "One of the most stunning sights at the 2015 Tour de France had to be the King of the Mountains podium. Not long to wait for the 2016 Tour!" (pezcyclingnews.com)

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June 29, 2016





Are Sports Supplements "Gateway" Drugs to Doping?

Thumbnail Credit (bicycling.com): Photograph by oliver.dodd via FlickrThumb Overlay."In 2013, Susan Backhouse of Leeds Metropolitan University in Britain published an interesting anonymized study looking into attitudes toward doping among collegiate and international athletes, and how they related to the use of legal sports supplements.

The key finding was that the athletes who reported using nutritional supplements were also more than three-and-a-half times more likely to report doping (22.9 percent compared to 6.0 percent)."
(bicycling.com)

June 29, 2016





Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie launch new cannabis company.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): David Zabriskie and Floyd Landis in 2006 Thumb Overlay."American former professional racers Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie have joined forces to launch a new company that sells cannabis-based products.

Both riders were part of Lance Armstrong‘s US Postal team, and were embroiled in the doping scandal that saw Armstrong finally admit to doping throughout his career and be stripped of seven Tour de France wins. Landis was the original whistleblower in the case."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 29, 2016





Pickle juice, the cure for muscle cramps?

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Flickr creative commons (Valerie Hinojosa)Thumb Overlay."The exact cause of muscle cramps is not well understood and the cure is possibly more of a mystery.

Many snake oils have been marketed to fitness fanatics, however new research, anecdotes and products have seen pickle juice on the rise as one of the most effective remedies.

Does it work? Our diet and nutrition expert Alan McCubbin looks at what’s out there and gives his take on this unexpected cure for cramps."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

June 29, 2016






UCI and US Anti-Doping Agency Partner on Testing and Investigative Efforts.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): UCI President Brian CooksonThumb Overlay."The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) today announced, the establishment of a formal collaborative partnership that will allow for extensive cooperation through the sharing of relevant anti-doping information, intelligence and athlete biological passport data, and participation in joint investigations, testing missions, and other initiatives." (capovelo.com)

June 29, 2016





Seven essential things to look for when buying new wheels.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Our tick list of what to look for when buying your next set of wheels. In association with Chain Reaction CyclesThumb Overlay."There are a lot of things that you can do to improve your bike, but if you want the single biggest upgrade, then a new pair of wheels is the way to go.

The problem is that there are such a vast array of different models on the market, it can be difficult to know what to look for, and if you’re getting the best deal for your money."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 29, 2016



















June 28, 2016





France to Adopt Legislation that Would Criminalize “Mechanical Doping.”

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): the biggest challenge currently facing cyclingThumb Overlay."Receiving a ban for mechanical doping from the UCI, even if it’s a life-time one, may seem like a small price to pay as compared to what France might have in store for cheaters.

According to a report from France’s sports minister, the country is preparing to submit legislation to parliament this fall, which will criminalize the use of hidden motors in bikes during professional races."
(capovelo.com)

June 28, 2016






Is the Marco Pantani ‘murder’ court case finally over?

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Italian judge archives the Marco Pantani murder theory case brought by the former cyclist's parents in 2014Thumb Overlay."The court case examining the possible murder of Marco Pantani, winner of the 1998 Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, is over, with a cocaine overdose remaining the cause of death.

On Monday, the investigating judge archived a murder theory case opened two years ago by the cyclist’s parents, citing a lack of proof."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 28, 2016






Electric Bike Batteries: Everything you need to know.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): What are eBike batteries made of?Thumb Overlay."If you’re reading Cycling Weekly, you probably know something about bikes – which means you also know plenty about electric bikes. But one big difference is the battery used to power the bike.

If the battery is not charged, you can still pedal and roll on an electric bike, but you will lose its real utility and ultimately its fun, and you will be left with a heavy machine to carry on with."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

June 28, 2016





Liv-Plantur announces Giro d'Italia Femminile team.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur) celebrates her win (dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)Thumb Overlay."Team Liv-Plantur has announced a six-rider team for the 2016 Giro d'Italia Femminile with the ambition of contesting stage wins, starting with the July 1 prologue in Gaiarine.

"This year's 27th edition is very tough with a lot of climbing added to the course. We have one main goal and that is to go for stage results. The general classification is not a specific focus for us," coach Hans Timmermans said. "
(cyclingnews.com)

June 28, 2016






CX or gravel? New SuperX aims for versatility.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photo: CannondaleThumb Overlay."The 2017 SuperX features a 142×12 rear thru-axle and front Maxle, and the Team-level SuperX comes stock with Zipp 303 tubulars, a significant upgrade over the Stan’s wheels that came on the bike last season.

This is a very different ’cross steed than what we’ve seen in the past, though the core of the machine still capitalizes on all of Cannondale’s best tech. "
(velonews.com)

June 28, 2016





Giant Alpecin to accelerate innovation projects.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): This cooperation with such a leading university is crucial and extremely valuableThumb Overlay."Team Giant Alpecin is pleased to announce its science-based partnership with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

The German licensed team recognizes the importance of technology and science in its constant search for improvement. The partnership will be focused on innovation projects, the first projects started early in 2015."
(cyclingquotes.com)

June 28, 2016
























June 27, 2016





Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Brian Hodes/Cor VosThumb Overlay."Olympic rookie Brent Bookwalter and two-time Olympian Taylor Phinney form the U.S. men’s road contingent, tasked with making America’s mark on the Olympic Games in August.

The BMC Racing teammates, aged 32 and 27 respectively, head to Rio de Janeiro to contend in both the time trial and road race, outnumbered by nations such as Spain, Italy, Colombia, and Belgium, which all have five starters in the road race.

Based on nation ranking determined by results earned in 2015, the U.S. earned just two spots in Rio."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

June 27, 2016






Thermal cameras to be used to detect mechanical doping at Tour de France.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): An image from the Corriere della Sera report on mechanical doping (Corriere della Sera)Thumb Overlay."Thermal cameras will be used to detect mechanical doping at the Tour de France this year after the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) provided the technology at the request of the French Ministry for Sport.

The CEA thermal camera is portable and can be used either aboard of a motorbike or from the side of the road."
(cyclingnews.com)

June 27, 2016





Bikes and Brexit: What does the UK’s departure from the EU mean for cycling?

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by CompositeThumb Overlay."Regardless of how anyone feels about the result of the Brexit referendum last week, nobody can honestly say they fully understand what the UK’s imminent withdrawal from the European Union (EU) actually means.

Particularly given the structural de-coupling of Britain from the EU will not take place for at least two years, at which time the global economy might look quite different from today."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

June 27, 2016











June 26, 2016





Race Results.

Halle-Ingooigem - June 22 (Results),

Tour de Suisse - June 11-19 (Results),

Aviva Women's Tour - June 15-19 (Results),

Route du Sud - June 16-19 (Results),

Criterium du Dauphine - June 5-12 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 6-29 (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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