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Photo: Giro del Trentino's overall race leader, Cadel Evans (BMC), receives podium kisses following Stage 2.
Australian fends off Pozzovivo and retains overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Team Sky has revealed its roster for this year's Giro d'Italia / Tour of Italy .
Team Sky's line-up for the 2014 Giro d'Italia, which starts in Belfast and Dublin next month, will include Irish rider Philip Deignan in his first Grand Tour for the team. (roadcycling.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Trek Factory racing had a mixed day... © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Arrendondo impresses with eleventh but Andy Schleck forced to abandon with knee pain. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: The new SRAM WiFLi PowerdomeX cassette.
SRAM has added new cassettes to its growing range of climb-assist WiFLi transmission technology –11-32 and 11-30 PowerdomeX clusters, costing $374. (bikeradar.com)

April 24, 2014








Photo: Alejandro Valverde wins the 2014 Fleche Wallonne Credit: Watson .
Alejandro Valverde out-paces rivals on Mur de Huy to take victory; Dan Martin places second. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 23, 2014







Photo: Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo-Liv) wins the 2014 Women's Flèche Wallonne. © AFP Photo
French rider tops Armitstead, Longo Borghini atop the Mur de Huy. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014





Photo: Cadel Evans on the podium after taking the overall lead on Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour of Trentino .
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) climbed to the top of the general classification of the Giro del Trentino on Wednesday after placing fourth behind stage two winner Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani). (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 23, 2014






Photo: Edoardo Zardini... © Bettini
Evans moves into race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski finished fourth Wednesday at Flèche Wallonne and said he is confident for Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Photo: Tim De Waele .
Michal Kwiatkowski walked quietly and confidently this afternoon to meet the press. After 199 kilometers and 4.5 hours, the 23-year-old rode to third place in the Flèche Wallonne — his best result so far in a big classic. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Giro del Trentino - April 22-25 (Stages & Results),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (Results),
La Flèche Wallonne Féminine - April 23 (Results),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (Results),
De Brabantse Pijl - April 16 (Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 23, 2014





Photo: Rohan Dennis won the inaugural edition of the Tour of Alberta in 2014. Photo: Casey B. Gibson .
The race organization unveiled its host cities Wednesday and will kick off with a prologue in Calgary and finish six days later with a circuit race in Edmonton. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome will ride Liège–Bastogne–Liège on Sunday in Belgium. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Froome was originally scheduled to skip the Ardennes classics, but will take the start of “La Doyenne,” according to a team spokesperson. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014






Photo: The BMC Racing Team lined out across the road. © Bettini
The American team completed the 13.4km course in a time of 14:02, with NetApp trailing them by 15 seconds. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Bradley Wiggins takes the intermediate sprints jersey. © Bettini
Team Sky leader looking to the Tour of California but intends to return to Paris-Roubaix in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Ivan Basso (Cannondale) have a chat during the stage... © Mario Stiehl
Cannondale leader test his form after 17 days at Mount Teide. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: 2014 Amstel Gold Race podium: Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Belisol), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge).
Allan Peiper, the performance manager of BMC Racing, has dismissed talk over Philippe Gilbert wining the Ardennes treble. Gilbert famously won Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege in a unmatchable period of racing in 2011. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Luca Paolini (Katusha) chats with Davide Cassani prior to stage 6... © Bettini
"We've got lots of problems but money is only one of them." (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Eighteen-year-old British rider Levi Moody is recovering in hospital...
Haribo-Beacon rider Levi Moody suffered cardiac arrest after prologue of Ster van Zuid Limberg. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Giro 2012 S6 Rubiano wins (pic Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse - RCS Sport).
Writer and broadcaster Matt Rendell urges British fans to email embassy in Bogota. (road.cc)

April 22, 2014




Photo: While some may view the UCI's minimum 6.8kg weight rule as antiquated, one could easily argue that it's prompted teams and mechanics to be more creative in how that weight is 'spent'....
Riders competing in UCI-sanctioned events aren't allowed to use this fully stock Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 in competition because it's too light. However, anyone with sufficient funds can buy one and ride it off the showroom floor. Does that make sense? (bikeradar.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: The RFLKT+ retails for $129.99, while the standard RFLKT is still $99.99.
If you’re looking to track your heart rate, but only want to use one strap for all of your devices, Wahoo has you covered. (bikerumor.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Their new Maintenance Tracking App lets you create a bike and list all of its components.
If your workbench has a ratty old notebook with as much grease on it as chicken scratch, then Feedback Sports has the app for you. (bikerumor.com)

April 22, 2014





Photo: Ryder Hesjedal and Andy Schleck have been non-factors in the Basque tour.
After 132 kilometres the Amstel Gold Race came to and end for Andy Schleck. "Nicki Sörensen got something in his wheel and went down hard," Schleck told Luxemburgish newspaper, Wort.lu. "I wanted to avoid him but hit my knee against a pole at the side of the road."  (cyclingnews.com)

April 21, 2014





Photo: Simon Gerrans has finished third in the past four years at the Amstel Gold Race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Orica-GreenEdge rode strongly in the final moments of the Amstel Gold Race Sunday and used its cards. It kept Michael Matthews for a small bunch kick and attacked with Simon Gerrans, who took third for the third time in four years. (velonews.com)

April 21, 2014




Photo: Britain's Geraint Thomas (Team Sky). © AFP
Welsh rider to focus on Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

April 21, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski, Amstel Gold Race 2014 Credit: Gregor Brown .
"He will be there again to fight with the biggest riders" says Omega Pharma-QuickStep sports director Tom Steels. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 21, 2014





BMC leader treats the four-day race as a dress rehearsal for the Giro d'Italia. (cyclingnews.com)

April 21, 2014





April 21, 2014





April 21, 2014






Photo: Philippe Gilbert said he was out of position on the Mur de Huy in Wednesday's La Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Philippe Gilbert says he hopes an off day at La Flèche Wallonne will work in his favor for Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Belgian and BMC Racing rider wants to win the biggest of the three Ardennes classics this Sunday for a second time. (velonews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Team Specialized-Lululemon, with Tiff second from the left..
The 127km race was held on the same day as the men's race and featured two laps of a circuit that finished atop the infamous Mur de Huy. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 24, 2014




Photo: Maura Kinsella, Lauren Rauck, Lauren Hall, Kathryn Donovan and Coryn Rivera.
Because the women start and finish in Huy, we get to see some lovely pre-race portraits and post-race moments. (podiumcafe.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: I’m pedaling through Anza-Borrego State Park and I have just descended Yaqui Pass.
"When the third RV runs me off the road into the sandy shoulder, I know I won’t make it through the canyon alive." (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Not only does the public want clean sport, even the athletes want it.
"It’s clear from your recent blog post on your site that you’re not happy with your 10-year ban from cycling. Big surprise." (redkiteprayer.com)

April 23, 2014






Photo: Michael Rogers will not serve a racing ban for his clenbuterol positive, as the sport's governing body believed there was a high probability the traces of the banned substance came from eating contaminated meat in China. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) will not serve a racing ban for his clenbuterol positive after winning last year’s Japan Cup, avoiding a possible two-year disqualification that might have ended his career. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014






Photo: Alejandro Valverde won Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday and hopes to take home his third Liège–Bastogne–Liège title Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele .
Perhaps he couldn’t hear them, the bit of boos wafted up the finish line as he won, but they were there as Valverde rode across the line atop the Wall of Huy, arms up. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014





Photo: Phil Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)... © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
A single error, but a costly one left top favourite Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) out of the running in the finale of Flèche Wallonne. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: The Strada Light 3D fabric offers very little sun protection, sunscreen is mandatory..
Castelli’s close relationship with their pro riders is no secret and the products they inspire continue to pour out of the Castelli factory – the San Remo Speed Suit, the Gaba Jacket. (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Wiggle-Honda’s British track stars are aiming to play a key role in support of their team mates in today’s Flèche Wallonne Femmes.
Wiggle-Honda trio Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell will play a support role in Fleche Wallonne Femmes on Wednesday. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Look for these new RED cassettes to be available this summer at a cost of $374.
With 11-32 SRAM cassettes already winning on the biggest stages in cycling SRAM figured it was time RED cassettes got wider too, 11-30 and 11-32 to be specific. (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: The only place to remove material is in the middle of the tread. We might save up to 50 grams on the 650B x 42 mm Babyshoe Pass, but the tire would wear out much faster.
It may be popular to talk about “no-compromise” products, but the reality is that the best products involve a careful balance of features and properties. (janheine.wordpress.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Light, responsive, reliable...
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A winning combination of price, practicality and performance." (bikeradar.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: REDLANDS BICYCLE CLASSIC CITY OF REDLANDS CRITERIUM – REDLANDS, CA.
Criteriums are one of the purest, most representative forms of Professional Road Racing in America. They are raw, ambitious and wonderful to spectate. This project is about what they are and why they matter. (manualforspeed.com)

April 22, 2014







Photo: The third of our big favourites – and also missing the podium on Sunday – was Polish Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski .
The Classics just keep on coming and next up is Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne. With a finish on the brutal Mur de Huy this mid-week race is suited for the tough and explosive climbers that can power up the climb’s steep slopes. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014






Photo: the shorter and least glamorous of the Ardennes trio which takes place on Wednesday, April 23...
We look ahead to Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne: route, contenders, TV guide, climbs, teams and more. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 22, 2014






Photo: The 2014 Belkin team... © Bettini Photo
Mollema, Martens and Nordhaug head the team. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014





Photo: Mark Cavendish at the 2013 Giro d'Italia team presentation ...
Free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis for event at Belfast City Hall on May 8: available from Thursday, April 24. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Readers chimed in with stories of broken quick release skewers. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
"I continue to have trouble with the rear derailleur skipping both up and down in the larger cogs. The chain actually always runs quietly — it’s just occasional skipping. Any suggestions?" (velonews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: He is always doing more than his share of the work to help the team...
"I happen to enjoy Jens Voigt’s exploits just like anyone else; in time trials, setting the pace in an echelon, How does he do it?" (shutup-legs.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Rory Sutherland (front, right) is hoping for a Tour de France nod come July. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
"It was good to ride with Alberto the last couple races, because then he knows whether he wants you around or not. But we’ll see." (velonews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: With his win at Amstel Gold, Philippe Gilbert has fans wondering if he can win the Ardennes triple a second time. (BMC Racing).
Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race gave us our first chance to see the Ardennes contenders go head-to-head. Here’s a look at the latest Power Ranking heading into Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne. (bicycling.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Talk to nearly anyone who has used both XTR hydraulics and Avid’s Juicy brakes and you’ll hear near poetic exclamations about how much better the XTR brakes are.
"Given the improvement that Dura-Ace 9000 presented over 7900, I’ve been curious what this next generation of XTR would deliver." (redkiteprayer.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: check out was the elastomer 'suspension' on the Pulsium.
The black piece on the Pulsium frame is an elastomer. There is nothing inside, no support structures, just an elastomer that is captured on each end by carbon fiber. (bikerumor.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Full Shimano 105 groupset and Mavic Aksium wheels top a great package...
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A high quality comfort-orientated package that represents great value." (bikeradar.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: In Zink Orange (it also comes in Hydrogen White and Garmin Blue), combined with reflective logos on all sides, the Octal is quite loud.
First seen by many atop the Garmin boys’ domes, the Octal has generated quite the buzz among industry nerds, Internet fact-checkers, and the general cycling public, too. This is all for good reason — its appearance intrigues, as do the eyebrow-raising, pre-sale specs that were released. (competitivecyclist.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.

April 23, 2014










April 24, 2014




Photo: Rogers won the race on October 20 – only three days after he left China following the Tour of Beijing.
The UCI announced on Wednesday that Tinkoff-Saxo rider Michael Rogers would not be sanctioned for an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol following the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race late last year. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 24, 2014




Photo: Dan Martin out sprinted Joaquim Rodriguez and that damn panda to win.
LBL is generally an action packed race full of tough climbs which on their own are not too bad but when combined with the classic distance are brutal but the big question remains, who’s going to win? (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Fine handling from a well-finished aluminium frame.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A quality frame slightly let down by some average kit and weighty wheels." (bikeradar.com)

April 24, 2014











April 23, 2014




Photo: The big problem is a lack of TV coverage. The country’s two largest broadcasters ARD and ZDF have stopped showing the sport.
Germany doesn’t have a national tour, it doesn’t have a big team either and the number of race days is dwindling and the sport is hardly shown at all on mainstream TV. This is tough for German cycling fans but it’s a real problem for professional cycling as a whole too. (inrng.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Johan Bruyneel ties up a few loose ends before the start of stage one.
Little sympathy for former team manager. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Lizzie Armitstead, Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Elisa Longo Borghini made up the Flèche Wallonne podium.
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) finished second in the La Flèche Wallonne World Cup in Belgium to strengthen her position at the top of the women's World Cup standings. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: 24 hours after his stage win Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) was in yellow.
"I was Andy Schleck, I was someone, I want to become that again." (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Successful attacking isn't just about going harder than the peloton. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
If conditions are right for you to attack, then all you have to do is pick your moment and start mashing the pedals. You can jump with every sinew of your being and see if you can get something started, be it solo or a party. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: The illuminated symbol of a bike and rider makes it easier for drivers to pick cyclists out of the urban light clutter, says Brainy Bike Lights inventor Crawford Hollingworth.
Research suggests the use of symbols can help drivers identify cyclists more quickly – giving them more time to react – and provide a shortcut to feelings of empathy and vulnerability. (theguardian.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Hope this post is a good surprise!...
We’ve all seen that one parent on the sideline, shouting out inappropriate comments at the top of their voice that are not only directed at their own child, but often at their teammates, teachers or coaches and the referee. How much does this behavior influence the sporting experience of their child? (shutup-legs.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Durano Plus Etape...
In celebration of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire this summer, Schwalbe will be producing a run of limited edition road tires. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 23, 2014

















April 22, 2014







Photo: Johan Bruyneel before USADA issued their report. © Roberto Bettini
Johan Bruyneel has been handed a 10 year ban in sport by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Bruyneel’s sanction has been back-dated to when he was originally charged and will end June 11, 2022. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: As we pumped out of the saddle, cresting another roller, from the mirage appeared an acrid, acidic, extra-terrestrial landscape, bound by a black poisonous ring of salt.
It's easy to get wrapped up in the details when it comes to cycling. Distances, wattages, victories and other measures often lead us to forget the simply joy of riding a bike. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 22, 2014





Photo: Lauren Hall (Optum) first, Erica Allar (Colavita) second and Leah Kirchmann (Optum) in third. © Jonathan Devich
Check out race recaps and previews from the pro peloton. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Various pro riders who are also fathers have facetiously said to me that they look eagerly forward the Grand Tours because that's when they get the most rest!
Philippe Gilbert seems to have gotten around parenting commitments while making his way back on the podium, and Jens Voigt is still going hard at 42 years old with six children. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 22, 2014




Photo: Andy going where, exactly? © au.eurosport.com
Has Andy Schleck become hors comprehension? With his latest injury — a knee in the Amstel Gold race this last weekend — Andy Schleck has indeed fallen again, lower this time, and further from his distant goals. (atwistedspoke.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Bradley Wiggins in the 2014 Tour of Flanders Credit: Graham Watson ...
Bradley Wiggins starts Giro del Trentino in Italy on Tuesday, aiming to impress Sky's Tour de France selectors. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 22, 2014






Photo: Evelyn Stevens (Specialized - lululemon) wins ahead of Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)... © CJ Farquharson
Former winner Evelyn Stevens back for Belgian Classic. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Purito in 2012 and Daniel Moreno last year.
Tomorrow is the 78th running of La Flechè Wallone. The Belgians own this race with 38 victories since its inception in 1936. (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali attacked from long range at Milano-Sanremo last month and said this week he isn't afraid to do so again at Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Vincenzo Nibali will risk losing in a big attack in order to win Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He said that others are too afraid or think too much about WorldTour points to make a move like the one that nearly landed him a Milano-Sanremo victory in March. (velonews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: They’re just toys. Expensive, cool and ultimately useless...
"‘Do I exercise enough?’, eventually this ‘self-information’ becomes boring. There is only so many times you can show-off on your facebook run distance updates." (shutup-legs.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Eddy Merckx – Attack, Attack, Attack...
'Cycling performance is dependent on physiological factors which influence mechanical power production and mechanical & environmental factors that affect power demand’. (shutup-legs.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Discs, thru axles, mud clearance – Fezzari’s new cross bike looks to have it all.
"Whether you’re looking for standard road, road disc, or disc CX, Fezzari will have an option for you in the near future in line with their consumer direct sales model." (bikerumor.com)

April 22, 2014







April 21, 2014




Photo: Gene doping in sports is against the rules, as set forth by World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA).
“We were contacted by numerous athletes, even coaches. They didn’t understand that we were still at an early stage in terms of gene therapy moving to humans.” (shutup-legs.com)

April 21, 2014





April 21, 2014





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