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Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Wout Van Aert captured the biggest win of his season at the elite men's World Cup in Koksijde in Belgium on Saturday. The young Belgian rider, 19, dominated the race with a solo win by 42 seconds ahead of Kevin Pauwels and 53 seconds ahead of Mathieu van der Poel, who was almost caught by a strong group of chasers who crossed the line three seconds later. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014





November 22, 2014





Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) wins Superprestige Gavere, her third victory in the past seven days
Photo: © Photopress.be.
Stultiens and De Boer second and third...

November 22, 2014




Photo: Gage Hecht, winning the National Championships, 15-16 title in his first attempt, now has a European win to his name. © Meg McMahon.
Americans have a hard time with Koksijde, they said. The deep sand and brutal conditions are unlike anything in the United States, they said.
Looks like the sixteen-year-old American Gage Hecht was able to defy these detractors by taking the win this morning in the Koksijde Junior Race over Belgian favorites Gilles BorraAlessio Dhoore and Stefano Museeuw. (cxmagazine.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


November 22, 2014




Photo: Illegal acts will have a boomerang effect on the future of cycling.
Responding to a recent feature by CyclingTips which documented cases where riders had been required to either race for free or for a price less than the minimum wage, the riders’ association CPA, the teams’ association AIGCP and the governing body UCI have given their reactions to the situation.
Riders and agents told CyclingTips earlier this month that the UCI’s minimum wage requirements for WorldTour and Pro Continental teams are, in some cases, circumvented in ways that break regulations.
These practices could also in theory constitute tax fraud. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 21, 2014




The day's breakaway rider Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
When it comes to no-shows and hissy fits in cycling, Thomas Voeckler's failure to climb off the Europcar team bus and attend the podium ceremonies at the finish of Paris-Tours this October was surely one of the highest profile of them all in 2014. But both for Voeckler - and probably for Europcar in general in 2014 - Voecker's finishing a narrowly beaten second in Paris-Tours must have felt like one frustrating near-miss too many. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: A beaming Simon Gerrans after collecting three prizes including the top gong, the Sir Hubert Opperman medal. (Cycling Australia/John Veage).
Simon Gerrans has capped his stellar season by winning Cycling Australia's highest honor.
The 34-year-old was awarded the Sir Hubert Opperman medal, or "Oppy" as Australian cyclist of the year. It is the first time Gerrans has won the award. (sbs.com.au)

November 21, 2014





Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst
Photo: © ISPA-photo/L.Claesen.
Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse edged closer to the overall lead at the Gent Six during the third night of racing on Thursday but remain 45 points behind Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: The feeling is one of helplessness. You get scared because you know you are the weakest link on the road and instead of helping and respecting cyclists, some do the exact opposite.
Yesterday Carlos Barbero ended his training ride at the police station after having been assaulted. The Euskadi rider who will ride for Caja Rural in 2015, complained about being given "two or three punches in the face" and asked the police to intervene. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: It's totally different than it was with Froome and Wiggins. Clearly Nairo is a rider who can perfectly aim for the win in the Tour.
Alejandro Valverde supports the decision to ride both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana with Nairo Quintana. The Spanish veteran will probably play a vital supporting role for the Colombian in the very mountainous Tour de France. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 21, 2014




Movistar joins Nairo Quintana on the podium
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Reus to Verandas Willems, Gasparotto heads to Wanty, Revolution Series heads to Manchester. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




SRM power meters are renowned for their reliability and precision, and now they are available at a more competitive price. Photo: SRM.
"Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t." (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Moab BLM officials have confirmed that electric-assist mountain bikes will be treated as motorized vehicles, and therefore not allowed on mountain bike singletrack in Moab. Photo: Daniel Dunn | VeloNews.com.
MTBR.com reports that the Moab field office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has posted updated guidelines to their website putting electric-powered bicycles in the same category as gas-powered vehicles, effectively banning them from numerous trails in and around the Utah mountain bike mecca. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Katie Compton won her fifth World Cup of the 2013-14 season in Rome, clinching the series title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The track was slick with mud, but she felt her leg pains — she’s adjusted her training, like she was floating on air. The course was lined with fans, but she heard nothing. Her bike, body, and mind — everything was firing in unison. Knowing she wouldn’t likely beat Marianne Vos in a two-up sprint, American Katie Compton attacked, opened a gap, and held it to the finish, to win alone, 24 seconds ahead of the world champion.
It was the Rome World Cup, held January 5, and American Katie Compton was on a perfect day. (velonews.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: Marianne Vos is returning to cyclocross this weekend. © Bart Hazen.
This weekend marks the second round of the World Cup for the 2014-15 season as we head to Koksijde in Belgium, often described as the sand dune race of cyclocross. Last month, Valkenburg held the first race, with Katie Compton pulling an astonishing come-from-behind victory after an unfortunate mechanical and Lars van der Haar found room for a solo victory after early attacks. (cxmagazine.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: AFP/Getty.
If you can think of a better weekend of CX racing, I'd like to hear it.
There may be some (pointless) debate about what the best 'Cross race track in the world is, but there's little debate as to which is the world's most famous place. That would be Koksijde, home to two world championships, one recurring World Cup race, and a whole lotta sand. And not that inland sand, but real dune stuff. (podiumcafe.com)

November 20, 2014




Greg Van Avermaet with the Kristallen Fiets
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Giro d'Italia Gran Fondo and Australian NRS transfers. Taryn Heather joins Bicycle Superstore. Jennelle Crooks signs for Specialized Securitor. (cyclingnews.com)

November 20, 2014





November 20, 2014






Iljo Keisse leads Mark Cavendish ahead of their sprint ride
Photo: © ISPA-photo/L.Claesen.
Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse took the lead on the fourth evening of racing at the Gent Six. The pair gained a lap on the rest of the field after breaching the 200-point mark, and taking victories in the elimination and derny races. Race favorites Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele fell down to third place, but could still move back into the lead if they earn a bonus lap for making 300 points. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014




Nairo Quintana (Movistar) takes the lead in the overall classification
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Nairo Quintana believes that his team’s decision to partner the 2014 Giro d’Italia victor with his teammate Alejandro Valverde for next year’s Tour de France and Vuelta a España is a good move. Instead of splitting their calendars as they did in 2014 - where Quintana rode the Giro and Valverde was sent to the Tour, before they joined up at the Vuelta – Movistar will send their two top stage racers to the same two Grand Tours. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014




Photo: three TT wins in 2014, Redlands, Nature Valley and Cascades.
At 36 years-of-age Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Tom Zirbel isn’t getting any younger but it took Worlds TT medallist Taylor Phinney to wrest the 2013 stars and stripes TT jersey off the big man’s back. He was well in the picture in every TT he rode in 2014 as well as being runner-up in the NRC calendar. (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Discission made. After 2 tests on bike today, I'll try to start tomorrow. Maybe defend GC, maybe not. Go in blanco! SP Spa-Francoshamps.
After missing today's World Cup race in Koksijde due to illness, Lars van der Haar will take the start in tomorrow's Superprestige race in Francorchamps. However, the Dutchman is unsure about his chances of defending his top position in the overall standings. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 22, 2014




Janvier Hadi (Louis Garneau) of Rwanda rode in the break on stage 4 of Tour of Alberta, and would take the most aggressive jersey that day. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File)..
Three years ago, Janvier Hadi pedaled a singlespeed bicycle taxi. This week, he won the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda, a success mirroring the growth of cycling in his country.
Born into a family of modest farmers, the 23-year-old took up the sport seriously after taking part in a race in the south Rwandan town of Butare.
“I heard there was a race for a singlespeed bike.It was like a test, and I won; I got first place,” he told AFP. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: World-class athletes, locals and international nut-cases who clearly fancy themselves as mountain goats all converged in the small town of Qixingtan. Photography by Daniel Simms (Quads & Calves) & Daniel Hakim
"For me, Taiwan isn’t one of those places that springs to mind when picking out ideal cycling destinations. Due to sheer ignorance or stupidity on my behalf I’d always imagined Taiwan as a land jam-packed with industrial estates and high-rise buildings. This was until last year when fellow CyclingTipper Andy covered the Taiwan KOM Challenge, an event that captured my imagination and put Taiwan on my must-do list of places to ride a bike." (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 21, 2014




the 2015 FDJ team jersey
Photo: © FDJ.
The FDJ team has revealed its new jersey for the 2015 season, opting for a mix of red, white and blue for the new season. In the 2014 the team raced in a blue strip, after using an all white kit in the past. Team leader Thibaut Pinot modeled the brightly-colored jersey and white shorts in official images issued by the team. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: Will takes Stage 4 at the ToC.
Will Routley, cracking fella, was fortunate enough to entice him over to Taiwan for the KOM Challenge just recently.
Will has been a pro since 2008 and just enjoyed his best year with Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies with a win on Stage 4 and the overall KOM in the 2014 Tour of Califiornia. (crankpunk.com)

November 21, 2014




Erica Zaveta solos in for the win on day one of the 2014 Gateway Cross Cup. Photo: Matt James.
Erica Zaveta has steadily been working her way to the top of the sport.
The Erwinna, Pennsylvania native had applied for the Amy D. Foundation’s first racing scholarship, a program intended to help promising young female riders progress to the top of the sport.
Dan Dombroski established the foundation days after his 26-year-old sister, Amy, was killed on a training ride in Belgium in October 2013. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Astana is stepping up its commitment to its women's squad, which placed 10th at world team time trial championships in 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Olympic time trial champion and former world time trial champion Zulfia Zabirova will join forces with Maurizio Fabretto to launch Astana’s new women’s cycling team in 2015. The team will field a roster of about 15 riders, mostly young athletes that it hopes to develop into seasoned pros.
The team will be officially named Astana-Acca Due O, and it will be registered in Kazakhstan. Many of the riders will come from Eastern Europe, but the team will also have strong Italian flavor. It will have a headquarters in Cornuda, Veneto, and sponsor Acca Due O is an Italian water treatment company. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: Welcome to this week's Friday Five-a-side selection, brought to you this week from our Australian offices .
Featuring BH, Speedplay, Litespeed, Shimano and more. (bikeradar.com)

November 21, 2014





Photo: reducing the Vuelta is possible but implicitly a shortened Tour de France can be discussed… but is unlikely to say the least.
A two week Tour de France? Non. Or to use the phrase beloved of many a French hotelier, c’est pas possible. Still it’s good to question established ideas and tenets. There’s no rule that says the Tour de France must be three weeks long and if there were, we should question that too.
It’s a current topic since UCI President Brian Cookson was in Madrid to award Spain and Movistar their UCI World Tour prizes. He spoke to the media when asked about a shorter Vuelta and Tour de France implied nothing was off the table. Let’s explore why an abbreviated Tour won’t suit anyone. (inrng.com)

November 20, 2014




Photo: BBC News - Nicole Cooke calls for women's ... www.bbc.com
As a former world and Olympic champion, double World Cup winner and victor in races such as the Giro d’Italia Femminile, La Flèche Wallonne, the women’s Tour of Flanders and the Amstel Gold Race, Nicole Cooke is one of the best female riders of all time.
She walked away from the sport in early 2013 and since then has had minimal involvement, bar some intelligent interviews which expressed her views on anti-doping, women’s cycling and minimum pay. She also released an fine autobiography this year, entitled “The Breakaway.” (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 20, 2014




American Evelyn Stevens will take on 2015 with a new team, but she'll still bring familiar sponsors Specialized and lululemon along for the ride. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
She finished up the world championships, went to Cape Cod, got engaged, and took three weeks off the bike.
And now, Evelyn Stevens is at it again. She’s in Boulder, Colorado this week getting back up to speed, staying with Connie Carpenter and Davis Phinney. “It’s always a nice time of year,” she said. “I’ve been training for a few weeks already. I go to my first training camp in December.” (velonews.com)

November 20, 2014





The MTN-Qhubeka riders await the start
Photo: © Luca Bettini.
The MTN-Qhubeka team has confirmed it has obtained a Professional Continental license for the 2015 season from the UCI as it looks targets a wild card invitation to the Tour de France following the signings of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Theo Bos, Tyler Farrar, Stephen Cummings and Matthew Goss.
The UCI has yet to confirm the full list of WorldTour and Professional Continental teams registered for 2015 but the team will gather in the Western Cape of South Africa for a weeklong get together between November 23-30. (cyclingnews.com)

November 20, 2014




Andre Greipel makes sure Lotto Belisol gets a mention on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Before anyone says André Greipel is washed up in the sprints, let's consider that the German champion won 16 races this year, and that was over the course of a season interrupted by a shoulder injury, sustained in a Gent-Wevelgem crash, that required surgery to repair. He leads the peloton in the overall number of victories, even if Marcel Kittel and Alexander Kristoff won more Grand Tour stages. (cyclingnews.com)

November 20, 2014





November 20, 2014




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November 22, 2014


UCI president Brian Cookson at the Tour Down Under.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
UCI president Brian Cookson has presented his re-worked plans for the reforms for cycling to race organizers in a meeting in Oudenaarde, Belgium. The reforms are set to come into effect in 2017 and hope to reduce the number of race days on the cycling calendar, which could see several organizers being forced to cut days from their events. Cookson is aware that he has a battle on his hands but remains confident of things going ahead as planned. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014





Kenny van Hummel has announced that he will retire from cycling after failing to secure a contract for the 2015 season. The Dutch sprinter was saved from retirement by Gianni Savio’s Androni Giocattoli-Venuzuela after the collapse of the Fernando Alonso team left him scrabbling for a contract late in the year. He took three victories with the team but a lack of funds meant that he found himself hunting for a new job once again. (cyclingnews.com)

November 22, 2014




Photo: Whether I will once again make an Hour Record Attempt? Maybe next year. With a little extra preparation, I can target 45 kph.
After the successful hour record attempts by Jens Voigt and Matthias Brändle, Sporza journalist Ruben Van Gucht decided to give it a try. After a few weeks of preparation, he covered 42.315km in an hour. (cyclingquotes.com)

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November 21, 2014




Photo: it’s called De Kuipke. Kuip is Dutch/Flemish for a tank, tub, bowl or vat and the -ke suffix is diminutive, so think little bowl.
Not a road but a track and not a place to ride but a venue to visit. Still this series is about exploring legendary locations so here is the chance to look at the most famous of six day races. Or alternatively one of the last few surviving winter track contests. (inrng.com)

November 21, 2014




Alexander Vinokourov and Vincenzo Nibali celebrate the Astana win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has reacted angrily to the news of a fourth doping case within the Astana teams, saying he hopes that whoever governs cycling makes them pay a high price.
“If someone links me to these cases, they don't understand a thing. They're four imbeciles that have nothing to do with me,” Gazzetta dello Sport reported Nibali as saying. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




The Champs-Élysées finally got to witness Cadel Evans in yellow on the final stage
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Cycling Australia has announced its Tour de France team of the century at the Jayco Cyclist of the Year Awards held in Melbourne.
The team, comprising of nine riders, was selected by a panel of judges that included Orica GreenEdge’s general manager Shayne Bannan, and cycling journalist and Cyclingnews correspondent Rupert Guinness. (cyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: For best results, wear disposable gloves when applying embro.
(Illustration by Ryan Quickfall).
Leg-warming oils and creams can be indispensable on a chilly day - here's how to make sure it's a good burn. (bicycling.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: Elementary, my dear British cycling fan. The Tour de France's popularity in England was no mystery, with two British champions in the last two years prior to 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tour de France Sherlock Holmes. Elementary, my dear British cycling fan. The Tour de France's popularity in England was no mystery, with two British champions in the last two years prior to 2014. (velonews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: High Definition 720p with video recording and audio meaning that you can capture not just what the Fly6 sees in HD but you can also hear what’s happening too on your video..
"For the last three months I’ve been testing a prototype of what is possibly my favorite product of the year – and in any case, certainly the most useful – the Fly6 safety camera/light. Now that the prototype testing is finished and the new version 2, Fly6 camera has been released to the public this week I can finally talk about the product and start publishing some of my videos from the last few months." (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 21, 2014




Photo: Fan’s dream machine.
“It seemed too good to be true,” explained Royal Leamington Spa Cycling Club member Gary Hibbert. “A full Canyon Aeroad CF carbon-fibre bike, with Dura-Ace Di2 and Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels for just over £3,200.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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November 20, 2014




Idyllic conditions for a training camp in Tenerife.
Photo: © Andrzej Jozwik.
Anti-doping tests in Tenerife have again come under the spotlight after two of the world's biggest teams confirmed that none of their athletes were tested during several training camps on the Spanish island, but the UCI claims that its anti-doping affiliate, the CADF, carried out controls on "top tier teams" on the island this season. (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Italian says team doesn’t have a coordinated doping programme.
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has repeated his previous assertions that the Astana team does not have a systematic doping problem, dismissing any suggestions that a spate of positive tests linked to the team could reflect a coordinated policy. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 20, 2014




Photo: Michele Acquarone was sacked by Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport after huge sum of money went missing, and continues to try and clear his name.
Italy’s Michele Acquarone, former RCS Sport manager in charge of the Giro d’Italia, stands firm one year after the media company fired him over €13m in missing funds.
“It’s not RCS versus a former employee. Here it’s RCS protecting itself keeping the scandal far from the heart of the company,” Acquarone said in a letter this month. “In real life big fishes eat small fishes. Always.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






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