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Photo: Kevin Pauwels on the run up
(tdwsport).
The challenging course had turned to thick, nearly unrideable mud in some sections by the time the elite men started the final race of the day in Namur.

Tom Meeusen led the race up the opening climb, a challenging and muddy ascent that forced riders off their bikes from the start. The German rider Sascha Weber was followed by Swiss rider Marcel Wildhaber, along with Rob Peeters, Pauwels, Walsleben, van der Haar, and Francis Mourey, Corné Van Kessel and Fabien Canal.

Pauwels rode flawlessly along the thick mud stretch and gained the few seconds that he needed to take the win ahead of van der Haar, who was left behind and forced to settle for second place.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 21, 2015





Photo: Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) celebrates her solo victory
(David McElwaine).
Vos takes second on return to cyclo-cross action.

Nash fell behind on the early laps of the race but recovered to catch and pass Vos. The Czech went on to win by 34 seconds, while Vos, in her first outing of the cyclo-cross season, took second place.

Katie Compton finished in third place, while Sanne Cant’s sixth place finish was enough for her to retain the overall lead in the World Cup standings, although her advantage has been slashed to just a single point. Compton lies in second place, while Ellen Van Loy is in third, 32 points off Cant.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 21, 2015




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),


 (cyclingnews.com)

December 21, 2014





Sven Nys' (Crelan-AA Drink) string of bad form and bad luck has left the Belgian champion and his team searching for answers. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com.
Sven Nys has opted to withdraw from Sunday’s fourth round of the cyclo-cross World Cup in Namur following a lacklustre showing at the Bpost Bank Trofee in Essen on Saturday.

Nys lost his lead at the top of the overall standings of the Bpost Bank Trofee when he could only manage 13th place on Saturday, over three minutes down on Wout Van Aert. Van Aert has now moved into the overall lead in the standings, and holds an advantage of 1:50 over Nys.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015








Photo: A picture from Hasselt - I call that 'home'. - Balint Hamvas.
20 December - GP Rouwmoer Essen (bpost).

It's called GP Rouwmoer, but they should really consider changing that name to GP Zdenek Stybar. If Nys can have his own race, then why can't Stybs? He lives in Essen with his - I'm sorry Albertina - wife. Tom Meeusen and Bart Aernouts also live in Essen, but neither have a rainbow jersey, so Stybar gets dibs on the racename for now (even though it isn't known yet if he'll shown up for this race). The funnest bits of GP Rouwmoer are swooping turns in the forest, and then that one corner where they have steps right at the end of a U-turn. Cruel. Lovely.

(podiumcafe.com)

December 20, 2015





Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck enjoying a post-race party
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Andy Schleck, who walked away from cycling at the end of the season after permanently damaging his knee, has admitted in an interview with Luxembourg newspaper Le Quotidien that he already misses cycling.

“The doctors told me that I would need a new knee by the time I was 35,” Schleck told Le Quotidien during an interview at his home in Mondorf. “It all scared me. That's what I said in my press conference to announce the end of my career. But now I miss it.”

(cyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015




ulips line the roadside of the Giro's second stage to Belfast
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Although the Tour of Ireland will not take place next season, talks are still ongoing for the race to return to the international calendar as soon as 2016. Plans for the revival of the race were announced during the Giro d’Italia’s visit to Ireland in May.

The most recent iteration of the Tour of Ireland last took place in 2009 but was discontinued following cuts in the sponsorship provided by the Irish tourism board, Fàilte Ireland. Organizer Darach McQuaid of Shadetree Sports said that he has held talks with potential backers from the private sector in the wake of the Giro start, as well as with television partners.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015




Most agressive Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Previous .
With Jens Voigt now retired, he looks back on the highs and lows of his Tour de France career with the help of some iconic photos to jog his memory.

On the first rest day of the Tour, Procycling caught up with Trek Factory Racing’s Voigt to accompany the 43-year-old on a journey down memory lane. The German has been a fixture at the Tour since he first took part in 1998: he made it to every Grand Départ since and completed all but three Tours.

And in those 17 years, he tasted plenty of success: stints in the yellow jersey and a brace of stage wins, not to mention the consummate CSC team performance of 2008, when all nine riders made it all the way to Paris and the team won both the yellow and white jerseys.

 (cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Mary Maroon (Twenty 16)
Photo: © Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com.
The professional men and women will have a new race in 2015, the Tour of Montana, which will run from July 16 to 19 in Missoula next summer. The Women's Cycling Association (WCA)-branded event will include one mass-start ride and three days of professional racing that includes equal prize money, equal sponsored media coverage and racing on the same courses for men and women.

The multi-day event started through the collaboration of WCA President Robin Farina, Race Director Kurt Stockton, and Executive Director Nicole Adamson. The event includes four separate days of racing registered through USA Cycling, however, none of the races will be a part of the National Racing Calendar or the National Criterium Calendar, and they are not sanctioned UCI events.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015





Marianne Vos won the inaugural edition of La Course in 2014. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Too many women’s events on the same weekend could torpedo plans by the Vuelta a España to hold a one-day race to coincide with the finale of the 2015 Spanish grand tour.

The Spanish daily AS reported that the UCI has put the kibosh on plans to hold the so-called “La Course by the Vuelta” on September 13 due to a conflict with three other women’s events across Europe on the same weekend.

There was no official confirmation by the UCI, and Vuelta officials could not be reached Friday, but the Spanish daily reported that the UCI has told the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) that it would not approve the planned event on the streets of Madrid to coincide with the finale of the men’s Vuelta a España.

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: A familiar pose by Sanne Cant, here winning Scheldecross in 2014. © Start-Box/Wouter Toelen.
What does it take to lift women’s cyclocross to the next level? According to three-time cyclocross World Champion Erwin Vervecken, “If you can get a Belgian to compete with the top girls to win big races then it would change a lot. If she would win five races a year then people would be more interested in women because they know someone who lives close. Then people will come very early for women’s races.”

At only 24 years of age, Sanne Cant not only stepped up to the challenge but nailed it with style. Halfway into her season, she already racked up 16 UCI victories out of the 22 times she took the start.

 (cxmagazine.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: Two weeks ago, Sven Nys had a complete off-day and abandoned the race in Overijse.
During the past two weeks, Sven Nys has recharged his batteries in Mallorca. "He has laid the foundation to handle the holiday season well," coach Paul van den Bosch told Sporza. "This is definitely not a good year. In several races he has performed below expectations."

"It remains to be seen how he will perform this weekend, but I have every confidence that it is going in the right direction. In Mallorca, he could leave everything behind. I have the impression that his training went very well."

 (cyclingquotes.com)

December 19, 2015





Alex Dowsett will bring his time trial skills to a velodrome in London next year in an hour record attempt. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alex Dowsett has joined a growing list of riders that will take on the hour record next year.

The 26-year-old Briton will attempt to break the mark on February 27 at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome, according to a Movistar press release.

“Everyone understands a world record, so I wanted my next target to be the hour record,” Dowsett said in the release. “The Hour is something I’ve always been interested in; the simplicity of it, mostly: no tactics, no hiding, just you and the bike.”

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




Lightweight Urgestalt
Jonny Ashelford.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Poetry in motion when you're in the saddle, but easily marred paintjob is annoying and second-string SRAM seems a mite ungenerous."

 (bikeradar.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: Campagnolo overhauled their top of the line mechanical shifting group for 2015 with new cranks, derailleurs and front derailleur shift pattern.
(Photo by Matt Phillips).
"At a total of 2004 grams on my scale, this is a very light group, but at $3,680, it’s also very expensive. I have not weighed a SRAM Red 22 group on my scale, but SRAM claims that Red 22 totals to about 1,879 grams for a group that’s similarly spec’d to the Super Record. That said, claimed weights almost always skew light, so I’d guess the actual difference between the two groups would be around 100 grams.

That’s a lot in weight-weenie land, especially when SRAM’s Red 22 group is about $1,000 cheaper. Based on my weights and calculations, the same Shimano Dura Ace 9000 mechanical group weight is around 2,055 grams, but it’s priced at about $2,400."

(bicycling.com)

December 19, 2015





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December 21, 2015


Photo: We are approaching the end of the year and for the second year in a row, Samuel Sanchez' future career is shrouded in uncertainty. © www.sikids.com
After 13 years at Euskaltel-Euskadi, Sanchez signed with the BMC team for 2014 but the parties failed to reach an agreement to renew the contract despite the desire from both to continue the collaboration.

LCManagement, the agency that is led by Michel Gros and Joona Laukka, told L'Equipe about the current situation for Sanchez. "Samuel has always been willing to make financial sacrifices. But he was not willing to sign at any price," they said about the offer from BMC. "The chances are dwindling and his future in the bunch is uncertain."

Meanwhile, Sanchez is registered to compete today in the Memorial Justo Rebollar-Ismael Parajón, a ciclocross race in Vega de Sariego which is part of the Copa de Asturias. He already did his first cyclocross race on December 1.

(cyclingquotes.com)

December 21, 2015




Photo: There was a top 20 in the GP Industria & Artigianato, a top six in the National Road Race and a Vuelta ride that year.
Judged on the results he achieved at the end of 2010, it looked as if 27 year-old Texan, Caleb Fairly was headed straight for the top. Riding for Holowesko Partners/Felt, the Garmin U23 ‘feeder’ team, at the start of the year Fairly won the Tour of the Bahamas, the Tour of the Battenkill and then rode a strong Tour de Beauce. The previous year had seen him in the US U23 team and a strong showing in the super fast Olympia Tour in The Netherlands had marked him down as ‘one to watch.’ Moving up to the Garmin Pro Tour team as a stagiaire at the end of the 2010 season, his debut was straight from the top drawer.

He took 12th in his first race, the Memorial Pantani and followed that up with third in the Giro della Toscana. It was expected that Fairly would join Garmin for 2011.

(pezcyclingnews.com)

December 21, 2015




Photo: Very light with a sublime ride.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "A phenomenal lightweight frame, excellent components and a rich riding experience make this as good as any race rig we’re tried."

 (bikeradar.com)

December 21, 2015




Photo: Jacks.Loudness.44Magnum.Sex Machineguns.Show-Ya.
"If you follow our Instagram feed you know we have a hard time sticking to just bike stuff, but some of the more off-beat posts are the music updates of our Creative Director as he works his magic during the final lay-out of the magazine. Ranging from folky to ear-bleeding metal the notes that keep his creative muse happy are eclectic to say the least. During our ‘East’ themed issue in 2014 he discovered some Asian rock that has become classic ‘Dig’."

 (pelotonmagazine.com)

December 21, 2015




Photo: Prosecutors are reviewing new documents concerning the death of Marco Pantani. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Matt Rendell, the English journalist who wrote the definitive biography on Marco Pantani, has watched with a mix of bemusement and disgust as the media has tried to outdo itself to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the Italian cyclist.

“I am not enjoying the spectacle of the media today,” Rendell told VeloNews on Friday. “All of this so-called commentary, it feels so self-indulgent and profit-oriented, and not entirely honest. The media itself are often times doped.”

 (velonews.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: Andrew Talansky wins the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine.
The big stars and races draw the most attention ahead of 2015, but some pro cyclists should be noted for their 2014 season and what they could accomplish in 2015.

The five listed here are ear-marked by their teams. They often help other riders, but will have their chance to gain experience and win. The best example, and the oldest at 26 of our riders to watch for 2015, is Andrew Talansky. Garmin took him to the Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour de France, and got plenty in return.

These riders have already showed promise, so it should come as no surprise at all to see them listed, but more result should follow in 2015.

(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

December 20, 2015




Photo: There is a danger of having too much youth, but to give them time to develop, we might have to sacrifice some results in some races.
BMC Racing Team has undergone a huge change this offseason. Gone are old heads like Cadel Evans and Thor Hushovd, replaced with younger men like Jempy Drucker and Damiano Caruso. Sporting Director Allan Peiper discussed the 2015 team.

"I think losing Cadel is a void that we can’t fill up overnight," Peiper said during the team’s training camp this week. "There is a danger of having too much youth. While you’re waiting for them to develop in the appropriate time that they need, you need to heal a void where you might have to sacrifice some results."

Evans hasn’t retired yet, but will do so after riding the Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, meaning he will be out of the team by February and someone else will need to lead at the Giro d’Italia. Hishovd has retired and leaves gap in the Classics roster. Samuel Sanchez has also left the team, meaning there is an Ardennes spot and a GC leadership at a Grand Tour up for grabs. But BMC has brought in some great young riders to fill these gaps

. (cyclingquotes.com).

December 20, 2015




Photo: you can buy our window stickers to proclaim that fact to the world here.
"Cyclists are a “hazard,” “untrustworthy,” a “nuisance” and “idiots.” That at least is the impression given by users of the search engine Google.co.uk, with its autocomplete feature adding those words, in that order, to any search beginning “cyclists are … “

After seeing a post on Facebook from Peloton Magazine that flagged up the most common autocomplete phrases for “Cyclists are …" on Google.com, we decided to conduct our own research."

 (road.cc)

December 20, 2015




Photo: 2015 Austin Cyclocross National Championships course map.
While speaking with famed course designer Pete Webber, Carmichael Training Systems Coach Josh Whitmore examined the features and nuances of Zilker Park, host site of the 2015 Cyclocross National Championship. While there will always be beneficial mainstays of training for cyclocross, including group Wednesday Night Worlds practice, as well as threshold and VO2 Max intervals, riders looking for an extra edge can tailor a training plan that matches the conditions they will face come the second week in January.

(cxmagazine.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: The relatively shallow rims likely don't offer much of an aero benefit, but that also means they're very easy to manage in windy conditions
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Great everyday road wheels - reasonably fast and light but also fantastically tough and durable "

(bikeradar.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: Tanel Kangert has told PEZ Cycling that he wants to be a part of the Astana Giro d’Italia squad and he spoke about what it was like helping Vincenzo Nibali win the Tour de France.
He isn’t happy that the whole team has been branded as dopers because of the mistakes of others, such as the Iglinskiy brothers.

“I read yesterday in somewhere (a cycling website) there was a long interview, nobody would even dare to put their name on it, and the way the questions were written like already, automatically, whatever the question was; “all the Astana guys are positive,” but what about the other guys? OK someone in the team made a mistake and you have to pay and we are paying now, but sometimes the price is too high. Definitely that website has something against someone in the team. But it’s not fair for the smaller riders like me, now automatically we are all bad riders for the fact that we wear these colors.”

“It’s made to look like it is only Astana, all about the money laundering and dozens of names, ten different names or maybe more. The only one that they pointed at is us. I don’t want to blame others, but it’s not only the problem of one team."

 (cyclingquotes.com)

December 19, 2015




Cheat: Lance Armstrong confesses to Oprah Winfrey Photo: AFP.
He admitted to cheating during all seven of his Tour de France victories and is currently serving a lifetime ban from cycling. But Lance Armstrong says he would be “heartbroken forever” if he was caught moving his ball the rough during a round of golf.

In an eyebrow-raising interview with Golf Digest, the Texan, apparently speaking without irony, said the sport adhered to a code of honor that simply did not exist in cycling, at least during his era.

(telegraph.co.uk)

December 19, 2015




BMC Racing's Michael Schär (left) saw a more than four-minute lead over the top of the last climb – 38km from the finish – reduced to seconds inside the final kilometer of the 210km race. Hincapie rider Joey Rosskopf (right) was caught 3km from the finish. Photo by Casey B. Gibson.
First he was going to do it; it was a sure thing. A well-deserved win was virtually in the bag for BMC Racing’s Michael Schär as he crested Boulder Mountain with nearly a five-minute lead after dropping his break mate, Hincapie rider Joey Rosskopf.

“On top of the climb I felt very good,” Schär said.

Then, the sure thing — it wasn’t. What was this? He wasn’t pedaling. He’s cramping; he’s definitely struggling. He’s on the descent, but he isn’t pedaling. He’s losing huge chunks of time."

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015





Alberto Contador has dropped Chris Froome and with that seals the 2014 Vuelta
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alberto Contador has revealed he plans to finish his professional racing career at the top of his game, “winning my last ever race. I don’t refer to a small stage race, either, but winning a big one. To be specific, the Tour de France.”

Contador celebrated his 32nd birthday on December 6 and admitted that he will not ace beyond the age of 35.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Oscar Freire won on Via Roma in the 2007 Milano-Sanremo. The race will return to the iconic finish straight after a seven-year absence. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Milano-Sanremo will return to its roots and open itself to attackers on March 22, 2015, when it concludes between the beige- and grey-colored buildings of Via Roma in Sanremo, Italy.

“The Milano-Sanremo race in its 105 years had only two classic finishes: Corso Cavallotti and Via Roma,” RCS Sport cycling director Mauro Vegni told VeloNews.

“Via Roma is a part of cycling’s story with wins like Eddy Merckx’s. It gives a different style and charm to the race than the seaside finish.”

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




The men's pursuit podium
Photo: © Joby Sessions.
On Thursday, Australian Jack Bobridge announced that on January 31 and at the Darebin International Sports Centre velodrome in Melbourne, he will make an attempt on the world hour record of Austrian Matthias Brandle (51.852km set in October this year). After the announcement before the clock at Flinders Street Railway Station in downtown Melbourne, Bobridge spoke to Cyclingnews.

 (cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




"The gift ideas just keep coming in from around the cycling world and today we’ve rounded up some of the best with everything from a luxury cycling holiday with VeloClassic Tours to some Finish Line Pedal & Cleat Lubricant.

We’ve also got everything in between covered with products from Easton, Topeak, Velox, State Bicycle Co., CycleOps, Essor USA, E-Motion, CyclePassion and Louis Garneau."

(pezcyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: Daily Distraction...Cyclepassion 2015 Calendar

(pezcyclingnews.com)

December 21, 2015


The UCI is taking a big step forward with its review commission, but is it enough? Photo: AFP.
Brian Cookson, president of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, deserves commendation for following through on his 2013 pre-election manifesto to convene an “independent commission” to investigate pro cycling. From all appearances, this Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) will be overseen by a very strong and experienced staff, and will operate independently of the UCI, as it looks into the history of doping and corruption in the sport.

As stated in its “Terms of Reference,” or charter, dated February 11, 2014, the CIRC proclaims that its priorities will be focused on “understanding and learning from the past to improve the future of the sport by eliminating undesirable practices and procedures as well as understanding the roots and mechanisms of the endemic problem of doping in cycling.”

(velonews.com)

December 21, 2015




Photo: A who’s who of the world’s top cycling teams have been confirmed to ride in the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
Six of the world’s top ProTour teams are confirmed, with IAM Cycling, Trek Factory Racing, Etixx – Quick-Step and Team Katusha joining BMC Racing Team and Orica GreenEDGE in the race, promising a thrilling weekend for cycling fans.

“I am delighted with the news that some of the world’s best cycling teams are set to ride in the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race,” said Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events,  John Eren.

“These teams are the cream of the crop, competing in prestigious events such as the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix. It will be a great honor to see them ride against Australia’s best in our own beautiful backyard – Geelong and the Surf Coast region.”

(cyclingquotes.com)

December 21, 2015




Photo: There's no jewel in the crown. I mean if you look at our team we don’t have one single superstar..
“I don’t think either us or Cannodale would have been able to run a WorldTour team if there hadn’t been a deal,” Vaughter said.

“We, us and Cannondale I mean, basically became friends because we were discussing how hard it had become to run teams in this environment. People might not realize this but when we got our UCI report back a couple of weeks ago – and our budget is a little under 20 million USD – the report showed us where we were on the spectrum and we were way below average, which is around 26 to 27 million USD. That reality is hard to sustain and so as we got talking Cannondale, they told us that they’d tried to do a couple of deals, one with Tinkoff, but each time they were afraid of losing control of the brand image and not having input into the team.”

It was a tough deal to make, but Cannondale became part of the Garmin team, brining over their green livery, their bikes and eight of their riders.

 (cyclingquotes.com)

December 21, 2015




Photo: November saw a few cyclocross races, as well as wonderful rides closer to home.
"As the year draws to a close, it’s fun to look back at the memorable rides we’ve done this year. And what a year it’s been! We’ve discovered new roads and enjoyed new adventures. The links in the text lead to posts that talk more about individual rides.

And just when it seemed like the cycling season was finally over, a sudden snowfall provided a unique opportunity to test a bike with a 2-day bikepacking trip to the Olympic Mountains. Who could stay home when roads like these beckoned?

Looking back over all these wonderful memories, I am glad that bicycles are able to provide us with these incredible experiences. What were your favorite rides this year?"

(janheine.wordpress.com)

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December 20, 2015




UCI President Brian Cookson in January
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Brian Cookson has said that he will take action on Astana’s WorldTour license if evidence compromising the team emerges from the Padova-based doping investigation, warning that “the game isn’t over.”

Despite a recent run of positive tests, Astana’s 2015 WorldTour registration was ratified ten days ago, pending an audit of their practices by the University of Lausanne. The UCI is also awaiting receipt of a 550-page dossier from the Padova investigation, which is centred on the activities of the banned Dr. Michele Ferrari. Reports in the Italian press earlier this month claimed that the Astana team was implicated in the inquiry.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: In 2014 Sanchez played a key support role for Philippe Gilbert in the Ardennes .
Sports manager of the BMC racing team Allan Peiper has admitted that the American team had wished to keep Samuel Sanchez in its ranks in 2015 but failed to reach a financial agreement.

The Australian coach regrets being unable to retain the Spaniard but neither wanted to do it at any price. "We could not find a common ground. The team wanted to keep him and Samu wanted to stay with the team, but the proposals we made ​​earlier in the season were not accepted," Peiper told Velonews. "So we found other riders to sign. Sometimes that's the game you have to play with the managers."

(cyclingquotes.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: But, after careful consideration of the documentation and especially after listening attentively to his explanations, we realized that Santambrogio did not commit any type of sporting fraud.
Mauro Santambrogio receives the full backing from his new employer which believes that his human rights may have been violated. 

This afternoon Amore & Vita - Selle SMP have finally responded to the fact that their new signing Mauro Santambrogio has tested positive for testosterone. The continental team has issued a press release with statements from Ivano and Christian Fanini who want to express their solidarity with the rider while also underlining that they will pursue the matter. (cyclingquotes.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: It’s hard to believe that just a short train, car or even ride away from the center of Paris you could be riding in this perfect country setting.
Paris, France – the city of love, the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and… traffic jams. Could Paris really be a destination for a ‘Top Ride’? Well, yes as just 35km South-West of the capital is the gorgeous Vallée de Chevreuse where the cows, sheep and forest replace the hustle and bustle of the big city making it an ideal playground for cyclists.

 (pezcyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: Dromarti Race Classic.Q36.5 Termica Jacket.MYN SNOBY Jersey.
"Yesterday it was casual style on and off the bike, today it’s all about raising your game on the club ride. Toss out last year’s team kit, leave your ‘Everest Challenge’ finisher’s jersey in the drawer. Pour on the style and the watts with these items from Day 7 of Dig."

(pelotonmagazine.com).

December 20, 2015




Photo: Rather than talking about tweaking things it’s more of a belt and braces, blank sheet of paper, let’s start again way of thinking.
After a disappointing 2014 season, the brains behind the Team Sky operation, Dave Brailsford, is going back to the drawing board for his team’s tactics for 2015.

“Rather than talking about tweaking things it’s more of a belt and braces, blank sheet of paper, let’s start again way of thinking,” he enthusiastically tells Cyclingnews as he navigates through Palma airport on route to Monaco.

“We’re going into our sixth season and at certain points we’ve evolved during that time but every now and then you have to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. That’s what I’ve tried to do in terms of looking at what we do, how we do it and there’s been a lot of analysis. Then it’s a case of putting it all together for the start of the new season,” he explains.

(cyclingquotes.com)

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December 19, 2015





Photo: With an sponsorship payment of more than $30 million, it means that Armstrong and others could potentially have to pay out $100 million. Photography by Cor Vos
Two of those fighting their corner in the combined Department of Justice/ Floyd Landis case against Lance Armstrong and his former associates have sought to bring their involvement to an end by offering payoffs to the United States government and Landis’ lawyer.

USA Today has today reported that Armstrong’s longtime agent Bill Stapleton and the former pro’s business partner Bart Knaggs, both of the Capital Sports and Entertainment agency, have offered a combined payment of half a million dollars to the government plus $100,000 to Landis’ attorney, Paul Scott.

(cyclingtips.com.au)

December 19, 2015




Jeremy Powers won the first day of the 2013 Providence Cyclocross Festival. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com.
Pick a number between one and three. That’s where Jeremy Powers finished 99 percent of the races he contested in the U.S. in the 2013-14 season.

Drop a chain in the first corner? No problem. Patiently slice through the entire field on the dusty track of Boulder’s reservoir course at the Colorado Cross Classic and finish up with a tidy second place.

Win New England worlds? Sure thing. Then win again, then again. He took all three races he started during “Holy Week” in New England, winning both days at the Gran Prix of Gloucester, then hitting day 2 at the Providence Cyclocross Festival and stamping his authority.

 (velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




Damiano Caruso will step into a GC role on BMC Racing next season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
BMC Racing will lean on Italian talent Damiano Caruso next season to fill a grand tour gap while the team waits for a promising crop of young riders to develop.

BMC remains committed to Tejay van Garderen as its all-out GC man for the Tour de France, but the looming retirement of Cadel Evans and the exit of Spanish veteran Samuel Sánchez means the U.S.-registered team needs warm bodies for the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.

BMC sporting manager Allan Peiper believes Caruso, who joins from Cannondale for 2015, is just the man for the job, and has tapped him to lead possibly both the Giro and Vuelta.

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




The Willunga Hill
Photo: © Sirotti.
It's less than one month until the first WorldTour race of 2015 gets underway in Adelaide, Australia. The 17th edition of the Tour Down Under will a features a familiar parcours for the peloton with the inclusion of the uphill finishes in Stirling and Willunga Hill and a final day criterium around the streets of Adelaide.

The Corkscrew climb gets a rest in 2015 with race director Mike Turtur introducing a new stage finish in Paracombe which should see the first serious time gaps on the overall classification open up.

 (cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Wiggins, the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012 and a seven-time Olympic cycling medalist, initially finished fourth in the 2009 Tour © Getty Images.
Bradley Wiggins looked back at going toe to toe with Lance Armstrong at the 2009 Tour de France, likening Armstrong’s ability to hide his suffering on tough climbs to befriending you and then slipping “the knife in your back.”

(nbcsports.com)

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