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A day after the inaugural women's Strade Bianche race, the UCI will host its first-ever Women's Teams Seminar in Italy. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
The UCI announced Wednesday that it will host a Women’s Teams Seminar in conjunction with the Strade Bianche race to be held March 7.

UCI Women’s Commission president Tracey Gaudry said it was fitting that the UCI organize its first UCI Women’s Teams Seminar to coincide with the inaugural women’s Strade Bianche. The seminar, to which all 38 UCI women’s teams will be invited, will be held March 8 in Siena, Italy.

“After the launch of La Course by Le Tour last year, this is another welcome step forward for women’s cycling,” said Gaudry. “The UCI is currently working on a project to further develop women’s road cycling over the coming years, and we are very pleased to have the support of different major organizers. As president of the Women’s Commission and also as a former athlete, I appreciate how important this is.”

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)

Photo: Gage Hecht, soaring throughout Europe’s Holy Week. © Bart Hazen/Cyclocross Magazine.
American cyclocross viewers who have only kept up with the Elite races this season might think that the big focus of the year is the 11-nationals-winning Katie Compton who stood on the overall podium for the World Cup, or Jeremy Powers’ dramatic season to get front row call-ups at the big races and finish with a top ten in the overall World Cup standings. With both athletes performing at a big level, there will certainly be high expectations for the United States.

However, as Saturday morning rolls around, another American will take the stage, and ever since he started competing in Europe this season, he’s been taking the cyclocross community by storm.

That rider’s name is Gage Hecht: the current 17-18 Junior National Champion and an international sensation.

January 28, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)

Photo: The US Olympic hopeful sets her sights on Worlds with new team Boels-Dolmans. (Photo by Irmo Keizer/ ProCycleShots)
With a gold medal in the team time trial and a bronze in the individual time trial at World Championships last year, Evelyn Stevens looks poised to snag some hardware, if not a rainbow jersey, on home turf in 2015.

After spending five years with Velocio Sports, as the team transitioned from HTC-Highroad to Specialized-lululemon, Stevens has made the jump to the Netherlands-based Boels-Dolmans team.

We sat down with Stevens at her team presentation in Efteling, the Netherlands, about her season, her new team, and her tricks of the trade.

January 28, 2015 (bicycling.com)

Fernando Gaviria (right) beat Mark Cavendish twice in a sprint finish at the Tour de San Luis last week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The strength to beat Mark Cavendish, the ability to bring points, and the advantage of youth has teams lining up outside Fernando Gaviria’s door. Ag2r-La Mondiale and Etixx-Quick-Step, the latter being Cavendish’s team, reportedly have already spoken with the 20-year-old Colombian about his 2015 plans.

“I’m dreaming of racing the Tour de France and racing more on the road,” Gaviria told Ciclismo Internacional.

“I’m going to have to wait until next year because I want to fulfill my commitment with team Coldeportes.”

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)

Photo: Froome is one of the big favorites for the Tour, which he surprisingly doesn’t think is a title he has earned yet.
Chris Froome has told Cycling Weekly that he doesn’t expect to come out all guns blazing in the 2015 season in the early months and that he is fully focussed on winning the Tour de France.

“I’m not necessarily looking to go out there in February winning anything but if I’m going well enough, and I’m able to pick up one or two results along the way, then great,” he says. “But obviously keeping in mind that the main goal is going really well at the end of June.”

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)

2014-15 Races & Results.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31 (Races),

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Feb 1 (Race),

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

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

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

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

Tour de San Luis 2015 - Jan 19-25 (Results),

Santos Women's Tour 2015 - Jan 17-20 (Results),

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),

More ...

January 28, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)

Photo: What can I mainly regret is that I did not really enjoy my rainbow jersey.
Zdenek Stybar won’t be present at the the cyclocross world championships in Tabor on Sunday. After he was forced to cancel his participation as a rider, Stybar will now also skip his job as a commentator for Czech Television. "If I go to Tabor, I will lose four or five days in my preparation and the spring classics are rapidly approaching.”

Five years ago, Stybar took his first Worlds title in Tabor. This year the Worlds will again take place in his home country.

"It will be a very exciting race," Stybar told Sporza. "It's snowing at the moment and that always provides special races. Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Meeusen ride well on show and Kevin Pauwels always has a good plan.
January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will kick off the 2015 race season at the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Alejandro Valverde, who finished 2014 at the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings, will start his season Thursday in Mallorca, Spain at the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca. The 34-year-old will be joined by other notables, such as Lotto-Soudal’s André Greipel.

“It would be nice to get our first victory of the season in Mallorca,” said Lotto-Soudal sports director Bart Leysen. “The riders know the Spanish roads well because of their training camps. The first and last day are suited for our sprinters André Greipel and Jens Debusschere.

Greipel didn’t start his season, for the first time in seven years, in the Tour Down Under. So he is extremely motivated to get his first victory of the season in Mallorca.”

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)

Photo: Tannus claims that the Aither 1.1 will travel at 29kph at the same power output needed to ride a Panaracer road tire at 30kph.
The UK launch of the Tannus solid tires last year caused quite a stir on the Cycling Weekly website, much more than expected giving that this is a technology which has been knocking about for the best part of 130 years. Now the Korean company is bringing its lightweight solid tire to the UK, with the Aither 1.1 set to launch next month at the London Bike Show.

Tannus claim that its new model is just as robust as the original Aither 1.0, meaning it should be good for 9,000 kilometers without losing more than 1.5mm of tread. It’s this incredible longevity as well as the incredible convenience of never puncturing that should go some way to justify the big price-tag.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Photo: Big claims from the French brand about its new superbike.
There were quite a few bikes turning heads when we visited the Bike Place show this week, none more so than the striking design of the new Look 795 Aerolight, a new frame for 2015 that takes integrated components to a whole new level.

In fact Look is saying that the 795 Aerolight, the heir apparent to the Look 675 and the subject of ten years of research and development, is the most aerodynamic road bike ever made.

A big claim indeed, but on looks alone its easy to see why the high-end French brand is so confident.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Giant-Alpecin's Lawson Craddock crashed hard in stage 4 of the Tour Down Under. After spending several days in the hospital, he's headed home to the U.S. to recover. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Lawson Craddock is heading home following three nights in an Australian hospital recovering from a harrowing crash in stage 4 at the Santos Tour Down Under.

The 22-year-old Texan crashed heavily Friday in the early kilometers of the stage, just as the peloton was picking up speed and coming over some rollers as the day’s main breakaway was forming.

In a freak accident, Craddock evidently punctured his front tire, then bounded into a drainage ditch, with his front wheel collapsing, sending him catapulting over his handlebars. One rider who saw the crash said, “It looked real nasty. I could see him flying over his bike.” Craddock suffered a broken wrist, rib, and sternum, injuries that kept him in the hospital for observation for three days.

In an email to VeloNews, Craddock said he was due to fly back to Texas overnight Tuesday.

January 27, 2015 (velonews.com)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) won his second cyclocross World Cup title in the 2014/2015 season. Though he's a familiar face on the podium and a fan favorite in Belgium, little is known about the taciturn Belgian racer. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com.
The boy lay on the ground for a long, long time. Longer than made any sense. He had fallen heavily, missing a corner, crashing into a ditch. It looked like maybe the kind of fall that could knock you out of a race, but not the kind where you stay down so long. But the boy stayed down.

Tim Pauwels, a barrel-chested 23-year-old with a shock of nearly-white blonde hair lay dying, a ruptured aorta filling his chest with blood. Later, some would say his heart had already stopped before the fall, that he had died on the bike. Nobody would ever know for sure.

In the anguished weeks that followed, his family would forever wonder why help had been so slow to arrive. Why the police who supervised the course had failed to come to Pauwels’ aid. Why the race organization in Erpe-Mere, site of the star-crossed early-season race where Pauwels fell, had not taken to the public address system to seek a doctor from the thousands of fans who lined the track. Or whether they, or their doctors, or his team’s doctors had failed to recognize the warning signs, so clear in the sharp light of hindsight, that something was ailing the young cyclist.

January 27, 2015 (velonews.com)

Photo: Mark Cavendish wins Stage 7 of the 2015 Tour de San Luis .
Mark Cavendish explained that he will not make the mistake of joining another team like Sky when his contract expires at the end of 2015.

“I made that mistake before,” Cavendish told Belgium’s Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. “I want to stay with Etixx-QuickStep. I love it.

Cavendish terminated his contract with Sky early, after one year of a three-year deal, to join Belgium’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 2013. He now has some of the same staff and cyclists around him as he did with HTC-Highroad, including Sport and Development Manager Rolf Aldag and lead-out man Mark Renshaw.

“It’s like in HTC [Highroad]: one big family,” Cavendish continued. “Nobody likes to leave his family behind, but being with this team away from home is a pleasure.”

January 27, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Photo: Vos, always a heavy favorite in cyclocross. © Bart Hazen/Cyclocross Magazine.
"As the 2015 Elite Women’s World Cyclocross Championship is practically open for the taking by a large number of racers, the folks here at Cyclocross Magazine won’t be making any hard-and-fast predictions, but we will be highlighting ten favorites as well as some outside contenders.

With the weather now verging on the likelihood of snow the day before the Elite Races, the fast course of Tabor will also provide a few areas that will likely cause some spills, especially if the notorious Czech ice comes into play."

January 27, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)

The Ladies Tour of Qatar got the season underway
Photo: © AFP Photo.
The 15 teams which will compete at the 2015 Ladies Tour of Qatar have been announced by its race organzser ASO. The seventh edition of the race, which takes place from February 3-6, will be missing four time champion Kirsten Wild as she concentrates on track racing this season, opening the door for other sprinters to claim overall victory.

Two-time runner up Chloe Hosking will lead her new Wiggle Honda team alongside teammate Georgina Bronzini and will be aiming to be standing on the top step of the podium in 2015.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)

The U.S. women's pursuit team earned a bronze medal at the UCI track World Cup in Cali, Colombia. Photo: Guy Swarbrick | USA Cycling..
"Excitement pours through my veins … Wait that’s not excitement. Its panic — the puking, sweating kind of panic. I run to the bathroom for what seems like the one-millionth time to try to compose myself. I can’t be so nervous that I might puke. Breathe. Come on Carmen. Breathe.

It’s just riding a bike, right?"

January 27, 2015 (velonews.com)

Photo: Chris Froome and Alberto Contador on stage nineeen of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
New Team Sky recruit Nicolas Roche can’t wait to help Chris Froome get one over on his former teammate Alberto Contador at this year’s Tour de France.

The Irishman swapped Tinkoff-Saxo for Team Sky in the offseason and has already spoken of his keenness to play the role of super-domestique for his new team leader.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Roche calls Froome and Contador two of the great rivals of this generation and admits he’s already shared some of the Spaniard’s secrets to Froome.

“I have a good feeling about this year. I feel I could be very useful as a top team-mate with Chris in the Tour. It could be an exciting role,” he said.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Greenbelly Peanut Apricot Meal Bar
(Photo courtesy of Greenbelly).
Sometimes you need calories—a lot of calories. Like when you’re out for a full day racing 100-plus miles and you’re pedaling off hundreds (or thousands) of calories without stopping for a meal.

Sure, there’s no shortage of energy bars, chews, and gels you can stuff in your pockets, but you’ll need to stuff in a lot of them, and most are meant to be snacks rather than meal replacements.

January 27, 2015 (bicycling.com)

January 26, 2015 (bbc.com)

Often regarded as the true power broker in the sport, Tour de France organizer ASO may have the power to build a new structure for pro racing. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (File).
Professional road cycling has evolved slowly over the past hundred years. The current structure of major racing events and top team competition fell into place rather haphazardly over many decades, and as a result of changing economic and nationalistic factors in Western Europe. Accordingly, evolution of the sport’s governance has also been somewhat bumpy and arbitrary.

Reforms and decisions that took place in the 1980s and 1990s largely shaped today’s playing field. The calendar has expanded. The traditional cycling nations of Western Europe have seen their dominance diminished with the globalization of the peloton. Sponsors have rewritten the rules by which the sport is financed.

A frequent criticism of pro cycling is that there is insufficient strategic thinking by the leadership of the sport, and a lack of a vision of what the sport should look like in five, 10, or 20 years’ time.

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)

Photo: The European season kicks off with the traditional four one-day races in Mallorca that will offer opportunities for both the sprinters and the climbers.
The waiting time is finally over! Tomorrow the European cycling season kicks off when the riders head out for the first race in the four-day Challenge Mallorca race series. The four races may be mostly about preparation but their mix of climbing and sprints offer everybody a chance to take the pressure off early in the season by opening the account right from the beginning.

One of the most popular preparation events, the four-day race series Challenge Mallorca will be held one week earlier than usual and so marks the start of the European season which has traditionally been opened at the GP d’Ouverture la Marseillaise in France.

At this time of the year, Europe is really not suited to bike racing but the island of Mallorca usually offers reasonable conditions for riders to get their season underway with a challenging mix of four one-day races that offers a bit for everyone.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)

Photo: Major races end in small places like Sanremo, Roubaix, Oudenaarde rather than Rome, Paris or Brussels.
Roma Maxima has fallen off the calendar for 2015. It was one of the few races left in a capital city. France, Italy, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands are all seen as cycling’s heartlands but all suffer from a dwindling if not total absence of pro racing in their capital cities. Of the three grand tours last year only the Tour de France visited its capital city.

Various national capitals do have a bike race but that’s it, often just one pro race a year if they’re lucky. Yet these are the biggest cities with ready audiences only the sport stays away for the rest of the year. This is a problem as the sport needs sponsors and its absence from major cities implies a lack of visibility in the very places where decisions are taken, views are formed and deals are signed.

January 28, 2015 (inrng.com)

Photo: I think it’s possible. So if I have everything go smoothly, I think even last year I could have been a couple of places higher.
Despite lamenting the lack of time trial kilometers at the Tour de France this season, Tejay van Garderen has told PEZ Cycling that he still has a good chance of bettering his fifth place from the 2012 and 2014 seasons.

“I’ve taken a look at the parcours, it’s a good one and I do like it. I do think it’s a pity that there is no proper time trial. Christian Prudhomme was quoted saying that “the winner of the Tour should be the most complete rider” which is why he put in the stages in the Ardennes and the stage on the cobbles and the big mountains, which I agree with.

The Tour de France winner should be a complete rider, but I think he’s missing one key element, to make it a truly complete rider who wins. But that being said I think there are plenty of chances that we can take time on some of those pure climbers. Some of those crosswind days, the cobble stones and having the team around me to help shepherd me through some of those hectic days, that can be an advantage to me.”

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)

Photo: That's why I'll return to Oman with great pleasure again this year. I like this race.
The winner of the 2014 Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali tops the list of the favorites ahead of the coming Tour of Oman (February 17-22). He'll take part in the event for the fourth time in a row and doesn't hide his ambition to leave Muscat with another win under his belt.

To be held for the sixth time, the Tour of Oman has the incredible record of being the only event out of Europe to have welcomed the past six winners of the Tour de France.

Following the path of Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali will make his way to the sultanate after being awarded the yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysées in Paris last July but it won't be anything new to him. He hasn't missed any Tour of Oman since he first took part in it in 2012 and won stage 5 atop Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain).

That's where he kind of re-launched his career after one year and half year without any victory.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)

Sean Kelly believes the junior scene is very weak and the Rás far too early, while getting onto his An Post-CRC team is too easy for riders. Pictured at the end of stage 10 of the 1988 Tour de France in Morzine (Photo: Sirotti).
Sean Kelly has voiced his concern about the state of racing in the country, saying the situation is “not healthy”.

The Irish cycling legend says the numbers competing at junior level are not conducive to producing more quality riders, while he also believes the racing calendar needs a revamp.

“I’d be concerned looking at the scene in Ireland,” he said.

“If you look at the juniors at the moment; who have we got? O’Loughlin? Dunbar is now gone. Outside of that? Who is there?

“Back in the mid-1980s you had bunches of 200 in the Junior Tour.

January 28, 2015 (stickybottle.com)

Photo: Some of the supplements you may have seen come and go in recent years are ribose, HMB, bovine colostrum and quercetin... Photography by Bryan Christie
For as long as competitive cycling has been around, riders have been looking for ways to improve their performance, to gain an edge over their competitors.

One popular method is the use of sports nutrition supplements. In this first part of a two-part series, sports nutritionist Alan McCubbin takes us through the life-cycle of sports nutrition supplements, from initial research to marketing and explains the role that science does and doesn't play in the process.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)

Photo: The Irish people against me were the new cyclists who don’t know the history of Irish cycling, nor have any interest in it..
Former UCI president Pat McQuaid says he did not get the credit he deserved for his role in fighting doping and helping grow the sport.

He added that he misses not being involved, and by not being the governing body’s top man he believes Ireland is at a major disadvantage.

In an extensive sit-down with stickybottle in Spain last week where the Irishman was a guest at the An Post Chainreaction team’s training camp, McQuaid opened up firstly about what it’s like being outside the corridors of power, having served eight years as President, from 2005 to 2013.

“I do miss it certainly,” he confessed.

“I did love being involved at the level I was at, but whatever level I was at I loved it.

January 28, 2015 (stickybottle.com)

Photo: McQuaid discovered collegiate cycling while searching for his roots at Mars Hill College's Southern Appalachian Archives. © marshillcycling.com.
Lance Armstrong has been harshly treated, according to former head of world cycling Pat McQuaid.

Armstrong, 43, was given a life ban from all sport and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.

McQuaid, former president of world governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI), said he had "a certain sympathy" with the American.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "He was very much made a scapegoat, there was a witch hunt after Armstrong."

January 27, 2015 (bbc.com)

Photo: Will Valverde come out with all guns blazing?
The Tour Down Under and the Tour de San Luis was a small appetizer but now it is time for the season to kick off in earnest.

During the month of February, the peloton will head back to cycling’s European heartland while also offering a solid block of racing in the Middle East and even though it is still mostly about preparation, exciting racing will be in store throughout the month.

The clash between Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana in Vuelta a Andalucia will be a highlight just like the start of the classics season at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

CyclingQuotes.com takes an in-depth look at the racing in February before selecting the riders to watch in the coming month.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)

Photo: Movistar is a mobile telecoms operator owned by Spanish national telecoms firm Telefonica with operations in Spain and Latin America.
You probably know what Trek, Cannondale and Giant make but do you know your Soudal from your Jumbo or what Lampre does?

January 27, 2015 (inrng.com)

Wouter Wippert (Drapac)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The French journalist Jean Francois Quénet can read a bike race. He's been around the sport his entire life, seen riders come and go and races develop and change. So when he came up to me, notepad in hand, before the final stage of the Tour Down Under, and started asking questions about what winning the stage there that day would mean, I knew that we were in with a very serious chance of actually winning.

There is no quarter given in a race of the level of the Tour Down Under. Yes, it is only January, but, as my riders experienced, no one is giving up a wheel, or the opportunity to sniff out some UCI points for their team, points are after all the currency by which most teams look to justify their existence.

Points scored in January count exactly the same as those picked up throughout the rest of the season.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)

Photo: Overall winner in Qatar.
Niki Terpstra is a man of many facets: twice World champion in the team time trial, Dutch track and road National champion and then throw in winning the Tour of Qatar and Paris–Roubaix and you get the idea. We caught up with him the day after he won the Rotterdam 6 day.

The Etixx – Quick-Step team media day was the morning afteri Terpstra won the Rotterdam ‘6 day’ with teammate Iljo Keisse and Niki did look a little tired, but with coffee in hand and dark glasses for the bright sun light he was ready to be quizzed by a handful of journalists.

January 27, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)

Although Kreuziger is cleared to race, a pending biological passport case appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will determine his long-term fate in the sport. Photo: AFP PHOTO | PASCAL GUYOT.
Roman Kreuziger is free to race. He begins in February with the Tour of Oman, but he is unable to plan too far ahead with a court expected to rule on his biological passport case.

Attempting to prove that he did not dope, the Czech announced this weekend that he passed a lie detector test. But for many, that only served to highlight the many highs and lows of his nine-year cycling career.

January 27, 2015 (velonews.com)

The sand dunes provide a backdrop for the Tour of Qatar peloton
Photo: © ASO/B. Bade.
The organizers of the Tour of Qatar have announced the 18 teams which will ride the six-stage event, which takes place from February 8-13, among them are Team Sky, which will give Bradley Wiggins his first outing in the rainbow jersey of individual time trial World Champion.

Wiggins was originally scheduled to start his season in Mallorca, but the team opted to shift his debut to Qatar.

While sprinters like Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan, Nacer Bouhanni and Alexander Kristoff will be expected to animate the majority of the stages, the 10.9km time trial on stage three will be the main test for the general classification contenders like Wiggins, Fabian Cancellara and Philippe Gilbert.

Many of the riders in action in Qatar will also ride the hillier Tour of Oman that starts a few days later.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)

Photo: SRAM's upcoming wireless electronic group looks ready to go, despite the company's continued insistence on remaining tight-lipped.
SRAM still isn't yet talking openly about its upcoming wireless electronic road group but sponsored teams and riders are continuing to test the new bits in competition, most recently in Australia at the Tour Down Under with the Ag2r-La Mondiale squad.

Although not much appears to have changed since the group's last public appearance, we've since learned that the novel shifter actuation will likely be called 'eTap or 'ETAP' (a play on SRAM's long-running 'DoubleTap' moniker) and that group will most likely simple be called Red with a stylized 'e'.

SRAM is at least no longer forcing team mechanics to fabricate faux wiring since we blew the lid on the wired charade last May.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)

Photo: With the Heritage Line Eddy Merckx Cycles is drawing on the past, but only in terms of the design and color.
Eddy Merckx Cycles relaunches steel-bike production. With the launch of the EDDY70 racing bike Eddy Merckx Cycles is opening a new chapter. That is, one of modern, high-quality steel racing bikes.

The first fruit of this project, of which only 70 examples will be produced, is the forerunner of a new Heritage collection, which will be available from September at a selection of bike stores. The EDDY70 bike can be ordered from 7pm on January 28th exclusively via EDDY70.com and will cost $17,500.

January 27, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)

Lance Armstrong: I’d probably dope again.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Meeusen: It's unbelievable what such a hellish week can do.

January 26, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)

Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 28, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)

January 28, 2015

Photo: Former Rás winner David McCann at the launch of the 2015 An Post Rás which will begin on Sunday May 17th. McCann has described comments from Lance Armstrong that he would probably dope again if he went back to the start of his career as self-serving..
Three-time Irish National Road Race champion David McCann has described comments from Lance Armstrong that he would "probably" dope again if he went back to the start of his career as self-serving.

Speaking at the launch of the An Post Rás, McCann told Independent.ie that Armstrong was wrong in saying that 'everyone' was doping at the time to justify his comments.

"I think it’s in his interest to believe that everyone else was doing it. I can agree that a lot of them were doing it but I wasn’t doing it," said McCann, who finished 11th at  the World Championships Elite Time Trial in 2009.

January 28, 2015 ()independent.ie/

Dr Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004.
Photo: © AFP.
The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has announced that it will work with police from the Nuclei Antisofisticazione e Sanità (NAS) to carry out its anti-doping testing, especially out of competition surprise testing.

The NAS is responsible for public health and have often played a key role in doping investigations in sport and especially cycling, however it appears to be the first time a police force, and in this case part of the Italian military, has been directly responsible and operational in carrying out anti-doping controls.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)

Photo: Tips from the top? (Glayan).
The Gran Fondo New York bicycle race is the biggest mass-participation event of its kind in the state, a 160km run between Manhattan and Bear Mountain. In May 2012 the organizers introduced drug testing.

With thousands of entrants, this expensive process was limited to a handful of riders. Of those, two came back positive for EPO (erythropoietin), a blood-boosting hormone largely associated with the most elite professional end of the sport. Both riders were banned for two years.

That two amateurs were mimicking the habits of professional competitors such as Lance Armstrong, who recently said he would dope again in the same circumstances, could be understandable if they were on the path to potential career rewards.

January 28, 2015 (sbs.com.au)

Photo: Ella is part of our approach to give Women’s Cycling the attention it deserves and to give female cyclists a place that feeds their passion. Photography by Drew Dunlop and Chas Mackinnon
’m incredibly grateful to share the labor of love that is Ella with all you today. It’s both a beginning and an end – as the behind-the-scenes work that we’ve been tirelessly plugging away at to prepare for launch begins to die down and the demands of running a live website with a real audience become a reality.

When I published my first Letter from the Editor two months ago, many of you piped up with questions in the comments section. I want to use this letter as an opportunity to answer some of the queries raised.

Many of you expressed concerns about the need for a women’s specific site, wondering why this content wouldn’t simply be housed on the main site.

All the women’s cycling content will live on the CyclingTips website under women’s cycling, and any content created for Ella that we imagine will have a broader appeal beyond our female audience will also be included in the news or feature sections.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)

Photo: The variety of pedals in the TDU peloton created an additional challenge for the neutral support team.
Unless you're paying close attention, you're unlikely to spot neutral service vehicles while watching bike races on TV. Their job is to stay out of the way until needed, and when they are needed their job is to get in and get out as quickly as possible. It's a largely thankless task, but one that the people working in neutral service thoroughly enjoy.

CyclingTips editor Matt de Neef went behind the scenes with Shimano neutral service on stage 3 of this year's Santos Tour Down Under and put together a video and report.

January 28, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)

As a pro 'cross racer who also works for Strava, Elle Anderson has good advice on how to fit in high-quality rides during the winter. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com.
Weather, daylight, family, or work — each of us have different constraints on our winter riding schedule. But according to Elle Anderson, a rising cyclocross star with the Kalas-NNOF team, who also works for Strava, all of these factors shouldn’t be seen as limitations.

“[They] are just a part of my life, and there are plenty of ways to approach it,” she said. Here are some suggestions on how to apply the principles of sufficient stress, doing the right stress, and timing, to find your best approach to winter training.

January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)

Photo: We were particularly impressed by the coolness and level of comfort it provides.
A limited run of 333 have been created. Why 333? Apparently, the Crown Prince of Dubai’s favorite number is 3. It is understood he will been awarded helmet 003 at the opening ceremony at the start of the race.

We first saw the Protone worn by Team Sky riders at the 2014 Tour de France and it will be available to buy from February.

January 28, 2015 (road.cc)

January 27, 2015

Frankie Andreu (US Postal Service) in action during the 2000 edition of Paris-Nice
Photo: © AFP.
Frankie Andreu says he will cooperate fully if he is subpoenaed in the False Claims Act case against Lance Armstrong and his US Postal Service team associates. The whistleblower (qui tam) case was first was raised by Floyd Landis is 2010 after he confessed to doping while a member of the team.

The government joined the suit in 2013 and although Armstrong's agent Bill Stapleton and business partner Bart Knaggs reportedly agreed to settle with the government, Armstrong's attorneys continue to fight charges they defrauded the government by cheating with performance enhancing drugs.

Andreu could be given a summons to appear as early as March, but he is not sure why.

Andreu told Cyclingnews he was called several days ago by Sharif Jacob a partner at Keker & Van Nest, who are representing Armstrong in the case. Mr Jacob did not return a call from Cyclingnews at time of publication but Andreu provided details.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)

Photo: In relation to those he had wronged, Armstrong claimed that he had made genuine efforts to build bridges..
“Sorry is just a word unless it is acted upon.”

Responding to claims made by Lance Armstrong to the BBC in which he said that some of those whom he tried to apologize to had rebuked his efforts, Betsy Andreu has said that she believes his attempts were hollow and meaningless, and that the truth of his stance is reflected in more recent actions.

Speaking to CyclingTips on Monday, Andreu disclosed that her husband, former Armstrong team-mate Frankie Andreu, had been told by a lawyer acting for the Texan that he would be subpoenaed as part of the current Qui Tam whistleblower lawsuit.

Andreu is clear on what she believes the action is really about. “We see this as nothing more than a tactic to try to drain us mentally and financially,” she said. “But it is not going to work. Lance obviously hasn’t learned his lesson that I am not a doormat. Is he stupid?”

January 27, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)

Lance Armstrong and former UCI President Hein Verbruggen
Photo: © AFP Photo. Cor Vos (cyclingtips.com.au)
Lance Armstrong has claimed that Brian Cookson has not delivered on his campaign promises since becoming president of the UCI.

During a long interview with the BBC, a few days after the two-year anniversary of his doping confession, Armstrong suggested that Cookson has failed to signal a new direction in the fight against doping because of the way he handled the Astana WorldTour license decision and the unusual fast-tracking of the decision to give Chris Froome a TUE for the corticosteroid prednisolone during the 2014 Tour de Romandie.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)

A young Lance Armstrong with Paul Sherwin back in 1992; he insists now his evidence about doping in the sport has protected nobody (Photo: Sirotti).
Lance Armstrong has confirmed he has appeared before the UCI’s Cycling Independent Reform Commission twice and insisted he will protect nobody in his testimony.

Previously called the truth and reconciliation commission, the process will investigate all aspects of doping in cycling in the 1990s and 2000s.

It will include the UCI’s handling of doping and was established by UCI president Brian Cookson.

He succeeded Ireland’s Pat McQuaid, who was president of the world governing body when Armstrong made his comeback in 2009.

McQuaid was chairman of the UCI road commission for eight years before he took over as president in 2006.

January 27, 2015 (stickybottle.com)

Climbing Bolafjall Mountain outside of Blungarvfk, the northernmost part of the journey, just south of the Arctic Circle.
(Photo by Gruber Images).
The beaten, rocky dirt road is barely discernible from the beaten, rocky ground next to it, and just off that barely visible passage is our wind-stricken sanctuary for the evening.

We push open the door of the hut, and a giant of a man stands up with a half-smile. He's roughly double my size, and he's Russian. He's hiking across the Highlands, Iceland's lonely interior. We're trying to ride our bikes across it. He looks us up and down. "I saw birds blown backward today," he says. "I could barely keep moving forward in the wind."

"We didn't do much better," Ashley says. "I got blown off my bike." He glances outside, and Ashley and I half expect to see a rock rolling away or at least a sheep carried off into the distance. Nothing moves, save for dust that ripples urgently along the mostly flat ground.

He looks back at us, "I haven't seen anyone in days, birds are flying backward. How do I know I'm alive? We could be dead."

January 27, 2015 (bicycling.com)

Photo: I always want more. I want to confirm 2014 both in quality and quantity. Photography by Cor Vos
After taking sixth in the 2014 Tour de France, Ag2r la Mondiale rider Romain Bardet has made his ambitions clear as he prepares for his first race of the current season.

The 24 year old made important progress last season, improving his overall performance in the Tour from 15th to that sixth place and also winning both La Drome Classic and the young rider classification in the Tour of Oman.

His other results include second in the Tour de l’Ain, fourth in the Volta a Catalunya and fifth in the Critérium du Dauphiné.

January 27, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)

Photo: Howard Hawkins at the company's 50th anniversary bash.
Howard Hawkins, 82, passed away Monday at his Arizona home.

Hawkins, along with Art Engstrom, and the company’s many employees, built an iconic brand around the notion that few tools were available to fix bicycles as they became more complex to repair in the 1960s.

As a result they began making their own tools and the first was a bicycle repair stand. The stand took the bike off the floor and made it easy for mechanics to repair it. Local bike shops soon adopted it and then executives at the Schwinn Bicycle Company liked it so much they requested a production model.

January 27, 2015 (bicycleretailer.com)

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