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2016 Tour de Romandie LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): 2016 Tour de Romandie ProfileThumb Overlay."Sunday's Stage 5 start time: 10:30 CET (1:30 AM PST);

Earliest live video: 13:45 CET (4:45 AM PST).

Approximate finish: 14:55 CET (5:55 AM PST)."
(steephill.tv) (cyclingfans.com)








Froome solos to win stage 4 of Tour de Romandie.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Chris Froome (Team Sky) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Chris Froome won stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie in Villars after escaping in the company of Tejay van Garderen on the first of two ascents of the tough climb of Barboleusaz.

Froome rid himself of van Garderen a little over three kilometers from the top on the final time up the climb, and he defended his advantage on the rain-soaked four-kilometer descent to claim stage honors."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016





Hugh Carthy wins stage one of Vuelta Asturias.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Hugh Carthy Thumb Overlay."British rider Hugh Carthy won the opening stage of the Vuelta Asturias in Spain on Saturday.

The 21-year-old took a solo victory after attacking with team-mate Sergio Pardilla on the final climb to the line on Alto del Acebo. Carthy then went solo in the last two kilometers to take his first victory of the season.

However, it’s not the first time that Carthy has shown his climbing form this year, having won the young rider classification at the Volta a Catalunya in March."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 30, 2016





Lepistö wins stage 1 at Elsy Jacobs.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Lotta Lepistö (FIN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team wins the first, 106.9km road race stage of Elsy Jacobs (Sean Robinson/Velofocus)Thumb Overlay."Cervelo Bigla rider takes over race lead." (cyclingnews.com)






April 30, 2016





Uran: This is my best chance to win the Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) (Sadhbh O'Shea)Thumb Overlay."Rigoberto Uran is going all out this year for the Giro d’Italia.

The Giro has always been good to Uran and after being the bridesmaid twice, he says that this year could be his best chance to win the corsa rosa.

Uran made his breakthrough as a Grand Tour rider at the 2012 Giro when he finished seventh overall. He stepped up the following season when his team leader Bradley Wiggins abandoned and went on to take second place behind Vincenzo Nibali. He was the runner-up in 2014 again, this time behind his compatriot Nairo Quintana."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016







Greipel optimistic for Giro despite season’s slow start.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): André Greipel took his third win of the season in stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey last Sunday. Photo: Tour of Turkey/Brian Hodes Thumb Overlay."Although the 2016 UCI WorldTour calendar is less than halfway underway, it’s already a start to the season that André Greipel would like to put behind him.

And just when it looked as though the veteran sprinter with 129 wins to his palmares was all set to get back on track, the wheels literally came out from under him again.

This time, the frustration occurred inside the first 10 kilometers of the opening stage of the 52nd Presidential Tour of Turkey in Istanbul last Sunday, April 24."
(velonews.com)

April 30, 2016







2016 Giro d'Italia LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Stage profilesThumb Overlay."Friday's (May 6th) Stage 1 starts at -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern).

 Live video from -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern)."
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Tour de Romandie: Pinot wins time trial in Sion.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) heading out on course (ASO)Thumb Overlay."Thibaut Pinot won the stage 3 time trial at the Tour de Romandie, once again proving that he has made significant improvements against the clock this season.

The Frenchman covered the 15.11km course in 20:21, two seconds faster than runner-up Tom Dumoulin and nine seconds faster than Bob Jungles in third."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016






Caleb Ewan, cycling’s next best sprinter?

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Caleb Ewan has amassed more than a dozen victories in his two-plus years as a pro. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."Arms aloft, confetti flying, Caleb Ewan stands atop the Vuelta a España podium as the victor of its fifth stage.

His young, smiling face is level with the smiling faces of the two podium hostesses standing a foot below him.

It is his 11th professional victory in his first year as a WorldTour rider, his first grand tour stage win in his first grand tour, and comes three months after his 21st birthday.

He’ll say later that he didn’t fully comprehend, in that particular moment, the consequences of the accomplishment."
(velonews.com)

April 29, 2016






Rohan Dennis set for return to racing after illness-plagued early season.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Cor VosThumb Overlay."Rohan Dennis is eager to return to racing at the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday following a frustratingly long lay-off through illness.

The 25-year-old is under no pressure to perform for BMC Racing at the three-day competition but is hopeful to turn the tables on a so-far measly European campaign. "
(cyclingtips.com.au)

April 29, 2016





Van Avermaet extends contract with BMC Racing.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Greg Van Avermaet has extended his contract with BMC Racing. The Belgian rider, who has been with the team since 2011, has become one of their leading Classics riders over the last few seasons and has pledged his future to the team.

The squad has not announced the length of the contract extension."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





Mareczko eyes Under 23 World title in Qatar.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."After celebrating a stage victory at the Presidential Tour of Turkey on Thursday, Jakub “Kuba” Mareczko of the Southeast team will celebrate his 22nd birthday on the penultimate day of the Turkish national Tour this Saturday in Marmaris.

“If the Italian Federation call me for the race, I’ll be more than happy to go”, Mareczko told Cyclingnews when asked about possible selection."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





PowerTap Review: C1 Chainring & P1 Pedals.

Thumbnail Credit (pezcyclingnews.com): The P1 pedal-based system can be ideal for those with multiple bikes or wheels, as it only requires swapping pedals between bikes. This may be a bit more labourious than swapping PowerTap wheels, but the simple re-calibration process requires minimal time after the pedal swap itself.Thumb Overlay."PowerTap was one of the first players in the world of power meters, setting an early standard for innovation with their hub-based design in the late 1990s.

Their new C1 and P1 meters expand that same level of performance to the chainrings and pedals, greatly enhancing versatility and options for cyclists. With more and more power monitors appearing on the market each year, the options for cyclists continue to expand.

One company that has stood the test of time has been PowerTap, which has been making hub-based power measurement since the mid/late 1990s."
(pezcyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





Wilier Triestina becomes title sponsor of Southeast team.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Filippo Pozzato shows the new team kit. (Wilier Triestina)Thumb Overlay."Italian bike brand Wilier Triestina will become the title sponsor of the Southeast team starting from the Giro d’Italia, which begins on Friday.

The team unveiled its new colors at a special presentation at the Wilier Triestina headquarters in Rossano Veneto on Thursday."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





11spd: This week's best new bike gear.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): Take a gander at some of the latest items we've got in for test (BikeRadar)Thumb Overlay."Welcome once again to Friday.

As another week draws to a close, we hope you have plans to bag some big miles on the road or trail.

Here's the latest assortment of new gear that has landed at BikeRadar's Colorado offices including new stuff from Cannondale, e*thirteen, Kuat, Topeak and more."
(bikeradar.com)

April 29, 2016





TenSpeed Hero Launches Woman’s Race Cut Stealth Club Jersey.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): Cycling demoiselles will rejoice, after seeing TenSpeed Hero’s Woman’s Race Cut Stealth Club Jersey. It looks like La Vie Claire knocked boots with Mondrian on this one. Gotta love the Colnago bike too! Thumb Overlay."A summer ago the TSH crew followed the Giro Rosa for 4 stages across Italy.

Every morning we meandered through start villages and the car parks and sidewalks where the women’s teams gathered before each stage. We were stunned by the variety summer racing kit customized for each rider.

Team Boels-Dolmans, practically on every podium, looked especially sharp. So many details we wanted to add to our collection. Collarless! Skin suit tight! Super light and aero!"
(capovelo.com)

April 29, 2016







More bad news for Brits: Simon Yates tests positive.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): The Daily Mail reports that Simon Yates failed an anti-doping test at Paris-Nice in March. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Thumb Overlay."The Daily Mail reports that Simon Yates of Orica GreenEdge failed an anti-doping test submitted in March at Paris-Nice.

He finished seventh at the 2016 edition of the week-long race and was fifth in the final stage around Nice, France.

The 23-year-old, who races with his twin brother Adam on Orica, was aiming for a spot on Great Britain’s Olympics team."
(velonews.com)

April 28, 2016





The Team Tipping Point Theory.

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): ASOThumb Overlay."There’s plenty up in the air right now given the proposed UCI reforms, their rejection by ASO and all the uncertainty ahead but since this is about a theory, let’s run with it.

The idea is that if 18 teams or less apply for the 18 World Tour spots then all is well but the moment another team applies the equilibrium is broke with consequences for teams, tactics and wages."
(inrng.com)

April 28, 2016





Despite dark past, Zakarin gives Russians hope for grand tours.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Ilnur Zakarin's finish line salute was the extent of his celebration Thursday at Tour de Romandie, as he was later relegated to second place. However, the Russian again showcased his brilliant climbing talents in stage 2. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Some might not like him, but Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin could well be the stage racer Russia has been waiting for. Russians have won grand tours before - with Evgeni Berzin, Pavel Tonkov, and Denis Menchov winning one Vuelta a España and three Giro d’Italia titles between them - but none has ever won the Tour de France.

It’s still too early to say how far Zakarin could go, but Katusha is betting its found Russia’s next big winner in the 6-foot-2, blond haired 26 year old."
(velonews.com)

April 28, 2016








Romandie race jury zaps Zakarin’s stage 2 win.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Ilnur Zakarin celebrated at the finish of Tour de Romandie stage 2, but ultimately, the race jury stripped him of the win due to improper sprinting. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."Defending champion Ilnur Zakarin looks to be on winning form again at Tour de Romandie, but a finish-sprint kerfuffle saw the Russian relegated and Movistar’s Nairo Quintana awarded the win on Thursday.

Stage 2 offered the race’s first uphill finish. Quintana was quick to attack and Katusha’s Russian leader followed. The two saved their matches for one final sprint - Zakarin was first across the line, but Quintana raised his arm in protest after Zakarin deviated from his line.

A little while after the 173.9km stage finished in Morgins, Switzerland, the race jury awarded the stage to Quintana."
(velonews.com)

April 28, 2016






Porte pulls out of Romandie with illness.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Richie Porte rode through the cold rain in the Tour de Romandie prologue. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."Richie Porte won’t have a chance to show his form at the Tour de Romandie after an illness forced him to abandon. The Australian was part of BMC Racing’s one-two punch with Tejay van Garderen, but he was zapped with a stomach bug overnight, taking him out of the Swiss WorldTour race ahead of Thursday’s first test in the mountains." (velonews.com)

April 28, 2016






Tour of California 2016 route: Stage by stage.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Peloton on stage 5 of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California Thumb Overlay."The 2016 Amgen Tour of California starts on Sunday, May 15, for eight days of racing.

America’s premier stage race has reached its 11th edition and offers an alternative to the concurrently running Giro d’Italia in Europe.

This year’s race takes in just under 1300km (800 miles) and features a variety of terrain and stages to suit sprinters, climbers and time trial specialists alike. There’s something for everyone."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 28, 2016






Cummings and Pauwels lead Dimension Data at Tour de Yorkshire.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) (ASO)Thumb Overlay."Dimension Data will be targeting the general classification at the Tour de Yorkshire with Stephen Cummings and Serge Pauwels.

The Tour de Yorkshire takes place over three days and will begin in Beverly on April 29.

Cummings, from nearby Merseyside, has been one of the team’s most successful riders during the 2016 season."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 28, 2016






Interview: In the Saddle With Jeremy Powers.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): Jeremy Powers, post-race, 2016 Cyclocross World Championships. © C. Vardaros / Cyclocross MagazineThumb Overlay."Can I call you right back? My ride went a little long and I’ve got to check out of a hotel!”

“Sure. Not a problem.” “Thanks!”

We’ve all been there. A ride goes long and the rest of your day gets pushed back. It’s a great problem to have. When Jeremy Powers called me back he was overly apologetic and heading home from Sea Otter.

He was eager to talk about his offseason and the coming year, which I was curious about having not spoken with him since Sunday in Asheville, North Carolina."
(cxmagazine.com)

April 28, 2016





Upcoming Races.

Tour de Romandie - April 26 - May 1 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Turkey - April 24 - May 1 (Stages & Results),

Tour de Yorkshire - April 29 - May 1 (Stages & Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 6-29 (Stages),

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

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 11-14 (Stages),

Crescent Women World Cup Vårgårda - Aug 21 (Race),

GP de Plouay - Aug 27 (Race),

Brussels Cycling Classic - Sept 3 (Race),

Tour of Britain - Sept 4-11 (Stages),

Eneco Tour - Sept 19-25 (Stages),

Giro dell'Emilia 2016 - Sept 24 (Race),

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli 2016 - Sept 25 (Race),

Tre Valli Varesine 2016 - Sept 27 (Race),

Milano-Torino 2016 - Sept 28 (Race),

Giro del Piemonte 2016- Sept 29 (Race),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)









2016 Tour of Turkey LIVE stream.

Thumbnail - Stage 6 Profile.Thumb Overlay."Sunday's Tour of Turkey Stage 8 departs Marmaris at 10:45am EEST (local) (9:45am CET or 3:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Selcuk at around 3:43pm EEST (local) (2:43pm CET or 8:43am U.S. Eastern).

Tour of Turkey live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm EEST (local) (1:00pm CET or 7:00am U.S. Eastern)."
(steephill.tv) (cyclingfans.com)






2016 USA Crits Championship Series LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): The Downtown Walterboro Criterium (South Carolina), the third race in the USA Crits Speed Week series, will be streamed live April 30, 2014Thumb Overlay."On Saturday, April 30 in Charlotte, NC there will be LIVE video streaming for both the Women and Men Pro Races beginning at 5:30pm ET, 2:30pm Pacific (23:30 CET)." (cyclingfans.com)

April 30, 2016





Modolo claims second stage win at Tour of Turkey.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Sacha Modolo of Lampre-Merida celebrates on the podium after winning Stage 4 of the 2016 Tour of Turkey (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."In another all-Italian podium finish, Sacha Modolo outsprinted his compatriots Manuel Belletti and Marco Zanotti on the paradisiacal seaside of Marmaris, where Portugal’s José Gonçalves retained the lead on the eve of the conclusive stage in Selçuk." (cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016







Degenkolb last of Giant riders to return from crash.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Injuries sustained in a training crash have relegated him to the sidelines for the past few months, but John Degenkolb will get back to racing Sunday. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."John Degenkolb returns to racing Sunday for the 56th edition of the Eschborn Frankfurt race, marking the last of the Giant Alpecin riders to return to competition following a horrific training accident in January.

“I am really happy to pin my race number on again, and to be at the starting line,” Degenkolb said in a team release. “I am certainly not here to win. Let’s not forget what I have been through the last few months, and keep it all in perspective. For Sunday, I hope I can finish the race in a good way."
(velonews.com)

April 30, 2016





Giant Alpecin monitoring Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Cyclingnews understands that the Giant Alpecin team is currently monitoring the situation regarding Edvald Boasson Hagen’s future.

The Norwegian rides for Dimension Data but his contract comes to an end this year. It may only be April, but WorldTour teams are already planning for the 2017 and Boasson Hagen could be one of the most in-demand riders."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016





Chad Haga hoping to return to form for Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Chad Haga is currently racing Switzerland's Tour de Romandie in preparation for the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."The scar runs from just under Haga’s nose all the way down to his sternum, a slice 97 stitches long caused by some piece of bike shrapnel or the car windshield. He’s still not sure. Five of his teammates, including John Degenkolb, ended up in the hospital.

With the Giro fast approaching, Haga is leaner than ever and confident the form is returning. His power before the crash was at an all-time high.

“If I can get back to even the level that I was at before the crash, I’m going to have a really good race,” he says."
(velonews.com)

April 30, 2016





Cummings coming to terms with management change at Dimension Data.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) (ASO)Thumb Overlay."Steve Cummings, who has enjoyed arguably the best start to a season of his career, has told Cyclingnews that he has been struggling mentally with the changes and revelations in cycling over the last week.

“It’s been a mad week. Since Liege I’ve been struggling a bit mentally,” Cummings told Cyclingnews at the end of stage 1 in Yorkshire.

“It’s the end of the first period of the season for me and the changes in the team were a bit unsettling but I feel better about it already after being with the team here."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016





Garmin's 'Varia Vision' headset is the Google Glass of cycling.

Thumbnail Credit (engadget.com): You can either spend $400 on this or look down at your handlebars occasionally.Thumb Overlay."The thing about cycling is that it's only as complicated a pastime as you make it.

An $80 Huffy performs the same basic function as a carbon-fiber street racer costing 100 times more, just with a lesser degree of effectiveness.

Similarly, you can go the old-school way of glancing down at the cycling computer mounted on your handlebars whenever you want an update on your ride -- or you could strap this tiny $400 monitor from Garmin to the side of your face and get a continuous stream of telemetry data without taking your eyes off the road."
(engadget.com)

April 30, 2016





Van Vleuten wins prologue at Elsy Jacobs.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Marianne Vos (NED) of Rabo-Liv Cycling Team, Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) of Orica-AIS Cycling Team and Christine Majerus (LUX) of boel stand on the podium of the 2.8km time trial prologue of Elsy Jacobs (Sean Robinson/Velofocus)Thumb Overlay."Annemiek Van Vleuten won the 2.8km prologue at Elsy Jacobs on Friday.

She took the win in 3:55 beating Marianne Vos and Ellen Van Dijk.

Van Vleuten will wear the leader's jersey into the second stage 106.9 race in Steinfort."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016






Jaime Roson wins Tour of Turkey stage 6 on summit finish.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Jaime Roson (Caja Rural) leads the breakaway (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Young Spanish rider Jaime Rosen won the key mountain stage to Eimail at the Tour of Turkey, beating the far more experienced Przemyslaw Niemiec with a strong final kick to the line after the steep nine-kilometer climb to the finish.

Pello Bilbao lost three minutes and the race lead after being hit by illness overnight but his Caja Rural teammate José Gonçalves rode strongly to take the leader’s blue jersey and make it a great day for the Spanish Professional Continental team."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016







Rider Opinion on Sutton Split as British Cycling Announce Terms of Review.

Thumbnail Credit (totalwomenscycling.com): Annamarie Phelps. Image: British RowingThumb Overlay."It’s been a long old week for British Cycling, but today they outlined the independent review which will investigate discrimination and bullying within the World Class Program.

Following allegations of discrimination against women and Paralympians, athletes have spoken out in favor of and against Technical Director Shane Sutton – prompting the investigation."
(totalwomenscycling.com)

April 29, 2016









British Cycling and Sutton face further allegations.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): British Cycling’s Shane Sutton before the London Track Worlds (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."The fallout of Shane Sutton’s resignation from his role as technical director at British Cycling has continued with further allegations of discrimination.

While several riders have spoken of a ‘culture of fear’, Olympic gold medallists such as  Chris Hoy and Geraint Thomas have offered their public support."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016






Howden: I won't step down even if there is sexism within British Cycling.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): The UCI president Brian Cookson with British Cycling president Bob Howden for the Hon Kong handover for the 2017 Worlds (SWpixcyclingphotos.com)Thumb Overlay."It's been a turbulent week at British Cycling in which a series of claims pointing to a culture of sexism have been laid against the federation, and allegations that technical director Shane Sutton, who recently resigned from his post, used discriminatory and derogatory language toward athletes.

 In an interview with Cyclingnews, President of British Cycling Bob Howden tried to provide a clearer picture of what is going on inside the federation and the steps involved in an independent review."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





Armitstead: I can’t produce a manifesto to fix all the problems in women’s cycling.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) in action (Cor Vos)Thumb Overlay."World champion Lizzie Armitstead cannot fix all the current issues within women’s cycling but admits that she is aware of her responsibility within the sport as a role model and ambassador.

“I’m asked a lot about the solutions but in a short interview I can’t produce a manifesto on how to fix all the problems women’s cycling faces,” Armitstead told Cyclingnews."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





UCI dismisses the effectiveness of thermal imaging cameras for detecting motors in bikes.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Governing body not convinced by the claims of a recent French TV reportThumb Overlay."The UCI has dismissed the effectiveness of thermal imaging camera for detecting motors in bikes, the method used by a recent report that claimed that riders were using motors in Strade Bianche and Coppi e Bartali, saying that its method is the most effective available." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 29, 2016





Tom Boonen should have made a deal with Mathew Hayman to win Paris-Roubaix, says former winner.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Mathew Hayman wins Paris-Roubaix 2016. Photo: Graham Watson Thumb Overlay."Tom Boonen should have come to a deal with Mathew Hayman to allow him to win his fifth Paris Roubaix in April, according to 1990 winner Eddy Planckaert.

Het Laatste Nieuws reports that Planckaert, who works as an analyst for Sporza, said that Boonen had made a “big mistake” by not offering Hayman something to effectively throw the race, as was allegedly common in the past."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 29, 2016





Giro: North American crew includes a champ, four rookies.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Svein Tuft wore the first maglia rosa of the 2014 Giro d'Italia. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.comThumb Overlay."Eight North Americans - three Canadians and five Americans - line up next week for the 99th Giro d’Italia.

From a former winner to Giro newbies, the breadth of experience coming into Italian grand tour is as diverse as the continent they represent.

Ryder Hesjedal, a winner in 2012, will be among four former winners of the corsa rosa, while Joe Dombrowski, Larry Warbasse , Ian Boswell, and Joey Rosskopf all start the Giro for the first time."
(velonews.com)

April 29, 2016





Barbero, Caja Rural to return to Philly Cycling Classic.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Spain's Carlos Barbero Cuesta celebrates his win at the 2015 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. (Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)Thumb Overlay."Defending Philadelphia International Cycling Classic champion Carlos Barbero Cuesta and his Caja Rural Seguros RGA team will return to the newly upgraded UCI 1.1 event on June 5 in Pennsylvania.

Organizers of the event announced the 19 teams that will participate in the race on Thursday."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





Di Luca on doping: I don’t regret anything.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Danilo Di Luca is one of Italy's most infamous cyclists. His new book reveals the extent of his doping during the cycling's dark years. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."Danilo Di Luca does not regret anything, despite a pro career tainted by three EPO doping positives, a Giro d’Italia expulsion, and a lifetime ban from cycling.

The Italian released a memoir this week recounting his life on the bike, which is full of shocking details. “Bestie da Vittoria,” 288 pages for 17.50 euros, arrived on bookshelves Tuesday in Italy.

The timing is near perfect, a week before the country’s biggest race, the Giro d’Italia, sets off. It is full of lines almost as colorful as his cycling career."
(velonews.com)

April 28, 2016






In Yorkshire, a step toward gender parity after two steps back.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Womens WorldTour stars will vie for the biggest prize purse of the season at Tour de Yorkshire. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."Just days after allegations of discrimination and sexism rocked British cycling, the same nation will take nearly unmatched strides toward gender parity in bike racing.

At the Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday, female pros will race over the same route as the men, rather than on a shortened course as they do at the Tour of Flanders and Flèche Wallonne; they will see an equal prize pot, the biggest in women’s racing, with 20,000 pounds going to the day’s winner; and perhaps most importantly, television coverage will be identical between the two events."
(velonews.com)

April 28, 2016





Mareczko wins stage 5 of Tour of Turkey.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Jakub Mareczko took victory on stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey into Kemer.

The Italian beat Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel in the bunch sprint with his teammate Manuel Belletti coming thorugh to finish third."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 28, 2016





Lauren Tamayo signs off 15-year cycling career in the stars-and-stripes.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Lauren Tamayo (UnitedHealthcare) celebrates on the podium (Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)Thumb Overlay."Lauren Tamayo crossed the finish line at the US Criterium Championships with a one-arm salute after pushing a late-race breakaway and then securing the victory in Greenville, South Carolina.

With the stars-and-stripes jersey still fresh on her back, she made a surprise announcement that she would be retiring after a nearly 20-year career in women’s cycling."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 28, 2016





Sitting in with Marcel Kittel.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."He still has the hair and the high-wattage smile, but does Marcel Kittel still have the kick that made him cycling’s top sprinter in 2014? Etixx QuickStep made a big bet that he does.

The 27-year-old German made an acrimonious departure from his longtime home at Giant Alpecin after illness and poor training knocked him out of the fast lane.

With just one victory in 2015, Kittel went sailing straight into the open arms of Etixx."
(velonews.com)

April 28, 2016





Two year extension at Trek Segafredo for Stuyven.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Following a breakthrough Classics campaign in which he won Kuurne Brussels Kuurne, Jasper Stuyven has extended his contract with Trek Segafredo for a further two years.

The Belgian joined the team from the 2014 season, winning his first race as a professional on stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana last year with a fractured scaphoid."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 28, 2016





Esteban Chaves: Behind the smile.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Esteban Chaves enjoyed a stint in the Giro's white jersey during week one of the 2015 edition (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Esteban Chaves is two weeks into his first start in the Giro d’Italia.

It is almost a year ago, and the Colombian, while exhausted like all in the peloton, is still chirpy and looking ahead to the final days in the mountains with optimism."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 28, 2016





Haute Route coming to Colorado in 2017.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): The Haute Route Mavic Rockies will tour some of Colorado's high mountain passes over the course of a seven-day ride. Photo: Col CollectiveThumb Overlay."The Haute Route is bringing its European-style, multi-day gran fondo series to the United States in 2017, opening registration for the Mavic Haute Route Rockies on Thursday.

Starting in Boulder, Colorado, on June 24, 2017, the yet-to-be-revealed route runs seven days and finishes in Colorado Springs.

Organizers have run an event in the Alps for six years, and also have week-long rides in the Pyrénées and Dolomites."
(velonews.com)

April 28, 2016











distraction. "Podium girls are interested in bikes, as you can see in the Tour of Austria." (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016







2016 Tour de Yorkshire LIVE video stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): 2016 Tour de Yorkshire Stage ProfileThumb Overlay."Sunday's Stage 3 start time: 11:10 BST (3:10 AM PST).

Earliest live video: 11:10 BST (3:10 AM PST).

Approximate finish: 16:39 BST (8:39 AM PST)."
(cyclingfans.com)











April 30, 2016






Bike shop Shane Sutton lived over sold Team GB riders’ kit & bikes on eBay.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): The owner of this bike shop that Shane Sutton lived over rent free for 10 years has said it never dealt with him when sourcing any of the Team GB rider’s bikes and kit it sold on eBay.Thumb Overlay."A bike shop in the UK that former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton lived over has insisted there was nothing untoward about how it came into the possession of the Team GB kit and bikes it sold.

Wills Wheels in Stockport, close to the Manchester velodrome where Sutton was based with British Cycling, said it first started selling kit used by Team GB riders back in 2003.

It said it sourced the kit in sales British Cycling had when the kit became out of date, as seasons and sponsors changed.

Shop owner Will Wright also said his shop fixed bikes for British Cycling when it needed to outsource some of that work during busy times."
(stickybottle.com)

April 30, 2016






Tour de Yorkshire: Danny van Poppel wins stage 2.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Danny Van Poppel (R) of Team Sky and the Netherlands wins the second stage of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Groenewegen retains overall lead.

Danny Van Poppel finally took an overdue first win in Sky colors when he came out on top in a photo finish on the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.

In a very close sprint, he narrowly held off Dylan Groenewegen who retained his overall lead, while Nikias Arndt again completed the podium."
(cyclingnews.com) (cyclingquotes.com)

April 30, 2016








Kirsten Wild wins Women’s Tour de Yorkshire.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): The Dutchwoman won the bunch sprint into Doncaster ahead of British rider Lucy Garner of Wiggle-High5Thumb Overlay."Dutchwoman Kirsten Wild won a bunch sprint to take victory at the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire this morning.

In what was an exciting final, a bunch kick had been in doubt until a three woman break, including local favorite world champion Lizzie Armitstead, was caught with just two kilometers to go."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 30, 2016





Modolo laments lack of investment in sprint trains for Italians.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida). (Tour of Turkey/Brian Hodes)Thumb Overlay."After winning a second stage at the Presidential Tour of Turkey in Marmaris, Sacha Modolo warned that his confidence is huge ahead of the Giro d’Italia but also lamented the lack of investment in trains for himself and the other Italian sprinters." (cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016





Reviewed: Specialized Amira SL4.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photo: Specialized Lab data: 19.2/20 (.76mm head tube deflection; .2mm BB deflection)Thumb Overlay."Women who demand the best, lightest, and most race-worthy bike available can thank Specialized for delivering.

The big, red “S” didn’t cut any corners when designing this much-needed top-of-the-line option for women who ride hard.

Built with Specialized’s Fact11r carbon layup, the company’s highest quality carbon, the Amira delivers a stiff and nimble ride at a staggeringly light 14.84 pounds (size 56cm)."
(velonews.com)

April 30, 2016
















April 29, 2016






Tour de Yorkshire: Groenewegen powers to victory in opening stage.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) celebrates his stage win (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Dylan Groenewegen took victory on the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, getting the better of a boxed-in Caleb Ewan in the sprint finish in Settle.

The Dutchman, whose teammates had shut down a solo move from Stephen Cummings just ahead of the flamme rouge, went left as he came round Niklas Arndt – who finished third – to open his sprint, leaving the young Australian Ewan with no room to get round.."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





British woman formally charged in Giant Alpecin collision.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): © Team Giant-Alpecin Credit: © Team Giant-AlpecinThumb Overlay."The British woman who collided with six Giant Alpecin cyclists in training this winter in Alicante, Spain, has been formally charged by local police.

The unnamed 73-year-old drove head-on into John Degenkolb, winner of last year’s Milan San Remo and Paris Roubaix, and five of his Giant Alpecin teammates on January 23 near Alicante, Spain."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 29, 2016












Orica GreenEdge fear a kangaroo court judgment on Simon Yates.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Orica-GreenEdge's Simon Yates finishes fifth (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Gerry Ryan - the owner of the Orica GreenEdge team, fears that British rider Simon Yates’adverse analytic finding for the asthma medication Terbutaline is a case that risks being judged in a “kangaroo court” due to its leaking to the media.

"There has been no wrong-doing on Simon Yates' part. The team takes full responsibility for this mistake and wishes to underline their support for Simon during this process." (cyclingnews.com)

April 29, 2016





Confessions of a Bike Reviewer: Why I Lied for 39 Years.

Thumbnail Credit (tomdemerly.com): Bike and gear reviews are increasingly influenced by the sales motive.Thumb Overlay."I wrote my first equipment review in 1977. I was 15, typed it on an Underwood for a paper newsletter mailed by Schuman’s Schwinn Cyclery in Detroit. I reviewed a skateboard- said it was “lame”. It was probably my last honest review.

Since then I’ve written hundreds of equipment reviews for magazines like Outside, Velo-News, Triathlete and many others. Bicycle and outdoor equipment reviews are increasingly shady business.

They’re assumed to be impartial - expert opinions on what is good and bad about a bike gadget - based on experience. Consumers use them as “research” to help make a buying decision.

It is one of the great lies of the bicycle industry."
(tomdemerly.com)

April 29, 2016





Hidden Heroes: Road captains and domestiques – Part 1.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Dani King at the front of the peloton in the 2016 Flèche Wallonne Femmes.Thumb Overlay."While the winner is being honored on stage, the riders that have worked for the team all day roll over the finish line.

They’re the ones who spent all day in the wind, setting the pace. They attacked and countered, closed gaps, grabbed bottles and did whatever else needed to be done for the team to win.

With room for just one person on each step of the podium the domestiques rarely get the attention they deserve."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

April 29, 2016





Pro Riders Top 2016 Belgian Waffle Ride.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): Berry took the win at this year’s event. Photo courtesy: Belgian Waffle Ride, 2016Thumb Overlay."This past weekend was the Belgian Waffle Ride. Cervelo and Spy Optics put the event on in the area North of San Diego, California.

Part cyclocross race, part road race, with a little bit of mountain biking thrown in makes for a 146-mile adventure.

As in years past, professional cyclists took the top honors. In the men’s division it was Joshua Berry who finished first, while for the women cyclocrosser Amanda Nauman took the top spot."
(cxmagazine.com)

April 29, 2016





Review: Wheel-On Wahoo SNAP Bike Trainer.

Thumbnail Credit (gearjunkie.com): The most realistic ride experience of any wheel-on bike trainer?Thumb Overlay."Wahoo makes some of the best bike trainers on the market. The SNAP, its newest trainer, is a model that brings nearly the same high precision and performance as its flagship KICKR model, but for $500 less.

If you read our story about the “gamification” of cycling and want to get into it, this is an excellent place to start. The SNAP is a “wheel-on” trainer, like most others on the market, as opposed to the market-shaking WAHOO KICKR, for which the rear wheel comes off."
(gearjunkie.com)

April 29, 2016





















April 28, 2016






Lance Armstrong Asks Judge to Dismiss Federal Case.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): The motion will be decided by U.S. District Judge Christopher CooperThumb Overlay."Lance Armstrong’s legal team has fired-off a salvo of legal documents, asking a judge to dismiss the federal government’s $100 million lawsuit against him.

If the motion is successful, the U.S. Postal Services’s claims against Armstrong under the False Claims Act, would be thrown out."
(capovelo.com)

April 28, 2016






‘If you’re going to ask questions of Shane Sutton you have to ask them of Dave Brailsford too’.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton at the 2012 Olympic Games (Watson) Thumb Overlay."Emma Pooley is the latest cyclist to add to claims of sexism within British Cycling, saying that when it came to setting up a road team there was never a plan to create a women’s one." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 28, 2016






British Cycling asked to investigate claims their equipment was sold on auction websites.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Sky's sponsorship extension with British Cycling will benefit the UK's leading pros (British Cycling)Thumb Overlay."British Cycling has been hit with further claims of misconduct, this time for disposing of up to £10,000 worth of materiel on online auctions.

UK Sport has ordered the federation to investigate the claims that some of its personnel have auctioned the items off to the highest bidders.

According to Press Association, UK Sport and British Cycling met to discuss the matter on Tuesday morning, with a further meeting scheduled for Thursday."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 28, 2016





Adam Hansen aiming to ride all three 2016 Grand Tours to continue record-breaking run.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Adam Hansen lines up for Stage twenty of the 2015 Tour of Spain Thumb Overlay."Adam Hansen will attempt to continue his unbroken run of Grand Tour finishes at the Giro d’Italia in May, bringing his total to 14.

Australian Hansen’s consecutive Grand Tour rides started at the 2011 Vuelta a España, and he has ridden and finished in every Vuelta, Giro and Tour de France since."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 28, 2016





Heroes of the Giro: The Stage Winners.

Thumbnail Credit (podiumcafe.com): Frank Fife, Getty Getting back to a more conventional definition of heroesThumb Overlay."Most of our heroes are people who overcame odds or reached the highest heights of the Giro d'Italia, capturing the maglia rosa.

But every day of the Giro, for three weeks, is a battle for temporary glory, for headlines and photos across Italy and maybe the world."
(podiumcafe.com)

April 28, 2016










Race Results.

Liège Bastogne Liège - April 24 (Results),

Tour of Croatia - April 19-24 (Results),

Giro del Trentino - April 19-22 (Results),

La Flèche Wallonne - April 20 (Results),

La Flèche Wallonne Féminine - April 20 (Results),

Amstel Gold Race - April 17 (Results),

Tro-Bro Léon - April 17 (Results),

Vuelta a Castilla y Leon - April 15-17 (Results),

Euskal Emakumeen Bira - April 13-17 (Results),

USA Pro Crit and TTT Championships - April 16-17 (Results),

Tour du Finistère - April 16 (Results),

GP de Denain Porte du Hainaut - April 14 (Results),

De Brabantse Pijl - April 13 (Results),

Paris Roubaix - April 10 (Results),

Track World Championships - Mar 2-6 (Results),

Evelyn Stevens Hour Record Attempt - Feb 27 (Results),

Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 30-31 (Results),

Road World Championships 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Results),

La Route de France 2015 - Aug 9-15 (Results),

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

Giro Rosa 2015 - July 3-12 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)







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