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October 25, 2014





Catharine Pendrel pumped for cyclocross nationals - Canadian ...
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World mountain bike champion defends Canadian cyclo-cross title. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014






Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) wins the Saitama Criterium. Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Marcel Kittel won the second edition of the Saitama Criterium by Tour de France, beating Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff in a small group finish. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014






Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) wins stage 6 of the Tour of Hainan. Photo: © Tour of Hainan. (cyclingnews.com)
After yesterday's win for his teammate Andrea Palini, Niccolo Bonifazio made it two in a row for Lampre-Merida when he scored his second stage win by winning stage 6 of the Tour of Hainan. At the end of a very fast stage, he beat Barry Markus and Wouter Wippert in a bunch sprint and also took the leader's jersey in the process. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 25, 2014





Photo: And we’re still smiling about that when Guy wins Keirin Two; good exercise for me as I have to trot round grab their helmets, give them their towel and hat – and it’s always nice to see those podium girls close up.
"Working as a runner for the stars at the Amsterdam Six Day race our journalist Ed Hood is once again embedded deep inside the race. Here’s his story from the first half of the race at the velodrome in Amsterdam as we pick up the action on Day 3." (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (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),


Octobern 25, 2014




Photo: Wout Van Aert has added the second edition of the Polderscross in Kruisbeke to his palmares.
Wout Van Aert has added the second edition of the Polderscross in Kruisbeke to his palmares. The youngster again demonstrated his talent by holding off Sven Nys and Klaas Vantornout. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 25, 2014






Photo: Richard Moore considers why Chris Froome would choose to miss the Tour in favour of other races in 2015.
The first instinct on reading Chris Froome’s reaction to next year’s Tour de France route, which appears to favor pure climbers over all-rounders, might be to assume that Froome has gone rogue, and that his threat to skip the Tour and go for the Giro and Vuelta will prove to be idle.
Froome offered his thoughts within minutes of the official unveiling of the route: “There’s no two ways about it, next year’s Tour is going to be about the mountains,” he said. “There’s very little emphasis on time trialling which means the race will be decided up in the high mountains.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




At the 2015 Tour, there will be more at stake during a sprint finish than just a stage win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Time bonuses, and the thrilling battle for the yellow jersey in the first week that come with them, are back in the Tour de France.
As part of a restructuring of the points competition, Tour officials reintroduced time bonuses for the first time since eliminating them for the 2008 edition. Finish-line bonuses of 10, 6, and 4 seconds will be in the offing in the opening nine days of racing, but do not apply to the stage 1 time trial nor the stage 9 team time trial. The remainder of the stages, dominated by the Pyrénées and Alps, will not see bonuses in play. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014





Photo: Mark Cavendish in the green jersey after stage 11 of the 2011 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
In a move that will suit the likes of Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, whilst potentially upsetting the dominance of Peter Sagan, the Tour de France’s nine flat stages will feature an overhauled green jersey points system in 2015.
Thierry Gouvenou, Tour de France course director, confirmed the changes at the presentation in Paris on October 22: “When we are almost certain that the stage will end in a sprint, we will add a little bonus to first place. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Former Vuelta and Tour de France winner Pedro Delgado was one of those presenting the new route. Photo: © Shane Stokes.
Former Tour de France winner analyzes 2015 route: Pedro Delgado believes that the format of the 2015 Tour route is not so different to those adopted by the Vuelta in recent years - and that it does no favors at all to 2013 Tour champion Chris Froome (Team Sky). (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




2013 US pro women's time trial podium (L-R): Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY16), Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) and Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS) Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
American excited about downtown Richmond loop: This week, the 34-year-old has been scouting out the time trial and road courses. "It's huge to have the Worlds be in the US," said Small to Cyclingnews. "Having Worlds on your home turf adds to the excitement. I came from volleyball, and it was the same thing. When you played on your home court, you just played better. Yeah, Richmond isn't my hometown, but it's my home country." (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014





Palini won the stage ahead of his teammate Niccolo Bonifazio second and Astana’s Ruslan Tleubayev third Photo: © Tour of Hainan.
After finishing second, third, fifth and second in the opening four stages of the Tour of Hainan, Italy’s Andrea Palini finally got the victory he was looking for in a rained soaked day of racing on a tropical island. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) takes stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
New signing and contract extensions at Lotto-Belisol and Wanty-Groupe Gobert. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Tests undertaken by staff at Amsterdam’s VU hospital reveal that Stam exhibited signs of a heart arrhythmia immediately prior to the crash that appear to have been a contributing factor to the accident.
The family of derny driver Cees Stam who crashed at the Six-Days of Amsterdam three days ago, has given an update on his condition. Examinations have indicated that heart arrhythmia led to the incident. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 24, 2014




Elia Viviani after winning the 2014 Coppa Bernocchi. Photo: © Bettini.
Froome undecided on 2015 Tour, Sky signs Viviani. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Alison Powers won the 2014 road race at U.S. nationals. It was her second title that weekend, as she also claimed the national time trial championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
After a successful year racing for UnitedHealthcare in the U.S. and internationally, Alison Powers will retire from professional cycling. She plans to focus on her coaching business, ALP Cycles Coaching.
Looking back on her career, Powers said, “It has been a pretty amazing career!”  (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Team LottoNL-Jumbo was introduced on Thursday. It is a unique combination of a cycling team and speed-skating team. Photo: LottoNL-Jumbo.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo, which is the 2015 iteration of the Belkin team, was officially presented Thursday. Key team staff and athletes such as Robert Gesink, Laurens ten Dam, and Wilco Kelderman were on hand to introduce the team’s new look.
Belkin was involved with the cycling team for only a brief period — it’s sponsorship began mid-2013, and it announced it would withdraw from the sport earlier this year. In 2014, the team won stages at notable races such as Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya, Tour de France, and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Taylor Phinney gets ready to pre-ride the 2015 time trial world championship course Photo: © Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor.
Rolling course will produce fast rides: Taylor Phinney checked out the Elite men's individual time trial course for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond on Wednesday. The American was in town as an attendee at a USA Cycling camp being held to give riders a chance to preview several of next year's race courses. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014





October 23, 2014






Chris Froome (Team Sky) in relaxed mood Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Sky rider to decide on program by December: Chris Froome has reiterated that he may skip the Tour de France next year in order to focus on the Giro d’Italia and said that a final decision on his 2015 program will be taken in December.
When the Tour route was unveiled on Wednesday, Froome immediately voiced his reservations about the course in a statement posted on his website and suggested that he would consider riding the Giro and Vuelta a España instead. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport at the Saitama Criterium in Japan, Froome explained his rationale further. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: I would like to thank the whole team again. We ride for various professional teams, but if we pull the white-red jersey, we hold the right to be a team together, for nothing is more important.
After Rafal Majka's two stage wins in this year's Tour de France and Michal Kwiatkowski’s sensational coup at the road world championship, Polish cycling seems to be finally back in the mainstream of the cycling world’s attention.
President Boguslaw Komorowski invited Majka and the National Team to Krakow, where the team was awarded honorary titles. World Champion Kwiatkowksi and coach Piotr Wadecki received the Golden Cross of Merit. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 25, 2014




Rigoberto Uran wore a pink bowtie at the 2015 Giro d'Italia route presentation
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Wanty-Groupe Gobert continues to build roster for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Bored with cycling? Spice things up with one of these 10 ideas Tim de Waele.
If your riding feels stale, try these 10 tips to reignite your passion for cycling.
Getting a few good finishes under your belt, commuting by bike every day of the week, improving your time trial results can all fire up your riding and just make you want more.
But even this can become a bit humdrum. If your riding feels more like a wet weekend than a sunny getaway, it’s time to shake things up a little. Here’s a few suggestions. (bikeradar.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Superstar Proline tool kit What Mountain Bike / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A solid first kit with a good build, selection and price. Impressive." (bikeradar.com)

October 25, 2014




Taylor Phinney won a stage at the Tour of California in 2014, but suffered a season-ending crash shortly after during the national road race. In an interview with VeloNews, he looks to next season. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
At this point, what happened to Taylor Phinney that day is well known. An in-race motorcycle slowed down in front of him and others during a descent of the USA Cycling road national championships. He smashed into a guardrail. His left leg snapped as a toothpick does under a heavy thumb.
What happens next, though, is the unknown. Phinney has worked and rehabbed. He’s suffered through watching the races, feeling like he’s losing ground every single day as the peloton barrels forward. He talked about his recovery and his ambitions for next season. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Sponsorship in pro cycling is mostly centered around the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
One of cycling’s greatest attractions for fans is that it’s basically free to watch. The flip side is that, relative to other sports, there is much greater pressure on event organizers and teams to find external commercial sponsors to provide the financial foundation for the sport. And although there is an urgent need to diversify the sources of revenue in the sport, the fact is that pro cycling — by its very nature — will always be heavily dependent upon commercial sponsorship. Viewed from this perspective, one of the most pressing issues faced by the sport is the need to attract and retain more committed and global long-term sponsors. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Lieuwe Westra wins stage seven of the 2014 Dauphine-Libere .
Police caught team Astana rider Lieuwe Westra on radar driving 189 kilometres per hour (118mph) in the northern part of the Netherlands on Wednesday evening.
“It is what it is,” Westra told Dutch Leeuwarder Courant website. “I just drove too fast.”
The Dutchman finished second in the Paris-Nice stage race in 2012 riding for Vacansoleil and joined Astana this year to help Vincenzo Nibali win the Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Photo: But writing about it? That takes a sharper focus which I don’t have.
The cyclocross season has started and there’s been a few emails and tweets to say “looking forward to your cross coverage”. But as loyal readers know there is no cyclo-cross coverage. It’s also a chance to address why there’s little coverage of women’s racing here too.
Why no cyclo-cross? Because it doesn’t interest me as much as road cycling. I’ve mocked cross before as Belgium’s answer to tractor-pulling but it’s really a sport where participation is superior to watching on TV. (inrng.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: I hope that with my new team mates and staff I’ll be able to reach all the goals I have and this will be the perfect environment for me to do that.
Team Sky has confirmed the signing of Italian sprinter Elia Viviani. The team will have more emphasis on sprinting in 2015 and hopes that the former Cannondale rider will help them achieve their goal. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 24, 2014




Graeme Obree is working with his son on his latest attempt to set the human powered land speed record. Photo: Humans Invent.
Graeme Obree is one of the great enigmas of the cycling world. He has consistently looked to further the design and performance of the bicycle, normally from the humble workshop of his kitchen, and he is an ambassador for all that is great about cycling and craft. From his two hour records in the 1990s to his 2013 attempt at the human powered land speed record (HPVA) in Battle Mountain, Obree is obsessed with pushing the boundaries of a bicycle. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Vuelta a Espana organizers will unveil the 2015 route after the new year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
With two routes of the three grand tours already confirmed, now all eyes turn to Spain.
The Vuelta a España, however, is waiting until January 10 to make its route announcement for the 70th edition.
The Vuelta is confirmed to start with five days of racing in and around Malaga in Spain’s sunny Andalucía region, coinciding with the peak holiday season in late August. (velonews.com)
October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014




Choosing a sports drink, for many, has less to do with science and more to do with what your body craves. Caffeine? Salt? Green tea? There's an answer in this mix. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com.
"The brands offering electrolyte drink mixes might have you thinking that hydration is a precise science. They use long words that you probably don’t understand - at least I have to look most of them up. But in reality, hydration is much more simple. In the real world, what we pour into our bodies revolves around a few things: what are we craving, and what tastes good, or in the case of many electrolyte mixes, what can we stomach. Luckily, there is a growing number of tasty and portable options available. Here is my go-to selection and how I use them." (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Polar Loop fitness tracker Russell Burton.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "One of the best fitness bands, but you’d be better with a proper HRM for biking." (bikeradar.com)

October 24, 2014





Photo: The best of the next-tech race bikes have an unprecedented connectedness to the road.
"Earlier this year, Wilier's top-of-the-line Zero.7 won the new Superbike category in our annual Editors' Choice competition. In retrospect, it was a nice retirement gift for that frame—Wilier has rolled out a redesigned version for 2015. The most evident changes on first look: a new, hourglass-shape head tube, which cleanly integrates with the fork crown to create a more aero profile and stiffer front end, and the graphics (available in the blacked-out version you see here, the Italian tricolor, and Colombian colors), which, to my eye, have the most elegant look of any Wilier." (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: My first impression as I pushed on the pedals when our pack of riders pulled out of the driveway and onto a rolling country lane was that this bike might weigh less than my shoes.
"It's hard not to draw comparisons. Abby Santurbane, Liv's global category manager, admonishes me every time I start. "How do the head-tube and seat-tube angles of the Avail compare with the Giant Defy for men?" I ask. And Abby says, "We're not making those comparisons anymore. Avail is built from the ground up, not tweaked from the men's mold." I note that the junctions where the Avail's seatpost, top tube, and seat stays intersect look different than on the Defy. Same answer, less patient this time: Stop comparing. Though Liv grew out of Giant, and was originally just the women's line of the brand, it is now not only a separate brand but also a completely different bike." (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: n cycling, high tech eventually comes at a low price . (Photo by Jonathan Pushnik)
"Financial theorists might still be debating the efficacy of trickle-down economics, but we're here to tell you that trickle-down technology flat out works. This $2,500 bike uses aerodynamic, Squoval 3 tubes that were introduced on Cervélo's $10,000 RCA frame in 2013. This version of Squoval—a combination of square and oval—has a rounded leading edge to channel airflow around the tube, and a blunt trailing edge that causes the air coming off the tubes to be less turbulent (and thus create less drag)." (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Top contenders for the U.S. world championship team gathered in the Virginia capital on Wednesday and Thursday to take a first tour of the road and time trial courses, hold team meetings, and build the foundation of the nation’s first home-field advantage in nearly three decades. Photo courtesy Richmond2015..
The 2015 UCI world championships in Richmond, Virginia, are still nearly a year away, but the initial reviews of the road and time trial courses are in.
Top contenders for the U.S. world championship team gathered in the Virginia capital on Wednesday and Thursday to take a first tour of the road and time trial courses, hold team meetings, and build the foundation of the nation’s first home-field advantage in nearly three decades. (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: UCI president and former member of the team's operating board says homegrown riders are not being developed by the squad..
UCI president Brian Cookson believes Team Sky has abandoned one of its original pledges of seeking to develop young British riders.
Cookson was a member of the operating board of the team’s owners, Tour Racing Limited, from its inception in 2010 until he was elected into his current position last September.
But during an interview for CW’s  sister magazine, Cycle Sport, Cookson bemoaned the team’s changed position on blooding home-grown talent. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




102nd Tour de France 2015 Presentation Christian Prudhomme TDF Director and Jan van Zanen (Ned) Mayor departure city Utrecht Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France suggested that cycling and the Tour de France has become 'swag' (a French term meaning cool) after the spectacular start in Yorkshire and the dramatic racing at the 2014 edition of the race. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




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October 25, 2014








October 25, 2014




Photo: Tour de France supremo Christian Prudhomme (Reuters).
While race director Christian Prudhomme demonstrated his ability to get down with the kids at the 2015 Tour de France presentation in Paris, next year's route has Chris Froome very much questioning his participation.
Nevertheless bullish in an accountant's grey suit, Prudhomme - all 1.90m of him - took to the stage to wax lyrical about the exponential growth of cycling the world over. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

October 25, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Betancur likes the look of 2015 Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Apart from the pavement, cobblestones, sand and gravel, much of the course includes off-camber grass corners. © Andrew Reimann.
In 2014, Winnipeg hosts a weekend with the Canadian National Championships followed by the Manitoba Grand Prix UCI Race. The course begins with sweeping grass turns and off-cambers within view of Winnipeg’s brand new Museum of Human Rights.
By the time a quarter of a lap is finished, however, the course takes a large departure from the grass, dirt and mud known so well to traditional cyclocross. Pavement and cobblestone stretches turn the course into an urban environment, which should create some fast racing over the next two days. (cxmagazine.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Old Sunset Highway bridge over Raging River.
"With a break in the rain, I rode my bike out the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail on Friday to enjoy the fall colors.
Unfortunately, I discovered that my timing was a little off. Many of the trees were already bare and their moss-covered limbs exposed for all to see." (bikingbis.com)

October 25, 2014




Ridley has dramatically redesigned its flagship X-Night into a far lighter and better-riding cyclocross machine than before James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Fantastic chassis but needs better wheels." (bikeradar.com)

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October 24, 2014




Photo: I am pretty sure I am capable of much more than I have shown so far. Photography by Cor Vos
He was ninth in the Tour de France two years ago and is a past winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de Georgia and the Tour of Slovenia. Despite that, and despite being still just 30 years of age, Janez Brajkovic finds himself hurtling towards November with still no idea if he will be racing in 2015. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 24, 2014





Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura) in gold at the Tour of Britain press conference Photo: © Rob Lampard.
UCI President defends the Biological Passport: Brian Cookson has responded to claims made by Jonathan Tiernan-Locke in relation to his UK Anti-doping (UKAD ) hearing and subsequent doping ban, telling the British rider he is “putting himself in a deeper and deeper hole.” Tiernan-Locke called his hearing – run by UKAD – a “mickey mouse court”. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Roman Kreuziger winds up the pace for Contador Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Team says they will accept the final ruling in Biological Passport case:
The Tinkoff-Saxo team has reiterated its support for Roman Kreuziger as the Czech rider prepares to fight for his reputation and career in his Biological Passport case against the UCI and WADA. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Matteo Rabottini's 2014 EPO positive is causing headaches for Neri Sottoli as the team angles for a Giro d'Italia invitation. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Italian second-division team, Neri Sottoli may sign Alessandro Petacchi for 2015, but it races into the new season with uncertainties linked to past doping cases.
The team fans love to hate may be back, and maybe with Petacchi, if all goes well for general manager Angelo Citracca. If not, he explained that the team has enough sponsorship and is not dependent on a Giro d’Italia invite to continue. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski – the first Polish rider to wear the coveted stripes – lit up September’s Tour of Britain.
Road race world champion Michal Kwiatkowski holds 94 Strava KOMs from the recent Tour of Britain. You may never be world champion, but you could echo his feats and try to take one of his Strava segments. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Photo: After two years at BMC, then time spent with Champion System and Hincapie Sportswear Development, Chris Butler is making the move to Team SmartStop. He's eager to grow into his role as a GC rider. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Coming off a strong year with the Hincapie Sportswear Development, Chris Butler, 26, will make the jump to the successful upstart Team SmartStop next year.
Proving himself as one of the most promising riders in the sport, Butler had strong performances against WorldTour riders at both the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge, but hopes to build upon his results next year when moving into a GC role for SmartStop. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Our size 43 (EU) sample pair weighs 569g. AU$129 / US$100 / £85.
Giro Treble II shoes: The Treble II is the entry-level model in Giro's shoes range, and it borrows plenty of design features and style from the brand’s higher-end offerings.
The synthetic upper has three wide velcro straps to give a firm hold on the foot. The injected nylon outsole is compatible with both two- and thre-bolt cleats, so they will work with just about any pedal system. (bikeradar.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Pictured on an aero seatpost; it really couldn’t be any neater and the enhanced functions look set to make this Irish invention one of the bike game’s real winners of 2014..
"Every now and again innovative kit comes on the market that really catches your eye. These lights from Irish company See.Sense fit into that category.
First off, they’re really small and neat and they look great; always a good start, especially for a piece of kit normally produced without much of an eye on design." (stickybottle.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Bianchi never went away—but it hasn't been this enticing in a while either.
Bianchi, which has been around since about 1885, lays claim to being the world's oldest continually producing bike company, and to being one of the first to install derailleurs and pneumatic tires on bikes—big technological advances at the time. Until the past few years, however, it seemed to me that, at least judging from the company's presence in America, Bianchi's biggest accomplishment was catching the wave of fixie obsession. (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Yes, the Émonda is light. But past that, it's such a remarkably well-balanced road bike that its overall performance is what wows you.
When Trek unveiled its Émonda line in July, all the talk was about the flagship SLR 10. Some gawped at its claimed 10.25-pound weight; others opined that a near-$16,000 bike surely meant the apocalypse was upon us. Lost in the buzz: The Émonda is not a single bike, but a line with 16 models, including women's versions and two framesets. (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: It's a lightweight, aero road bike that Pierre Rolland and Thomas Voeckler used for some stages of this year's Tour de France.
This is the second race bike introduced by Colnago this year. The first, the C60, uses the company's signature clover-shaped lugs to join clovered carbon tubes. That frame is pieced together in Colnago's Italian factory, and the marriage is of more than materials—the C60 blends old-world craftsmanship with modern bike design. The V1-r has no such nostalgia. It's made in Taiwan, and instead of lugs it has a monocoque carbon design. The process freed Colnago to nip, tuck, and tease more performance while also reducing weight—at a claimed 835 grams, a 52cm frame is 215 grams lighter than a comparable C60, and costs $1,450 less. (bicycling.com)

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October 23, 2014





Hitting out: Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 Tour de France winner, criticised his Astana team-mates Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
Vincenzo Nibali has described the recent positive doping tests at Astana as "isolated", arguing that the team should not be held responsible for the "stupidity" of some of its riders.
Brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy both tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in August, the former having helped Nibali to victory at the Tour de France the previous month. (telegraph.co.uk)

October 23, 2014





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