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Katie Compton overcame a huge mechanical for a major comeback win at Valkenburg. Screenshot from UCI coverage. (cxmagazine.com).
Katie Compton started the 2014/2015 Women's cyclo-cross World Cup with a dominant ride in Valkenberg, recovering from a early problem to pass through the field and win alone. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014







Photo: Lars van der Haar winning the World Cup at Valkenburg in 2013, repeated this year. © Thomas van Bracht.
The 2013 overall World Cup winner Lars van der Haar showed today that he is on track by once again winning the opening round of the World Cup at Valkenburg. Van der Haar rode impressively, taking the holeshot and establishing an early lead, then shaking Tom Meeusen and Kevin Pauwels off his wheel on his way to victory. (cxmagazine.com)

October 19, 2014






Photo: Between trumpeters, hecklers pleading riders to bunny-hop the larger-than-average barriers, and signs demanding a party, Maximenko and Van Gilder had no shortage of an audience. © Andrew Reimann.
The weather may have been having riders begging for water in Valkenburg, but in New Jersey, wind and cooler temperatures made it feel like cyclocross for day two of HPCX (UCI C2). Overnight course changes and dryer ground made for fast group racing all day. (cxmagazine.com)

October 19, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (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 France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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


Octobern 19, 2014




Photo: Where I need to make up some ground is perhaps around my race knowledge.
Simon Yates has spent his neo-pro year adapting to the WorldTour in the biggest races, including the Tour de France and riding to a superb 12th on GC in the Basque Country. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: The Compak comes with a 'snooker cue' style case
Press Shot.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A packable track pump for regular travellers or those with minimal space.." (bikeradar.com)

October 19, 2014






It was a near thing, but Chris Sutton edged Steele Von Hoff to win the Japan Cup Criterium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
Team Sky's Chris Sutton won the Japan Cup Criterium on Saturday as riders warmed-up for Sunday's headline 151km race on the hiller Utsonomiya circuit.
The Australian sprinter got an excellent leadout from his teammates and had the speed to edge out 2013 winner Steele Von Hoff. Sutton was given the victory after race officials carefully studied the photo-finish. Teammate Ben Swift was third, with Gregor Bole fourth and Wesley Sulzberger fifth. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Thibaut Pinot showed his strength and potential at this year's Tour. Here he is during stage 17.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Gallopin and Stybar tie the knot, Eijssen joins Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Willems goes out with a win. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I think it is possible to beat Jens Voigt. What he did was really impressive but he is no born track rider.
Alex Rasmussen will try to beat the Hour Record after Jens Voigt set a new standard in September. The Dane believes that it is possible to do even better. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I personally would have preferred to continue his maturity another year with Caja Rural, but in came Bruyneel and the kid could not say no.
Michal Kwiatkowski is now a coveted rider. He will certainly not be short of offers once his contract with Patrick Lefevere’s Etixx-Quik Step team is up at the end of next season. This wasn’t always the case and Eusebio Unzué almost had the Polish star in 2011, but missed out. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Fortunately, the Sky rider returned to the road last week to catch up and start to prepare for next season. He still has a contract with the British team.
Xavier Zandio has not competed since the Clasica San Sebastian. In fact, he resumed training last week after discovering in mid-August that he suffered a broken vertebra in a crash on the sixth stage of the Tour de France. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The Aprire can be specced with SRAM or Shimano kit and different wheelsets
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Excellent all-rounder that throws down the gauntlet to the big players." (bikeradar.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Lars van der Haar will lead the men's field in the opening round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup (Getty).
The first of six rounds of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup kicks off with men’s and women’s defending World Cup champions Lars van der Haar and Katie Compton on the start line.
Missing from the race in Valkenburg, the Netherlands will be van der Haar and Compton’s world champion counterparts Zdenek Stybar and Marianne Vos. (sbs.com.au)

October 17, 2014




Yukio Arashiro was a crowd favorite
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
An expectant crowd assembled in Utsunomiya to welcome their cycling heroes at the team presentation of the 23rd Japan Cup. Japanese WorldTour riders Yukio Arashiro and Fumiyuki Beppu were on hand, along with a whole host of other WorldTour stars and local talent.
The Japan Cup criterium will take place on Saturday 19 October, followed by the Japan Cup itself on Sunday. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Merhawi Kudus is MTN-Qhubeka's hot new climber from Eritrea
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The battle for Tour de France wildcard places will hot up next week when the official 2015 race route will be presented in Paris and Brian Smith will be eager to make a case for MTN – Qhubeka’s inclusion when he meets ASO representatives. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Megan Guanier, Lauren Hall, and Mara Abbott rode for the U.S. team at 2014 world championships in Spain. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Nearly two dozen elite-level cyclists will gather in Richmond, Virginia to train and familiarize themselves with the courses on offer for the 2015 world road championships. The organizing committee, Richmond 2015 and USA Cycling will host the two-day training camp October 22 and 23.
Some of America’s top male and female riders will be in attendance, including Taylor Phinney, Evelyn Stevens, and Virginia natives Joe Dombrowski, Andrea Dvorak, and Ben King. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The East Coast meets in New Jersey for the UCI weekend hosted by HPCX. photo by Rutgers Cycling on flickr.
Elite professional cyclists from around the United States and the World will compete October 18th and 19th in New Jersey’s premier cyclocross event, HPCX (UCI C2).
Hundreds of spectators and athletes will visit Thompson Park in Jamesburg, NJ during the Saturday and Sunday races. As the only UCI race in the United States the third weekend in October, HPCX expects to draw a competitive field for the elite men’s and women’s races. With the opportunity to ride on the same course as the pros, the weekend will also feature men’s and women’s races of all categories, including juniors, and the experienced 35 and 45+ age groups. (cxmagazine.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Geoff Kabush won the 2013 Canadian cyclocross national championship. Photo: Doug Brons .
Geoff Kabush heads to Winnipeg for Canadian cyclocross nationals on October 25 after a September of atypical results and welcome recovery. He fell ill at mountain bike world championships in Norway and couldn’t repeat his 2013 podium performance at CrossVegas. Since then, he’s squeezed in some off-season fun and rest while home in North Vancouver. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Wind tunnel tests have given new clues on how to make aerodynamics work for you – and against your rivals..
We've all been in a race or a group ride where some riders just won't take their turn on the front. Now, thanks to research in Australia, it's been shown how you can reduce the benefits to wheelsuckers while still gaining advantage from them being there  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 17, 2014




Photo: They want me to put me on the roster for the classics. Those are the races that I will focus on. I will do almost all the classics.
U23 Worlds bronze medallist Kristoffer Skjerping will turn professional in 2015. The talented Norwegian has signed a two-year contract with the merged Cannondale-Garmin team and is expected to do all the major cobbled classics in his debut season. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The Rapha Women’s three-quarter length tights take the sting out of cooler weather
Colin Levitch / Immediate Media.
Rapha’s range covers everything from high-performing, tight-fitting garments for serious riders, to functional commuter wear that. The Women’s three-quarter length tights sit in the middle of this spectrum. (bikeradar.com)

October 17, 2014




Ashleigh Moolman sprints to second place
Photo: © sportfoto.nl..
Rasmussen to attempt Hour Record, Moolman nominated for award, Italian magistrate to investigate Pantani’s failed haematocrit test from 1999. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Siva Atom charger.
"We previewed this commuter-friendly tech charger a couple of months ago, but now we’ve got our hands on one for testing. The unit is easily installed on the non-driveside rear hub, after which each rotation of the wheel feeds energy into a 1,650mAh battery pack that’s enough to charge your iPhone or other USB device at the same speed as plugging it into the wall." (bikeradar.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Elite rider Beth Newell designed Keirin Cut Jeans to fit your quads .
It’s one of the frustrations - and incongruities - of being a cyclist: Your body is built like a machine and can go for hours, but getting jeans around your quads is a Herculean feat. And if you do manage to find a pair that accommodates your legs, chances are it’s way too loose in the waist. (bicycling.com)

October 17, 2014







Photo : Sirotti
Publiée le 19/10/2014 à 16:39 .
"A favorite Chrono des Nations champion Sylvain Chavanel did not tremble assuming his position to win the event for the first time in his career after his 2nd place in 2012 and 3rd year last. He succeeds Tony Martin charts and became the first to win the French Herbaria since Pascal Lance in 1995." (cyclismactu.net)

October 19, 2014





Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) begins to celebrate
Photo: © tdwsport.
Australia's Nathan Haas ended the 2014 season on a high by beating Edvald Boasson Hagen and Gregor Bole in a close sprint to win the Japan Cup. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: It’s Cavriana with 129 K to go before we leave behind the featureless fields and industrial estates and get back into nice green countryside with vineyards and old, old buildings.
"Grand Tour veteran Ed Hood was at the 2013 Giro d’Italia covering the action, and the stage to Vicenza that year has practically the same profile and course as stage 12 for the Giro’15. We retrace Ed’s day of fun on the Crosara climb and look forward to next years Italian Tour." (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: Moreno Hofland (Belkin)
Photo: © Guoqiang Song.
Riders from the Belkin team have returned to Chengmai in China for the Tour of Hainan, where they took an unprecedented clean sweep of the stages and overall classification in 2013.
Moreno Hofland captains the Dutch team once again twelve months after he took his first professional victory on the Chinese island. Belkin has selected a fast team for the stage race as they foresee a majority of bunch sprint finishes during the nine stages. However a mountain stage is expected to play a huge part in the final overall classification. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: When I was told that I was not going to the Vuelta, it was a relief because I was tired as the crash had cost me a lot of energy. (Graham Watson Stage 6 Photo) © www.roadbikereview.com
Forty days after his crash in the Tour de France, Xavier Zandio discovered that he had a broken vertebra. The news came as a relief for him although it meant that his season ended in mid-August. But at least he found a reason for their back pain that prevented him from sleeping. After the rest period, the Team Sky rider resumed training last week to prepare for next year. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: Hushovd had a moral responsibility to help the fight against doping once he learned such a key piece of information.
The World Anti Doping Agency may have said that it doesn’t believe that Thor Hushovd violated the WADA Code when he didn’t inform authorities that Lance Armstrong had told in in 2011 that he had doped during his career, but US Anti Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart isn’t impressed. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 18, 2014





Photo: We can't take anything for granted. I just say that last year the Tour visited Arras via Valenciennes.
After this year's great drama on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles, rumors in the French press now indicate that the riders will again have to tackle pavé in the 2015 edition of the race. The confirmation is expected to come on Wednesday when the entire route will be unveiled in Paris. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Bernard Hinault
Photo: © Amstel Curcao Race.
Bernhard Hinault has given his public support to Oleg Tinkov's idea of the biggest riders in professional cycling going head to head in the three Grand Tours, suggesting that the triple challenge would be possible if the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana had easier routes. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I am very happy to have extended the contract with Lampre-Merida for the 2015 season. When you feel good in a team, the goal is to stay with that outfit.
Lampre-Merida will still count on the services of the Portuguese road and time trial champion after the team has announced that they have extended the contract with Nelson Oliveira. The Portuguese has reached an agreement with the team for the 2015 season. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The operation went well. It was not a heart operation. The cause of the arrhythmia has been found along the groin.
BMC rider Klaas Lodewyck has undergone successful surgery. The Belgian has been suffering from cardiac arrhytmia which has kept him on the sidelines since late July. "On Thursday he will undergo a cycling test to see whether the problem has definitely been resolved," his fiancée Femke Herygers tells Sporza. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I've always been a big fan of Fizik's saddles having ridden various iterations of Ariones and Aliantes but I'd happily say this Kurve Snake Aluminium is the best so far.
road.cc verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Interesting design that creates the comfiest race saddle I've tried; it'll cost you though." (road.cc)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Lots of peanuts were crushed in the making of this recipe.
As we are constantly told, whenever we complete a hard training session or race, it’s really important to eat to put back some of the energy lost and replenish nutrients to aid recovery. The trouble is that whenever you read about this in a magazine the suggested foods of choice tend to appeal to rabbits and health freaks. (irontwit.creativeblogs.net)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Scott take kids' cycling seriously. There are no cartoon characters, fluffy colours, or slacking on the technical backstory.
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Proper adult spec road race bike, just shrunk." (road.cc)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Sottani opened his inquiry while a separate investigation into Pantani’s death ongoing in Rimini, 33 miles away in the same Emilia-Romagna region..
Marco Pantani‘s 1999 Giro d’Italia expulsion is at the center of a new investigation that opened in September in Forlì, Italy. Public prosecutor Carlo Sottani is examining if the Mafia and sporting fraud had a hand in the Italian cyclist’s high haematocrit anti-doping test and dismissal while in the race leader’s pink jersey. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 17, 2014






Nairo Quintana said he is open to riding in all three grand tours next year, but the three other top stage racers likely won't join him. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Oleg Tinkov’s 1 million euro challenge to have cycling’s top four grand tour contenders race in the three grand tours of 2015 has died before it even began. The Russian businessman and owner of Tinkoff-Saxo admitted he will have to scale down his hopes or pursue the stars to do it another year.
“The sooner it happens the better it is. For the next year it may be hard,” Tinkov told Sky Sports Thursday. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: At 31 years of age, Alex Cano returns to the professional level at the Colombia team.
Once regarded as a big climbing talent, Alex Cano suddenly disappeared into anonymity. Next year he will be back in Europe as he has signed a contract with Team Colombia. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: In all likelihood, Stybar will not be defending his rainbow jersey at the 2015 UCI World Championships of Cyclocross. © Thomas Van Bracht.
With the World Cup in Valkenburg only days away, the past week has been brutal on many elite European riders, some who were planning on racing on Sunday. Sven Nys, failing to show up to Kermiscross van Ardooie from illness, is actually one of the more minor stories in this week of attrition. (cxmagazine.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Zdenek Stybar broke his collarbone and damaged shoulder ligaments Wednesday. © Patrick Verhoest.
The international Cyclocross season is heating up, with both Belgian-based series underway and the last of the Big Three, the UCI calendar, ready to kick off this weekend. (podiumcafe.com)

October 17, 2014





Photo: Europcar announced on Friday that 2015 will be its last year sponsoring a cycling team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Europcar announced Friday that it will end its partnership with the cycling team run by Jean-René Bernaudeau after 2015.
The car rental group said it will sponsor the team in 2015 at the same level as it did in 2014. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The first use of sunglasses in sport dates back roughly to the turn of the 20th century. Photography by Cor Vos
Sunglasses have evolved from a humble yet essential piece of protection in the cyclist's kit bag to an expensive fashion statement. Dave Everett and Wade Wallace look back through the archives to find some of the more memorable and outlandish examples of cycling-specific eyewear that we've seen in recent decades. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 17, 2014






Photo: Zdenek Stybar's plans to race two season ender Cyclo-cross races had been abandoned (Getty). (sbs.com.au)
Zdenek Stybar was set to kick off his off-season with his wedding. Now his crash in yesterday's Kermiscross in Ardooie has put the event under threat. On Saturday he is scheduled to step into the Sint-Antoniuskerk in Essen to marry Ine Vanden Berghe. Now his nasty crash in the Kermiscorss can throw a wrench into the works. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Shawn Farrell, at a 2011 USA Cycling National Officials' Summit. Photo by Casey B. Gibson.
USA Cycling has fired its longtime technical director, Shawn Farrell.
Farrell was terminated Thursday after 11 years in the role. USA Cycling’s communications director Bill Kellick declined an opportunity to comment, citing the situation as “an employment issue.” (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Manuele Boaro gives an example of the low elbow position in the Tour of Beijing
Tim de Waele.
The findings of a recent study from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers could instantly boost your cycling power by more than 13 percent, just by changing your posture. (bikeradar.com)

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October 19, 2014




Photo: This is not good for me and for what people think of me.
Due to the recent doping cases, UCI has decided to review Astana's WorldTour license. Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang is worried about the situation. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: the climb really starts from Uvernet-Fours where it’s 6km at 7% including a tough middle section.
Pra-Loup has only been used twice in the Tour de France. It is the the climb that defeated Eddy Merckx and is tipped to be used again in the Tour de France. Is it enough to make anyone nervous? (inrng.com)

October 19, 2014




Former pro Federico Bahamontes with Bernard Hinault
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
"It is possible to do all three Grand Tours in one year. I did it in 1958, winning the King of the Mountains classifications in the Vuelta and Tour.
The key to it, though, is how you tackle the season. You have to rest up beforehand. You can’t get to the end of March and already have 6000 kilometres of racing and training in your legs. You have to start your season later, miss out on the Tour of Andalusia and Milan-San Remo and so on." (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: The organizers are responsible for the TV production which makes it very expensive.
Today the cyclocross World Cup kicks off in Valkenburg but the competition is no longer the main criterion for consistency. "The interest outside Belgium is simply not big enough," says UCI coordinator Peter Van Den Abeele. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: It was necessary to go from sixteen to twenty riders and we have signed 8 newcomers.
With 8 new signings, Bretagne has been one of the most active teams on the transfer market. Manager Emmanuel Hubert explains the reason for his decision to make marquee signings of riders like Pierrick Fedrigo, Yauheni Hutarovich and Jonathan Hivert. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




The cover of Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk
Photo: © Cyclingnews.
If you've been following endurance mountain biking in recent years, you've probably heard the name Rebecca Rusch. After years of adventure racing around the globe, Rusch reinvented her athletic self and burst onto the mountain bike scene to win three 24-hour solo world championship titles. More recently, the Specialized rider drew plenty of attention by winning four Leadville 100 titles. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014






October 18, 2014




Photo: Former Giro d’Italia chief claims he was sacrificed to prevent bigger scandal in RCS Sport’s parent company.
Ten months after he was abruptly fired by RCS Sport, former COO Michele Acquarone had his day in court this week, tackling his former employers in an unfair dismissal case.
The former Giro d’Italia chief squared up against the Italian company and will find out next week if a quick decision will be made in relation to his firing, or if the judge will require more time and witness testimony before she can reach a decision. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Pantani’s tomb. Photo: Yuzuru Sunuda.
The mother of deceased Marco Pantani claims her son was “scared” of winning the Giro d’Italia in 1999 as speculation mounts the former cycling icon may have fallen victim to malevolent forces outside the sport. “I found pieces of paper among his belongings on which he had written ‘I’m scared of winning,'” Tonina Pantani said in Gazzetta dello Sport Saturday. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The Cyclocross World Cup has been drastically reformed. Now only riders in the top 50 of the UCI ranking have automatic entry to the races.
On Sunday, the World Cup kicks off at the Caubergcross and this year the top 50 of the UCI rankings will automatically be allowed to start. "And there are nearly 20 Belgians in the top 50," said Dutch coach Johan Lammerts. "This rule comes at the expense of the internationalization of the sport." (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014





Photo: The impact on the team could be quite serious. I don’t want to say any more than that at this stage, because it’s ongoing.
UCI president Brian Cookson has stated to the press that he is disappointed with the series of positive doping tests from Astana and that it might have serious effects on the future of the Kazakh team. The positive tests came from the Iglinsky brothers and Ilya Davidenok. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Frederik Willems has ended his active career with immediate effect. Next year e will become a sports director at his current Lotto-Belisol team.
Frederik Willems has won his farewell race in Bentille. He emerged as the strongest in the bunch sprint ahead of compatriot Stijn Devolder and Italian Manuel Quinziato. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Phil Gaimon, noted for his wit and regular writing on his blog and in other publications that dispenses impressively useless but amusing advice .
Men’s professional cycling: it’s all about glamour. Jaguar team cars; on-demand massages; garages full of the latest super-light carbon wonderbikes; worshipful fans; exotic locales with breathtaking scenery; breathtaking podium girls; the big bucks and global recognition. But then again perhaps not and for an entertaining albeit rueful look at this Real World check out “Pro Cycling on $10 a Day” by American pro Phil Gaimon, the man with with Sad Clown Face on the cover photo. That’s earning the $10, not spending it by the way. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The new team of Stefan Schumacher who is moving from the Danish team Christina Watches to Poland, will get advice from Max.Com Sport Management.
The Polish pro continental team CCC Polsat wants to join the WorldTour before the start of the 2018 season. With this goal in mind, Piotr Wadecki's team has decided to work together with an Italian professional advertising agency that will help the team in PR issues during the next five years. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Tomorrow I will race for the last time in my life, the Japan Cup. Everything comes to an end and that's the beauty of life.
Having considered prolonging his career at the new Rompoot team, Karsten Kroon has made up his mind. Tomorrow he will end his career at the Japan Cup. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: An exploded view of the MiniMoto, with its iconic asymmetrical curved arms. © Clifford Lee...
Less than a handful of years ago, cyclocross bikes were iconic for having cantilever brakes and the debate raged on about the merits and demerits of wide or narrow profile designs.  Paul Components ruled the roost in the United States with both designs, both versions using an innovative sealed bushing and spring system that made set up a breeze if you had the right 15mm wrench on hand. (cxmagazine.com)

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October 17, 2014




Photo: UCI president Brian Cookson talked with VeloNews Friday about the Astana situation and the MPCC. Photo: Franck Fife | AFP.
UCI leader Brian Cookson said Friday that the recent doping positives could be a very “serious” situation for the Astana team but that he hadn’t met with team officials regarding the incidents.
Astana, home of 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali, has come under withering pressure after two recent EPO positives by brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy and now what may be a third positive, as rider llya Davidenok returned an “adverse analytical finding” for anabolic androgenic steroids in a sample collected at the Tour de l’Avenir on August 28. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The Astana team are going to have a full review of their licence within the next month as this was the third time in the space of a few weeks that one of their riders tested positive.
Ilya Davidenok has tested positive for anabolic steroids in the Tour de l’Avenir on August 28. Davidenok, who was with the Astana development team for the last two years, has been a stagiaire with the Astana team since August 1. The future of Astana could be in doubt after a third positive test in a short period of time. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Danish rider comments in advance of UCI’s Licence Commission inquiry into team. Photography by Cor Vos
Speaking after three of his Astana team-mates were announced in the past five and a half weeks as having tested positive, Jakob Fuglsang has expressed concern at the situation and what it might do for his reputation.
“It is not good for me and what people think about me,” the Danish rider told DR Sporten. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 17, 2014





Photo: hor Hushovd makes hairy revelations in tell-all book
Thor Hushovd during this year's Arctic Race (AFP).
Who's the odd one out - former world champion cyclist Thor Hushovd, wily Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde or chunky goal-shy footballer Wayne Rooney?
The answer, of course, is Hushovd - the only of the three to have had a successful hair implant.
In fact, Norway's most famous recently-retired rider has had two of them - or so he admits in his autobiography, 'Thor', which was released in Norway on Wednesday. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: As soon as the last rider was through, the road clogged with fans. I made it one turn from the top before I was swallowed up by the mass and forced to walk the last few hundred meters over the top.
The 2005 Giro d’Italia was one of the best on record, as Paulo Savoldelli battled Gibo Simoni right to the end of the penultimate stage and the unpaved switchbacks of the 18km long Colle della Finestre. The 2015 Giro stage 20 corsa serves up the same final 55km that, riders willing, could decide the race. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014





Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Van Avermaet targets Tour, Van Genechten leaves Lotto and Lefevere extends with janom s.r.o. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Of course I want to be on the bike again tomorrow but I have no deadline. I do not want to force things.
Having been sidelined by his team due to abnormal blood values, Sergio Henao was fully cleared by his Sky team and returned to action in the Tour de Suisse. Unfortunately, he was involved in a horrific crash during the warm-up for the time trial but as he rehabilitation is going well, he now hopes to be back on his bike in December. (cyclingquotes.com)

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