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Thumbnail: Stage 2 preview: Utrecht → Zélande, 166 km (flat) . "Sunday's Tour de France Stage 2, begins at 13:15 CET (4:15 AM PST). The approximate finish is at 17:26 CET (8:26 AM PST).

Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 13:15 CET (4:15 AM PST)." (steephill.tv) (cyclingfans.com)

July 5, 2015








Thumbnail: Rohan Dennis (BMC) (Getty Images Sport). "Rohan Dennis pulled off an audacious upset on a hot and windy afternoon in Utrecht to record his first professional time trial victory and become the seventh Australian to wear the yellow jersey.

German national champion Tony Martin struggled in the conditions as he finished second, five seconds behind Dennis. Having won the last five opening tests against the clock, Fabian Cancellara could only manage third with the BMC rider upsetting the favorites." (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015







Thumbnail: Rohan Dennis after stage three of the 2015 Critérium du Dauphiné (Photo: Graham Watson) . "Australian Rohan Dennis has set a new record for the fastest Tour de France time trial in history, beating Chris Boardman’s previous mark.

Dennis rode the 13.8-kilometer opening individual time trial stage in 14 minutes and 56 seconds, clocking an average speed of 55.446kmh – Boardman’s previous record was 55.2kmh set during the 7.2km prologue of the 1994 Tour in Lille." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 4, 2015










Thumbnail: Chris Froome during the Team Presentation of the 2015 Tour de France (Watson). "Chris Froome says he is satisfied with where he stands after the opening individual time trial of the 2015 Tour de France, where riders faced heat in of around 30 degrees on the 13.8km course in Utrecht.

The Team Sky leader rode to 39th place on the stage, 50 seconds behind the stage winner and first man to wear the maillot jaune in this Tour, Rohan Dennis (BMC)." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Marc Madiot embraces French culture with frites? (Getty Images Sport). "Oleg Tinkov wants to boycott the Tour de France next year? Good on him but I’ll be there with my team! I’m a Frenchman, I have a French team and no reason to boycott the race. The Tour de France is not a product, it’s heritage.

A businessman who wants to make money in sport shouldn’t come into cycling, he’d better choose tennis or football. We have to deal with the history of our sport. It has been created by individuals or newspapers, not by federations, and that is not specific to the Tour de France. Anyway, our sponsors support us firstly and mostly because of the greatness of the Tour de France." (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Robert Millar (Getty Images). "It's all so serious this Tour de France malarkey. Everything you hear, read and are told about is of shiny, important riders who are uber professional. The truth is that by the time you've survived all the pre-race build-up and the presentation your brain is bursting from all the new information.

You get new bikes, new sunglasses, new helmets, new jerseys, new cars and plenty of new experts telling you it'll be a new contract if you do well. It's a never ending new this and new that. But all it adds up to is new stress. More stress on top of the personal stress you've already brought with you. It's all the more worrying because after being bombarded with all the latest options you realise that the only thing you don't get given as a rider is new legs.

And that's probably the main component you really could do with." (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015





2014-15 Races & Results.

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

Giro Rosa - July 3-12 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Austria - July 4-12 (Stages),

Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 5-17 (Stages),

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

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

Santos Tour Down Under 2016 - Jan 17-24 (Stages),

Tour de Suisse - June 13-21 (Results),

Aviva Women's Tour - June 17-21 (Results),

Critérium du Dauphiné - June 7-14 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015







Thumbnail: The first week of the Tour de France has often been dominated by sprinters . "Rohan Dennis upset the biggest favorites in the opening time trial and will get a unique chance to wear yellow in the firsr road stage.

However, it is unlikely to be a pleasant experience as the windy Zeeland province will greet the riders with rainy conditions which will make it a hugely nervous affair. All is set for a bunch sprint but will everyone escape the crashes that are likely to split the field?" (cyclingquotes.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Women in the bike biz - happily, an increasingly less rare sight (Getty Images). "As crazy as it sounds, sooner or later you’ll encounter a woman working in a bike shop. We offer some hints on how to communicate with this rare species, because 1) it's just polite and 2) they’re happily becoming a whole lot less rare.

We spoke to retail assistants, salespersons and mechanics to find out the most outrageous things they've been asked as women working in the bike biz, and what advice they'd give on avoiding future faux pas. The conversations actually happened. " (bikeradar.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: In this May 15, 2013, file photo, Tyler Farrar celebrates as he wins the fourth stage of the Tour of California cycling race in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/AP). "The Tour de France will begin Saturday in the Netherlands, and over the course of three weeks, the world’s top cyclists will cruise across the French countryside, hitting quaint villages and bustling towns, picturesque pastures and menacing mountains.

The peloton is a rolling, fluid mass of bicycles and athletes, converging on a single strip of asphalt from 32 nations, including 41 cyclists from France, 20 from the Netherlands, 16 from Italy, 15 from Spain, 11 from Belgium and 10 apiece from England, Germany and Australia." (washingtonpost.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Thomas Voeckler escapes on stage two of the 2014 Tour of Catalonia (Photo: Graham Watson) . "For long-standing Tour de France viewers, it’s a sight as familiar as Didi Senft, the 21 hairpins of the Alpe d’Huez or the endless publicity caravan.

But much like the Devil, who has reportedly hung up his trident due to poor health and a lack of sponsorship, an attack from Thomas Voeckler might now be a thing of the past.

With the return of time bonuses for the first time since 2007, Voeckler, who has picked up his four stage wins in the intervening years, is concerned that successful breakaways will be few and far between." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 3, 2015








Thumbnail: one for the climbers who have to survive a mini-spring classics campaign in the first week. . "Do you really want to know who’s going to win? Hopefully we’ll be kept waiting until the final mountain stage and the climb to Alpe d’Huez.

This year’s race is open with four names at the top of the bill and there’s a supporting cast to bring surprises. Here’s the preview of the main names hoping to win the yellow jersey." (inrng.com)

July 3, 2015








Thumbnail: Graham Watson ... "Saturday July 4 sees the start of the 102nd Tour de France with the Grand Départ in Utrecht. This year’s race starts with a 13.8km individual time trial to see who will wear the first yellow jersey.

Prologues and opening day time trials have been de rigeur for much of the last 35 years, which gave people with limited ambitions in the overall GC, such as Chris Boardman, the chance to wear the yellow jersey." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: One day to go until the Tour de France (Cyclingnews). "Despite having a rich palmarès that includes 11 top-10 Grand Tour finishes, four of which are podiums, 11 Grand Tour stage wins, and three seasons as the number one ranked rider, Joaquim Rodríguez is not one of the major favorites at this year’s Tour de France.

That’s not to say he won't be up there - with a palmarès like that you can never count the Katusha rider out - but up against the likes of Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana, Rodríguez finds himself as an underdog." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: There’s a requisite formula for the presentation of teams at the Tour de France and the basic concept is simple: to build the anticipation. "Yesterday the Park Lepelenburg became a cultural cycling site; a mix of sporting enthusiasts, curious locals and tourists. The formalities are almost over and we have reached the eve of the 102nd Tour.

“I knew only two Dutch terms,” Christian Prudhomme told the large crowd in Utrecht when welcomed onto the stage where the cyclists for the Tour de France would be presented moments later. “Dank u wel and alstublieft.”

Thank you. Please.

The crowd cheered and he grinned at the knowledge that cycling had allowed him to cross another cultural divide." (sbs.com.au)

July 3, 2015








Thumbnail: Mark Cavendish high fives the fans (Getty Images Sport). "Few riders in the peloton will be happier than Mark Cavendish to be back at the Tour de France.

One year ago the prolific Manxman sprinter's bid to claim the maillot jaune on home soil in the opening stage in Harrogate ended with a terrible crash.

Now looking for redemption, the 30-year-old says he comes to Utrecht in the same form as last year in Yorkshire." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) wins stage 4 at the Tour de Suisse (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "This day last year, Michael Matthews was forced to withdraw from Orica GreenEdge’s Tour de France selection just 24 hours shy of the start in Leeds due to the lingering effects of a training crash in the build-up to the race.

Twelve months on, however, Matthews is set to make his belated Tour de France debut, where he will spearhead his team’s bid to land a stage win after drawing a blank in his absence last time around." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Race leader Alex Dowsett of Great Britain and Team Movistar attends the start of stage seven of the 2014 Tour of Britain from Camberely to Brighton. (Getty Images Sport). "Alex Dowsett has admitted he was shocked to receive the news that he had been selected as one of Movistar's nine riders for the Tour de France after struggling on his return to racing following his successful hour record bid in early May.

"I'm shocked to be here, to be honest. I knew it was going to be extremely tough to turn things around after the hour record, and it was.

When I didn't finish the Dauphiné I'd pretty much written off my own chances of getting selected."" (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen wore yellow earlier this year at the Criterium du Dauphine. (Getty Images Sport). "By the time Tejay van Garderen made it to the end of the procession of journalists waiting for him at the teams’ presentation at the Tour de France on Thursday all of his teammates had already left, but such is the demand for the American’s time before this year’s race it’s little wonder that he’s being talked up as a podium contender.

A fine second place in the Criterium du Dauphine last month does no harm but neither does van Garderen’s natural enthusiasm to deliver headline-ready copy when he’s on song, both on the road and in front of a microphone." (cyclingnews.com)

July 2, 2015






Thumbnail: Tim de Waele. "It’s that time of the year again. People from all over the world will flock to the hills and flatlands of France to see one of the world’s greatest annual sporting spectacles.

Others will turn on the television and watch for hours and listen to the live race coverage. So, have you found yourself watching the Tour de France, wondering what is going on? Who is that guy riding on the front, and what team is that?

This Tour de France guide will help you identify top riders and understand the commentators because let’s face it, cycling is a world and language of its own." (velonews.com)

July 2, 2015






Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team (Bettini Photo). "Twenty-two teams and 198 riders were presented at the 2015 Tour de France in the start city of Utrecht in the Netherlands on Thursday in summery weather, which pleased the Spaniards but wilted the cool-weather fans. The unusually warm weather will heat up even more for the opening stage on Saturday, where temperatures will be near record-highs, topping out at 95F/35C.

The team presentation was a part of an outdoor festival where fans of the sport flocked to see their favourite riders and teams, along with live bands playing at the Lepelenburg Park." (cyclingnews.com)

July 2, 2015






Thumbnail: Cannondale-Garmin team manager Jonathan Vaughters at the 2015 team launch in Manhattan. Photo: Tim De Waele . "In the second half of this interview Vaughters discusses his relationship with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Roman Kreuziger’s bio-passport case, the strained relationship between the UCI and Tour organizer ASO, Sky’s thwarted attempt to house its riders in RVs at grand tours, and the different directions his life has taken outside of the pro cycling caravan." (velonews.com)

July 2, 2015






Thumbnail: Australian Richie Porte is one of the biggest names in this year's transfer market and he has confirmed a likely move from Sky. "After four years at Sky Australian Richie Porte looks set to leave the team and pursue his dreams of Grand Tour success elsewhere.

The 30-year-old, in the last year of his contract with the British super team, said management is aware he is fielding offers.

Far from being crushed by his bitter disappointment at this year's Giro d'Italia, Porte remains determined to achieve a big result in one of the three-week Grand Tours, the Giro, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana." (sbs.com.au)

July 2, 2015






"Michal Kwiatkowski leans on the windowsill of a small, dark room in his team’s Dutch hotel and looks over at the bike he came downstairs for." (velonews.com)

July 2, 2015






Thumbnail: Balint Hamvas. "Barbara Guarischi won the first road stage of the 26th edition of the Giro d’Italian on Saturday.

The Italian sprinted to victory in Kamnik, Slovenia ahead of Lucinda Brand and teammate Tiffany Cromwell." (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 4, 2015







Thumbnail: Tiffany Cromwell and Beth Duryea. "Wow! One word to sum up today: INCREDIBLE!

Where do I start? What a day for my Velocio-SRAM team with victory on the opening road stage by my teammate Barbara Guarischi. As an added bonus I had the joy of sharing the podium with her, taking third on the stage after an amazing team effort to deliver us to the line perfectly in a fast and hectic finale." (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 4, 2015







Thumbnail: Katusha stopped the clock in 5.45 . "Katusha got the Tour of Austria off to the perfect start when they took a narrow victory in the 5.3km team prologue in Vienna.

The team beat MTN-Qhubeka by less than a second to put Rudiger Selig into the first leader’s jersey in the 9-day race." (cyclingquotes.com)

July 4, 2015







Thumbnail: Written by John Wilcockson/Photos by Yuzuru Sunada. "Saturday’s opening time trial at the 102nd Tour de France gave us an early insight into how the race may pan out - the highest-place contender was Rigoberto Urán, two seconds ahead of Tejay van Garderen and three up on Vincenzo Nibali - but what’s truly key to winning this Tour is climbing.

There are the three hilltop finishes in the first half (besides the opening time trial, a cobblestone stage and the later-than-usual team time trial) and no less than five mountaintop stage finishes and another hilltop finish in the Tour’s second half. " (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen (BMC) rode to a solid 20th place, ahead of all other major GC favorites, except Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). Photo: Tim De Waele. "Don’t be surprised to see the yellow jersey taking pulls in Sunday’s second stage at the Tour de France.

Rohan Dennis ripped the legs off the peloton in the opening day of the 2015 Tour, setting a new speed record and snagging the yellow jersey.

Heady stuff for the 25-year-old, who many believe has major GC potential. Yet despite the fast start by the promising Australian, BMC Racing promises to stick to its plan to support Tejay van Garderen during this Tour." (velonews.com)

July 4, 2015








Thumbnail: Fabian Cancellara rides to third place Saturday in Utrecht. (Getty Images Sport). "Fabian Cancellara's run streak of winning the opening Tour de France time trial ended on Saturday in Utrecht at five.

The Trek rider could manage only third on the 13.8km test, six seconds slower over the crowd-packed course in Utrecht than winner Rohan Dennis and one second down on runner-up Tony Martin." (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: A lab technician analyzes samples in an anti-doping test. (AFP). "Night-time drug tests have been carried out ahead of this year’s Tour de France by the UCI’s independent testing body, the CADF.

UCI President Brian Cookson confirmed the news ahead of the Tour de France start in Utrecht, stating that riders have already been tested in the lead up to the race.

The measure means that selected riders, can we woken up during the middle of the night in order to provide samples for anti-doping agencies." (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Spanky McFarlane - Nairo Quintana. "It's going to be a huge Tour de France. I can't remember a Tour in my time as a fan (since 1996) with so many high quality general classification riders, all seemingly in good shape, and a brutal group of sprinters and puncheurs to boot.

In all that the little kiddies race for the Youth classification will likely be overshadowed but it is as interesting a field there really. Let's look at the little scamps that will be racing for White." (podiumcafe.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Tejay Van Garderen in action during Stage 8 of the 2015 Criterium du Duaphine (Watson). "Chris Froome has challenged and pushed Tejay van Garderen to a new level ahead of the 2015 Tour de France, starting in Utrecht today. The American leader of BMC Racing tweaked his training after placing second in the Critérium du Dauphiné to Froome in order to be ready for the challenges at the Tour.

Van Garderen, fifth in last year’s Tour, led the Dauphiné last month until the last day when Froome rode away. That race reminded him that he must improve his power to be able to handle those attacks." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Leopold König (Team Sky) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "One of Chris Froome's lieutenants during the high mountains of the Tour de France will be his Team Sky teammate Leopold König. The 27-year-old Czech rider has proven himself in the Grand Tours, finishing in the top 10 at all three.

Two years ago he won a mountaintop finish and placed ninth overall in the Vuelta a España while riding for the Netapp-Endura team. Last year, he finished seventh in the Tour de France, before signing with Team Sky. In May, he placed sixth in the Giro d’Italia." (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015








Thumbnail: There’s only one Grand Tour for women. "The race starts with a 2km evening prologue on Friday 3rd July in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and finishes with a Queen Stage from Verbania to San Domenico on Sunday 12th.

UPDATE: The prologue will have a delayed stream at 10:35pm CET (4:35pm U.S. Eastern, 1:35pm Pacific)." (prowomenscycling.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Mario Zorzoli with former UCI President Pat McQuaid (Getty Images Sport). "The UCI has confirmed that Dr. Mario Zorzoli will step down from his role as the Scientific Advisor and UCI doctor at the end of July.

The Italian doctor was briefly removed from his duties as in March after accusations were made against him by former professional rider Michael Rasmussen.

The Dane had given evidence in a USADA case against former Rabobank doctor Geert Leinders, and alleged that Leinders advised him to use the steroid DHEA (didehydroepiandrosterone) as a result of a recommendation from Zorzoli." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015








Thumbnail: Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) (Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl). "Bigla Pro Cycling's Annemiek Van Vleuten stormed to the prologue victory and into the first leader's jersey at the 2015 Giro Rosa on Friday evening in Slovenia's capital city Ljubljana.

The Dutchwoman covered the two-kilometer course in 2:48 minutes beating three Rabo-Liv riders; Lucinda Brand, Roxane Knetemann and Anna van der Breggen." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015








Thumbnail: Nairo Quintana wins mountain time trial, extends lead - NBC Sports. "Just moments after Vincenzo Nibali left the Tour de France's press center having picked Nairo Quintana as his favorite to win the yellow jersey, the Colombian arrived and immediately pronounced the Italian as his favorite for the title alongside Alberto Contador.

"Everyone has their favorite, and all of the riders likely to be in contention for the yellow jersey are very strong. But when you look at things seriously I think you would have to pick out Nibali and Contador as the biggest favorites," said the Colombian." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: At the Movistar team press conference, Nairo Quintana assured journalists that he was subject to anti-doping tests while training at home in Colombia. Photo: Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto ©2015. Nairo Quintana shrugged off suggestions that he’s dodging anti-doping controls when he returns home to Colombia for weeks at a time during the racing season.

Defending Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali caused ripples this week, in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, with comments that seemed to be mistranslated or misunderstood.

Nibali said “no one’s seen” Quintana, a comment that the Italian insisted was more about Quintana’s form than any suggestion that the Colombian was somehow avoiding anti-doping controls by spending weeks at a time in South America. That hasn’t stopped the insinuation from spreading." (velonews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: The Tour de France peloton has changed over the past decade. Photo: Tim De Waele. "In recent years, a lot of focus on cycling — and in particular the Tour de France — has been about how things have changed in a new, cleaner era.

While no one believes doping has been completely eradicated, so to a large extent it has at least been reduced and what remains is perhaps less effective.

The worry now is about hard-to-detect micro-doping rather than the game-changing blood doping brought on by EPO and blood transfusions.

The effect on the peloton has not gone unnoticed with the winning gaps, particularly on high mountain stages, greatly reduced." (velonews.com)

July 3, 2015








Thumbnail: The 2015 Tour de France could be Fabian Cancellara's last appearance at the race. Photo: Tim De Waele . "Veteran Fabian Cancellara will have his work cut out if he is to begin his 10th Tour de France in yellow following Saturday’s 13.8-kilometer time trial.

The 102nd edition of the Grand Boucle starts with a short race against the clock around Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The “fantastic four” overall favorites of reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali, Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador, and the two men they succeeded, 2013 Tour winner Chris Froome and 2014 Giro champ Nairo Quintana, are unlikely to challenge for the victory on Saturday, although they will be looking to make time gains or limit losses against each other." (velonews.com)

July 3, 2015








Thumbnail: Rohan Dennis answers questions from the press (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "It will feel a little different on Saturday afternoon, of course, when he hurtles through the streets of Utrecht with only hundreds and thousands of fans and a television audience of millions for company, but Rohan Dennis will hope that a dawn reconnaissance mission in May will pay dividends as he tackles the opening time trial of the Tour de France on Saturday afternoon." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015









Thumbnail: Chris Froome is all smiles (Getty Images Sport). "Chris Froome's Tour de France title defense in 2014 couldn’t have gone much worse as a series of crashes forced him out of the race with a broken wrist and hand, just five stages into the race.

A little under 12 months on, the Team Sky rider was lining up in Utrecht at the team presentation. After falling short last season, Froome is raring to get racing under way." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Tony Martin will start the time trial as a favourtire (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "One of the top favorites to capture the win in the opening 13.8km-long time trial in Utrecht on Saturday afternoon is 30-year-old German rider Tony Martin. The triple time trial world champion hopes to shake off his previous Tour de France prologue problems and finally capture the yellow jersey.

"I ride for yellow and not for the stage win. For sure it's bigger than any other time trial in the middle of the race. It's a really big opportunity for me. [...] I hope I will not beat myself," Martin said." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Scott Foil, Specialized Venge VIAS, Trek Madone. "The past week has been a feast for the eyes when it comes to new aero bikes.

We’ve seen the new Trek Madone, Specialized ViAS, and Scott Foil all undergo significant evolutions and innovations.

So, the simple question is, if you had $15k burning a hole in your pocket, which would you choose and why?" (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: MTN Qhubeka mechanic Stef van Zundert consults his notes on rider specs while assembling bikes. "As a heatwave swept Holland in the days before the start of the 2015 Tour de France, pro mechanics were working feverishly to assemble, reassemble, fine-tune and polish hundreds of bicycles.

BikeRadar went around to visit many of the mechanics as they wrenched away — many with aprons over naked torsos in the heat." (bikeradar.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Team Sky has been a dominant force since joining the WorldTour in 2009. But now links between it and a gambling interest have emerged.. "When is a WorldTour team not a WorldTour team? When it is in breach of UCI rules and perhaps should never have been issued a WorldTeam license in the first place. And this could be the case with Team Sky due to a potential conflict of interest regarding betting on cycling.

If UCI rules are applied, this conflict of interest throws Team Sky’s participation in the upcoming Tour de France into doubt. The world’s number two ranked team is owned by Tour Racing Limited which owns the WorldTeam license under which Team Sky operate." (stickybottle.com)

July 2, 2015








Thumbnail: The women’s peloton will cover 886.4km of racing over 10 days. "We’re slightly more than 24 hours from the start of the Giro Rosa. Remember how excited we were about the Aviva Women’s Tour? The Giro Rosa inspires that same sort of excitement for entirely different reasons.

While the Aviva Women’s Tour is all about the social agenda and the ‘feel good’ moments and the professionalization of the sport, the Giro Rosa is all about the racing. The Italian stage race is the only remaining Grand Tour on the professional women’s calendar. During the 10 days of racing, there are stages for everyone - the time trial specialist, the sprinter, the rouleur and the mountain goat." (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 2, 2015






Thumbnail: Pic: PezCyclingNews... "The Tour is not the only race at the moment, there is also the Giro Rosa. Astoria wine is what the girls will be spraying on the podium."

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July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Lars Boom rides the opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France, despite returning a test indicating low cortisol levels (Watson) . "The heat was on from the very first moment of the 2015 Tour de France - and the greatest race on earth proved it's just as capable of surprises and controversy as it has ever been" (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Dennis has had a busy year so far, holding the world hour record for a spell and now grabbing the Tour's yellow jersey in stage 1. Photo: Tim De Waele . "Seaside echelons, the Mur de Huy, the cobblestones of northern France, and the re-introduction of finish-line time bonuses stand between Australian Rohan Dennis and the retention of his newly-acquired yellow jersey.

Dennis would like to keep the jersey “until the team time trial,” more than a week away, he said in Saturday’s post-race press conference, but the odds - and 52 riders within a minute of his lead - are stacked against him." (velonews.com)

July 4, 2015










Thumbnail: Despite failing a pre-race MPCC cortisol test Lars Boom will start the Tour de France for Astana (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov has confirmed that Lars Boom will start the Tour de France despite failing a pre-race MPCC cortisol test.

He told a gathering of journalists the news as his riders prepared to go for a morning ride before this afternoon opening time trial of the Tour de France in Utrecht." (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Dimension Data GPS transponders are mounted on every rider's bike at the 2015 Tour de France (Ben Delaney / Immediate Media). "For the first time in Tour de France history, all riders racing in this year's event have GPS transponders on their bikes, with the live data streaming to Tour organisers thanks to technology group Dimension Data.

Each rider has a transponder mounted to his saddle rails. This will be used by every rider for every stage of the Tour." (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015







Thumbnail: Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Soudal) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "The Tour de France is a hotbed for transfer activity, with riders, agents and teams busily securing plans and building their rosters for next year.

Richie Porte has been linked to BMC Racing and Etixx QuickStep but Rigoberto Uran, Mark Cavendish, Mikel Landa, Dan Martin, Jakob Fuglsang and Michał Kwiatkowski all out of contract at the end of the season too, possibly sparking a series of significant team changes for 2016.

Who are the high profile riders looking to secure their futures as teams try to find the sponsorship to ensure their futures?" (cyclingnews.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Speed racer: Mark Cavendish has won 25 Tour stages since 2008 Photo: AFP. "Mark Cavendish’s hunt for stage wins at the Tour de France this year begins with a stressful-looking second stage along the Dutch coast from Utrecht to Zeeland, where the wind is expected to wreak havoc.

But the Manxman will set off with the support of the Belgian great Eddy Merckx, who has told The Telegraph he believes Cavendish is still the best in the world and will eventually break his record of 34 Tour stage wins. " (telegraph.co.uk)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Adam Yates in action during Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour des Fjords from Daryl Impey . "There will be no easing into things for Britain’s three Tour de France debutants this week.

Alex Dowsett is an outside favorite for the opening 13.8km time trial in Utrecht, Luke Rowe had been charged with looking after 2013 winner Chris Froome in the potentially chaotic first nine days, while Adam Yates will be working for an Orica team who believe they have a contender for almost every stage, before hitting out himself when the race hits the mountains." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Entering the forbidden highway. © Alan Schacter. "The Crystal Springs Watershed made up of 23,000 acres of pristine, undeveloped land on the peninsula south of San Francisco. It is run by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and features three reservoirs that serve as the primary collection and storage for the water supply of San Francisco.

It also is a California State Fish and Game refuge. That means limited access of this wilderness to the public. Adventure and mixed-terrain riders have often come upon the locked and fortified gates, only to look longingly at the forbidden road beyond.

Satellite maps show a collection of roads and trails that can lead the mixed-terrain rider from San Francisco to points south primarily on dirt, devoid of cars and the noises of civilization." (cxmagazine.com)

July 4, 2015






Thumbnail: Words & Image: James Startt. "The man once called the “Napoleon” of cycling, sits quietly in a corner of the Tour de France, zone technique, an area behind the finish line, reserved for television and radio coverage of the world’s biggest bike race.

For years, even decades, Cyril Guimard ruled the sport. As a rider he upstaged Eddy Merckx in the 1972 Tour de France, wearing both the yellow and green jersey at different moments in the race. And as a director he guided no less than three riders (Lucien Van Impe, Bernard Hinault and Laurent Fignon)  to seven Tour victories in the 1970’s and 1980’s." com

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Thumbnail: Lars Boom (Astana) (Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl). "Lars Boom could be kept out of the Tour de France on the eve of the Grand Départ after returning cortisol levels below the normal level. Under the agreement with the MPCC (Movement for Credible Cycling) the Dutchman would not be allowed to start, although the test is not necessarily an indication that a rider has violated anti-doping rules.

According to L'Equipe, the Astana team will not be allowed to replace Boom because the test results came after the managers meeting, so defending champion Vincenzo Nibali could be left to race with only seven teammates." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: UCI president Brian Cookson (briancookson.org). "As cycling braces itself for the busiest three weeks of the year, Cyclingnews sat down with UCI President Brian Cookson in Utrecht on the eve of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France to discuss some of the biggest challenges faced by the sport's governing body in recent months.

First on the agenda was the power struggle currently taking place between the sport's stakeholders: UCI, teams, and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) - which runs the Tour de France - are at loggerheads over reforms to the structure of cycling." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015







Thumbnail: BMC boss Jim Ochowicz thinks his star GC rider Tejay van Garderen can land on the Tour podium in Paris. Photo: Tim De Waele. "BMC Racing uttered the “P word” on Friday. Not just once, but over and over again. Confidence is sky high, and the U.S.-registered team is buzzing that Tejay van Garderen can aspire to finish in the top 3 at the Tour de France.

“Is the podium possible? Absolutely,” BMC Racing general manager Jim Ochowicz said. “This is the best Tejay we’ve ever seen.”" (velonews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Andrew Talansky won the stars-and-stripes jersey at this year's U.S. national time trial championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson . "Andrew Talansky was on the form of his life last summer, fresh off a victory over Alberto Contador at the Criterium du Dauphiné, when fate intervened.

A crash in the Tour de France’s stage 7 sent him off the back, chasing, his back contorted, alone in televised tears. He would finish barely inside the time cut on stage 11 but would abandon the next day.

It was an imperfect end to what had the makings of a perfect summer campaign." (velonews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Fabio Aru finished second in the Giro d'Italia but will not race in the Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele. "The 102nd Tour de France starts with perhaps its deepest GC field ever, with four five-star favorites and a host of other riders banging on the podium door.

But there are more than a few major names who are not racing. Here’s a quick list of who’s not here, and why." (velonews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Shane Stokes. "With thunderstorms looking like a distinct possibility in the days ahead, Sean Kelly has said that some of the key race favorites will likely be unsettled by the prospect of slippery, tricky conditions and the realization that this could greatly threaten their Tour chances.

“If we get good weather, little wind, dry conditions, it will make it much more safer. But if we get wet weather conditions…I am sure the riders will have been looking at the forecast over the last two, three weeks." (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Thibaut Pinot is leading FDJ's GC ambitions (Getty Images Sport). "Thibaut Pinot will be able to count on total backing from his FDJ teammates as he attempts to repeat or improve on last year's third place finish in the Tour de France.

FDJ manager Marc Madiot repeatedly underlined his team's focus on Pinot in the French outfit's pre-race press conference, emphasizing that sprinter Arnaud Démare will only be allowed opportunities in bunch finishes if Pinot's interests are already secure." (cyclingnews.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Tim Wellens cools off on stage five of the 2015 Dauphine-LIbere. "It might be an all male peloton that rolls out of Utrecht this weekend, but the 2015 Tour de France could get through its fair share of women’s hosiery during the Grand Depart in the Netherlands.

Teams have turned to women’s tights full of ice to keep cool in the hot conditions, where temperatures have already exceeded 35 degrees and are expected to remain hot and muggy this weekend for the opening 13.8km time trial and Sunday’s 166km road stage to Zealand." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Georgia Gould doesn't lose concentration just because she was gapped by the race leader on course. "Getting dropped is a bummer, no matter what kind of ride you’re doing. Whether you fall off the back of your shop's weekly group ride, or can't keep up with the lead group during a pro race, it’s an unpleasant feeling, and it can mess with your head.

We asked experts for their best nuggets of physical, mental, and emotional advice to help you get back in the game." (bicycling.com)

July 3, 2015






Thumbnail: Living with the Amazon Echo. "After the failure of the Fire Phone and the so-so Fire TV, it was hard to get excited about Amazon's $180 Echo wireless speaker.

At best, it seemed like a superfluous device that simply mimicked voice-powered tech from our phones in monolithic speaker form.

At worst, it felt like yet another way for the company to insert itself into your life -- all in an effort to make you buy more crap from Amazon. I'll admit, I wasn't in any rush to nab an Echo of my own after it was first announced (Prime members with a special invite were able to get it for $99).

And, curiously, Amazon didn't make review units available at the time, either. But now that Echo is widely available to everyone, I was finally able to get my hands on one to test out. Surprisingly enough, I ended up falling for it big time." (engadget.com)

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