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Thumbnail: Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2015 Volta a Portugal . "Saturday''s Tour of Portugal Stage 3 departs at --pm local (--am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at around --pm local (--pm U.S. Eastern). 

Tour du Portugal live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm local (10:00am U.S. Eastern, 7:00am Pacific)."
(cyclingfans.com)

August 1, 2015






Thumbnail: Fabio Aru had a sterling final two mountain stages (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Fabio Aru has played down any suggestions of tension and rivalry with Vincenzo Nibali after the Astana team confirmed that both Italians will target the Vuelta a Espana.

The third and final Grand Tour of the 2015 season had always been Aru’s major goal after the Giro d’Italia but he will now line-up alongside Nibali, who announced he will ride in Spain via Twitter on Friday.

Mikel Landa – who finished third overall at the Giro d’Italia but who is set to join Team Sky for 2016, will also be part of the Astana quality line-up as the Kazakhstani team takes on Alejandro Valverde, Tejay van Garderen  and perhaps even Tour de France winner Chris Froome in late August."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 1, 2015





2014-15 Races & Results.

Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian - Aug 1 (Race),

Sparkassen Giro - Aug 2 (Race),

Tour de Pologne - Aug 2-8 (Stages),

Tour of Utah - Aug 3-9 (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 Wallonie - July 25-29 (Results),

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

La Course by Le Tour de France - July 26 (Results),

Giro Rosa - July 3-12 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)

August 1, 2015







Thumbnail: I'm mentally and physically more fresh than before. I'm ready to go. "Etixx Quick-Step has announced the selection that will participate in Tour de Pologne, a seven-stage, 1076km race starting on August 2nd, and ending on the 8th of August.

The 72nd edition of Tour de Pologne, a UCI WorldTour race, will feature a crucial final ITT in Krakow. The 25km parcours is completely flat and not very technical.

This could be one for the specialists in the time trial discipline, and could also allow some GC contenders who aren't pure climbers to make a difference in their overall position."
(cyclingquotes.com)

August 1, 2015







Thumbnail: Race Info, Preview, Live Video, Results, Photos and Highlights. "Stage 1 start time: Sunday 14:00 CET (5:00AM PST)

Earliest live video: 15:00 CET (6:00AM PST).

Approximate finish: 16:45 CET (7:45AM PST)."
(steephill.tv)

August 1, 2015







Thumbnail: ... "Delio Fernandez is a strong climber who has gone really well for the W52-Quinta de Lixo team in recent seasons.

In 2013 he won a stage of the Volta a Portugal and last year he was third overall while supporting winner Gustavo Cesar Veloso. This year he was eighth on the big summit finish in the Vuelta Communidad de Madrid and was fifth overall behind WorldTour riders and Pello Bilbao in the Vuelta Castilla y Leon. "
(cyclingquotes.com)

July 31, 2015







Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali on stage nineteen of the 2015 Tour de France (Watson) . "Vincenzo Nibali has confirmed he will ride the Vuelta a España, starting August 22, with Astana naming three potential general classification contenders in in their squad.

Nibali will join the Kazakh team’s Giro d’Italia podium finishers Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa after finishing fourth in the Tour de France, which finished on July 26."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 31, 2015







Thumbnail: Nairo Quintana climbed to second place and the best young rider jersey in the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele. "Nairo Quintana, hot off a second-place finish at the Tour de France, is still on the bubble about whether he’ll race the Vuelta a España.

The Colombian said he’s waiting on word from Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué before outlining the remainder of his 2015 racing season.

“We are deciding if we’ll do the Vuelta or not. We’ll make a decision shortly,” Quintana said in an interview released by Movistar. “Right now, I am trying to rest and disconnect, while I wait to see what Eusebio decides.”

Movistar would like to see the climbing sensation at the Vuelta, where he crashed out last year following a pair of spills, but Quintana admitted he is tired from his hard effort at the Tour."
(velonews.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) and third place finisher, Lotta Lepistö (Bigla). "While Marianne Vos is listed as a participant to ride in this year’s Sparkassen Giro in Bochum, Germany, on Sunday, the defending champion recently announced that she will not race this season due to lingering injuries.

That decision puts last year’s runner-up Giorgia Bronzini and third place finisher, Lotta Lepistö, in the spotlight as likely race winners. Also worth considering, is current World Cup leader, Lizzie Armitstead, who’s hoping to retain her grip on the overall standings.

The women will face a mostly flat 124 kilometer course, which consists of 8 laps of a 15.5 kilometer circuit."
(capovelo.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) celebrates (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Belgian national coach Carlo Bomans will not finalize his team for the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond until September 7, but he says that if they are on form, Tom Boonen, Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet are certain to be in the squad.

Van Avermaet is Belgium's top-ranked rider in the WorldTour rankings in 17th, thanks to his Tour de France stage victory and podium finishes in Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. Gilbert is only ranked 75th, behind Sep Vanmarcke, Jurgen Roelandts, Tiesj Benoot, Jens Debusschere, Jens Keukeliere and Stijn Vandenbergh. Boonen, who was injured during the Classics after crashing in Paris-Nice, has since won a stage in the Tour of Belgium and the Rund um Köln."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: The stage was by no means easy, with a cat 3 and cat 2 climb. "Vicente Garcia is not a big name in the cycling world, but since signing for Portuguese team Louletano midway through 2014, he has notched up some credible results, like fourth behind Michael Matthews in the Vuleta a la Rioja in 2014, sixth in the Spanish Road Race and 7th in a stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, showing he has a fast finish on hard days.

Today he took his first pro win when he came by late attacker Jose Goncalves just 20m from the line and no one could match him after a long 5 hours in the saddle on a lumpy course."
(cyclingquotes.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Alejandro Valverde attacks during stage 20 (Getty Images Sport). "Federico Martín Bahamontes has urged Alejandro Valverde to try to improve on his third place in the 2015 Tour de France and go for the overall win next July.

Speaking to Spanish news agency EFE, Bahamontes predicted Valverde "will go for another Tour, because if he's finished third, then it's his obligation to go for second or first."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 30, 2015







Thumbnail: The race is normally won by a rider coming from the Tour de France. "A week after the Tour de France it is time for the next important race on the calender, the Clásica Ciclista San Sebastián.

The Spanish classic goes through the Basque Country and the route is difficult. The riders face lots of climbs but the race will likely be won on the final climb the Bordako Tantorra, a 2.5K long climb with very steep gradients.

Last year Valverde managed to win on the same course the riders face this year, the course suits Valverde perfectly and he again seems to be the big favorite."
(cyclingupdates.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) at the start line (Bettini Photo). "Roman Kreuziger will head up the Tinkoff-Saxo team for the Clásica San Sebastián, stepping in for Alberto Contador who stopped his season early due to illness.

Kreuziger will be joined in the WorldTour event by Matteo Tosatto, Manuele Boaro, Jesus Hernandez, Sergio Paulinho, Pavel Brutt, Oliver Zaugg and Chris Juul-Jensen."
(cyclingnews.com)m

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: The 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour (Abu Dhabi Tour). "After staging its first professional race, Abu Dhabi has confirmed that it will play host to the inaugural UCI Cycling Gala at the end of this year.

The UCI Gala is set to take place at the Yas Marina Formula One circuit following the final night stage on Sunday, October 11. It will celebrate the close of the WorldTour season, with an award ceremony to crown the individual, team and national winners."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Ryan Mullen in the U-23 men's TT at the 2014 World Road Championships . "Irish time trial champion Ryan Mullen is set to sign for Cannondale-Garmin, Cycling Weekly understands.

The 20-year-old, who missed out on winning the World under-23 time trial title in Ponferrada by just 0.48 seconds last year, is likely to become a stagiare from August, before signing a two-year permanent contract from January 2016.

Mullen has spent the last two seasons with the Irish AnPost-Chain Reaction team. CW today contacted Cannondale and AnPost for comment, but has yet to receive a reply."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Cycling's biggest event is still plagued by Lance Armstrong's long shadow. "Chris Froome's signature move of the 2015 Tour de France was his Stage 10 climb up to La Pierre-St. Martin.

One by one, cycling's elite fell to Froome's pace. First was defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali. Then Alberto Contador and Tejay Van Garderen peeled away.

Then -- and this was most shocking -- Nairo Quintana was forced to back off. The 25-year-old Colombian rider was supposed to be the field's best climber, and had anticipated taking time away from better all-around riders in the Pyrenees. But when locked in a duel with Froome, with more than six kilometers to go, Quintana wilted. He finished one minute and four seconds back of the winner.

Froome immediately faced accusations about the legitimacy of his win, that he had doped or even that he had a motor hidden on his bike."
(sbnation.com)

July 29, 2015








Thumbnail: This is 100 percent my decision. "Tejay van Garderen and Samuel Sánchez headline the BMC Racing Team's roster for the Vuelta a España, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Wednesday.

Van Garderen will make his first appearance in the Vuelta since 2010. He withdrew from the Tour de France last week due to illness while sitting third overall. Sánchez, runner-up at the Vuelta in 2009 and third in 2007, was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher at the Tour de France, in 12th place."
(cyclingquotes.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Niki Terpstra held onto race lead at Wallonie with one stage remaining (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Danny Van Poppel confirmed that he has made an amazing progress when he took his second stage win on the final stage of the Tour de Wallonie.

In a finale made for puncheurs, he accelerated hard the final time up the Mur de Thuin and managed to distance the pre-race favorites by 3 seconds, with Philippe Gilbert beating Matti Breschel in the sprint for second."
(cyclingnews.com) (cyclingquotes.com)

July 29, 2015






July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: The win goes to Adam Yates (Orica GreenEdge) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Orica-GreenEdge rider attacks on final climb.

Gilbert second, Valverde third."
(cyclingnews.com)




August 1, 2015







Thumbnail: Richie Porte's arrival at BMC Racing will give the team a new Australian GC rider a year after the retirement of Cadel Evans. "In what was one of cycling’s worst-kept secrets, Richie Porte will join BMC Racing in 2016.

Team officials confirmed Saturday what had already been widely reported. The 30-year-old Tasmanian will join BMC to lead in one-week stage races and present the team with an additional card for the grand tours.

“We officially welcome Richie to the BMC Racing Team,” BMC’s manager Jim Ochowicz said in a team release. “Richie’s addition to our roster for next year adds extra muscle and a wealth of experience. It also gives us the chance to separate and/or unite our strategies and goals as we see fit throughout the season.”
(velonews.com)

August 1, 2015






Thumbnail: Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) (Getty Images Sport). "Wiggle-Honda have announced the signing of Swedish national champion Emma Johansson for the 2016 season.

Johansson, who is currently second in the World Cup standings, joins the team on a two-year contract. However, it appears that only one of those will be spent as a rider as she is set to bring her career to a close with the Belgian-registered team next season."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 1, 2015






Thumbnail: Team Sky on stage nine of the 2015 Tour de France . "The winners of the UCI WorldTour 2015 ranking competition will be awarded at an inaugural UCI Cycling Gala this autumn.

Bookending the 2015 season at the first ever edition of the four-stage UCI 2.1 Abu Dhabi Tour from October 8-11 will be the awards ceremony held on the grounds of the Yas Marina Formula One circuit.

Last year’s individual champion, Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde, currently leads the rankings once again from Team Sky’s Chris Froome by 60 points on 482."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 1, 2015






Thumbnail: Week by week I hope to be better than its peak at the World Championships . "Because of a crash at Paris-Nice in March, Tom Boonen missed Classic races, suffered from his shoulder.

But the Belgian rider made his return to racing at the Tour of Turkey. According to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the Etixx-Quick Step rider will be present at Eneco Tour in order to improve his physical condition to be at the top for the World Championships."
(cyclingquotes.com)

August 1, 2015







Thumbnail: Richie Porte was able to drop Quintana to finish second. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "August 1 ushers in the official start to the cycling transfer window with teams officially allowed to announce new signings for the 2016 season.

A number of marquee signings, such as Richie Porte from Team Sky to BMC and Michał Kwiatkowski from Etixx QuickStep to Team Sky are yet to be confirmed but it appears only a matter of time before press releases from their respective new teams will be issued.

Porte has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the American team, while Kwiatkowski is set to bring current national teammate Michał Gołaś along with him to Team Sky."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Alejandro Valverde takes his Tour podium finish into Saturday's Clasica San Sebastian. Photo: Tim De Waele. "There’s no rest for the weary, at least not in cycling. Less than a week after the barriers were taken down on the Champs-Élysées, the cycling world reconvenes in arguably what is Europe’s most beautiful seaside town for one of the calendar’s most demanding one-day races.

The Clásica San Sebastián, now its in 35th edition, offers up a thrilling battle over the steep mountains of Spain’s Basque Country. Also known as Donostia-Donostia Klasikoa in Basque, the race draws a highly explosive mix of riders coming off the Tour, and others building into form for late-season goals, such as the Vuelta a España and the UCI Road World Championships."
(velonews.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Ben Swift (Team Sky). (Team Sky). "Ben Swift hasn’t raced for three months, but he’s not letting that dampen his ambition of tasting victory at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.

Though he won a stage of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in March, the British rider’s season was derailed when he pulled out of the Vuelta al País Vasco due to fatigue and then crashed out on the opening day of the Tour de Yorkshire - a race based in his home region.

That crash left him needing shoulder surgery but the recovery has gone smoothly and he is now looking to make up for the disappointment of last year’s RideLondon, where he was narrowly edged out in the sprint by Adam Blythe."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Laura Trott is one of three cyclists to wear cameras fixed to their helmets in the RideLondon Grand Prix. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images . "The third edition of the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix will feature a world first for cycling with footage from tiny cameras fixed to the helmets of the leading riders to be broadcast as part of live coverage of the race.

The men’s and women’s pelotons have both experimented with streaming on-bike footage this season but the women’s Grand Prix on Saturday will be the first time the images have taken viewers directly to the heart of the action."
(theguardian.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: At 2.6 ounces and just over an inch cubed, the Session will go places no other GoPro has gone before. "The size and durability of the Hero4 Session make it one of the most versatile action cameras on the market. Its impressive battery life and one-button control also make it the easiest to operate.

At $399, the smaller Hero4 Session costs the same as the much higher-performance Hero4 Silver. 

A powerful camera with a tiny footprint that can mount almost anywhere. It's tough and designed to capture high quality video of any action sport."
(outsideonline.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Getting your saddle height right will improve your comfort and efficiency on the bike. Phil Burt has worked as a consultant for Team Sky, helping to fit the team to their Pinarello Dogma F8 – Geraint Thomas’ saddle height is marked above. "Changing your saddle height is one of the simplest adjustments you can make to your bike, but one which arguably brings the most benefits.

Finding your optimal saddle height can boost your pedalling efficiency (Burt calls it the ‘Holy Grail for power’), enhance the comfort of your ride and, most importantly, help to avoid long-term injuries.

It’s important, therefore, to find your optimal position, and there are a number of methods to do so, with a host of factors affecting your saddle height – typically measured as the distance from the bottom bracket to the top of the saddle – including saddle setback, cleat position and crank length."
(roadcyclinguk.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: After a long road to recovery from a blood-flow problem in his leg and a jump to a new team, Joe Dombrowski has finally found himself in the mix on the climbs again. Photo: Tim De Waele. "American Joe Dombrowski holds himself to exceptionally high standards, as all pros should. He was fourth overall at the Tour of California in May and is set to start his first grand tour in August at the Vuelta a España, yet with all that success both past and impending, Dombrowski tends to be level-headed in his assessment of his results.

While many hailed his finish at the Tour of California, Dombrowski was lukewarm on his result. Perhaps that’s because Dombrowski knows what’s at stake after looking in from the outside for the better part of two seasons."
(velonews.com)

July 30, 2015








Thumbnail: UCI President Brian Cookson said he's concerned about fans getting too close to riders during races. Photo: Tim De Waele . "World cycling chief Brian Cookson has warned of a rise in “hooliganism” on Tour de France routes and said winner Chris Froome was the target of nasty insults.

After one of the most controversial races in recent years, Cookson also told AFP in an interview that the number of “tired” riders on the Tour made him believe tougher doping tests are having an impact.

“There were some regrettable incidents on the Tour,” the UCI president said on the sidelines of International Olympic Committee meetings in Kuala Lumpur.

“I am worried about the beginnings of an element of hooliganism coming towards our sport which we have largely been able to avoid in recent years."

“Everyone needs to be a little bit careful for the future.”
(velonews.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: An early win for his new team in Mallorca. "Steve Cummings has been around on the pro scene for quite a while and every year he adds a win to his palmarès and this year it was a big one; stage 14 of the Tour de France. Steve is not the first rider you would think of when you see a summit finish to the parcour, but on that day to Mende he used cunning and perfect timing to outwit the French pair of Pinot and Bardet. Under rated? Many team leaders have said they would love to have Cummings in their team.

Outside of the montagnes – the best stage finish of Le Tour? Tony Martin’s to take yellow? It was good, for sure – but for me it has to be Steve Cummings dazzling display on Stage 14 into Mende. An under rated rider but on his day one of the very best – we caught up with him on the Tour’s second rest day in Gap."
(pezcyclingnews.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: MTN has been a long-term sponsor. "He sounded somewhat blindsided by the news that MTN had decided that it wouldn’t continue with the team next season, not least because the squad’s debut Tour de France exceeded all expectations, but Douglas Ryder is clear that the future remains bright for his team.

The South African MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal spoke at length to CyclingTips this week, saying that he was taken unawares by the timing of the announcement. However he said that things are looking good for the squad and that a momentum has been building. "
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Chris Opie (ONE Pro) celebrates victory at the Stockton Grand Prix (One Pro Cycling/SWpix). "ONE Pro Cycling have submitted an application for a UCI Professional Continental license for 2016, and could become the first British team to join cycling’s second tier.

The team, which was founded by former England cricketer Matt Prior, started out in February this year at Continental level but is moving fast and has even loftier ambitions of competing in the Tour de France in the future."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Tour de France Stage 05 : Arras - Amiens Metropole Crash Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA . "The opening week of the 2015 Tour de France was marred by crashes, which saw a number of very high-profile casualties, including Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin, both of whom were forced out of the race with injuries while wearing the yellow jersey.

There are a number of contributing factors in what causes crashes, but we thought we’d ask Cycling Weekly readers for their opinion on what they think is at the root of the problem.

It was a controversial question, with some complaining that we shouldn’t be asking it – but when crashes have so heavily shaped the race – in this and previous editions of the Tour – it is something worthy of discussion."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Phil Gaimon (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits) (Sam Wiebe). "“Bzzzzz” went the tattoo needle.

My sister has a tattoo. If she can do it, I can do it. This is important. I’m a tough pro bike racer. I won’t feel the pain.

“Bzzzzz.”

After an hour of feeling a lot of pain, I had a Fight Club-esque bar of soap with the word CLEAN on my right bicep, where it would stand out if I could ever manage to win a race. It was poorly done (I got it touched up twice before so that it wasn’t embarrassing), but I was proud when I limped out of there, legs still sore from finishing nine minutes down, in 34th place, at the US National Championships road race in Greenville that morning."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 29, 2015






July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Pic: PezCyclingNews... "A Columbian fan at the Tour de France, on this Saturday of San Sebastien in Spain - never a dull moment in pro cycling." (pezcyclingnews.com)
















August 1, 2015





Thumbnail: Eurosport is also broadcasting Saturday's Women's RideLondon GP race. "The 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is being held Sunday, August 2.  Eurosport is among the TV networks covering this live.

Eurosport is also broadcasting Saturday's Women's RideLondon GP race.

Live streaming video (Sunday): 2:30pm BST (3:30pm CET - 9:30am U.S. Eastern, 6:30am Pacific)"
(cyclingfans.com)

August 1, 2015








August 1, 2015






Thumbnail: Sir Bradley Wiggins in action during the Men’s Individual Time Trial at London 2012. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images . "RideLondon Surrey Classic is the most testing one-day race on British roads this year and in a strong lineup one name stands out: Bradley Wiggins.

All eyes will be on Team Wiggo, who race in retro red and blue jerseys that echo the colors once sported by the all-conquering Great Britain team. Sunday’s race provides a rare chance to see the 2012 Tour de France champion on the roads where he claimed Olympic time-trial gold also that year."
(theguardian.com)

August 1, 2015







Thumbnail: Taylor Phinney (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "BMC Racing's Peter Stetina and Taylor Phinney will return to racing following lengthy rehabilitation for similar leg injuries at the 2015 Tour of Utah.

Stetina broke his tibia and patella on his right knee when he crashed into an unprotected bollard in the road during the finish of stage 1 of the Vuelta a Pais Vasco on April 6 this year.

In June, Stetina reported a breakthrough in progress after having the wiring that held his kneecap together removed, and he began to aim to return to racing before the season's end.

Phinney's rehabilitation has taken much longer due to the severity of his injury. He has been out of competition since May, 2014, when a motorcycle stopped in his path on the descent from Lookout Mountain in the USA Cycling Professional National Championships. He suffered a compound fracture of his tibia, a disclocated fibula, shattered his kneecap, and severed his patellar tendon when he crashed into a guard rail."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 1, 2015






Thumbnail: Mara Abbott (US National Team) sprays the bubbly after retaining her lead in the Giro Rosa (CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net). "This is not a column about the Giro Rosa - or at least not directly. This is a column about the afterglow.

The afterglow?

You know... when you wake up in a panic trying to conjure up some memory of that day's elevation profile - and then realize with a luxurious exhale that you are between the sheets of your bed at home. When you find your muscles and nerves so fatigued that they twitch spontaneously at rest, yet you can soothe them by thinking... "shh... it's over...""
(cyclingnews.com)

August 1, 2015














July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Samples collected at the Tour will be tested for FG-4592, and it will also be done in upcoming races. "In the wake of the first two positive tests for the blood-boosting drug FG-4592, the UCI has confirmed that the samples of riders who competed in the Tour de France will be screened for the substance.

Nicknamed oxygen in a pill, FG-4592 is an EPO-like medication which can be taken in tablet form. This differs from EPO, which needs to be injected and which also must be stored at a certain temperature.

It went through phase II clinical trials but in May 2007 this was temporarily suspended following the death of a trial participant due to fulminant hepatitis."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 31, 2015







Thumbnail: Dr Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004. (AFP). "After eight months, the Italian Padova investigation into Michele Ferrari and his supposed clients is set to come to a close without any further action. According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the 550-page Padova document is to be filed away without any court referrals.

"My wrongdoing was decided by only the cycling federation with an internal measure. In November, after years, the Regional Tribunal in Lazio discussed my appeal. I have also asked for compensation,” said Ferrari."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: As far as drug names go FG-4592/ASP1517 isn’t particularly catchy. "Recent positive drug tests by two cyclists suggest there is a new substance that’s going through clinical trials that increases production of red blood cells, and still not approved for human consumption.

We’re talking about FG-4592/ASP1517. Dr Ben Koh and Matt de Neef investigate."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Thibaur Pinot wins stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France. (Bettini Photo). "We were hoping for a stage victory in the Alps and we got it with Thibaut Pinot at L’Alpe d’Huez. As a team FDJ has had a very complicated Tour de France, especially in the first week.

Now it’s time for the transfer window but I can’t afford to recruit riders at a big salary. Some of my colleagues dream of making business with buying and selling riders like clubs do in football but I’m definitely not interested in that kind of business. I have a much bigger passion for developing riders and living the adventure together with them on a long term basis.

Rich people like Andy Rihs and Tinkov spend their personal money in hiring expensive cyclists, and it’s their choice and I respect it. I don’t have that kind of money to throw away and I contribute to my sport in a different way."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: recruitment tends to track national roots. "Peloton, soigneur, bidon. The lexicon of pro cycling has many French words and stagiaire, French for “intern”, is the topic du jour. It refers to riders who join a pro team on a trial basis from 1 August to the end of the season.

It applies to an elite or U23 rider who has not ridden for World Tour or Pro Conti team before. A stagiaire cannot ride World Tour races, only Continental level races and they may race for their amateur club or team during the trial period if they want.

World Tour and Pro Conti teams make take three stagiaires from 1 August onwards, Continental and Women’s teams may take two."
(inrng.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: Stage 7 podium (l-r): Fernando Gaviria (Colombia), Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep), Jakub Mareczko (Italy) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Etixx Quickstep today announced the signing of two riders as trainees for the remainder of the season and will then continue as neo-pros for the next two years.

Fernando Gaviria, 20, the reigning Omnium world champion and winner of two stages at the Tour de San Luis had already been linked to the team after demonstrating his sprint prowess in the Argentinean race."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 31, 2015






Thumbnail: All of the file names that Koen de Kort gives his Strava rides. Hilarious stuff.. "Over the last few weeks the folks at both Strava and TrainingPeaks have been sending me occasional (or daily in some cases) updates of each file upload to their respective services for all riders in the Tour de France that have made the data public.  Many times this includes power data, while other times it’s just GPS & speed/heart rate/cadence data.

But fear not – no matter what data is there, pretty much all of the files will make you feel lazy.  I’ve taken all of the data they’ve sent over and consolidated together into a comprehensive list.  Note that this only includes full second by second data (no ‘total average’ type stuff)."
(dcrainmaker.com)

July 31, 2015
















July 30, 2015







Thumbnail: Tom Danielson will look to score a third consecutive Tour of Utah victory next week, but Chris Horner will make the start as well hoping to climb onto the top step of the overall podium after two straight second-place finishes. Photo: Casey B. Gibson. "The Tour of Utah has announced the provisional start lists for its men’s and women’s races, and both reigning champions will return to defend their titles — though they’ll face plenty of opposition.

2013 and 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah champion Tom Danielson will pursue a record third consecutive overall victory in the men’s race, which runs from August 3 to August 9. Joe Dombrowski, who was named the Best Young Rider and finished fourth overall at the 2012 Tour of Utah, will also make the start for Cannondale-Garmin.

“The Tour of Utah is one of the toughest races in the world. I am super proud to be two-time defending champion of this race,” said Danielson. “The state of Utah and the race are one of a kind and I look forward to coming back with my teammates to defend my title.”
(velonews.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Carlos Oyarzun of Chile was expelled from this month’s Pan American Games after testing positive for FG-4592. Credit Jorge Saenz/Associated Press. "Recent positive drug tests by two cyclists suggest there is a new, cutting-edge substance making its way to athletes looking for performance-enhancement: FG-4592, an experimental drug that increases production of red blood cells but has not yet been approved for human consumption.

Athletes have long found surreptitious means of obtaining banned performance-enhancing drugs, but with FG-4592, there actually may be a far more straightforward way - simply by ordering it from chemical-supply companies online."
(nytimes.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: o ride a race successfully takes planning, preparation and team tactics (Jack Chevell). "There’s a lot more to road racing than simply getting out there and going as fast as you can. All teams in the professional peloton go into races with a clear pre-race strategy. This means it’s not good enough simply being or having the strongest rider – you need to get your tactics right too.

From choosing the right riders for the course, to having a plan for every scenario in the race, the right preparation and good cycling race tactics gives you the best chance of success."
(bikeradar.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: So how did become a morning person? "Apologies for the tardiness of this post, I pressed snooze a couple times too many. Early mornings and late nights, are catching up on me.

Not many people are granted the luxury of pro hour riding. I, like many people who work 9-5, fit my riding in before work. That means an early start.

Getting up early every day is hard, especially when you have to cram a lot into your day. I’m relatively used to it now."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Serge Pauwels (MTN-Qhubeka) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Serge Pauwels topped the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker charts as the rider who spent the most amount of time in a breakaway during this year’s Tour de France.

According to the Tour Tracker’s breakaway data, the MTN-Qhubeka rider spent a total of 17:19:20 hours in breakaways during the three weeks of racing."
(cyclingnews.com)


July 30, 2015


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