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Photo: Giro del Trentino's overall race leader, Cadel Evans (BMC), receives podium kisses following Stage 2.
Australian fends off Pozzovivo and retains overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Fabio Aru (Astana) on the podium in the white jersey at the Giro del Trentino.
Young Astana rider expected to impress at the Giro d'Italia. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014





Photo: Team Sky has revealed its roster for this year's Giro d'Italia / Tour of Italy .
Team Sky's line-up for the 2014 Giro d'Italia, which starts in Belfast and Dublin next month, will include Irish rider Philip Deignan in his first Grand Tour for the team. (roadcycling.com)

April 24, 2014





Photo: 2014 will see the running of the 100th edition of LBL.
Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege departs Liege at 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Ans at around 4:49pm CET (10:49am U.S. Eastern).  Liege-Bastogne-Liege live streaming video should get underway at around *12:30pm CET (*6:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Trek Factory racing had a mixed day... © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Arrendondo impresses with eleventh but Andy Schleck forced to abandon with knee pain. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014





Photo: Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) gets ready for the recon.
German says sampling Tour's opening two stages was "well worth the trip." (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Rui Costa and Lampre-Merida teammate Damiano Cungeo.
Cunego, Costa and Ulissi all caught up in crash with 3km to go. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Andy is joined by his brother Frank on the Trek Factory Racing team. (James Startt).
With his last success in 2011, the younger Schleck aims for a result at Liege. (bicycling.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: if you don’t, and you have no intention on racing cyclocross, I would steer you towards a gravel bike.
The modifier of this title, “gravel,” is a little off-putting. Yes, you’ll most likely touch some gravel at one point or another, but you’re far more likely to encounter good ol’ dirt. (competitivecyclist.com)

April 24, 2014





Photo: Being sold direct-to-consumer, Verve has chosen to setup a network of Affiliates worldwide who essentially are customer ambassadors for the brand.
Australian specialists Verve Cycling have new power metering cranks, dubbed InfoCranks, the 110BCD forged aluminum crankset offers a light weight and reasonably (or rather more) affordable way to get left-right balance power data. (bikerumor.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: The new SRAM WiFLi PowerdomeX cassette.
SRAM has added new cassettes to its growing range of climb-assist WiFLi transmission technology –11-32 and 11-30 PowerdomeX clusters, costing $374. (bikeradar.com)

April 24, 2014








Photo: Alejandro Valverde wins the 2014 Fleche Wallonne Credit: Watson .
Alejandro Valverde out-paces rivals on Mur de Huy to take victory; Dan Martin places second. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 23, 2014







Photo: Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo-Liv) wins the 2014 Women's Flèche Wallonne. © AFP Photo
French rider tops Armitstead, Longo Borghini atop the Mur de Huy. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014





Photo: Cadel Evans on the podium after taking the overall lead on Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour of Trentino .
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) climbed to the top of the general classification of the Giro del Trentino on Wednesday after placing fourth behind stage two winner Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani). (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 23, 2014






Photo: Edoardo Zardini... © Bettini
Evans moves into race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski finished fourth Wednesday at Flèche Wallonne and said he is confident for Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Photo: Tim De Waele .
Michal Kwiatkowski walked quietly and confidently this afternoon to meet the press. After 199 kilometers and 4.5 hours, the 23-year-old rode to third place in the Flèche Wallonne — his best result so far in a big classic. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
Giro del Trentino - April 22-25 (Stages & Results),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (Results),
La Flèche Wallonne Féminine - April 23 (Results),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (Results),
De Brabantse Pijl - April 16 (Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 23, 2014





Photo: Rohan Dennis won the inaugural edition of the Tour of Alberta in 2014. Photo: Casey B. Gibson .
The race organization unveiled its host cities Wednesday and will kick off with a prologue in Calgary and finish six days later with a circuit race in Edmonton. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome will ride Liège–Bastogne–Liège on Sunday in Belgium. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Froome was originally scheduled to skip the Ardennes classics, but will take the start of “La Doyenne,” according to a team spokesperson. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014






Photo: The BMC Racing Team lined out across the road. © Bettini
The American team completed the 13.4km course in a time of 14:02, with NetApp trailing them by 15 seconds. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Bradley Wiggins takes the intermediate sprints jersey. © Bettini
Team Sky leader looking to the Tour of California but intends to return to Paris-Roubaix in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Ivan Basso (Cannondale) have a chat during the stage... © Mario Stiehl
Cannondale leader test his form after 17 days at Mount Teide. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: 2014 Amstel Gold Race podium: Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Belisol), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge).
Allan Peiper, the performance manager of BMC Racing, has dismissed talk over Philippe Gilbert wining the Ardennes treble. Gilbert famously won Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege in a unmatchable period of racing in 2011. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Luca Paolini (Katusha) chats with Davide Cassani prior to stage 6... © Bettini
"We've got lots of problems but money is only one of them." (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Eighteen-year-old British rider Levi Moody is recovering in hospital...
Haribo-Beacon rider Levi Moody suffered cardiac arrest after prologue of Ster van Zuid Limberg. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Giro 2012 S6 Rubiano wins (pic Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse - RCS Sport).
Writer and broadcaster Matt Rendell urges British fans to email embassy in Bogota. (road.cc)

April 22, 2014




Photo: While some may view the UCI's minimum 6.8kg weight rule as antiquated, one could easily argue that it's prompted teams and mechanics to be more creative in how that weight is 'spent'....
Riders competing in UCI-sanctioned events aren't allowed to use this fully stock Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 in competition because it's too light. (bikeradar.com)

April 22, 2014






Photo: Of course I go in (to this year’s Tour) with high hopes.
Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck is desperate to get a positive result at Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday to boost his confidence ahead of July’s Grand Boucle. (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 24, 2014






Photo: Philippe Gilbert said he was out of position on the Mur de Huy in Wednesday's La Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Philippe Gilbert says he hopes an off day at La Flèche Wallonne will work in his favor for Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Belgian and BMC Racing rider wants to win the biggest of the three Ardennes classics this Sunday for a second time. (velonews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: World Cup best young rider Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo-Liv) wins.
While three-time road race world champion and five time victor on the Mur de Huy, Marianne Vos, was receiving the title as favorite for the World Cup round. It was her younger 22-year-old teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prevot who prevailed to take the win. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Team Specialized-Lululemon, with Tiff second from the left..
The 127km race was held on the same day as the men's race and featured two laps of a circuit that finished atop the infamous Mur de Huy. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 24, 2014




Photo: Maura Kinsella, Lauren Rauck, Lauren Hall, Kathryn Donovan and Coryn Rivera.
Because the women start and finish in Huy, we get to see some lovely pre-race portraits and post-race moments. (podiumcafe.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Bruyneel faces 'hypocritical' decade on the sidelines.
Twenty-four hours is a long time in cycling and the post-Easter haze has seen a sugar rush of doping bombshells sandwiched between two slices of doughy spring classics as Messrs Philippe Gilbert and Alejandro Valverde topped the podium in Valkenberg and Huy. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Ramūnas Navardauskas (Garmin Sharp). © B.Lavrol/Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire
When Dan Martin finished second in La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday he made a point of waiting for his teammates at the top of the Mur de Huy in order to thank them for their work. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Not a great day for Purito with another crash. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Spaniard caught up in late pile-up, finishes 70th. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: I’m pedaling through Anza-Borrego State Park and I have just descended Yaqui Pass.
"When the third RV runs me off the road into the sandy shoulder, I know I won’t make it through the canyon alive." (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Brooks-b66-saddle.
For almost 150 years, Brooks has led the way in designing and manufacturing leather saddles. It still does so today, producing on average 150,000 a year at its factory in Smethwick, Birmingham. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Not only does the public want clean sport, even the athletes want it.
"It’s clear from your recent blog post on your site that you’re not happy with your 10-year ban from cycling. Big surprise." (redkiteprayer.com)

April 23, 2014






Photo: Michael Rogers will not serve a racing ban for his clenbuterol positive, as the sport's governing body believed there was a high probability the traces of the banned substance came from eating contaminated meat in China. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) will not serve a racing ban for his clenbuterol positive after winning last year’s Japan Cup, avoiding a possible two-year disqualification that might have ended his career. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014






Photo: Alejandro Valverde won Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday and hopes to take home his third Liège–Bastogne–Liège title Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele .
Perhaps he couldn’t hear them, the bit of boos wafted up the finish line as he won, but they were there as Valverde rode across the line atop the Wall of Huy, arms up. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014





Photo: Phil Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)... © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
A single error, but a costly one left top favourite Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) out of the running in the finale of Flèche Wallonne. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: The Strada Light 3D fabric offers very little sun protection, sunscreen is mandatory..
Castelli’s close relationship with their pro riders is no secret and the products they inspire continue to pour out of the Castelli factory – the San Remo Speed Suit, the Gaba Jacket. (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Wiggle-Honda’s British track stars are aiming to play a key role in support of their team mates in today’s Flèche Wallonne Femmes.
Wiggle-Honda trio Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell will play a support role in Fleche Wallonne Femmes on Wednesday. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Look for these new RED cassettes to be available this summer at a cost of $374.
With 11-32 SRAM cassettes already winning on the biggest stages in cycling SRAM figured it was time RED cassettes got wider too, 11-30 and 11-32 to be specific. (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: The only place to remove material is in the middle of the tread. We might save up to 50 grams on the 650B x 42 mm Babyshoe Pass, but the tire would wear out much faster.
It may be popular to talk about “no-compromise” products, but the reality is that the best products involve a careful balance of features and properties. (janheine.wordpress.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Light, responsive, reliable...
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A winning combination of price, practicality and performance." (bikeradar.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: REDLANDS BICYCLE CLASSIC CITY OF REDLANDS CRITERIUM – REDLANDS, CA.
Criteriums are one of the purest, most representative forms of Professional Road Racing in America. They are raw, ambitious and wonderful to spectate. This project is about what they are and why they matter. (manualforspeed.com)

April 22, 2014







Photo: The third of our big favourites – and also missing the podium on Sunday – was Polish Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski .
The Classics just keep on coming and next up is Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne. With a finish on the brutal Mur de Huy this mid-week race is suited for the tough and explosive climbers that can power up the climb’s steep slopes. (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014






Photo: the shorter and least glamorous of the Ardennes trio which takes place on Wednesday, April 23...
We look ahead to Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne: route, contenders, TV guide, climbs, teams and more. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 22, 2014






Photo: The 2014 Belkin team... © Bettini Photo
Mollema, Martens and Nordhaug head the team. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014





Photo: Mark Cavendish at the 2013 Giro d'Italia team presentation ...
Free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis for event at Belfast City Hall on May 8: available from Thursday, April 24. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Readers chimed in with stories of broken quick release skewers. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
"I continue to have trouble with the rear derailleur skipping both up and down in the larger cogs. The chain actually always runs quietly — it’s just occasional skipping. Any suggestions?" (velonews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: He is always doing more than his share of the work to help the team...
"I happen to enjoy Jens Voigt’s exploits just like anyone else; in time trials, setting the pace in an echelon, How does he do it?" (shutup-legs.com)

April 22, 2014





April 22, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.

April 23, 2014
















April 24, 2014




Photo: On the surface, exercise-related fatigue seems simple and easy to understand.
Exercise makes us tired. A new study helps to elucidate why and also suggests that while it is possible to push through fatigue to reach new levels of physical performance, it is not necessarily wise. (nytimes.com)

April 24, 2014





Photo: Rogers won the race on October 20 – only three days after he left China following the Tour of Beijing.
The UCI announced on Wednesday that Tinkoff-Saxo rider Michael Rogers would not be sanctioned for an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol following the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race late last year. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 24, 2014




Photo: Dan Martin out sprinted Joaquim Rodriguez and that damn panda to win.
LBL is generally an action packed race full of tough climbs which on their own are not too bad but when combined with the classic distance are brutal but the big question remains, who’s going to win? (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep). © Sirotti
Pole third on Mur de Huy after two near-misses. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Now that’s well skinny and well ripped and likely to cause a debate as to whether it’s a good or bad thing (Source: Chris Froome Twitter account).
By the look of the legs on its Tour de France champion Chris Froome, he’s been sticking to his training towards Liège–Bastogne–Liège this weekend. (stickybottle.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Team TIBCO is in Arkansas this week as they prepare for four days of racing.
Racing opens this Thursday with a 2.8-mile uphill time trial averaging a grade of 6.8 percent. (bikeworldnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge).
Orica-GreenEdge's Swiss rider consistent on the Mur de Huy. (cyclingnews.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: while it predates Tullio’s flappy lever, it wasn’t until the late seventies that the hex started its reign as the prominent fastener for bicycle.
Referred to as Torx (a trademarked design), or “star” (generic term), this fastener drive-type is slowly taking over both mountain and road due to improved resistance of cam-out. (competitivecyclist.com)

April 24, 2014




Photo: Fine handling from a well-finished aluminium frame.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A quality frame slightly let down by some average kit and weighty wheels." (bikeradar.com)

April 24, 2014











April 23, 2014




Photo: The big problem is a lack of TV coverage. The country’s two largest broadcasters ARD and ZDF have stopped showing the sport.
Germany doesn’t have a national tour, it doesn’t have a big team either and the number of race days is dwindling and the sport is hardly shown at all on mainstream TV. This is tough for German cycling fans but it’s a real problem for professional cycling as a whole too. (inrng.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Johan Bruyneel ties up a few loose ends before the start of stage one.
Little sympathy for former team manager. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Lizzie Armitstead, Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Elisa Longo Borghini made up the Flèche Wallonne podium.
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) finished second in the La Flèche Wallonne World Cup in Belgium to strengthen her position at the top of the women's World Cup standings. (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: 24 hours after his stage win Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) was in yellow.
"I was Andy Schleck, I was someone, I want to become that again." (cyclingnews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Successful attacking isn't just about going harder than the peloton. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
If conditions are right for you to attack, then all you have to do is pick your moment and start mashing the pedals. You can jump with every sinew of your being and see if you can get something started, be it solo or a party. (velonews.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: The illuminated symbol of a bike and rider makes it easier for drivers to pick cyclists out of the urban light clutter, says Brainy Bike Lights inventor Crawford Hollingworth.
Research suggests the use of symbols can help drivers identify cyclists more quickly – giving them more time to react – and provide a shortcut to feelings of empathy and vulnerability. (theguardian.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Hope this post is a good surprise!...
We’ve all seen that one parent on the sideline, shouting out inappropriate comments at the top of their voice that are not only directed at their own child, but often at their teammates, teachers or coaches and the referee. How much does this behavior influence the sporting experience of their child? (shutup-legs.com)

April 23, 2014




Photo: Durano Plus Etape...
In celebration of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire this summer, Schwalbe will be producing a run of limited edition road tires. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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April 22, 2014







Photo: Johan Bruyneel before USADA issued their report. © Roberto Bettini
Johan Bruyneel has been handed a 10 year ban in sport by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Bruyneel’s sanction has been back-dated to when he was originally charged and will end June 11, 2022. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: As we pumped out of the saddle, cresting another roller, from the mirage appeared an acrid, acidic, extra-terrestrial landscape, bound by a black poisonous ring of salt.
It's easy to get wrapped up in the details when it comes to cycling. Distances, wattages, victories and other measures often lead us to forget the simply joy of riding a bike. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 22, 2014





Photo: Lauren Hall (Optum) first, Erica Allar (Colavita) second and Leah Kirchmann (Optum) in third. © Jonathan Devich
Check out race recaps and previews from the pro peloton. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Various pro riders who are also fathers have facetiously said to me that they look eagerly forward the Grand Tours because that's when they get the most rest!
Philippe Gilbert seems to have gotten around parenting commitments while making his way back on the podium, and Jens Voigt is still going hard at 42 years old with six children. (cyclingtips.com.au) 

April 22, 2014




Photo: Andy going where, exactly? © au.eurosport.com
Has Andy Schleck become hors comprehension? With his latest injury — a knee in the Amstel Gold race this last weekend — Andy Schleck has indeed fallen again, lower this time, and further from his distant goals. (atwistedspoke.com)

April 22, 2014




Photo: Bradley Wiggins in the 2014 Tour of Flanders Credit: Graham Watson ...
Bradley Wiggins starts Giro del Trentino in Italy on Tuesday, aiming to impress Sky's Tour de France selectors. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 22, 2014






Photo: Evelyn Stevens (Specialized - lululemon) wins ahead of Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)... © CJ Farquharson
Former winner Evelyn Stevens back for Belgian Classic. (cyclingnews.com)

April 22, 2014




Tomorrow is the 78th running of La Flechè Wallone. The Belgians own this race with 38 victories since its inception in 1936. (pelotonmagazine.com)

April 22, 2014





April 22, 2014





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