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Photo: Amstel Gold Race LIVE
The Cauberg is the ideal berg for Philippe Gilbert.
Amstel Gold Race LIVE: The Cauberg is the ideal berg for Philippe Gilbert. (cyclingupdates.com)

Sunday's Amstel Gold Race ("the race to the beer") departs Maastricht at 10:15am CET (4:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Valkenburg at around 4:36pm CET (10:36am U.S. Eastern). 

Amstel Gold Race live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern, 5:00am Pacific).

April 19, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)







Photo: Having joined a strong 8-rider lead group with less than 1km to go, De Troyer managed to distance his companions to win the Tour du Finistere. (cyclingnews.com)
Photo: Having joined a strong 8-rider lead group with less than 1km to go, De Troyer managed to distance his companions to win the Tour du Finistere.
(Fotoreporter Sirotti) (cyclingnews.com)

Tim De Troyer took the first victory of his short career when he emerged as a surprise winner of the hilly French one-day race Tour du Finistere.

The Belgian joined a strong 8-rider front group with less than 1km to go in a very uncontrollable finale and managed to escape to take a solo win before his teammate Jerome Baugnies beat Julien Simon in the sprint for second.

April 18, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Arno Wallaarde Memorial Live Coverage.
Photo: Arno Wallaarde Memorial.

Wouter Mol second and  Twan Castelijns third.

April 18, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: The cobbles are done with, the Ardennes are upon us. fotoreporte sirotti
Photo: The cobbles are done with, the Ardennes are upon us.
fotoreporte sirotti

"The cobbles are done with, the Ardennes are upon us, but who will challenge? Here's 20 to watch.

I sat down to have a look at the people likely to take glory in the forthcoming classics of the paved hills, and I wanted to make up a list of names before writing up any of them.

I originally came up with twenty-two, shaved off the heretofore invisible Tom-Jelte Slagter, and prayed that a obvious candidate won Brabantse Pijl, to narrow my list to my preferred twenty.

Well done Ben Hermans, the place on the list is yours, leaving me with twenty-one, before I realized that for some unknown reason, Bardet would be riding Trentino instead of the Ardennes. To the challengers!"

April 18, 2015 (podiumcafe.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Amstel Gold Race - Apr 19 (History),

Giro del Trentino - Apr 21-24 (History),

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey - Apr 26-May 3 (History),

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

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

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

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

De Brabantse Pijl - Apr 15 (Results),

Paris Roubaix - Apr 12 (Results),

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - Apr 6-11 (Results),

Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Apr 7-10 (Results),

Scheldeprijs - Apr 8 (Results),

Tour of Flanders - Apr 5 (Results),

GP Miguel Indurain - Apr 4 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results).

More...

April 18, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: The 2015 Tour de Yorkshire is being held May 1-3.
Photo: The 2015 Tour de Yorkshire is being held May 1-3.

 2015 Tour de Yorkshire LIVE May 1-3, Great Britain.

Stage 1 starts at -- BST (-- U.S. Eastern). Finish at around -- BST (-- U.S. Eastern).

Live video from -- BST (-- U.S. Eastern).

April 18, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Finishing the team's job on Oak Glen. Photo by Nate King.
Finishing the team's job on Oak Glen. Photo by Nate King.

"I had a rough few weeks when I got back from Portugal at the beginning of March.

Between jet lag and fatigue from a month of racing in Europe, I wasn’t able to put together a good block of training, so I signed up for the San Dimas Stage Race to see where my fitness was. The stage 1 uphill time trial suits me perfectly, and I’ve won it twice, but I finished fourth this year. Not what I’d hoped for, but not bad.

I was tempted to continue the stage race and try to improve on my GC, but I nearly died crashing myself in that race in 2013. I thought I’d conquered my fear last fall when I returned to the scene of the crash.

I found the spot where my body was helicoptered from a puddle of blood to the hospital where they sewed my face back on.

I stood on that spot, and I danced. Then I peed on it. I probably won’t get to dance or pee on my own grave, but this was pretty close.

The ultimate conquering of fear is to get back on the horse, but I decided to head to Big Bear instead, to do some long rides with teammate Mike Woods, and get a little altitude into my system. As much as I wanted to conquer the San Dimas circuit race fear, I had bigger fish to fry.

The Tour of California is a fish."

April 17, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) knows just what to do, he won here last year and took the World Championship title on the same finish in 2012.
Photo: Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) knows just what to do, he won here last year and took the World Championship title on the same finish in 2012.

Huge crowds, free-flowing beer, grand tour winners taking on one day classics specialists and a very tricky course make the Amstel a special race. The 50th edition looks like it’s made for Philippe Gilbert.

Who can stop him from a fourth win?

The route is 251km, the spiky profile says plenty, apparently more than 4,000m of vertical gain, impressive for the Netherlands.

It’s all packed into a narrow area and having the route loaded on a GPS device can help racers know which way to turn as the race twists and turns across the Limburg province.

In total there are 34 climbs, some repeated. Individually each of the climbs are not hard, typically a gradient of 5% for a kilometer although a few do have double-digit slopes and the Keutenberg, the nation’s steepest road.

April 17, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: Fabio Aru (Astana) celebrates his second Vuelta stage win (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Fabio Aru (Astana) celebrates his second Vuelta stage win (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Two of the favorites for this year's Giro d’Italia and many of the riders who will be in action during the first Grand Tour of the season, will ride next week’s four-day Giro del Trentino in the mountains between Lake Garda and the Val di Non, east of Trento and Bolzano.

While many of the Tour de France contenders will be in action in the Ardennes, Richie Porte and Fabio Aru will fight for the fuchsia-coloured leader’s jersey and test their form just two weeks before the Giro d’Italia starts in San Remo on May 9.

April 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Italy’s northern Adriatic coast has long been a popular cycling destination for tourists from Europe.
Photo: Italy’s northern Adriatic coast has long been a popular cycling destination for tourists from Europe.

"Like so many things in Italy – the best access is reserved for those who ‘know someone’.

Italians are guarded by nature, but are naturally welcoming hosts – all you need is the right introduction.

Most of my best friends in Italia I’ve met through other friends. Several years ago my friends at NonStop Ciclsimo in Ventura CA introduced me to Nicola Verdolin, who along with his brother Alberto runs the GardaBikeHotel on Lake Garda (which I highly recommend).

They’ve been in the hotel business for years, and run one of the best bike hotels in Italy. Nicola in turn introduced me to Silvia Pasolini, proprietress of the Hotel Lungomare in Cesenatico on the Adriatic coast."

April 17, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: More impressively this insignificantly wonderful road isn’t even on the itinerary, it’s on a day-off mid-morning pootle with a friend.
Photo: More impressively this insignificantly wonderful road isn’t even on the itinerary, it’s on a day-off mid-morning pootle with a friend.

"Surely the ultimate accolade you can bestow any nice stretch of road is that you immediately want all of your cycling friends alongside you to share the experience and swoop and smile with you?

Maybe it’s just me but I’m on one such length of tarmac.

A small country road that starts nowhere in particular and goes nowhere in particular (some would say those are the best kinds of roads) but weaves and ducks and twists and bobs through the trees, with glimpses of the wooded hills we’re headed further into on the left, it ripples across the contours, through spattered collections of houses that could be considered abandoned but for the washing hanging up outside.

It seemingly goes on forever on its way to nowhere, curving into the folds and swelling around the spurs of the hill, we have to brake for goats, not cars."

April 17, 2015 (road.cc)






Photo: companies are putting more effort and technology into ensuring units operate properly in all conditions by time they get to market..
Photo: Companies are putting more effort and technology into ensuring units operate properly in all conditions by time they get to market.

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of notable price drops by power meters companies.  While some of these price drops may seem reactionary to news from PowerTap’s new products, or that 4iiii is now shipping Precision units – the reality is that most of these were planned months ago. 

Still, like when some gives you a candy bar – it’s best not to focus on the reason, but focus on the gift.  And in this case, it’s savings.

Of course, price drops aren’t the only power meter news hitting the interwebs these days.

If you look at what’s happened in the last 30-45 days, there’s plenty of reasons for companies to begin jockeying around for consumers money this spring.

April 17, 2015 (dcrainmaker.com)





Photo: Peter Stetina's 2015 season has been thrown into disarray after a catastrophic crash in Vuelta al Pais Vasco. He had planned to be BMC's protected rider for GC in the Amgen Tour of California, but now he is simply focused on rehabbing from multiple injuries. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Peter Stetina's 2015 season has been thrown into disarray after a catastrophic crash in Vuelta al Pais Vasco. He had planned to be BMC's protected rider for GC in the Amgen Tour of California, but now he is simply focused on rehabbing from multiple injuries. Photo: Tim De Waele.

Peter Stetina prides himself on being a safe racer. You never see him taking risks in the sprints or doing anything crazy on the downhills. Probably that’s why he’s never been in the hospital in his 10-year pro racing career. Until now.

On April 6, in the final sprint to the finish line in the opening stage of the Vuelta al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country), it didn’t matter how careful Stetina — or anyone else — was in the peloton that day.

Nearly two weeks later, Stetina remains in a Spanish hospital. He’s undergone surgery to repair a broken tibia and patella. Gone in an instant are his primary season goals of the Amgen Tour of California podium and a return to the Tour de France.

Instead, he’s facing months of rehabilitation and painful recovery. With luck, he’s hoping to be on a flight back to the United States in the coming days.

April 16, 2015 (velonews.com)






Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) made it into the top ten in Milan-San Remo (Bettini Photo).
Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) made it into the top ten in Milan-San Remo (Bettini Photo).

Nacer Bouhanni continued his run of success at the Gran Prix de Denain, winning the hectic, high-speed sprint that decided the French race.

Bouhanni got a perfect lead out from his Cofidis teammates and then accelerated from his rivals to win a bike length clear with his arms in the air.

Boris Vallee was second and Ruby Barbier finished third.

It was Bouhanni’s second consecutive win at the Gran Prix de Denain.

April 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






April 16, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop) wins the US criterium nationals in Greenville (Jon Devich).
Photo: Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop) wins the US criterium nationals in Greenville (Jon Devich).

Eric Marcotte secured his second national title, after winning the road race last year, when he won the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships on Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina. He made his winning attack through the last corner, upsetting the United Healthcare blue train, and crossing the finish line first ahead of Ty Magner and Luke Keough.

United Healthcare led through the last lap with Keough ready for the sprint, Hincapie’s Magner on his wheel.

The surprise attack came from Marcotte, who jumped into the last corner and came out of it with a fierce sprint toward the finish line. It was a bold move that paid off with the victory.

April 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Team Tibco on the front. (Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com).
Photo: Team Tibco on the front. (Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com). (cyclingnews.com)

Kendall Ryan escaped a last-lap pileup to win the women’s USA Cycling Pro Criterium National Championship on Saturday.

The 90-minute race was run in warm conditions in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, on a narrow, rectangular 1-mile course with a downhill dash to the line.

There were a couple of crashes early on as the 55-rider field settled down to work, with UnitedHealthcare patrolling the front on behalf of defending champion Coryn Rivera.

With a field sprint in the offing UHC had three riders on the sharp end of the bunch — and then boom, the Blue Train derailed in the final corner, the leadout rider sliding out and Erica Allar, Rivera, and Ruth Winder all hitting the deck.

Ryan stayed upright and took the win ahead of Tina Pic with Brianna Waller third.

April 18, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) celebrates his Fleche Wallonne victory (AFP Photo).
Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) celebrates his Fleche Wallonne victory (AFP Photo).

The familiar scenario of 100-odd riders battling for position at the foot of the Mur de Huy in next Wednesday’s La Fleche Wallonne may change this year with the addition of a climb, the Cote de Cherave, in the last six kilometers of the mid-week Ardennes Classics.

Whilst the traditional and highly popular three ascents of the Mur de Huy remain, in recent years La Fleche Wallonne has been criticized for a tedious lack of variety in how the WorldTour’s only Classic ending with a summit finish has been won and lost.

Only three breakways have culminated in a triumph this side of the millennium, in fact, all of them over a decade ago - for Rik Verbrugghe in 2001, Mario Aerts in 2002, and Igor Astarloa in 2003.

April 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The final selection came down to Cassani and Gianetti.
Photo: The final selection came down to Cassani and Gianetti. Pic: Cor Vos

The Amstel Gold Race signals the start of the Ardennes Classics, and the first signs of who’s looking good for the Giro. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner.

Twenty years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.

Gianetti rode for Polti back then and had just pulled-off the biggest win of his career, in the 1995 Liege-Bastogne-Liege – LBL was the week before the Amstel in those days.

Some said that his win owed more to craftiness and luck than talent; Gianetti would soon dispel that notion.

April 18, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: Like most power meters, it’s a strain gauge.
Photo: Like most power meters, it’s a strain gauge.

The world of power meters will be shaken up this week when an inventor seeks crowdfunding for a novel system called Limits, which promises breakthroughs in price, simplicity and technology.

Inventor Ken Norton, technologist and keen cyclist, says the first models will cost just £260 (US$385), which would make this one of the cheapest power meters available.

It’s the first meter that calculates the rider’s power at the pedal spindle. The small cylinder fits between the crank and the pedal; it screws into the crank and has a threaded hole to accept the spindle.

April 18, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The Astana squad has been under scrutiny since last autumn when it emerged that the brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy had both tested positive for EPO.
Photo: The Astana squad has been under scrutiny since last autumn when it emerged that the brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy had both tested positive for EPO.
 (Credit: Cor Vos)

Commenting as the ongoing Astana scenario rumbles on, one of the team’s top riders Jakob Fuglsang has said that he and other riders on the team are prepared to go to the courts if the UCI strips the team of its license and the team ultimately stops.

“I have not done anything wrong, so if UCI take my job away from me, so I think it ends up in a lawsuit,” Fuglsang told Ekstra Bladet.

“If the team loses its license, it is likely that our sponsors withdraw, as they probably will not sponsor a team without access to the big races.

“Then us riders will suddenly be in a situation where we are from one day to the other without work.

“If that happens, then I expect a lawsuit from all the riders’ side against UCI, as is the UCI which has taken away our work, and it’s up to the UCI to cover our losses.”

April 17, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: The peloton climb during Amstel Gold Race (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: The peloton climb during Amstel Gold Race (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

The Amstel Gold Race kicks off the Ardennes week of WorldTour Classics, with defending champion Philippe Gilbert leading the list of big-name rider in action as he looks for a fourth victory on the roads near his home and where he became world champion in 2012.

This year's Amstel Gold Race is the 50th edition of the Dutch race, and the third since the finish was moved away from the top of the Cauberg and nearly two kilometers down the road.

At 258 kilometers long, the Netherlands' biggest one-day race packs a punch with 34 climbs – or bergs – crammed in, making for more than 4,000 metres of climbing. The Cauberg is covered four times and is always important but any winner needs to have excellent form and the right team tactics.

April 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Tom Dumoulin won the final stage (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Tom Dumoulin won the final stage (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

The Giant-Alpecin team is hoping to continue its successful spring Classics campaign, with local rider Tom Dumoulin and France’s Warren Barguil leading the team in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race.

John Degenkolb won Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, giving Giant-Alpecin a hugely successful start to the season despite health problems for team sprinter Marcel Kittel.

April 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Eroica California is a celebration of the golden age of cycling, an event in which the beauty of fatigue and the taste of accomplishment can be acutely experienced. It is modeled after L'Eroica, the original vintage cycling event held among the rolling hills and white gravel roads of the Chianti region of Italy since 1997. Here, the author stands beside a 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 TI, with his borrowed orange De Rosa mounted to the roof rack, near the top of Cypress Mountain, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Chris Case | VeloNews.com.
Eroica California is a celebration of the golden age of cycling, an event in which the beauty of fatigue and the taste of accomplishment can be acutely experienced. It is modeled after L'Eroica, the original vintage cycling event held among the rolling hills and white gravel roads of the Chianti region of Italy since 1997. 
Photo: Chris Case | VeloNews.com.

"The light was flickering like an antique cinema projector, hazy shafts of sun casting down upon the dirt double track, through the thick canopy of a hollow, secluded canyon.

Light. Shadow. Light. Shadow. Flick, flick, flick.

This was my vision, out of focus in the noontime light, but there nonetheless: Coppi, climbing, crouched into a coil of potential energy, his long nose guiding him like an unstoppable ship.

This was what flashed before my eyes and through my mind while climbing Cypress Canyon — far from Gaiole in Chianti, or the Strade Bianche, the birthplace of the original L’Eroica — inside this perforated tunnel of trees near the Central Coast of California.

This was Eroica California. Part Italy. Part America. A Civil War reenactment for cycling, brought to the shores of the Pacific Ocean."

April 17, 2015 (velonews.com)






A happy Lauren Hall post-win (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: A happy Lauren Hall post-win (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

USA Cycling announced on Thursday that its Selection Committee will reconsider the athletes nominated for the 2015 Pan Am Continental Championships, which included retired double Olympic gold medallist Kristin Armstrong.

According to a press release from USA Cycling, it has reconvened its Selection Committee to reconsider the nominations because it was determined that modifications to the Principles of Athlete Selection (last published in 2008) were not published in a timely manner.

April 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: aluminium as a frame material never actually went away...
Photo: Alloy could be set for a road bike renaissance after being pushed out of the limelight by carbon-fiber.

Cast an eye over a list of top-end road bikes and you may notice an oddity: Specialized’s S-Works Allez.

This suave-looking silver machine comes equipped with a mouth-watering spec list that includes a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Roval Rapide carbon wheels for £7,500. So far, so what?

The frame is not made from carbon-fibre — the ubiquitous material of choice for high-end bikes — but aluminium alloy.

Could this be the start of a return to the glory days for metal frames?

April 17, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The Trek Émonda ALR 6 gets a Shimano Ultegra groupset.
Photo: The Trek Émonda ALR 6 gets a Shimano Ultegra groupset.

Trek has expanded the Émonda family with the addition of the ‘ultra-lightweight aluminium’ Émonda ALR.

The Émonda was first unveiled ahead of the 2014 Tour de France as Trek’s new featherweight, carbon fibre frame, with the flagship SLR chassis weighing just 690g and the top-of-the-range machine, the Émonda SLR, tipping the scales at a paltry 4.65kg.

Now Trek has applied the same weight-stripping philosophy to an aluminium version of the Émonda.

“The all-new Émonda ALR is built with unmatched attention to balance and handling, offering elegance on a new level and far surpassing the lightness, performance, and ride quality of many of its carbon competitors,” says the Wisconsin-based firm.

April 17, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)






Photo: We can see how the success of a rider might draw the media in. But actively arguing their case in a direct meeting with broadcasters? That’s extra..
Photo: We can see how the success of a rider might draw the media in. But actively arguing their case in a direct meeting with broadcasters? That’s extra.

Lifting the cobbled trophy last Sunday was a triumph for John Degenkolb and the culmination of a lot of team work. But behind the scenes it’s also the remarkable story of riders as ambassadors who’ve managed to convince German TV to give the sport a second chance.

“I’ve often said that if there was won race to interest the Germans, it’s got to be Paris Roubaix. It’s so crazy, it’s unlike anything else. It can only appeal to the people in my country.”  – John Degenkolb, L’Equipe, 13 April 2015.

Now Degenkolb didn’t win Paris Roubaix out of patriotic duty but he’s concious of the media impact his win can have. He’s not alone. Earlier this week L’Equipe told the tale of how Marcel Kittel was supposed to share a coffee with German television executives at home but the meeting went on for five hours.

It happened a year ago and the newspaper says he helped play a significant role in getting the ARD channel to return to the Tour de France.

April 16, 2015 (inrng.com)






It's no secret that New Zealand is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty.

Anyone that's visited the country's South Island will tell you about the diversity of terrain, from soaring peaks to alpine lakes and from lush rainforest to open plains.

April 16, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)







April 18, 2015






Photo: Tayler Wiles was all smiles after winning this year's race (Mark Gunter).
Photo: Tayler Wiles was all smiles after winning this year's race (Mark Gunter).

USA Cycling has announced the revised selection for the 2015 Pan Am Championships to include Tayler Wiles, who will take the place of double Olympic gold medallist Kristin Armstrong in the individual time trial.

USA Cycling announced on Tuesday that Armstrong was nominated to the four-woman roster, however, the Selection Committee reconvened two days later to discuss the selection process and determined that recent modifications to the Principles of Athlete Selection (last published in 2008) were not published in a timely manner.

April 18, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Anton, Intxausti and Moreno still in contention after another aggressive showing by Movistar.
Photo: Anton, Intxausti and Moreno still in contention after another aggressive showing by Movistar.

Almost seven-and-a-half hours were needed to cover the 208km stage two of the Vuelta a Castilla y León, almost completely ridden on Portuguese soil with two hard climbs, Penhas Douradas and the Alto da Torre (Cat-1), close to the start in Guarda.

Mist and cold menacing the peloton from the botton of the first climb turned into snow halfway through the second, a situation which forced the jury to neutralize the descent towards Manteigas - the section between 84 and 102km into the stage - as Bravo and Rubio held almost three minutes of advantage in the early break.

April 18, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)






Photo: Reigning champion Philippe Gilbert faces stiff competition as he bids for a fourth victory in the Amstel Gold race on Sunday..
Photo: Reigning champion Philippe Gilbert faces stiff competition as he bids for a fourth victory in the Amstel Gold race on Sunday.

The biggest and longest one-day classic in the Netherlands will see riders complete 258km and tackle 34 climbs – amounting to more than four vertical kilometers of climbing – on their way from Maastricht to Valkenburg.

Alongside three-time winner Gilbert, there will be six other former victors in the field, as well as a new breed of hungry, talented potential champions. Most notably amongst those is current road race world champion Michal Kwiatkowski from Poland.

He had a fantastic Ardennes Classics campaign in 2014, earning top five finishes in all three events – the other two being Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The finish in Valkenburg, 1.8km beyond the final, tough Cauberg climb, is ideally suited to a rider like Kwiatkowski.

April 18, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: Nibali stands a good chance of doing well on these difficult stages.
Photo: Nibali stands a good chance of doing well on these difficult stages.

"If you were totally new to the world of professional cycling then at this time of year you’d be forgiven for thinking everyone who rides, watches or has even a passing interest in road cycling is obsessed with cobbles.  And you’d be correct.

Just days after the brutal Paris-Roubaix astonished spectators and punished riders, reports are filtering through that last year’s Tour de France winner is studying some well known French cobbles.

Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team mates are spending time in Northern France preparing for the tough pavé littered stages they’ll need to dominate in order to do well during this year’s Tour."

April 18, 2015 (veloballs.com)





Photo: Giro del Trentino Melinda is a beautiful race, that suits our characteristics and brings back several good moments, such as our first success in 2012 with Darwin Atapuma on the Pordoi Pass.
Photo: "Giro del Trentino Melinda is a beautiful race, that suits our characteristics and brings back several good moments, such as our first success in 2012 with Darwin Atapuma on the Pordoi Pass."

Like every year, Giro del Trentino Melinda (April 21-24) will stage the challenge among some of the best climbers of the moment in one of the most mountainous regions of Italy, and after Fabio Duarte’s overall fourth place last year, Team Colombia-Coldeportes will be at the start of the 2.HC race with the ambition of equaling, or possibly improving, that performance.

The race will feature four stages: after the opening team time trial, the queen stage will be on the agenda for the riders on April 22nd, with the uphill finish to Brentonico after the dreadful climb to Monte Velo. The third stage, Ala-Fierozzo, will offer another uphill finish, while a medium-mountain stage from Malè to Cles will wrap things up.

April 18, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)
















April 17, 2015





Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski takes the rainbow jersey to the Ardennes classics starting Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele.
Michal Kwiatkowski takes the rainbow jersey to the Ardennes classics starting Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele.

Pole Michal Kwiatkowski is going to the Ardennes classics this week to win and to win big, and he wants to take his first victory in the world champion rainbow jersey.

He will line up in all three classics: the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday, the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, and the most famous one, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, on Sunday, April 26.

“You always must have big ambitions to progress. Hopefully my condition is good enough to be competitive with the other favorites. It is difficult, especially with the rainbow jersey, but I never give up,” Kwiatkowski said in a press release.

“It’s tricky to win a race with the rainbow jersey, it’s not easy. But to be clear, I’m going for the win, not for a second place.”

April 17, 2015 (velonews.com)






Pauline Ferrand-Prevot delivered the goods atop the Mur de Huy at the 2014 women's Flèche Wallonne. Photo: BrakeThrough Media.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot delivered the goods atop the Mur de Huy at the 2014 women's Flèche Wallonne. Photo: BrakeThrough Media.

With the absence of five-time Flèche Wallonne winner, Marianne Vos (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013), the race could be wide open when the best of the women’s peloton gathers in Huy, Belgium next Wednesday. Without her prolific Rabo-Liv teammate, world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will have to defend her 2014 title with one less arrow in the quiver.

Wearing the rainbow jersey, the 23-year old Frenchwomen will be marked from the start. And her rivals may be more dangerous than ever.

April 17, 2015 (velonews.com)







Photo: Kirsten Wild beat off the competition in the final sprint for the line to defend her 2013 title.
Photo: Kirsten Wild beat off the competition in the final sprint for the line to defend her 2013 title.

As the men race the roads around Maastrict in the Amstel Gold Race around two hours further north the women’s peloton are descending on Apeldoorn for the Ronde van Gelderland.

A course that typifies Dutch racing: narrow, exposed roads and tight turns across a largely flat landscape. It’s a race that home nation has dominated.

The only non-dutch riders to take the top step on the podium so far are Ina Yoko Teutenberg from Germany and Canada’s Anne Samplonius.

April 17, 2015 (velofocus.com)






Photo: Marianne Vos will race in the Netehrlands this weekend, but will miss next week's Flèche Wallonne as she returns from injury.
Photo: Marianne Vos will race in the Netehrlands this weekend, but will miss next week's Flèche Wallonne as she returns from injury.

Multiple World Champion, Marianne Vos will return to road racing this weekend in the Netherlands. Vos will start the Ronde van Gelderland this Sunday, her first road race since last year’s world championships in Spain, where she finished 10th, her lowest ever placing.

The 27 year old Dutch woman has recovered from a hamstring injury which saw her miss the start of the road season, including the first three rounds of the World Cup.

The injury initially manifested itself during the cyclo-cross season, bringing a premature end to her season and doubtless influenced the loss of the rainbow jersey she held since 2009.

That transferred to trade team mate, and road world champion, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.

April 17, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) wins the Tour of Flanders (Getty Images Sport).
Photo: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) wins the Tour of Flanders (Getty Images Sport).

Elisa Longo Borghini has called for better television coverage and better prize money for women races, revealing that she won just 1218 Euro for winning the recent Tour of Flanders, the amount awarded to the 20th place rider in the men’s Tour of Flanders.

The Italian won the women’s Tour of Flanders with an aggressive solo attack but the race was given little live coverage on television because the men’s race was also underway.

Longo Borghini attacked alone with 36km to go and soloed to victory.

Her Wiggle-Honda teammate Jolien d’Hoore finished second, winning the sprint from a small group that finished 43 seconds behind Longo Borghini.

April 17, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





The final climb up the Cauberg to the finish of the 2014 Amstel Gold Race showcased the decisive move by eventual race winner Philippe Gilbert. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
The final climb up the Cauberg to the finish of the 2014 Amstel Gold Race showcased the decisive move by eventual race winner Philippe Gilbert. Photo: BrakeThrough Media.

The Netherlands’ most important one-day race is named after a beer, and with a course packed with so many turns, climbs, and curves, at the end of the 258km test of nerves and legs, most riders might need a drink.

Anyone who thinks the Netherlands is flat has never been to the Limburg region, tucked in the southeast corner of the country. The Amstel Gold Race loops over a seemingly endless string of short but steep climbs around Valkenburg, with no less than 33 numbered climbs, totaling more than 13,100 vertical feet in climbing.

Held over a mix of narrow farm tracks and urban roads loaded with traffic furniture, Amstel Gold Race is one of the most tense, nerve-wracking days of racing.

Avoiding trouble and having strong team support are key for any of the aspirants to reach the last of three ascents up the decisive Cauberg climb.

April 17, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Numerous examples have been identified showing that UCI leadership 'defended' or 'protected' Lance Armstrong and took decisions because they were favourable to him.
Photo: Numerous examples have been identified showing that UCI leadership “defended” or “protected” Lance Armstrong and took decisions because they were favorable to him. (Pic: Cor Vos)

Following interviews given by both Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid in which both former UCI presidents have suggested that the CIRC report absolves them of any wrongdoing, current president Brian Cookson has questioned those reactions and reiterated that he wants Verbruggen to resign his title of honorary president.

Speaking recently to CyclingTips, Cookson said that he had not personally received a reaction from either of the two to the CIRC report, which was released in March.

It was a year long investigation carried out by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission, and raised serious questions about several areas of governance.

“I am only aware of the reaction which has been in the media, which I found very surprising from those two gentlemen,” he said.

April 16, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)








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