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Photo: The 2015 UCI Cyclocross World Championships are being held in Tabor, Czech Republic January 31-February 1.
Saturday: Junior Men: 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).

Saturday: Women: 2:00pm CET  (8:00am U.S. Eastern).

Sunday: U23 Men: 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).

Sunday: Men Elite: 2:00pm CET  (8:00am U.S. Eastern).

January 31, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: This is the second year of the Dubai Tour, a new stage race that builds on the interest of Western Asia nations hosting early season bike races and bike racers escaping to a nice climate.
Stage 1 start time: Tuesday 11:55 GST (11:55:00 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:00 GST (2:00:00 AM PST);
Estimated finish: 16:00 GST (4:00:00 AM PST).

January 31,2015 (steephill.tv)





Photo: The pack rides in a tunnel during the men's road race at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images).
"The world champion is a guy you’ve never heard of, he won with a gutsy gamble in a place you couldn’t find on the globe, and his name is impossible for Americans to pronounce: Kwiatkowski.

As we sit today in the glow of the Super Bowl and on the precipice of March Madness, it’s hard to conjure up another championship in the United States that might attract more eyeballs worldwide.

One will: The world championship of bike racing comes here in September.

This is no small deal. The organizers figure the global TV audience will number 300 million. The Super Bowl, billed as a worldwide attraction, may get 115 million viewers, 98 percent of them in the United States. The final game of March Madness will get 20 million."

January 30, 2015 (washingtonpost.com)







Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) won the second day of the Mallorca Challenge ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) Photo: AFP PHOTO | JAIME REINA.
Britain’s Stephen Cummings proved strongest on the final climb in day two of the four-race Mallorca Challenge on Friday, just ahead of Alejandro Valverde.

The MTN-Qhubeka rider, winner of the Tour of the Mediterranean in 2014 and a stage of the Vuelta a España in 2012, surprised the favorites in the final push and held on ahead of Valverde.

“I’m really happy with today’s victory,” Cummings, 33, said. “I knew I had done a lot of good work over the winter so I’d like to thank the team for the amazing work they did and chance they gave me to focus on today’s race.”

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)






Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Marianne Vos’ coach Johan Lammerts remains hopeful that the Dutchwoman can defend her cyclo-cross world title this weekend. Vos is currently suffering with a hamstring injury but Lammerts says that her condition has improved in recent days.

"She's well trained and had a little trouble, but by treating it and keep it loose, we hope that in the coming days it gets better.

We will still assume that they simply can start and will do its best to defend her title,” Lammerts told De Telegraph from Tábor, where the World Championships begin on Saturday.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





European Champion Helen Wyman (Kona)
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.

"OK, so let’s forget them. I’ve been sick, I dislike snow, like dogs hate cats, and to get here you drive, forever, while the outside world gets colder and more covered in white fully stuff…that I still don’t like.

So, unlike last year, where I ticked all of the above boxes, I need to take a different approach. Being sick, OK, I’m not that sick.

It’s not an excuse as I fully intend to give the stripes a major go on Saturday.

So I need to turn the few days off I’ve had into a good thing. I’m fresh, fresher than I was last year."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Helen Wyman and Nikki Harris, Milton Keynes World Cup Cyclo-Cross.
Tabor in the Czech Republic hosts the 2015 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships this weekend: Saturday January 31 to Sunday February 1.

The coveted rainbow jerseys will be up for grabs for the fastest finisher in the elite men’s, elite women’s, junior men and under-23 men categories.

Great Britain will pin its hopes on Helen Wyman, Nikki Harris and Ian Field in the senior categories.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Evans hopes for a fairytale end to his career but it will be hard for him to deny the sprinters their chance to go for glory.
A legend says goodbye when Cadel Evans lines up for his final professional race, his eponymous Great Ocean Road Race that takes place on parts of the course that was used for the 2010 World Championships won by Thor Hushovd.

While all Australians would love a fairytale end to his career, however, the only Australian grand tour winner is unlikely to win a race that is set to be dominated by sprinters and classics riders.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Marcel Kittel wins stage four of the 2014 Dubai Tour.
The introduction of the Dubai Tour last year extended what has become something of a season of races in the Middle East during February.

From Sunday February 8 to Friday the Tour of Qatar will be held, a race now firmly established in the calendar, and following that is the Tour of Oman, which in the last few years has seen the first showdown of the season between the biggest GC names.

First up, though, is the least established of the three: the Dubai Tour (February 4-7).

Last year’s debut edition betrayed traits of a race yet to establish an identity for itself, with the four days of racing producing a very predictable three bunch sprint finishes and a time-trial.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





2014-15 Races & Results.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Races),

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Feb 1 (Races),

Ladies Tour of Qatar 2015 - Feb 3-6 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

Tour of Qatar 2015 - Feb 8-13 (Stages),

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),

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

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

More ...

January 30, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Jani Brajkovic tries out the new TT helmet from Smith
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
"Hello. Welcome to my blog. I want to share my experiences with my new UnitedHealthcare team with you this year.

For me, UnitedHealthcare is a different kind of team. I feel happy again in this team. When I fly to the races or when I'm meeting my teammates, I feel happy.

To me they're like a second family, and I've been really missing that in the past. It's nice to have this feeling back.

I just returned home form San Luis after 47 hours of travel, but it was not too bad.

I got lucky, I was upgraded from Buenos Aires to Dallas, and then I flew business class home as well. Being able to stretch out makes a big difference."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Italy's Enrico Franzoi (Liquigas)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping investigators have requested a three-month ban for cyclo-cross and road rider Enrico Franzoi for his links to Dr. Michele Ferrari.

Franzoi is the first rider to face a disciplinary hearing based on evidence from the Padova and Bolzano police investigations into the infamous sports doctor who worked with Lance Armstrong for much of the Texan's career.

Filippo Pozzato, Giovanni Visconti and Michele Scarponi have already served short bans for their links to Dr. Ferrari.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Matteo Pelucchi (IAM) nets the stage victory comfortably
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo/www.elpedaldefrodo.com.
Matteo Pelucchi won the bunch sprint in the opening race of the Mallorca Challenge in the Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salines-Campos on Thursday. The Italian claimed IAM Cycling’s first victory as a WorldTour team by a clear margin over Team Sky’s Elia Viviani and Jose Joaquin Rojas.

A crash in the final three kilometers took down MTN-Qhubeka’s Andreas Stauff, who broke his clavical in the fall.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: The peloton must tackle 52.7km of cobbles at this year’s Hell of the North – an identical route to that used in 2013 (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO).
Paris-Roubaix will boast even more cobbles for the 113th iteration of the famous race this year, including three secters set to be used at the Tour de France.

Riders will have tackle 253 kilometers of racing between Compiegne and the Roubaix velodrome in total on April 12, with 52.7km of that distance over the iconic pavé.

January 29, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Melissa Hoskins and Valentina Scandolara celebrate
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
The Orica-AIS team will aim to keep its winning momentum going in its next outing, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Saturday.

Coming off the high of three stage wins in the Santos Women's Tour last week, the Orica-AIS squad will remain largely the same, with double stage winner Melissa Hoskins opting to race the national track championships. She will be replaced by Gracie Elvin.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: He is a strong track rider and is expected to target the upcoming world championships in France this month. Photography by Pablo Cersosimo
Twice a stage victor in the Tour de San Luis, the Colombian sprinting sensation Fernando Gaviria’s vanquishing of riders such as Mark Cavendish in the race catapulted him into the limelight and, according to his agent, almost certainly into the WorldTour.

According to Giuseppe Acquadro, the 20 year old is of interest to teams from cycling’s top level on the basis of his performances.

He won stages one and three in the Argentinean event, stunning Cavendish and others, and finished second to the Briton on the final stage.

“We had several contacts and now the choice has been narrowed to two teams, one French and one Belgian, and both from the WorldTour,” Acquadoro told Tuttobiciweb.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: That’s not to say that it won’t be a picturesque race — the beach-side sections of the course through Barwon Heads and Bells Beach are stunning.
If it wasn’t already obvious from the name, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is a tribute to the long and successful career of one of Australia’s greatest ever cyclists: Cadel Evans.

It’s a course that Evans himself helped design and one that features many of the roads Evans likes to train on when he’s at home in Barwon Heads over the Australian summer.

Despite the name of the event, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race barely visits the Great Ocean Road at all.

Of the 174km raced by the elite men, just 6.6km of that will be on the famous tourist route — a 2.8km section and a 3.8km section.

When the race does visit the Great Ocean Road it won’t be to the windy and picturesque sections of the road you see in all the tourism brochures and websites — it’s two sections near the start of the Great Ocean Road in Torquay where it’s barely even possible to see the ocean.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: For many years, online streaming has been the only way for U.S. cycling fans to watch races. Universal Sports Network is increasing its coverage, but for now, not all cable subscribers have access to the channel. Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.com.
With the UCI world cyclocross championships set to start on Saturday in the Czech Republic, a familiar refrain pops up on American cycling fans’ Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and other sources: “How do I watch?”

Currently, the U.S. rights to many UCI cycling events are owned by Universal Sports Network (USN).

In fact, the network and the UCI recently announced a renewed partnership through 2018.

According to a press release, “The deal gives Universal Sports multi-platform rights, including exclusive TV and digital rights, to the UCI road world championships and UCI world championship and World Cup events in track cycling, BMX, mountain bike, and cyclocross.”

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Porte will try to repeat his 2012 victory in the Portuguese race.
The Australian time trial champion and winner of the 2012 Volta ao Algarve/Tour of Algarve Richie Porte, is back in the Portuguese race which will be held between the 18th and 22nd of February.

The peloton will be completed with the inclusion of two continental teams, the Polish ActiveJet and the Basque Murias Taldea.

Porte, 74th in the world rankings in 2014, is the strongest name chosen by Team Sky for the 41st edition of the Volta ao Algarve/Tour of Algarve.

He is one of the in-form riders at the beginning of this season, having won the Australian time trial championships and the queen stage of the Tour Down Under race where he finished second overall.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Eddy Merckx and his son, Olympic medalist Axel Merckx.
(Photo courtesy of granfondoaxelmerckx.com).
In an age when the FDA is debating the ethics of mitochondrial manipulation technologies (aka creating designer babies), it appears that some people are willing to go to great lengths to conceive potential professional athletes or other superstar offspring.

This seems a bit extreme and will certainly be extraordinarily expensive if and when the technology becomes available.

In the meantime, if you’re really hoping to give birth to a future Tour contender, you can try your hand at a DIY designer baby on the cheap by planning your conception for a fall birth, ideally in November.

January 29, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: Take a look inside for a comprehensive exploration of where Road Tubeless stands today.
Part One of our Road Tubeless series seemed to spur a lot of discussion, especially around the statement that a Road Tubeless standard does not exist.

Most of us believe if a product says “Road Tubeless” on the side, it will work with other items that say the same.

Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the case, and a lot of this confusion has come from the companies themselves, using the common term - either with caps (Road Tubeless) or without (road tubeless) - to market dissimilar products.

So we checked in with the producers of the most common products and asked them about the future of Road Tubeless.

Do they see standardization coming? Is there any standard now?

January 29, 2015 (bikerumor.com)








Photo: Bobridge Breaks Boardman's World Record | Bicycling
www.bicycling.com.
The hour record attempt by Jack Bobridge is expected to get underway at around 7:00pm local time on Saturday (9:00am CET or 3:00am U.S. Eastern).

January 31, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: The system that allowed Lance Armstrong to cheat and dope successfully for years should share the responsibility for his behaviour (EPA).
There are again questions over Lance Armstrong’s admissions and apologies following a BBC interview in which the former cyclist and confessed drug cheat admitted he would take performance-enhancing substances again.

Part of the debate has now shifted to whether there should be forgiveness and a reduction of Armstrong’s life ban from competitive sport.

In safety science, systems thinking tells us that behavior is an emergent property of systems; that there is a shared responsibility for all behavior; and that this responsibility is shared across all of the people within the system in which the behavior occurs.

The blame culture is acknowledged to be out of date, morally and ethically wrong, and generally useless for improving safety.

January 30, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Sven Nys has endured some frustration this season, but hopes to be back on good form for Sunday’s world championship race. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com.
Sven Nys cannot stop.

At 38 years old, already the oldest man in elite international cyclocross, and mired in the depths of his worst-ever career slump, Nys is already making plans for next year.

His two biggest rivals on Sunday as he sees it — Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert — are barely older than his own son, but nobody would count him out to win third world title, age or not.

Sven Nys is not slowing down. Not this year. Not next.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Denise Mueller and John Howard.
"It would be fitting to answer one big question that comes up a lot … How did you decide to go after a Women’s Bicycle Land Speed Record?

Well, it really wasn’t my idea (of course I kick myself for not thinking of it myself). It was my Coach, John Howard’s idea back in late 2012.

John and I went out to lunch and he proceeded to “bait” me with some obvious statements about myself after he said he had a great idea he wanted to throw my way.

Of course I was interested in his idea, but he prefaced telling me that idea until after he had me nodding my head like a bobble-head doll in agreement to all the lead up comments: “You like to go fast (nod nod smile), you like to draft (heck yes), you like to race cars (of course), you love to ride your bicycle (that’s a no brainer), you are an adrenaline junkie (well of course!) …” finally he had me begging to hear his idea!

At this point I can look back and say that when he told me his idea, it was like I was a puddle of gasoline and he threw a lit match."

January 30, 2015 (tobefastest.com)





Juanjo Lobato won the second stage of the Tour Down Under last week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
If Movistar isn’t deep enough already, with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana packing enough gunpowder to win in just about every race they start, the Spanish squad has added a sprinter to its arsenal of weapons.

Juanjo Lobato, a six-year pro from Spain’s Andalucía region who joined Movistar in 2014, is emerging as the nation’s best sprinter since Óscar Freire.

A victory in stage 2 at the Santos Tour Down Under last week confirmed the 26-year-old’s trajectory with his first UCI WorldTour win.

“It was great to win at the WorldTour for the first time. It’s never easy to win a sprint at this level,” Lobato told VeloNews. “It reveals that I am heading in the right direction. I have to keep working, and hope to post a few more wins this season.”

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Jack Bobridge signs-on before stage three of the 2015 Tour Down Under Credit: Graham Watson .
Jack Bobridge will attempt the Hour Record tomorrow in what is part of a grander career plan that coach Tim Decker has established in the run to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Bobridge holds the 4km individual pursuit world record and in Melbourne, Australia this weekend aims to add the Hour to his repertoire with a distance all parties hope will stand for more than the going month.

Decker has worked closely with Bobridge in the run to his attempt that is to precede equally anticipated efforts from compatriot Rohan Dennis and British legend Bradley Wiggins, respectively.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: If he can beat Brändle over an hour on Saturday he can do it again and again. Maybe the door to the World Tour opens again?
Jack Bobridge is the next to have a go at cycling’s Hour Record. Once the record was very prestigous but today it seems to be a record cherished within cycling rather than beyond it.

However it is the ultimate chance to define and redefine a career.

January 30, 2015 (inrng.com)





Cavendish congratulates Gaviria on the podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The Etixx-Quick-Step team appears to be the favorite to sign talented young Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria, who recently beat Mark Cavendish to win two stages at the Tour de San Luis.

The Etixx-Quick-Step team moved quickly to open talks with Gaviria's agent Giuseppe Acquadro and Patrick Lefevere seems keen to sign him.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Stephen Hyde had a strong ride to boost his Worlds team resume. 2015 Cyclocross National Championships – Elite Men. © Cyclocross Magazine.
On Sunday at 8:00 am EST, the Elite Men’s Race at Tabor will get underway, with the American Men’s Team ready to show their depth of talent, including a starting line position by Jeremy Powers.

Many already have a World Championship Race under their belt: all of them but one.

Today we give take a look at the newest force of the American men, none other than Stephen Hyde.

Stephen Hyde: The newest face in Elite Men’s Cyclocross in America, the once little known-rider who out-sprinted then National Champion Jonathan Page in Baltimore a year-and-a-half ago, the racer who posted-up for four wins this season (Nittany Lion, Charm City CX, the KMC Cyclo-Cross Festival, and Cycle-Smart International) and another two podiums against more experienced professionals, and the only “new” face on an American Men’s World’s roster full of international veterans.

January 30, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Photo: Mical Dyck, close on the heels of Maghalie Rochette. © Andrew Reimann.
In the last few days, we’ve been giving a preview on some of the favorites to compete in the Men’s and Women’s Elite Races in Tabor.

Although we mentioned many of the Canadian riders as international racers who should look out for, we wanted to offer you an in-depth look at some of the names that will be representing the Maple Leaf this year.

Michael van den Ham asked each of the Elite members a few questions about their entry into cyclocross, their preparation for the World Championships, their ambitions for the race, and their bikes.

January 30, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Rick Zabel is the best young rider after BMC won the team time trial
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
After whetting his appetite for top-level racing during his first season as a professional cyclist, Rick Zabel is targeting bigger and better things in year two.

The young German will start his season riding in support of Philippe Gilbert at the Dubai Tour next week. However, he has his eyes set on riding the monuments and his first Grand Tour and the World Championships in 2015.

“This year, I would like to do the bigger classics like the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Another big thing for me would be if I could do my first Grand Tour,” Zabel told Cyclingnews.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: FDJ's Thibaut Pinot may have finished on the podium at the Tour de France, but he aims to win more races in 2014.
FDJ rider Thibaut Pinot wants to get back to winning ways in 2015 after a season of frustration at the finish line.

While Pinot proved his GC credentials with a series of top-10 finishes, including third at the Tour de France, the 24-year-old failed to notch up a single stage win last year.

Four second-place finishes, notably on Hautacam on stage 18 of the Tour, helped Pinot in the overall standings, but did not satisfy his urge to win.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





As the day warmed up so did Andreas Stauff (MTN-Qhubeka), joining the 'no glove' club
Photo: © Bettini.
South Australia claim national team pursuit title, Vichot's 2015 goals.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: What I like to do is listen to what the athletes need and then try to achieve that for them.
Rochelle Gilmore’s Australian summer break has turned out to be anything but relaxing.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist has kept up the pace off the bike in an ongoing effort to smooth the path to the top-level of the sport for riders from her home country.

Gilmore, who founded international professional women’s road cycling team Wiggle Honda, was always going to be a prominent figure this Australian summer road season.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: Is it possible for a neo-pro today to train on the basis of feeling and past personal experience.
Cycling seems to be going in a one way direction with teams and riders adopting more and more sports science.

But a few riders still buck the trend against power meters.

Can they hold out?

January 29, 2015 (inrng.com)






Katerina Nash will tackle the world championships in Tabor, Czech Republic as the local favorite. She grew up just over an hour away. Photo: Wil Matthews | www.wilmatthewsphoto.com.
An airy three inches of snow fell on Prachatice, Czech Republic overnight Monday, adding a hint of slip-and-slide to Katerina Nash’s training spin. The legs are good, she says. Confidence is high. Pressure is low. The UCI Cyclocross World Championship course in Tabor suits her well.

And a bit of snow, for a veteran of both the summer and winter Olympics, for a rider with handling skills honed by a decade on the mountain bike circuit, only improves her odds.

On Sunday, the world’s best cyclocrossers better watch out for the local girl.

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)





Stage 7 winner Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The Etixx-Quick-Step team has announced that Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw will ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa on March 8.

The one-day event combines a road race and mass-participation ride for 35,000 people. It covers a 107km route around Cape Town and the iconic Table Mountain.

The event falls on the weekend of the Strade Bianche race in Tuscany and comes just three days before the start of Tirreno-Adriatico. However Cavendish is expected to ride the Italian stage race as he prepares for Milan-San Remo.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Qualifying is always a difficult one, it can be pretty hard if you’re not ready for it. Photography by Con Chronis
"Fourty-eight hours before his World Hour attempt on Saturday we spoke with Jack Bobridge at the BikeBug store grand opening in Melbourne.

Bobridge made a brief appearance in-between the Team Pursuit qualifying rounds and the finals (with his new Budget Forklifts team) during the Track National Championships and had a word with us about how he's feeling coming into his Hour Record attempt."

January 29, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





The Dubai Tour's inaugural edition, held in 2014, was won by American Taylor Phinney. In 2015, the race expands and will host more WorldTour teams. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali will kick off his 2015 race season at the Dubai Tour, February 4-7.

“I’m convinced that Dubai represents a great opportunity for cycling and vice versa,” Nibali said at the route presentation in November.

“Dubai Tour, which I raced last year too, will be my seasonal debut in 2015. The course is very interesting, and the third stage, with the final steep climb, it’s something very nice, [and] very hard to find in these surroundings.”

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)





Marc Madiot discusses FDJ's aims for the Tour de France
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The FDJ team held its official team presentation in Paris on Wednesday, with team manager Marc Madiot convinced that the French squad can win the Tour de France in the next five years.

Last year Thibaut Pinot finished third in the Tour de France behind Vincenzo Nibali and fellow Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud.

"The Tour has been unreachable for years, for reasons you know as well as I do. But now we have the potential.

This can be done in the next four to five years, if we continue to progress and if fate is in our favor,” French newspaper L'Equipe quoted Madiot as saying.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: It’s worth noting that new research has indicated that dehydration doesn’t have as much of an impact on performance as previously thought.
Milk-based beverages can be more effective than traditional sports drinks at replacing fluid lost during exercise, according to a study by Griffith University, one of Australia’s leading sports universities.

The study compared the rehydration potential of different milk-based drinks to a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage.

It claims that Pauls brand full cream milk, So Good brand soy milk, Nestle milk-based liquid meal supplement and Sustagen Sport, were more effective rehydration options than Powerade.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Very cheap and apparently very accurate, we expect the 4iiii Precision power meter to make waves in 2015.
We’re expecting power meters to really break into the mainstream market in 2015, with a range of budget options due for release or selling well already.

However the best could be still to come with the new Precision power meter from 4iiii.

The Precision isn’t quite ready for release quite yet, but 4iiii say they are aiming to sell it for an astonishingly low price.

What’s more they claim that despite the bargain-basement price-tag, accuracy will be >99%.

The system will be crank-based, somewhat resembling the Stages system, but unlike Stages can be fitted to existing cranks, and comes as either a single- or double-sided option.

 Powered by coin cell batteries with a claimed battery life of 200+ hours, and compatible with Bluetooth or ANT+, 4iiii certainly seems to have its bases covered.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






January 28, 2015 (velonews.com)





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January 30, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)


















January 30, 2015





16 January 2010 Press Conference of ARMSTRONG Lance (USA) RadioShack Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA .
Lance Armstrong was the most engaging pro cyclist of recent times.

Such was his appeal that, like Muhammad Ali, he transcended his sport and became an international superstar.

An intelligent, charismatic man with a lot to say. There are few top sports people who look you straight in the eye and hold your gaze when talking to you.

He’d even do it when answering the most banal question.

Armstrong never shied away from a question either. In fact he seemed to enjoy a battle in a press conference — just look at the YouTube clip of him verbally attacking Paul Kimmage at the 2009 Tour of California.

As in this case he was sometimes too confrontational and aggressive in his replies, but other times his charm, mixed with a little intimidation, meant he could get away with it.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: It would be a disservice to say that Evans's achievements post-2011 pale in comparison to his Tour win.
This Sunday marks the final race of Cadel Evans's career, the eponymous Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, drawing curtains on not just the 37 year old's career, but a chapter in Australian cycling.

We’re honestly not sure what to do here at Cycling Central after Evans retires.

The Australian has been such a huge part of the Oz cycling landscape these last 20 years that when he leaves it would be tempting to pack it in, and call time on the whole show.

January 30, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Tom Meeusen said his season didn't quite live up to his high expectations. Hopeful that a Belgian doping scandal is behind him, the 26-year-old is hungry for more opportunities to win races. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Two weeks ago, Tom Meeusen would have been a top pick for a place on the podium at the world championships this weekend here in the Czech Republic.

Then he was out — deleted from the Belgian roster for the race, the result of his role as a witness in the Belgian investigation into doping by doctor Chris Mertens.

Days — and a trip to the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport — later he was back, permitted to race after the court clarified that only riders suspected of doping offenses should be prevented from racing under UCI rules.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Have questions for Ciara? Ask them in the comments section or send us an email at editor@cyclingtips.com.au. Photography by Sean Rowe
The partnership forged between Dig Deep Coaching and CyclingTips in July 2014 will extend to Ella. We’re pleased to introduce you to Ciara MacManus. The Dig Deep coach hails from Ireland and is the reining Irish MTB XC champion.

Her main passion is the dirt, but her experiences span across all disciplines, and she has generously raised her hand to answer any questions you have about training.

While CyclingTips will continue to field questions for our male readers, Ciara is on hand to tackle questions from our women’s community.

Before she answers any of your questions, we threw five questions her way so you could get to know her a bit better.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: The peloton on stage six of the 2014 Paris-Nice .
The 2015 Paris-Nice stage race, March 8 to 15, will start with a prologue time trial, include a summit finish on La Croix de Chaubouret and spend the final two days on the Côte d’Azur in Nice.

Organizer ASO will present the entire course on February 3 in Versailles, but much of it has already been leaked.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Enrico Franzoi has one world title and several national titles in cyclocross. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The recently closed Padua inquiry in northern Italy, centered on Michele Ferrari, is bearing its first fruit.

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) recommended Thursday a three-month suspension for Italian Enrico Franzoi, who placed eighth in the 2007 Paris-Roubaix while racing with team Lampre-Fondital.

Franzoi, 32 from Mestre, raced on the road with Lampre and Liquigas through 2009 and worked mostly as a helper for riders like Alessandro Ballan and Filippo Pozzato.

He also won Italy’s national cyclocross title four times at the elite level, and earned Italy’s under-19 and U23 cyclocross crowns a combined five times. In 2003, he won the world U23 cyclocross championship.

In 2010, Franzoi reportedly spoke on the telephone with Ferrari, who has been banned from sport since 2002 in Italy and blocked worldwide based on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) case against Lance Armstrong.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Sven Nys won CrossVegas 2014. With the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup kicking off in Las Vegas next fall, it's expected that the fast, grassy race will see even more European stars on the start grid. Photo: Dave McElwaine.
The cyclocross World Cup will be heading across the pond for the 2015-2016 season.

The UCI Management Committee met in Tabor, Czech Republic ahead of cyclocross world championships, and made this along with several other significant decisions.

The first two rounds of the 2015-16 cyclocross World Cup will be held in Las Vegas then Montreal.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





2014 Tour Méditerranéen champion Stephen Cummings (BMC) on the podium with legendary former pro Raymond Poulidor
Photo: © Sirotti.
The organizer of the Tour Cycliste Méditerranéen has confirmed the race will go ahead this year, despite financial difficulties and the race not being listed on the 2015 UCI calendar.

Race organizer André Martres has published a brief message on the race website, revealing that the 2015 edition would consist of three stages, instead of the usual five stages, between February 12-14.

“This edition of the race has been more difficult to put in place than the last two editions,” Martres said in a message on the race website.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Scott has been showing off this prototype cyclocross bike all week. The new model is Scott's first foray into disc brakes in ’cross, and we believe it will be offered later this year with front and rear thru-axles. Photo: Scott Sports.
"Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t."

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: 2014 World Cyclo-cross champion Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic).
Zdeněk Štybar is sidelined from defending his title at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic, on Sunday, because of a shoulder injury he sustain in a crash in October.

He has also declined to commentate on the event because of the amount of time that it would take away from his training for the start of his upcoming road season, and particularly the Spring Classics.

"Last week, a doctor made some new implants, due to my crash in the Eneco Tour. As a result, I have not trained for a week."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






















January 29, 2015





Photo: There was a time when many Americans wondered if Lance Armstrong would like to stand behind this lectern on a more full-time basis .
They meet at his shop every week, buy his kit and drink his coffee, but most of the guys who have rolled up for the oldest group ride in Austin do not want to utter his name.

We are in the Juan Pelota Cafe, which is at one end of Mellow Johnny's  bike shop. That is "Mellow Johnny" as in the French for yellow jersey, "maillot jaune"; and "Juan Pelota" as in "one" and the Spanish for "ball". Guess who?

"Have you read 'Seven Deadly Sins'?" Andrew, a member of the Violet Crown  cycling crew, asks me, referring to the Irish journalist David Walsh's  most recent Lance Armstrong expose.

"For me, he went from being complicated to evil."

January 29, 2015 (bbc.com)





Photo: LANCE ARMSTRONG PRESS CONFERENCE IN ADELAIDE .
Lance Armstrong said that he wants to “try and make it right”, but is sending subpoenas to those who testified he doped to win seven Tour de France titles.

As part of his defence in a $95.7m (£63.2m) US Government whistleblower lawsuit, Armstrong has been sending out subpoenas to those that helped bring him down.

The subpoenas demand testimonies, documents and sworn statements that were used against Armstrong in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) cases.

Former team-mate Frankie Andreu received one and others are reportedly next.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)







Mathieu van der Poel is on many prognosticators' favorites lists in Sunday's elite men's race at the cyclocross worlds. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
If ever there was a wide open cyclocross world championships, this is it.

Who could have predicted in September that we would arrive at the four championship races that will unfold here starting Saturday, in this village of 35,000 people about an hour’s drive south of Prague, without a single defending world champion standing as a clear favorite to repeat?

Some might have predicted the absence of defending men’s champion Zdenek Stybar, who is chasing classics glory on the road this year, especially after his nasty crash in Ardooie in October.

Some might have predicted the rise of defending under-23 champion Wout Van Aert, who abandoned his eligibility for that category to race among the big boys in the elites.

Some might even have predicted that Marianne Vos’ frenetic pace, winning nearly every race in sight, more or less year-round, would leave her vulnerable to injury.

But all of the above, at the same time?

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)







Photo: The Dutch led the women’s race from start to finish the last time the World Championships was held in Tabor in 2010. © Joe Sales.
Start lists aren’t officially released until Friday afternoon, but we’ve mucked with spreadsheets and entry lists to create our own.

Ages listed are as of the race, not UCI racing age.

January 29, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Thumbs up for Fabio Aru (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini.
Fabio Aru is the rising star of Italian cycling but in 2015 he will again be overshadowed by his Astana team leader and fellow Italian Vincenzo Nibali.

The two are very similar riders with similar temperaments and are now even neighbours after Aru also moved to Lugano in Switzerland during the winter.

Many would like to see them on separate teams and so go head to head on the roads of the Giro d'Italia, sparking yet another rivalry that would fire up the tifosi.

But that is unlikely to happen. Aru is keen to plough his own furrow, secure his own place in the palmares of cycling, without getting into a fight with Nibali.

He already has the backing of the Astana team and was given the role of team leader for the Giro d'Italia for 2015, putting an end to Nibali's hopes of returning to the Giro this season.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: I cannot deny that passing Petacchi and having guys like Boasson Hagen behind you when you are only 20 years old in your first year as a pro, in a WorldTour race, that was special.
"Marco Haller is starting his fourth professional season and is only 23. He has the experience and is still young enough to have a long career and is already in one of the best WorldTour teams. We caught up with him in Spain to find out more about the pro from Austria.

At 23 Marco has a nice palmarés: In 2012 he won stage 4 Tour of Beijing, then in 2013 the Mountains classification in the Three Days of De Panne, 7th Overall Tour des Fjords with a win in the stage 3 team time trial and 7th Overall Arctic Race of Norway and then in 2014 he got his home win in stage 8 Tour of Austria.

After a hard days training in the Spanish Mountains we sat down for a good chat on just about everything."

January 29, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





Bradley Wiggins' face says it all after Paris-Roubaix
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
British Cycling’s Shane Sutton has insisted that Bradley Wiggins will take on Paris-Roubaix with the same belief and determination that served him so well during the rider’s previous three Olympic campaigns.

Wiggins has made Paris-Roubaix the number one target during his final season on the road, and he plans on returning to the track after the race in order to concentrate on the Hour Record and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Sutton has been a longstanding friend, coach and confidant for Wiggins over the years, and helped him towards Tour de France and Olympic successes.

Last year Wiggins finished a creditable ninth in Paris-Roubaix and was a key protagonist in the race.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: the Giro Boy Undershorts are also charmingly retro. (Photo courtesy of Giro)
I love a good pair of boy shorts. They’re full coverage, but flirty; comfortable, yet somehow kinda sexy.

And honestly, how often do you find cycling gear that makes you want to dance in front of the mirror?

Those are the reasons I'm psyched about the trend of briefs-with-chamois—Club Ride, Aerotech Designs, Vulpine, and KOR NYC to name a few—and I was excited to check out Giro’s offering.

They’re an awesome addition to any female cyclist’s wardrobe, but in particular, they’re great for two types of people: those who commute mid-range distances, and those who are just getting into cycling but already own plenty of tights and sporty shorts from other athletic activities.

January 29, 2015 (bicycling.com)











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