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Thumbnail: Stage 3 preview . "Monday's Tour de France Stage 3 departs Anvers at 1:10pm CET (7:10am U.S. Eastern). The approximate finish is at Huy at around 5:17pm CET (11:17am U.S. Eastern).

Tour de France live streaming video should get underway at around 13:00 CET (4:00 AM PST)." (steephill.tv) (cyclingfans.com)

July 5, 2015








Thumbnail: André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images. "As the sunny skies and warm weather of Utrecht gave way to treacherous conditions on the exit from Rotterdam, stage 2 of the Tour de France burst to life. As news came over race radio that Nairo Quintana was in trouble, Etixx Quick Step put the hammer down and split the race to pieces in the crosswinds.

In a bunch sprint, the stage spoils went to Andre Greipel after Mark Cavendish led out the sprint with 200 meters to go, pipping Peter Sagan at the post, with Fabian Cancellara taking third and the maillot jaune after Rohan Dennis was caught out in the wind." (cyclingnews.com)

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Thumbnail: Balint Hamvas. "Megan Guarnier won stage two of the Giro Rosa from an elite group of eight riders that took shape over the climbs and descents that punctuated the second half of the stage.

The American played off a late race attack by teammate Evie Stevens - employing a similar strategy to the one the pair used to net Guarnier her second national road title last May.

With the stage win, Guarnier moved into the race lead, pulling on the iconic maglia rosa." (cyclingtips.com.au)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Arrow from Dolenjska«, as is Marko Kump's nickname, won the race. www.adria-mobil-cycling.com"Slovenian wins sprint over Gavazzi, Zanotti" (cyclingnews.com)




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Thumbnail: Norwegian rider Sondre Holst Enger of the IAM Cycling team celebrates on the podium after. "Ciolek moves into race lead" (cyclingnews.com)






July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: {L to R}: Elisa, Yvon and Marc Madiot this morning at the start of stage 2.. "While there is little chance that Marc Madiot is a fan of funk legend Sly and the Family Stone, he manages his FDJ cycling team very much in the spirit of Stone’s 70’s classic, “It’s a Family Affair.”

Madiot, the two time winner of the prestigious Paris-Roubaix cycling classic, built his team in 1997, along with his brother Yvon. As riders on the mighty Renault team, the two traded off French national champion jerseys in the 1980’s. And they remain inseparable today, as Yvon is one of the team directors and Yvon’s daughter Elisa is the press officer." (pelotonmagazine.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Expect to see echelons today (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "The Tour de France hits the open roads on Sunday for stage two from Utrecht to Zelande, with the final 50km of the 166km stage on the exposed coastline of the Netherlands overlooking the North Sea.

Temperatures in the Netherlands are still high but a storm is brewing over the south of Britain with forecast suggesting it will move east, meaning there could be rain and increasing winds in the afternoon. With the stage due to finish just after 5pm local time, the first road stage could become chaotic, with the bad weather inspiring attacks, echelons, splits in the peloton producing a nervous finale for the riders and risks of time losses for overall contenders." (cyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015





2014-15 Races & Results.

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

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

Tour of Austria - July 4-12 (Stages & Results),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Rohan Dennis in yellow (Bettini Photo). "BMC Racing Team have rewarded Rohan Dennis for his stage 1Tour de France victory with a yellow BMC Teammachine SLR01 for sunday's second stage to Zelande.

Photographs posted on social media by the BMC team revealed Dennis' special bike. It was presented to him by the teams head mechanic when he arrived back at the team hotel on Saturday evening still wearing his yellow jersey." (cyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: The visor on the new Giro helmet flips upwards and is held in place by magnets (see bottom right). When worn the helmet tilts downwards and towards the face as the front of the helmet has a rather deep section to it. "With the eyes of the cycling world on the Tour de France it’s a prime time for manufacturers to let fans know that they have new products for them to buy. This year’s stage 1 ITT in Utrecht saw more tech goodies on show than in previous years. In fact it was a gear geek’s paradise.

Giro was one company getting a lot of attention on social media while the race was on and they took the opportunity to show off their new and as-yet-unnamed time trial helmet. This is being worn by both the IAM Cycling and Katusha teams." (cyclingtips.com.au)

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

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

July 4, 2015







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

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

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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

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

July 4, 2015







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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 3, 2015






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

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

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

July 3, 2015








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

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

July 3, 2015








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

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

July 3, 2015






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

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

July 3, 2015






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

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

Thank you. Please.

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

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Thumbnail: Greipel's victory put him in the green jersey. "Twelve months to the day since his crash in Harrogate, things looked set up perfectly for the Manx Missile. He was in the front group with a load of Etixx QuickStep team mates and the wind had died down a bit after the earlier squall.

Cavendish's 26th Tour stage win was on the cards. But he was left to sprint from a long way out, it looked like well over 300m, and was overhauled a few meters from the line.

What was almost worse, as he realized he was beaten and looked over at stage winner Andre Greipel and second placed Peter Sagan, Cavendish was also caught and passed by Fabian Cancellara." (telegraph.co.uk)

July 5, 2015








Thumbnail: Certified badass Nairo Quintana looks utterly unperturbed on the start line (Matthew Allen / Immediate Media). "Eusebio Unzue’s involvement with the Movistar set-up stretches back more than 30 years, through the eras of Reynolds and Banesto, the reigns of Pedro Delgado and Miguel Indurain, but if he ever tires of team management, then a second career as a spin doctor surely awaits.

On the man-made island of Neeltje-Jans after stage 2 of the Tour de France, as a huddle of television crews and reporters swarmed around the Movistar team bus, Unzue was quick to put an optimistic slant on what has been an inauspicious start to Nairo Quintana’s bid for overall victory." (cyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen leads the breakaway up Alpe d’Huez on Stage 18 of the 2013 Tour de France. . "THe was so close, yet again. And few places in pro cycling cause as much anguish around “almost” as Alpe d’Huez.

The 2013 Tour de France was, to put it bluntly, a tragic race for Tejay van Garderen.

Fifth overall the year before, he had been named co-leader of his BMC team alongside former winner Cadel Evans, and was tipped as a possible podium contender." (bicycling.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Bauke Mollema was 50th today (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Bauke Mollema settled into his Tour de France with a solid ride in the opening time trial in Utrecht, finishing 14th behind stage winner Rohan Dennis. The result saw Mollema put time into a number of his main GC rivals, including Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana. Although the gains were just a matter of seconds but the Dutchman was nevertheless pleased with his opening ride.

“I think that it was a good time trial and I’m happy with the result,” he told Cyclingnews as he warmed down." (cyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: The rider who mitigates those time leakages best will be the man who stands in yellow in Paris. "The 24-year-old Frenchman, who finished sixth in last year's Tour with a series of fine performances in the mountains, lost near a minute to compatriot Thibaut Pinot and was 1'34 behind stage winner Rohan Dennis. The time trial, a technical, narrow run through the packed streets of Utrecht, was never going to play to Bardet's strengths - but the magnitude of the loss will be more difficult to recoup this year, perhaps more than any other.

If this year's Tour followed the formula of the archetypal, it would be folly to dwell on Bardet - the road is long, and the Tour's major tests always come in the Pyrenees and Alps. For Bardet, that would normally be the way back; employ a conservative approach before the Tour's first key mountains and then catapult himself up the classement as the race simmers into action." (sbs.com.au)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Daniel Martin in the middle of a Cannondale-Garmin sandwich (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Dan Martin's Tour de France began with a steady ride in the Utrecht time trial on Saturday but the Irishman's focus is already been dialled in on the road race stages and especially stage 3, which finishes atop the Mur de Huy in Belgium.

It's a climb that Martin – and his Classics rivals – know well from La Fleche Wallonne and after crashing out of the Spring event in April, Martin is determined to showcase his class on the grandest stage of all.

"I went into Fleche as a favorite but crashed out. I'm not in the running for the yellow jersey after the time trial so I can purely go for the stage now. The Mur will sort the rest out," Martin said." (cyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Asks Anthony Tan, will the absence of the world's best coiffured cyclist, not to mention best sprinter, be a decision his team will live to regret? "I have to say, it takes a lot of... er, well, balls to exclude the best sprinter of the past two Tours de France from your team.

True, the Dolph Lundgren/Ivan Drago lookalike had been plagued by illness, and year to date, after just 22 race days, has only one win to his name: the People's Choice Classic - on January 18...

On June 25, when his team, Giant-Alpecin, announced their line-up, they said: "With an impressive haul of eight stage wins in the previous two editions of La Grande Boucle, Team Giant-Alpecin heads to this year's Tour de France once again with the goal of winning a stage."" (sbs.com.au)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Its nearest competitor in terms of price and design at first glimpse seems likely to be the Giro Air Attack.. "Bryan Coquard of Team Europcar will be debuting the newest addition to the Louis Garneau helmet range on stage two of the 2015 Tour de France Sunday.

The new Garneau Sprint helmet features a compact design for decreased drag, with venting at the sides and back. The helmet slots in between the Louis Garneau Course aero helmet and the P-09 in terms of price and claimed aerodynamic benefit." (cyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015







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

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

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

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

July 4, 2015







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

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

July 4, 2015







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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

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

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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015








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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

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

July 3, 2015








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

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

July 3, 2015








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

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

July 3, 2015






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

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

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

July 3, 2015






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

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Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen was among the contenders to land on the right side of a wind-driven split on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele . "A bright yellow umbrella flew across a dike on the North Atlantic coast, blown inside out by the wind, chased in vain by an owner doused by the storm. An old couple looked on from their caravan, warm, dry, probably laughing.

When weather rolls in on the northern European coast, some win, and some lose.

A splintered peloton flew by the same spot not 30 minutes later, fractured by the very same wind, the same storm, into four groups spread over more than five minutes by the finish line. Only two days into the Tour de France and the dream of yellow, for many, was already riding up the road." (velonews.com)

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Thumbnail: Alberto Contador finishes stage 2. (Bettini Photo). "There were plenty of handshakes and hugs at the Tinkoff-Saxo bus after team leader Alberto Contador managed to gain a significant amount of time on several of his rivals in an incident-packed stage to Zelande.

After a sluggish performance in the stage 1 time trial, Contador rebounded with a tactically astute performance that saw him gain 1:28 on Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot." (cyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Brian Cookson on stage fourteen of the 2014 Tour de France . "UCI president Brian Cookson has said that he believed Astana are doing their best to support clean sport and comply with World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rules, after the team’s Tour de France start was mired by Lars Boom showing a low-cortisol level in a pre-race test.

That saw Astana quickly abandon the rules of the voluntary anti-doping organisation they are part of, the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC)." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Eddy Merckx leads Frenchman Bernard Thévenet during the 15th stage of the 1975 Tour de France one day after being punched on the Puy du Dome. "The gentleman was wearing a beige jacket, shirt, and slacks. He was dressed respectably as though for a day in the office, and he looked to be in late middle age, with graying hair. If you were to try and identify the violent thug among the thousands of people standing that day by the roadside on the Puy de Dôme, he might have been the last pick.

He was just one member of an estimated 100,000-person crowd, who packed the 12 percent slopes of the 1,415-meter dome-shaped extinct volcano in France’s Massif Central." (bicycling.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: www.davidchauner.com . "There are very few Novels with a cycle sport theme and fewer that can handle the scrutiny of anyone who knows their two wheeled sport inside out. But ‘High Road Chasing the Yellow Jersey‘ by ex-International rider Dave Chauner, really does cut the mustard.

I was in the 7th grade, when I checked out of the library Claire Huchet Bishop’s novel The Big Loop published in 1955. The book was illustrated by Charles Fontsere, and it stirred my passion for bicycles. The primary character was Andre Girard who fit the Horatio Alger rags-to-riches myth with a European flair, a young boy overcoming the odds to become a champion racer in the Tour.

Andre was the fictitious embodiment of many true bike racing champions. The story resonated with me, and Fontsere’s illustrations danced in my brain, igniting my cycling career." (pezcyclingnews.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Suspension stems are back, with air dampened shocks and angle adjustment. Stafast air shock suspension stem. © Cyclocross Magazine. "The cycling industry has a “cycle” of innovation that surprises consumers by resurfacing and reinventing products that were popular years ago. Look at a high-end bicycle shop and you’ll see plenty of lace-up cycling shoes, wool jerseys, handmade cotton tires, cotton crochet gloves, small-diameter seatposts, and ovalized chainrings.

Bikes have gone full circle too. The new generation of gravel bikes tend to mimic the sport touring bikes of twenty and thirty years ago in terms of geometry and tire clearance. Cannodale has embraced drop bar suspension bikes again after introducing the Headshok-equipped cyclocross bikes 15 years ago, and has even embraced 25.4mm seat posts." (cxmagazine.com)

July 5, 2015






Thumbnail: Alex Dowsett, British time trial national championships 2015 . "With the opening time trial now behind him, Movistar’s Alex Dowsett must settle down to his main task in this Tour de France – protecting team leader Nairo Quintana.

Dowsett has raced for many leaders at Team Sky and Movistar, but Quintana stands out from them all.

He said that the politeness and gratefulness that his Movistar captain shows, in races like the Tour de France helps him push that much further." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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July 4, 2015






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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015










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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015







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

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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

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

July 4, 2015






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

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

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July 3, 2015







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

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

July 3, 2015






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

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

July 3, 2015







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

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

July 3, 2015


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