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Thumbnail: Stage 6 Profile. Overlay. "Friday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 7 gets underway at 12:17 CET (3:17pm Pacific). The approximate finish is at: 5:40 CEST (8:40am Pacific)

Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00pm U.S. Eastern, 7:00am Pacific)."
(cyclingfans.com) (steephill.tv)








Thumbnail: Esteban Chaves attacked nobody chased him down . Thumb Overlay. "The race has had some uphill finishes, today brings the first genuine summit finish and with it the chance to discover who’s able to win the race outright.

As well as the main contenders we’ll see how Esteban Chaves fares on a longer climb and whether he’s still smiling at the end of the day."
(inrng.com)

August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Guillaume Martin (Pierre Carrey). Thumb Overlay. "A “philosopher-climber” took the stage victory and the lead of mountains classification at the Tour de l'Avenir Thursday, at the French-Italian border, in the ski resort of La Rosière.

Indeed, Guillaume Martin, the Frenchman who is now second overall at three seconds behind Austria's Gregor Mühlberger, completed Masters in philosophy in June at Nanterre University, close to Paris. His subject of studies was, somehow a question of sport: the links between spirit and body in the work of Friedrich Nietzsche."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2015





2014-15 Races & Results.

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

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 22-29 (Stages & Results),

Tour du Poitou-Charentes - Aug 25-29 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 6-13 (Stages),

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

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 17-23 (Results),

Women's USA Pro Challenge - Aug 21-23 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 23 (Results),

Tour du Limousin - Aug 18-21 (Results),

La Route de France - Aug 9-15 (Results),

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

Giro Rosa - July 3-12 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2015








Thumbnail: Esteban Chaves (Orica - GreenEdge) - (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "Esteban Chaves made up for the disappointment of the previous day as he snatched the red jersey back from the shoulders of Tom Dumoulin on the uphill finish on the Alto de Cazorla on stage 6 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Yesterday the Colombian lost the race lead he had held since stage 2 and here he struck out with just over 2km remaining out on the short, sharp final climb. Dumoulin had no choice but to set off in pursuit and ended up third, five seconds back, after Dan Martin pipped him to the line."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Esteban Chaves after stage six of the Vuelta a Espana (Sunada). Thumb Overlay. "Not even Tom Dumoulin realized that he’d wrenched the red jersey from Esteban Chaves after stage five, but the young Colombian wanted to make sure everyone knew he’d won it back on stage six.

Attacking off the front with two and a half kilometers to the finish, Chaves simply waltzed past the remaining breakaway rider Steve Cummings on the sharp final climb and never (figuratively) looked back."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: The mountain finales get serious for real. Thumb Overlay. "The theme is the same roughly, an uncomplicated long approach to a finishing climb.

Friday though we see a more undulating terrain and the final climb is a long one. In two steps we start with a gently sloping six kilometers, take a four km flat breather and then the last nine km are uphill at something like 6-7%.

Chaves should be able to continue cruising on the current form he has while we should see some of the bigger names like Nairo and Froome having to show their cards a little more."
(podiumcafe.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) claimed the Vuelta leader's jersey on Wednesday. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Tom Dumoulin had to be hauled out of the Giant-Alpecin bus after Wednesday’s stage to go to the podium ceremony as the new leader of the Vuelta a España.

The 6-foot-1 Dutch rider was as surprised as anyone that he gapped overnight leader Esteban Chaves in the grinding sprint finale to snag the red leader’s jersey by one second.

“I didn’t realize I had the lead until I was on the bus,” Dumoulin said. “I was angry at the line because I couldn’t help John [Degenkolb] like I wanted to in the sprint, and then I heard on the radio I was the leader. That was a pleasant surprise."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: The Russians were hitting the trainers before the stage. Always an indicator of a short, brutal stage
Photo Directvelo. Thumb Overlay. "Alliteration, my friend, you never get old. The mountains have made their presence felt in the Tour de l'Avenir already and there are still two days to go. This was basically a re-run of stage 6 from last year's race except the mountains were in a little bit different order but the finish on the La Rosiere climb was the same.

The race started off quick and it hit many of the non-climbers hard. German Chaves was feeling frisky and attacked his breakaway mates on the opening Col du Saisies and was able to make it last until the top of the climb."
(espoirscentral.blogspot.com.au)

August 27, 2015








Thumbnail: Marc Sarreau on the podium (JF Quenet). Thumb Overlay. "FDJ neo-pro Marc Sarreau entered the world of successful sprinters on Thursday as he claimed his first professional victory on stage 3 of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes ahead of MTN-Qhubeka’s Tyler Farrar.

At the stage finish in Loudun, the home of Theophraste Renaudot, who was considered the father of journalism after he founded “La Gazette” in May 1631, Sep Vanmarcke took over from Arnaud Gérard in the lead of the general classification thanks to a time bonus collected on the road."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Canyon’s Smart Bike Computer is the world's first app-based cycle computer (Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media). Thumb Overlay. "Canyon has unveiled an all-new bike computer that has been developed in collaboration with Sony. Expected to be available in spring 2016, the Canyon Smart Computer integrates neatly into a handlebar stem and runs on Google’s Android Wear operating system – a versatile platform most commonly found on smartwatches.

The Smart Computer pairs with smartphones or external sensors via Bluetooth but an integrated GPS module and 4GB of internal storage mean that the device can also be used on its own."
(bikeradar.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: €24,000 euros! Thumb Overlay. "Lightweight shamelessly showed off a special edition version of its Urgestalt frameset, bedecked in all manner of gold, called the Urgestalt 24.

As one might guess, the “24” corresponds with the fact, that the frame’s graphics have been rendered in nothing short of 24 carat gold.

In addition, the “24” also means, that production has been limited to just 24 framesets, that carry a cost of, you guessed it, €24,000 euros!

Holy scheibe!"
(capovelo.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: First off, Rotor did not, as many have assumed, simply buy Acros and rebadge it. Thumb Overlay. "Rotor’s Uno hydraulic drivetrain will be entering the market in spring 2016 and will be on the bikes of team MTN-Qhubeka for next season.

We haven’t had a chance to ride it yet; that will come at the company’s press launch this fall. But we did get to play around with the system at Eurobike, as well as talk to Rotor co-founder and chief innovation officer Pablo Carrasco about how the system works and how it came to be. Carrasco also confirmed that Team MTN-Qhubeka will race Uno for the 2016 season."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Power2Max cut their prices by 20%. Thumb Overlay. "Power2Max cut their prices by 20%, down to $610US – including the cranks.  Yes, seriously.  For the company now celebrating its five year anniversary this year, things appear to be going well.

The already good-deal Power2Max line got even better with the price drop.  This drop didn’t come to their now phased out Classic line, but rather their fancy newish Type-S line.

In fact the Power2Max folks tell me that all production of Classic models have permanently ended in order to keep up with Type-S production and to shift resources there."
(dcrainmaker.com)

August 27, 2015








Thumbnail: Caleb Ewan celebrates his victory (Getty Images). Overlay. "Caleb Ewan claimed his maiden Grand Tour stage win at the Vuelta a Espana on stage 5 from Rota to Alcalá de Guadáira.

The young Australian was led out perfectly by his Orica GreenEdge teammates before sweeping by John Degenkolb in the closing 50 meters. Peter Sagan started the sprint near the front but faded to third place."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2015









Thumbnail: Caleb Ewan on the Vuelta podium (Getty Images). Overlay. Caleb Ewan: "It was super tough up there. I didn’t realize it was going to be so hard but my team put me in a perfect position coming into the climb and I started the climb at front.

My teammate went to the front but I knew it was a little early, so I dropped back a few spots onto Degenkolb’s wheel. He went at probably the right time but I waited and waited, and then got over him on the last steep bit. It turned out perfect."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: Mads Würtz Schmidt: Forventede at køre mit livs bedste løb Feltet.dk
www.feltet.dk. Thumb Overlay. "With the mountains backloaded in this year's edition of the Tour de l'Avenir, most teams went with a climbing heavy roster that lacked big-time sprinters and rouleurs.

I say most teams because Danish National coach Morten Bennekou went in the complete opposite direction and brought a team filled with riders that are most comfortable on the flats and small hills bar one in Patrick Olesen.

This gamble has paid off in spades and continued on the 4th stage of the Tour de l'Avenir, where the race finally entered into the Haute Savoie department and got a taste of what is to come.

Mads Würtz won the sprint ahead of Dries Van Gestel and Anders Skaarseth to make up for his close 2nd on stage 1."
(espoirscentral.blogspot.com.au)

August 26, 2015







Thumbnail: After Etixx-QuickStep had split the peloton to pieces, Trentin finished off the job. "Etixx QuickStep proved that they are the best team in the world to ride in windy conditions when they delivered Matteo Trentin to victory in stage 2 of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes.

After they had split the group in the crosswinds, they won the battle against Movistar before Trentin beat Yauheni Hutarovich and Sep Vanmarcke in the 28-rider sprint. Arnaud Gerard made the selection and defended the lead."
(cyclingquotes.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: Christopher Froome (Team Sky) (Bettini Photo). "Team Sky team manager Dave Brailsford has pointed out that his squad’s strong performance in the Vuelta’s first few stages shows that the British team is not resting on their laurels after winning the Tour de France.

Chris Froome has started his bid to add the Vuelta a España to his Tour de France victory with top ten places in the uphill finishes and is currently ninth overall, Nicolas Roche has had two near-misses on stages and is lying third overall."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: Vuelta organizers have had a difficult time finding red jerseys that fit Esteban Chaves properly. Photo: Tim De Waele. "Esteban Chaves is a little man with a big engine, and an even bigger smile, who continues to grow by the day in the Vuelta a España leader’s jersey.

At 5-foot-5 and under 120 pounds, Vuelta organizers are having a hard time finding a red jersey that properly fits his birdlike frame for the post-stage podium ceremony, but five days into the Spanish grand tour, it’s becoming clear Chaves is having no problem growing into the role as team leader.

“I’m not nervous, I’m scared,” Chaves said with a laugh. “It’s a really big responsibility [to lead], but it’s part of the game. It’s beautiful.”
(velonews.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark) (Pierre Carrey). "Danish double stage winner works a lot on psychology Søren Kragh Andersen doesn’t go wild.

He was sitting on the hot seat behind the scenes, waiting for his challengers to beat his time and crossing the line, one after the other, on the Tour de l'Avenir's prologue, in Tonnerre, Burgundy. He almost apologized or minimized his performance: “I am not an expert in time trial”.

He had flown over the cobbles, the 12% climb and the fast downhill where he reached 84km/h, but the Danish strong-boy didn't want to celebrate too much."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2015







Thumbnail: New 30 Course aluminium wheelset has wide, tubeless-ready rim . Overlay. "Zipp’s entire Firecrest rim-braked range gets a new hub for 2016. The Firecrest rims are retained but the hubs are replaced with a new model.

Called the 77/177, the new hub does away with the previous pre-load adjustment and Zipp claims that it is maintenance-free. The new hub will feature in the 808, 404, 303 and 202 clincher and tubular wheels."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 26, 2015








Thumbnail: The Vuelta's stage 4 was tailor-made for Alejandro Valverde's punchy finishing kick and canny tactical acumen. Photo: Tim De Waele. "Spanish star Alejandro Valverde treated his home crowd to a thrilling victory on Tuesday at the Vuelta a España. The stage 4 finish suited the Movistar leader’s punchy riding style.

A steep ramp with four kilometers to go tore apart the field. Then it relented before one final kick to the line - not a simple finale, which was perfect for Valverde’s canny instincts. He let others pull back a late attack, stayed well-positioned, then jumped in the final 50 meters, shutting the door on Peter Sagan, who had to settle for second place, Moreno was third."
(cyclingnews.com) (velonews.com)

August 25, 2015




On Friday morning, August 28th, I will be having some fairly heavy duty surgery and will be out of commision for a while.

I will (obviously) not be updating the Doug Report on Friday but I am hoping that the hospital will have decent Wi-Fi and I will feel good enough to be able to add new content, possibly as early as Saturday.

Please bear with me as I recover.

Thanks,
Doug


August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: I haven’t really looked back on anything because I feel like I’m still in it. Thumb Overlay. "Taylor Phinney has avoided saying he is ‘back’ despite a hugely successful return to racing; a return that is set to continue at the Tour of Britain from next week.

The 25-year-old has earmarked the race on a program that could also include the UCI Road World Championships on home soil after being sidelined through injury for an excruciating 15 months."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Pete Stetina (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Trek Factory Racing have made their second rider signing in as many days with American Peter Stetina joining on a one-year deal from BMC Racing. The news follows Wednesday’s announcement that Ryder Hesjedal will move from Cannondale-Garmin to Trek at the end of this season on a one-year contract.

Stetina, 28, rose through the ranks at Garmin before moving to BMC Racing two years ago. His move to Trek comes after a difficult season in which he crashed out of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and suffered a fractured tibia and patella. The American fought back and recenty rode the Tour of Utah and several stages at the USA Pro Challenge."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen . Thumb Overlay. "Tejay van Garderen is an optimist. Only two days after dropping out of the Tour de France, while sitting third overall, he had moved on. He set his sights on the Vuelta a España, where he has been racing for the last week.

The American of team BMC Racing dropped out of the Tour in its third week, midway through the Pra Loup stage, due to a respiratory infection. He sat third overall behind leader Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana.

“It was a disappointment, but if you dwell on it too much it doesn’t do anyone any good,” van Garderen told Cycling Weekly yesterday."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) helped BMC Racing chase down the break on Independence Pass during the early part of stage 4, from Aspen to Breckenridge. Photo: Casey B. Gibson. Thumb Overlay. "BMC Racing steamrolled the competition at the USA Pro Challenge last week, winning four of seven stages, with three different riders, and taking first and second on the general classification. Behind the scenes, however, domestic riders complained of the team’s strong-arm tactics in the peloton.

Previously documented, both here on VeloNews and in a column by Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies rider Phil Gaimon on Cyclingnews.com, tensions were high between visiting UCI WorldTeams and the domestic teams that race in North America all season long.

Some references to the tensions within the bunch were purposefully opaque. Robbie Squire of Hincapie Racing sat third overall after four stages, and complained that those “riding at the front” had hassled him. When pressed, he said he preferred not to name specific riders or teams.

However BMC led the race, riding at the front, from stages 2 through 7."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Peter Sagan is racing in the Vuelta as preparation for next month's worlds road race. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Peter Sagan won the third stage of the Vuelta a España on Monday, which is part of his plan to conquer the world. The Slovak of team Tinkoff-Saxo is racing in the Spanish grand tour with an eye on Richmond, Virginia - where he could make up for a mostly fruitless spring at the world championships.

Tinkoff hired Sagan last winter to lead its team to a monument win in Milano-Sanremo, the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), or Paris-Roubaix. He came up short, recording just one victory in the spring - a stage in Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Tour de France, where he won the green jersey after five second places, helped make amends. Redemption, however, would truly come with the world championships. Though not a monument, it is just as prestigious and offers the winner the privilege to wear the rainbow jersey for one year."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "Vincenzo Nibali's hopes of making a quick return to racing following his expulsion from the Vuelta a España have been dashed by UCI rules, which prohibit riders eliminated from a stage race from competing in any other event until that race is over.

Nibali apologized for cheating in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport and said he hoped to race again as soon as possible, perhaps even this weekend at the Gran Prix Ouest France WorldTour race in Plouay."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Jolien D'hoore, stage winner, Women's Tour 2015, stage two . Thumb Overlay. "The leader of the UCI Women’s World Cup, Wiggle-Honda’s Jolien d’Hoore, has announced she will not be competing at the final event of the series this weekend in order to fully prepare for September’s World Championships.

D’Hoore took the lead last weekend with a win at the Crescent Vårgårda road race in Sweden as a late crash by Lizzie Armitstead saw her slip down the leaderboard.

But the 25-year-old Belgian said she always planned to have a month of solid training before the World Championships in Richmond on September 26."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Kristian House attacks, Tour Series 2015, Motherwell Credit: Andy Jones . Thumb Overlay. "Former British road race champion Kristian House will leave JLT-Condor at the end of 2015, ending his eight-year association with the team.

House, the 2009 Nationals winner, has ridden for John Herety’s squad through its various guises as Rapha Condor-Recycling.co.uk and Rapha Condor-Sharp since joining from the American Navigators squad for 2008.

House’s combative style has brought him wins in the 2011 Tour of South Africa and the King of the Mountains jersey at the 2012 Tour of Britain, as well as stage wins in the 2010 Tour of Japan and 2011 Vuelta Ciclista a Leon."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Garmin has produced a software update that will enable users of the Edge 510, 810 and 1000 to see Strava segments data in real time. Thumb Overlay. "It has been long awaited, but it seems that Garmin users will now be able to see Strava segments in real time, as they ride, by way of a software update available to existing Garmin devices.

The update comes after Garmin previously announced details of the Edge 520 on the 1st of July. The Edge 520 was touted as the first bike computer compatible with Strava live segments. As of the 25th August, Garmin now offers this feature across the Edge 510, 810 and 1000 head units."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Look KéO Power now works on ANT+, which finally makes it compatible with Garmins and other standard cycling computers (Ben Delaney / Immediate Media). Thumb Overlay. "Long before Garmin Vector and PowerTap P1, Look had a pedal-based power meter called the Look KéO Power. One major obstacle for widespread acceptance, however, was the lack of compatibility with standard cycling computers.  That will soon change.

As part of a partnership with Polar, the Look KéO Power only worked with Polar computers and then, more recently, with the rare computers that use Bluetooth Smart.

In January, new Look KéO Power pedals will come with Bluetooth Smart and the ANT+ wireless protocol, finally making them compatible with Garmins and other regular bike computers."
(bikeradar.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: WorldTour teams including Team Sky appear to believe that shorter cranks are more efficient. Thumb Overlay. "When Tour de France winning teams find a new way of working, it’s always worth paying attention.

Team Sky have for some time been testing their riders on cranks shorter than 170mm. Although it’s unclear exactly what length cranks they’re racing on, it seems the days of 172.5mm and 175mm cranks are gone."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: MyCampy is expected to become available in the next few months.. Thumb Overlay. "The Italian cycling marque, Campagnolo, announced today, the launch of its new app – MYCampy.

The new mobile app, is designed to assist Campagnolo owners with managing their components, by keeping track of ride data and usage.

In doing so, the new app aims help owners keep track of wear and tear on their parts, by keeping up to date maintenance records.

The app will initially be available for both iOS and Android, followed by a PC platform."
(capovelo.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: The WTB Saddle Fit System is intended to be used with an existing WTB Test Ride Kit. Thumb Overlay. "WTB is showing off its new Saddle Fit System at Eurobike. The system is designed to steer a rider towards suggested saddles by using a pressure sensitive pad that is placed over the rider's existing saddle to measure sit-bone position.

"By allowing our Saddle Fit System to slide over a rider's existing saddle, we are not changing his or her preferences for fore/aft adjustment of the rails, nor slope of the saddle," said Chris Feucht, WTB's manager of new product. "In fact, we're gaining a sit-bone measurement that adheres to the correct pelvic aspect, which changes from bike to bike and riding type."
(bicycleretailer.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: n addition to their upper end line, they’ve also introduced a new budget trainer. Thumb Overlay. "BKOOL is here at Eurobike this week and has pushed out a number of updates (both software and hardware), one of which will definitely make (most) existing owners quite happy. 

As a brief refresher Bkool has historically been one of the least expensive options on the market for resistance controlled trainers, which has over the years made them a fairly popular option for those wanting to get into the automated trainer game – especially in Europe."
(dcrainmaker.com)

August 27, 2015








Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali wants to rejoin his teammates on the road as soon as possible. Photo: Tim De Waele. Overlay. "The Vuelta a España rolls ahead in its fifth stage Wednesday in the country’s south, but without 2010 winner Italian Vincenzo Nibali. The Astana rider, who was sent home for holding on to his team car Sunday, wants to return to racing immediately, perhaps Sunday in the GP Plouay, but Astana says that it must decide what is best.

If Nibali gets the green light, he could start racing again in the GP Ouest France-Plouay, which he won in 2006. Another option is that he flies to Canada to race the Tour of Alberta and the two Canadian one-day races in Québec and Montréal heading toward the Giro di Lombardia."
(velonews.com)

August 26, 2015







Thumbnail: The Vuelta may be Tejay van Garderen's (BMC) shot at redemption after abandoning the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Chris Froome is not immune to bad luck and is not always above his rivals. Team Sky’s captain won the Tour de France for a second time last month, but American Tejay van Garderen believes that he too can have his turn despite having to abandon the French grand tour while third overall.

BMC Racing’s van Garderen is racing the Spanish grand tour, the Vuelta a España, this month. The race, which started Saturday on the Costa del Sol in the south, is due to head into the mountains soon. It could be van Garderen’s chance for redemption."
(velonews.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "First world problems at the Vuelta a España. As Peter Saga has long since realized, a rider who can win on just about every kind of finale inevitably ends up facing an impromptu stewards’ inquiry every other day he goes out to race.

“Unfortunately every stage seems to suit me, so I can only try,” Sagan told reporters after he was beaten into third place on stage 5 to Alcalà de Guadaira."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: Rein Taaramae (Astana) on the attack. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Rein Taaramäe will ride for Team Katusha in 2016 after completing a switch from Astana. Cyclingnews reported on Tuesday that a deal between the Estonian rider and the Russian team was close to being finalised and confirmation came via the Russian team on Wednesday morning.

The 28-year-old spent the first seven of his eight years so far as a professional at French outfit Cofidis before he joined Astana at the start of this year. In 2011 he finished 11th at the Tour de France and won a stage at the Vuelta a España, before encountering struggles with illness and injury that forced him to consider quitting cycling.

His standout moments in the light blue of Astana have come in August, with back-to-back GC triumphs at the Vuelta a Burgos and the Arctic Race of Norway."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: Be honest about your ability. Thumb Overlay. "The staff at Blackberry Farm regularly pair amateur riders with pros – the Relais & Chateaux resort in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee regularly hosts cycling events where professional and former pro athletes share their expertise with newer riders.

The upcoming Blackberry Farm Pro-Am Classic, September 20-23, pairs pro athletes with amateurs during a three-day event that includes a competition to ride for $30,000 in charitable winnings.

Here are five tips from Blackberry Farm for riding with pro riders:"
(bicycling.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: I’ve had the chance to ride a prototype unit on a handful of rides. "Today a Kickstarter project was launched for the PowerPod power meter, priced at $279US (but there are some initial cheaper price points available for early birds). While the project may be launching on Kickstarter, the company behind it has long produced power related products in the segment – Velocomp, maker of the iBike. They currently make a line of bike computer head units incorporating the underlying technology that the PowerPod is based on.

The PowerPod essentially takes away all of the previous head unit functionality and strips it away to just the core power sensor and software technologies that allows it to generate a power meter stream that you can connect your ANT+ head unit to (such as a Garmin cycling computer).  While some might quibble on the terminology of ‘power meter’ in terms of lack of strain gauges compared to a direct force power meter, for the purposes of me writing this post on PowerPod, I’m going to use the term."
(dcrainmaker.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: The R1B sells for $400. "Fi’zik debuted the latest version of its flagship road shoe at this week’s Eurobike show – the R1B.

The new R1B distinguishes itself from its predecessor, by virtue to its new, single wire Boa closure system.

Indeed, the new BOA system, uses a single wire to pull the large wrap-over section across the shoe, while the second dial controls a wire that zigzags across the forefoot, effectively closing the front of the shoe, to create a glove-like fit.

In addition, the R1B features a new last, which is characterized as having a wider and flatter shape at the forefoot, which Fizik describes as a “more natural” fit."
(capovelo.com)

August 26, 2015






August 26, 2015






Distraction... "Jordan and Heidi at the USA Pro Challenge, see you next year, we hope." (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2015







August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: FERRARI Michele (ITA) Doctor Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA / Slide . Thumb Overlay. "Dr Michele Ferrari and his son Stefano have been called to give testimony to the Italian Olympic Committee’s (CONI) anti-doping prosecuter under suspicion of providing performance enhancing drugs to a biathlete.

Ferrari worked with Lance Armstrong for years during his run of seven consecutive Tour de France victories and was banned by USADA in 2012 after being implicated in the case against the Texan, but vehemently denies being involved in doping."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "If the polemic surrounding Vincenzo Nibali’s expulsion from the Vuelta a España has dominated the column inches in his home country in recent days, attention is slowly turning towards that other great Italian obsession, the World Championships road race." (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Peter Stetina in the 2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Watson). Thumb Overlay. "BMC rider Peter Stetina’s recovery from a multitude of serious injuries suffered at the Tour of the Basque Country is one of the most remarkable stories in the cycling world this year.

And the American has capped his swift comeback by signing for Trek Factory Racing next year, proving in recent weeks that he’s not ‘damaged goods’ and earning a new contract."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 28, 2015





















August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Dr Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004. (AFP). Thumb Overlay. "Dr. Michele Ferrari and his son Stefano have been summoned for questioning by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor on Friday, September 4.

The infamous sports doctor is suspected of providing advice and assistance about EPO and other banned substances to Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler and his father Gottlieb, a vice president of the international Biathlon federation in 2010.

Both the Ferraris and the Taschlers deny any wrongdoing."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015







Thumbnail: Cyclist Floyd Landis left the Federal courthouse in San Diego Friday, Aug. 24, after agreeing to a deferred prosecution with the government. With him was his attorney, Leo Cunningham. — John Gibbins. Thumb Overlay. "Floyd Landis no longer faces up to 20 years in federal prison plus a $1.5 million fine for soliciting donations for his legal defense of 2006 doping charges while repeatedly, and fraudulently, claiming he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

But he’s still on the hook for nearly $500,000 to more than 1,700 individuals who contributed to the Floyd Fairness Fund in 2007 and 2008."
(sandiegotribune.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Getty Images. Thumb Overlay. "The heavyweight legal fight between Lance Armstrong and the federal government is now threatening to drag Nike into the fray.

Both want to grill the sportswear company under oath as a witness to find out more about the company’s previous sponsorship of Armstrong. Both Armstrong and the government recently have issued subpoenas to the company.

But Nike is not going for it. The company is fighting back at both and has asked a federal judge in Oregon for help protecting its information."
(usatoday.com)

August 7, 2015






Thumbnail: a sticky bottle is when a driver holds up up a waterbottle to a rider who then holds on to the bottle for a few seconds. Thumb Overlay. "The term “sticky bottle” gets used a lot to describe the the practice of getting a small tow from the team car.

It’s made the headlines this week with Vincenzo Nibali’s disqualification from the Vuelta. The language is interesting because bottles are not sticky, it’s a way to talk around the subject.

If a rider grabbed a handle on the team car they’d be called a cheat, use a plastic bottle and there’s a nod and a wink. Does using this term condone it?"
(inrng.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Goal setting is a process. Thumb Overlay. "“Fail to plan and you plan to fail.” This saying has more importance than you realize.

In order to be successful at anything in life, especially sports, you must plan for it. Among other things, you must plan out your race schedule, your training schedule and your training times. Then you must plan on the best way to make everything happen. “Winging it” only works for so long. The best athletes are the ones who have planned their success.

What’s the first step in this planning process? Goal setting. You must set realistic yet challenging goals to keep you motivated and on track."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

August 27, 2015








Thumbnail: Pierre Rolland will jump over to Cannondale-Garmin for next season. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Pierre Rolland, the French rider who won atop Alpe d’Huez in 2011, will join Cannondale-Garmin for 2016.

The 28-year-old Rolland, currently racing at the Vuelta a España with Europcar, is a consistent grand tour performer, with a fourth overall at the 2014 Giro d’Italia and an eighth at the 2012 Tour de France.

“I believe that for all of his talent, he still has untapped potential,” said Cannondale-Garmin CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “We hope to bring some work in aerodynamics and a bit of fresh air to help him maximize that potential, while retaining that panache and style that make him the great rider he is.”

The news comes a day after Ryder Hesjedal announced he would join Trek Factory Racing for 2016. Rolland’s arrival will help fill that hole in the team’s GC ambitions, and he will slot in beside Andrew Talansky in the grand tours."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Katusha leads the peloton in Doha on stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar. Thumb Overlay. "The rider dragging along the bunch, glancing down at the head unit on his handlebars every 20 seconds. The time trial effort during which the rider spends more time looking at his power output display than the road ahead.

These are common sights, visions of modern cycling that lead some to despair, as though blood, sweat and tears - and then more sweat - had been washed away by the clinical application of coaching ‘science’."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Alex Peters will be riding for Sky next season (Pierre Carrey). Thumb Overlay. "The high mountains will be a moment of truth for Alex Peters, as the Tour de l'Avenir climbs some iconic ascents from Thursday. "He will relish the 'cols' and you will see who is the real Alex," his coach Neil Martin tells Cyclingnews.

The leader of the U23 Team of Great Britain will be a stagiaire with Team Sky this season (and a full-time team member from 2016). He has certainly done well on some UCI races like the An Post Rás (second on GC last year) and the Tour de Bretagne (second overall and stage winner this year), but he remains quite unknown and has no big records in the very hilly races."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Cane Creek's prototype headset is designed to eliminate speed wobble (Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media). Thumb Overlay. "Cane Creek has unveiled a prototype viscous-damped headset at Eurobike this week, which it claims eliminates speed wobble.

It’s based around multi-plate friction clutch – a series of 0.15mm-thick plate rings that key into the headset housing in three positions – alternately keyed in place on the outside and inside ring (which sits over the steerer tube). As the headset rotates, the plates rotate against each other.

The key to making this work (as in damping the steering) is a fluorocarbon gel that’s sandwiched between each plate"
(bikeradar.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Qollector data transmission device can be mounted under the saddle . Thumb Overlay. "Competitors’ relative positions and performance data will enhance broadcasters’ and followers’ understanding of racing. Quarq has announced a new system to provide this.

During the Tour de France, we reported on the black sticks under the riders’ saddles. These transmitted data on riders’ positions on the road back to a base station to provide information which could be used by broadcasters to enhance their coverage as the race unfolded."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: This may take the cake as the best Elite option out there for a budget FE-C trainer. Thumb Overlay. "You know how when you go to the supermarket and can’t decide which ice cream flavor to come home with – only to end up coming home with more than one container of ice cream?  That’s kinda like what Elite did.  Except, they just bought the whole flippin’ creamery.

Yup – that’s now some 16 trainers for their 2015-2016 trainer lineup – a complete bakers dozen.  The vast majority of them being new.  The good news here being you’ve got plenty of choice.  I suppose the bad news being the decision tree is a wee bit complex.  But I’ll try and help you out.  Here’s the core things you need to know when combing through the Elite trainer list."
(dcrainmaker.com)

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August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: ... Thumb Overlay. "With the future of Europcar still unclear and apparently some big name moves waiting to happen, thereby releasing a domino effect of related moves, the transfer market is relatively slow still.

Here's a place to discuss the moves as they happen."
(podiumcafe.com)

August 26, 2015








Thumbnail: Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) (Bettini Photo). Overlay. "Ryder Hesjedal will ride for Trek Factory Racing next year after signing a one-year deal with the American team.

The Canadian currently rides for Cannonade Garmin and the move brings to an end an eight-year association with the Garmin half of that merger, where he has ridden since its inception in 2008."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: Wanty-Groupe Gobert had taken the initiative with around 50km to go. "Jerome Baugnies and Marco Marcato continued the great momentum for Wanty-Groupe Gobert by taking a memorable 1-2 in the Druivenkoers Overijse.

Having made it into a 15-rider lead group, they joined forces with Sean De Bie and it was Baugnies who made a winning attack before Marcato joined him in the finale to make it a fantastic day for the Belgian team."
(cyclingquotes.com)

August 26, 2015









Thumbnail: SRAM's new e-Tap electronic groupset is wireless, so each part has its own battery. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com. "SRAM’s new Red eTap wireless drivetrain hits Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS where they’re weakest, and matches their strengths. It’s more modern, more savvy, and more user-friendly.

ETap is an electronic system, just like Shimano’s Di2 or Campagnolo EPS. But it takes electronics a step further, removing the wiring harnesses that both those groups rely on, and switching to an entirely wireless communication between the shifters and derailleurs.

Each component in SRAM’s new system is self-contained, with its own battery and wireless transmitter. They just need to be bolted to the frame, synced together, adjusted, and you’re off."
(velonews.com)

August 26, 2015






Thumbnail: In the case of the shifters, they may in fact be a wireless design. "This is the time of the year, when every manufacturer in the bike industry show off its wares – at the annual Eurobike show.

Such is the case with FSA, and its long-rumored wireless groupset.

While the groupset was unveiled in prototype fashion, given its overall polished appearance, one can only assume that its launch is imminent.

Emblazoned with the words, Prototype 201 across its parts, what can be gleaned about the groupset, is that it’s a mix of wired and wireless features.

For example, wires can be clearly seen attached to the front and rear derailleurs, while the shifters appear to be wireless. "
(capovelo.com)

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