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Valverde wins Volta a Catalunya.

"Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) underlined his crushing domination of the 2017 Volta a Catalunya this year with a superbly timed third and final stage win on Sunday, this time in a small group sprint in the Montjuic park in Barcelona." (cyclingnews.com)

March 26, 2017





Aggressive display from BMC on penultimate Volta a Catalunya stage.

"Having conceded the overall Volta a Catalunya race lead on Stage 5, BMC had a point to prove on stage 6 with Alessandro De Marchi the chief instigator.

While the team came up short in its bid for a stage win, De Marchi finished fifth and former leader Tejay van Garderen moved up to fifth place overall."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 26, 2017






2017 Absa Cape Epic MTB LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com) (cape-epic.com): image cape-epic.comThumb Overlay."March 19-26, Western Cape, South Africa.

Stage 6 starts at 7:00am local (6:00am CET) (1:00am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 9:00am local (8:00am CET) (2:00am U.S. Eastern)."
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March 26, 2017









Volta a Catalunya 2017 Live Dashboard.

Thumbnail Credit (steephill.tv): ProfileThumb Overlay."Stage 7 starts Sunday at 10:00 CET (2:00 AM PST).

Finish at around
13:20 CET (5:20 AM PST).

Live video from 
12:30 CET (4:30 AM PST)."  (cyclingfans.com) (steephill.tv)

March 26, 2017







Impey wins Catalunya's sixth stage.

"Froome tumbles down GC leaderboard after missing early split." (cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017







Valverde nears Catalonia win on disastrous day for Froome.

"South African Daryl Impey (Orica Scott) claimed stage 6 of the Volta a Catalonia on Saturday as Alejandro Valverde extended his overall lead to 53 seconds over Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo)." (velonews.com)

March 25, 2017





Cylance Pro Cycling In Yellow at The San Dimas Stage Race.

"Kyle Murphy and Kristabel Doebel-Hickok win the opening stage, uphill time trial for Cyclance Pro Cycling.

Kristabel put 1:11 into 2nd place Marcela Prierto and her teammate Veronica Leal (Conade  Visit Mexico Specialized).

The men’s race is a little closer with Connor Brown (Elevate KHS Pro Cycling) just 3 seconds back in second and Jordan Cheyne (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 20 seconds back in third."
(cyclingillustrated.com)

March 25, 2017




Desire: Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher.

Thumbnail Credit (rouleur.cc): The company’s ‘eureka’ moment came in 2006 during a Roubaix reconnaissance with Team CSC. The sector of choice was a certain cobbled trench in an old mining town: Wallers-Arenberg.Thumb Overlay."The idea of carbon deep section rims thundering - or more appropriately, crashing - over the pavé sectors of Paris Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders used to be enough to set even the most experienced racer’s teeth on edge.

Until, that was, a breakthrough was made. Zipp have been at the forefront of this reinvention of the wheel."
(rouleur.cc)

March 25, 2017






Volta a Catalunya: Van Garderen drops to sixth after Tortosa summit finish.

"Stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya didn't go to plan for Tejay van Garderen and BMC with the American losing his overall lead and dropping to sixth place on the general classification.

Alejandro Valverde and Movistar, thorns in BMC's side this week, took the win and now leads the American by 1:18 minute."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017





Mark Cavendish to miss Ghent Wevelgem: ‘the classics don’t make you faster’.

"British sprint star Mark Cavendish will miss Ghent Wevelgem in Belgium on Sunday in order to stay fresh for his main season goals, including the Tour de France." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 25, 2017







Volta a Catalunya: Valverde wins on Tortosa.

"Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took his second win of the 2017 Volta a Catalunya Friday, riding away from Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) on the upper slopes of Lo Port and taking the overall lead from Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), who lost contact with the leaders in the final kilometers." (cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017





Valverde en route to second Volta a Catalunya victory after mountain win.

"Two days after an impressive summit finish victory at La Molina, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has claimed a second major triumph in the mountains of the Volta a Catalunya that should, barring disaster, see him claim his second outright win on Sunday." (cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017






Froome impresses with strong second place in toughest Volta mountain stage.

"Chris Froome turned in his strongest climbing performance in a Volta a Catalunya to date on Friday, with the Team Sky rider moving into second overall after taking second on the ascent of Lo Port." (cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017





Tacx Neo Review.

Thumbnail Credit (girodilento.com): In use, it’s not only quiet but delivers progressive and smooth power changes as you rideThumb Overlay."After 12 weeks with a Tacx Neo, I can confidently say it’s the best indoor trainer I’ve ever used and absolutely deserves its reputation at the leading edge of the Smart Trainer marketplace.

It’s quiet, smooth, mimics real road surfaces and works faultlessly with TrainerRoad and Zwift, the two most popular platforms as I see it."
(girodilento.com)

March 24, 2017






Coppi e Bartali: Skujins claims victory in Sogliano al Rubicone on stage 2.

"Latvian takes over the race lead." (cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017






Movistar and BMC tension continues.

"The spat between the BMC and Movistar teams at the Volta a Catalunya continued on Thursday, with Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas highlighting on social media that race leader Tejay van Garderen removed his helmet during stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya. (cyclingnews.com)"

March 24, 2017









2017 E3 Harelbeke LIVE stream.

Thumb Overlay."Friday, March 24, Belgium.

Race starts at 12:21pm CET (7:21am U.S. Eastern)
(4:15 AM PST).

Finish at around 5:08pm CET (12:08pm U.S. Eastern) (9:08 AM PST).

Live video from 2:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern) (6:40 AM PST)."
  (steephill.tv) (cyclingfans.com)

March 24, 2017









2017 Gent Wevelgem LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem ahead of Sep Vanmarcke and Viacheslav KuznetsovThumb Overlay."Sunday, March 26, Belgium.

Men's race starts at 11:40am CET (5:40am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 5:36pm CET (11:36am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)

March 26, 2017






Lotta Lepisto wins Gent Wevelgem.

1 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team.

2 Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5.

3 Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women.
(cyclingnews.com)

March 26, 2017





Coppi e Bartali: Boudat nabs stage 3.

"Skujins retains race lead." (cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017







Gent Wevelgem 2017 race preview.

"After Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke earlier in the week, Sunday’s Gent Wevelgem marks the third Flemish cobbled classic in the space of five days, and the final stop before the Tour of Flanders seven days later." (cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017





Roelandts and Debusschere give Lotto Soudal options for Gent Wevelgem.

"Lotto Soudal named its starting eight for Gent Wevelgem on Saturday, unveiling a line-up with cards to play in either an attacker's race or a sprinter's showdown." (cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017





Boonen: I've the weapons to win Paris Roubaix but Flanders will be difficult.

"After an impressive ride from the Quick Step Floors team in E3 Harelbeke on Friday, Tom Boonen looked ahead to his final three races - Gent Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix." (cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017





Gilbert: I've rediscovered the feel for the cobbles.

"If there were any doubts about Philippe Gilbert's ability to return to the cobbled classics, they have been firmly rebutted this week with a pair of runner-up spots at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke that might leave the BMC management slightly sheepish at having held the Belgian back for the Ardennes during his five-year spell there." (cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017





Team Sky partners with Db Equipment to design innovative bike travel/storage bag.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeworldnews.com): Ever since we created the Douchebag and really pushed the ski bag market, we have been approached by athletes from so many different sportsThumb Overlay."Db Equipment is thrilled to announce the expansion of their game changing travel bags into the bike category.

A mountain bike bag, The Trail, and a road bike bag, The Tour, will redefine the experience of traveling with a bike.

The seamless Db experience will be available to bikers 20th of March 2017."
(bikeworldnews.com)

March 25, 2017






Trek Segafredo disappointed with E3 Harelbeke showing.

"Trek Segafredo finished E3 Harelbeke with John Degenkolb 13th and Fabio Felline just ahead in 11th with both riders expressing it was a day to forget.

With the team lacking a presence in the front group that formed on the Taaienberg with 70km to race, Degenkolb explained from thereon in Trek Segafredo were on the back foot and fighting for the minor places."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017






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March 25, 2017








Greg van Avermaet wins E3 Harelbeke.

"Gilbert out-gunned, Naesen takes final podium spot." (cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017






Peter Sagan's E3 Harelbeke chances scuttled by convoy deviation.

"Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) lost any hope of contesting the E3 Harelbeke when a crash on a critical section of the course left him without the service of his team car.

The vehicles had been diverted at 47 kilometers to go, just before Sagan's crash damaged his shift lever."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017






E3 Harelbeke could hold women's race in 2018.

"In recent years, men’s races have increasingly seen the benefit in holding a concurrent women’s event. Most of the major Classics now hold a women’s race, including the Tour of Flanders, Gent Wevelgem and the Ardennes races, and it looks like E3 Harelbeke may be about to join their ranks." (cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017





Tom Boonen in the hunt for record sixth win at E3 Harelbeke.

"Tom Boonen will have the support of a very strong Quick Step Floors line-up at E3 Harelbeke (1.UWT) today as he goes in search of a record sixth win in the race."(thebikecomesfirst.com)

March 24, 2017






Van Avermaet: The Tour of Flanders is my biggest goal.

"In years past, this E3 Harelbeke might have been the kind of race where Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) did too much too soon, or too little too late, or otherwise contrived to squander a winning hand." (cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017






Seven things to look out for at E3 Harelbeke and Ghent Wevelgem.

"Can’t wait for the Tour of Flanders? Then be sure to tune into the E3 Harelbeke on Friday.

Of all the Belgian cobbled Classics that precede the Ronde, the E3 is the one that most resembles it."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 24, 2017






Your new favorite race: Gent Wevelgem.

"Why should you care about this race? With Gent Wevelgem scheduled merely one week before Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), the Super Bowl of Belgian cycling, this race is a showcase of top classics talent, a first course in a fortnight of cobblestone feasts." (velonews.com)

March 24, 2017





GP E3 Harelbeke Preview.

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): The Route: 206km across East and West FlandersThumb Overlay."It may not be the Ronde van Vlaanderen nor Paris Roubaix but in recent years this race has made up for its lack of history and dull name with some exciting racing to become one of the finest cobbled classics of the year.

It’s unusual that it’s held on a Friday but being Belgium we can expect large crowds as usual."
(inrng.com)

March 23, 2017





Classics heavyweights ready for famed Flemish terrain at E3 Harelbeke.

"The peloton's premiere cobblestone specialists will do battle at E3 Harelbeke this Friday on much of the same terrain that will host the Tour of Flanders in less than two weeks." (cyclingnews.com)

March 23, 2017





Daily Distractions.

Thumbnail Credit : The Daily Distractions photo galleryThumb Overlay."Vanity Cycling." (facebook.com) (Photo: Vanity Cycling)

March 26, 2017





March 26, 2017





Gent Wevelgem peloton remembers Antoine Demoitie with minute of silence.

"A year on from his tragic death at Gent Wevelgem, Antoine Demolition was remembered with a minute of silence in Deinze ahead of the 2017 edition of the race.

His Wanty Groupe Gobert teammates stood on the front row of the peloton, their heads bowed, as cycling marked a doleful anniversary."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 26, 2017





2017 Three Days of De Panne LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com):  The 2017 Three Days of De Panne (Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde) are being held March 28-30.Thumb Overlay."March 28-30, Belgium.

Stage 1 starts at 11:50am CET (5:50am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 5:00pm CET (11:00am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)

March 26, 2017
















March 25, 2017






Bradley Wiggins: What I have to say will shock a few people.

"Bradley Wiggins has given his first, albeit short, interview since appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, stating that what he has to say in relation to UK Anti-Doping’s high-profile investigation ‘will shock a few people.’" (cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017





Tucson concludes that for all-ages biking, paint isn’t enough.

"When it entered the 21st century, Tucson was the bike-commuting capital of the United States. Flat, dry and cool in the mornings and evenings, Arizona's second-largest city has always had a good environment for bike transportation.

So after the city started striping bike lanes and installing bike-and-foot-friendly crossings of major streets in the 1980s and 1990s, bike commuting jumped to what was then a very unusual 3 percent of the working population in time for the 2000 Census.

Then other cities, noticing Tucson's success at boosting biking, started improving their own infrastructure - and left Tucson in the dust."
(peopleforbikes.org)

March 25, 2017





‘We tried to support Sagan… but the team is not about one person’.

"Peter Sagan‘s Bora Hansgrohe team hopes to play different cards in the classics, saying that it’s not just about the world champion.

The team tried in Friday’s E3 Harelbeke with Lukas Pöstlberger as Sagan was ruled out by an untimely crash."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 25, 2017





Mavic announces two-piece Comete Ultimate shoes.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Mavic's Comete Ultimate shoe consists of a carbon shell and inner bootie (Courtesy)Thumb Overlay."The new Comete Ultimate shoe uses a design that's not too dissimilar to a ski boot with an outer shell and removable liner.

The exoskeleton is called the Energy Carbon Shell and is claimed to weigh 144.5g in a size 45.5, while the bootie weighs 125.5g for a grand total of 270g-— that's 30g heavier than Mavic says its Cosmic Ultimate weighs (240g), albeit in a smaller size (42)."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 25, 2017





Chris Froome: ‘I’ve never done two Grand Tours back to back and felt better in the second one’.

"When the route of the Giro d’Italia was unveiled back in October, Team Sky’s management looked at it and, according to head coach Tim Kerrison, thought that with its five summit finishes and 68km of time trialing it suited Chris Froome perfectly." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 25, 2017


























March 24, 2017





Owain Doull Calls Team Sky’s Doping Controversy “Outrageous."

"Owain Doull says it is “outrageous” current Team Sky riders have been drawn into the controversy over a “mystery package” delivered to ex-rider Bradley Wiggins.

Doull, who joined Team Sky in August 2016, said the ongoing situation is frustrating."
(capovelo.com)

March 24, 2017





Sean Kelly on how to reform cycling, comparing Froome to Merckx.

"Sean Kelly has said that in order to level the playing field in professional cycling there should be some way to prevent the gulf between the bigger and the smaller teams from getting too wide.

The Irish cycling legend believes the sport has become something of an arms race in recent years with Team Sky in particular mopping up the best talents as soon as they start to show potential."
(stickybottle.com)

March 24, 2017





Haussler to miss all the Spring Classics due to slow recovery from knee injury.

"Heinrich Haussler will miss all of the spring Classics and does not know when he will make his debut with Bahrain Merida due to a serious knee injury caused by a crash last November." (cyclingnews.com)

March 24, 2017





Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X In-Depth Review.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): Since introduced, I’ve been testing a pile of watches.Thumb Overlay."It’s been nearly three months since Garmin first announced the Fenix 5 series, a lineup of three core watch sizes/models (5/5S/5X), that spans 14 variants in total.

And that’s before we even talk straps."
(dcrainmaker.com)

March 24, 2017














March 23, 2017



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