Support The DougReport: Ride a Bike
Doug Report Cycling Daily

Photo: Profile. "Saturday's Giro d'Italia Stage 14 departs from Trevisoat 12:00pm CET (6:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider.

The finish is in Valdobbiadene after 59.4km of time trialing.

Giro d'Italia live streaming video should get underway at around 2:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern, 5:30am Pacific)."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Lukas Pöstlberger (Tirol) (Sportsfile). "Pöstlberger holds onto race lead ahead of final stage."  (

May 23, 2015

2014-15 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Norway - May 20-25 (Stages & Results),

An Post Ras - May 17-24 (Stages & Results),

USA Cycling Pro Road Championships - May 23-25 (Stages),

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

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

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

Tour of California - May 10-17 (Results),

Bayern Rundfahrt - May 13-17 (Results),

Tour of California Women's Time Trial - May 15 (Results),

Tour of California, Women - May 8-10 (Results),

4 Jours de Dunkerque - May 6-10 (Results),


May 23, 2015  (

Thumbnail: Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) (Tim de Waele/ "Sacha Modolo won the bunch sprint of the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Jesolo. He outsprinted Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani on another wet day in Italy.

A mass crash just outside the three kilometer zone greatly reduced the final field, and upset the general classification, giving Fabio Aru the overall lead.

Alberto Contador was caught behind the crash, while rival Aru was near the front. That was enough for the leader’s jersey to change hands, as Aru came in on the same time as the leader, while Contador lost nearly 40 seconds putting him 19 seconds behind the Italian."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Fabio Aru looking happy at the start of the day (Getty Images). "On Thursday Fabio Aru crossed the finish line with a grimace on his face after losing time to Alberto Contador.

Twenty-four hours later the battle for the pink jersey had flipped yet again after a high-speed crash 3.2km from the finish in Jesolo.

Contador was delayed, losing 40 seconds and so Aru pulled on the maglia rosa."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Fabio Aru on stage thirteen of the 2015 Tour of Italy (Watson) . "We’ve already learned not to judge a book by its cover in this Giro d’Italia.

Even the most innocuous stages can throw up the most problems for the riders, and stage 13 was no different.

There was plenty to talk about, so here’s what got our tongues wagging."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Harry Engels/Getty Images. "This is one of the days that has been talked about ever since the route presentation last fall.

While the Tour totally skipped timetrialing this year the Giro is throwing one of their patented long ass timetrials. The last really long one was the 60 km one in Cinque Terre that Menchov won in 2009.

This one isn't as hilly but the pure length should have the potential to wreak havoc in the GC."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Thursday's slick and rainy stage 12 saw four riders abandon. Photo: Tim De Waele. "Two prominent names did not take the start Friday at the Giro d’Italia as the wet and wild finale in stage 12 sent more than a few riders clattering to the pavement.

Conditions were treacherous over narrow and rain-marred roads coming in the final hour of racing. FDJ’s Alexandre Geniez could barely hang on through the corners, kicking out his legs to help steer through the descents. Thursday’s uphill punch was ideal for Simon Gerrans, but he was tangled up in a crash late in the stage. The 2014 Ličge Bastogne Ličge champion managed to finish, but did not start Friday in what the team described as a “precautionary measure.”

Stefan Küng, who was hoping for a strong ride in Saturday’s time trial, suffered a compression fracture of his T9 vertebrae when he crashed with two others in the last 25km."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Fabio Aru attacks on stage nine of the 2015 Tour of Italy . "Fabio Aru is lying second overall in the Giro d’Italia with nine days remaining, but the 24-year-old appears to be running out of gas.

The Astana leader lost 14 seconds to Contador on a small, one kilometer climb to the finish yesterday, and rather than dismissing it as an off-day, some are saying he is paying for his inconsistent spring campaign.

His condition looked to be at its worse on the rain-soaked Monte Berico above Vicenza, where stage 12 finished on Thursday afternoon. Aru, surrounded by teammates, couldn’t follow the leading riders as they chased stage winner Phillipe Gilbert to the line."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Big fight: Fabio Aru, Alberto Contador and Richie Porte were the pre-race favourites Photo: Getty. "As the Giro d’Italia enters its final week, the peloton tackle the Dolomites and a set of stages that the race organisers hope will shape the 2015 race.

Stephen Roche, the legendary Irish rider and winner of the 1987 Giro d’Italia, thinks that today’s stage 15 will be a pivotal one in the race.

“The Giro will be won or lost in the next few days,” says Roche. “Stages 15, 16 and 17 will be what separates the men from the boys; they are very hard and very demanding. "  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Philippe Gilbert gives the crowd a wave ( "Philippe Gibert gave BMC Racing their first victory at this year's Giro d'Italia when he claimed stage 12 into Vicenza.

In a tough final kilometer that ramped up steeply on Monte Berico, the former world champion caught Tanel Kangert 200 meters from the line and powered past the Astana rider to finish three seconds ahead of a much-reduced peloton.

The group behind was led in by race leader Alberto Contador, who pushed his lead out to 17 seconds over Fabio Aru."  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: Philippe Gilbert wins stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada). "There was a significant lack of controversy on stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia – no helmets being removed, no mates offering each other wheels, just hard, wet racing.

Alberto Contador extended his lead at the top with some handy bonus seconds and a struggling Fabio Aru giving up a few more down the road. It wasn’t just the leadership race we were talking about, though."  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: Photo: Tim De Waele. "Alberto Contador’s nickname is the ‘pistolero’ for his quick-draw shooting style, but the Tinkoff-Saxo captain should be called the ‘anaconda.’ There’s no one in the peloton better at squeezing the life out of his rivals, one slow twist at a time.

Fabio Aru put up a good front through the first week of the Giro d’Italia, but now he looks like a mouse dropped inside the snake’s cage.

With rivals Rigoberto Urán and Richie Porte safely out of striking range, Contador has been toying with his young Italian rival, looking for weaknesses before closing in for the kill."  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: Ireland’s Ryan Mullen, third from right, is now looking good for an assault on the yellow jersey. "Aaron Gate made it three wins in four days for the An Post Chainreaction team on a Rás stage when Martyn Irvine fell out of contention and Ryan Mullen moved up to third overall.

Today was billed as a day that could really trim down the list of overall contenders and so it proved, with Irvine one of the biggest casualties.

The Madison Genesis man was caught at the wrong side of a split early in the race and though he managed to get into a 14-man chase group, they never merged to the leaders up ahead.

And at the head of affairs was where six of the top 10 riders starting the stage from Newport to Ballina today found themselves."  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) showing signs of his crash (Tim de Waele/ "Having made the breakaway on two previous occasions, it was almost third time lucky for Carlos Betancur on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia as he finished runner up behind Ilnur Zakarin. In 2013, Betancur was runner up behind another Russian Katusha rider, Maxim Belkov, in Firenze but the Colombian, knowing there was a rider up the road this time, did not celebrate second place."  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: The 2015 Tour of Norway is being held May 20-24.. "Saturday's Tour of Norway Stage 4 departs from Rjukan.

The finish is in Gello after 167km of racing. 

Tour of Norway live video streaming should get underway at around 4:25pm CET (10:25am U.S. Eastern, 7:25 Pacific)."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Andrea Guardini adds to his overall stage record (Tim de Waele/ "Astana rider takes the overall race lead."  (

May 23, 2015

Thumbnail: World Ports Classic Stage 1. "Saturday's World Ports Classic Stage 1 departs Rotterdam at 11:25am CET (5:25am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at Anvers (Antwerp) at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). 

World Ports Classic live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern, 5:45am Pacific)."  (

May 23, 2015

Thumbnail:Eric Marcotte (SmartStop) wins the US Pro championships (Jonathan Devich). Memorial Day Weekend in the US means it's time once again for the USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and you can watch the Monday road races live.

The men's and women's time trials take place Saturday on a 30.4km course that includes two out-and-back runs of 15.2km each.

The women begin racing at 11 a.m. (EDT), and the men are scheduled to start at 2 p.m."  (

May 23, 2015

Thumbnail: I might be taking the Tor to Tibet in October for the Tibet Challenge. "Tor the Mighty?

Maybe, I have yet to ride Velocite's multi-purpose bike so can't comment, but if she rides like the Magnus or the new Syn that I am currently testing (review coming soon), she'll be well up to the job.

And what is the Tor's job anyway? Well, it's looks like a gravel bike and is thus described by the folk at Velocite:

"The Tor is a multi purpose bike with race geometry that already placed well in cyclocross races in Germany, survived the Tour of Flanders and still rides like a high performance road bike once skinny tires are fitted."

The bike is availablke in some some handsome color schemes, with the blue version having just had its debut at the photographer's studio. The bike features the new SRAM Force 22 hydraulic disc brake group set, Syntace carbon cockpit and DT Swiss R23 SPLINE db wheels."  (

May 23, 2015

Thumbnail: Hansen was described as a hugely promising climber. "After a slow start to his professional career, Jesper Hansen confirmed his huge climbing potential when he took his maiden pro win in the hardest stage of the Tour of Norway.

Having made a strong solo attack on the category 1 climb with 21km to go, he held off a fast-approaching Edvald Boasson Hagen on the descent to take both the stage win and overall lead."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) (MTN-Qhubeka). "Edvald Boasson Hagen has taken his time to return to racing after he broke his right collarbone in a crash at Gent Wevelgem in March, but he’s back on track at his beloved Tour of Norway – the race promoted by his long time agent Birger Hungerholt.

Next week’s Tour des Fjords is more of Alexander Kristoff’s affair, and the ASO organized Arctic Race of Norway in August has had Thor Hushovd as an ambassador since its inception in 2013."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Damien Shaw went so, so close to a stage win on the An Post Rás today but had to be content with the runner up prize (Photo: Ger Cusack). "Damien Shaw went desperately close to landing a stage win at the An Post Rás today but came up metres short following an absolutely thrilling 160 kilometers of racing from Ballina to Ballinamore.

The Team ASEA man was edged out of victory by Ian Bibby while Ed Laverack rounded out the podium for third.

That trio broke clear of the 13-man break that escaped inside 15 kilometers today and built a maximum advantage of over five minutes."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Photo: Graham Watson . "Earlier this week, one of the Giro d’Italia‘s top contenders was put out of contention as a result of a very strict application of the UCI‘s rules.

When Richie Porte punctured and watched the peloton disappear down the road, he was only too glad to receive a replacement wheel from Orica GreenEdge’s Simon Clarke.

The race’s rule committee took exception to this ‘non-regulataion assistance’ and gave the GC contender a two minute penalty, all but ending his hopes of a win or perhaps even a top-five finish."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: I’m a Luxembourgish cyclist dreaming of becoming a professional rider one day. "Even though Luxembourg is a very small country they have had some great cycling champions in recent years.

With Kevin Geniets they have another star for the future. Geniets goes best in the hard races and showed great potential last year as a 1st year junior. Kevin will be among the favorites in a lot of the big races this year so make sure you follow how he will develop."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: maximising the power at the 3 o’clock position. "It’s one of the most basic functions of riding a bike — whatever kind of bike you favour — but many of us don’t give the efficiency of our pedalling a second thought.

Or, even worse, follow outdated guidelines for getting the most out of it. Scott Tomkinson of Kernow Physio lifts the lid on the pedalling myth."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Welcome to the latest Five-a-side – coming to you from Sydney, Australia (David Rome / Immediate Media). "New road and mountain bike gear from Specialized, Bontrager, DT Swiss, Oakley, Spy and more.

It’s the end of yet another working week and, depending on which side your bread's buttered, the trails or tarmac will be calling you.

Before you buckle up and clip in, here are 10 new and exciting bits of cycling gear recently landed at the Australian BikeRadar offices."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Alexander Kristoff (Tim de Waele/ "Alexander Kristoff showed no mercy to his adversaries in the second straight bunch kick of the 2015 Tour of Norway in the charming coastal city of Langesund after a long day in the saddle due to the headwind in the first part of the race.

Kristoff outsprinted Caleb Ewan, who collected another second place in two days, and Andrew Fenn, who moved up to take over from Edvald Boasson Hagen in the top three. "  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEDGE) (Cyclingnews). "As he turned pro with Rabobank when a new millennium started, Mathew Hayman was set to ride for the Dutch outfit for his whole career until became a pioneer in the new exciting adventure of Team Sky in 2010.

Now in his second year with Orica GreenEdge, he was busy nurturing sprinting talent Caleb Ewan on the eve of the Tour of Norway when the Richie Porte/Simon Clarke incident occurred at the Giro d’Italia."  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: The most challenging hill is the [climb on Governors Street]. "After the Amgen Tour of California, Mark Cavendish stopped in Richmond, Virginia, to preview the 2015 UCI Road World Championships route.

With a full police escort, the Etixx Quick Step rider could ride on closed roads in order to evaluate the course.

The British rider, world champion in 2011, told the Richmond Times about the route. "It's harder than Denmark. There’s a lot of 90 degree corners, which there wasn't so many [of] in Denmark [where] there was a lot of flow. There's going to be a lot of acceleration.""  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: Gino Bartali changes gear in the 1948 Tour de France. Photo: "Throughout the ages, riders equipment has continued to evolve.

Here at Cycling Weekly, we take a look at the most iconic and game-changing road bikes throughout the ages.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but contains some very famous and innovative machines."  (

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: by Matt Wikstrom. "Polar was born in Finland during the late ‘70s with the idea of a portable heartrate monitor for skiing. The company released its first device in 1982 then patented wireless heartrate measurement in 1985. The products that followed built upon the company’s interest in heartrate measurement with a variety of devices as well as analysis software.

Polar released its first cycle computer in 1990, which integrated heartrate measurement with speed and distance. Subsequent cycle computers refined and expanded on this design including the development of a novel powermeter. This device used chain tension and speed to calculate power but it suffered from poor accuracy. Polar subsequently partnered with Look to develop a pedal-based powermeter in 2011."  (

May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: Pic: DarrellParks:PezCyclingNews.. "A look back at the Amgen Tour of California. Joanna and Allison could grace the podium anywhere, not sure about the trousers though." (

May 23, 2015

May 23, 2015

Thumbnail: Adam Hansen wins stage 19 of the 2014 Tour of Spain . "Australian Adam Hansen is approaching a Grand Tour record of 11 straight rides… whether he likes it or not.

Lotto-Soudal fields him in the three-week races to help sprinter André Greipel and overall contender Jurgen Van den Broeck. Along the way, he has won stages and made a name for himself in the record books.

“I don’t know why the team keeps taking me!” Hansen told Cycling Weekly with a laugh. “Sometimes, I hope I don’t get selected!”"  (

May 23, 2015

Thumbnail: Andre Greipel wins stage six of the 2015 Tour of Italy . "Giro d’Italia 2015 stage winners Andre Greipel and Michael Matthews are both non-starters for Saturday’s crucial stage 14 time trial.

Greipel and Matthews are among several riders to have withdrawn ahead of the long 59.4-kilometer individual test against the clock on Saturday. Greipel’s team-mate Greg Henderson is also a non-starter with a hard final week in the mountains looming after the time trial."  (

May 23, 2015

Thumbnail: New 2016 disc brake-equipped road bike set to be Team Sky's disc bike of choice. "With disc brake-equipped road bikes soon to make an appearance in the pro peloton, Pinarello has announced details of a disc brake version it’s top-of-the-range F8 race bike, the imaginatively named Pinarello Dogma F8 Disk.

The new bike, which looks set to be Team Sky’s disc brake bike of choice when the UCI’s braking experiment begins later this summer, has been released almost exactly a year after the original F8. Pinarello says that “the main characteristics of the Dogma F8 remain unchanged”, with the asymetric and aerodynamic frame being carried over from the rim brake version."  (

May 23, 2015

Thumbnail: The Foundry Overland Titanium Cyclocross Bike. © Cyclocross Magazine. "2015 proves to be a year of change for Foundry. At Barry Roubaix, we got some hints about the new cyclocross bikes that Foundry was set to release, which ended up being the metamorphosis of the Harrow to the Valmont and Camrock that we got a First Look at during Sea Otter 2015.

 Not only did the bones change, but the skin did as well. The older model, which sought to place itself as a quasi-unbranded cyclocross bike that mimicked matte stealth fighters, transformed into the new line up that suddenly got a splash of color with rich yellows and oranges."  (

May 23, 2015

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: René Vietto, alone in his sacrifce. "For years Jacques Anquetil didn’t know what to do. As much as he’d win he couldn’t beat the popularity of Raymond Poulidor. The more Anquetil beat Poulidor, the more popular “Pou-Pou” became.

The public love an underdog and sometimes Poulidor wasn’t beaten by a superior rider, he was undone by misfortune. He would have won where it not for some random incident like a puncture or a crash. While Anquetil avoided potholes or stayed upright his rival was wiping out but also becoming increasingly popular.

Decade after decade cycling has celebrated the “moral winner”, the rider who should have won but was thwarted by the cruelty of sport.

Who was the first moral winner? Who knows, there are many ancient tales of hard work being thwarted. Achilles the battlefield hero undone by an arrow to his heel, Orpheus the gifted musician reduced to rescuing his wife."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-Sho-Air) finished third in the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson. "Retirement doesn’t agree with Kristin Armstrong. The two-time Olympic gold medalist has twice stepped away from competitive cycling, “retiring” after both the Beijing and London Olympic Games. But with 2016 just around the corner, the 41-year old has again set her sights on gold in the women’s time trial.

Whether the Twenty16-Sho-Air rider takes the start in Rio could well be decided Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were she will compete in the Volkswagen USA Cycling professional road and time trial championships.

“It’s important. Very important,” admits the Boise, Idaho native."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) (Bettini Photo). "May is traditionally the month of the year when Belgian cycling briefly catches its breath after the spring classics before beginning the countdown to the Tour de France, and, as such, it was hardly a surprise that a man like Tom Boonen could go 13 seasons as a professional without once lining up at the Giro d’Italia.

When Boonen was ruled out of the classics after separating his shoulder in a crash at Paris-Nice in March, however, his 2015 plans were hastily rewritten. After a relatively gentle return to action at the Tour of Turkey, the belated Giro debut offered a more robust work-out. Almost two weeks in, the Belgian is pleased with his progress."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: The Paris to Ancaster Race, starting off from the gun. © Jeremy Allen. "They say that gravel racing is the next biggest trend in cycling. I never would have believed it if I didn’t experience it myself.

The thrill of finding that sweet wheel to hold onto, the heart-pounding moment when you just miss that boulder hidden deep in a muddy descent, or when you’re legs are burning so much on that final climb that when you turn the corner and see the finish line you can’t help but grin from ear to ear while letting out a sigh of relief. And then there are the steam of interesting battle stories to be heard at the finish, each one completely different.

Somehow, even though we all cross the line totally spent, there is always enough energy to tell your story to anyone who will listen."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: at $999 it’s still an incredible value. "It’s been nearly 3 years since Pioneer seemingly stumbled onto the bike power meter scene.  The move by what is primarily an audio/visual company to break into the high end cycling scene was looked at by many as…well…odd.  But Pioneer stuck with it.

Their first generation unit required more complexity to install by a certified technician than launching a rocket.  But they learned from that and introduced a second generation unit about a year ago.  That unit simplified things greatly and made it much easier and more obtainable."  (

May 22, 2015

Thumbnail: Make sure you eat your breakfast around 90 minutes before the event. "If you’re staring down the barrel of a five-hour ride this year, you’ll need to know how to get round the route with your energy stores intact.

Matt Hart of Torq Fitness ( gives us the lowdown on how to fuel your sportive so you get to the finish line with pep to spare.

Your fuelling strategy should be put into action before you start riding."  (

May 22, 2015

May 21, 2015

Thumbnail: Roche took pink, while robert Millar won the green climber's jersey and was second overall (Fotoreporter Sirotti). "Oh you have to love the consistency of the inconsistencies at the Giro d'Italia.

The commissaires cry the rules are the rules. And, yes, they are. But hello, guys and gals they aren't always applied by yourselves or, even more worryingly, interpreted with any identifiable logic.

When the race jury and the organizers themselves messed up with the Stelvio affair last year there was a collective shrug of the all powerful and knowing shoulders. Is it one rule for us and another for you mere riders?"  (

May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015


Support The DougReport: Ride a Bike
Doug Report Cycling Daily

only searchDougReport


Support The DougReport: Ride a bike
Doug Report Cycling Daily
DailyCycling News