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Photo: Richie Porte on the podium after retaining his overall lead on Stage 6 of the 2015 Tour of Catalonia . (cyclingweekly.co.uk)
Photo: Richie Porte on the podium after retaining his overall lead on Stage 6 of the 2015 Tour of Catalonia. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Richie Porte’s magnificent spring showed no sign of finishing on Sunday as the recent Paris-Nice winner and Team Sky rider added a second WorldTour stage race victory to his 2015 palmares at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.

The Volta’s final 126.6-kilometre stage, featuring eight ascents through Montjuic Park on a 6.4-lap circuit, ended with a third win in the week-long event for Alejandro Valverde at the head of a front group of around 40 riders.

March 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) gets into the team car after his crash.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) gets into the team car after his crash. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Before the injured Fabian Cancellara departed Belgium on Saturday afternoon, his classics campaign over before it had truly begun, Johan Museeuw made a point of visiting the Weinebrugge Hotel to offer his sympathy.

Cancellara’s crash at E3 Harelbeke left him with two fractured vertebrae and denies him the chance to set an outright record of four Tour of Flanders victories next Sunday.

His plight is not an altogether unfamiliar one for his fellow three-time winner Museeuw, who risked losing his career – and his leg – when he fractured his kneecap in a fall in the Arenberg forest at the 1998 Paris-Roubaix.

March 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Just a hint of irony in the Sunny King criterium taking place at night
(Brandon Andrews).
Photo: Just a hint of irony in the Sunny King criterium taking place at night (Brandon Andrews).

The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) will kick off with the Sunny King Criterium on March 28 in Anniston, Alabama, with the Women's Pro 1/2 race starting at 6:20pm (CDT) followed by the Men's Pro 1 race at 7:30pm (CDT).

Carlos Alzate and Coryn Rivera took the wins in 2014 Sunny King Criterium. At the end of last season, Erica Allar secured the NCC's overall title in the women's category and Luke Keough won the overall men's title.

In addition, Colavita-Bianchi won the women's overall team classification and UnitedHealthcare took the men's overall team classification.

March 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: Sergei Chernetski (Katusha)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Sergei Chernetski (Katusha) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Sergei Chernetski won stage 6 of the Volta a Catalunya on the streets of Port Aventura on Saturday. The Russian rider out-sprinted Julian Alaphilippe and Maciej Paterski. The trio were involved in a 21-rider breakaway that successfully made it to the finish line ahead of the main group of overall contenders.

Richie Porte continues to lead the overall classification by five seconds ahead of Domenico Pozzovivo as the race heads into the finale stage 7 on Sunday.

It was reported that Alberto Contador may have been involved in a crash with three kilometers to go but finished the race and he will keep his third place in the overall classification, seven seconds behind Porte.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: John Degenkolb won last year and returns stronger and more confident than ever, this confidence spreads to the team who will bury themselves as they know he can win. He made the cut in the E3 Harelbeke.
Photo: John Degenkolb won last year and returns stronger and more confident than ever, this confidence spreads to the team who will bury themselves as they know he can win. He made the cut in the E3 Harelbeke..

This Sunday’s race is the most sprinter-friendly of the cobbled classics and it’s World Tour race too, so we get action and a deep field.

Cobbles and climbs feature but so does a long section to the finish line to suit the sprinters. Only the weather could ravage the race with very strong winds forecast.

March 28, 2015 (inrng.com)





Photo: Since my crash, I have felt severe pain in the butt .
Photo: Since my crash, I have felt severe pain in the butt.

Romain Bardet, who crashed in the second stage of the Volta a Catalunya, did not start the fifth stage.

"Since my crash, I have felt severe pain in the butt that makes it hard for me to pedal. Yesterday I survived but I am not able to express myself at my usual level. I'm going to rest, go to further examinations and prepare the rest of the season," he said.

Bardet will next ride Brabantse Pijl(April 15), Fleche Wallonne (April 22) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 26).

March 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (Stages & Results),

Gent - Wevelgem - Mar 29 (Start List),

Gent - Wevelgem Women - Mar 29 (Start List),

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

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

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

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

E3 Harelbeke - Mar 27 (Results),

Tour de Taiwan - Mar 21-25 (Results),

Milan San Remo - Mar 22 (Results),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 26, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Simon Gerrans celebrates GreenEdge's first ever overall victory
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Simon Gerrans celebrates GreenEdge's first ever overall victory (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Simon Gerrans doesn’t even attempt to hide his disappointment for missing Milan-San Remo, so keen is he to return to racing after his comeback from a previously fractured shoulder lasted 110 kilometers before he crashed out again at Strade Bianchi in Italy on March 20.

“I am a big cycling fan, but it was hard watching when you know you can be out there and mixing it up and that sort of thing,” The Orica-GreenEdge rider told Cyclingnews. “It is difficult to watch a race like that, but I was definitely on the edge of my seat like everyone else.”

March 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Aside from one victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan has yet to find his winning form this season, which was highlighted by a poor result at E3 Harelbeke on Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Aside from one victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan has yet to find his winning form this season, which was highlighted by a poor result at E3 Harelbeke on Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

The Peter Sagan star appears to be flickering, judging by his finish in E3 Harelbeke, a race he won a year ago and one that should be easy for a cyclist aiming at the monuments like next week’s Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s Sagan followed the attack of Geraint Thomas and Zdenek Stybar on the Oude Kwaremont and raced away with the two, but when they approached the business end of the 215-kilometer race, his lights began to fade.

“It’s shit because in that group of three he should’ve been the fastest,” Tinkoff sports director, Tristan Hoffman told VeloNews.

“He was so disappointed. Then, to make it worse, [the] whole group passes him.”

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Alejandro Valverde claimed his second stage win of the Volta a Catalunya, attacking the select group of favorites who had distanced the race leader Bart De Clercq and soloing to the win over the final 3km.

Rigoberto Uran took second on the stage, gaining important time bonuses, while Paolo Tiralongo denied Richie Porte the final bonus in third.

Porte could be consoled by taking over the race lead by five seconds over Domenico Pozzovivo. Alberto Contador is in third overall at seven seconds.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Ben Swift (Team Sky) solos across the line for the stage win.
(Bettini Photo).
Ben Swift (Team Sky) solos across the line for the stage win. (Bettini Photo)

Torrential rain added to the challenges during Friday's second stage at Coppi e Bartali, but Team Sky's Ben Swift overcame the conditions to take the stage win and seize the overall lead from overnight leader Davide Rebellin.

Swift jumped clear of the bunch on the final ascent of the Ville di Monte Tiffi, infiltrating a three-man breakaway before attacking into the final kilometer and soloing across the line ahead of Matija Kvasina and Francesco Bongiorno.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2015 Race Profile.
Photo: Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2015 Race Profile.

Gent Wevelgem, a race steeped in history but when it comes to women’s cycling the race is the young upstart on the UCI women’s calendar this Sunday.

Over in Cittiglio, Italy riders are contesting one of the oldest races in women’s cycling, Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup, which is now entering it’s fourth decade. The two races have clashed on the calendar ever since Gent Wevelgem organisers introduced a women’s race to their programme in 2012.

But the two are learning to coexist and their parcours are suited to very different riders with Gent Wevelgem, like it’s male equivalent being a target for the sprinters.

March 27, 2015 (velofocus.com)





Zdenek Stybar is on great form coming off a win at Strade Bianche, but will it result in more success for Etixx-Quick-Step in the spring classics?. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Zdenek Stybar is on great form coming off a win at Strade Bianche, but will it result in more success for Etixx-Quick-Step in the spring classics?. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

There were crowds of fans around the Etixx-Quick-Step bus Friday morning ahead of the start of E3 Harelbeke, but not Tom Boonen-huge crowds.

Without the presence of the Belgian superstar, who is missing the entire spring classics campaign with injury, there is a very different vibe around the team bus of the perennial cobblestone favorites.

With Boonen at the start line, there was a guarantee that Etixx-Quick-Step would be a favorite for victory in any of the northern classics. Without Boonen, the team is tackling the most important two weeks of its season, hoping to see different players step up.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)








Photo: Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale)
(Equipe AG2R La Mondiale/Frédéric Machabert).
Photo: Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale) (Equipe AG2R La Mondiale/Frédéric Machabert).

Jean-Christophe Peraud soloed to the finale stage 3 victory at the Criterium International on the Col de l'Ospedale on Sunday. He won the race by 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Pierrick Fedrigo and by an additional second ahead of third placed Thibaut Pinot.

Peraud also sealed the overall title at the three-day event ahead of Pinot by 10 seconds. Stage 2 time trial winner Fabio Felline finished in third overall, 18 seconds back.

March 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: British rider Lizzie Armitstead takes victory from a six-rider lead group in Trofeo Alfredo Binda.
Photo: British rider Lizzie Armitstead takes victory from a six-rider lead group in Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

Lizzie Armitstead won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy on Sunday, the second round of the 2015 UCI Women’s World Cup.

The 26-year-old Briton took the victory from a six-rider lead group, winning the sprint ahead of world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot in second and Anna Van Der Breggen.

The tough route in the Italian province of Varese includes five main climbs on its 123.7-kilometer route. Last year, Armitstead finished as runner-up to Swede Emma Johansson.

March 29, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Mar Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) rolls to the stage 2 finish
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Photo: Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) rolls to the stage 2 finish (Fotoreporter Sirotti).

The Etixx-QuickStep team has told Cyclingnews that Mark Cavendish’s mechanical problem during Milan-San Remo was not the same as the problem the Manxman suffered during the sprint finish of stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico in Cascina.

Rolf Aldag, the Sport and Development manager of the Etixx-QuickStep pointed out that Cavendish lost his chain while changing from the small chain ring to the big chain ring, while the Tirreno-Adriatico accident did not involve a gear change and occurred as Cavendish seemed to push on the pedals as he began his sprint.

“In my opinion it’s important not to confuse two different incidents,” Aldag said. “Cavendish was shifting up from the small chainring to the big chainring on the less steep road, close to the top of the Cipressa and for some reason his chain came off, it over shifted."

March 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: It wasn’t a hunger flat. That’s what you’d think it is, but he said, ‘I’ve been eating and that’s not a problem.
Photo: It wasn’t a hunger flat. That’s what you’d think it is, but he said, ‘I’ve been eating and that’s not a problem.'

After a disappointing E3 Harelbeke, many are wondering what has happened to Peter Sagan. Even his own team are beginning to think that something is going wrong with the Slovakian star.

“It’s shit because in that group of three he should’ve been the fastest,” Tinkoff sports director, Tristan Hoffman told VeloNews.

“He was so disappointed. Then, to make it worse, [the] whole group passes him.”

Hoffman explained that despite not doing anything drastic once he made the final trio, Sagan all of a sudden felt empty with nothing left.

“He hadn’t done anything crazy on the front, but suddenly he went empty,” Hoffman added. “Of course, he was one hour at his maximum to stay on the front and that’s how it is.”

March 29, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)






Photo: Felline took his first time trial win by beating teammate Jungels by 1 second.
Photo: Felline took his first time trial win by beating teammate Jungels by 1 second.

Fabio Felline proved that he is much more than a fast finisher and solid climber when he took a surprise win in the Criterium International. The Italian beat his teammate Bob Jungels by a single second on the 7km course while Manuele Boaro was one second further back in third.

Ben King did well to take 19th and defend his overall lead.

Going into this season, Felline had never really excelled in time trials but apparently things will change in the future for the fast Italian. After he had already taken a surprise third in the Etoile de Besseges TT, he took a hugely surprising win in today's second stage of the Criterium International.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)







Ben King takes his first international victory from a two-man breakaway. Photo: AFP.
Ben King takes his first international victory from a two-man breakaway. Photo: AFP.

Ben King won the first stage of the Critérium International on Saturday.

Stage 1a was a 92.5km circuit around Porto-Vecchio that featured a 2km, 5.3 percent climb, the Côte de Conca, at its midpoint.

King beat breakaway companion Saint-Clément Martin and donned the leader’s yellow jersey for the second stage of the day, a 7km individual time trial in the afternoon.

The two attacked in the first kilometer, building a 40-second lead.

March 28, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: In a crash-marred sprint, Chicchi went head to head with stage 1a winner Belletti .
Photo: In a crash-marred sprint, Chicchi went head to head with stage 1a winner Belletti.

Less than a month after signing a contract with Androni, Francesco Chicchi took his first win for his new team when he won a crash-marred bunch sprint on stage 3 of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali. Having gone head to head with Manuel Belletti, he emerged as the strongest while Ben Swift avoided the crashes and defended his overall lead. 

At the start of the year, it seemed that the career was over for Chicchi. The Italian had been unable to find a new team after Southeast decided not to renew his contract and he seemed destined to retire in the early months of the season.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Niki Terpstra escapes in the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad .
Photo: Niki Terpstra escapes in the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

The Etixx-QuickStep team usually has more Classics race wins in the bag by this point in the season, but 2015 has not been very fruitful so far in Northern Europe for the Belgian super-squad.

However, Patrick Lefevere’s outfit still leads the win count for 2015, with 18 victories, and its sponsors are happy. Given its Belgian roots, though, everyone would be more at ease with a classic win.

“Let’s talk again after Paris-Roubaix,” Lefevere told Cycling Weekly.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: WIGGINS at the start of this week’s Tour of Normandie. At the time of publication the team was 4th on Team GC.
Photo: WIGGINS at the start of this week’s Tour of Normandie. At the time of publication the team was 4th on Team GC.

One of the big changes coming soon in the season will be that of Bradley Wiggins stepping down from Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix to headline his own Continental team, WIGGINS.

The guys at Southeast Regional Series recently caught up with Brit racer, Daniel Patten who is also a member of WIGGINS and a man who won the SRS race in Knoxville last year.

The Southeast Regional Series presented by BikeReg returns for a third year in 2015 with a four-state circuit. The highly competitive weekends of criterium and road race events will begin April 11-12 in Florida, with the Panama City Criterium and Walton County Road Race, hosted by the Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council.

Later in the year individual time trials will be added to the weekend races – Albany, Ga., Knoxville, Tenn., and Greenville, S.C.

March 28, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)
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Eric Barone broke the world speed record for bicycles in the Alps on Saturday. AFP PHOTO | JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT (File)..
Eric Barone broke the world speed record for bicycles in the Alps on Saturday. AFP PHOTO | JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT (File).

Frenchman Eric Barone established a new world record bike speed Saturday on a track at the Vars ski resort.

In the Hautes-Alpes, between Gap, France and the Italian border, Barone rode a speed of 223.3kph (138.752mph) on a steep, snow-packed slope.

Barone, 55, has set the world record on multiple occasions, on both snow and gravel surfaces. He rode a special downhill mountain bike with a fairing to improve aerodynamics.

March 28, 2015 (velonews.com)








Geraint Thomas made several attacks
(Bettini Photo).
Geraint Thomas made several attacks (Bettini Photo).

Geraint Thomas won E3 Harelbeke on Friday after attacking fellow leaders Zdenek Stybar and Peter Sagan with four kilometers to go and soloing across the line of the Belgian cobbled classic.

Stybar held on for second, while Sagan faded in the end and was passed by the chasing peloton.

Matteo Trentin
 won the sprint for the final podium place.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Less than one week after a disappointing run at Milano-Sanremo, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) crashed out of E3 Harelbeke, putting his classics campaign in doubt. Photo: (inrng.com).
Less than one week after a disappointing run at Milano-Sanremo, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) crashed out of E3 Harelbeke, putting his classics campaign in doubt. Photo: Cor Vos (inrng.com).

Fabian Cancellara’s 2015 cobbled classics campaign may have ended before it began in earnest after a crash 39.4 kilometers into E3 Harelbeke on Friday in Belgium. He may have fractured his left wrist.

The Swiss classics champion — a three-time winner of both the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix — crashed on the cobbled Haaghoek sector with around 40 to 50 other riders. He continued for 10km more, but the pain was too much and he abandoned.

“Unfortunately Fabian Cancellara has abandoned the race after his crash. We will keep you informed on his situation as soon as possible,” Trek Factory Racing said on its Twitter account of Cancellara, who won the 2009, 2010, and 2013 editions of the race.

A photo from the race showed Cancellara favoring his left wrist after the crash.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Geraint Thomas (Sky) was elated to win his first major classic in Flanders on Friday at E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Geraint Thomas (Sky) was elated to win his first major classic in Flanders on Friday at E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Wales seems like a world away from Belgium and the bumpy, cobblestone roads of Flanders.

As a teenager growing up near Cardiff, Geraint Thomas and Sky teammate Ian Stannard used to watch videos of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix belonging to John Barkley, a legend in UK cycling, who would ferry aspiring riders across the Channel to witness the northern classics in person.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... © (pezcyclingnews.com)

March 29, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





March 29, 2015






Photo: Luca Paolini (Katusha)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Luca Paolini (Katusha) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Luca Paolini took a solo win at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

The Italian escaped a breakaway late in the race and took the win ahead of chasers Niki Terpstra and Geraint Thomas.

March 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Luke Rowe in the 2015 Milan-San Remo .
Photo: Luke Rowe in the 2015 Milan-San Remo.

Racing in Belgium is like Marmite, according to Alex Dowsett, and while he is not a big fan of racing on the wet cobbles Team Sky’s Luke Rowe is at the other end of the spectrum.

Dowsett and Rowe shared an embrace in the sign-in area before Ghent-Wevelgem kicked off in Deinze, having both been drenched from the two-minute pedal over from their team buses parked around the corner.

While Movistar’s Dowsett, in just his third race back from a broken collarbone suffered in January, was visibly miserable, Rowe approached his fellow Brit positively beaming at the prospect of riding 240km in the pouring rain.

March 29, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Dylan Van Baarle raced to the podium at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Dylan Van Baarle raced to the podium at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

It’s the hour of the young pups. Cannondale-Garmin vows to march on across the northern classics despite losing their captain, Sebastian Langeveld, who crashed heavily in Friday’s E3 Prijs Harelbeke.

The team was quietly confident the 30-year-old Dutchman was going to be a contender throughout Flanders Week. Eighth in last year’s Paris-Roubaix, when he rode into the winning group, and fifth in the 2011 Tour of Flanders, Cannondale-Garmin was hitching its hopes on Langeveld.

On Friday, he was among several riders who crashed early, including Fabian Cancellara, and suffered a deep, knee contusion and bone bruise on the tibia. Team officials are unsure if he will be able to recover in time for the looming monuments.

March 29, 2015 (velonews.com)









March 28, 2015





Photo: Alex Peters, Tour de Normandie 2015 .
Photo: Alex Peters, Tour de Normandie 2015.

Britain’s Alex Peters moved into the Tour de Normandie race lead in Martinvast this afternoon, despite missing out on the chance to win its penultimate stage following a final corner crash.

Peters was visibly upset not to have claimed the biggest win of his career to date at the end of a 169.5-kilometer stage held in wet and windy conditions.

The 20-year-old Londoner bridged to across to a seven-man lead group in the second half of the stage, despite starting the day just 18 seconds off race leader Dimitri Claeys.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: The use of non-prescription human growth hormone (HGH) among teenagers in grades 9-12 doubled last year.
Photo: The use of non-prescription human growth hormone (HGH) among teenagers in grades 9-12 doubled last year.

Former cyclist Tyler Hamilton started doping with erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that boosts red blood cell production and moved on to HGH. “I knew I’d crossed the line, but I didn’t know how far I’d go,” he said about the first time he was given a large red pill to take by his team doctor.

“Having already made the decision with the testosterone pill, the needle felt like the only way.”

March 28, 2015 (si.com)





Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo jersey presentation in Moscow.
(Tinkoff-Saxo).
Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo jersey presentation in Moscow. (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Oleg Tinkov has revealed that the Tinkoff-Saxo team will make an announcement about the future of Bjarne Riis at 7:00pm CET on Sunday, a few hours after the Gent-Wevelgem race.

Tinkov made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday morning from Japan, where the Russian team owner is currently on holiday with his family.

“My dear @ tinkoff_saxo fans. Tomorrow @ 1900 CET Will Our Official Press Release Regarding the Best Sport Director. Wish Tomorrow # gentwevelgem” the tweet reads.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Geraint Thomas captured one of the most scintillating victories of his career, launching in the last four kilometers of the race to win E3 Harelbeke.
Photo: Geraint Thomas captured one of the most scintillating victories of his career, launching in the last four kilometers of the race to win E3 Harelbeke.

Bradley Wiggins will compete for Team Sky in Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem sprint classic in Belgium, the team announced. The 2012 Tour de France champion, will be joined by fellow British Olympic champion Geraint Thomas for the 239-kilometer one-day event.

Bernhard Eisel, who won the event in 2010, is also included in an eight-man team along with Christian Knees, Ian Stannard, Andy Fenn, Luke Rowe and Elia Viviani.

March 28, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: Koppenberg: Rising from the village of Melden. This beast of a climb is short, but steep. (Average of 11.6 percent but goes to 19 percent in the middle section.)
Koppenberg: Rising from the village of Melden. This beast of a climb is short, but steep. (Average of 11.6 percent but goes to 19 percent in the middle section.) Images: Jeff Clark, Tim Schamber (panoramic)

"Belgium is a small country with roughly 11 million people.

For those prone to cycling addictions, we have put together some must-see locations that will allow you to ride your brains out, but also get a great overview of the culture, history and culinary delights of one of our favorite countries to visit."

March 28, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: Open road event will feature views from the Horseshoe Pass and Nant-y-Garth and 110km, 170km and 220km options.
Photo: Open road event will feature views from the Horseshoe Pass and Nant-y-Garth and 110km, 170km and 220km options.

After four years on closed roads, this year’s Wiggle Etape Cymru, scheduled for September 13, will consist of open road Corto, Medio Fondo and Gran Fondo events.

With its multiple challenging routes and no road closures, the sportive will now follow the model of the popular South Wales-based Wiggle Dragon Ride.

“Having an open road event allows us to pick our perfect route so we can access stunning vistas and beautiful scenery more often,” said event director Kirsty Wilde.

And the new arrangements have received the backing of Team Sky man Luke Rowe.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)













March 27, 2015





Tour favorite Nairo Quintana (Movistar) got a taste of the northern cobblestones at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke in preparation for stage 4 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tour favorite Nairo Quintana (Movistar) got a taste of the northern cobblestones at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke in preparation for stage 4 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Nairo Quintana will never win Paris-Roubaix, but the Colombian knows if he wants to win the Tour de France, he’ll have to survive a version of the “Hell of the North” this summer.

The spindly climber might have looked out of place at the start line of E3 Harelbeke, surrounded by brawny cobble-bashers, but Friday’s race marked the end of a weeklong experiment of getting a taste of what lies ahead this July in the Tour.

“It was important for Nairo to race on the cobbles here this week,” Movistar sport director José Luis Jaimerena told VeloNews. “It’s one thing to see them, but it’s something else to ride them at race speed. What we want is to avoid surprises.”

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: I think it is such an important part of what we are trying to do, to look at new technology, to embrace it rather than to resist it.
Photo: "I think it is such an important part of what we are trying to do, to look at new technology, to embrace it rather than to resist it."

Recent reports suggested that disk brakes could make their debut by next season but, according to Brian Cookson, the new technology may potentially be in the peloton sooner than that.

The UCI and others have been weighing up the introduction of new braking systems for some time. Increased stopping power over a variety of climatic conditions is one of the big motivations, making braking much more predictable, while other factors such as lessening the risk of tubular tyres rolling is another possible benefit.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Georgia Gould, warming up before the 2012 Olympic cross-country race, where she took a bronze medal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Georgia Gould, warming up before the 2012 Olympic cross-country race, where she took a bronze medal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.

What is it that defines a champion? Is it winning the most important events in a given discipline?

Does one major victory constitute a champion, or is this a quality that’s defined by an era of domination? Is the title something that lasts forever?

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