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November 26, 2014




Photo: Quintana had a staggering debut in the Tour de France in 2013, finishing second in his first attempt at the race. Photography by Cor Vos
Former Tour de France yellow jersey Victor Hugo Peña has said that he is confident that his fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana has what it takes to win the Tour de France, but that it is impossible to say it is guaranteed to happen.
The ex-professional has competed alongside the 2014 Giro d’Italia winner in the past and believes that his abilities are clear. “Nairo is a good friend,” he told CyclingTips. “I was with this guy in the Colombia es Pasion team, and I know that he has real talent. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 26, 2014




Fabio Aru in the Specialized wind tunnel on the Shiv
Photo: © Carson Blume.
The Astana team is set to confirm that Fabio Aru will lead the Kazakhstani team at the 2015 Giro d'Italia and the young Sardinian rider is already working on his time trialing ability so he can limit his losses to Alberto Contador in the rolling 59km stage between Treviso and Valdobbiadene. (cyclingnews.com)

November 26, 2014




2014-15 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

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

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

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


November 25, 2014




Photo: This course won't lie. The strongest will always prevail. After 100km, the hill zone starts and it continues right to the finish. That will create fatigue and stress which characterizes De Ronde.
Yesterday the course for the 99th Tour of Flanders was unveiled. The difficult finale was retained but the organizers added the Tiegemberg and Berendries, meaning that the total number of hellingen will be 19. "It's definitely harder than before," said Eddy Merckx.
Immediately after the unveiling, Omega Pharma-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere criticized the race organizers, but "It's a beautiful route," Van Avermaet said. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 26, 2014




TIm Johnson is battling back pain but looking for a result at nationals. After that, he will think about his future as a racer. Photo: Dan Seaton (File).
All those bumps, lumps, dismounts, and run-ups were bound to take their toll.
Tim Johnson, something like American cyclocross royalty now, has been dousing the pyrotechnics of back spasms since 2007. But this year, the fiery pain has been more consistent, and kept him from his best form. And, flatly, if the injury doesn’t get any better, he may have to hang it up. (velonews.com)

November 26, 2014




Marcel Kittel is on the leading edge of the new wave of German cyclists that is helping the country turn the page on the previous generation's doping scandals. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
German state broadcaster ARD is considering screening stages of the Tour de France again after refusing to show live coverage since 2012 due to doping scandals in cycling.
A decision will be made at the end of the year, ARD chairman Lutz Marmor said on Wednesday at a press conference in Hanover, Germany.
Two years ago, both main German broadcasters ARD and ZDF pulled the plug on screening the world’s top cycling race in Germany after repeated doping scandals rocked the sport. (velonews.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: I think being shot into space might provide a similar result given the necessity to work together efficiently and constructively in extremely tight quarters.
The variety of team building exercises run the gamut. As fans of cycling you’re likely familiar with stories of survival camps and tromping around the snowy Dolomites in late November. An afternoon of ropes courses or tales spun around an open bonfire will interweave camaraderie. And seemingly nothing quite matches a bunch of professional athletes overrunning a bar and paying particular attention to make the younger riders imbibe. Who would have guessed.
That is until now. I stand by this statement: it will be a very very long time, if ever, before another team camp can reach what we did in terms of a) actual, constructive, intricate team building and b) having it done so in such a spectacular environment as the British Virgin Islands. (iamtedking.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: GT Grade Alloy 105
Robert Smith.
"A few weeks ago we tested GT's Grade Carbon Ultegra, and awarded it full marks. But some of the BikeRadar team were ever-so-slightly cynical about yet another species or sub-species of road bike hitting the market – it's not like there aren't plenty already – and wondered whether this more-than-a-gravel-racer machine deserved such a high accolade." (bikeradar.com)

November 26, 2014




The 2015 USA Cycling cyclocross national championships will be held in Austin, Texas, January 7-11. Photo: Wil Matthews (File)..
In an email sent Tuesday, USA Cycling notified UCI-licensed American cyclocross racers that a petition process will be offered if they do not qualify to race national championships.
Elite racers automatically qualify to compete if they meet either of two requirements: Riders must hold one or more UCI point; or, riders must be ranked in the top-90 in the USA Cycling Pro CX standings. (velonews.com)

November 25, 2014




For the first time in her career, Marianne Vos (Netherlands) missed out on a medal at the Worlds
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tom Dumoulin won his first Dutch cyclist of the year award on Monday in a "surprise" victory. The 24-year-old won the award ahead of this year’s Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra and Lars Boom. Marianne Vos won the women's award for a ninth straight year. (cyclingnews.com)

November 25, 2014




Photo: A familiar sight this season, Joseph Maloney (Milwaukee, WI) lead the Men’s 1/2/3 field from start to finish. © SnowyMountain Photography.
In its third year, Melas CX – the tenth race of The Chicago Cyclocross Cup, has earned both die hard fans and reluctant participants. The race, put on by Northbrook Garner Bicycle Club and Flatlandia, features lots of sand and a large drainage area dubbed the “Racin’ Basin” which provides many off-camber corners, punchy climbs and sharp descents.
This might be the most technically difficult course in the series. Hence why you hear mutters of “I hate this race,” in the five minutes preceding the race. Then it is glorified later as a “preposterously good time.” (cxmagazine.com)

November 25, 2014




Photo: Dani King (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licensed by brassyn:Flickr).
“That was one of the worst things I have ever experienced,” she writes. “I could almost feel my ribs grinding together.”
“On the way to the hospital, I still couldn’t breathe properly. That was when I thought I was going to die. All I remember was looking up at the bright lights in the ambulance and trying to stay calm.” (road.cc)

November 25, 2014




A face of concentration, Pinot giving it his all
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
As the 2014 season began, Marc Madiot set his FDJ.fr team the lofty goal of landing more than 35 victories over the course of the year. Despite the best efforts of Nacer Bouhanni and Arnaud Démare, his charges fell a little short of that target but Thibaut Pinot's effervescent third place finish at the Tour de France means that the campaign cannot be deemed anything other than a success for FDJ. (cyclingnews.com)

November 25, 2014




Photo: This is a top five squad, top to bottom. With just a little more discipline applied to the owner's Twitter account, they could be an admirable outfit in 2015..
"Everyone knows Saxo Bank as the successor to Team CSC, which was a popular upstart squad back in the good ol' early 2000s, when everything seemed so simple and innocent. What? Anyway, Bjarne Riis invested in the original Professional Cycling Denmark project back in 1998 (while still riding for Telekom), divested from Team home-Jack and Jones, then took over the squad upon retiring in 2000 and signed on CSC as a sponsor. He quickly built a squad of riders other teams devalued or ignored, like Laurent Jalabert and Tyler Hamilton. Mostly we remember this for the resulting scandals, but CSC had cachet in the US all along, and I suppose we should be grateful for knowing Ja-ja a bit better than we otherwise would." (podiumcafe.com)

November 25, 2014





November 25, 2014






Tyler Farrar takes his first victory of 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
American Tyler Farrar is set to play an important part in the next chapter of MTN-Qhubeka as it pushes to become the first African team at the Tour de France.
“The Tour is the big event in our sport and that’s what we are going for,” Team MTN general manager Brian Smith told VeloNews.
“Nelson Mandela Day is the 18th of July, during the Tour de France. If this African team gets into the Tour de France, then that’s going to be huge for the team but also for the Qhubeka charity.” (velonews.com)

November 26, 2014






Marc Madiot discusses FDJ's aims for the Tour de France
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The hours following the announcement of the Velon business project were punctuated by a series of press releases from the 11 member teams. Each declaration from team managers and riders was couched in remarkably similar language: stability, sustainability and new technology were the recurring buzzwords. (cyclingnews.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: Christine Vardaros running through Ronse. © Danny Zelck.
"I am smack dab in the middle of yet another full Belgium-based cyclocross season. This means I’ve taken the dive down the zig-zagged lines riddling the Zonhoven sandpit, bounced around the neverending washboard at the QianSen Trophy Cyclocross Yanqing Station China race, slid through tricky berms of the Grote Prijs van Brabant , delicately navigated the off-cambers at Ronse, flew down the greasy death descent at Gavere, climbed the infamous cobbles of the Koppenberg, powered up the steep muddy Ruddervoorde mounds and bruised yet another finger against those immovable wooden course poles along the way.
No worries about the finger, though, since bodies heal. Bike parts, however, remain permanently broken I’ve discovered. So far this season I’ve been lucky. I’ve only lost a derailleur hanger, two chains, a brake, a headset, 4 brake pads, a shoe and a pedal. As they say here in Belgium, I’ve been “goed bezig” (good busy)." (cxmagazine.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: While Rodríguez tried and failed to secure a stage win and the mountains classification at the Tour de France, Kristoff impressed in the sprints.
There was a definite shift in the balance of power and success for Katusha's top men in 2014. The team may have slipped down a few rungs of the WorldTour ladder this season but it was by no means a terrible year for the Russian outfit. (cyclingnews.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: Albeit this wasn’t Sven’s day and we saw him run where normally he’d ride...
A weekend in Belgium – taking in the best of winter cycling at the Gent Six Days & the Kokside Cross races - trackside photo report of the boards, the bikes and the boys who pedal through anything – including axle deep sand. (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 26, 2014




Filippo Pozzato holds off the sprinters in the Via Roma to win in 2006
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Basso celebrates his birthday, Rusvelo goes Russian red. Derny driver home after Amsterdam crash. (cyclingnews.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: Each of the subjects of these images is long departed.
At 8-inches by 7-inches and 120 pages, Goggles and Dust is a small volume, but it contains much. It’s a photo book, with images drawn from The Horton Collection’s 170,000-image archive. From that archive Brett Horton has drawn a collection of images from the aughts, teens, twenties and thirties. Image, subject, race, caption. No treatise on the import of the situation, no poetics about man and machine or triumph of will. In that, the book is its own poetry. We are left to focus on what is contained within the frame, to glean what we can, to connect the dots ourselves. (redkiteprayer.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: The TruTrainer rollers ride nothing like my old set of double-fan resistance rollers, and the quality and durability are top-notch.
"The market for indoor cycling training systems is constantly increasing and evolving, and while most non-trackies are opting for fixed-mount trainers, TruTrainer has reconverted me to the fun of rollers with their top-end quality and ride feel." (pezcyclingnews.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: The bike can be run either as disc, as our test bike was, or with calipers, and each appears native since most of the hardware is removable and both run on standard quick release skewers.
Disc road bikes, they have their converts and they have their detractors. They have spawned quite a bit of anger from riders frustrated with yet another standard to contend with and plenty of time to comment on the interwebs.
What if you aren’t in either camp, what if you actually want to try something new before jumping on the bandwagon or assassinating its credibility? In short, what if you are like most of us, the quiet thousands with better things to do than vent on message boards? Orbea has your answer, it’s called the Avant and it’s the most versatile bike on the road – or gravel – or dirt. (pelotonmagazine.com)

November 26, 2014




Fabian Cancellara wants the UCI to go back in time and employ its old-school hour record rules. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
At first blush, it would seem that Fabian Cancellara would be happy with the momentum surrounding the hour record after the UCI changed its rules and, essentially, opened up the boards for a flurry of attempts.
Jens Voigt held the record for a brief period of time as he put on one final show before retiring, and then Matthias Brändle took the mark just 42 days later. It stands at 51.852 kilometers now, to be precise.
But there is one problem for Cancellara. He still looks at the longest hour as having two separate classifications. And he thinks all this “stuff” right now is “low level.” (velonews.com)

November 25, 2014





Vincenzo Nibali (Team Astana) dominated the Tour de France
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Sagan's Israeli team, Brussels wants 2019 Tour start, Serpa stays with Lampre. (cyclingnews.com)

November 25, 2014




Photo: Oh, that’s Backintheday Bill, the other rider said as he filled me in on Bill’s career as a top local pro and general two-wheeled wrecking ball..
"I first saw the old elephant about three years ago. He was gray-headed and busting out at the seams as we flew past him on the Donut Ride. He’d gotten a good ten-minute head start but we overhauled him long before the first big climb. He huffed and puffed and mashed for about ten pedal strokes, trying to hang on before he was blown out the back.
As we passed him someone said, “Good job, Bill,” and then we were gone. (pelotonmagazine.com)

November 25, 2014




Sophie De Boer (Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team) was third
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Pauwels and De Boer lead World Cup standings. Compton suffers from asthma and allergies in Koksijde. A winning weekend for Van Aert in Belgium. Kemmerer wins back-to-back races at Super Cross Cup. World Cup heads to Milton Keynes. (cyclingnews.com)

November 25, 2014




Maximenko’s positive attitude was key in taking her from the depths of disappointment (left) to the top of her game. Right photo by Scott Livingston.
At that moment, lying in a muddy Wisconsin snow bank with her foot mangled and facing the wrong way, one would understand if pro cyclocross racer Cassie Maximenko called it a career. But Maximenko wasn’t thinking about quitting - she was actually already on the comeback. Turns out, that’s kind of her thing. (roadbikereview.com)

November 25, 2014




Overall wiiner, Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r)
Photo: © ASO/P.Perreve.
Tour de France runner-up Jean-Christophe Péraud has admitted to being worried that too much might be expected of him at the 2015 Tour de France following his second place finish in this year's race.
In an interview with L'Équipe at his home in Villeurbanne, on the northern edge of Lyon, the 37-year-old Frenchman said that he is still coming to terms with that performance, and stresses that it should be seen in its context. (cyclingnews.com)

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November 26, 2014






Lunch awaits the Astana riders
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The UCI today announced a fifth doping positive for the Astana organization, and the third for the Continental team. A doping control from Artur Fedosseyev taken on August 16, 2014 returned an adverse analytical finding for an anabolic steroid unspecified by the UCI.
Fedosseyev's positive test is the fifth doping case in just three months for Kazkhstani cycling, all coming from the Astana teams that include the WorldTour team of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali and the Continental development team. (cyclingnews.com)

November 26, 2014




Managing editor Chris Case crosses the line in 14th place at the incomparable Taiwan KOM Challenge. Photo: Daniel Simms Photography.
"It was pissing rain.
It was the type of day that gave you a simple choice: sulk, or smile. I’ve learned a lesson from years of racing in inclement weather: it’s always advantageous to stick with the grins; pouting only makes you colder.
We were in Taiwan, far from home, in an exotic landscape that I had quickly fallen in love with, about to race bikes up one of the longest hill climbs in the world. The choice was made for me.
I embraced the dreary, soggy conditions, absorbing the wet, the cold, the foul soup of mist and misery and turning it on its head.
I made a case for suffering..." (velonews.com)

November 26, 2014





Steve Hed works with a rider in the San Diego wind tunnel.
(Photo by MollySVH).
Steve Hed, a pioneer in the field of bicycle aerodynamics and founder of the Hed Cycling wheel and component brand, passed away today. At the moment, there has been no mention of Steve’s passing on Hed Cycling’s Facebook or Twitter streams, both of which do not have any recent posts. When reached for confirmation by phone, a representative at Hed wheels confirmed Steve’s passing at 9:30 am this morning. (bicycling.com)

November 26, 2014




The Boels-Dolmans team
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Boels-Dolmans announce sport medical center partnership, strong Australian team for London World Cup. UCI status and broadcaster confirmed for 2015 Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour. Australia sends 19-riders to London Track World Cup round. Boels-Dolmans announce partnership with Sportmedisch Centrum Zuid-Limburg. (cyclingnews.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: I am riding outside now with a modified shoe. I have cut out the toe box and put a really thin insole in it and put my cleat back all the way.
A broken toe is not expected to significantly delay the start of Brent Bookwalter's season, BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said Wednesday. (cyclingquotes.com)

November 26, 2014




Photo: Henk Vogels is stepping down from his role with Drapac (Getty Images).
Hendricus Vogels has decided to spend 2015 away from professional cycling and has resigned from his position with Drapac Professional Cycling as sports director.
Vogel's role with the professional continental team meant he spent long periods of time away from his family.
With the team's racing program growing for 2015 he saw it best to step down from his role enabling him to dedicate more of his time to his children. (sbs.com.au)

November 26, 2014




Photo: Stiff, supportive and comfortable.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Custom-fit road shoe with top-notch performance." (bikeradar.com)





Photo: The SmartHat concept design has caused quite a stir. (Supplied)
The designer behind the controversial SmartHat, a conceptual helmet that could be fitted with a registration plate, says he’s committed to developing the idea further and is bemused by the response among the cycling community.
Toby King, who launched the design two weeks ago with a presentation to Mosman Council says the idea for the multi-function device, which could also include SatNav, biometrics, and windscreen wipers, spawned in response to discussions in the Sydney newspapers as to whether cyclists should be registered. (sbs.com.au)

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November 25, 2014




Michele Acquarone called a press conference to protest being fired by RCS Sport
Photo: © Stephen Farrand.
Former Giro d'Italia director Michele Acquarone has lost his legal battle against RCS Media Group for wrongful dismissal but has promised to appeal the decision and continue to fight to clear his name.
Acquarone has discovered that RCS Media Group now plans to begin legal action against him to recover some of the alleged €17 million (up from an initial €11 million) that was allegedly misappropriated from its accounts between 2006 and 2013. (cyclingnews.com)

November 25, 2014









Photo: Bartlett fields questions on the group’s goals and finances... Photography by Cor Vos
Launched yesterday in what the group hopes will represent a major step forward for the growth and stability of the sport, first details of the Velon project were finally unveiled.
Comprising eleven of cycling’s top WorldTour teams and targeting goals of making the sport more dramatic, introducing new technology and building a more sustainable and credible future, the group aims to transform the landscape of the sport. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 25, 2014




Photo: Turns out that a postride rubdown is even healthier than experts thought.
(Photo by Emily Maye).
Long hours in the saddle and hard workouts can leave your muscles riddled with knots and scar tissue created as they repair themselves. And because all your muscles are connected, those sore spots can spread throughout your body if not treated—a tight lower back creates an achy hip that leads to a twinged knee. That's why so many cyclists swear by massages. They help loosen tight spots, flush toxic chemicals, and keep your fibers smooth and limber so you can ride pain free. (bicycling.com)

November 25, 2014






The Oude Kwaremont became 'the' berg of the new Tour of Flanders route
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The organizers of the Tour of Flanders today announced the route for the 2015 race, which will be largely the same as the 2014 course but with two added climbs in the first half. The final 150km will remain the same, with three loops around Oudenaarde helping to funnel the spectators into the action-packed finale. (cyclingnews.com)

November 25, 2014




Photo: the Mauna Kea climb has four times the altitude gain of the famous Alpe d’Huez... Photography by Jonathan Rawle & Christian James
"The Hawaiian volcano of Mauna Kea ("white mountain") is considered one of the most extreme cycling climbs in the world. From the beach in Hilo to the telescopes at the summit it's 4,200m of altitude gain in one continuous climb of nearly 70km. In fact, so large is Mauna Kea that if you measure from its actual base (many kilometres below the ocean) it's height is more than 10,000m, making it the tallest mountain on Earth. (cyclingtips.com.au)

November 25, 2014





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