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Coquard wins again at 4 Jours de Dunkerque.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Bryan Coquard continued his amazing spring season by making it two in a row with another sprint win on stage 2 of the Four Days of Dunkirk.

Like yesterday, he got the perfect lead-out from Adrien Petit and even though Nacer Bouhanni was clearly the fastest and finished very strongly, the Frenchman crossed the line first to double his tally and extend his overall lead."
(cyclingquotes.com) (cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016





Tour of the Gila: McCabe wins stage 2 sprint in Fort Bayard.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Travis McCabe (Holowesko-Citadel) wins the final stage (Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)Thumb Overlay."Travis McCabe claimed his first Tour of the Gila stage victory in Fort Bayard after coming second last year and third place in 2014.

McCabe topped Italian Marco Canola and Neilson Powless in a reduced bunch sprint.

"It's awesome. I've been hunting this win for three years now," McCabe said. "
(cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016





Tour of the Gila: Glaesser wins stage 2.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Rally Cycling's Jasmin Glaesser hopes to represent Canada in the 2016 Rio Olympics (Rally Cycling)Thumb Overlay."Rally Cycling's Jasmin Glaesser took her first win in a UCI or US Pro Road Tour race on Thursday at the Tour of the Gila when she joined Abby Mickey and Leah Thomas in a late move in the last 5km and then beat the them both to the line." (cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016





Exciting home win for Averin in Azerbaidjan.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): Tour d'Azerbaijan 2016 | Getty Images www.gettyimages.co.uk -  Maksym Averin, a rider from Synergy Baku Cycling Project wins the second stage of theThumb Overlay."After an exciting final through the streets of Ismayilli, Maksym Averin scored a home victory for Synergy Baku Cycling Project.

The win is the first for Azeri rider at their home race, and a great boost for the development of cycling in Azerbaijan.

Second place went to Markus Eibegger and third to Alberto Cecchin."
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 5, 2016





Hesjedal mulls retirement and a final Giro.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Ryder Hesjedal is coy about whether this year's Giro will be his last, but he's confident that he'll be an animator late in the race's hard mountain stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Thumb Overlay."“I won this race,” Ryder Hesjedal reminded me a year ago in his slow, low voice. He stood with his back to the Matterhorn, deep into the third week of the Giro d’Italia, minutes after racing, once again, like the Hesjedal of 2012 - at the front, sniffing victory, still so laid back he was almost horizontal.

He’d attacked early, a suicide mission, it seemed. I asked him to explain the tactic. “I don’t know why everyone is so surprised. I’m a bike racer, man,” was the answer that said everything and nothing.

It looks increasingly likely that Hesjedal might not be a bike racer for much longer."
(velonews.com)

May 5, 2016







Who Will Win The Giro?

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): Cor VosThumb Overlay."Is Vincenzo Nibali in form? Can Mikel Landa limit his losses in the time trials? Will Alejandro Valverde prove consistent enough. Can Ilnur Zakarin carry the form from Romandie into the Giro and stay consistent for three weeks? Will Rafał Majka deliver the grand tour win he’s been aiming for? Is Rigoberto Uran back to his golden form of recent years?

Six contenders in search of answers, it could be a Pirandello play but it’s the Giro d’Italia. This uncertainty is to be celebrated as it promises surprises between now and the end of the month."
(inrng.com)

May 5, 2016






Dumoulin to focus on Giro time trials, not GC.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Tom Dumoulin wants to wear pink after Friday's opening time trial at the Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Tom Dumoulin is dreaming of the pink jersey in the 2016 Giro d’Italia, but only in the first half of the race, not the end.

Despite his revelatory performance in last year’s Vuelta a España, when he wore the leader’s jersey until the penultimate stage and finished sixth overall, the Giant Alpecin Dutch star is returning to his time trial roots this season."
(velonews.com)

May 5, 2016





Giro d’Italia climbs by the numbers.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): The most feared and dramatic climb of the 2015 Giro was the Colle delle Finestre, named the Cima Coppi as the highest peak of the race. The last seven kilometers were raced over dirt roads. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.comThumb Overlay."The Giro d’Italia is known for its vertiginous climbs, and though the 2016 route features a few more sprinter friendly stages than usual, there are still ample cols for the mountain goats.

This May’s race offers six mountaintop finishes, three of which are at high altitude (Alpe di Siusi, Risoul, Sant’Anna di Vinadio), with the remaining three in the ‘medium’ mountains of Roccaraso, Sestola, and Andalo."
(velonews.com)

May 5, 2016










2016 Giro d'Italia LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Stage profilesThumb Overlay."Friday's Stage 1 starts at 1:45pm CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 5:15pm CET (11:15am U.S. Eastern, 8:15am Pacific).

Live video from *1:45pm CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)







2016 Four Days of Dunkirk/4 Jours de Dunkerque LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): This race is on in English on Cycling TV and a subscription includes On Demand replayThumb Overlay."Thursday's 4 Days of Dunkirk Stage 2 departs Aniche at 12:20pm CET (6:20am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Aniche at around 5:00pm CET (11:00am U.S. Eastern).

Four Days of Dunkirk live video streaming should get underway at around 3:30pm CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern, 6:30am Pacific)."
(cyclingfans.com)






Reviewed: Focus Cayo Disc Donna Ultegra.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com Lab Data: 18.9/20 (.65mm head tube deflection; .56 BB deflection)Thumb Overlay."The Cayo boasts a women’s specific design and race geometry (short 145-millimeter head tube and snappy 408mm chainstays, size M), yet it’s so smooth and predictable - ideal for everyday rides and long adventures.

The size medium frame we tested tallied moderate stiffness scores – 0.56 mm BB deflection and 0.65mm head tube deflection – and provided a responsive ride when we set out to conquer local QOMs. But it didn’t beat us up over rough roads either."
(velonews.com)

May 5, 2016






Coquard wins opening stage at Les 4 Jours de Dunkerque.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Kreder second, Bouhanni third in Gravelines.

Bryan Coquard repeated last year’s performance by winning the first stage of the 4 Days of Dunkirk in dominant fashion.

After Cofidis had mistimed their lead-out, Adrien Petit positioned Coquard perfectly and he easily held off Raymond Kreder and big rival Nacer Bouhanni to take both the stage victory and the leader’s jersey."
(cyclingquotes.com) (cyclingnews.com)

May 4, 2016







Abbott opens 2016 Tour of the Gila with win on Mogollon.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Mara Abbott rode aggressively during the final stage (Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)Thumb Overlay."Mara Abbott continued her winning streak in Mogollon, on the first stage of the Tour of the Gila, putting two minutes into United Healthcare's Katie Hall, with 2012 race winner Kristin Armstrong in third.

The 86-rider peloton took off from Silver City under clear skies and cool temperatures, heading out on the wide open highway. The fast descent from the Continental Divide kept the peloton together, with the first action happening at the intermediate sprint 29.5km into the stage."
(velonews.com)

May 4, 2016





Bauhaus wins opening stage of Tour d'Azerbaidjan.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): Bora - Argon 18 paved the way with a strong lead out for the young BauhausThumb Overlay."Phil Bauhaus has won the opening stage bunch sprint at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, crossing the finish line in Sumgayit just ahead of Scott Sunderland and Luca Wackermann.

The win also sees Bauhaus take hold of the first leader’s jersey of the race."
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 4, 2016








The Giro d'Italia by numbers.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): By Eurosport • 31/05/2015 at 20:08Thumb Overlay."The Giro d’Italia begins on Friday in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands and finishes on May 29 in Turin.

The three-week race will take place over 21 stages and 3,383 kilometres, with 198 riders due to set off from Apeldoorn."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 4, 2016








‘Rigoberto Uran has a great chance of winning the Giro d’Italia’.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Rigoberto Uran in action during Stage 5 of the 2016 Volta a Catalunya (Watson) Thumb Overlay."Cannondale team manager Jonathan Vaughters believes Rigoberto Uran can recapture the form that saw him finish second in consecutive years at the Giro d’Italia, and maybe go one better this year.

The Colombian hasn’t managed to hit the heights he achieved in 2013 and 2014 in recent seasons, but will lead Cannondale into the year’s first Grand Tour with a strong team around him."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 4, 2016










Race Preview: What to expect from the Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photos by Tim de WaeleThumb Overlay."With classics season in the books, it’s time for the grand tour specialists to shine.

The Giro d’Italia combines a prestige rivaled only by the Tour de France with the spectacle of a home crowd mad for cycling and a landscape made for riding bicycles.

Nearly as old as the Tour and quite often more challenging, it’s fair to call the Giro a bike racer’s bike race, one that many pros name as their favorite event on the calendar."
(velonews.com)

May 4, 2016







Viviani: Beating Kittel gives me confidence for the Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Elia Viviani (Team Sky) out-sprints Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Elia Viviani enjoyed his most successful season as a professional last year, the crowning moment being his debut stage victory at the Giro d’Italia on the second day in Genova.

Twelve months on, and back at his home Grand Tour for a fourth time, the 27-year-old is hungry to repeat the feat and even go one or more better."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 4, 2016





Tifosi launches special edition Campionissmo bike to celebrate the Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): The limited edition Tifosi SS26 Campionissimo comes with a stunning painjobThumb Overlay."With the Giro d’Italia only a couple of days away, Tifosi is celebrating with the launch of a new special edition bike in tricolore colors, only 26 of which will be produced.

It has a lightweight (950g) carbon-fiber frame with a hourglass shaped tapered head tube, which creates a bike “that is the optimum combination of lightness, aerodynamics and performance."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 4, 2016





First Ride: Scott FOIL 2016.

Thumbnail Credit (pezcyclingnews.com): The Scott sponsored pro teams have three models to choose fromThumb Overlay."Nothing shouts success like winning a Monument, Matt Hayman’s 2016 Paris Roubaix victory on Scott’s newly designed FOIL Team Issue was an unexpected score for both the Team Orica GreenEdge journeyman and the Swiss bike brand.

Combining better aerodynamics and enough vibration damping to handle even the pavé of Roubaix, the completely redesigned Scott flagship racer was more than up to the challenge – here’s a closer look."
(pezcyclingnews.com)

May 4, 2016





Abbott and Britton return to Silver City to defend Tour of the Gila titles.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Rob Britton (SmartStop) tops the men’s overall GC podium (Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)Thumb Overlay."Defending champions Mara Abbott and Rob Britton return for the 30th edition of the Tour of the Gila, one of the last sprawling stage races available to both elite and amateurs alike.

Situated in the heart of mining country, the Tour of the Gila has five stages in or around Silver City, New Mexico that challenge all of a rider's skills.

With highly technical descents, an out-and-back time trial that is often held in gusty winds, soaring climbs and a high-speed criterium in downtown Silver City, only a complete rider can stand at the top of the podium at the end of the Gila Monster final stage."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 3, 2016










Upcoming Races.

Tour of the Gila - May 4-8 (Stages & Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 6-29 (Stages),

Tour of Chongming Island - May 6-8 (Stages),

Tour de France 2016 - July 2-24 (Stages),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 11-14 (Stages),

Crescent Women World Cup Vårgårda - Aug 21 (Race),

GP de Plouay - Aug 27 (Race),

Brussels Cycling Classic - Sept 3 (Race),

Tour of Britain - Sept 4-11 (Stages),

Eneco Tour - Sept 19-25 (Stages),

Giro dell'Emilia 2016 - Sept 24 (Race),

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli 2016 - Sept 25 (Race),

Tre Valli Varesine 2016 - Sept 27 (Race),

Milano-Torino 2016 - Sept 28 (Race),

Giro del Piemonte 2016- Sept 29 (Race),

UCI Road World Championships 2016 - Oct 16 (Race),

More... (cyclingnews.com)







Horner not setting a timeline on retirement.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Chris Horner (Lupus Racing Team) (Casey B. Gibson)Thumb Overlay."Chris Horner says his lung infection that has plagued him since the 2014 Tour de France is slowly improving but the numerous courses of antibiotics he's had to endure has taken a toll on his riding.

Even though his results have yet to satisfy, he's still enjoying racing and determined to continue in hopes that his legs come around."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016





Hansen feels trapped by grand tour streak.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Adam Hansen's (Lotto-Belisol) late-race heroics earned him a solo victory in the 2014 Vuelta's stage 19. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."When soon-to-be 35-year-old Adam Hansen lines up for the start of the 99th Giro d’Italia, there will be a lot more riding on the race than just an opportunity to add victories to his palmares.

Not only will it be the Australian’s fifth consecutive Giro, the first three-week stage race of the year will also mark his 14th straight grand tour start dating back to the Vuelta a España in 2011 - a record he now owns after eclipsing Marino Lejarreta’s record of 10 last year.

But for the two-time grand tour stage winner (2013 Giro, 2014 Vuelta), “the streak” is nothing the former mountain biker turned roadie ever set out to smash, and now admittedly finds himself feeling trapped by his reputation."
(velonews.com)

May 5, 2016







Unlucky: Cancellara falls ill before Giro opener.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Fabian Cancellara's goal was to win the Giro's opening time trial and wear the pink jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Fabian Cancellara’s dream of wearing the pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia one time before he ends his career this season took a hit.

The Swiss leader of team Trek Segafredo is suffering from a fever and stomach flu, and the team doubts if it is possible for him to win the race’s opening time trial Friday."
(velonews.com)

May 5, 2016





Formolo better prepared and more motivated for his second Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Davide Formolo (Cannondale) (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Davide Formolo could hardly have asked for a better debut at the Giro d’Italia last year, but the young Italian feels he’s in an even better position to leave his mark on the corsa rosa this time around.

The Cannondale rider, then just 22 years of age, stoked the hopes of a nation last year when he rode away and came up with a stunning solo win at La Spezia on stage 4."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016




GIRO 2016: The Course Close-Up!

Thumbnail Credit (pezcyclingnews.com): All the stars at the Giro presentationThumb Overlay."The 2016 Giro d’Italia route was announced in early October in Milan.

Three individual time trials, seven sprint stages, seven medium mountain stages – two with uphill finishes – and four high mountain stages – three with uphill finishes – and a total of 3,383 kilometers, with 42,200 meters of climbing."
(pezcyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016






Tour of Chongming Island wide open without Wild on the starting line.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Ladies Tour of Qatar overall leader Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."The Tour of Chongming Island has upgraded from a UCI 2.1-level stage race in 2015, which was accompanied by a one-day World Cup, to a place on the inaugural Women’s WorldTour held this year from May 6-8 in China.

The three-day event is classed for the sprinters whereby Kirsten Wild won two stages and the overall classification last year."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016





Wiggle High5 Prepare for Chongming Island.

Thumbnail Credit (totalwomenscycling.com): So far, I’ve raced 22 times this year in 5 different countries taking multiple flights! – Dani King, Wiggle High5Thumb Overlay."Professional women’s cycling teams have been making their way over to Chongming Island, China for the next round of the Women’s World Tour.

With a brilliant start to the season already, Wiggle High5 are preparing to take on the multi-day event. With a fairly flat terrain, the Chinese stage of the World Tour will work to the strong team’s advantage."
(totalwomenscycling.com)

May 5, 2016





From Inside peloton: The Big Easy.

Thumbnail Credit (pelotonmagazine.com): At first glance, New Orleans could possibly be the worst place in the world to ride a bike.Thumb Overlay."New Orleans has a nativity rate of 80-percent. Four out of every five people you meet who live in the Crescent City were born in Louisiana, and likely in New Orleans proper.

There’s something about that number. It’s almost perplexing. When you begin to meet people here, you find out over and over again that the numbers don’t lie. Worldly people, businessmen, educators, anyone you can imagine, New Orleans natives born and raised - all of them will never leave."
(pelotonmagazine.com)

May 5, 2016





Spectator saves the day for unlucky Gila racer.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Here's the finish bike in all her glory. Crashed into the guys who crashed into the dog. Thumb Overlay."So what happens when the team car isn’t there, and a racer can’t get a spare bike after a crash?

Zack Allison found himself in that unenviable position on Wednesday, four kilometers from the finish of stage 1 at the Tour of the Gila.

“I took my shoes off and shouldered the bike and walked for about 500 meters in sock feet and realized it was a real long way to finish, and my situation sucked really bad,” the Elevate Pro Cycling rider said."
(velonews.com)

May 5, 2016





SRM Offers New AX-LIGHTNESS Peloton Road PowerMeter.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): SRM has added AX-LIGHTNESS to its growing list of power crank options, with the new PowerMeter AX-LIGHTENESS Peloton Road.Thumb Overlay."The new PowerMeter features a forged aluminum crank with a 30mm axle, that’s compatible with BSA, BB30, BB386, BB386 Evo and BBright bottom bracket standards.

However, the new PowerMeter is only available in a compact version with a 110 mm bcd, along with chainring options of 50/34 and 52/36, with crankarms available in lengths of 172,5 mm and 175mm."
(capovelo.com)

May 5, 2016





15 of the best steel road bikes.

Thumbnail Credit (road.cc): Independent Fabrication Club Racer (frameset)Thumb Overlay."While aluminium enjoyed a brief period as the material of choice for professional road racing bicycles, the same can’t be said for steel; it was the dominant frame material during much of the 20th century for bicycles of all descriptions.

In the world of professional cycle racing, each of Eddy Merckx’s 525 victories was aboard a steel bike, but the last time the Tour de France was won on steel was in 1994."
(road.cc)

May 5, 2016





‘Take the cyclists out and shoot them,’ says Ryanair boss.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Michael O'Leary (Photo: Flickr/World Travel & Tourism Council) Thumb Overlay."He may have been speaking at the Creative Minds conference in Dublin, but Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary won’t win any creativity awards for his thoughts on what to do with cyclists.

The outspoken Irishman hit out at Dublin City Council’s plans to make the city a more appealing place for cyclists."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 4, 2016





Team Victory Rankings.

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): ASOThumb Overlay."Etixx Quickstep still top the table but a charge by Movistar sees the Spanish team go from five to 18 wins since the last look at the rankings at the end of March.

April has more race days than any other month with plenty of chances for teams big and small to start collecting the trophies and bouquets.

As well as the stats it’s a chance to review some wins, lob in some transfer gossip and explore the problems at Cofidis."
(inrng.com)

May 4, 2016





Vegni puts his trust in UCI checks for mechanical doping.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Mauro Vegni is the head of cycling at RCS Sport (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Mauro Vegni, the director of the Giro d’Italia, is confident that the UCI’s search for mechanical doping by scanning bikes with a tablet device offers sufficient guarantees to ensure that there will be no doubts concerning the eventual winner of this year’s race.

Vegni welcomes the controls after being given assurances by the UCI on their ability to search for hidden motors."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 4, 2016





Haga: Giro d'Italia is a step closer to being normal as a racer.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin) (ASO)Thumb Overlay."When Giant Alpecin’s Chad Haga rolls down the start ramp in the Giro d’Italia opening time trial on Friday afternoon, the American won’t just be getting underway in one of cycling’s toughest races.

For Haga, following his terrible crash this January, the 2016 Giro represents “one step closer to getting back to real normal as a rider."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 4, 2016





We’re off to China: Seven things to know about round seven of the Women’s WorldTour.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Cor VosThumb Overlay."After two Italian races, one in the Netherlands and three in Belgium, the Women’s WorldTour leaves Europe this month.

We’re leaving behind the classics season and are moving towards a period of stage racing. Before the peloton heads to the United States later this month for the AMGEN Tour of California, first there’s the Tour of Chongming Island in China, which starts this Friday.

Here are seven things to know about the seventh Women’s WorldTour event."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 4, 2016





Three training sessions to become a better sprinter.

Thumbnail Credit (roadcyclinguk.com): Cadence drills, standing starts and lead-out sprints to ensure you cross the line firstThumb Overlay."Most of us will know a really strong rider who always comes last in a town sign sprint.

They may be first up the climbs, but they don’t have the kick on the flat. If you race, unless you come across the line solo then you are going to have to sprint against someone else.

As a result, in order to convert those good results into great ones, a strong sprint is absolutely crucial. And even if you don’t race, it’ll save you buying the coffees at the cafe after the town sign sprint."
(roadcyclinguk.com)

May 4, 2016





Hands-on with the new Garmin Vivomove watch.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): The Vivomove has precisely three things it can display: Time, progress towards your daily step goal, and an inactivity bar.Thumb Overlay."The Garmin Vivo empire is expanding. This time though, in a way unlike any other Garmin product. It actually looks pretty. Swanky perhaps.

Sure, there are other Vivo wrist bands you can buy that look great on women (The Girl often wears a metal band for her Vivofit). But those all cost extra. And yes, there are some Fenix3 variants that look more stylish too.

But none look stylish in a ‘classical timepiece’ kind of way. And that’s the aim of the Vivomove."
(dcrainmaker.com)

May 4, 2016





Extralite CyberFront and CyberRear SP hub review.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Matt WikstromThumb Overlay."Extralite is an Italian company that was born in 1995.

Starting with just a small selection of alloy parts, the company has grown along with its catalogue.

There are now parts for road and off-road use, ranging from skewers, hubs and entire wheelsets to cockpit and drivetrain components."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 4, 2016





Reviewed: Felt F2.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com Lab data: 19.2/20Thumb Overlay."There’s a certain allure to Felt’s dark, low-slung F2 racing bike.

It has the same savagely stiff UHC Advanced + TeXtreme carbon construction as its big brother, the F1, but a more purposeful Ultegra Di2 build - including, to our delight, sprint shift buttons - that can take a beating in the weekly crit series. We couldn’t imagine a better bike for that kind of riding."
(velonews.com)

May 4, 2016





BMC GranFondo GF01 Disc.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): BMC's GF01 is little changed from the 2015 model – but is still a superb vintage (Oli Woodman / Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."Despite a slightly modest-looking spec, the GF01 is still up there with the best bikes in its class.

Highs: Sublime ride quality.

Lows: Lower spec and higher weight than some of the competition.

BMC's GF01 Disc, which took our sister mag Cycling Plus's Bike of the Year title in 2015, may have been pipped this time around by the Cannondale CAAD12 Disc, but it's still as good as ever.

BikeRadar score 4.5/5"
(bikeradar.com)

May 4, 2016





2016 USA Crits Championship Series LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Note that there may also be a live stream for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic...Thumb Overlay."Tuesday, May 3rd is stop number 3 of the 2016 USA Crits Speed Week, the Michelin Test Track Criterium in Mountville, SC.

Live, single camera feed for both the Pro Men and Women races beginning at 5:25pm ET (23:25 CET)."
(cyclingfans.com)

May 3, 2016





Ian Boswell, Sky’s forgotten American.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Ian Boswell will race in the Giro d'Italia starting this week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."It was called the Flaming Baguette, because of the actual baguettes Ian Boswell and his friends put in the roof rack, and because flames seemed the car’s most likely end.

The 1992 Volvo station wagon was loud, but it ran. Three of its tires were the same size; the fourth, a victim of an alpine rockslide and poor inventory at the mountainside tire shop, was a bit bigger.

That was fine. It hit the wheel well only over speed bumps, and it harmonized nicely with the loose power-steering belt."
(velonews.com)

May 3, 2016





Class over kilos: The promising return of Carlos Betancur.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Jered & Ashley Gruver and Cor VosThumb Overlay."A fancy auditorium, lots of low LED lights and projectors pointed towards translucent screens where impressive graphics are cast.

It’s the Movistar 2016 team presentation, held in the headquarters of Telefónica, the telecommunications company that operates the Movistar brand worldwide.

Only two riders on the team’s roster are missing. One is Adriano Malori, who had suffered a heavy crash a week earlier during the Vuelta a San Luis. The other is Carlos Betancur."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 3, 2016






distraction. "Back in 2012 they had cheerleaders and pom-poms on the TT start ramp, we'll see how they start this years Giro d'Italia tomorrow. Not long to wait." (pezcyclingnews.com)

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May 5, 2016






UCI to carry out 10,000 bike checks for mechanical doping during the 2016 season.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): The blue tablet checks for magnetic fields (Stephen Farrand)Thumb Overlay."The UCI has revealed it plans to check at least 10,000 bikes for possible mechanical doping during the 2016 season, combining the use of the magnetic flux density tablet, information gathered during races and even the unannounced use of occasional thermal cameras.

However the UCI seems concerned about the rapidly increasing development in hidden bike motor technology that has left them playing catch-up to the potential cheats and highly skilled rogue engineers ready to sell their knowledge to the highest bidder."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016





Marianne Vos calls for more awareness and safety in the peloton.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Cor VosThumb Overlay."Reflecting on her scary crash at Dwars door de Westhoek a few weeks ago, Vos today put out a call to safety on her blog, asking cyclists to remember their vulnerability and look out for one another.

“Crashing is part of the cycling sport. But you shouldn’t underestimate the impact,” she penned. “Cyclists are vulnerable and together we are responsible for our safety."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 5, 2016





The drivetrain wars.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): SRAM entered the road market in 2006Thumb Overlay."Simplex founder Lucien Juy was nothing if not persistent. In 1928, the bike shop owner showed a rudimentary single-pulley derailleur he had invented to the manager of the Alcyon team and convinced him to outfit the team’s bikes with them for that year’s Paris Roubaix.

The riders had other ideas. They refused to tackle the cobbles on unproven equipment and removed the derailleurs before the start."
(velonews.com)

May 5, 2016





Velon signs two-year deal with GoPro.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): The Velon logo (Velon)Thumb Overlay."Velon has announced a two-year partnership with the GoPro to use their cameras exclusively for on-board race footage through 2016 and 2017.

On-board footage has been one of Velon’s key initiatives and has been used at the Tour de France, Paris Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, plus several other races.

Last year, ASO, Velon and GoPro struck a deal for the 2015 Tour de France."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016





Gianni Savio's cycling dream team.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Gianni Savio's cycling dream team Thumb Overlay.Michele Scarponi is my team captain, not just because he’s Italian or for the excellent results he obtained when with us, but also because of his charisma and the way he raced.

Rujano arguably secured better results by finishing on the Giro d’Italia podium in 2005, but he was totally naïf [naive]. He was capable of doing lots of things but being a team captain was not one of them. Michele was an excellent team captain. "
(cyclingnews.com)

May 5, 2016





Is Campagnolo planning to do away with its thumb button for electronic shifters?

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Campagnolo’s newest lever design features a new shape and position for the thumb button. A new button, labelled part #33 in this figure of a right-hand lever, is designed to be pushed inwards. The lever paddle behind the brake lever remains essentially unchanged.Thumb Overlay."Campagnolo recently filed a patent application that outlines a new design for the company’s electronic road shifters.

Bearing the title, “Bicycle control device and method for manufacturing it”, the application clearly shows a new lever/button design that replaces the company’s iconic thumb button."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 5, 2016





Atelier Cycles Launches New Custom Multi-Tool.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): cyclists can choose the particular tools they need, and Atelier Cycles will assemble it for themThumb Overlay."The idea behind Atelier Cycles’ Custom Multi-Tool was simple, they wanted to give cyclists the exact tools they needed to fix their bike when out on the road – in a neat, high quality package.

In a word, Atelier Cycles wanted to offer cyclists – a “choice”. It’s not uncommon for a cyclist to discover, that even the most versatile multi-tools may not always have the right tool – especially if you’re a Campagnolo lover with it’s torx fittings.

Atelier Cycles will assemble it for them, making each tool unique that fits the individual needs of the cyclist without compromise."
(capovelo.com)

May 5, 2016





Catlike Cloud 352 – First Look.

Thumbnail Credit (aerogeeks.com): The Catlike Cloud 352Thumb Overlay."While Catlike introduced the Cloud 352 in March, we didn’t get our first actual look at it until last week. And we have to admit that we were pretty excited about it.

The 352 was designed to achieve that perfect harmony between aerodynamics and ventilation. As Catlike tells us: the Cloud 352 was created for triathletes and cyclists who seek to maximize their performance while gaining superior aerodynamics, all without sacrificing excellent ventilation."
(aerogeeks.com)

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May 4, 2016





WADA suspends South African laboratory.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Blood samples in doping control (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accreditation of South African Doping Control Laboratory in Bloemfontein until September 30, 2016.

WADA did not state a specific reason for the suspension."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 4, 2016







Dave Brailsford: No ‘fear culture’ at British Cycling.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Former British Cycling head of performance Sir Dave Brailsford welcomes an inquiry into the culture and practices within the governing body Thumb Overlay."Dave Brailsford insists that British Cycling wasn’t run by fear, after claims of sexism and discrimination led to the resignation of technical director Shane Sutton.

Brailsford, who stepped down from as head of performance at the governing body in 2013, supports the investigation into claims made by several former athletes on the Olympic program."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 4, 2016






Gijs Verdick critical after suffering double heart attack.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Gijs Verdick (Cycling Team Jo Piels) (Cycling Team Jo Piels)Thumb Overlay."Dutch rider Gijs Verdick is in critical condition after suffering a double heart attack during the under 23 Carpathian Couriers Race in Poland.

The situation is very worrying and critical."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 4, 2016





Zajicek out of coma, progressing slowly after traumatic brain injury.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Casey B. GibsonThumb Overlay."American Phil Zajicek has emerged from a medically induced coma and is slowly progressing after a cycling accident in March that resulted in a severed arm, broken femur, and a traumatic brain injury.

Zajicek, who raced professionally from 2000 through 2010, was descending Flagstaff Mountain in his home of Boulder, Colorado, on March 15 when he collided with a 2007 Chevrolet flatbed truck."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 4, 2016





Formolo earning his doctorate in the peloton.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Davide Formolo will take his second run at the Giro d'Italia after winning a stage in his 2015 debut. Photo: Graham Watson | Cannondale Pro CyclingThumb Overlay."Cannondale’s Davide Formolo never went to university, but he’s getting a doctorate in professional racing.

Now in his third year as a pro, and with his second career grand tour on tap at the Giro d’Italia on Friday, the 23-year-old Italian is proving to be a quick learner.

“I didn’t study a lot when I was child. I was always outside, riding my bike,” Formolo told VeloNews.

“Now I am a good student. I learned a lot of Ivan [Basso], last year from Ryder [Hesjedal], and now I am learning from Rigoberto [Urán]."
(velonews.com)

May 4, 2016





May 2016 Product Picks: Easton, Edco, Gore Bike Wear, Rudy Project, Just Enough Tools, and Ass Savers.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): by James HuangThumb Overlay."It’s back! After a one-year hiatus, we’ve resurrected our monthly product showcase where we highlight gear that has landed on our doorstep, providing firsthand impressions of their performance - good or bad.

This month, we’re featuring some parts and accessories from our new U.S. office in Boulder, Colorado."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 4, 2016





Fizik Vesta women's saddle.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): Fizik's Vesta women's saddle proved more comfy than it looks (Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."Surprisingly comfy saddle that’s a good option for the racers, providing unhindered pedalling.

Highs: Slim nose prevent any rubbing of the legs.

Lows: Rigid saddle despite claimed ‘wing flex’.

Fizik saddles may have something of a divisive reputation, but this model from the MTB range had us sitting pretty from the off. It steers away from the flatter, spade style of saddles that are synonymous with the brand.

BikeRadar score 3.5/5"
(bikeradar.com)

May 4, 2016





KTM Canic CXC 11 carbon cyclocross racer.

Thumbnail Credit (roadbikereview.com): KTM brings their top-of-the-line carbon cross race rig to the US with a price of $4490Thumb Overlay."KTM is an Austrian brand that has a long and rich history in the world of motorycles and motorcycle racing.

What most US based riders probably aren’t aware of, is that KTM has also been producing pedal bikes throughout the years since the 60′s.

In fact, the inspiration for the 2016 Canic CXC 11 carbon cyclocross racer that you see here comes from Austrian National Champion Walter Obersberger who raced and won in the 1970′s. With this heritage, KTM is now bringing their pedal bikes to America with a US-based office located in Miami, FL."
(roadbikereview.com)

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May 3, 2016










Race Results.

Tour de Romandie - April 26 - May 1 (Results),

Tour of Turkey - April 24 - May 1 (Results),

Tour de Yorkshire - April 29 - May 1 (Results),

Liège Bastogne Liège - April 24 (Results),

Tour of Croatia - April 19-24 (Results),

Giro del Trentino - April 19-22 (Results),

La Flèche Wallonne - April 20 (Results),

La Flèche Wallonne Féminine - April 20 (Results),

Amstel Gold Race - April 17 (Results),

Paris Roubaix - April 10 (Results),

Track World Championships - Mar 2-6 (Results),

Evelyn Stevens Hour Record Attempt - Feb 27 (Results),

Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 30-31 (Results),

Road World Championships 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

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

La Route de France 2015 - Aug 9-15 (Results),

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

Giro Rosa 2015 - July 3-12 (Results),

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

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