SRAM’s new Level Ultimate and TLM brakes provide more power with less weight

SRAM Level brake update, title shot

For today’s cross country racers, keeping their bikes light is still a major priority, yet race courses are getting rowdier and rougher. With these demands in mind, SRAM redesigned their Level Ultimate and TLM brakes, packing the most stopping power they could into the lightest packages possible. The new higher-spec Level levers and calipers have […] The post SRAM’s new Level Ultimate and TLM brakes provide more power with less weight appeared first on Bikerumor .

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De Marchi will lead CCC Team at Fleche Wallonne

Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team)

With Greg Van Avermaet sitting out Flèche Wallonne awaiting Sunday's final Ardennes Classic at Liège-Bastogne-Liège , Alessandro De Marchi will take the CCC Team leadership reins for the midweek Classic on Wednesday. The 32-year-old Italian recently finished seventh at Amstel Gold Race after he was in the group that eventual winner Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) towed back to the leaders inside the final 250 metres. "I definitely took confidence out of Sunday's race, one which I would say was not really suited to me, and now I will go into La Flèche Wallonne focused and ready for everything," De Marchi said in a team press release. "At Amstel Gold Race, we saw that you can never give up, and while you might get dropped at one point, if you keep trying, it is possible to come back to the first group and start to play again. I will stay ...

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Podcast: Amstel action; Annemiek van Vleuten talks classics

Podcast: Amstel action; Annemiek van Vleuten talks classics

Van der Poel wows at Amstel. Niewiadoma breaks through with patient tactics and a blistering acceleration. We break down the action and hear from Annemiek van Vleuten. Read the full article at Podcast: Amstel action; Annemiek van Vleuten talks classics on VeloNews.com .

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Froome and Team Sky celebrate Geoghegan Hart's first victory at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome (Team Sky) in action at the Tour of the Alps.

Team Sky celebrated Tao Geoghegan Hart 's stage win at the Tour of the Alps , with everyone happy to see the young British rider land his first professional victory and take the first leader's jersey. Team Sky has four potential leaders for the five-day race, including Chris Froome , and seem determined to win as much as possible in the countdown to the end of Team Sky and the transformation into Team Ineos on May 1 next week. Geoghegan Hart, Froome, Kenny Elissonde and Pavel Sivakov celebrated together just beyond the finish line in Kufstein, Austria. They all finished in the select group of 21 riders that formed on the last climb and now have a numerical advantage in the four remaining stages. "It's a super good first victory for Tao. That's a big deal for a young rider," directeur sportif Nicolas Portal explained, careful to praise all his ...

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Niewiadoma: The longest two kilometres of my life

A joyous Niewiadoma crosses the line

Katarzyna Niewiadoma ( Canyon-SRAM ) was in happy tears after the finish of the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition on Sunday. She had attacked on the Cauberg to go solo with two kilometres to go and just held off Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) at the finish line to take her second victory in a Women’s WorldTour one-day race. Even after the podium ceremony, the Pole was still in a state close to disbelief. "I am still buzzing, feeling overwhelmed with emotions," she said. "Once I am back in the hotel and have dinner with my team, I will realise what happened today. It was a beautiful Easter Sunday, I am happy. That is why we all do it and push our limits – to finally cross the finish line with our hands up in the air." The 24-year-old had the victory in sight on the finishing straight, but Van Vleuten ...

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Thousands of youngsters expected for June's BikeStormz 8 in London (+ video)

Tao Geoghegan Hart (picture credit Team Sky).PNG

Movement with 'Knives Down, Bikes Up' message has big plans to become a sport in its own right

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Izumi Chain links up with USA Cycling, makes aftermarket push

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Izumi, a 103-year-old Japanese chain manufacturer, is making a push into the U.S. aftermarket with a new website, new packaging and a partnership with USA Cycling that will see its chains used by top BMX and track riders. The USAC partnership, announced Monday , means Izumi will provide chains for USA Cycling’s National Team riders. Jeff Zell, an industry veteran whose title with Izumi is "Global Go-To Guy," said, “This partnership is the perfect match for Izumi and we’re very proud to offer our expertise in helping the USA Cycling riders achieve their goals.” While the partnership with USA Cycling spans all disciplines, Izumi does not currently offer its chains for drivetrains with more than 8 cassette cogs. In the aftermarket, the company offers replacement chains for 6-, 7- and 8-speed derailleur drivetrains. It also offers chains for singlespeed, internal gear bikes, fixies, BMX, and track, ...

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Nibali tests his legs with Tour of the Alps attack

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) tested his Giro form with a stinging attack on stage 1 of the Tour

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) began the Tour of the Alps looking for signs he was on form and ready for the rapidly approaching Giro d'Italia . His sudden attack on the final climb during stage 1 came to little result, but for someone who often prefers to follow his instincts rather than his power metre, it was an important morale boost after weeks of hard training. The attack with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) was eventually closed down by the Astana team, and Nibali finished 17th in the 21-rider sprint. But the Sicilian was happy as he rode back to the Bahrain-Merida team bus in Kufstein. "I felt good and there was a chance to do something, so I went for it," Nibali explained to Cyclingnews and La Gazzetta dello Sport . "My attack was easy to see because my chain jumped when ...

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Van Avermaet to race Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Greg Van Avermaet rides in the peloton

Greg Van Avermaet has opted to add Liège-Bastogne-Liège to his Classics campaign after feeling good at the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, his CCC Team announced today. Van Avermaet has had a dry spell since taking the team's third win of the season - and their most recent - in February at the Volta Valenciana. After coming second in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to Deceuninck-Quickstep's Zdenek Stybar, and third again behind Stybar and Wout Van Aert in the E3 BinckBank Classic in March, Van Avermaet's 10th place in the Tour of Flanders was his best finish in the major Classics. After coming 14th in the Amstel Gold Race, Van Avermaet opted to continue on through Liège-Bastogne-Liège before taking a break. The finale has been shifted from the uphill finish in Ans to a flat run-in to the centre of Liège, with 15km between the final ascent of the Côte de la ...

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Geoghegan Hart savours first professional victory at Tour of the Alps

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) in the leader's jersey after stage 1 of the Tour of the Alps.

Tao Geoghegan Hart had been trying to win his first professional race for two-and-a-half years, and so he savoured every moment of his stage victory at the Tour of the Alps and the subsequent podium ceremony, where he pulled on the cyclamen-coloured race leader’s jersey. Geoghegan Hart was part of the Team Sky squad that won the first-ever Hammer series event in Limburg in 2017 and was in the line-up that won the team time trial at last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné. However, a first road race win was a breakthrough moment for the 24-year-old from London. “I’m just so happy to take the win,” Geoghegan Hart explained after the stage. “I’ve been trying for two-and-a-half years as a pro, so it’s nice to take the opportunity today. I’m happy but already thinking of next stages and about making the most of this week. “I jumped a moment or two ...

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Team Sky's Tao Geoghegan Hart takes first professional victory at Tour of the Alps (+ video)

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24-year-old also gains race lead after opening stage in Kufstein

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Fast Talk, ep. 72: Do we need training zones? With Dr. Andy Coggan, Dr. Stephen McGregor, and Hunter Allen

Fast Talk, ep. 72: Do we need training zones? With Dr. Andy Coggan, Dr. Stephen McGregor, and Hunter

In episode 72, we discuss one of the most ubiquitous terms in cycling: training zones. We dive into their strengths and weaknesses, standards, and limitations. Read the full article at Fast Talk, ep. 72: Do we need training zones? With Dr. Andy Coggan, Dr. Stephen McGregor, and Hunter Allen on VeloNews.com .

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Vendrame wins Tro-Bro Leon

Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF), Andrea Vendrame (Androni) on the attack at the Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Vendrame ( Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec ) became the first Italian winner in the 35-year history of the Tro-Bro Leon , the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix held one week later on gravelled roads near the coast bordering the English Channel. The Venetian outsprinted French favourites Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) and Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), who also missed out on the podium occupied by Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Emil Vinjebo (Riwal). "Luck was on my side as I had no crash and no puncture," Vendrame said. "We came across to the leaders in the last lap and the race situation was perfect for me. On Saturday at the Tour du Finistère, I finished second but I didn’t have good legs. Today, I felt great all the way so I was confident in my sprint even though I knew some of the riders up there were quite fast." Vendrame was never far behind ...

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Patrick Verhoest’s Mega-Flanders Galleries!

Bettiol on the Loose

Our Man Patrick on-site at GW, Dwars and De Ronde Our Man Patrick Verhoest was doing his usual thing this spring, attending all of the greatest events on the Classics calendar, and sending us his photos to pass along to you. It wasn’t the greatest season for me in terms of the logistics of posting, but now that the dust has settled on the Flemish races, now is a good time to look back on them thru Patrick’s sharp-eyed view. Gent-Wevelgem Dwars door Vlaanderen Ronde van Vlaanderen All photos by Patrick Verhoest for the Podium Cafe.

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Chris Froome: Van der Poel is very impressive

Chris Froome (Team Sky) ahead of the final stage at Tour Colombia

Mathieu van der Poel 's impressive victory at Amstel Gold Race resonated around the cycling world, even catching the attention of Chris Froome and many other riders in Austria for the start of the Tour of the Alps. Froome and fellow overall contender Vincenzo Nibali were busy with the pre-race press conference on Sunday afternoon, but they both took time to watch the final kilometres of the race and were impressed how van der Poel chased down Julian Alaphilippe and Jakob Fuglsang and then sprinted from distance to overtake them and win. Van der Poel has already confirmed his road racing talents this spring but his Amstel Gold Race victory, and especially the way he dominated the final kilometre, appeared to mark a moment in cycling history. Froome told Cyclingnews that he has not watched van der Poel from inside the peloton but was impressed with what he saw as ...

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Got an opening in September? Expo registration opens for Jingle Cross

IOWA CITY, Iowa (BRAIN) — With Interbike off the calendar for at least this year, several other events are stepping up to try to attract exhibitors, retailers and others in mid-September. One of them is Jingle Cross, a long-standing UCI cyclocross race that this year is the first round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. The event, Sept. 13-15, attracts nearly 3,500 racers and spectators. Besides the World Cup and professional races, there are three days of amateur races, along with family activities. Individual booth pricing starts at $5.00 per square foot. Expo registration is now open at www.jinglecross.com/expo-registration. A nonprofit organization, Jingle Cross benefits the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

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Froome, Nibali revive rivalry in Alps

Froome, Nibali revive rivalry in Alps

Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali will have a rare encounter at Tour of the Alps, which will tease the Tour de France matchup anticipated this summer. Read the full article at Froome, Nibali revive rivalry in Alps on VeloNews.com .

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Wiggins wants to see Thomas break hour record

Wiggins wants to see Thomas break hour record

Former world hour record holder Bradley Wiggins says his compatriot Geraint Thomas is suited to break the new record set by Victor Campenaerts. Read the full article at Wiggins wants to see Thomas break hour record on VeloNews.com .

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Sagan abandons Amstel Gold in latest spring setback

Sagan abandons Amstel Gold in latest spring setback

Citing fatigue from Paris-Roubaix, Peter Sagan pulls the plug on Amstel Gold Race, hoping to salvage spring classics season at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Read the full article at Sagan abandons Amstel Gold in latest spring setback on VeloNews.com .

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Sir Bradley Wiggins: Geraint Thomas could break UCI Hour Record “tomorrow”

Geraint Thomas Cardiff homecoming 2018 (picture copyright) Charlie Forgham-Bailey, SWpix.com_

Also flags Tom Dumoulin as contender – but rules out trying to reclaim Hour for himself

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