Sram Red AXS and talking with the Gods: The Bunch Ep. 4

Supported by Welcome to episode four of The Bunch. And you thought we’d forgotten, didn’t you? After a week out (there’s a very good excuse why we were gone last week) we are back with our video round-up of what’s happening here at CyclingTips and across the cycling world. Episode four is jam-packed, if I may say … The post Sram Red AXS and talking with the Gods: The Bunch Ep. 4 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of Oman: Lutsenko unbeatable on Green Mountain?

Alexey Lutsenko puts his red jersey on ahead of the stage

Can anyone beat Alexey Lutsenko ? That's the big question at the Tour of Oman ahead of the decisive summit finish on Green Mountain on Wednesday and, while some are trying to cling onto some sense of optimism, the general consensus is that something extraordinary will have to happen for the Kazakh rider to be toppled. Lutsenko came into the race as the de facto favourite, given he won the title 12 months ago, and that billing has only strengthened as he helped himself to back-to-back stage wins . Last year he finished second on Green Mountain to effectively seal victory but he looks even stronger this time around. "At the moment, the best rider in the bunch is Lutsenko," Alberto Volpi, directeur sportif of Domenico Pozzovivo's Bahrain-Merida team, told Cyclingnews . It was a sentiment echoed by pretty much every other directeur sportif. "He has given an emphatic demonstration ...

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Gutierrez bonds with Movistar at Calpe camp ahead of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana - Gallery

Movistar Team Women in Calpe 2019

Movistar Team Women 's 12 riders united at a pre-season training camp in Alicante in preparation of the European season opener at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana held from February 21-24. Sheyla Gutierrez will make her debut with the Spanish outfit, and play a valuable role in the team's hopes for stage success in the four-day race. Gutierrez joined the team after spending three seasons with the US-based outfit Cylance. She signed for Movistar Team Women partway through the 2018 season before it was announced that the Cylance program would fold. The US tech firm will continue in the sport having signed on with Valcar for 2019. The most decisive climb of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana takes place at the end of stage 3 on the Xorret de Cati, and at four kilometres and pitches as steep as 20 per cent, it could decide who wins the overall classification. There are two ...

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22 of the best cycling sunglasses — protect your eyes from sun, crud and flying bugs from as little as £4

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There's a blinding array of cycling eyewear out there — here's how to find the best protection for your peepers

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Fizik Arione 00 Versus Evo saddle

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A showcase for what is achievable in terms of performance and comfort, but at a price 8/10

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Tour of Oman: Stage 4 highlights - Video

Sonny Colbrelli wins stage 4 of the Dubai Tour

Sonny Colbrelli scored his first victory of the season for Bahrain-Merida in the final sprint of stage 4 at the Tour of Oman .The Italian beat Greg van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale), in what was a hotly contested sprint that also included Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). Kristoff was the favourite to win the day but finished a disappointing fifth. In the final kilometres of the 131km stage, the peloton hurtled along the wide open and flat roads toward the finish line at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. They caught the last three riders of the day's breakaway just before setting up for the final sprint, which took place on a slightly uphill drag to the line. Watch the stage 4 highlight video to see Colbrelli and Van Avermaet try and outpace one another for the stage glory. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Dory overcomes vision problems to win Old Pueblo solo MTB

Dory overcomes vision problems to win Old Pueblo solo MTB

Nash Dory, 20, wins his first 24-hour solo race in the 20th edition of the Arizona event, overcoming temporary blindness along the way. Read the full article at Dory overcomes vision problems to win Old Pueblo solo MTB on VeloNews.com .

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Unior Electronic Torque Wrench designed to deliver precise torque

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Unior's 266B Electronic Torque Wrench is available in two torque ranges: a 1-20 Nm version with quarter-inch drive and a 4.2-85 Nm with half-inch drive. The new wrenches avoid the sometimes vague feeling of a click-type torque wrench and the ill-defined scale of a traditional wrench, Unior says. The wrenches feature two audible alarms: a beeping tone when 95 percent of the desired torque is reached, and a solid tone at 100 percent. Additionally, a green LED illuminates at 95 percent torque, while a red LED lights up at 100 percent. Both wrenches are warranted for one year or 10,000 cycles against manufacturing and material defects. Suggested retail: $219.99 (1-20 Nm version); $249.99 (4.2-85 Nm).

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2020 Giro d'Italia to visit Rivolto military base

The Frecce Tricolori over the Giro in Rivolto in 2009

The Rivolto Air Base will host a start of a stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia , organisers announced on Tuesday. The start will honour the 60th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori, an aerobatic squad also known as the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale. The Frecce Tricolori have twice decorated the Giro d'Italia with their aerobatic feats - first in 2009 when the race used a landing strip on the Rivolto base and again in 2014 when the race finished in Trieste, but Friuli Venezia Giulia is a frequent host of the race, with the Monte Zoncolan a notable oft-used feature in the region. RCS Sport CEO Paolo Bellino hopes the visual impact of the air show will help to expand the race's audience. "Next year we will have almost 200 television stations broadcasting to the five continents, enabling us to reach a potential audience of over 800 million people. High quality ...

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Cycling campaigners in Chester win battle to improve safety at new bus interchange

Chester Bus Interchange CGI impression

Previous layout meant cyclists were faced with oncoming traffic with many drivers unaware of contraflow cycle lane

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Viviani rides the winning wave into 2019

Viviani rides the winning wave into 2019

Confidence is crucial for a world-class sprinter. Elia Viviani brings his winning mindset from 2018 into 2019 with two victories in the books already. Read the full article at Viviani rides the winning wave into 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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Hannah Barnes: Setmana Ciclista Valenciana will be won or lost on the Xorret de Cati

An elated Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM)

Hannah Barnes and Canyon-SRAM will line up at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana on Thursday prepared to defend their title after valuable reconnaissance of the event's decisive mountaintop finish on the Xorret de Cati. The team previewed key stages of the four-day race at a recent training camp in the Gandia, Spain. "We were able to see the final of stage 1 and stage 3 while we were on camp which was really valuable," Barnes said in a team press release. "The stage 3 finish is going to be where the race is won and lost because it's very steep and you could ruin your chances if you get too excited at the bottom. "It was part of the men's Vuelta in 2017, so I've been able to watch that on YouTube just to get a small idea of how the final climb might be raced." Barnes won stages 1 and ...

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Testing Today: Silca Viaggio Travel Pump

Testing Today: Silca Viaggio Travel Pump

Jet-setting cyclists are always looking for the right pump that is packable, accurate, and easy to use. Silca's Viaggio is an intriguing (but pricey) option. Read the full article at Testing Today: Silca Viaggio Travel Pump on VeloNews.com .

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Routes unveiled for June’s National Road Championships in Norfolk

2010 National Championship Road Race route

There will also be a 100-mile sportive along the same route as men's road race

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Kristoff angry with Venturini in Tour of Oman sprint

Alexander Kristoff wears the green points jersey

Having won on the opening stage and finished second on stage 2, Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) was the favourite for stage 4 of the Tour of Oman on Tuesday but was left frustrated by what he felt was a dangerous sprint by Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale), who took third place. After the bunch had been thinned by three ascents of the Al Jabal Street climb, Venturini’s teammate Oliver Naesen led out the sprint, and Kristoff opened the taps when Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) launched the sprint with 200 metres to go. As stage winner Sonny Colbrelli surged up the right-hand side, Kristoff felt he was impeded by Venturini, who also went right to look for the slipstream of Van Avermaet and Colbrelli. Beyond the finish line, Kristoff was visibly annoyed at what had happened. "Ah, the AG2R guy just changed his line completely and almost ...

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PRO Discover Medium handlebar

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Great addition to the gravel and adventure market with a balance of performance and value 8/10

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Tech FAQ: Seat posts, tubulars, spider tabs

Tech FAQ: Seat posts, tubulars, spider tabs

Lennard Zinn addresses a variety of questions for this week's edition of Technical FAQ. Read the full article at Tech FAQ: Seat posts, tubulars, spider tabs on VeloNews.com .

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Near Miss of the Day 255: Lorry driver in very close pass

Poll - Would you care if your bike got stolen?

Our regular series featuring near misses from around the country – today it’s Warwickshire

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Colbrelli: I feel ready to win a big Classic

Sonny Colbrelli wins stage 4 of the Tour of Oman

The long guttural roar let out by Sonny Colbrelli as he crossed the finish line on stage 4 of the Tour of Oman showed just how much victory meant to him. It was the first of the season for him and also his Bahrain-Merida team and, amid some doubts, provided confirmation that he's on track for the Classics. "Today was the first time I felt good here," Colbrelli said, explaining that he'd struggled to adapt to the Middle Eastern heat on the opening three stages. "That's good for the morale ahead of the next races." Like many riders in Oman this week, Colbrelli, who started his season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana earlier this month, is preparing for the spring Classics. As a sprinter who packs a punch, and as an Italian, Milan-San Remo – where he has twice been top 10 – stands out on his to-do ...

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Erik Zabel: Disc brakes can be the difference between winning and losing

New performance manager Erik Zabel meets the press

Disc brakes can make the difference between winning and losing, according to Erik Zabel , and the German is doing his best to make sure that Katusha-Alpecin is on the winning side. Zabel joined the team as their performance manager over the winter, having previously worked with them as a sprint coach before he was suspended after he confessed to doping during his career. With disc brakes, a rider can brake both easier and later. Rim brakes require the use of the full hand, he said, and disc brakes only one finger, which is also an advantage in a dangerous situation. Being able to slow down later, allows a rider to hold their speed longer. "If you can brake later, you can have an advantage of a few hundredths of a second. In the end, that makes the difference," Zabel said in an interview with Radsport-News.com . The German knows ...

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