The new Cervélo P5 is a well-refined TT and triathlon bike

The new Cervélo P5 is a well-refined TT and triathlon bike

Canadian brand Cervélo’s latest version of its P5 time trial and triathlon bike claims to be a lighter, stiffer, faster and more practical race bike than before. Lamborghini leaves its marque on the Cervélo P5x Is the BMC Timemachine ROAD 01 aero supremacy or integration gone mad? The new P5 frame is fully revised in shape and construction. It's designed around disc brakes, is lighter by 18 percent (a 350g weight reduction on frame and fork), and stiffer by 22 percent in the head tube and 26 percent in the bottom bracket, according to Cervélo. It has clearance for 28mm tyres and features an integrated fork/base bar upfront and a 405mm chainstay at the back. Even with all these changes, the bike is within UCI-legal parameters and Cervélo says it retains the same handling geometry as the previous version. The P5 has been developed with the brand's top pro racers ...

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“I was on my hands and knees” — The pro’s most miserable days on a bike

To try to make sense of cycling's suffering, we asked a handful of pros about their hardest day on the bike, and what kept them pushing through. The post “I was on my hands and knees” — The pro’s most miserable days on a bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial start times

Jos van Emden (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Tirreno-Adriatico will start as it has done for the past three seasons with a team time trial in Lido di Camaiore. It was supposed to start that way back in 2015, but storms forced a shorter individual effort. The route will match that of last year’s opening stage, with a relatively straight out-and-back ride. Given the lack of big mountain finishes, it could play an even bigger role in deciding the overall classification, alongside the final 10.1km effort in San Benedetto del Tronto. Though the course is relatively simple on paper, it has caused some issues for some in the past. Mark Cavendish crashed heavily on this stage last year after hitting a pothole, while disaster struck for Team Sky the previous season when they suffered a series of dramatic mechanical failures. AG2R La Mondiale will kick proceedings off at 2pm local time, with Dimension Data following on five minutes ...

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Arapahoe-Hincapie wraps up training camp ahead of European trip – Gallery

Arapahoe-Hincapie p/b BMC riders gets ready for 2019 at the team training camp

The Arapahoe-Hincapie p/b BMC riders have wrapped up their spring training camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina and are preparing to head across the Atlantic for the Tour of Normandie in France, from March 25-31. The nine team riders on the pared-down 2019 roster spent two weeks in Greenville, South Carolina, training on the same routes that retired pro and team founder George Hincapie – who also serves as the team’s general manager – rode while training for his own career. Following the first week of camp, the team travelled to Georgia for the Tour of the Southern Highlands – an early season regional race where team riders took the top seven GC spots. Ben Wolfe, new to the team this year, took second in the opening time trial, while TJ Eisenhart, Brendan Rhim, Andzs Flaksis and Miguel Bryon all landed in the top 10. Team riders ...

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Tom Dumoulin: Tirreno-Adriatico is a game of seconds

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin is hoping Team Sunweb can finally take their first win of the 2019 season at Tirreno-Adriatico during the opening 21.5km team time trial on Wednesday or at least limit their losses and so give the Dutchman a shot at overall victory. Team Sunweb finished seven seconds behind Jumbo-Visma in the 16km team time trial at the recent UAE Tour, but Dumoulin was unable to stay with Primoz Roglic on the first mountain finishes of the Arabian race, losing 44 seconds. He lead the charge to line on the second mountain finish only for Roglic to sprint past him in sight of the line. That was 10 days ago and Dumoulin appeared far more bullish as he sat at the top table of big-name Tirreno-Adriatico overall contenders on Tuesday afternoon. “I’m here and I’m ready,” Dumoulin said, mixing smiles with a moment of seriousness about his intentions. “It’s always ...

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The Art of Racing Over 7 Days

What does it mean to be a one-week specialist? From 2014 to 2017, Alberto Contador was the undaunted master of week-long stage races. Having finished on the podium of WT one-week stage races (see the races I used for this analysis below) a whopping 10 times, including 3 wins. It would be easy for you to rush to interpret that this means that Grand Tour excellence translates to week-long results, until I tell you that over that time frame, Alberto Contador finished on a Grand Tour podium just once. In the twilight of his career, Contador was a shell of himself when it came to the big 3 week races, but was simply unparalleled when it came to the week-longs. [Full disclosure: Contador was also a week-long asskicker when he was a great GT rider as well… but we’ll get to that later.] You often hear the adage: “Rider X ...

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Van Avermaet: The strongest man won Strade Bianche

Greg Van Avermaet finished sixth at Strade Bianche

Greg Van Avermaet is still waiting for his first Classics victory in the new orange colours of CCC Team . After second place in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, hopes were high for a warm edition of Strade Bianche on Saturday, but the Olympic champion had to settle for sixth place in the group behind the winning move. Van Avermaet, who is the talisman of the team that rose from the old BMC Racing set-up, helped split the race on the long seventh and eighth sectors of the eponymous gravel tracks, creating an elite 15-rider selection. However, when Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) attacked on the first of the three final short-but-steep sectors, taking eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and third-placed Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) with him, Van Avermaet was unable to respond. "When Fuglsang accelerated, I was just a little too far away. Then Alaphilippe went, but I did not have ...

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The changing face of pro cycling team sponsorship

The changing face of pro cycling team sponsorship

Nick Busca 8 Mar 2019 Name changes and early closures are common occurrences for cycling teams, but some are looking at better ways of retaining key sponsors When Team Sky announced the termination of its team sponsorship in December, it was only half-newsworthy. There had already been plenty of rumours around the impending end of the most successful team of the decade. Besides, cycling history is full of 'now-defunct teams'; teams change names and investors as often as snakes shed their skin. The real news and most urgent questions at the time were: Will they be able to secure a new backer before the end of season? And will they be able to match their previous budget of £35 million per year? It now seems that Team Sky may have found a new sponsor for next year . But how hard is it actually to secure a sponsorship in cycling ...

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Formula's prototype Selva C fork, Hope's Fortus wheels and BMC's new Fourstroke XC race machine

Formula's prototype Selva C fork, Hope's Fortus wheels and BMC's new Fourstroke XC race machine

As one of the first shows of the year where journalists can get their grubby hands on some of the latest kit, we jumped at the opportunity to attend and headed south for some much-needed Italian winter sunshine. Prologo Dimension NDR Tirox CPC saddle review Hope's HB.130 trail bike, Stealthy Renthal handlebars and Cane Creek's beautiful titanium crankset BMC Trailfox Amp e-bike first ride review Prologo CPC technology Prologo had some new gloves and saddles on display at the show, which feature an interesting rubberised portion of hollow suckers that, it claims, provide additional grip and vibration absorption over 'standard' surfaces. This technology is called ‘CPC’ and Prologo is so confident in its ability to perform that it's gone to great lengths to patent it. The rubber suckers are akin to octopus tentacles and Prologo claims that when compressed they form a small vacuum to create additional grip between the ...

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Porte to miss Paris-Nice and ride Volta a Catalunya

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte has withdrawn from Paris-Nice and will instead line out at the Volta a Catalunya later this month. The Trek-Segafredo rider suffered a bout of bronchitis after starting his season in Australia and has decided to alter his race programme in the wake of a low-key performance at the recent UAE Tour. Porte started his 2019 season with second overall at the Tour Down Under, where he won atop Willunga Hill for the sixth year in a row. He then took fifth at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour but struggled in the UAE last week, placing 50th overall. "A bronchitis sustained after the Jayco Herald Sun Tour has caused a setback in Richie’s build-up to the spring races, and his performance in UAE Tour confirmed this. Given these circumstances, Paris-Nice unfortunately comes too early for Richie," Trek-Segafredo team doctor Scott Major said in a statement released by the team ...

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The aspirations of Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis may be the reigning world champion in the time trial, but he still has aspirations beyond aero bars. The post The aspirations of Rohan Dennis appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Garderen looking for fresh outlook and new motivation at EF Education First

Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First)

They say that a change is as good as a rest and that's what Tejay van Garderen is hoping for as he begins his tenure with EF Education First . Van Garderen signed with the team, run by Jonathan Vaughters, after leaving BMC Racing in their shake-up over the winter. "I think at any point in anyone’s career, I think that a change is good just to get fresh outlooks and new motivation and I'm hoping to pretty much do what I know I can do and that's scoring some good results,” van Garderen told Cyclingnews . Van Garderen spent seven years with the BMC Racing set-up, coming on as one of their rising stars in 2012. He soon made an impact when he beat his team leader Cadel Evans at that year's Tour de France, finishing fifth place overall and winning the white jersey. Another fifth place would follow ...

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Merida Reacto Disc Team-E review

Stu Bowers Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 15:07 Great bike in many ways but at this price it’s up against strong competition and it’s lagging a touch behind the very best in sector 3.5 / 5 £8,250 With 5.5km to go in this year’s Milan-San Remo, Italian cycling fans came alive when their hero, Vincenzo Nibali, attacked on the Poggio to go clear of the field by the tiniest of margins. Could he hold on? In a superhuman display of strength, and with the best sprinters in the world bearing down on him, Nibali won the race by barely enough for him to put his arms in the air. It was the most courageous way to win a Monument. This was the bike that Nibali rode to victory at La Primavera (albeit the rim brake version). With the margin of victory so small, he would have been drawing on every ...

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Kung: If you're in shape, you're in shape

Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)

Stefan Küng 's decision to join Groupama-FDJ after spending his entire career at BMC meant that the Swiss rider would face a raft of changes in 2019, from his racing schedule to his time trial bike. On the evidence of stage 3 of the Volta ao Algarve , the transition has been relatively seamless. Although it was only his third race day of the season, Küng was the favourite to win the demanding 20.3km test on a route around Lagoa that seemed to defy ready definition, and he duly lived up to his billing. In watery late afternoon sunshine, he hurtled around the parcours at an average speed just shy of 50kph to claim stage honours, 2 seconds ahead of Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) and 5 up on Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep). It was, by any metric, a fine maiden time trial of the year. "I changed the team and so ...

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Van Avermaet ‘super happy’ with individual and team display on frenetic Oman stage

Greg Van Avermaet ahead of the start

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) received confirmation of his pre-Classics form with third place on the uphill finish on stage 3 of the Tour of Oman , on a day when crosswinds gave the peloton a true workout. The Belgian ultimately had to bow to Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), who surged clear at the top of the Qurayyat climb – 2.8km at 6.5 per cent – to win his second consecutive stage and move into the overall lead. A couple of seconds later, Van Avermaet, who will line up at the ‘opening weekend’ – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne – in Belgium in early March, was pipped to the line by Jesús Herrada (Cofidis). However he was far from disappointed. "I’m super happy for myself that I’m in good form. I couldn’t win but on this finish, when you see how Lutsenko is riding at the moment, that’s a ...

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Atapuma: My time at UAE wasn’t good, but I can get back to my old level at Cofidis

Darwin Atapuma in red during stage 7 at the Vuelta

After an absence of more than six months, Darwin Atapuma is back pinning on race numbers this week at the Tour of Oman , threading the pins through the red jersey of Cofidis , in which he hopes he can reignite his career after a rough couple of seasons. In 2016, the Colombian climber finished ninth overall at the Giro d’Italia, with two podium finishes in mountain stages and also at the Vuelta a España later in the year. However, despite finishing second on the Col d’Izoard at the Tour de France in 2017, he has slumped since, swapping BMC Racing for UAE Team Emirates for 2019. The 2018 season was particularly anonymous, even though he finished both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. Before coming to Oman, he hadn’t raced since rolling into Paris on the last day of the Tour. “In truth, it wasn’t good. I was ...

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Offseason Capsule: CCC

What can we expect from the newest WT team? Today we wrap up our offseason capsules series with the nineteenth report. CCC have picked up a World Tour license for the first time this season, and are born of a combination of the pro-Conti CCC team and the now-defunct World Tour BMC team. That’s two TLAs* for the price of one. I hate HTEA.** They bring ambition, bright orange jerseys, and a sprinkling of talented riders. What we said last year We didn’t. Obviously. Though we covered BMC , and we wrapped up their final season in the first of these 2018/19 capsules. What we got in 2018 I’ve no desire to rake through BMC’s year again, but will turn briefly to CCC, who had a quiet year. In VDS terms, their 1,309 points would have ranked 27 th as a rider, and they were paced by Jan Tratnik and ...

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Taylor Phinney: I'm 100 per cent in for Paris-Roubaix

Taylor Phinney (EF-Drapac) does the right thing during the national anthem

Taylor Phinney isn't a stranger to the top step of the podium at Paris-Roubaix, having won the espoirs version in 2009 and 2010, but the 28-year-old EF Education First rider's eighth place last year in the elite race has him licking his lips for another shot this year. Asked if he was focusing his early season on a build-up for the race, the Boulder, Colorado, native had a succinct answer. "100 per cent," Phinney told Cyclingnews before the start of stage 2 at the Tour Colombia 2.1, where he's riding in support of Rigoberto Urán and Dani Martinez. "My next race is Het Nieuwsblad, so I'm going right into it, right into Belgium, and I'm excited," Phinney said. "Everybody says this every year, but I think I'm coming into this year, at least for me personally, much more comfortable with where I am and what I'm doing." Phinney joined EF ...

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Pro kit what? In defence of wearing pro kit

Rob Whittle 13 Feb 2019 One fan of wearing pro team kit asks: Does wearing pro kit really make me a w*nker? Pro kit fan Rob Whittle ponders when an outfit moves from unwearable to retro cool, and argues the case for those who choose to ride out in the latest replica kit from the WorldTour ... I was called ‘team kit w*nker’ at the weekend. Waiting at a roundabout, another cyclist came alongside and clocked my Lotto Belisol jersey. I said 'Morning' and he left me with those three words and the sight of his Rapha-clad backside disappearing up the road. Why is wearing team kit such a no-no? I’ve also been called Andre Greipel ('F**k me! It’s Andre Greipel!') which, as slurs go, is not quite as bad, although I like to think of myself as more Teisj Benoot. Even then, there are marked differences: he invariably has ...

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Dani Martinez: The Tour de France is my dream

Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale)

Fruit metaphors in sports can often be tricky, but EF Education First team CEO Jonathan Vaughters went there to describe the development of 22-year-old Dani Martínez – the Colombian climber who joined the team last year after two years on the Italian Pro Continental team Wilier Triestina. After spending an off-season working with his young rider's skills, especially his time-trialling ability, Vaughters saw Martínez go out on February 1 and beat Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Rodrigo Contreras (Astana) to take the Colombian national time trial title. Martínez has now been given the reins at EF Education First for the Tour Colombia 2.1 – a race where teammate and compatriot Rigoberto Uran finished third last year and Martínez was fifth. With Uran starting a slower build-up for the Tour de France , Martínez will get his opportunity – and the full support of his team – ...

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