5 questions with rising Italian classics star Alberto Bettiol

When BMC Racing takes the start at Strade Bianche on Saturday, the team will be riding for leader Greg Van Avermaet, who has finished on the podium twice in the past three years. One man riding in support for Van Avermaet is 24-year-old Italian Alberto Bettiol, who knows the white dirt roads of Tuscany as … The post 5 questions with rising Italian classics star Alberto Bettiol appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Continental GatorSkin Folding tyre review

Continental GatorSkin Folding tyre review

James Spender Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:08 The benchmark in training/commuting tyres, with good reason. Solid all rounder: puncture protection, relatively lightweight and fast rolling 4.0 / 5 £35.95 There is a wire bead version of this tyre too (hence the ‘Folding’ meaning a foldable Kevlar bead), which is £5 cheaper but a claimed 50g heavier, so the folding one is definitely worth the extra. This is arguably the bench mark in racy, commuter-proof tyres that are perfect for winter training miles without having that dead, sluggish feeling of cheap tyres that you can get from other overtly puncture resistant tyres. The compound is grippy and the carcass relatively supple, but it’s the way these characteristics are combined with superb puncture proofing that makes the Continental GatorSkin tyres such a good bet. See related Chris Froome dealt blow by UKAD data UKAD closes Wiggins jiffy bag investigation Into the ...

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Ukad had three adverse findings for Salbutamol in three years and all led to doping charges

Chris Froome in 2018 Sky kit (via Team Sky)

Froome defence likely to hinge on proving he kept to permitted dosage

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UKAD stats reveal how difficult it could be for Chris Froome to avoid ban in salbutamol case

UKAD stats reveal how difficult it could be for Chris Froome to avoid ban in salbutamol case

Every salbutamol AAF recorded in the last three years has resulted in a doping violation Anti-Doping Control sign More than three quarters of AAVs have resulted in bans, with every salbutamol AAF recorded in the last three years has resulted in a doping violation.

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Tirreno-Adriatico attracts stellar start list for 2018

Chris Froome finished 10th overall at the Ruta del Sol

This year's Tirreno-Adriatico has attracted a star-studded line-up with Grand Tour winners Chris Froome (Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) set to ride, along with world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and former rainbow jersey winners Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep-Floors) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). The battle for the overall victory will be intensified by the addition of Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Drapac), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte (BMC), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and Geraint Thomas (Sky). Movistar's Nairo Quintana will not defend his overall title while Nibali and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) are the only former winners on the start list. The sprinter's field is equally as packed with Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors), Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), Sacha Modolo (EF Education-Drapac), Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Giacomo ...

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Chris Froome dealt blow by UKAD data

Chris Froome dealt blow by UKAD data

Joe Robinson 1 Mar 2018 Latest information from UKAD contradicts Dave Brailsford claims, dealing blow to Froome's potential defence New information surrounding the on-going Chris Froome salbutamol case could deal a major blow to his expected defence. A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association revealed that all three adverse analytical findings for salbutamol dealt with by UK Anti-Doping between January 2015 and December 2017 led to anti-doping rule violation cases. It also showed that within this 36 month period, salbutamol cases counted for just three of all 109 adverse analytical findings with all cases for the asthma drug leading to subsequent cases. The data also told that bans had been handed in other sports of the presence of salbutamol in their urine. These facts contradict the words of Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford at last month's Ruta del Sol and will likely land a blow to expected defence ...

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UK Anti-Doping data a blow to Chris Froome's salbutamol defence

Chris Froome emerges from the Team Sky bus ahead of stage 1 at Ruta del Sol

Data obtained from UK Anti-Doping has dealt a blow to Chris Froome ’s likely defence in his on-going salbutamol case. The data, obtained by the Press Association news agency via a Freedom of Information request, reveals that despite the high number of athletes diagnosed with asthma, salbutamol accounted for only three of the 109 Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) that UKAD processed between January 2015 and December 2017. The UKAD figures also show that 77 of the 109 cases - seven in 10 – led to anti-doping rule violation cases. All three of the salbutamol AAF led to anti-doping rule violation cases. UKAD case data reveals that athletes from football, boxing and judo have been banned for the presence of salbutamol in their samples. Froome was notified on September 20 2017, of an AAF because a urine sample taken from him on stage 18 of the Vuelta a España exceeded the ...

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Froome, Dumoulin headline Tirreno-Adriatico

Froome, Dumoulin headline Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin will headline next week's Tirreno-Adriatico as they gear up for Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Froome, Dumoulin headline Tirreno-Adriatico on VeloNews.com .

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Tom Dumoulin to attempt Giro-Tour double

Tom Dumoulin to attempt Giro-Tour double

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2018 Giro Champion set to follow in footsteps of Chris Froome according to team sport director Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) looks set to tackle the Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double this season, according to his team sports director. Speaking on Dutch cycling podcast De Rode Lantaarn , Team Sunweb 's Aike Visbeek confirmed that Dumoulin would be heading to the Giro in May before attempting to win the Tour in July. 'At the moment we have a clear plan. Tom will go for the General Classification at the Giro and he will also go for the Tour,' said Visbeek before confirming that Wilco Kelderman would ride the Tour before going to the Vuelta a Espana in August. However, conflicting reports have been released suggesting the team and Dumoulin will not make a decision on the Tour until after he has raced the Giro. A reporter from ...

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Public consultation shows support for controversial CS9 in London

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2018 First cycle superhighway in West London moves step closer despite local pressure The results of the public consultation for cycle superhighway 9 have been published by Transport for London (TfL) with almost 60 percent supporting the first major segregated cycleway in West London. TfL sought the opinion of 5,000 local residents in the areas affected, with the majority supporting proposed plans to extend the two-way cycle superhighway west from Kensington Olympia to Brentford town centre. While no timeline was announced for the superhighway's construction, TfL did confirm that it would release further findings and its next steps later this year. Proposed route for cycle superhighway 9 This decision by TfL to take the next step with CS9 comes despite outcries from business owners on Chiswick High Road who argued the new cycle lane would cause gridlock, 'crippling' local trade. Some have also tried to claim ...

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Euro sportive planner: Granfondo Milano-San Remo

BikesEtc 1 Mar 2018 Ride in the wheel tracks of cycling legends in this amateur one-day epic When: Sunday 10th June 2018 Where: Milan, Italy Distance: 296km Cost: Approx €60-70 Website: milan-sanremo.org What is it? Known as La Classicissima (‘The Classic of Classics’), the Milan-San Remo is one of pro cycling’s five Monuments – the longest, hardest and most prestigious one-day races in the sport. And at 296km – nearly 200 miles – this is the longest of them all, and has been a fixture in the pro calendar since 1907. As the name suggests, it covers a route from Milan in northern Italy, down to San Remo on the Ligurian coast near the French border. Being a flatter route than most of the Monuments, it is regarded as one for the sprinters – Mark Cavendish won the race in 2009, the second Brit to do so after Tom Simpson ...

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Boonen: Chris Froome salbutamol case 'not good for anything'

Tom Boonen retired after the 2017 Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen has added his voice to the number of riders publicly commenting on Chris Froome's salbutamol case. The Belgian suggested that despite recording twice the legal dose allowed of salbutamol, "it doesn't let you win the Vuelta or the Tour de France". Froome returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, a race he won overall, with a resolution of his case yet to be finalised. The Briton made his 2018 racing debut earlier in the month at the Ruta del Sol. Speaking at the Spanish race, Froome thanked his fellow riders for their support. Belgian's Tim Wellens and Oliver Naesen though were critical of Froome's presence in the race. A number of other riders have also expressed for a quick resolution to the case. Speaking to Sporza in Kortrijk over the 'opening weekend' in his first outing in his new official role with ...

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The case against carbs: could fat-adapted training make you a better cyclist?

The case against carbs: could fat-adapted training make you a better cyclist?

Michael Donlevy 27 Feb 2018 It starts with fasted rides but goes much further than that, but not all experts are convinced of its benefits Where are you in your training programme? There’s a fair chance that, even if you didn’t balloon over Christmas, you’re trying to lose a few pounds while laying the groundwork for the year ahead. There’s one way of doing it that’s become a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) in recent times: ‘fasted training’. But there’s also an extension of that which edges towards the extremes of what many coaches believe is feasible. It’s guaranteed to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, but it also requires you to ditch the carbohydrate that most of us use for fuel. It’s called ‘fat-adapted training’. It starts with fasted training, so that’s where we’ll begin. Quite simply, this is when you ride on an empty stomach. ‘The easiest ...

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Alejandro Valverde interview: Back to his best

Laura Meseguer 26 Feb 2018 Fresh from his win at the Tour of Abu Dhabi, Alejandro Valverde discusses his return to form with Laura Meseguer With his victory in the Queen stage and overall classification of the Tour of Abu Dhabi, Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde has already achieved eight victories in just 14 days of competition in 2018. Seven months after his heavy crash at the Tour de France that could have cost him his career, Valverde is back and stronger than ever. I first spoke with Valverde during la Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana, when he was in a near-ecstatic state. He took his first victory of the season during the second stage of the race, and for him it was one of the most important of his career. It proved that nothing was lost in the crash seven months ago at the Tour de France, when he broke ...

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Kwiatkowski shrugs off Grand Tour talk to focus on one-day targets

Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates winning the 2018 Volta ao Algarve

When it comes to Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) targeting Grand Tours and stage races the question appears to have always been a matter of ‘when rather than if’ but the Team Sky all-rounder remains firmly focused on achieving his one-day ambitions for the time being. The Polish rider has forged a career as one of the most multi-talented riders in the current peloton, with an eclectic skill set enabling him to win across a number of formats. There are few riders who can go toe-to-toe with Peter Sagan one week, and then ride at the head of affairs in the mountains the next. The all-rounder won both summit finish stages at the Volta ao Algarve, and carried away the overall crown after a daring raid on the final stage. Heading into the spring classics, he once more looks like a force to reckoned with. “Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a big ...

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Buyer's guide: Best skincare products for cyclists

BikesEtc 27 Feb 2018 Your face is one of the few bits of your body that’s left exposed if you ride at this time of year. Here are the best ways to protect it There’s no two ways about it – ride a bike at this time of year and your face takes a bit of a battering. Wind, cold, sweat, grime, pollution and rain will all conspire to slap your chops about. This can result in anything from spots and rashes, to dry skin and premature ageing. Thankfully, though, there are a number of products on the market designed to protect and nourish a cyclist’s skin. Here’s our rundown of the best skincare products for cyclists See related Into the detail: Looking deeper into the Froome salbutamol case Tom Dumoulin showcases World Championships kit and special bike ahead of season debut Giro d'Italia 2018: Route confirmed Tour de France ...

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Museeuw: 'Froome should get a one-year ban'

Museeuw: 'Froome should get a one-year ban'

Jack Elton-Walters 22 Feb 2018 Johan Museeuw speaks about the ongoing Chris Froome saga Many former and current professional cyclists have offered their opinion on the Chris Froome salbutamol saga , some unprompted and others only when they're asked. Fitting into the latter category is retired Classics rider and former World Champion Johan Museeuw, who opens up on his thoughts only when questioned about it. Stories and rumours have abounded about how the case might play out, with one report that Froome had negotiated a six-month suspension dismissed immediately by the rider . For Museeuw, the approach the authorities need to take is clear, when he says that 'they have to do something otherwise it's not a good direction for cycling' with regards to a suspension for Froome. 'It [salbutamol] is not really a product that you can use for going faster, he needed it for his asthma,' Museeuw adds. ...

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Wellens wins the Ruta del Sol after decisive dirt road time trial

Tim Wellens on course during the stage 5 time trial at Ruta del Sol

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) secured overall victory at the Ruta del Sol with a cool and collected ride in the 14km final time trial that included a long spectacular section of dirt roads. Wellens started the final 14km time trial with a lead of seven seconds on Mikel Landa (Movistar) and 11 seconds on Wout Poels (Team Sky) after winning Saturday's uphill stage to Alcala de los Gazules. He lost three seconds to the Dutchman but did enough to secure overall victory by eight seconds. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) won the time trial in a time of 17:11, with Wellens setting a time of 17:25. Poels set an excellent time of 17:22 but he came up short. Marc Soler (Movistar) finished fifth in the time trial and so gained enough time to move up to third overall, at 27 seconds. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) finished fourth at ...

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Rua del Sol: Tim Wellens wins uphill finish in Alcala de los Gazules

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) celebrates his win on the uphill finish

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) used his Classics skills to win the uphill, cobbled finish at Alcalá de los Gazules Saturday at Ruta del Sol , surging away from Mikel Landa (Movistar) to win the stage and gaining enough time on Wout Poels (Team Sky) to also take the overall race lead. The break of the day was caught as the gradient kicked up at 19 per cent and then Landa and Wellens took control. They opened a gap on the narrow lane and then Wellens kicked away on the final section to win by five seconds. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was third at 12 seconds, with Poels at 13 seconds. Wellens took the leader's red jersey and now leads Landa by seven seconds, with Poels slipping to third at 11 seconds. The final overall winner will be decided in Sunday's 14.2km individual time trial on a loop near Barbate. ...

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Chris Froome completes Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double

Chris Froome on the final Vuelta podium in Madrid

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) sealed the Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double, finishing the final stage of the Spanish Grand Tour safely in the back. The stage was won by Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), who held off late challenges from Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) to take the spoils in Madrid. Froome finished 11th on the stage, doing enough to also secure the points jersey ahead of Trentin. In wining, Froome becomes the first rider since Bernard Hinault to win the Tour and the Vuelta, and the first British rider to win the Spanish Grand Tour. The Team Sky leader has now won five Grand Tours in a remarkable five-year spell. The stage in Madrid also marked Alberto Contador 's (Trek Segafredo) final outing. The winner on the Angliru stage led the race into Madrid to take the applause from the home ...

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