Who is Australia’s greatest ever Tour de France rider?

Sick of the Chris Froome saga? Tired of the negativity surrounding pro cycling and the Tour de France? In the following article Craig Fry takes us on a positive trip down memory lane, answering the question: who is Australia’s greatest ever Tour de France rider? Who has made the biggest impact, or achieved the most … The post Who is Australia’s greatest ever Tour de France rider? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Q&A: Harry and Charlie Tanfield

Mark Bailey 29 Jun 2018 The Yorkshire brothers tell Cyclist about their successes, self-funding their racing dreams and shaking up British Cycling Brothers Simon and Adam Yates are starting to realise their potential on the WorldTour stage, but in Harry and Charlie Tanfield there's another set of British cycling siblings starting to cause some waves of their own. At the British National Championships this week, Charlie took the honours in the under-23 time-trial, then Harry arguably did even better by finishing second behind Geraint Thomas in the senior men's time-trial. Clearly the Yorkshire duo have a bright future ahead of them, and Cyclist caught up with the pair recently for a chat... Cyclist: Charlie, you won pursuit gold and team pursuit silver on the track at the Commonwealth Games. How did the locals of Great Ayton in Yorkshire react? Charlie Tanfield: When we came home there were signs, posters and ...

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Cycling Australia part ways with bike manufacturer BT

Heading towards the Olympics Anna Meares was looking strong at the Australian Track Championships in

After 20 years of working together, Cycling Australia announced the end of its partnership with bike manufacturer BT on Thursday. “There’s a lot to be proud of on both sides,” Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake said. “It’s a partnership that has spanned five Olympiads, five Commonwealth Games and 20 World Championships. Many riders have raced their entire careers on a BT bike. “A casual glance at the names of riders aboard a BT over the journey is a who’s who of Australian track racing. I’d like to personally thank BT for their efforts and development over the many years of this partnership.” Triumphs aboard the iconic black and yellow Bike Technologies bikes are too numerous to mention, but they include Anna Meares ’ Olympic gold-medal rides at the 500m TT in Athens in 2004 and in the sprint at the 2012 Games in London , and all 11 of the ...

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Brammeier to retire from cycling and take role at British Cycling

Matt Brammeier (Aqua Blue Sport)

Matthew Brammeier has announced his retirement from cycling with British Cycling confirming that he will take up a new role with them as the lead academy coach for the men's endurance programme. Brammeier, who has been racing with Aqua Blue Sport over the past two seasons, will begin his new job in August. Brammeier is set to meet up with some members of the British Cycling coaching team, including academy coach Keith Lambert, at the British national championships this week. "After 12 years of racing in the professional peloton, my focus was beginning to turn to the next stage of my career and the lead academy coach role at British Cycling seemed like a great opportunity for me," Brammeier said in a statement issued by British Cycling. "As such, now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional racing. I feel massively privileged and proud of my career ...

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'I'm a bit scared to be honest': Katie Archibald on her Wiggle-High5 debut at the Tour de Yorkshire

'I'm a bit scared to be honest': Katie Archibald on her Wiggle-High5 debut at the Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson 2 May 2018 Cyclist caught up wth the recent Commonwealth Games champion on her return to the road Four months into the season and Katie Archibald will only just make her debut for new team Wiggle-High5. Not because of injury or bad form, the opposite in fact. The Scot was busy winning another track World Championships and Commonwealth Games gold medal. Now these two goals have been ticked off, the 24-year-old will be heading back to the road for this week's Tour de Yorkshire in its newly expanded two-day format. However, Archibald is keen for an understated return to road racing. 'It feels strange and I don't want to draw attention to it being May and my first race in Wiggle-High5 kit,' Archibald admitted. 'I'm a bit scared to be honest. A new season and a new team and new roles. I'm just keen the get the build-up ...

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Archibald will debut with Wiggle High5 at Tour de Yorkshire

Katie Archibald (Wiggle High5)

Wiggle High5 announced Tuesday that Katie Archibald will make her debut with the team at the Tour de Yorkshire . The two-day race is held on May 3 and 4 in Great Britain, where Kirsten Wild will lead the team during a flat stage 1 and Elisa Longo Borghini will eye hilly stage 2. Archibald, 24, has been concentrating her season on the track until now. She won the world title in the Madison and more recently won the gold medal in the Individual Pursuit at the Commonwealth Games. "I didn't want to make a big deal of it [being my first race for the team] because it's May," Archibald said in a team press release. "I'm very much looking forward to it." Archibald rode in the first edition of the Tour de Yorkshire, when it was an 80km circuit race around the city of York, and she won the ...

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Gallery: The best bikes from Bespoked 2018

Joe Robinson 23 Apr 2018 Everything from gold-leaf paint to wooden toptubes, the best bikes from Bespoked 2018. Photos: Pete Muir Cyclist spent the weekend just gone visiting Bespoked, the ultimate handmade bicycle show that descends on to Bristol each year bringing the world's best bespoke framebuilders together under one roof. As usual, the event was brimming with beautiful and elegant bicycles that were the product of many hard hours and fine craftsmanship across a collection of materials from carbon and steel to titanium and bamboo. Image 4 of 122 Image 4 of 122 This year, we noticed that there had was particular attention on gravel in the bespoke framebuilding world. The frames were as perfectly formed as ever but now there is room for chunkier tyres and disc brakes. See related FiftyOne Bikes debuts custom gold-leaf carbon for UFC fighter Conor McGregor Gallery: Dan Craven to ride bespoke Saffron ...

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Driver forces Northern Ireland cyclist off road and into barbed wire fence

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Xeno Young, who competed in Commonwealth Games this month, suffered lacerations in incident

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Mark Cavendish to race Tour de Yorkshire in early comeback

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

Following his brutal crash at Milan-San Remo last month, Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) will make an earlier-than-expected return to racing at the Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May. The British sprinter fractured a rib and injured an ankle when he collided with a traffic bollard on the approach to the Poggio towards the end of the Italian Monument – the latest in a string of crashes that has blighted the start of his 2018 campaign. Forced to miss the Commonwealth Games in Australia, Cavendish suggested last month that he could be back racing at the Tour of California in May, as he seeks to get back on track for the Tour de France. His recovery, however, has advanced quicker than expected, giving him the chance to make his debut at the four-stage Tour de Yorkshire, which runs from May 3-6. “I’m delighted to have recovered sufficiently ...

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Is this the coolest bike in the professional peloton?

Is this the coolest bike in the professional peloton?

Joe Robinson 17 Apr 2018 Miguel Angel Lopez wins the summit finish at the Tour of the Alps but we are more interested in his bike Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) raced to victory on Stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps leaving the likes of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) in his wake. It was an impressive performance from the man they call Superman as he asserts his presence as a hot prospect in General Classification riding. However, here at Cyclist HQ it was not his performance that caught our eye but rather his stunning custom-painted bike. The Colombian is currently riding the Tour of the Alps upon his Argon 18 Gallium Pro team bike which has been finished in a space age blue glitter fade complete with silver branding on the downtube. The unique paintwork came thanks to Argon 18's very own Alexandre ...

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Buyer's guide: best waterproof cycling jackets

BikesEtc 17 Apr 2018 Sneer at dark clouds and guffaw in the face of thunder with these fine wet-weather shields With spring all but upon us and the weather (slowly) warming up, we can soon look forward to the prospect of riding in fine, dry weather. But before we get there, we all know that there’s going to be a fair bit of the wet stuff to get through. So with that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the finest rainproof jackets on the market to see how they differ and what they offer. When choosing a rainproof jacket, the first two things to consider are of course, what your budget is and what you’ll be using the jacket for. See related Gallery: Dan Craven to ride bespoke Saffron Frameworks steel bike at Commonwealth Games Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing? Cyclist Track Days ...

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 17 Apr 2018 A look at the favourites for victory at 'La Doyenne' this weekend Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the third Monument of the cycling calendar and takes place this Sunday in the French-speaking Ardennes region of Belgium. It traditionally ends the Spring Classics season and pits the punchiest climbers in the professional peloton against one another. The oldest of the five Monuments, Liege's defining characteristic has always been its hilly parcours. The climbs are leg-sapping and ever-present with 11 categorised ascents sprawled across the out-and-back 258km course, nine of which are in the second half of the race. While 'La Doyenne' has been subject to route changes - with one scheduled for the 2019 race - the epicentre of the race has forever been that of the Cote de La Redoute, a 2.1km climb in the small Wallonian town of Aywaille. At an average of 8.4% with pitches of ...

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Watch: Pro uses spectator's bike to ride Commonwealth Games

Watch: Pro uses spectator's bike to ride Commonwealth Games

Joe Robinson 17 Apr 2018 Isle of Man rider Sam Brand saved by kindhearted spectator Sam Brand was realising a dream. The diabetic Novo Nordisk rider was racing on the Gold Coast of Australia, representing his small island of the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games. It was all going to plan until a crash in the first 5km and multiple mechanicals saw him distanced from the bunch behind the peloton and more importantly behind the support vehicles. That could have been the end of his race if not for a valiant spectator on the side of the road who noticed Brand was in need. The spectator swapped his standard Specialized S-Works Tarmac for Brand's team issue Colnago Concept. Brand then managed to continue riding, not only finishing the lap but also completing another of the 18.6km circuit. A huge shout out to Michael for the temporary bike swap ...

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Boardman ASR 8.8 review

Joseph Delves Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 15:54 A budget bike with a broad remit, the practical steel ASR is happy to turn its hand to everything bar racing 4.0 / 5 £850 Designed to take the edge off of schlepping through the British winter, the multi-talented Boardman ASR needn’t find itself set aside once the sun comes out. Built around a steel frame with disc brakes and mudguards it aims to be a durable and versatile bike for durable and versatile UK riders. The frame and the ride Designed for endurance the ASR range employ longer than average top-tubes. Our size medium came with a lengthy 565mm horizontal stretch between seat post and steerer. However, propping up the front end the headtube is also a centimetre longer than you might expect in order to take the strain off your back and shoulders. At 90mm the stem also shortish to ...

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Tan Lines: Comm Games - big deal?

Tan Lines: Comm Games - big deal?

The Aussie gold rush on the Gold Coast got Anthony Tan a bit blasé and cynical - until a wheelchair athlete showed what the Commonwealth Games meant for people like him.

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8 is the Week; Here are the 9 Top Riders

Races of the week: After week seven, this week we took a breath before the next couple of weeks leading up to the Giro: Amstel Gold Race Brabantse Pijl Tour du Finistère Tro Bro Leon Paris - Camembert TT & RR at Commonwealth Games Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1.Michael Valgren (2). Beautiful Amstel Gold win in two ways: First and like his win at Omloop, he worked beautifully with his teammates, in this case Fuglsang who did a wonderful job repeatedly attacking. Second, three big attacks: the first was at around 4k to go and was slowly pulled back, the second was around 1.5km to go and only Roman Kreuziger could follow. The ...

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Faces of the Future: U23 Tour of Flanders winner James Whelan

When Australian James Whelan crossed the line with his hands aloft at the recent U23 Tour of Flanders, it raised a few eyebrows, particularly among European journalists. “A few of them couldn’t believe it,” a still excited Whelan said when he sat down with CyclingTips later that week. “They were confused as to how I … The post Faces of the Future: U23 Tour of Flanders winner James Whelan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Commonwealth Games: Fan lends Manx rider bike after crash

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Sam Brand accepted offer so he could continue in race – though he later abandoned

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Steely von Hoff takes Comm Games gold

Steely von Hoff takes Comm Games gold

Australia's Steele von Hoff has won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games men's road race just weeks after weeks after breaking four vertebrae,

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Von Hoff overcomes broken vertebrae to win Commonwealth Games gold

Steele von Hoff takes the Australian flag onto the podium

Steele von Hoff 's victory in the Commonwealth Games road race , in an 11-man sprint, was Australia's 14th gold medal of the Games, but the result was made even more remarkable by the 30-year-old's rapid recovery from multiple fractured vertebrae sustained just two months earlier. Von Hoff had just learned he was named in the Australian team for the Games back in February, when he headed out for what should have been a low-key, safe local criterium on Melbourne's Sandown Raceway. However, a lapped rider coming back on the wrong line during a surge in the pace led to a devastating crash that left him with four broken vertebrae. Determined to represent his country on the Gold Coast, Von Hoff trained the only way he could - by laying down on a recumbent bike. "I just wanted to get my legs spinning," Von Hoff told the Australian about getting ...

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