More than 22,300 respond to UCI survey on appeal of road cycling

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters

George Smith 18 Jul 2019 Huge response after UCI called for public say on some diverse matters of the sport Last week the Union Cycliste Internationale ( UCI ) announced a broad public consultation in the hope of gaining an insight into the appeal of road cycling. The survey closed after a week with more than 22,300 people having given their opinions. The online survey was only available between Wednesday 10th July and Tuesday 16th July, but in that time residents of 134 countries from five continents took part in the consultation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States, France, Spain, Belgium and Italy were the best represented countries, with a high number of responders also coming from the United Kingdom, Germany, Colombia, Australia, Russia and Brazil. Perhaps only the Netherlands being a notable absentee. The goal of the survey was to gain some insight from the general public into what may ...

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Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Jack Elton-Walters 18 Jul 2019 Original winner Juan Jose Cobo has been stripped of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana over doping irregularities Chris Froome is now Britain's first Grand Tour winner after being awarded the 2011 Vuelta a Espana title. Juan Jose Cobo, who stood on the top step of the podium at the end of the race, has been stripped of the win as a result of doping irregularities. Sir Bradley Wiggins moves up to second in the official standings for that year's Vuelta but loses his claim to being Britain's first Grand Tour champion. Victory in the 2012 Tour de France had made Wiggins the UK's first winner of a three-week race, but the retrospective awarding of the 2011 Vuelta to Froome changes that. The alterations to the standings of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana also give Bauke Mollema a Grand Tour podium finish by bumping him up ...

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Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike

Gravel bikes these days fall somewhere on a spectrum that ranges from ultra-capable and adventure-ready, to pared-down and race-ready, and Cervelo is being very clear where its new Aspero gravel machine falls on that spectrum. The generous tire clearance and multi-diameter wheel compatibility are obvious nods to versatility, but whichever wheel and tire setup you … The post Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte: “I hit my head pretty hard”

Supported by TOULOUSE, France (CT) — Richie Porte will be checked for a concussion, his team confirmed Wednesday, following a high-speed crash some 30 kilometers from the finish of Wednesday’s stage that also took out the majority of his Trek-Segafredo team. “I hit my head pretty hard, so I guess we’ll see how that is,” Porte told … The post Richie Porte: “I hit my head pretty hard” appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Ewan wins stage 11

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 11 at the Tour de France

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) won his maiden Tour de France stage on stage 11 in Toulouse. The Australian had to do it the hard way after one of his lead-out men crashed in the closing stage but despite remaining isolated in the sprint Ewan came around Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) to take the biggest win of his career. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finished third, with green jersey leader Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) in fourth. After four top-three finishes in this year's Tour de France, Ewan finally had his just reward and picked up Lotto Soudal's second stage win of the race after Thomas de Gendt's win in Saint Etienne. "To be honest I can't believe it. I've been close in the last four sprints I've done, and my team never lost faith in me. I never lost faith in my sprint. I knew if everything came together then I can be ...

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Colnago goes fully mainstream, dropping seatstays and grams with new V3Rs

The V3RS is an all-new lightweight racer

V2-R replacement is available with both rim brakes and discs

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Boardman: ‘Whatever comes next we could get a Prime Minister who understands the importance of cycling'

Boardman: ‘Whatever comes next we could get a Prime Minister who understands the importance of cycli

George Smith 17 Jul 2019 Steering clear of the 2019 Tour de France to concentrate on his day job, we caught up with Chris Boardman to talk cycling as transport Absent as a commentator and pundit for this year's Tour de France coverage on ITV4, instead focusing on his role as Greater Manchester’s first ever commissioner for walking and cycling, Chris Boardman exudes positivity about the future of policy in this area. ‘I think the future will be good for active travel, and we probably need it because we couldn’t afford anything else,’ laughed Boardman, thinking about the prospect of a Boris Johnson premiership. ‘Regardless of your politics, and I think we all watch with head in hands at the moment, one of the things that we could get out of whatever comes next is a Prime Minister who understands the importance of cycling’. To this day Johnson remains intensely ...

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George Bennett frustrated as 'accumulation of errors' shoves him down Tour de France standings

George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)

Amid the celebrations at the Jumbo-Visma bus on Monday in Albi, where Wout Van Aert had given the team their fourth win in 10 stages at this Tour de France , it was easy to forget about George Bennett . The New Zealander had started the day fourth overall, but the crosswinds that split the race and allowed Van Aert to sprint from a reduced bunch sent him tumbling down the general classification. Bennett was not just caught on the wrong side of the key split, like Thibaut Pinot, Jakob Fuglsang, and Richie Porte; he was left at the very back of the race, finishing nearly 10 minutes down. Although he came into the Tour knowing his sole role was to work for Steven Kruijswijk , he nevertheless said it was "frustrating" to lose the time, compounded by the manner in which it was lost. "It was a strange situation, ...

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MBUK‘s latest issue is out now!

Mountain Bike UK Issue 371

Grab your bumper copy of the mag to get all the best reviews, features and top tips from the MBUK team

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Cycling survival: What to do when you get dropped — and how to avoid it

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Ride vanishing up the road? Don't panic

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RideLondon to go single-use plastic bottle free in world first

RideLondon to go single-use plastic bottle free in world first

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 The UK's biggest cycling festival has teamed up with Thames Water to get rid of single-use plastic and improve the environment While mass-participation sporting events, and in particular the 25,000 strong Prudential RideLondon sportive , are incredible feats of bringing people together to be healthy and active there can often be hidden damages. Chief among them is that once the dust has settled and the participants, friends and family have cleared, thousands of plastic water bottles have been disregarded causing a giant clean up and more importantly, quite a nasty impact on the environment. The RideLondon sportive has recognised this and has therefore teamed up with Thames Water to become the first mass participation sporting event to go entirely single-use plastic water bottle free. In previous editions of the event, around 65,000 single-use plastic bottles had been given out to the 100,000 participants across the ...

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9 of the best Tour de France riders to follow on Strava

2019 Tour De France Stage 10 Saint-Flour to Albi

Following any one of these riders is guaranteed to give you an inferiority complex

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Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’

Throughout this year’s Tour de France CyclingTips VeloClub member Cameron Harris has been putting his data journalism skills to work to help us make sense of the race. He’s created a bunch of charts that illustrate various aspects of the Tour in a way that a results sheet simply can’t. Through Cameron’s work, we get … The post Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Top four mountain bike jumps in Tour de France history

On stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France, in what is becoming something of a tradition, a mountain biker jumped over the peloton. Some people think this stunt is an accident waiting to happen, that it’s highly irresponsible. Others think it’s inspirational. Some simply think it animates the Tour. For many mountain bikers these … The post Top four mountain bike jumps in Tour de France history appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France

With 10 stages in the rearview mirror at what has already been a compelling Tour de France, the action should heat up even more as the race rolls on this week. The Tour is bound for the Pyrenees over the next few days, and that will mean fireworks out on the road during ‘week two’ … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: After crosswinds shuffle the deck, the peloton pauses

Generally, when people use the phrase “the winds of change,” they’re speaking metaphorically. After nine and half days of racing at the Tour de France, the winds of change blew quite literally on the peloton Monday, shaking up the general classification just 35km before the first rest day was set to begin. On the open … The post Today at the Tour: After crosswinds shuffle the deck, the peloton pauses appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Where is Andy Schleck’s yellow jersey? “It’s not hanging anywhere”

Nine years after his thrilling ride on the Tourmalet, Andy Schleck sat down with Rupert Guinness to talk about his career, his retroactive Tour victory, and how he wants to help the new generation of riders Read the full article at Where is Andy Schleck’s yellow jersey? “It’s not hanging anywhere” on VeloNews.com .

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Where is Andy Schleck’s yellow jersey? “It’s not hanging anywhere”

Nine years after his thrilling ride on the Tourmalet, Andy Schleck sat down with Rupert Guinness to talk about his career, his retroactive Tour victory, and how he wants to help the new generation of riders Read the full article at Where is Andy Schleck’s yellow jersey? “It’s not hanging anywhere” on VeloNews.com .

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Landa needs 'to process' his Tour de France after major loss on stage 10

Mikel Landa (Movistar) at the Tour de France

A pessimistic-sounding Mikel Landa ( Movistar ) insisted he "needed some time to process" his Tour de France bid on Tuesday after his crash on stage 10 to Albi all but cost the Basque rider his chances of fighting for the general classification this year. Landa crashed whilst well positioned during the fraught final hour of echelons after Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) accidentally caused him to fall . As a result of his time loss, Landa has plummeted to 21st overall at 4:15. Speaking during the Movistar press conference on Tuesday, his teammate Nairo Quintana, in contrast, sounded markedly more upbeat as he remains firmly in contention. The Colombian is in eighth place overall, 2:14 back. On the plus side, Landa said that he had suffered only slight injuries in the crash. But it was scant comfort. In this year's Tour, Landa is faced with an overly familiar goal of having ...

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Alaphilippe: I hope to surprise myself in the rest of the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe back in yellow

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) is dominating the conversation so much at this Tour de France that he is now articulating both sides of the argument over his prospects of a high overall finish in Paris. In one breath, the Frenchman can speak hopefully of holding the maillot jaune beyond the Pyrenees and into the third week. In the next, he carefully reminds his audience that he has already expended more energy than most in the opening phase of this race. "Everything is possible," Alaphilippe said during his rest day press conference in Albi when asked if he could defend his lead until the end of the second week. "For now, I'm happy to recover well today. I'll be happy to ride the stage tomorrow with the maillot jaune. If everything goes well, that will make it one day more." Ever since Alaphilippe first took yellow at Épernay on stage ...

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