Tour de France: Uran philosophical despite losing time on the cobbles

Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac) lost time

Rigoberto Uran ( EF Education First-Drapac ) was the biggest casualty of the cobbled chaos on stage 9 of the Tour de France , aside from Richie Porte, who crashed out of the race with a suspected broken collarbone. Uran crashed on the Moulin de Vertain pavé sector with just over 30km to go and was forced into a long and ultimately futile chase. He had to stop again to change his damaged bike but had teammates who dropped back and helped try and limit the damage. As he crossed the line, however, the gaps made for depressing reading: 1:28 lost to his general classification rivals. Indeed, the blow was worsened by the fact that no one else lost time, save for a modest seven seconds for Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale). Arriving back at the EF-Drapac team bus in Roubaix, Uran got straight on and ...

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Former Team Sky doctor admits he would not prescribe Wiggins corticosteroid again

Former Team Sky doctor admits he would not prescribe Wiggins corticosteroid again

Joe Robinson 2 Jul 2018 Breaking his two year silence, Freeman comments on the stolen laptop and issuing Wiggins his TUEs Dr Richard Freeman has spoken publicly for the first time on the Bradley Wiggins UK Anti-Doping investigation, stating that he would not prescribe the rider a therapeutic use exemption for corticosteroid given the chance again. The former Team Sky doctor had remained silent on the UKAD investigation that launched two years ago investigating Wiggins's use of corticosteroids via the TUE system ahead of major races in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, which was leaked by Russian hackers Fancy Bears. In the interim, Freeman also withdrew from giving evidence at the subsequent Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) parliamentary select committee hearing which investigated doping in sport citing 'ill health'. However, Freeman has now broken his silence in an interview with the BBC while also penning a book ...

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Opinion: We can all learn from the misguided single-file cycling petition

Four months ago, a petition quietly launched on Change.org, calling for ‘Compulsory Single File for Cyclists’. So far, so unremarkable: at the time of writing the website hosts over 400 petitions related to cycling, from all corners of the globe and from all manner of road users. But, as is sometimes the case, the spark … The post Opinion: We can all learn from the misguided single-file cycling petition appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Weaver takes hiatus from professional cycling to focus on mental health

Molly Weaver - Team Liv-Plantur 2016

Molly Weaver will take a step back from professional cycling to focus on her mental health as she battles depression, she announced in a recent post on her website titled Behind the Mask . The British rider, who has struggled with the mental and physical ramifications of being hit by a car last February, thanked her team Trek-Drops for their full support. "For the past few months, I've been fighting a battle with myself," Weaver wrote. "As most of you have noticed by now, I've not shown my face on the start line for a while, and I've been relatively absent from the world of social media as well. Nothing's been a done deal, but now the time has come to announce that I'm taking a break from professional cycling. "I'm going to start by saying that while I'm extremely sad about the way things unfolded over the past months, ...

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Buyer's guide: The best books about cycling

Buyer's guide: The best books about cycling

Joseph Delves Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 15:35 A breakdown of some of the best books for cyclists Anyone who has popped in to puruse the cycling section in Foyles over the last decade will have seen it grow from an armful of books to a whole shelf to almost its own nook. Cycling’s literary canon now has something for everyone, from ghost-written pulp biography, to rigorously researched histories of long-dead riders. Cookbooks, how-to books, photobooks, training guides, and memoirs. With lots of great manuals, easily digestible cultural histories, and a host of dull, or selectively amnesiac biographies, I’ve laid most of them aside. Instead, each of the 11 books here has been chosen according only to my own subjective opinion of its literary or journalistic merit. Feel free to disagree or suggest alternatives in the comments or over on social media . See related Colnago C64 launch and first ...

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Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc review

Laura Scott Monday, May 14, 2018 - 09:44 Canadian bike manufacturer Argon 18 has given its top-end Gallium Pro a disc brake makeover 4.0 / 5 £7699.99 The Gallium Pro Disc maintains what we loved about the original bike , while adding disc brakes and dropping a bit of weight. I tested this bike shortly after riding the Cervélo S3 Disc, and the bikes couldn’t have been more different. The Cervélo was an aero road bike, and while it was an incredibly fast bike with razor-sharp handling, it was not always the most comfortable bike unless you found yourself on well-paved road surfaces. Image 8 of 16 Image 8 of 16 Riding this bike right before made me more aware of just what a perfect all-rounder the Gallium Pro Disc is. The bike offers pro-level performance and responsiveness, no matter if you were tackling a demanding climb or merely training ...

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Westra admits using TUEs for performance enhancement

Lieuwe Westra (Astana) wins Three Days of De Panne

In a new book coming out next week, former pro Lieuwe Westra says he used cortisone regularly during his career and that he relied on Therapeutic Use Exemptions from the UCI to get past anti-doping tests. Coritsones are forbidden for use in competition without a TUE. In an article in the Leeuwarder Courant posted Saturday morning, Westra is quoted as saying in the book that he had used knee pain as an excuse to obtain TUEs that allowed him to target cortisone use during Important peak times in his season. "The medical certificate I received often with a feigned injury, for example an inflammation in the knee," Westra says in the book. "It took years to recover an injury to the knee. "I shot it in my own body to cycle faster, to grab prizes, to receive compliments. In my first professional year it became clear to me that with ...

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Fizik Arione R1 Versus Evo saddle review

Sam Challis Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:10 Fizik has totally reimagined its channelled-saddle range with some impressive results 4.0 / 5 £210 In an attempt to cater for cyclists of all shapes, sizes, ages and riding styles, most saddle brands now have a dizzying array of designs and equally dubious saddle-choice calculators. It is no different at Fizik: it offers 47 separate road saddle variations and uses its ‘Spine Concept’ calculator to provide estimations on what shape is likely to offer a good fit for a given individual. I advise taking any recommendations from any calculator with a pinch of salt and base buying decisions off something more reliable, like bike fit data, as although costly it is a far more accurate way to determine what shape suits your anatomy. Image 10 of 10 Image 10 of 10 Taking my experience as case in point, Fizik’s calculator suggests a ...

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Let’s talk about body image in the cycling

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Last year I wrote a piece on the various “dark sides” of cycling, and in recognition of National Eating Disorder Week, I wanted to revisit one of the biggest elephants in the room in endurance sports: body image and Eating Disorders (EDs). First, what exactly is an Eating Disorder? Eating Disorders are extreme disturbances in an … The post Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Let’s talk about body image in the cycling appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Haussler: I just wanted to smash it

Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain-Merida) on his 2018 season debut

Few 77th place finishes will mean as much to a rider as Heinrich Haussler at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . After a horrible 2017, where he was plagued by problems both mental and physical, the 34-year-old made his 2018 season debut in Belgium on Sunday and not only got through the race, but animated it, too. When things kicked off on the Oude Kwaremont with 85 kilometres remaining, Haussler was alive to it and wound up in a strong group of 20 riders. It looked for a while like it the decisive move of the day, though the race would eventually come back together for a sprint in Kuurne. Even so, after the recurring knee injury that limited him to just 12 race days last year and contributed to bouts of depression , it was the perfect start to a new chapter. "I've been through a lot of bad stuff last year, more ...

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Pedersen rediscovers love of cycling with Aqua Blue Sport

Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue Sport)

At 20, life could hardly get any better for Casper Pedersen with the Dane fast-tracked into the Olympic track programme and selected for the 2016 Rio games. The 2014 Paris–Roubaix Juniors runner-up had cemented his place in the team pursuit squad and was to be the first reserve. A phone call from the national coach the night before the race brought Pedersen's world crashing down. He would instead be the sixth rider and would not ride in any event. Instead, he watched on as Denmark won the team pursuit bronze medal and Lasse Norman Hansen enjoying the same success in the omnium. Pedersen, the only rider to fly home empty-handed. Once home, Pedersen didn't touch the bike for two months and entered thoughts of giving up the sport. Beset by depression. Slowly but surely, Pedersen started to regain his love for cycling and with it, the competitiveness of the sport. ...

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