Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .

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UCI commits to fight against motor cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at UCI commits to fight against motor cheating on VeloNews.com .

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Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019

Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019

Though he is Olympic champion, a winner of Roubaix, and currently in yellow, Greg Van Avermaet is scrambling to find a team for 2019. Read the full article at Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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Greipel, De Gendt spearhead Lotto Soudal's Tour de France team

Andre Greipel wins stage 1 at the 2018 Tour Down Under

Lotto Soudal will head into the Tour de France with a team dedicated to winning stages. Spearheaded by veteran sprinter Andre Greipel and breakaway specialists Thomas de Gendt, the eight-man squad also includes one-day revelation Tiesj Benoot. As already announced, there is no place for Adam Hansen, who completed his 20th straight Grand Tour recently at the Giro d'Italia. Jasper De Buyst, Jens Keukeleire, Marcel Sieberg, Tomasz Marczynski and Jelle Vanendert make up the rest of the team. In a video posted on social media, the Tour de France team are selected by Marc Sergeant – although we only see his hands, and he sets up a Whatsapp group chat with the riders included. He then posts a congratulatory message before the video draws to a close. The video concludes before the two blue Whatsapp ticks appear, but it’s safe to assume that the riders already know whether they are ...

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Thomas: Dauphine victory is the biggest of my career

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) stays in the overall lead after stage 6 at Criterium du Dauphine

Geraint Thomas is an Olympic gold medallist but he described his victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné as the biggest of his career. The Briton won team pursuit gold on the track at London 2012 before setting his sights on the road and, in the last few years he has been exploring his potential as a stage racer and possible Grand Tour contender with Team Sky. After winning the Volta ao Algarve in 2015, he won his first WorldTour stage race at Paris-Nice in 2016 and then won the Tour of the Alps last year. E3 Harelbeke and a stage of the Tour de France also rank among his achievements but he insisted the Dauphiné tops the lot. "It's the biggest win of my career," he said in Saint-Gervais after pulling on the yellow jersey for the final time. "It's kind of surreal. It hasn't sunk in yet because I ...

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Big Ride Mount Etna: Cyclist vs the volcano

Stu Bowers 10 May 2018 With steep climbs, cobbled descents and the constant threat of a volcanic eruption, this Sicilian adventure is a true epic Words Stu Bowers Photography Juan Trujillo Andrades ‘Have you seen the news?’ asks Chris excitedly on the other end of the phone. It’s Monday morning and I’m still a bit fuzzy. ‘No, why?’ I reply. ‘Etna’s erupted!’ he exclaims. I flick hurriedly to the BBC News web page and sure enough, there are pictures of Mount Etna spewing molten lava and sparks high into the Sicilian night sky. It is only a week since Chris, a Madison-Genesis team rider, and I packed up our bikes and flew home after riding a long loop around Europe’s tallest and most active volcano. ‘I can’t believe it,’ I respond, a bit shocked. ‘That would have made one hell of a story…’ As I hang up the phone, my ...

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A Classic Run

Serry and Jungels at La Flèche

In a middlin’ spring season, one name stands out The spring classics are a wrap! Before letting them go, I wanted to pause long enough for posterity. What was it we’ll remember in ten years? That’s easy... Quick Step. But that might not be all. We saw a few quasi-historic results. We saw some people we wanted to get excited about do exciting things. Let’s run through them. Getty Images Sagan alone on the Pavé A Bit of History in the Making Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra both completed their career Flanders-Roubaix double, entering... not Nirvana, but at least the Sotapanna stream. The pair became the 11th and 12th riders since 1980 to notch wins in both Monuments, an illustrious list apart from maybe some EPO-soaked entries. Suffice to say, winning two fairly different monuments tends to say really good things about riders. In Terpstra’s case, he was just the ...

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The 2018 Spring Classics by numbers: Domination for Quick-Step Floors

Joe Robinson 23 Apr 2018 This Spring proved an annus mirabilis for Quick-Step Floors but one to forget for Team Sky Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege brought an end to the 2018 Spring Classics, which while by no means a vintage campaign, did produce some memorable moments with a few surprises along the way. The undeniable winners of the past eight weeks of racing were Quick-Step Floors , who have proved the dominant force in one-day racing yet again. They were near-unstoppable at points but their tally of results, while impressive, still only speaks for half of their racing prowess so far in 2018. Firstly, just assess the sheer amount of victories for a testament to their grip on the Spring of 2018. No fewer than 10 of the one-day classics, starting at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in late February and finishing at Liege last weekend, were won by Patrick Lefevere's men. These 10 ...

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Greg Van Avermaet the latest rider confirmed for Tour de Yorkshire

Greg Van Avermaet the latest rider confirmed for Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson 20 Apr 2018 Olympic champion to headline BMC line-up next month in Yorkshire Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is the latest headline name to be confirmed for the Tour de Yorkshire in May. The Tour, which starts in Beverley on 3rd May, will see the 32-year-old looking to move on from a disappointing Spring Classics campaign that delivered zero victories – a far cry from his dominant 2017 form that saw him win Paris-Roubaix , the Omloop Het Niewsblad, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. It will be the Belgian's second appearance at the Tour de Yorkshire, having finished seventh in the 2015 edition. Earlier this week it was also confirmed that Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) would be making his return to racing in Yorkshire after having sustained a broken rib in a dramatic crash at Milan-San Remo in March. The draw of these two riders confirms the ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the third and final of the so-called Ardennes Classics and the last race on the Spring Classics calendar. Held in the French-speaking Wallonia region of southern Belgium, Liege is the oldest of the sport’s five Monuments and one of the hardest one-day races on the calendar. Ahead of Sunday’s 104th edition of “La … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe dethrones Valverde as King of La Fleche Wallonne

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) ended Alejandro Valverde’s run at La Flèche Wallonne

After four straight years of domination of La Flèche Wallonne by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe 's defeat of the Spaniard on the Mur de Huy on Wednesday had a real feel of an end of an era. Not since Tom Boonen in 2004-2007 at E3 Harelbeke has a rider remained unbeaten in a major race for so long as Valverde in Flèche Wallonne. And if by some twist of fate, Alaphilippe were to stop racing tomorrow, his defeat of Valverde on the Mur de Huy will be seen by many as the standout moment of his career. Victory in La Flèche Wallonne is the first Classic win of Alaphilippe's career, too, as well as France's first in the race since Laurent Jalabert back in 1997. But as Alaphilippe was quick to admit afterwards, it was beating Valverde, dubbed the King of the Mur de Huy since 2014, that made ...

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Television motorbikes are deciding races, says Lefevere

Patrick Lefevere speaks to the press after Gent-Wevelgem

Patrick Lefevere has decried the influence of television motorbikes on races in the wake of Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. The Quick-Step manager complained that the escapees at Amstel were able to shelter in the slipstream of the motorbikes while his rider Pieter Serry was leading the chase on the front of the group of favourites. Michael Valgren (Astana) won Amstel Gold Race after escaping in the closing kilometres in the company of Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott). Quick-Step’s best finisher was Julian Alaphilippe, who was prominent in the finale but had to settle for seventh. “I don’t want to come across as a bad loser, but the role of motorbikes in the race is really scandalous,” Lefevere said, according to La Dernière Heure . “That applies to other races as well as this edition of Amstel. While Pieter Serry was making a maximum effort at the front of the group of favourites, ...

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Gilbert, Alaphilippe and Terpstra join forces for the Amstel Gold Race

Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) is all smiles ahead of Tour of Flanders

The Quick-Step Floors team will continue to field multiple team leaders in their line up for the Spring Classics, with Philippe Gilbert , Julian Alaphilippe and Niki Terpstra named as team leaders for Sunday's Amstel Gold Race . The Belgian team dominated many of the cobbled Classics thanks to their strength in depth, with Terpstra winning E3 Harelbeke and the Tour of Flanders, while Remi Cavagna, Eli Viviani, Yves Lampaert, Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen won other cobbled races, lifting Quick-Step Floors' win total to 24. Terpstra will continue his spring campaign to include the only one-day Dutch Classic of the season, with Alaphilippe and Gilbert joining him as co-team leaders. Gilbert won the Amstel Gold Race last year, taking his fourth victory and confirming his title as King of the Cauberg. Also in the Quick-Step Floors seven-rider team are Bob Jungels, Davide Martinelli, Enric Mas and Pieter Serry. Gilbert ...

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Van Avermaet to end spring Classics campaign at Amstel Gold Race

BMC and Greg Van Avermaet at Gent-Wevelgem 2018

BMC Racing have confirmed that Greg van Avermaet will finish his spring Classics campaign at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Belgian has already raced for 27 days, including all the major one-day and cobbled Classics. He will join forces with BMC’s Ardennes specialists Dylan Teuns, Simon Gerrans and Damiano Caruso as the US-registered WorldTour team tries to win its first Classic of 2018. Also in the seven-rider line-up fro Amstel Gold Race are Alberto Bettiol, Alessandro de Marchi and Michael Schär. Van Avermaet 's only win of 2018 came on stage 3 of the Tour of Oman. He finished fourth at Paris-Roubaix, fifth at the Tour of Flanders and third at E3 Harelbeke but struggled to match Quick-Step Floor’s combined strength or Peter Sagan’s creative racing. Van Avermaet finished fifth in the 2015 Amstel Gold race and the new finale on narrow roads, but without the Cauberg climb, could ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Amstel Gold Race

With the cobbled classics now complete, the cycling world turns its attention to the so-called “Ardennes Classics”. The first of the three “Ardennes”, the Amstel Gold Race, isn’t actually held in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg — rather it’s raced over the border in The Netherlands. Ahead of Sunday’s 53rd edition of the … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Amstel Gold Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Movistar Grand Tour trio head to Roubaix cobbles

Movistar Grand Tour trio head to Roubaix cobbles

Joe Robinson 10 Apr 2018 Valverde, Quintana and Landa ride the cobbles ahead of 2018 Tour de France The Movistar Grand Tour General Classification trio of Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa have headed to the cobbles of northern France in preparation for this year's Tour de France . The Spanish WorldTour team took to the pave today in preparation for Stage 9 of this year's Tour from Arras to Roubaix, which will contain a total of 15 sectuers of pave. %u270A%uD83D%uDC4A #RodamosJuntos @letour #TDF2018 @Paris_Roubaix pic.twitter.com/iNFnmLrvUM — Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) April 10, 2018 The three riders will all go in to this year's Tour as joint leaders for GC with the overall leader being decided during the race. Potential time loss on the cobbles could be a significant factor in who becomes the primary leader. The leading trio were joined by teammates Jasha Sutterlin and Imanol Erviti - ...

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Van Avermaet turns to Amstel Gold after Paris-Roubaix loss

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) sprints for 4th  at 2018 Paris-Roubaix)

Sitting in the grass on the inside of the Roubaix velodrome shortly after finishing Paris-Roubaix , the difference to the situation one year earlier was huge. In 2017, Greg Van Avermaet ( BMC ) managed an incredible series of victories at the spring Classics, winning the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix. This time around Van Avermaet has had just one podium result in Harelbeke amidst a string of strong performances. "I felt good, and I'm happy with my race," Van Avermaet said in what was his first reaction. Later, when glancing back on his spring Classics season, he explained how he was feeling. "You might think that I'm disappointed with my spring Classics season, but that's not the case. I rode the finale in every race. I was always in the first group. I was always in the group with riders who want to make the race. ...

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Naesen: I hope the puzzle fits together for me on the Carrefour de l’Arbre

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

Belgian champion Oliver Naesen ( AG2R La Mondiale ) is one of the outsiders for the win in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. The 27-year-old rider feels he's got the legs to win on the velodrome in Roubaix but needs the luck he missed during the previous races. To shake off the dominance of the Quick-Step Floors 'wolfpack', Naesen came up with a tactic: ride aggressively. Specialist of the spring Classics often have one preferred race; mostly they choose between the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix. It's probably one of the most asked questions, but Naesen still took it seriously. "It's a difficult question. They're so different. I like them both. Two years ago I would've said Paris-Roubaix, last year I would've said Flanders and now I don't know." It's a luxury to have the choice between two races, two Monuments. Winning the Ronde is no longer an option this year. ...

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Geraint Thomas' Pinarello Dogma K10 for Paris-Roubaix

Geraint Thomas' Pinarello Dogma K10 for Paris-Roubaix

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Geraint Thomas of Team Sky had made a name for himself in the spring Classics with a victory at E3 Harelbeke and top-ten finishes at both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, before more recently focusing fully on his GC ambitions in stage races. However, with a crucial stage at this year's Tour de France over the Roubaix cobbles, Thomas had some leverage with the Team Sky management in adding this year's Paris-Roubaix to his racing programme, and could be a rider to watch on the day. Thomas will be racing on a Pinarello Dogma K10, the Italian brand's rough-road frameset, which offers greater compliance and even rear suspension. Full specification Frameset: Pinarello Dogma K10-S Fork: Pinarello Onda F10 with Fork Flap Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Rear ...

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For the first time, Boonen addresses 2010 Cancellara motor speculation

Does Tom Boonen believe Fabian Cancellara used a motor to beat him in the 2010 Tour of Flanders? Let’s put it this way — for the first time, when asked point blank, he’s not saying no. The 2010 Ronde van Vlaanderen had all the makings of a classic edition of one of the sport’s most … The post For the first time, Boonen addresses 2010 Cancellara motor speculation appeared first on CyclingTips .

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