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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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour de France

It’s that time of year again: time for the biggest bike race on the planet. The lead-in to this year’s Tour de France might have been overshadowed by the Chris Froome saga, but now that’s finally sorted, it’s time to focus on the race itself. And what a race it’s shaping up to be. Ahead … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Which national championships jerseys will be at the Tour de France?

Joe Robinson 4 Jul 2018 Surprise winners mean that some of the usual national jerseys we see at the Tour will be in absence In case you was not aware, the 105th Tour de France starts this Saturday at Noirmoutier in the Vendee Region of northwest France. As the Daily Mirror pointed out this week in its preview it has 'really snuck up on us' with barely the hint of a controversy or drama in the week leading up to the Grand Depart. The will he-won't he saga of Chris Froome's Tour attendance has put the cycling world on tender hooks but now that is all behind us we can all begin to concentrate on the important things like which national jerseys will you be able to spot at the upcoming race. It's tradition for most nations to hold their national championships in the week leading up to the Tour ...

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Which national champions jerseys will be at the Tour de France?

Joe Robinson 4 Jul 2018 Surprise winners mean that some of the usual national jerseys we see at the Tour will be in absence In case you was not aware, the 105th Tour de France starts this Saturday at Noirmoutier in the Vendee Region of northwest France. As the Daily Mirror pointed out this week in its preview it has 'really snuck up on us' with barely the hint of a controversy or drama in the week leading up to the Grand Depart. The will he-won't he saga of Chris Froome's Tour attendance has put the cycling world on tender hooks but now that is all behind us we can all begin to concentrate on the important things like which national jerseys will you be able to spot at the upcoming race. It's tradition for most nations to hold their national championships in the week leading up to the Tour ...

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Viviani wins Italian road race championship

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) out-sprints Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) to win the Italian t

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) stormed to the win in the Italian national road championships after an aggressive all-round display from the sprinter. Viviani beat the Bahrain-Merida pair of Giovanni Visconti and Domenico Pozzovivi after a highly selective race. "It's a dream come true and I am extremely proud and honored to show the beautiful colors of Italy in in the peloton over the next 12 months. On the podium I cried because I was overcome with emotion once things started to sink in. I can't wait for my first race with this superb jersey," Viviani said. The Italian sprinter was animated throughout the finale of the 233km race, joining a breakaway with Bora-Hansgrohe's Daniel Oss and Pozzovivo only to be caught. Pozzovivo looked to drop Viviani in the closing stages as the race hit the final climb but the Quick-Step Floors rider held on before showing his rivals a clean ...

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Sosa wins inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 5 at Adriatica Ionica Race

Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) took his fourth victory at the Adriatica Ionica Race after winning the final stage 5 in Trieste. The Italian won the bunch sprint ahead of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Riccardo Minali (Italy) in fourth. Viviani was part of the his team's stage 1 team time trial victory in Lido di Jesolo, where he took the event's first leader's jersey, and went on to win stage 2 in Maser, and stage 4 in Grado. His triumph in Trieste marks Quick-Step Floors 42nd victory of the season. Ivan Sosa (Androni-Giocattoli) won the overall title at the inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race. The Colombian talent won the queen stage 3 at the summit of Passo Giau, where he took the overall race lead. He held his lead through the final two stages to claim the title by 41 seconds ahead of Italy's Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) and 1:18 ...

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Adriatica Ionica Race: Viviani wins stage 4

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took his third victory during stage 4 at the inaugural Adriatica Io

Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) took his third victory during stage 4 at the inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race on Saturday in Grado. The Italian won the bunch sprint ahead of compatriot Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and his Quick-Step teammate Alvaro Hodeg. Viviani was part of the his team's stage 1 team time trial victory in Lido di Jesolo, where he took the event's first leader's jersey, and went on to win stage 2 in Maser, before losing the overall lead to Ivan Sosa (Androni-Giocattoli) during the queen stage 3 to the summit of Passo Giau on Friday. "Having scored another victory makes me very happy, and to return at the top of the most wins individual classification gives me great pride. The team was again brilliant, my form is good and I think we can be more than content with how the race has panned out so far for us," ...

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Kittel: You can never set the goal of five wins at the Tour de France

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) says that he is not aiming to repeat his run of five stage victories at this year’s Tour de France . Kittel was the dominant sprinter at last year’s race, notching up five wins before he was eventually forced to abandon following a crash in the final week. “You can never set the goal to go for five stage wins in the Tour. That is why we first go for one stage victory, as I used to do in the past. That's better,” told German newspaper Sudkurier . If Kittel were to repeat his feat, it would more than triple his current win tally in 2018. This time last season, Kittel had already racked up nine victories ahead of his five-win haul at the 2017 Tour. Twelve months on, he heads into July with just two victories at Tirreno-Adriatico on his palmares. His final preparation ...

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Adriatica Ionica Race: Viviani wins stage 2

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 2 at Adriatica Ionica Race

Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) won stage 2 of the Adriatica Ionica Race in a bunch sprint in Maser to retain the overall lead. It was Viviani’s 11th win of a sparkling debut campaign for Quick-Step, and it brought his team’s running tally of victories for the season to 40. Already in the blue jersey of race leader after leading Quick-Step across the line in their victorious team time trial effort on stage 1, Viviani was an assured winner in Maser, delivering a fine sprint to see off the challenge of fellow countryman Simone Consonni (UAE-Team Emirates), while Mihkel Räim (Israel Cycling Academy) came home in third ahead of Manuel Belletti (Androni-Sidermec). “The big question mark was the prospect of movement in the finale, so we lifted the pace before Asolo, but as we expected, there were still attacks, so we rode on the defensive,” Viviani said. “[Niki] Terpstra ...

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Viviani takes first leader's jersey at Adriatica Ionica Race

Elia Viviani takes first leader's jersey after Quick-Step Floors won the opening team time trial at

Three weeks after capping off a successful Giro d'Italia, Elia Viviani is back on the top step of the podium as the first leader of the inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race . The Italian was first across the line ahead of his Quick-Step Floors teammates as they won the opening team time trial in Lido di Jesolo on Wednesday. "It's a beautiful way to open Adriatica Ionica, one which gives us confidence for what's to come this week," Viviani said in a team press release. The Quick-Step Floors team of Viviani, Kasper Asgreen, Alvaro Hodeg, James Knox, Davide Martinelli, Jhonatan Narvaez and Niki Terpstra covered the 23.3km course from Piave to Lido di Jesolo in a winning time of 25:28, averaging 54.895kph. They beat UAE Team Emirates by 14 seconds and Trek-Segafredo by 16 seconds. "We came here with a strong team, blending youth and experience, all riders in good shape ...

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Adriatica Ionica Race: Quick-Step Floors win opening team time trial

Quick-Step Floors on their way to winning the opening team time trial at Adriatica Ionica Race

Quick-Step Floors won the opening team time trial stage of the inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race, beating UAE Team Emirates into second place on the 23km course at Lido di Jesolo. Elia Viviani was first across the line for Quick-Step and will wear the leader's jersey on stage 2. The Quick-Step line-up, which featured Niki Terpstra, James Knox and Davide Martinelli, hurtled around the course at an average speed of 54.895kph to take the stage honours by 14 seconds from UAE Team Emirates. Speaking after the stage, Viviani paid particular tribute to the efforts of Terpstra and Danish youngster Kasper Asgreen. "The two locomotives today were Niki Terpstra and young Kasper Agreen, who hasn't been a professional for long but who is doing very well," Viviani said. "I did what I could and my teammates were very good. We also wanted to have Knox and Jhonatan Narvaez finish with us, because ...

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Ride like Fabio Aru

BikesEtc 19 Jun 2018 A closer look at the feisty Sardinian climber ahead of his bid for Giro glory Born on the island of Sardinia in 1990, Fabio Aru moved to the Italian mainland aged 18 to pursue his dream of becoming a Giro d’Italia champion. It was the 2014 edition of that race where he first entered the spotlight of cycling superstardom, winning on the summit finish of stage 15 to Montecampione. Despite standing 6ft tall, Aru’s lean physique makes him a natural climber, something that he likes to show off at every opportunity. Aggressive by instinct, he is not one to sit and wait for an opportunity, instead showing an inclination to launch searing attacks on the steepest gradients – a style that has to date netted him six stage wins across the three Grand Tours, and overall victory at the Vuelta a España in 2015 aged just ...

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Neilands wins Dwars door het Hageland

Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)

Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) scored the biggest win of his career, taking out a daring solo victory in the Dwars door het Hageland. The Latvian champion escaped on a section of gravel with Veranda's Willems-Crelan rider Sean De Bie, but when the Belgian punctured, Neilands was forced to go it alone. Neilands also punctured with 20km to go, but still managed to hold onto a 33-second advantage at the line - plenty of time to put on an extended victory salute - to take the win. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) distanced Gianni Vermeersch (Beobank-Corendon) to claim second place. "What a day, what can I say - it was a great day for the team, and we rode really strong today. I felt really good. It's one of the best days of my career," Neilands said. The Latvian was part of a large breakaway that went early in the race, ...

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Chris Froome climbs WorldTour ranking after Giro d'Italia victory

The final podium of the 2018 Giro d'Italia: winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) is flanked by Sunweb's To

The 2018 WorldTour rankings have shifted after the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d'Italia , concluded in Rome on Sunday. Overall winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) has climbed into the top 10, as has three-stage winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and four-stage winner Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). Despite the new additions to the top 10, however, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) maintains his grip over the series lead with a commanding 1,914 points. Sagan did not compete at the Italian Grand Tour but opted for the Amgen Tour of California. Although he did not secure a stage victory, his two podium places added to his tally. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remains in second place with 1,682 points after a stellar spring campaign. Yates' won mountain stages 9, 11 and 15 during the Giro d'Italia, and wore the maglia rosa for 13 days, which bumped him up 16 places in the WorldTour ...

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Chinese Gooseberries, Movistar’s Dilemma, and Less is More: My 3 Concluding Ramblings on the Giro

1. High Profile Kiwis This Giro caused the most media attention for a Kiwi, in both person and fruit form, since Sir Edmund Hillary scaled Mount Everest As to the person variety, noted New Zealander George Bennett placed 8th in GC, which by my calculation is the best placing of any New Zealander in the Giro and in any of the grand tours. Bennett is 28 years old and has been a professional since 2012, so it remains unseen that he can continue to improve, particularly with a non-exceptional time trial ability and a hold-on-for-dear-life GT riding style. However, Bennett virtually assured himself staying in the spotlight after his comments on Froome following in the footsteps of Floyd on the Finestre. His now infamous first comment, of course, was “He did a Landis. Jesus!” However, for my money, I thought his follow up was the real money line. “I didn’t ...

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Froome, Ghosts and Paesani: My Three Giro Things

The Missing Champions, the actual one, and the state of the Italian State after the 2016 Giro d’Italia This would be a place to make grand pronouncements about the 2018 Giro d’Italia, right? I’m so old that I can remember when it was a good idea to write a long column breaking down the ins and outs of a grand tour because nothing had been written about it yet and everyone was hungry for a new storyline to develop. Now, thankfully, the internet has freed me of any real responsibility to inform people of anything, so here are three hot takes instead! [See? I do know how this stuff works.] And yes, we started out with a Three-Things preview from several of the Editors, and I am hoping to end that way. Heck, it’s not limited to the Editors; if you have three angles you want to discuss, head over ...

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Italian cycling struggles to compete at the Giro d'Italia

Elia Viviani was the top sprinter at the 2018 Giro d'Italia

The British national anthem rang out across the Eternal city of Rome on Sunday evening, signalling the first-ever British win at the Giro d’Italia . Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) stood centre on the final podium with second-placed Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) on his left and third-placed Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) on his right as Dutch and Colombian fans celebrated a successful Giro d'Italia. This 101st edition of the Giro d'Italia was yet again a superb three weeks of racing, yet there was little for the Italian tifosi to enjoy on Sunday or during the rest of the three-week race. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) won four sprint stages and took the ciclamino points jersey, but Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the only other Italian stage winner. The Azzurri failed to make an impact in the overall classification, with Fabio Aru's sufferance and eventual retirement an embarrassment similar to ...

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Sam Bennett: I had such bad legs, I thought I wouldn't be able to sprint

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins

Sam Bennett got up on Sunday morning convinced that a third stage victory on this Giro d'Italia was beyond him. Three weeks of racing – from Israel to the Alps, by way of Sicily and the Zoncolan – had taken their toll on the Irishman. "When I woke up this morning, I had such bad legs, man. I thought I wouldn't be able to sprint," Bennett said after overpowering Elia Viviani in Rome to claim the honours. The Giro's final stage comprised ten laps of an 11.5km circuit in Rome's centro storico, and was destined to finish in a bunch sprint. By nature, sprinters don't tend to turn down opportunities. Once Bennett pinned a race number on his back and took the start near the Terme di Caracalla, his competitive instincts began to take hold all over again. A lap into the stage, however, there were murmurs of unrest in ...

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Team of the Week #14

Races of the week: Really there was only one race: Giro d’Italia, stages 16-21 Tour des Fjords Hammer Stavanger Tour of Belgium GP de Plumelec -Morhiban Boucles de l’Aulne - Chateaulin 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. Chris Froome (2). Won the God damned Giro. You might have noticed. Only Nibali’s win here in 2016 when he came back from being 4:43 down after stage 18 and in 4th place can we find a recent Grand Tour that equals or tops the deficit that Froome had to overcome. After stage 15 Froome was left for dead, 4:52 off the lead and in 7th place. Stage 16’s time trial saw him move up to 4th ...

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