Bontrager Ballista Knit Shoes Review

Joe Robinson Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 08:18 The Bontrager Ballista knit shoes hit all the right performance notes although are not the most practical 4.0 / 5 £269.99 The Bontrager Ballista Knit shoes are the latest in a growing line of cycling shoes off the conveyor belt that are turning their backs on synthetic leathers and plastics in place of something a little more natural. Knitted cycling shoes are in en vogue, so much so that the likes of Geraint Thomas , Lachlan Morton and Elia Viviani have all been rolling around the professional peloton in sets of kicks that could have easily been woven by their dear grandmothers. Off the top of my head, I can think of the Fizik Infinito R1 knit, Giro Empire e70 knit, DMT KR1 knit and Rapha Pro Team powerweave shoes that have all hit the market fairly recently employing some form of ...

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Lighthouses In Lockdown: A Look At The Private Lives Of Female Pro Cyclists

Through 2019 and 2020, Italian photographers Eloise Mavian and Francesco Rachello – who together are the Tornanti.cc photo agency – have worked with riders in the women’s professional peloton on a series of intimate photos showcasing their personal ‘Lighthouse’. When coronavirus lockdowns forced the riders into self-isolation, Tornanti.cc undertook a follow-up project, shot over video call, … The post Lighthouses in lockdown: A look at the private lives of female pro cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Beer Remco Didn’T Drink

It’s a sunny day in Belgium, and the great hope of Belgian cycling stands outside, leaning artfully in a team T-shirt against the wall of a modern house. His tan lines are deep across his cheeks and neck. His smile is playful, his eyes coquettishly shut. Draped around his neck are a pair of tan … The post The beer Remco didn’t drink appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New Calendar, Same Road Goals For Elia Viviani

Supported by Pro cycling’s racing hiatus may end up pushing back Elia Viviani’s objectives on the road this year, but assuming events actually go ahead as planned, the Cofidis speedster still has the same big goals in mind that he was eyeing before a pandemic upended the calendar. Viviani addressed his targets for 2020 – and other things … The post New calendar, same road goals for Elia Viviani appeared first on CyclingTips .

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European Road Championships 2020 Have Been Postponed

Elia Viviani (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images) This year's scheduled edition in Trento, Italy, has been pushed back to September 2021

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Tour Of Oman Canceled After Sultan’S Death

Supported by PARIS (AFP) — The Tour of Oman has been cancelled following the death of Sultan Qaboos, sources close to participating teams told AFP on Tuesday. The race, which was due to be held on February 16, has been shelved amid a 40-day mourning period after the death of Qaboos, the longest-reigning leader of the modern … The post Tour of Oman canceled after sultan’s death appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cofidis's Worldtour Status Confirmed While Mitchelton-Scott Await Final Paperwork

Cofidis's WorldTour status confirmed while Mitchelton-Scott await final paperwork

Joseph Delves 11 Dec 2019 Longstanding French squad make the jump from Professional Continental level Having held a ProContinental licence since 2010, longstanding French outfit Cofidis will return to the highest level of the sport in 2020. The UCI has just released a list detailing the first 18 teams that will make up next year's WorldTour roster, guaranteeing them entry to the season’s biggest races. With all last year’s teams staying put, Cofidis represents the only outfit to be promoted. Having recently signed sprinter Elia Viviani, they’ll be hoping the Italian can help them to fight it out in the big leagues. Founded in 1997, Cofidis previously held WorldTour status between 2005 and 2009. The team's return to the WorldTour will increase the total number of teams competing from 18 to 19. Cofidis's promotion was already expected , but they had to meet the 'administrative, ethical, financial, organisational and sporting' ...

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Bennett Signs Two-Year Deal With Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Supported by With his contract dispute with Bora-Hansgrohe in the rearview mirror, Sam Bennett’s transfer plans are finally official. Confirming months of rumors, Deceuninck-Quick-Step announced on Tuesday that both Bennett and his trusted lead-out man Shane Archbold would be heading to the Belgian WorldTour squad next season on two-year deals. “The protracted nature of Sam’s move has … The post Bennett signs two-year deal with Deceuninck-Quick-Step appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sam Bennett's Move To Deceuninck-Quickstep Confirmed

Sam Bennett's move to Deceuninck-Quickstep confirmed

Joe Robinson 3 Dec 2019 Irish sprinter joins on two-year deal alongside lead out man Shane Archbold Deceuninck-QuickStep have confirmed the signing of Irish sprinter Sam Bennett to complete their roster for 2020. The Belgian WorldTour team, that was recently crowned the most successful team in the world for an eighth consecutive season, announced Bennett would join on a two-year deal taking him through to 2022. He joins alongside lead-out rider Shane Archbold, who also signs on a two-year deal. It brings a definite end the public contract dispute between Bennett and his now-former Bora-Hansgrohe team . Being omitted from the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France and the presence of fellow sprinters Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann saw Bennett seek to leave the German team for 2020. However, the team argued that Bennett was still under contract for the following year and therefore, not free to leave. Bennett eventually ...

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Sam Bennett's Switch To Deceuninck-Quickstep Likely As Contract Impasse Solved

Sam Bennett's switch to Deceuninck-QuickStep likely as contract impasse solved

Joe Robinson 30 Oct 2019 Contract gridlock between Sam Bennett and Bora-Hansgrohe looks to have been resolved Irish sprinter Sam Bennett looks set to sign for Deceuninck-QuickStep after resolving his contract saga with current team Bora-Hansgrohe . The 29-year-old had hoped to move teams at the end of 2019 but his current Bora-Hansgrohe team claimed the rider had already agreed to continue with them through to the end of next season. With Bennett still keen to swap teams, the issue was then taken to the UCI arbitration panel. However, it is now being reported by Belgian newspaper Het Laatste News that the deadlock between Bennett and Bora-Hansgrohe has broken, pathing the way for a move to Patrick Lefevere's Deceuninck-QuickStep team. See related Sam Bennett to join Deceuninck-Quickstep as replacement for Viviani, reports suggest Hope and Lotus collaborate on 'groundbreaking' Team GB track bike for Tokyo 2020 There will be no ...

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Specialized Unveils $5,500 Limited-Edition Deceuninck–Quick-Step Frameset

Specialized limited-edition version of its S-Works Tarmac Disc frameset

200 unique S-Works Tarmac Disc framesets created to celebrate Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s all-conquering 2019 season

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Julian Alaphilippe To Skip Il Lombardia Bringing End To Successful Season

Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Frenchman skips final Monument of the year after being nominated for Velo d'Or Julian Alaphilippe will bring an end to a successful season after pulling out Il Lombardia this Saturday. The Frenchman has been the stand out rider for 2019 and was expected to line up at the Italian Monument at the weekend as one of the favourites. However, a taxing year of racing has seen Alaphillipe to call time on his year. 'I am really sad to tell you that I will not be racing Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia this week and that my incredible 2019 season has come to an end. You know that I always give everything and have done ever since my year started in Argentina,' said Alaphilippe. 'I’ve worked really hard to try and be at my peak for a third time this year, having raced hard at the Classics ...

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Men’S Teams Of 2020: Who’S Moving Up, Who’S Dropping Down, And What It Means

The teams applying for WorldTour and ProTeam licenses in the 2020 season, the implications for pro cycling, and how they sit in the UCI's new structural and regulatory landscape. The post Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewan And Owain Doull Join Mark Cavendish At The London Six Day

Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Joe Robinson 16 Sep 2019 Doull to partner Cavendish for track event at Lee Valley Velodrome next month Olympic champion and Team Ineos rider Owain Doull will partner Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day next month. The Welshman, fresh off of his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana , joins Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan as the latest big name to be confirmed for the Lee Valley Velodrome event. Doull's track pedigree could easily be forgotten with the 26-year-old having raced as part of the British WorldTour team on the road for the past two seasons. However, Doull is an Olympic champion having been part of the 2016 Rio team pursuit line-up that also saw Bradley Wiggins , Steve Burke and Ed Clancy take gold. Doull will ride alongside fellow Olympic track medallist Cavendish as the pair headline the six days of racing. Talking on his partnership ...

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Caleb Ewan’S Sprint Position Is The Best. So Why Isn’T Everyone Using It?

It’s pretty obvious: if you can get down low in a sprint, you’re going to be more aerodynamic than if you’d stayed upright. You don’t need to do a bunch of research to realise that the ultra-low sprint position employed by Caleb Ewan is pretty effective. But hey, if research is what you’re after, that … The post Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Katie Archibald And Elinor Barker Lead London Six Day Women’S Line Up

Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker lead London Six Day women’s line up

George Smith 10 Sep 2019 Olympic gold medallists and world record holders join strong field Two of the biggest names in British women’s cycling, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker, have been announced for the upcoming London Six Day event at the Lee Valley VeloPark. The pair shot to fame with their dominant display at the 2016 Rio Olympics, forming half the team that won Team Pursuit gold, setting the fastest time in every round on the way. No strangers to Six Day events though, Archibald returns this October as reigning champion, having won the Six Day Final in Brisbane this April to complement her long list of previous victories. ‘Six Day events are like nothing else on the calendar and I can’t wait to get back to London’s iconic Lee Valley VeloPark,’ said Archibald, MBE. ‘I’ve got some amazing memories of winning at Six Day London from 2016 and 2017.’ ...

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Transfer Round-Up: What Do The Comings And Goings Mean For The Worldtour Teams?

Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Transfers Round-Up: What Do The Comings And Goings Mean For The Worldtour Teams?

Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Mark Cavendish To Ride Six Day London

Mark Cavendish of Great Britain waves as he is introduced to the crowd on day four of the London Six

Mark Cavendish will take to the boards again this autumn when he lines out at Six Day London , which takes place at Lee Valley VeloPark from October 22-27. The Manxman has participated in the event on two previous occasions, in 2016 and 2017. "I am incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be back competing at Phynova Six Day London in October at the iconic velodrome," Cavendish said in a statement on Wednesday. "Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events, and from previous experience I know how competitive the field will be. It’s a great event for elite cyclists and it allows another opportunity to prepare for 2020 in the most competitive arena, against some of the best riders in the world." Cavendish will share top billing at the event with Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani , who last week confirmed his participation in London. ...

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Mark Cavendish Returns To Track At London Six Day

Mark Cavendish returns to track at London Six Day

Joe Robinson 28 Aug 2019 Manxman returns to London for third time in career Mark Cavendish will look to put a disappointing road season behind him by returning to the track and the London Six Day this October. The 48-time Grand Tour stage winner will return to the boards for the track competition taking place at the Lee Valley velodrome from 22nd to 27th October. This will be the third occasion in which the Manxman has taken part in the London Six Day having competed in 2016 and 2017. Cavendish finished second on both previous occasions, losing out to Moreno De Pauw and Kenny de Ketele with Bradley Wiggins in 2016 and then to Cameron Meyer and Calum Scotson with Pete Kennaugh the next year. 'Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events, and from previous experience, I know how competitive the field will be,' said ...

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