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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Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July

The Paris-Roubaix champion won, ahead of a recent winner of Brabantse Pijl. Former winners of Liège-Bastogne-Liège finished third, fourth, and sixth, with a Flèche Wallonne winner fifth, and a former Roubaix winner in seventh. The current Milan-San Remo champion finished 10th. Welcome to the Spring Classics in July. The west coast of France looked a … The post Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Fight for White: A Preview of the Young Guns at the Tour

It’s that time of the year again-- time for one of the most anticipated and most-likely-to-be-underwhelming events in the cycling world-- the Tour. While everyone else is caught up in the “Will she, won’t she?” romantic saga between the UCI and Chris Froome or the Three’s Company hijinx of the three Movistar leaders (Unzue is definitely Mr. Roper in this analogy, having been tricked into allowing Landa in), let’s take a look at the portion of the race that may just be the most exciting of this year’s Tour- the young riders’ competition. When it comes to the white jersey classification, I feel like David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused- What I love about these young rider competitions, man, is that I keep getting older, they stay the same age. That age of course, is 25 years old or younger, or more specifically any rider born after January 1, 1993. ...

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Aru: My Giro d'Italia turned into a nightmare

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru has confirmed he will not be part of the UAE Team Emirates squad for the Tour de France , and he will not defend his Italian national road race title on Saturday. Aru is working on recovering from his disastrous Giro d’Italia and hopes to salvage his season by riding the Vuelta a Espana and the end of season Classics. Aru attended a decisive meeting with the UAE Team Emirates management on Monday; with the team deciding that Aru will return to racing at the Tour de Wallonie at the end of July before riding the Tour de Pologne and then the Vuelta a Espana. Recent medical tests and a review of Aru’s training have shown he suffers from a gluten and dairy product intolerance. Aru has also admitted that he spent far too long training at altitude, pushing himself deeper than his body wanted. He will now ...

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National Championships Preview

A quick primer on the peloton getting patriotic with some intrastate conflict The best racing occurring in the middle doldrums of the cycling season is just about upon us, and I’m not talking about the Tour. It’s that time of the year when the FSA-DS owners of Ignatas Konovalovas and Gert Joeaar can finally celebrate. I’m of course talking about Nats. As a cycling fan, one of the most frustrating things for me is the inability to find a good central website that has information on all of these races. So, for once in my brief time writing here on PdC, I’m actually going to post something that is informative and not just a barrage of dad jokes, bad puns, and Betancur quips. So let’s get to it and preview some of the national championship courses this year. We’ll be taking a quick look at Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, ...

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Gran Fondo Il Lombardia sportive review

Mark Bailey 19 Jun 2018 Cyclist survives the inaugural edition of an instant classic that fuses the glamour of Lake Como with the horror of the 27% Muro di Sormano Words Mark Bailey Photography Mike Massaro Everything about Lombardia suggests today’s ride will be a serene and sophisticated affair. The road slips alongside the Prosecco sparkle of Lake Como, passing chic locals sipping cappuccinos outside cafes. A seaplane lands on the water in a swirl of foam and froth. Italian flags ripple in the breeze. If we’re lucky we’ll spot George and Amal Clooney, members of Como’s vacationing glitterati, on their morning stroll. But despite the glamour, sunshine and beautiful vistas, something is haunting my mind in the moments before the start of the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia. See related Black mountain magic: Big Ride Montenegro Top tips for summer cycling Tour de France 2018: Route, start list, wildcard teams ...

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Cunego closes out WorldTour career at Tour de Suisse

Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini) in his final race

On Sunday, Damiano Cunego will bring the curtain down on his WorldTour racing career with a 34-kilometre time trial at the Tour de Suisse. It might not be the fairy tale ending he and his fans had hoped for, and there’s still the matter of the Adriatica Ionica Race and the Italian nationals to come on his race programme, but Cunego has found peace at the end of his 17-year career approaches. “This is my last WorldTour race. After this, I will be present at Adriatica and then my last race will be the national championships at the end of June. Then I will finish my career. These are now the final days of my racing career,” Cunego told Cyclingnews at the Tour de Suisse. Cunego and his Nippo-Vini Fantini team had hoped that he would close out his career at the Giro d’Italia in May. However, a wildcard slot ...

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The future is now: Colombian phenom Egan Bernal really is that good

They put Egan Bernal in a shiny new Lexus parked at a fetching angle underneath a big blue finish-line banner and told him to pop his head out the sunroof, where he held up his stuffed California bear and his tiny surfboard trophy and smiled for flashbulbs that blasted the happy, embarrassed, slightly overwhelmed smile … The post The future is now: Colombian phenom Egan Bernal really is that good appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Stage 17: Days of Wine and Maglie Rosa

Riva del Garda - Iseo (155 km) Surely a respite for the GC riders, right? A stage for either the sprinters or a breakaway. What’s It About? A relatively short jaunt through the Lombardy region, and more specifically the Franciacorta wine region, on the way to a triptych of mountain stages. According to the Garibaldi, the first half of the stage is “undulating,” while I would more accurately describe it as “mislabeled.” There is one category 3 climb but 2 other non-categorized climbs that are equally as hard if not harder, including a long climb right at the start of the stage. With the last 55 kilometers being flattish, this stage is a toss up between the break and the sprinters. Stage Details Map: Profile: That first climb is close to 11 kilometers at an average gradient of 5%. The Lodrino category 3 climb is 11.5 kilometers at 3.5% average ...

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De Plus revels in comeback at Eschborn-Frankfurt

Laurens de Plus feeling the effort of the climb

Laurens De Plus said his six-month injury lay-off was quickly forgotten as he made his comeback at Eschborn-Frankfurt on Tuesday. The Belgian crashed dramatically at Il Lombardia at the end of last season and considered himself lucky to only come away with a fractured knee-cap. After some time on crutches he was able to start training again but suffered another accident during a January pre-season training camp in South Africa, where he broke his pelvis after he and teammate Petr Vakoc were hit by a truck . He later acknowledged that the mental scars were perhaps greater than the physical as he suffered flashbacks. De Plus finally pinned a dossard on again on Tuesday at Eschborn-Frankfurt, the one-day WorldTour race in Germany, and not only did he get round, he animated the race too. On the second ascent of the Mammolshain climb, he made it into a seven-man group that ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 30 Apr 2018 A breakdown of the favourites to take the pink jersey at the 101st Giro d'Italia Predicting a winner for a three-week, 3,551km stage race around the unforgiving terrain of Italy should be impossible. Throw in the unpredictable weather and truly anything can happen over these 21 stages. However, that does not stop us from trying. The Giro d'Italia is the first Grand Tour of the season and mixes the chaotic nature of Italian cycling with its brutally hard mountains. The eventual winner of the pink jersey will have usually battled adversity and often be truly the strongest rider in the race. The Cannibal riding to victory at the 1973 Giro d'Italia, his fourth of five wins As with many races, the most successful rider of all time at the Giro is Eddy Merckx. With five victories, he is joined by Italians Fausto Coppi and Alfredo ...

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Chaves and Simon Yates form two-pronged Mitchelton-Scott approach at Giro d'Italia

Maglia rosa Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) waves to the crowd at the start of stage 20 Giro d'Ital

Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates will form a two-pronged approach at the upcoming Giro d'Italia , with the Mitchelton-Scott naming what it describes as "one of the strongest line-ups possible" to support their two leaders. Chaves finished runner-up at the Giro in 2016, losing the pink jersey to Vincenzo Nibali on the penultimate day, and he went on to finish on the podium of the Vuelta a España and then win Il Lombardia later that year. Things didn't go so smoothly last year as injury and personal problems derailed his Tour de France debut, but the Colombian is confident he can return to Grand Tour contention. "I'm really happy to be going back to Italy. When I became professional, I lived in Italy and it has been the place for my toughest moments, but also the most beautiful moments of my career," said Chaves, who suffered a career-threatening crash at ...

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Last orders for Cunego at Amstel Gold Race

Italy's Damiano Cunego out-sprints Luxembourg's Frank Schleck to the line to win Amstel Gold in 2008

Damiano Cunego begins his farewell to professional racing at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, exactly ten years after he won the Dutch Classic. Cunego was hoping to ride the Giro d’Italia one final time, and then hang up his bike after the last stage in Rome on May 27. However, his Nippo-Vini Fantini was not awarded a wild card invitation by RCS Sport and so the so-called ‘Little Prince’ of Italian cycling will sign off with a final ride at Amstel Gold Race, and then the Italian national championships. Now 36, Cunego captured the hearts of the Italian tifosi by winning the 2004 Giro d’Italia when he was just 23 years old. He also won Il Lombardia three times and was the best young rider at the 2006 Tour de France. He was enigmatic but talented. He was rarely successful in the final years of his career but seemed happy ...

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Bettini: It’s time for Alaphilippe to win the Ardennes Classics

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors

Julian Alaphilippe’s second consecutive stage victory at the Vuelta a Pais Vasco gave Quick-Step Floors their 23rd win of the 2018 season and confirmed the aggressive Frenchman as a major contender for the Ardennes Classics, and especially Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Frenchman’s natural aggression, his ability to jump away on climbs and then defeat his rivals with a powerful final sprint have sparked comparisons with Paolo Bettini. Bettini - nicknamed ‘Il Grillo - the Cricket’ for his aggressive style, completed his transformation from team player to team leader in 2000, when he won Liege-Bastogne-Liege while riding for Mapei-Quick-Step. He stayed with Patrick Lefevere’s team for the rest of his career, going on to win a second Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2002, two world title in 2006 and 2007, Milan-San Remo in 2003 and Il Lombardia in 2005 and 2006. Alaphilippe rose through the Quick-Step development team and his career seems set to follow a ...

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Hammer Series set for Hong Kong

The Hammer Series peloton comes across the finish line.

The organisers of the Hammer Series events have announced a third race for 2018, with a one-day event on Sunday October 14 to be held alongside the successful Hong Kong Cyclothon mass-participation event. The 2018 Hammer Series will include the second edition of the Hammer Limburg in the Netherlands (June 1-13) and the first edition of the Hammer Stavanger in Norway (May 25-27). The Hammer Series was created by the Velon group of major teams who are have joined forces to find addition sources of revenue, and take on the historic race organisers, who control the sport. Velon also produce in-race rider data and on-board video content and negotiates team participation for some races. Team Sky, BMC, EF Education First-Drapac, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo are all part of the 11 Velon teams, with Dimension Data, Cofidis and Israel Cycling Academy amongst seven other teams that recently became partners. ...

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Bakelants returns to racing after Il Lombardia horror crash

Bakelants returns to racing after Il Lombardia horror crash

The Belgian broke seven ribs and four vertebrae in a serious crash last October. Read the full article at Bakelants returns to racing after Il Lombardia horror crash on VeloNews.com .

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Bakelants to return to racing after horror Il Lombardia crash

Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale)

Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) will make his racing return this week after fracturing his spine, among other injuries, at the end of last season. Bakelants was given the go-ahead by the team’s medical staff and has been named in their line-up for the Classic Loire Atlantique on March 24, just 168 days since his crash. After fearing at one stage that he might not be able to race again, Bakelants was clearly delighted to have the opportunity to pin a number on his jersey again. There is a hint of trepidation, though, following such a serious injury but he has taken some solace in the competitive returns of Alejandro Valverde and Ion Izagirre, who suffered serious injuries at the Tour de France last season. “I do not know what to expect. It will certainly feel strange to be in the peloton after having had this serious injury. I hope ...

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The stats don't lie, Vincenzo Nibali is the greatest rider of his generation

Joe Robinson 19 Mar 2018 Victory at Milan-San Remo means the shark of Messina has joined an exclusive club within cycling Victory at Milan-San Remo last Saturday confirmed Vincenzo Nibali as one of the great all-time cyclists. Some, like myself, had already afforded him this plaudit but this latest win on the Via Roma should quash any remaining doubters. Seizing his moment as the race climbed the Poggio, Nibali attacked alongside the young Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy). Catching the bunch napping, a gap grew before the Sicilian crested the climb. In his most natural habitat, Nibali descended down onto the coastal road, not affording himself a second to look back. It looked as 33-year-old's dream was going to be crushed as the peloton began to bear down in the last few kilometres. However, a heroic effort saw the Shark of Messina cross the line, arms aloft, holding off a ...

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An Italian champion: Nibali solos to thrilling victory at Milan-San Remo

With a perfectly timed attack on the Poggio climb, followed by a daredevil descent, Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) soloed to victory to win the 109th edition of Milano-Sanremo, the first Monument of the 2018 season. Nibali became the first Italian to win since Filippo Pozzato, in 2006. It was the third Monument victory for Nibali — … The post An Italian champion: Nibali solos to thrilling victory at Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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