Peter Sagan, Thomas and Kittel star in Beijing Opera - Gallery

Peter Sagan follows the leader

After the Saitama Criterium a couple of weeks ago, the peloton has moved to China for the second edition of the Shanghai Criterium. The racing isn’t until Saturday, but the riders got an opportunity to meet fans and try on some traditional clothes in the build-up to the event. Peter Sagan , Geraint Thomas, Marcel Kittel and Romain Bardet are the headline names at this year’s Shanghai Criterium, with Pierre Latour, Jakob Fuglsang and Matteo Trentin also set to take part at the weekend. It was a cold and wet day but the fans still came out in force to meet the riders. Thomas, who also went to the Saitama Criterium two weeks ago, was in big demand for autographs. Fuglsang went to meet some local children and took them on in a bike race, with the kids giving him a run for his money. Later on in the day, ...

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Still hungry: Dan Martin profile

James Witts 19 Oct 2018 Ireland’s Dan Martin talks to Cyclist about gastronomy, dope cheats and riding through the pain of that crash at last year’s Tour This article first appeared in Issue 75 of Cyclist Magazine Words James Witts Photography Sean Hardy Search online for Dan Martin and you may come across an Instagram image of his wife, Jess, eating what appears to be a miniature globe on the end of stick. It has been plucked from an ornate structure that looks more like a work of modern art than a meal. ‘That was at El Celler de Can Roca,’ Martin says of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Girona, voted world number one in 2013 and 2015. ‘It was from the taster menu. The Roca brothers [chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi] travel for two months each year to seek inspiration, and then create mouthfuls representing a destination they’ve been to. ...

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Pro cycling power ranking: The top 10 riders of 2018

Joe Robinson 15 Oct 2018 From the Classics to the Grand Tours, Cyclist ranks the top 10 riders of 2018 With Thibaut Pinot's solo victory at Il Lombardia last Saturday came the end of the 2018 professional cycling season. Yes, there's the matter of the final of the Tour of Guangxi out in China still to be contested but for cycling's biggest and best talents, the season will be over and it will be time to consider the year just gone and the newest ambitions over the next 12 months. Unlike years previous, 2018 wasn't dominated by one rider. From Daryl Impey's win at the Tour Down Under back in January, the spread of riders gracing the top step has been fairly even, shared between riders used to victory and some finally breaking through to the upper echelons of the sport. While cycling's five Monuments presented five different winners from ...

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Alejandro Valverde and Geraint Thomas to ride Saitama Criterium

Overall winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and newly-crowned world champion Alejandro Valverde will headline the sixth edition of the Saitama Criterium , which takes place on November 4. Vincenzo Nibali, Marcel Kittel and Alexander Kristoff have also been confirmed for the Japanese event, which is run by Tour organiser ASO. Thomas took part in the inaugural Saitama Criterium in 2013 and will line out in the yellow jersey of Tour winner in Japan, alongside Sky teammates Ian Stannard, Wout Poels and Jonathan Castroviejo. Valverde will make his first appearance in the rainbow jersey at Il Lombardia next week and will also wear the bands in Saitama. Like Thomas, Valverde rode in the maiden event in 2013. This time around, he will be joined by Movistar teammates Imanol Erviti, Ruben Fernandez and Antonio Pedrero. Vincenzo Nibali's last competitive action of the season will come at the Giro dell’Emilia, Tre Valli Varesine ...

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Fernando Gaviria could leave Quick-Step Floors as finance worries continue

Fernando Gaviria could leave Quick-Step Floors as finance worries continue

Joe Robinson 5 Oct 2018 Patrick Lefevere could be forced to lose star riders in order to balance books Despite being this season's most successful team by far, Quick-Step Floors could be entering a period of damage limitation by allowing star riders Fernando Gaviria and Enric Mas to leave. Reports in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that 'almost everything is done' for sprinter Gaviria's move from the Belgian WorldTour team across to UAE-Team Emirates . It is also rumoured that recent Vuelta a Espana second place finisher Mas will be forced to leave the team with Astana his likely destination. Being Spanish, it should also be expected that Movistar will show interest. Despite 69 wins so far this season, including 13 Grand Tour stages and two Monuments, team manager Patrick Lefevere has confirmed that the team has yet to replace the funding shortfall of Quick-Step Floors , that has ...

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25 cycling tips from the pros

BikesEtc 3 Oct 2018 We get the inside line from the best in the business to help improve your riding This feature first appeared in Issue 47 of BikesEtc magazine PART ONE - NUTRITION 1. Choose high-carb, low-fat for more power ‘I recommend a high-carbohydrate, low-fat, vegan diet. It’s going to send your performance through the roof. You should be eating whole plant foods. ‘Make sure you have no oils in the diet, not even a little bit when you’re cooking. Cut that out. Any fats that you have should come from whole foods, and moderate protein from plant sources only. ‘No eggs. No dairy. No meat. Cut all that filth out. Seriously, your power will go through the roof. It really helps my performance, I can really put down the power, put down the watts.’ Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe 2. Eat little and often ‘The importance of maintaining a healthy ...

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Braking news: Van der Breggen is first to win worlds on discs

Braking news: Van der Breggen is first to win worlds on discs

Disc brakes no longer a disadvantage in pro racing as bikes have become lighter. They didn't stop Van der Breggen from winning worlds. Read the full article at Braking news: Van der Breggen is first to win worlds on discs on VeloNews.com .

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Are broken chains a thing of the past?

As chains have become narrower, have they also become weaker? We ran a series of tests on breaking loads and chain elasticity. Read the full article at Are broken chains a thing of the past? on VeloNews.com .

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Win a Bianchi Oltre XR3 Ultegra disc worth £4,000

Win a Bianchi Oltre XR3 Ultegra disc worth £4,000

Joe Robinson 14 Sep 2018 Courtesy of the NEC Cycle Show, win this Italian aero racer by answering one simple question The NEC Cycle Show takes place at the NEC Centre in Birmingham from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September. And to celebrate this great cycling exhibition, Cyclist has teamed up with the event to offer you the chance to win a stunning Bianchi disc bike worth £4,000. One lucky reader will have the chance to win a Bianchi Oltre XR3 Ultegra disc, which is part of Bianchi's aero lineup and shares a lot of technology with the XR4, which guided flying Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen to two stage victories at the Tour de France this summer. To be in with a chance of taking this great prize, all you have to do is answer the following question: Alex Dowsett, who will be talking at the NEC Cycle Show, is a ...

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Dowsett enjoying changed role at Katusha-Alpecin

Dowsett enjoying changed role at Katusha-Alpecin

Alex Dowsett has said there is no unrest in the ranks at Katusha-Alpecin despite star sprinter Marcel Kittel’s lacklustre season and a reported spat with management.

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Kittel ends season early after frustrating year

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) looking relaxed at the start of stage 4

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) has put an end to his frustrating 2018 season, taking time to rest up thoroughly before getting ready for 2019, he said Saturday. “Unfortunately, I have to end my season now. In Berlin, I had myself thoroughly checked out, as I said I would. It is not so easy to find the cause for my bad feeling on the bike, unfortunately. Luckily, there is no virus involved, but it is clear that my body simply needs peace and quite right now. “Since my crash in the Tour 2017, I have never really gotten the proper rest and there was always so much to do. Then all the training and races, which wear you out.” In his first year with Team Katusha-Alpecin, the German sprinter has brought in only two wins, taking sprint victories in two stages at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. In 2017, Kittel had 14 ...

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Vuelta Stage 12: Enjoy this while it lasts, lads

Mondonedo – Faro de Estaca de Bares (181km) On the stage This stage is pretty straightforward to preview. I mean, look at this profile: There’s a couple of bumps in the road, but this is a sprint stage. I think there’ll be enough firepower in the peloton to bring back the inevitable break, and the straight, flat finish should help tilt the field towards the pack. There’s no reason to expect wind or road conditions to make it particularly challenging, either. So, if it does all come back together, we’re looking at the usual suspects, by this stage of the race. That means Elia Viviani , Peter Sagan , Giacomo Nizzolo , Matteo Trentin , Danny van Poppel and Max Walsheid . Of those, Viviani is probably the quickest and certainly the most consistently fast. If he gets it all right, without Bouhanni the only guys I can concieve of ...

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The Cycle Show is this month and Cyclist has discounted tickets

The Cycle Show is this month and Cyclist has discounted tickets

Cyclist magazine 6 Sep 2018 The best bikes, accessories and pros will be showcased at the NEC Cycle Show latest this month Cyclist has teamed up with The Cycle Show to offer you discounted tickets for the UK's biggest cycling showcase at the end of this month. Help yourself save a few quid before visiting the cycling show that takes place at the NEC Birmingham between Friday 28th and Sunday 30th September. Just use the code 'CYCLIST' on the ticket site found here to receive a price of £12.55 as opposed to £14.55 in advance, gaining you entry to one of three show days. The NEC Cycle Show will bring together its usual mix of 300 exhibitors, 500 brands and multiple guest speakers to give the public the opportunity to see the latest bikes and accessories that have been released over the past year. For many, it will be the ...

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Epstein-Barr virus keeps Mark Cavendish from riding, he'll miss the Tour of Britain

Epstein-Barr virus keeps Mark Cavendish from riding, he'll miss the Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson 29 Aug 2018 Illness prevents Cavendish and Marcel Kittel from racing as both look to reboot disappointing seasons Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) have both pulled out of the Tour of Britain through illness just days before the race begins in Pembury Country Park, Wales. This latest setback continues a disastrous season for the pair who have managed only two WorldTour victories between them in 2018, both to Kittel. Dimension Data confirmed that Cavendish's absence from racing would continue as medical results indicated that the rider had been racing and training with the Epstein-Barr virus for the past few months, with doctors advising an indefinite break from the bike. The Manxman commented on his illness, saying, 'This season I’ve not felt physically myself and despite showing good numbers on the bike I have felt that there’s been something not right. 'Given this and on the ...

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Kittel to have health checks after Deutschland Tour abandon

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) has said that he will have health checks after he abandoned his second consecutive race this month. Having already abandoned the BinckBank Tour , the German dropped out of his home Deutschland Tour following the opening stage. "I'm very sad that I had to leave @deutschlanddeinetour after stage 1," Kittel wrote on social media. "After BinckBank Tour I didn't feel good and well recovered and I need to get a full health check now to know what is going on. I will keep you updated." Kittel has had a torrid season altogether, with just two victories to his name at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. There were some promising signs at the start of the Tour de France but he stopped even contesting sprints in the latter part of the first week, with lead-out man Rick Zabel taking up the mantle from his compatriot. In the end, Kittel would ...

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Deutschland Tour: Hodeg wins opening stage

Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) edges out Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)

The Deutschland Tour returned on Thursday after a 10-year absence, and Colombian Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) denied the prospect of a home winner for the first stage of the new era as he pipped German champion Pascal Ackerman (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a tight bunch sprint in Bonn. In-form Ackermann had a perfect lead-out in the long final straight and appeared to be on his way to a fifth victory of the summer, but Hodeg, who started his sprint in fourth place, came roaring up on the right-hand side to snatch it by a tyre’s width. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) finished third, with Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) fourth. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) finished sixth, while fellow German sprint star Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) did not figure, continuing his miserable 2018 campaign. Hodeg leads the race overall going into Friday’s stage 2. How it unfolded The opening day of racing at the revived ...

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Primoz Roglic to race Tour of Britain after breakthrough Tour de France

Primoz Roglic to race Tour of Britain after breakthrough Tour de France

Joe Robinson 21 Aug 2018 Slovenian hoping to secure fourth one-week stage race of the season at Tour of Britain next month Primoz Roglic will lead LottoNL-Jumbo at the Tour of Britain this September looking to build upon his fourth-place finish at the Tour de France last month. Roglic will lead the Dutch squad, who claimed overall victory at last year's British race with Lars Boom. Roglic will enter the upcoming Tour of Britain as one of the outright favourites considering his breakout Tour de France performance and clinical strike rate in one-week stage races this season. The Slovenian exceeded expectations at the Tour, finishing fourth overall just 3 minutes 22 seconds adrift of eventual winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), while also winning Stage 19 from Lourdes to Laruns . This was after a prolific streak of three consecutive overall victories in one-week stage races in the lead up to ...

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Kittel: I'm not sure why I'm struggling at the moment

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) looking relaxed at the start of stage 4

Marcel Kittel abandoned the BinckBank Tour Saturday, adding another disappointment to his unsatisfactory 2018 season. In his first season with Team Katusha-Alpecin , the German has only two wins, taking stages in Tirreno-Adriatico. "I'm hugely disappointed that I had to abandon @binckbanktour," he wrote on Twitter and Instagram Saturday. "While I will be criticized once more, I'm looking for reasons behind all of this. It's been an incredibly difficult season so far and I was hoping to turn things around here with the team. It started promising with a close 2nd place on stage 1 but after that it didn't get any better. "I'm not sure with what I'm struggling at the moment. I'm trying hard to make it work but this seems to always end in a setback since April. For me the magic formula always has been to align my body and mind to be successful. I guess ...

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Quick-Step Floors still searching for sponsor as riders leave

Quick-Step Floors still searching for sponsor as riders leave

Cycling's top team Quick-Step Floors is struggling to find sponsorship to continue at the top level in 2019. Read the full article at Quick-Step Floors still searching for sponsor as riders leave on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas to return to racing at Deutschland Tour

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) waves to the crowd after securing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) will return to racing at next week's Deutschland Tour (August 23-26), lining up alongside Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) as the German national tour returns after a 10-year hiatus sparked by doping scandals in the sport. Thomas rode a series of post-Tour de France criteriums after riding into Paris in yellow on July 29. He was given a public reception in Cardiff last week but recently began training, with Team Sky confirming that he will ride the Tour of Britain, which starts in Pembrey Country Park, Wales, on September 2. On Friday local officials announced that the Newport velodrome would be renamed the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales in recognition of Thomas becoming the first Welshman to win the Tour de France. Thomas is expected to sign a lucrative new contract with Team Sky ...

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