Alta Badia: Dropping friends with ease and hiring the world's highest e-bikes

Nick Busca 24 Jul 2019 E-bike riding in the mountains around Alta Badia. Photos: Alex Moling, Nick Busca, Pinarello Just before our group reached the Mur del Giat — a short incline of only 360 metres, but with gradients reaching a maximum of 19% — I started to hear the mechanical sound of gears switching from the smaller to the bigger cogs on rear cassettes. It was a preventive attempt to avoid the worst case scenario: walking up the hill and pushing the bike up the road. I, on the other hand, couldn’t be bothered to change any gear at all. I kept stayed on the 53 chainring at the front, stomped more power on my pedals and spun away without any issues. Nobody in my group could keep up with my acceleration; they all had to struggle with not only the gradient, but with the heat of a classic ...

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Specialized launches Shiv TT Disc ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

Sam Challis Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 16:29 Specialized says the new Shiv TT Disc is 500g lighter, rides better and is more comfortable despite being no slower than the previous design Specialized has just confirmed what the rumours and spy-shots from keen-eyed fans at WorldTour races over the last few months have been suggesting: it has developed a new Shiv TT bike. The new design has already won on the WorldTour at the Tour de Suisse and scooped three national time-trial championships. However Specialized has clearly explained the new design isn’t any faster than its previous iteration. The brand claims the new bike instead rides and handles better, as well as being around half a kilo lighter. ‘In a hypothetical 40km TT, the new Shiv TT Disc creates essentially the same drag as the previous Shiv, which is the most aerodynamic, UCI-legal bike in the world. But time trials ...

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The weekly spin: Putting Chris Froome crash conspiracy theories into context

Chris Froome’s accident was staged. The details surrounding his treatment in the hours that followed his crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné don’t add up. No photos or videos exist from the moments following the crash. The fact that an ambulance was parked so close to the crash site is a little too convenient. The … The post The weekly spin: Putting Chris Froome crash conspiracy theories into context appeared first on CyclingTips .

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After over 1,000 tests at the Giro d'Italia, UCI to roll out further mechanical doping measures

UCI checking Tinkoff bike for hidden motor (source Facebook video still).JPG

Governing body to introduce an upgrade to magnetic scanning technology plus a ‘tracker’ that can be attached to bikes

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In-race motor doping tracker could be introduced in 2020, says UCI

Chris Froome bike is checked for a motor on Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France

Joe Robinson 7 Jun 2019 Number of checks for mechanical fraud conducted at 2019 Giro d'Italia down on last year's race A tracker that can be fitted to every bike in the peloton and detect hidden motors at any point during a race may be introduced by the UCI soon. This announcement came as the UCI conducted a net drop in the number of bikes checked for motors at the recent Giro d'Italia . In a statement, the UCI confirmed that it had conducted a total of 1,312 tests using the magnetic scanning method at the start of stages. On top of that, 113 bikes were also tested using the x-ray scanning box which included the stage winner and race leader each day. This combined total of 1,425 bike checks is lower than the number of checks conducted at last year's Giro . While only 58 bikes were checked using ...

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UCI planning to step up mechanical doping measures from 2020

The UCI uses its magnetic resonance tablet to check for motors at the Tour de France

The UCI is pushing ahead with plans to step up the fight against mechanical doping , revealing plans to fit bikes with magnometer tracking devices and roll out an upgraded version of its tablet scanner from 2020. Preventing mechanical doping - the use of hidden motors - was a cornerstone of the manifesto with which David Lappartient was elected UCI president in 2017. Last year saw new initiatives introduced, including post-race X-ray scanning and in-race thermal camera monitoring. Those measures were unveiled at the governing body's headquarters last March, alongside plans for the magnometer tracking device, developed alongside the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission. At that point, the technology appeared to be a work in progress, with no clear timeline on its development. However, the UCI announced on Thursday that, following successful trials at last year's Tour de France, it is ready for manufacturing and could be rolled ...

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UCI to use new testing methods to combat ‘mechanical doping’

UCI to use new testing methods to combat ‘mechanical doping’

Cycling's governing body promises new methods to combat the threat of 'mechanized doping' within racing Read the full article at UCI to use new testing methods to combat ‘mechanical doping’ on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia: Roglic shows sign of comeback ahead of final mountain stage

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) at the start of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic attacked twice in the finale of the climb to San Martino di Castrozza on Friday afternoon, showing he still ready to fight for a place on the podium at the Giro d'Italia despite pain in his ribs after his crash on Sunday and a growing feeling he trying to limit his losses on the climbs and so fight for a place on the final podium in Sunday Verona time trial. Roglic was keen to pull on a cape and descend quickly to the Jumbo-Visma hotel at the foot of the 14km climb but his bike was again tagged for a UCI X-ray check for mechanical doping and so he had to ride into the anti-doping area behind the podium for the check. Vincenzo Nibali's and Mikel Landa's bikes were also selected for X-rays controls, while other riders selected for anti-doping controls. Roglic spoke briefly about his two attacks ...

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Sciandri: I loaded Roglic's bike onto Movistar car and took it to finish line

Eusebio Unzue in the Movistar car

Movistar sports director Max Sciandri has told the Italian press that he took Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic 's bike to the finish of stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia in Como on Sunday after the Slovenian was forced to swap bikes with teammate Antwan Tolhoek due to a mechanical problem . In recent days, the Italian media has questioned the whereabouts of Roglic's bike after the finish and whether it hadn't been inspected by the UCI post-stage. The so-called polemica surrounding the whole issue stems from the fact that Roglic's bike wasn't initially at the finish of the stage, where UCI officials have the right to inspect all bikes for any sign of 'mechanical doping' – i.e. hidden motors. The bike didn't arrive at the finish with Jumbo-Visma's 'number one' car, as Roglic's sports director Addy Engels and his colleagues had stopped for a nature break when the call came ...

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Roglic remains confident after bike-change debacle at the Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

Primoz Roglic admitted that he and his Jumbo-Visma team made a series of errors during the final kilometres of Sunday's stage 15 to Como but he considers himself lucky to have lost just 40 seconds to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and current Giro d'Italia race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar). Some small scars on Roglic's cheek were apparently the only injuries he suffered from crashed on the descent of the Civiglio and he was keen to move on from Sunday's mistakes on Monday afternoon after riding the rollers to avoid the heavy rain that dampened the second rest day in Bergamo. "I feel quite normal, the way you feel after two weeks of racing. It's not the best with the crash I had but I think everything is OK. In the end, I think it was quite a lucky day. I was happy at the end," Roglic said, more relaxed and open ...

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Reporter’s notebook: ‘Pura vida’ at Vuelta a Costa Rica

Reporter’s notebook: ‘Pura vida’ at Vuelta a Costa Rica

An American cycling journalist spends two weeks covering the Central American bike race that ended on Christmas Day. Read the full article at Reporter’s notebook: ‘Pura vida’ at Vuelta a Costa Rica on VeloNews.com .

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Confessions of a Fondo VIP

The cold rain pelted us as we waited for the ride to begin. Up front, in the small pen for the fastest or most prominent participants, it felt like a race was about to begin. Thousands of shivering cyclists stood over their bikes behind us. The 2013 Tour de Tucson was about to begin. I … The post Confessions of a Fondo VIP appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Is the Tour de France in trouble?

Christian Prudhomme

Reckless fans, disappointing TV ratings, and controversy marred the 2018 Tour. We go inside the challenges facing cycling's biggest race. Read the full article at Is the Tour de France in trouble? on VeloNews.com .

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A farmhouse in Flanders: How Staf Boone makes and breaks young pros

James Stout spent a few years drifting around the kermis scene in Flanders under the watchful eye of Staf Boone — one of those names that everyone in the know knows, but many readers will never have heard. We asked him to dig into to the gritty reality of “living the dream” in Boone’s farmhouse … The post A farmhouse in Flanders: How Staf Boone makes and breaks young pros appeared first on CyclingTips .

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'Maybe that was my biggest victory: just to come back': Johan Museeuw on returning from injury, winning, and doping

Jack Elton-Walters 10 Aug 2018 Despite nearly losing a leg and a post-retirement doping admission, the greatest cobbled Classics rider of the 90s is finding his roar again Words Jack Elton-Walters Photography Danny Bird It’s a palmarès that any rider would give their right arm for: three wins at Paris-Roubaix , three at the Tour of Flanders , one World Championship, four Tour de France stages (if you include two team time-trials ), two National Championships and a hatful of other one-day race victories. In Johan Museeuw’s case, he didn’t have to give any limbs, but he did come close to having his leg amputated after a horrific crash on the Arenberg cobbles in the 1998 Paris-Roubaix left his kneecap shattered and he contracted gangrene. The tough Belgian recovered, fought his way back to race the Classics the following year and took his second win at Roubaix the year after ...

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Momentum Sports fights to keep UnitedHealthcare team afloat

UnitedHealthcare

The owner of UnitedHealthcare pro cycling team is struggling to find a sponsor for the coming season. Read the full article at Momentum Sports fights to keep UnitedHealthcare team afloat on VeloNews.com .

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UCI finds no evidence of mechanical doping at the Tour de France

UCI techs show media the new motor-detecting technology

The Union Cycliste International (UCI) has confirmed it carried out a multitude of tests for mechanical doping at the Tour de France , including 164 X-ray tests of race bikes, with all the tests negative. The UCI was forced to step up its fight against mechanical doping after French television raised doubts about the validity of the tablet device that was first introduced by former UCI president Brian Cookson when a rudimentary motor was discovered during the 2016 Cyclo-cross World Championships in a the bike of Belgian U23 racer Femke Van den Driessche. She was later banned for six years. The latest advances in mechanical doping are believed to include electromagnetic wheels. In March, new UCI president David Lappartient announced the UCI had beefed up its strategy to fight mechanical doping, presenting a special mobile X-ray cabinet in Geneva and promising that thermal imaging cameras will also be used. The ...

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Skujins laughs off motorized cheating accusation

Skujins laughs off motorized cheating accusation

Following stage 8 crash Toms Skujins is the subject of a bizarre video that some believe shows mechanical cheating. Read the full article at Skujins laughs off motorized cheating accusation on VeloNews.com .

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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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