Team of the Week: Normal Service Is Resumed Edition
The week in women’s racing Races A WWT stage race in the USA ( Tour of California, WWT 11 ), and an aspirational Spanish one ( Vuelta a Burgos ). Coverage Highlights. With decent amounts of action. (Don’t worry ‘atmosphere in the team parking’ fans, there’s a bit of that too.) Cali . Burgos . Well-intentioned social media of varying degrees of usefulness/ hilarity . (TotW is harsh: it’s not entirely their fault connectivity in the California mountains isn’t up to Luxembourg standards.) Riders Anna van der Breggen : To near universal cheers attacked lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya with 5km to go on stage one of the Tour of California , then soloed home into a stiff headwind for the win. It was no surprise when she (along with Katie Hall) emerged from the no-signal fog towards the top of Mount Baldy the next day. Back to dominance, and rider ...
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 9 finish line quotes
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 1st at 51:52 "It was again a nice time trial for me. Everything went good. I did my best so I’m happy with it. "It was just different – [Campenaerts] had really dry conditions and I had rain so I couldn’t take any risks in the corner. Then I went all-out in the end. "I went really slow in the corners in the beginning but otherwise then on the flat and on the climb [the weather] didn’t matter so much. "We’ll see at the end [who is still in the mix]. It’s still a long way to go – a lot of kilometres, a lot of mountains – so it’s always nice to have some seconds in your advantage and be focussing on the days to come. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) – 2nd at 52:03 "It’s a really nice TT parcours. It’s really a beautiful all-round ...
Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 9: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes
Martin James 19 May 2019 Jumbo-Visma rider up to 2nd overall behind Conti but Simon Yates disappoints in changeable weather Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dominated a hilly 34.8km individual time trial course into San Marino in changeable weather to win Stage 9 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and take a huge stride towards overall victory. Roglic, finishing in a time of 51min 50sec, was the only one of the later starters to beat the mark of 52:01 set early on by new World Hour Record holder Victor Campanaerts, who was left wondering what might have been after a fluffed bike change before the final climb lost him a clutch of seconds that might have made the difference been first and second on the line. However, his disappointment will have been nothing like that felt by overall contender Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), whose time-trialling and general form recently was good enough that he ...
Amgen Women’s Race: Moolman-Pasio third overall after vertebral compression injury
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) had targeted the Ardennes classics and the mountainous Tour of California Women’s Race – but a crash in the final sprint at Amstel Gold Race forced a change in priorities upon her. “I crashed hard in the sprint for eighth. I launched my sprint and got switched, so I went from full speed to nothing and hit my back hard. I tried not to make much of it because Flèche Wallonne was two days away and that was my goal. It started to materialise that it was more serious than what I wanted to accept, to be honest,” she told Cyclingnews . Flèche Wallonne is always a big goal for Moolman-Pasio , and after a second place in 2018 she was eager to line up and race. She finished seventh. Four days later she had to abandon Liège-Bastogne-Liège and finally went for a check-up of her injury. ...
Giro Stage 9 Preview: The Prime Minister Stage
I love the mountains as much as - wait no, more than the next guy but I will always be a staunch defender of stages like this: a reasonably long time-trial with plenty of climbing. What mountain stage can guarantee minutes worth of time gaps between overall contenders, can guarantee a huge GC shakeup and vouchsafe that the best rider will win? After eight days in which we’ve been starved of GC battles, this is where a rider can put himself on the road to wearing pink in Verona. Hence, I am dubbing it the Prime Minister stage. It will be as decisive as any queen stage, in fact it probably has more power. However, it lacks the romance and mysticism of an Alpine battle. The route is a classic formula for causing pain — part flat, part climbing, with the climbing probably just-about doable on a TT bike, though ...
Courtney wins Albstadt Short Track and takes early MTB World Cup lead
The 29th edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup opened on Friday in Albstadt, Germany, beginning with the Short Track (XCC), which was introduced to the programme last year. World champion Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) took the win for the women, beating Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) and Kathrin Stirnemann (Thomus RN Swiss Bike). The XCC consists of sub-25 minute cross-country races for Elite women and men on a shortened track, with the top 40 riders in the UCI ranking eligible to take part. The event offers a substantial 50 per cent of the points awarded in the cross-country (XCO), which will take place on Sunday. In addition, for this first event, a top placing guarantees a good start position for the XCO and, for the winners, the World Cup leader's jersey. The women's race was whittled down to nine riders with a couple of laps remaining, and included Courtney, Neff, ...
Van der Poel wins Albstadt Short Track at MTB World Cup
Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) successfully defended his title in the Short Track (XCC) race at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt, Germany, on Friday. Van der Poel has enjoyed a successful spring on the road, winning this year's Amstel Gold Race , but has now turned his attention to the MTB world, where he also thrives. The XCC consists of sub-25 minute cross-country races for Elite women and men on a shortened track, with the top 40 riders in the UCI ranking eligible to take part. The event offers a substantial 50 per cent of the points awarded in the cross-country (XCO), which will take place on Sunday. In addition, for this first event, a top placing guarantees a good start position for the XCO and, for the winners, the World Cup leader's jersey. Van der Poel had a slow start, having been ...
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A tire contest, lockout lever opinions, Fantasy XC racing: Pinkbike Digest
Supported by What’s going on in the mountain bike world? The Pinkbike Digest showcases the top dirt articles from our mountain bike sister-site, Pinkbike.com. You’ll get coverage from racing, tech, and some fun story-telling along the way. Can You Guess These 21 Tires By Their Tread Patterns Alone? – Sea Otter 2019 By: Richard Cunningham I’ll bet … The post A tire contest, lockout lever opinions, Fantasy XC racing: Pinkbike Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .
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Giro Stage 7: The Home Run
A rider and a writer talk about their ancestral lands Hi, I’m former cycling wag Chris Fontecchio. You might remember me from such Giro stage previews as “Holy shit, the Giro is going through Fontecchio!” and “Goddammit, the Giro is just missing Fontecchio.” Well, Stage 7 of the Giro is grazing past the village of my ancestors, and generally doing interesting things in places that I know something about, so I am your Pontificator-del-giorno today. Friday’s stage is a somewhat standard Giro menu item, ending in the Abruzzese capital of L’Aquila. Named “the Eagle” for its perch among the Apennine peaks that surround it, L’Aquila has been a regular stop for the Giro since its founding in 1254. More recently, the Giro has rather intentionally stopped in L’Aquila as a showing of support for the city’s struggles to recover from the earthquake of April 6, 2009, which killed 300 people ...
Jakobsen wins Tour of California stage on tubeless tyres
Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) took the second WorldTour race victory of the season on tubeless tyres at the Tour of California on Wednesday, as teams and brands continue to test the technology in the professional peloton. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was the first WorldTour race winner on tubeless wheels and tyres when he won Gent-Wevelgem in March. Deceuninck-QuickStep’s technical partner and tyre provider Specialized revealed that Jakobsen's win followed an earlier puncture, which was subsequently sealed using latex sealant inside the tyre. Tubeless tyres are used in conjunction with a tubeless-ready wheelset, where the bead of the tyre locks into the rim, removing the need for an inner tube and offering a simpler setup and similar weight to tubular tyres. Tubular tyres have been used in cycling for around 100 years and see the tube glued to the rim of the wheel. The setup can be time consuming ...
Who’s offering what for cyclists in this election?
Australia heads to the polls this weekend, electing a new prime minister for the next three years (or one year, or six months, or who the hell knows – it’s Australian politics). With your vote, you’re making a decision about which party best aligns with what’s important to you, on any number of issues, from … The post Who’s offering what for cyclists in this election? appeared first on CyclingTips .
HTech’s Svelter: An aero disc road bike, made of wood
“It’s the Rolls Royce of road bikes,” said renowned custom bike maker Darren Baum in reference to HTech’s new Svelter aero road bike. Moments before, I’d asked Baum what was the best thing he’d seen at the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia (HBSA). Baum wasn’t referring to the statement owning one would make, but rather the … The post HTech’s Svelter: An aero disc road bike, made of wood appeared first on CyclingTips .
Tour de France to have 20 individual yellow jersey designs in celebration of centenary
Joe Robinson 15 May 2019 Legends such as Merckx, the Galibier and Paris all to be remembered in special edition jerseys Tour de France organisers Amaury Sports Organisation and yellow jersey manufacturers Le Coq Sportif will create 20 individual yellow jerseys for this year's race to celebrate the centenary of the leader's jersey. From the start of Stage 2 in Brussels, each day will see the race leader wear a uniquely designed jersey to mark significant climbs, buildings and individuals from the race's past. Each day starting from the end of Stage 1, the race leader will be presented with the special jersey for the next day of riding. The images are subtle as to not detract from the tradition of the yellow jersey but should be clear enough to be made out by television cameras. The first of the jerseys will depict the famous Atomium structure in Brussels, with ...
Liv launches aluminium version of Intrigue trail bike
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Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2019 gravel bike review
New for 2019, the Revolt Advanced is Giant’s first carbon gravel-focussed steed. Built with performance in mind, it’s a clear departure from Giant’s previous and surprisingly numerous gravel-styled models. I spent the past couple months riding the Revolt Advanced 0 and came away impressed. It’s not only a great leap above the Giant ToughRoad SLR … The post Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2019 gravel bike review appeared first on CyclingTips .
Don’t stop where the pavement ends… Santa Cruz and Juliana launch new gravel bikes
The Santa Cruz Stigmata gets an update to handle gravel duties while Juliana unveils the women's specific Quincy
Why Mitchelton-BikeExchange has sharpened its focus on China
If you’ve followed bike racing for any length of time, you will be well familiar with the Mitchelton-Scott men’s and women’s teams. But there’s another Mitchelton-backed team you might less familiar with. Mitchelton-BikeExchange is a Chinese-based development team that’s also part of the GreenEdge stable but one that enjoys far less of the spotlight. As … The post Why Mitchelton-BikeExchange has sharpened its focus on China appeared first on CyclingTips .