Can anyone challenge Van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa?

Anna van der Breggen

Ahead of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile , many expected a head-to-head fight for the win between the two strongest riders in the women’s peloton – defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) and 2017 winner Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ). Van der Breggen had consciously opted out of a defence at the 2018 edition to focus on mountain biking and preparation for the Innsbruck World Championships, where she lined up as the big favourite and duly won the road race. A few days earlier, Van Vleuten had won the individual time trial world title for the second time in her career. But like last year, Van Vleuten has so far been on a level of her own. After six of ten stages, the time gap to her nearest competitors is huge: Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), the previous race leader from the stage 1 team time trial, ...

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Team Ineos swaps to Lightweights for climbing stages

The decision to switch to these particular wheels today, when wheel tech has come so far, is interesting for a few reasons, some technical and some financial The post Team Ineos swaps to Lightweights for climbing stages appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Alpecin part 2 | conquering road descents

Team Alpecin 2019

Team Alpecin’s Marie-Louise Kertzman conquers her descending demons

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BMC’s slick, new, integrated URS gravel bike

Grey and blue gravel road bike

All-new UNRESTRICTED brings BMC off-road performance and innovation to gravel

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Specialized’s World Cup-winning Demo 29 finally hits the market

Specialized Demo Race 29

The bike has been in open development for several years

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BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB?

BMC URS TWO Unrestricted 2020 gravel bike

It wasn’t long ago that we thought of gravel as a fringe discipline of road cycling, a discipline where niche brands like Salsa Cycles had a near monopoly. Now you’ll be hard pressed to find a single global bike brand that doesn’t have a bike dedicated to gravel. BMC only recently dipped its toes into … The post BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pro bike: Rohan Dennis’ Merida Scultura Team-E — the outlier

Amongst a modern backdrop of ultra-aero megabikes with integrated and airfoil-shaped everything, and pseudo-aero “all rounder” bikes that are slightly lighter — but just as “system engineered” as their stablemates — the Merida Scultura Team-E of Bahrain-Merida rider Rohan Dennis stands out like that one person who stubbornly hangs on to flared jeans after everyone … The post Pro bike: Rohan Dennis’ Merida Scultura Team-E — the outlier appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jack Haig’s Tour Diary: Daily routines and TTTs

Before starting my first Tour de France I didn’t know exactly how I would feel. But now seeing it a few days in, I think it gets hyped up to be a little more than what it actually is. It’s definitely bigger than any other bike race we do all year, the speed is a … The post Jack Haig’s Tour Diary: Daily routines and TTTs appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Julian Alaphilippe’s stage-winning Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc from the 2019 Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc

Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider solos into the yellow jersey on Specialized's lightweight all-rounder

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SRAM recalls RockShox suspension forks due to breakage concerns

SRAM Recalls RockShox Suspension Forks Due to Breakage Concerns

SRAM has voluntarily recalled certain RockShox front suspension forks due to potential performance and breakage concerns. Learn more and see if your bike is affected.

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Calm before the storm for GC riders at Giro Rosa

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Monday’s stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile was a quiet affair for the overall favourites. With one eye already on the mountains to come starting from Tuesday’s stage 5, they were happy to let a breakaway of three Italians go up the road and fight for the stage win. There was a frantic first hour of racing before the break, which included eventual stage winner Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano), went away and things settled down in the peloton. But that is business as usual at the Giro Rosa, according to Katarzyna Niewiadoma , who defended her general classification lead. "There are so many teams that want to show themselves and get a result, it is always like this," the Canyon-SRAM leader said. "You have to be switched on and ready for the battle from the start. When the break went away, it was a perfect situation for us ...

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Check out the S-Works Tarmac Disc Julian Alaphillipe rode to win Stage 3 of the Tour

Peter Stuart 8 Jul 2019 Julian Alaphillipe S-Works Tarmac Disc looks every bit the all-round breakaway speed machine of the French rider himself Julian Alaphillipe took an incredible solo win today on Stage 3 of the Tour de France, showcasing the rider's increasingly impressive all-round form. The S-Works Tarmac he rode may have played a smaller part than the Frenchman himself, but is well worth some admiration. Alaphillipe's S-Works Tarmac is arguably the perfect breakaway weapon of choice, with a mix of aerodynamics, stiffness and light weight. Image 4 of 17 Image 4 of 17 While the S-Works SL6 Tarmac is less aerodynamic than the S-Works Venge, it is still every bit as aerodydnamic as the original S-Works Venge, and has been honed in Specialized's own 'Win Tunnel.' Image 14 of 17 Image 14 of 17 Alaphillipe has sided for relatively deep Roval CLX50 wheels, which most likely brings the ...

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Check out the S-Works Tarmac Julian Alaphillipe rode to win Stage 3 of the Tour

Peter Stuart 8 Jul 2019 Julian Alaphillipe S-Works Tarmac looks every bit the all-round breakaway speed machine of the French rider himself Julian Alaphillipe took an incredible solo win today on Stage 3 of the Tour de France, showcasing the rider's increasingly impressive all-round form. The S-Works Tarmac he rode may have played a smaller part than the Frenchman himself, but is well worth some admiration. Alaphillipe's S-Works Tarmac is arguably the perfect breakaway weapon of choice, with a mix of aerodynamics, stiffness and light weight. Image 4 of 17 Image 4 of 17 While the S-Works SL6 Tarmac is less aerodynamic than the S-Works Venge, it is still every bit as aerodydnamic as the original S-Works Venge, and has been honed in Specialized's own 'Win Tunnel.' Image 14 of 17 Image 14 of 17 Alaphillipe has sided for relatively deep Roval CLX50 wheels, which most likely brings the weight ...

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Neff, Avancini takes short track wins in Andorra

Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory Racing XC) wins

After a six week break, the Mountain Bike World Cup resumed on Friday in Vallnord, Andorra, with the XCC (Short Track). While the XCC is always an intense effort, Vallnord is particularly hard, with the 2000 metre altitude making this the highest World Cup of the season. Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) finally won the first XCC of her career, outkicking Alessandra Keller (Thomus RN) and world champion and World Cup leader Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM). Keller, the defending XCC winner in Andorra, is in her first World Cup of the season, coming back from injury. A large group were still together at the start of the last lap, when Ramona Forchini (JB Brunex Felt) attacked. Keller countered, and was only caught in the final half lap. Over the final steep bridge, Neff attacked and held on for the win. In the overall standings, Courtney still leads Neff, with Rebecca McConnell (Primaflora ...

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Wiggins: Geraint Thomas needs to be aware of potential battle with Bernal

Wiggins: Geraint Thomas needs to be aware of potential battle with Bernal

Joe Robinson 8 Jul 2019 Former Tour champion believes Thursday's stage to La Planche des Belles Filles will tell us who Team Ineos should back for yellow Bradley Wiggins believes that defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas needs to be aware that a potential battle with teammate Egan Bernal could be looming. Talking on the Bradley Wiggins Show, the 2012 Tour winner highlighted young Colombian rider Bernal as the in-form rider and that Team Ineos must consider all of its options, especially on the race's first mountain day this Thursday. 'They can't be deluded, they have to be realistic, they have to ride to their strengths, and you'd say the man in form at the moment is Bernal,' said Wiggins. 'Geraint certainly for one minute wouldn't say given the choice "do you want Bernal to sacrifice himself for you on the Plance des Belle Filles on Thursday?" 'Geraint would ...

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Giro Rosa: Borghesi wins stage 4 from the breakaway

Letizia Borghesi (Ale Cipollini) wins the stage

Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano) won stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile. Having attacked at km 38, Borghesi was the quickest in the sprint of a three-rider breakaway, beating Nadia Quagliotto (Alé Cipollini) and Chiara Perini (BePink). Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) brought home the peloton 42 seconds later, meaning that Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) defended her maglia rosa ahead of tomorrow's mountain stage to the Lago di Cancano. "I had a difficult season last year, changing the team gave me new motivation," said Borghesi after the finish. "It is a hard race with many difficult days, you have to make many sacrifices, so it is important to stay fresh mentally. I never gave up today. It is incredible to win like that." How it happened Stage 4, 100.1 km from Lissone to Carate Brianza, was the flattest stage of the Giro Rosa so far. The rolling hills north of Milan still ...

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‘Lesson learnt’: Vos wins again at the Giro Rosa as Kennedy celebrates early

Supported by The heartbreak is clear on Lucy Kennedy’s face. As her front wheel crosses the finish-line tape, her mouth hangs agape in something akin to surprise mixed with horror. A metre ahead of her, and about the same distance to her left, is Marianne Vos, the greatest of all time, doing what Vos does: win big … The post ‘Lesson learnt’: Vos wins again at the Giro Rosa as Kennedy celebrates early appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 2 finish line quotes

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) speaks to the media after the stage 2 team time trial

Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) – Stage 1 & 2 winner, race leader "Yesterday was a dream and today is again the thing we dreamt of. It was really hard because of Dylan's crash – he couldn't give his all. He fought really well and did good work in the beginning and then we had one guy less. "We had a tactic to do it without George [Bennett] because he's just too small (laughs). But in the end, he felt really good and could help us. The other guys were really strong, really long pulls. All the little kickers were really hard, but everyone kept their pace. "We heard that we were fastest, and we got so much morale – we already had a lot with this jersey on. We were flying, it was unbelievable. It's not that I'm getting used to winning stages at the Tour de France but it's two ...

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Meet the Team Alpecin riders training to take on L’Etape du Tour 2019

Team Alpecin 2019

We welcome the class of 2019 aiming to conquer L’Etape du Tour with Alpecin

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Tubeless tires gaining ground in road and TT stages at the Tour de France

Fans of tubeless road tires have been eagerly awaiting the adoption of the technology at the upper echelon of the sport, and only recently have there been glimmers of hope. Those fires will burn a little brighter yet this year, as tubeless is clearly being used by more riders and teams at this year’s Tour … The post Tubeless tires gaining ground in road and TT stages at the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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