Bikes of the Bunch: No.22 Aurora titanium all-road bike

We all have missed opportunities and regrets from our youth. It might be a lost love, something we wish we’d done, words we wish we’d said (or hadn’t said), a potential purchase we prudently walked away from but forever regretted not buying. Far fewer of us, however, are able to properly rectify those situations later … The post Bikes of the Bunch: No.22 Aurora titanium all-road bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Moscon reveals 10kg weight gain at Tour de France after difficult season

Moscon reveals 10kg weight gain at Tour de France after difficult season

Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2019 Italian rider has struggled after 'overtraining' during the off-season Gianni Moscon claims to have put on 10kg during the Tour de France in a season he believes was blighted by 'overtraining'. In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport , the Team Ineos rider explained how he had to reset himself after a difficult Tour. Although Moscon was eventually part of the winning team thanks to the exploits of Egan Bernal, he was largely anonymous throughout the race, lacking the impact of previous seasons and also struggling with significant weight gain during the race. 'I weighed myself when I got home [from the Tour] and I was almost 80 kilos, while I started the race at around 70. At least eight kilos more. I didn't recognise myself,' said Moscon. This surprise weight gain came after an underwhelming start to the season for the Italian. ...

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The best forgotten cycling fashion trends

Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 From short shorts to headbands and bleached hair, here is the fashion that has disappeared from cycling Professional cycling, like most things in life, is at the will of fashion trends. Like the Milan catwalk, styles go in and out of fashion awfully quickly. One year we are all about Boa dials, the next it's laces. Sometimes only black kit will do, the next you wouldn't be caught dead in anything that is not pastel. Most looks come full circle, dropping off the radar before returning a few years later - fluoro being a good example of this - but some fashion trends have seemingly fallen off the edge of the world, never to return again. Below are seven trends from cycling's past. Headbands The rightful decision of the UCI to introduce compulsory helmet use in the professional peloton in 2003 did a lot of ...

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Geraint Thomas open to skipping Tour de France for Giro d'Italia in 2020

Geraint Thomas open to skipping Tour de France for Giro d'Italia in 2020

Joe Robinson 1 Oct 2019 With Bernal and Froome likely to be leading the charge, the 2018 winner may have to skip next year's Tour Geraint Thomas is considering switching his Grand Tour intentions to the Giro d'Italia as Team Ineos attempt to juggle three Tour de France champions for 2020. The Welshman won the Tour in 2018 and finished second in his defence earlier this year. However, with 2019 champion Egan Bernal likely to return for the number one bib next season and Chris Froome after a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey, Thomas has started to look towards other goals. 'You’d think Egan would want to ride the Tour again, obviously, being the defending champ. Froomey, it’s his big goal, he wants to win five,' said Thomas. 'Even if I did the Giro, it would still certainly excite me and get me out of bed in the morning.' Thomas added ...

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Quinn Simmons wants to win Roubaix

Quinn Simmons wants to be the first American to win Paris-Roubaix. At the moment, roughly 24 hours after he won the junior worlds road race, he mostly wants a burger. I find him at the Harrogate stop of the Five Guys burger chain, one of America’s finest culinary exports. We don’t shake hands because his … The post Quinn Simmons wants to win Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How I (barely) survived 182km of UK gravel at this year’s Dirty Reiver | Sam Dansie

Group of cyclists riding on gravel track

Sam shakes, rattles and rolls as he takes on the UK's toughest gravel event for the first time

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Could Elynor Backstedt win first gold for Great Britain at the 2019 World Champs?

Could Elynor Backstedt win first gold for Great Britain at the 2019 World Champs?

Joseph Delves 26 Sep 2019 Already a bronze medallist in the junior time trial, Backstedt will be riding for the win Friday's road race. Photo: SWPix.com The women’s junior road race which takes place on Friday may represent Britain's first, and possibly best, chance for a gold at our home World Championships . With both the men’s and women’s elite squads facing an uphill battle at the weekend, it’s been left to the youngsters to carry an outsize weight of expectation. Primarily this has fallen on ever-rising star Tom Pidcock , who’ll be competing in the men’s under-23 race on Saturday. With many people viewing him as the current favourite in his event, Team GB also has another less-heralded medal contender in the form of youngster Elynor Backstedt. Having already scored a bronze in the time trial this Tuesday, the 17-year-old has now made gold in the junior road race ...

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Watch: Italian junior Tiberi wins World Championships time trial despite start line mechanical

Watch: Italian junior Tiberi wins World Championships time trial despite start line mechanical

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 The Italian has earned some fans with his calm reaction to any early mechanical Italy's Antonio Tiberi captured the imaginations of the cycling public after winning the junior men's individual time trial despite having to change bikes in the first 100m. The 18-year-old had barely reached the bottom of the start ramp before noticing he had already suffered a mechanical. With a soignuer running alongside, Tiberi proved a cool customer calmly pulling up by his team car, gently placing his broken bike on the side before hopping on his replacement and getting his race underway. While this could have been the end of his rainbow jersey bid, it eventually proved irrelevant as, despite the setback, the Italian managed to secure the win with a time of 38 minutes 28 seconds on the 28km Harrogate course. Nightmare start for Antonio Tiberi %uD83C%uDDEE%uD83C%uDDF9 - he%u2019s had to ...

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Rwanda is bidding for the World Championships. Here’s why it matters

Supported by Rwanda’s unlikely journey as a cycling nation took a significant leap this week, with the tiny central African nation applying to host the 2025 Road World Championships. Cycling has been on the rise in Rwanda over the past decade, with the Tour du Rwanda steadily gaining international recognition since it first became a UCI-classified race … The post Rwanda is bidding for the World Championships. Here’s why it matters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Belgium and the Netherlands bring stacked squads to World Championships

Belgium and the Netherlands bring stacked squads to World Championships

George Smith 10 Sep 2019 As more names are announced it’s hard to look past the two cycling giants Last week Mathieu van der Poel admitted that he will arrive in Yorkshire as one of the favourites to win the coveted rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships , with the 284.5km route tipped to be dominated by Classics specialists . That will come as a challenge to not only his Dutch teammate Bauke Mollema, but also the rival Belgians, whose panoply of riding talent borders on being a hindrance rather than a benefit. Leading their charge will be Olympic champion and Paris-Roubaix winner Greg Van Avermaet and former World Champion and multiple Monument winner Philippe Gilbert ; though it may do the pair a disservice, their honours are too exhaustive to list here. Behind them, rising star and junior World Champion Remco Evenepoel may even fancy his chances ...

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Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Challenge’s super-supple tyres finally go tubeless (and yes, there’s a tan-wall option)

Challenge Gravel Grinder HTLR

Handmade, tan-wall tubeless tyres for both road and gravel, plus new ‘tubeless tubulars’

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Will tubeless take over in the pro peloton? Here’s what the experts say

Specialized S-Works Turbo RapidAir tubeless road tyre

Have tubulars had their day? Has tubeless for pro riders finally arrived? We asked key players in the industry

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Wiggins-Le Col to close at end of season

Wiggins-Le Col to close at end of season

George Smith 27 Aug 2019 Proven WorldTour feeder team ends due to 'natural conclusion' Over the weekend it was announced that Team Wiggins-Le Col will wrap up their operation and cease racing at the end of the 2019 season. Originally established as a vehicle for Bradley Wiggins and his teammates to pursue glory on the track at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the team went on to become a talent factory for young riders after Wiggins's retirement from professional cycling. ‘After five great years, the team’s ownership have taken the decision that the operation has come to its natural conclusion,’ read a statement on the team’s website, shortly before Wiggins himself announced his new plans to be a social worker . Racing at UCI Continental level, the team has nurtured big names like Owain Doull ( Team Ineos ) and James Knox ( Decueninck-QuickStep ) who are both currently racing at ...

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Gallery: Colnago Owners' Day 2019

Joseph Delves 23 Aug 2019 Owners assemble for riding and promenading at their annual get-together The weather in Milano was 30-degrees and sunny. In the Cotswolds, conditions were a little more mixed. Not that that stopped UK fans of Italian bike maker Colnago from rolling out down the lanes beside the stately pile of Chavenage House. Getting dirty a collection of bikes, some of which were sporting no fewer than six coats of wax, luckily by the time drinks were served on the lawn, the sun had popped back out. Founded in 1952 by Ernesto Colnago, his bikes have not only won a mind-bendingly large number of races but remains the only brand officially endorsed by the Pope. To say the brand has a following would be an understatement. Showing off bikes both old and new, we caught up with the devotees. Colango Owners' Day 2019: Our top picks Image ...

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John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Double Monument winner joins Philippe Gilbert in move across to Belgian WorldTour team Two-time Monument winner John Degenkolb will move from Trek-Segafredo to Lotto Soudal in a bid to revitalise his Spring Classics career. The German will join on a two-year deal taking him through to the 2021 season and join fellow Monument champion Philippe Gilbert as the latest signing for the Belgian WorldTour team . The 30-year-old was one of the world's leading one-day classics riders in 2015, winning both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix. It looked as if the German would push on to add to that haul until he was involved in a serious collision with a car while on a training ride in Spain in early 2016. The subsequent injuries were severe and pegged Degenkolb back into a long rehabilitation period which saw him miss the Spring Classics campaign. While he has ...

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Lotto Soudal add John Degenkolb on a two-year deal

John Degenkolb on the Gent-Wevelgem podium after finishing second

Lotto Soudal have announced the signing of John Degenkolb , who will join Philippe Gilbert to lead the Belgian team's Classics squad next season. Degenkolb won Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo in 2015 and joins Lotto Soudal after spending three seasons with Trek-Segafredo. "The talks with Lotto Soudal have revealed that there are many similarities between the team's goals and mine," said Degenkolb. "It makes sense that a Belgian team with a long history in cycling wants to excel during the Classics. "That will be the aim for the first part of the season. In addition, I'm not slow at the finish, especially after a tough race. Of course, I also look forward to working with Caleb Ewan, who will undoubtedly be our number-one sprinter for his specific goals. But with my experience, I can provide added value for him and for Lotto Soudal." Degenkolb also talked about an intriguing dynamic ...

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John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract

Supported by Lotto Soudal has announced that John Degenkolb will be joining the Belgian team next year. The 30-year-old German trades Trek-Segafredo for Lotto Soudal and signed an agreement until the end of 2021. Degenkolb turned pro in 2011 and evolved into an excellent Classics rider, whose strong sprint is an extra trump card at the end … The post John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract appeared first on CyclingTips .

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