Deceuninck–Quick-Step and Bora–Hansgrohe riders to race Aussie-inspired aluminium Allez Sprint at Schwalbe Classic criterium

Specialized Allez Sprint Disc Bike

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Specialized donates to Australian fires relief with Tour Down Under range

Joe Robinson 15 Jan 2020 The brand has donated $100,000 to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation Vast wildfires spread through Australia at the end of 2019 and continue to burn. Destroying everything in their path, they've left a trail of devastation across the country. The worst of is hopefully over yet during the last month an estimated 10 million hectares of bush, forest and park have burned claiming 28 human lives and 480 million animals. Fire services worked around the clock to fight the fires and save lives but with the problem on such a grand scale, more was needed, especially in terms of preserving wildlife. Putting their lives in danger, thousands of volunteers joined the fight to not just stop Australia burning but help save the wildlife at risk. Image 8 of 9 Image 8 of 9 Volunteer service WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation answered 20,000 calls with its ...

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5 ways to get your cycling fix this Christmas without leaving the house

You can't book bothies in advance, so be prepared to share it with others. In return, expect convers

Because some of us just want to kick back and relax

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Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: the best of week 2

The 2019 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards are in full swing and we’ve had a big influx of entries this week across all categories, showcasing the beauty of cycling. Last week we posted the first of our showcases, and here’s another collection of dramatic, emotional and inspiring images we’ve received. Entry fees contribute towards two … The post Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: the best of week 2 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan to begin Classics at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Peter Sagan to begin Classics at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Joe Robinson 12 Dec 2019 Former World Champion wants to make up for barren 2019 season Peter Sagan will warm up his Spring Classics legs in 2020 by racing othe pening weekend at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. After opening his season at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina, Sagan will then head to Europe to race Omloop on 29th February as preparation for the Monuments of Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix later in the Spring. Currently on a Bora-Hansgrohe training camp in Mallorca, Sagan will skip his usual season start at the Tour Down Under in order to focus on the Classics earlier. He will also be looking to make amends on a barren 2019 Classics season that saw him finish off of the podium in San Remo, Flanders and Roubaix. Last year was his first season since 2015 in which he failed to podium at one ...

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Best cyclists in the world: professional cycling Team of the Decade

Joe Robinson 7 Dec 2019 Check who made our eight rider team of the decade. Let us know if you agree with our choices or not With 2019 coming to an end and 2020 quickly approaching, one final question remains: who would be in the professional cycling team of the decade? It’s a tough task condensing the cream of this decade’s crop into eight riders but when you consider not only the results, but the context of those victories, some riders truly stand head and shoulders above the rest. We asked our Twitter followers for suggestions. Plenty of the same names popped up as well as some surprises, while some of you forgot that this decade is more than just the season just gone. Also, for all those suggesting Tom Boonen, yes, he was a great rider but only two of his seven Monument wins came this side of the ...

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Cyclist magazine's Team of the Decade

Joe Robinson 6 Dec 2019 Check who made our eight rider team of the decade. Let us know if you agree with our choices or not With 2019 coming to an end and 2020 quickly approaching, one final question remains: who would be in the professional cycling team of the decade? It’s a tough task condensing the cream of this decade’s crop into eight riders but when you consider not only the results, but the context of those victories, some riders truly stand head and shoulders above the rest. We asked our Twitter followers for suggestions. Plenty of the same names popped up as well as some surprises, while some of you forgot that this decade is more than just the season just gone. Also, for all those suggesting Tom Boonen, yes, he was a great rider but only two of his seven Monument wins came this side of the ...

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Sagan’s Giro d’Italia a ‘great opportunity’

Sagan to race the Giro for the first time in his career next season, with the added significance of the opening stages near his place of birth. Read the full article at Sagan’s Giro d’Italia a ‘great opportunity’ on VeloNews.com .

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Bennett signs two-year deal with Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Supported by With his contract dispute with Bora-Hansgrohe in the rearview mirror, Sam Bennett’s transfer plans are finally official. Confirming months of rumors, Deceuninck-Quick-Step announced on Tuesday that both Bennett and his trusted lead-out man Shane Archbold would be heading to the Belgian WorldTour squad next season on two-year deals. “The protracted nature of Sam’s move has … The post Bennett signs two-year deal with Deceuninck-Quick-Step appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sam Bennett's move to Deceuninck-Quickstep confirmed

Sam Bennett's move to Deceuninck-Quickstep confirmed

Joe Robinson 3 Dec 2019 Irish sprinter joins on two-year deal alongside lead out man Shane Archbold Deceuninck-QuickStep have confirmed the signing of Irish sprinter Sam Bennett to complete their roster for 2020. The Belgian WorldTour team, that was recently crowned the most successful team in the world for an eighth consecutive season, announced Bennett would join on a two-year deal taking him through to 2022. He joins alongside lead-out rider Shane Archbold, who also signs on a two-year deal. It brings a definite end the public contract dispute between Bennett and his now-former Bora-Hansgrohe team . Being omitted from the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France and the presence of fellow sprinters Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann saw Bennett seek to leave the German team for 2020. However, the team argued that Bennett was still under contract for the following year and therefore, not free to leave. Bennett eventually ...

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The best Black Friday deals on Specialized road, gravel and mountain bikes

Selection of Specialized bikes

Deals on the Stumpjumper, Enduro, Turbo Levo, Tarmac and Diverge this Black Friday

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Bora signs new performance coach, DS following Vila exit

The German team shakes up its coaching staff going into 2020 following the departure of Sagan's coach. Read the full article at Bora signs new performance coach, DS following Vila exit on VeloNews.com .

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Sportful reworks Fiandre Pro collection with “the world’s most breathable waterproof fabric”

New range of pro-inspired, all-weather kit using Polartec’s latest NeoShell fabric

New range of pro-inspired, all-weather kit uses Polartec’s latest NeoShell fabric

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Team GB qualifies just 4 men, 2 women, for Tokyo Olympic road races; Callum Skinner calls for British elite sport overhaul; "Why does everyone hate cyclists?"; Movistar unveil Alé as new sponsor; Sagan in Lego + more on the live blog

Chris Froome at Rio 2016 (picture Alex Whitehead, SWPix.com)

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Smaller teams for Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics road race next summer

Smaller teams for Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics road race next summer

Joe Robinson 18 Nov 2019 A poor year sees GB head to Tokyo with smaller teams next summer A lacklustre 2019 for British riders means that Great Britain will only be handed four men's and two women's spots at next summer's Olympic road races. The UCI confirmed the allocation of team places for next year's road and time trial events in Tokyo on Monday afternoon. For the men's road race, the British team miss out on being able to field the maximum of five riders, as they had in Rio 2016 and London 2012, instead being awarded a team of fou for Tokyo. For the first year since 2014, a Grand Tour went without a British winner while British riders only took six WorldTour wins all year. Instead of Great Britain, the six nations allocated a five-man squad are Belgium - team of defending champion Greg van Avermaet , Colombia, ...

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Tour of Flanders champion Alberto Bettiol reveals what he bought with his winnings

Tour of Flanders champion Alberto Bettiol reveals what he bought with his winnings

Joe Robinson 18 Nov 2019 With €20k, likely shared with the whole team, flashy cars and watches w Surprise Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol has revealed what he bought with his prize money. The Education First rider pocketed €20,000 for winning the Belgian Monument back in April, with that total likely being divided among his six teammates as well as staff. On what he spent his winning, the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport :'My gift to myself? I changed my car's wheels for €500.' The jokey comment came while the Tuscany-native was making a more pertinent point about prize money and particularly the disparity for the women's peloton. 'The money has an effect, but you shouldn’t think about it. If you stop and watch how much you earn, maybe you don’t even go out and ride,' said Bettiol. 'The fact is that you earn with the contracts, not with ...

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Peter Sagan but made from 700,000 pieces of Lego

Peter Sagan but made from 700,000 pieces of Lego

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Zak Dempster on the end of one journey and the start of another

In late October, Aussie Zak Dempster announced that the 2019 season would be his last as a professional road racer. The Victorian started racing at the Continental level back in 2006 and joined the pro ranks with NetApp-Endura in 2013. He’s ridden with the Israel Cycling Academy for the past three seasons and will remain … The post Zak Dempster on the end of one journey and the start of another appeared first on CyclingTips .

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There will be no Tour of California in 2020

Tour of California cover

Joe Robinson 30 Oct 2019 The USA's only WorldTour race will be put on hiatus for next season Race organisers have announced that the USA's biggest cycling race, the Tour of California, will not run in 2020. AEG Sports confirmed that the men's and women's WorldTour races would be put on hiatus for next season due to mounting financial challenges, but hope to relaunch in 2022 under a new business model. In a statement, president of the Tour of California Kristin Klein said: 'This has been a very difficult decision to make, but the business fundamentals of the Amgen Tour of California have changed since we launched the race 14 years ago. 'While professional cycling globally continues to grow and we are very proud of the work we have done to increase the relevance of professional cycling, particularly in the United States, it has become more challenging each year to ...

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Tour of California will not run in 2020

Supported by The biggest American road race for men and women, the Amgen Tour of California, will not run in 2020. Citing financial pressures, race organisers announced on Tuesday that the race would go “on hiatus” next season. Thank you, fans. It’s been an amazing 14 years. “AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, today … The post Tour of California will not run in 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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