World Championships 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

World Championships 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 24 Sep 2018 A look at the favourites to take the rainbow jersey at the World Championships this Sunday This Sunday, almost all of the world's best climbers will battle it out for the chance to become the Elite Men's Road Race World Champion in Innsbruck, Austria. To do so, they will have to conquer a mammoth 265km route from Kufstein to Innsbruck that will contain over 5,000m of vertical elevation across nine tough climbs including the peak locally described as 'hell' for its 28% maximum gradient . Before this final climb, the peloton will negotiate seven loops of the 24km 'Olympic Circuit' which includes the 7.9km, 5.7% mountain pass of Igls, enough to soften the legs of even the most accomplished mountain goat . With such a demanding route, it looks unlikely that triple-defending champion Peter Sagan will be riding to a historic fourth consecutive rainbow jersey, ...

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100% Speedcraft Air sunglasses review

Stu Bowers Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 12:11 Helped along by a certain Peter Sagan, cycling newcomer 100% is taking the fight to Oakley 3.5 / 5 £299 Many have tried and failed to knock Oakley off its perch as the preeminent eyewear brand of the pro peloton, and whilst its not quite there yet, new kid on the block (in cycling at least) 100% has undoubtedly made a significant dent in Oakley’s dominance, helped in no small part by a certain Mr Sagan. The 100% Speedcraft Air glasses are more than just a cool pair of shades, bringing more to the table than just optical clarity and colourful UV protection for your eyes. Increasing the airflow potential of the nasal passage, and subsequently improving oxygen intake, has long been considered as an effective way to improve performance – remember when practically every athlete wore those stick on strips like ...

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100% Speedcraft Air review

Stu Bowers Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 12:11 Helped along by a certain Peter Sagan, cycling newcomer 100% is taking the fight to Oakley 3.5 / 5 £299 Many have tried and failed to knock Oakley off its perch as the preeminent eyewear brand of the pro peloton, and whilst its not quite there yet, new kid on the block (in cycling at least) 100% has undoubtedly made a significant dent in Oakley’s dominance, helped in no small part by a certain Mr Sagan. The 100% Speedcraft Air glasses are more than just a cool pair of shades, bringing more to the table than just optical clarity and colourful UV protection for your eyes. Increasing the airflow potential of the nasal passage, and subsequently improving oxygen intake, has long been considered as an effective way to improve performance – remember when practically every athlete wore those stick on strips like ...

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Peter Sagan: Cycling is "a boring sport" to watch on TV

Peter Sagan wins 2018 Slovak National Championship TV still.JPG

Three-time world champion admits he only ever watches the last 5 kilometres of a race

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Shaved legs — hot or not?

Shaved legs — hot or not?

We all know that shaved legs feature heavily amongst pros and dedicated cyclists. But the evangelism the topic inspires sometimes seems a little too extreme. Save me the excuses of road rash, aerodynamics or massages — just admit that you're shaving because everybody else does too. The essential guide to shaving your legs Why do cyclists shave their legs? E-Bikes — hot or not? For something that in the grand scheme of things matters so little, the amount of debate, and parroting of some imagined idea of etiquette it generates is astounding. The outcry and frenzy about Sagan’s “incident” of not shaving was, in my view, ridiculous. Who’s to say what is allowed and what isn’t? If you don’t want to do it, don’t and you’ll save yourself both razor burn and regular maintenance. If you do, that's fine too, but don’t try and foist that decision on anyone else. ...

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Simon Yates surpasses Peter Sagan to top UCI WorldTour rankings

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) celebrates after stage 20

With his victory in the Vuelta a Espana , Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates overtook Peter Sagan to move into the lead of the UCI WorldTour rankings. The Briton racked up a whopping 1230 points thanks to his stage win on Les Praeres and his 10 days in the red leader's jersey. The results came on top of his tally from the Giro d'Italia, which he led for 13 days and won two stages, and his stage win and second place overall in the Tour de Pologne. Earlier in the season, Yates won a stage in Paris-Nice and in the Volta a Catalunya, and finished second and fourth overall, respectively. Although Yates pushed Sagan to second in the WorldTour rankings, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third, the world champion continues to lead the World rankings, which include all UCI-ranked results, over Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe and Elia Viviani. Sagan failed to win ...

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The weekly spin: On rider representation, and David Millar’s protest candidacy

The weekly spin is a new column from our Editor at Large, offering commentary and analysis on topics ranging from racing to tech to industry to travel to simple observations from the saddle. David Millar is running to become president of the CPA, the professional riders’ union. He knows he won’t win. The Scottish former … The post The weekly spin: On rider representation, and David Millar’s protest candidacy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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On the scene for stages 12 and 13 of the Vuelta

Stage 12 of the Vuelta finished at Faro de Estaca de Bares, a lighthouse station on a spit of land on the Galicia coast of northern Spain. The finish was on a road so narrow that for the last few hundred meters of drive up, I felt like I was threading the needle through the barricades, and I was driving a Fiat 500. Luckily, a break stayed away, so that a group of just six riders, rather than a mass bunch, contested the stage win. Unluckily for Dylan Van Baarle, who took the brunt of it, there was still a crash at a pinch point next to the photographers after the finish line, when someone from the race organization got in the way of the riders. Alexandre Geniez won the small-group sprint just ahead of Van Baarle. The black blur in the lower left corner of my photo is the ...

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Final win in rainbow stripes eludes Sagan

Final win in rainbow stripes eludes Sagan

Peter Sagan's three-year reign as world champion will likely come to an end soon, and he was unable to win a stage at the Vuelta. Read the full article at Final win in rainbow stripes eludes Sagan on VeloNews.com .

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Peter Sagan: I tried my best

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) is in his final days as the current world champion

Reigning world champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) completed this year's Vuelta a España with his sixth podium finish on a stage of the Spanish Grand Tour on Sunday. Sagan had started the Vuelta's final stage hoping that he would repeat one of his earliest Grand Tour bunch-sprint victories. Back in 2011, in Madrid, he had taken his third stage win at what was first Vuelta, winning ahead of Italians Daniele Bennati and Alessandro Petacchi. But seven years later, Italy's top sprinter, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), managed to best Sagan conclusively , roaring up the left-hand side of the Paseo de la Castellana in central Madrid to cross the line clearly ahead of the Slovakian. "As expected, the Vuelta ended with a fast bunch sprint in Madrid. I tried my best but it wasn't enough to win the stage. Congratulations to Elia for his victory," Sagan said in a brief ...

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Simon Yates wins 2018 Vuelta a Espana

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins the final stage

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) conquered his third bunch sprint victory of the Vuelta a España in Madrid on Sunday, whilst Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the main pack to capture his first ever Grand Tour. The Italian National Champion lost his lead-out train with around two kilometres to go but was still able to stay calm and launch a ferocious late acceleration that netted Viviani his 18th win of 2018 and seventh Grand Tour stage of the season. Viviani's win completed an exceptional Vuelta a España for Quick Step Floors, with a second place overall for Enric Mas as well as four stage wins. As if that was not enough, Viviani's win came on a day when the Belgian outfit had already triumphed twice, taking the stage victory in the Tour of Slovakia with Fabio Jakobsen and the overall with Julian Alaphilippe. World Champion Peter Sagan powered up in ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2018: Simon Yates seals vintage year for British cycling with overall victory

Vuelta a Espana 2018: Simon Yates seals vintage year for British cycling with overall victory

Joe Robinson 16 Sep 2018 Yates secures red as Elia Viviani takes yet another victory for Quick-Step Floors Simon Yates rolled into Madrid to secure a historic victory in the Vuelta a Espana, rounding off an 'annus mirabilis' for Great British cycling as they take home victory in all three Grand Tours in 2018. Yates's Vuelta red joins Chris Froome's Giro d'Italia victory and Geraint Thomas's Tour de France win as Britain becomes the first nation to win all three Grand Tours in one season with three individual riders. Britain also becomes the first country to take five back-to-back Grand Tour victories, starting with Froome's 2017 Tour win. In terms of stage honours, that went to Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) who left his sprint late to overcome World Champion Peter Sagan who had to settle for second. The peloton sprung into action with a furious pace for the final 10km ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 19: Pinot wins but Yates takes massive stride towards overall glory

Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 19: Pinot wins but Yates takes massive stride towards overall glory

Martin James 14 Sep 2018 Yates survives Movistar onslaught to extend lead as Valverde is left floundering in rivals' wake Thibaut Pinot won Stage 19 of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana high in the Andorran mountains, but it was Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who was standing tallest after taking a huge stride towards overall victory in Madrid on Sunday. Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Yates had attacked on the lower slopes of the 17km Coll de la Rabassa that finished an otherwise flat 154km stage to join Stephen Kruijswijk (Lotto-NL Jumbo) in a lead group of three ahead of the other main favourites. And with Yates having countered the threat of second man overall Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), whose team had set a high pace throughout the stage then sent Nairo Quintana on the attack earlier on the climb, instead it was Yates who looked strongest, extending his lead over Valverde by more than ...

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Are broken chains a thing of the past?

As chains have become narrower, have they also become weaker? We ran a series of tests on breaking loads and chain elasticity. Read the full article at Are broken chains a thing of the past? on VeloNews.com .

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Peter Sagan comes up short in Vuelta a Espana sprint

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) is in his final days as the current world champion

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) sprang clear of Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) as the road tilted uphill in the final 800 metres of stage 18 of the Vuelta a España , and hung on as it flattened towards the line. On what was perhaps his best shot of toppling the dominant Italian sprinter, the world champion didn't put a pedal stroke wrong. The problem was that Jelle Wallays ( Lotto Soudal ) was already celebrating victory. Sandwiched between two big mountain days, Thursday's stage was the only one of the entire Vuelta not to feature a categorized climb, and a bunch sprint seemed an inevitability. The uphill kick in the finale was widely predicted to level the playing field between Sagan and Viviani but in the end it mattered little as their teammates failed to bring back Wallays and his breakaway companion. "I saw those two up the ...

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Peter Sagan is coming to London to sign books, here's how you can meet him

Peter Sagan is coming to London to sign books, here's how you can meet him

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2018 The three time World Champion is coming to London to sign his new book My World Triple World Champion and all-around cycling megastar Peter Sagan is set to join the likes of Brian May, David Walliams and Barbra Windsor as the latest celebrity to appear at a Waterstones book-signing in London. The Paris-Roubaix champion will be making his only UK appearance of 2018 next month to promote his new biography My World at the Waterstones store on Tottenham Court Road. The charismatic Slovakian will be there between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday 4th October. Sagan will be available to take pictures, shake your hand and sign his book but, be warned, Waterstones has warned that 'Peter's time will be strictly limited, and admittance to the signing queue will be available EXCLUSIVELY to customers who have purchased tickets in advance.' It also added that selfies would ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2018: Wallays wins from break to hold off charging Sagan

Vuelta a Espana 2018: Wallays wins from break to hold off charging Sagan

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2018 A dull day bursts into life with 5km to go as the break pull off a surprise win Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) took a nail-biting sprint finish into Lleida as the breakaway survived the clutches of the peloton. The Lotto rider managed to outsprint fellow break rider Sven Erik Bystrom (UAE Team Emirates) and also hold off a rampaging Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who had launched an early sprint from the peloton behind. The gap between the break and the peloton was slim heading into the final kilometre but it soon became apparent that the main group would not make the catch. Sagan made his best efforts to close the gap in the final 300m but the Belgian did just enough to hold on. In terms of General Classification, there was no change. The flat parcour saw the top 10 roll in together leaving Simon Yates ...

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Vuelta a Espana: Wallays wins stage 18

Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) lets out a roar of celebration

Jelle Wallays ( Lotto Soudal ) won stage 18 of the Vuelta a España following a breathless finale in Lleida that saw him out-sprint breakaway companion Sven Erik Bystrom (UAE Team Emirates) just as the peloton was bearing down upon them in the finishing straight. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) opted to open his sprint from a distance in a desperate attempt to catch the escapees, but although the world champion's effort was a prodigious one, he had to settle for third place on the same time as Wallays. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) placed 4th ahead of Ivan Garcia (Bahrain-Merida). On a transitional day that was expected to peter out into a bunch sprint, Wallays, Bystrom and fellow escapee Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH) – who was dropped from the break with 7km to go – defied all expectations to pull off a remarkable heist in Catalonia. The trio escaped after just 3km, and ...

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October issue of Procycling out now

The October issue of Procycling is on sale now!

With just over a week to go until the UCI Road World Championships begin in Innsbruck, Peter Sagan could be in the final few days of his three-year streak in the rainbow jersey. Since the Slovak first held the road world title in 2015, he has become cycling's most bankable and most blockbuster star. He's the sport's rock star who always delivers, whether he's winning races or not. Procycling met with Sagan this summer, in one of the increasingly rare exclusive interviews the 28-year-old gives, in the middle of a season where he won a long-awaited Paris-Roubaix title and a record-equalling sixth green jersey at the Tour de France. But beneath all the jokes, the bike trickery and the videos posted, Sagan is becoming ever more elusive almost in equal trajectory to his increasing fame. As well as discussing his Bora-Hansgrohe team, which was set up almost entirely around him, ...

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Dutch rider Mollema aims for worlds breakout

Dutch rider Mollema aims for worlds breakout

Bauke Mollema is an outsider on the Dutch team because Tom Dumoulin will headline the squad, but he has a shot at winning gold. Read the full article at Dutch rider Mollema aims for worlds breakout on VeloNews.com .

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