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The year’s most loaded startlist! On Lopez, and Climbing I believe that Miguel Angel Lopez is the best climber in the world. Let’s go back a bit. The editor’s draft comes with a chat room. Between picks, the conversation drifts, and is amusing, vulgar, informative, and juvenile by turn. When picks are being made, the heckling starts. Sometimes compliments are given, mostly it is a gentle recognition that we are all clichés of ourselves, picking the same old guys, and that we really could drat each other’s teams at this point. Because of my brilliance* I was picking 21 st and 24 th . There wasn’t much to consider at 21. MAL was still there, and I knew he certainly wouldn’t be by the time we came around to my third pick, at 65 th . I took him. I then heard the most chilling heckle of all, albeit one ...

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Strade Bianche 2018: Tiesj Benoot unmatched as he leaves all rivals behind

Strade Bianche 2018: Tiesj Benoot unmatched as he leaves all rivals behind

Jack Elton-Walters 3 Mar 2018 Tiesj Benoot had his work cut out to catch the leaders but once he was back in touch he attacked and went away to the win Tiesj Benoot ( Lotto-Soudal ) won the 2018 Strade Bianche after chasing up to and then attacking the breakaway. The leading pair until that point had been Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wout van Aert (Vérandas Willems–Crelan), but they couldn't match the attack of Benoot on a late section of white road. Suited to the roads thanks to his cyclocross riding, van Aert had been active on the front of the race for much of the day and was the only rider to react when Bardet went on the offensive. That move came with 46km still to race, and the grouo of favourites behind were soon arguing about who was going to ride, which sapped all impetus and ...

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KOO Open Cube glasses review

KOO Open Cube glasses review

The original Opens from Kask’s glasses brand, KOO, have impressed in the past. The lightweight frames, with their unique rotating arms, gave plenty of adjustment and enabled you to rotate the lens. The downside was that the full frame didn’t suit everyone. 5 new pairs of 100% glasses for Sagan to choose from Oakley EVZero Range Photochromic cycling glasses review The new 31g glasses feature a half-frame style. They retain the cool, clever arm design and super-high-grade lens from German lens brand, Zeiss. The new lens is much deeper (50mm at its deepest), which provides great coverage. The frames curve, allowing them to sit close to your face for draught-free riding. The lens stayed pretty much fog-free, only misting up a little on the bottom edge during a long climb on a hot day. The frames have a fair bit of flex, although they are stable enough when worn, and ...

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Van Aert ready for switch from cyclo-cross to Strade Bianche

Cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van Aert races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018

Wout Van Aert is a three-time cyclo-cross world champion but admitted he was nervous when he sat down between Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski at the pre-race Strade Bianche press conference on Friday afternoon. The Belgian's latest world title and his desire to compete in the spring Classics helped his Verandas Willems-Crelan team secure a late wild card invitation to Strade Bianche. He is arguably an outsider but his presence at Strade Bianche has added an extra twist to the race, sparking huge fascination in Belgium and huge curiosity about if his cyclo-cross skills will help him be competitive in one of the hardest races of the season. "I'm sitting between two great riders I'd never met until five minutes ago," Van Aert admitted with a smile. "I was perhaps more nervous for the press conference than for the race, which is actually stupid because as a cyclo-cross rider I ...

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Kwiatkowski focuses on a third victory at Strade Bianche

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the 2017 Strade Bianche

Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) is focused on winning Strade Bianche rather than thinking about the glory and recognition that a third victory would mean to his career. Only Fabian Cancellara has won Strade Bianche three times, and he's the only rider to have a sector of dirt road named in his honour. Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche in 2014 while still an emerging talent. He took his second victory in 2017 and so will start this year’s race wearing race number one. His impressive victory at the recent Volta ao Algarve arguably makes him the favourite for this year's race, but he is not yet thinking about where he’d like his special Strade Bianche milestone. "I'm really happy to be here as winner of last year, there’s a little pressure for that reason, but I had a great winter preparation and had some good racing in Algarve and a ...

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Peter Sagan stays coy about his Strade Bianche chances

Thumbs up from Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) rocked up to the Strade Bianche pre-race press conference relaxed, smiling and with ruffled hair, as if he had awoken from an afternoon nap. He admitted he has not trained on the dirt roads due to the rain but seemed quietly confident that he can be a contender in his first European race of 2018. The world champion started his season at the Tour Down Under, winning a stage and racking up a series of placings. Since returning to Europe and visiting the Pope in the Vatican, he has spent a long spell training at altitude in the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain, preparing for his hugely important Spring Classics campaign. “We’re back, the season starts again. The Tour Down Under was like a movie trailer but here we aren’t going to the movies,” Sagan said as he sat with 2017 Strade Bianche winner Michal ...

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Fabian Cancellara’s predictions for the Spring Classics

Fabian Cancellara’s predictions for the Spring Classics

Tobias Mews 2 Mar 2018 An insight into the one-day races from the man who knows them best Fabian Cancellara is arguably the greatest one-day racer of this generation. He has seven Monument Classics to his name, as well as a host of smaller one-day victories. That’s on top of four Time-Trial World Championship wins, two Olympic gold medals and countless stages of the Tour de France that put him in the yellow jersey for 29 days – the most any rider has worn the jersey without winning the Tour. Cyclist caught up with him at the Laureus Sport for Good Ride, part of the Laureus World Sports Awards, of which Cancellara is an Academy member. Over a few glasses of Patrón Tequila, the official spirits sponsor for the event’s after party, he tells us of his predictions for the upcoming Classics season. Strade Bianche When : Saturday 3rd March ...

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The Week in Tech: Canyon women’s MTB, special Sagan shades, budget Shimano wheels

The Week in Tech: Canyon women’s MTB, special Sagan shades, budget Shimano wheels

Here's the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don't. Read the full article at The Week in Tech: Canyon women’s MTB, special Sagan shades, budget Shimano wheels on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France considering ending use of podium girls

Marcel Kittel in green after stage 16 at the Tour de France

Tour de France owners ASO are considering bringing an end to the tradition of using podium girls to hand out prizes at the race, according to a report published in The Times on Thursday. The news follows recent announcements by The Professional Darts Corporation, which said in January that it would no longer use walk-on girls to accompany players onto the stage, and from Formula 1, which axed their "grid girls" the following week. Podium girls have been a common feature in cycling but it has been a divisive issue, particularly in recent seasons. While some call it a traditional part of cycling, the treatment of the women and the sexualisation of their role have also been questioned. In 2013, podium hostess Maja Leye was groped on the Tour of Flanders podium by Peter Sagan , who had finished second. Last year, Jan Bakelants had to apologise after he made ...

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Podium girls look set to be scrapped from the Tour de France

Podium girls look set to be scrapped from the Tour de France

Joe Robinson 2 Mar 2018 Tour set to follow in the footsteps of Tour of Flanders and Tour Down Under in scrapping tradition The Tour de France could be the latest major cycling race to end the tradition of podium girls, following the lead of the Vuelta a Espana . Reported in The Times , Tour de France organisers have been planning to drop the use of podium girls for the race which starts on 7th July in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île. If true, the Tour will follow suit with its fellow Grand Tour the Vuelta a Espana in ending the practice of having podium girls greet the stage winners. In 2017, the Vuelta replaced the podium girls a selection of men and women to assist with podium duties. The Tour Down Under also replaced podium girls with young children and local cyclists earlier this year with the Flanders Classics announcing that the ...

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5 questions with rising Italian classics star Alberto Bettiol

When BMC Racing takes the start at Strade Bianche on Saturday, the team will be riding for leader Greg Van Avermaet, who has finished on the podium twice in the past three years. One man riding in support for Van Avermaet is 24-year-old Italian Alberto Bettiol, who knows the white dirt roads of Tuscany as … The post 5 questions with rising Italian classics star Alberto Bettiol appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Oss poised to be X-factor for Sagan in classics

Oss poised to be X-factor for Sagan in classics

The Italian rider moved over to Bora-Hansgrohe for this season and will serve as one of Peter Sagan's lieutenants. Read the full article at Oss poised to be X-factor for Sagan in classics on VeloNews.com .

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Kittel makes late switch from Paris-Nice to Tirreno-Adriatico

Marcel Kittel is yet to his straps at the race

Marcel Kittel has made a late switch to his spring race programme, opting to ride Tirreno-Adriatico instead of Paris-Nice, as he chases his first sprint victory with Katusha-Alpecin . Kittel has ridden the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour but failed to win a stage as he and his new teammates worked on perfecting their lead out train. Kittel finished third in a sprint at the Dubai Tour and second on stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, when he was edged out by fellow German Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) after thinking he had won . Kittel was expected to be part of the Katusha-Alpecin squad for Paris-Nice and target the likely sprint finishes on stages two and three. However, he was not named in the seven-rider line-up on Thursday, despite previously being listed on the start list on the official race website by organisers ASO. Maurits Lammertink appears ...

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Valverde recovers to lead Movistar at Strade Bianche

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Movistar have confirmed that Alejandro Valverde will lead the Spanish WorldTour team at this weekend’s Strade Bianche despite falling ill as he returned home from the Abu Dhabi Tour . Carlos Betancur is also set to make his season debut after pulling out of the Colombia Oro y Paz event in January while he continued to recover from injuries he picked up at the end of last year. “Ready to travel to Tuscany for a new edition of Strade Bianche,” Valverde wrote on Twitter. “A really tough but beautiful race, where it seems that it will be pretty cold.” Joining Valverde and Betancur in the seven-man Movistar line-up are Daniele Bennati, Andrey Amador, José Joaquín Rojas, Nelson Oliveira and Nuno Bico. Valverde won the final stage and claimed overall victory at last week’s Abu Dhabi Tour – his second stage race win of 2018 following his victory at the Volta ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico attracts stellar start list for 2018

Chris Froome finished 10th overall at the Ruta del Sol

This year's Tirreno-Adriatico has attracted a star-studded line-up with Grand Tour winners Chris Froome (Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) set to ride, along with world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and former rainbow jersey winners Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep-Floors) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). The battle for the overall victory will be intensified by the addition of Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Drapac), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte (BMC), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and Geraint Thomas (Sky). Movistar's Nairo Quintana will not defend his overall title while Nibali and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) are the only former winners on the start list. The sprinter's field is equally as packed with Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors), Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), Sacha Modolo (EF Education-Drapac), Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Giacomo ...

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Tour of Alberta leaves $1.6 million wave of debt in its wake

Roadside fans wave as the Tour of Alberta passes by.

The recently cancelled Tour of Alberta and the organisation that promoted the event for its five-year run still owe creditors more than $1.6 million (Canadian), according to bankruptcy documents Cyclingnews obtained this week. The Alberta Peloton Association, the organisation formed specifically to promote the UCI 2.1 race, claimed $1,615,408 in outstanding liabilities against $19,410 of assets, all of which come from "machinery and equipment." The Alberta Peloton Association claims it has no cash on hand or any other assets, according to the documents. Hotels for teams, staff and the large entourage necessary to put on the race make up the lion's share of the debt, with the Edmonton Westin, which housed the race entourage for multiple days in 2017 and 2016, owed $214,497, according to the document. Medallist Sports, the US company hired to manage the event, is owed $68,571. Other major debts include $177,644 owed to television production company ...

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5 new pairs of 100% glasses for Peter Sagan to choose from

This article first appeared on BikeRadar Too-cool-for-school eyewear brand 100% is adding five new pairs of shades to its range for 2018, giving sponsored pros such as Peter Sagan even more ways to look nonchalant while crushing opponents or chilling on top of the podium. A close-up look at Peter Sagan's 100% Speedcraft Air glasses 100% launches new Speedtrap glasses, as worn by Peter Sagan The Daze, Blake, and Hudson "Active Lifestyle" (i.e. off-the-bike) models will go on sale on 1 March. These will be followed by the the Sportcoupe and S2 riding glasses in May. The casual models will retail from $110, and offer a range of colours from the lairy and modern to the slightly more retro. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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5 new pairs of 100% glasses for Sagan to choose from

5 new pairs of 100% glasses for Sagan to choose from

Too-cool-for-school eyewear brand 100% is adding five new pairs of shades to its range for 2018, giving sponsored pros such as Peter Sagan even more ways to look nonchalant while crushing opponents or chilling on top of the podium. Sagan's 100% Speedcraft Air glasses have nose magnets Ridley's Arena track bike looks fast just standing still The Daze, Blake, and Hudson "Active Lifestyle" (i.e. off-the-bike) models will go on sale on 1 March. These will be followed by the the Sportcoupe and S2 riding glasses in May. The casual models will retail from $110, and offer a range of colours from the lairy and modern to the slightly more retro. You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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March edition of Procycling now on sale

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The March 2018 edition of Procycling is now available to buy in UK shops. The issue features Michał Kwiatkowski , one of the strongest riders of 2017 and already one of the most successful riders of 2018 on the cover and we travelled to his native Poland for an in-depth interview with the 27-year-old Sky rider. Last year, Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche and his debut monument at Milan-San Remo, and as the cobbled Classics get underway and the first monument of 2018 rapidly approaches, the Team Sky rider goes into this season's spring campaign brimming with confidence. After becoming world champion in 2014 aged 24, Kwiatkowski is arguably now in the form of his life. Fresh from a win in Volta ao Algarve earlier in February, the Pole heads into the spring season aiming to go even better than he did last year. "I want to win more Classics. I ...

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Ride like Michael Matthews

BikesEtc 28 Feb 2018 The versatile and talented Aussie showman who’s as stylish on the bike as he is off it Exciting Australian Michael Matthews has been competing at the highest level of the sport since the start of his career. In his first season as a pro in 2010, he finished 8th at the Tour de l’Avenir – a kind of mini-Tour de France for young riders – competing well against other young hopefuls including Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet. Even more impressively, he followed this up by winning the under-23 World Road Race Championship. Joining WorldTour team Rabobank the following season, he took his first major victory at senior level, pipping veteran sprinter Andre Greipel to the line on the third stage of the Tour Down Under, Australia’s most prestigious stage race. See related Regent's Park safe cycling plans take step forward Public consultation shows support ...

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