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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Strade Bianche 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2018 Key information about the 2018 Strade Bianche, which takes place on Saturday 3rd March Despite the race only being in its 12th edition, Strade Bianche has quickly become one of the most prestigious one-day races outside of the five Monuments, so much so that it was made a WorldTour race in 2017. With its gravel roads and punchy climbs, the race has suited the Classics men with many who hold ambitions at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix shining brightly at this Italian race. However, more tradtional climbers like Alejandro Valverde and Damiano Cunego have also faired well in the past. The most successful rider at Strade Bianche is Fabian Cancellara with three victories - 2008, 2012 and 2016. The most recent champion is Michal Kwiatkowski whose victory in 2017 kickstarted an impressive Spring Classics campaign that also saw the Pole take his first Monument ...

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Van Avermaet chasing victory at Strade Bianche

Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet shows off his new colours

Greg Van Avermaet will lead the BMC Racing team at Saturday's Strade Bianche , hoping to finally win the Italian Classic after finishing second to Michel Kwiatkowski last year and second to Zdenek Stybar in 2015. Van Avermaet failed to secure a result at the opening weekend in Belgium but showed his early-season form by winning a stage at the Tour of Oman. He will have the support of Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Stefan Küng, Michael Schär, Francisco Ventoso and Loïc Vliegen for the dirt road race in the steep hills south of Siena. His major rivals for the first Italian one-day WorldTour race of the 2018 season include world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan). After snow ...

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Bora-Hansgrohe confirm Peter Sagan for Strade Bianche

Peter Sagan at the Vatican

Bora-Hansgrohe has confirmed world champion Peter Sagan will start his 2018 European campaign at Strade Bianche Saturday. Sagan started his season in Australia at the Tour Down Under where he won a stage and wore the leader's ochre jersey for one day. Upon arriving back in Europe, Sagan then met the Pope before heading to a training camp in the Sierra Nevada and skipping 'opening weekend'. The 28-year-old has raced every edition of the Italian one-day classic since 2012 with second place to then-teammate Moreno Moser in 2013 and the same result to Michal Kwiatoski the following year his best result to date. In 2016, Sagan was fourth but abandoned the race last year due to illness. Supporting Sagan's bid for victory will be Italian Daniel Oss, German champion Marcus Burghardt, Pole Maciej Bodnar, Austrian Gregor Mühlberger, German Christoph Pfingsten, and Latvian Aleksejs Saramotins. Despite a lack of recent racing ...

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Kwiatkowski braves the elements for Milan-San Remo recon

Michal Kwiatkowski took stage honours during stage 2 at Volta ao Algarve

Team Sky 's Michal Kwiatkowski is already preparing to defend his 2017 Milan-San Remo title when the race rolls out next month, even enduring a day of training in the snow on the route of the Italian Monument. The polish rider posted a video on Twitter of himself riding in a snowstorm with the frosty precipitation piling up on his brow and glasses. "San-Remo recon done," Kwiatkowski says in the video. "Lovely." The 291km race, which takes place March 17, has seen its snow days in the past, but Kwiatkowski - and the rest of the peloton, no doubt - will be hoping for a bit warner weather this year. Kwiatkowski won last year's race in a three-up sprint ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphlippe (Quick-Step Floors), two weeks after he won Strade Bianche. After San Remo he was second in Amstel Gold and third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. So ...

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Race analysis from Opening Weekend - Podcast

Michael Valgren (Astana) gets the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite trophy

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnew s podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo , Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville – Edward Pickering and Daniel Benson look back at the 'Opening Weekend' in Belgium and analyse the racing that saw Michael Valgren (Astana) come out on top in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) continue his fine start this season with victory in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . We hear from Valgren and two of the Omloop protagonists, Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin and Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education Firs-Drapac), while Jim Ochowicz provides the latest on BMC Racing's search for sponsorship. The main focus, however, is on the Classics, and as well as looking at the winners, we also focus on where some of the leading teams – Lotto-Soudal and Quick-Step Floors – were found wanting. There's also the latest on Astana's financial situation and a quick look ahead to ...

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Hammer Series returns with second weekend for 2018

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 Stavanger, Norway to kickstart series with Limburg, Netherlands the weekend after Launched in an attempt to rethink the way we view professional cycling racing, the Hammer Series will return in 2018 adding a second event in Stavanger, Norway. Kickstarting two back-to-back weekends of the Hammer Series this latest three days of racing will take place from 25th to 27th May with the original Limburg event taking place on the following weekend, 1st to 3rd June. Like last year's inaugural event, the Stavanger Hammer Series will be broken down into three days - the Hammer Climb, Hammer Sprint and Hammer Chase - in the search to find the best team over the entire event. Uniquely, this race does not crown an individual winner at its conclusion rather a winning team. The eventual winners will be those who cross the line first in day three's Hammer Chase, ...

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Watch: Kwiatkowski cycles through the snow on Milan-San Remo ride

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 Preparing to defend his 2017 title, the Team Sky man shows off the heavy snowfall Milan-San Remo defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) has been out riding the roads of the first Monument of the year and it appears the weather in this coastal Italian town is no different to what we are experiencing here in the UK. Riding along, the Pole filmed himself alone in a heavy downfall of snow having to clear his glasses of the unrelenting flurry. San Remo recon, if anyone asked %uD83D%uDE02%uD83C%uDF28 #Kwiato #allezKwiato @TeamSky pic.twitter.com/g459rdLyCE — Micha%u0142 Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) February 26, 2018 With only two weekends remaining before the 2018 edition of the race, the 2014 road race World Champion is preparing to defend his title from last season in which he outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphillippe ( Quick-Step Floors ) in photo finish. See ...

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Why the 2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was so underwhelming

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 There were a few clear reasons as to why the first cobbled Classic of the year was not that exciting This weekend, for many, sparked the true start of the cycling season with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. This cobbled one-day Classic usually produces electric racing and builds the anticipation for the upcoming Tour of Flanders to palpable levels. However while Michael Valgren's (Astana) canny attack led to an impressive solo victory , I couldn't help but to feel a little unsatisfied with this year's race. Bucking the trend of recent years, the 2018 Omloop did not produce the fireworks on the much loved cobbled climbs between the usual culprits that we are used to seeing. Below is a little looks at why we may have all been left underwhelmed by this usually tantalising race. If it isn't broke, don't fix it On paper, Omloop ...

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Van Avermaet rues missed chance for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad hat-trick

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in the breakaway at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the traditional first test for the cobbled Classics specialists. Last year's winner Greg Van Avermaet ( BMC Racing ) was the pre-race favourite after his major challenger Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) opted to skip the Belgian opening weekend, but it wasn't to be for the Olympic Champion. On a redesigned course that featured the old Ronde van Vlaanderen finale, it turned out to be much harder than expected for Van Avermaet to fight for the win. In the final kilometres, Michael Valgren Andersen (Astana) jumped away from the elite lead group towards victory. Most of the riders in the lead group were eventually brought back by the peloton that sprinted for fourth place. After the race, Van Avermaet couldn't hide his disappointment. "I'm pleased with my form and I featured in the favourites' group. It's a pity there were only attacks and no real co-operation in ...

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Specialized S-Works Tarmac review

Specialized S-Works Tarmac review

The Tarmac has been incredibly successful for Specialized both in terms of race wins and sales. The new Tarmac replaces the curvy SL5 with a more angular design, with slimmer tube profiles and dropped seatstays, which follow on from lessons learnt on the Venge Vias and Roubaix . Peter Sagan’s S-Works Tarmac SL6 gallery The all-new Specialized Women's S-Works Tarmac is a bike with speed at its heart The new frame has lost weight over the last generation, now weighing 733g, over 200g lighter than the SL5. An all-new sub-300g fork is designed to be size specific, so the steerer tube profile changes across the size range to ensure consistent handling. On the road, the Tarmac feels very familiar, the supersonic speed of the SL5’s handling impressed me hugely, and the new Tarmac feels just as sharp. Where it betters its forefathers is in the hills with its 6.35kg weight, ...

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Van Avermaet: It's more difficult for me without Sagan

Greg Van Avermaet taking his second straight Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory

While almost all the world's top Classics riders are in Belgium this weekend for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , there's one glaring absentee in Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ). Some might breathe a sigh of relief at not having to work out how to beat the three-time world champion, but for Greg Van Avermaet ( BMC Racing ) it's the opposite. Sagan won Kuurne last year and finished on the podium at the past two editions of Omloop, but has decided to plot his route to the spring differently this year, training at altitude in Spain before resuming racing at Strade Bianche. For Van Avermaet, who has beaten Sagan to the top step of those last two Omloop podiums, the 'opening weekend' remains an important step on his calendar, but he says his chances of a record third title are made harder – not easier – by his rival's ...

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Kwiatkowski shrugs off Grand Tour talk to focus on one-day targets

Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates winning the 2018 Volta ao Algarve

When it comes to Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) targeting Grand Tours and stage races the question appears to have always been a matter of ‘when rather than if’ but the Team Sky all-rounder remains firmly focused on achieving his one-day ambitions for the time being. The Polish rider has forged a career as one of the most multi-talented riders in the current peloton, with an eclectic skill set enabling him to win across a number of formats. There are few riders who can go toe-to-toe with Peter Sagan one week, and then ride at the head of affairs in the mountains the next. The all-rounder won both summit finish stages at the Volta ao Algarve, and carried away the overall crown after a daring raid on the final stage. Heading into the spring classics, he once more looks like a force to reckoned with. “Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a big ...

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Omloop Course Shake-Up Should Change How Race Unfolds...And Not for the Better

Gilbert’s long-range attack on the Muur set up a fascinating Tour of Flanders.

So, the course of Omloop het Nieuwsblad, as you might have heard, has been given quite a substantial change-up, with the old route, the final climb being the Molenberg, axed in favour of a new course which takes heavily from the old version of the Tour of Flanders. Namely, it pretty forcibly rips out the combination of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg, putting them close to the finish. I think this route will please a lot of fans, it draws from what was largely agreed to be a great Flanders course and it makes use of historic and challenging cobbled climbs in such a way that they may decide the race. It’ll be a stern challenge to start the classics season, it will no doubt lead to a selective event, maybe more selective than previously. Oh yeah, and I absolutely hate it. Don’t get me wrong, I have ...

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Blue is the new black: rating 2018's pro team kits

Blue is the new black: rating 2018's pro team kits

Felix Lowe 22 Feb 2018 Eurosport’s Felix Lowe casts his eye over the season’s new pro kits Do you remember when Team Sky first started warming down on rollers and colour co-ordinating their hydration strategies? Every other team was soon at marginal pains to copy the new coolest kids in the playground and overnight there were more black kits on display than in a teenage goth’s wardrobe. In 2018 that has all changed. The only team swimming with the black tide – offset with questionable bogey green – is Mitchelton-Scott. (Mitchelton replaces mining giant Orica as the Aussie squad’s main sponsor, and its owner, Gerry Ryan, is digging deep into his own pockets via his wine business, hotel and spa. Think Oleg Tinkov’s La Datcha chalets, but with less vodka.) Sky have ditched black for a translucent kit that will make rainy races look like a wet T-shirt competition. Dare ...

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FSA-DS Q&A with Ursula

2017 top scorer, unknown quantity in 2018

If you dance with the Devil, you might as well lead. I didn’t Then I did something I haven’t done before: make those 1-6 pointers dirt cheap. Its like I’m giving them away! Well, the teams are out and the FSA-DS season is underway. This seems like an opportune moment to bring you the thoughts of the man who ruins our February every year, the diabolic curator of the points-list himsef: Ursula. If you missed last year’s podcafst, this is a chance to get a bit of an insight into how the list comes together and the rationale behind it. Before we begin, I should take a brief moment to say a sincere thank you to Ursula and to Jens, umwolverine, Super Ted, Chris and all the others who put so much time into producing the best fantasy cycling game there is, and rolling it out to us for absolutely ...

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Sprinting with Sagan

Peter Sagan sprints to win the Tour Down Under’s People’s Choice Classic

World champion Peter Sagan answers BikeRoar's questions about the season, his keys to success, and he gives his tips and advice to aspiring cyclists and sprinters.

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