The weekly spin: For Rissveds and Ferrand-Prévot, the circle is complete

The narrative arc of a professional cyclist’s existence is often a rollercoaster of circumstance, heartbreak, and resurgence — a constant balancing act of physical and mental health. That has never been more clear than over the past few months in elite women’s mountain-bike racing. Across the UCI’s World Cup series and World Championship, the return to … The post The weekly spin: For Rissveds and Ferrand-Prévot, the circle is complete appeared first on CyclingTips .

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At mountain bike worlds, one rider’s shot at redemption

After two lost years, Lea Davison seeks to break a cycle of pressure and failure and earn another shot at the Olympics The post At mountain bike worlds, one rider’s shot at redemption appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trek-Segafredo win Postnord Vargarda WestSweden TTT

Trek-Segafredo win the Postnord Vargarda WestSweden TTT

Trek-Segafredo has won the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden TTT on Saturday. Having set the best time every intermediate check, the team including Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Elisa Longo Borghini, Ellen van Dijk, Tayler Wiles, Ruth Winder, and Trixi Worrack finished the TTT in 43:53 minutes, beating Canyon-SRAM by 25 seconds and Team Sunweb by 46 seconds. "It feels good to get a win as a team," said Ruth Winder in a TV interview after the race. "Every bike race is a team game, and to stand on the podium together is really, really cool. It was our first time together, but we have such an experienced group of girls. Everybody on the team really knows how to do a team time trial, and we had a lot of trust and confidence in each other and came together as one cohesive unit. We will celebrate a little, but we are already excited for the ...

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The SHEcret Pro: On Van Vleuten ‘the alien’ and Vos the incredible

The SHEcret Pro is back with a fresh helping of insider perspectives from the professional women’s peloton. In this edition, she takes us inside the bunch at the Giro Rosa and La Course and considers the upcoming transfer season. Where has the year gone? Already the Giro Rosa and La Course are behind us and … The post The SHEcret Pro: On Van Vleuten ‘the alien’ and Vos the incredible appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Women's Tour favourites: Our pick of the riders to watch

Maria David 7 Jun 2019 Our picks for the racers who could make their mark at the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour Scenic Suffolk will be the setting on Monday for the start of the 6th Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . The first stage will see the 96 competitors roll out for a 157.6km race from Beccles to finish with a sprint into Stowmarket. This year’s event has been lengthened to six stages and deemed to be the toughest edition yet, with riders covering 790km and climbing a total of 8,400m over the six days. Two of the stages will be around 160km, while other stages will be similar at 142km. There will be a 64km 'respite' for a circuit race at the Cyclopark, Gravesend, and the final stage will be a mere 125km, culminating in an unprecedented summit finish in Pembrey Country Park, Wales, a week on Saturday. This Women’s ...

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A Life on the Pedals, by Pedro Delgado

Pedro Delgado, A Life on the Pedals

Title: A Life on the Pedals Author: Pedro Delgado (with Julián Redondo, translated by Toni Fernández and Adrian Bell) Publisher: Mousehold Press Year: 2019 (originally published in Spanish in 1995) Pages: 225 Order: Mousehold What it is: The 1995 autobiography of Pedro Delgado, one-time winner of the Tour de France, two-time victor at the Vuelta a España Strengths: It offers a sometimes engaging glimpse into life in the eighties peloton Weaknesses: Like most all chamoirs, it hides more than it shows Seven Spanish riders have won the Tour de France: Federico Bahamontes 1959; Luis Ocaña 1973; Pedro Delgado 1988; Miguel Indurain 1991-1995; Óscar Pereiro 2006; Alberto Contador 2007, 2009, 2010 ; and Carlos Sastre 2008. Bahamontes, he has a workmanlike English-language biography, from Alasdair Fotheringham . Ocaña, he has a rather wonderful biographical novel from Carlos Arribas and a rather dull biography from Fotheringham . Indurain, he has biographies by ...

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London Olympics, Tour de Yorkshire, next the Worlds? Vos eyes more success on British roads

London Olympics, Tour de Yorkshire, next the Worlds? Vos eyes more success on British roads

Maria David 10 May 2019 The multiple world champion and winner of the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire talks about getting back to her best form. Photo: CCC-Liv When Marianne Vos dropped her rivals and crossed the finish line ahead of the field in the howling gale and rain along Scarborough’s Marine Drive on Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire something about the way she fist-pumped the air gave a sign to the world that said, I'm back. This was her way of putting down a mark to show that the Marianne Vos who dominated women’s cycling is again present and correct. Vos probably knew deep down that she could win the Tour de Yorkshire. However, a combination of pushing hard on the gale swept roads, the absence of an injured key helper Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, and not knowing the roads as it was her first time in Yorkshire could have ...

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The SHEcret Pro: Suspicious performances and the dangers of malnutrition

The last we heard from The SHEcret Pro it was October 2018 and she was giving us the lowdown on the Road World Championships. Now, our anonymous insider is back with the latest goss from within the professional women’s peloton, including a look at some suspicious performances, some worrying approaches to nutrition, and a reflection … The post The SHEcret Pro: Suspicious performances and the dangers of malnutrition appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Raw talent: A conversation with Annika Langvad

Annika Langvad can’t stop winning. Last weekend the Danish cross-country champion closed out the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, with a pair of XC victories to add to her overall wins this year at the Sunshine Cup, in Cyprus, and Absa Cape Epic, in South Africa, riding alongside partner Anna van der Breggen. This … The post Raw talent: A conversation with Annika Langvad appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hell’s Bells! The Paris-Roubaix Preview

The best race day of the season is upon us. I’m of course talking about the Hell on the Schelde [looks at calendar, then looks at assignment.] Oh, never mind, it looks like the best race day of the season is already behind us. So, I guess we’ll talk about Roubaix, instead. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating in calling Roubaix the most anticipated race day of the season. Sure, it might not have the prestige of the Tour de France or the beer-soaked reverence of Flanders, but what it does have is a penchant for bringing the pain to the peloton like no other race. Its currency is suffering, and we are the sadists that are buying. And the riders are the masochists that enjoy it. I don’t have to remind most of you about the interview that Theo de Rooij gave to John Tesh (who knows a thing ...

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Uttrup Ludwig: Tour of Flanders podium is a dream come true

Marta Bastianelli (Virtu) wins Tour of Flanders, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) was second,

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig has said that her podium place at the Tour of Flanders is a dream come true. Uttrup Lugwig finished third in a three-up sprint, behind Marta Bastianelli and Annemiek van Vleuten, to claim one of the biggest results of her career so far. After the departure of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio to CCC-Liv over the winter, Uttrup Ludwig has taken over the mantle leader at the Bigla Pro Cycling a team. She is still just 23, but she appears to be shouldering the pressure well with fifth place at Strade Bianche and third at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, before reaching the podium at Flanders. Uttrup Ludwig had a chance to clean up and collect her thoughts before talking to the media at the finish line, but the result was still just sinking in for the Danish rider. “A podium in Flanders is a dream come true and I don’t ...

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Bastianelli fires ahead of Van Vleuten to win women's Tour of Flanders shootout

Maria David 8 Apr 2019 In-form Team Virtu rider matches Dutch rival's attacks then kicks on to claim victory Photography: Pressesport, Maria David Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) continued her impressive sprinting form and showcased her climbing credentials too to edge ahead of Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the finish and win a sun-drenched Tour of Flanders. The heartstopping finish came down to a shoot-out between two real heavyweights in women’s cycling – world time trial champion Van Vleuten against European road race champion Bastianelli; UCI women’s Worlds leader against current UCI Women’s WorldTour leader. The decisive business of the newly lengthened race began with around 30km to go, when Bastianelli led a select group of around 30 riders over the Oude Kwarement, including names such as Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott), Kasia Nieuwiadoma (Canyon-Sram), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla), Ellen Van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), and Bastianelli’s teammate Sophia Bertizzolo. After they crested the ...

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Puncture ends Tour of Flanders hopes for Marianne Vos

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) racing Tour of Flanders

Luck, or the lack of it, often plays as much a part in sport as form and Marianne Vos ( CCC-Liv ) found herself on the receiving end of some bad luck when she suffered a puncture at a crucial moment at the Tour of Flanders. It has been six years since Vos claimed her Tour of Flanders title, but she was with the main group of contenders as they climbed the Oude Kwaremont. The puncture came with 16 kilometres remaining, just as the race was splitting up with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) going up the road, soon to be followed by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and eventual winner Marta Bastianelli (Virtu). In the end, Vos could only watch them go up the road as she waited for a wheel change. Meanwhile, the group that had gone clear would stay away to contest all three podium spots, with the chasers ...

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E3 BinckBank Classic Preview

A familiar sight in 2019

The best non-monument cobbled classic can’t stop getting in the way of itself. (There’s a saying that I’ve only heard used in West Virginia that seems oddly appropriate - The E3 organizers can’t stop stepping on their own dicks). The always-exciting racing is often overshadowed by the organizer’s sexist provocations in advertising the race. This year’s addition to their chauvinistic oeuvre was this: Honestly, the body paint thing standing alone is kinda neat. The message, though, is at best muddled— “Who will crown himself prince in Harelbeke?” First, in the Frog Prince fairy tale, it’s a princess that kisses a frog, which turns the frog into a prince. (And actually, in one of the original editions of the Frog Prince fairy tale, it wasn’t a kiss by the princess that turned the frog into a prince, but rather the princess smashing the frog against the wall in a fit of ...

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E3 Binckbank replaces 'sexist' poster with new design

E3 Binckbank replaces 'sexist' poster with new design

Joe Robinson 13 Mar 2019 UCI threat of legal action forces E3 organisers into promotional material change Organisers of the E3 Binckbank Classic, formerly the E3 Harelbeke, have binned their divisive promotional poster featuring two naked women wearing only body paint, replacing it with a new design showing a sick frog laying on its back. The poster retains the 'Who will crown himself prince in Harelbeke?' tagline but replaces the visual of two women with an animated frog looking the worse for wear. In releasing the new poster, organisers commented, ' Due to "unforeseen circumstances" our frog fell from his throne… But keep our frog in view on Friday March 29th!' The change comes after widespread backlash on social media that claimed the original poster was 'sexist' and outdated. Cycling's governing body, the UCI, then intervened asking for the withdrawal of the poster from all channels with non-compliance being threatened ...

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The weekly spin: A conversation with E3 organizers about that poster

Two women, nearly nude, covered in body paint and wrapped around one another to form the figure of a frog. The tagline: “Who shall crown himself prince in Harelbeke?” What is this, you ask? What does it mean? And what does it have to do with bike racing? It was the visual campaign for the … The post The weekly spin: A conversation with E3 organizers about that poster appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Is it time to switch off in protest against sexism?

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2019 As the E3 Harelbeke spits in the face of equality again, is it time we take an extreme approach? Words: Joe Robinson Professional cycling has a big problem and we need to talk about it. No, it's not the 'sportswashing' of rich Emirati states to divert attention from their human rights records, nor the suspicion of motorised doping or even the rumours of micro-dosing and anti-doping law manipulation. We are just 58 days into 2019 and yet I find myself penning a second story this year about professional cycling and its problem with misogyny and sexism. In other words the sport is currently working on an average of one issue per month, and that’s just counting the overt problems such as posters with naked women and lewd photo gestures. Last month, it was a 36-year-old Iljo Keisse of Deceuninck-QuickStep pushing his genitals against an 18-year-old ...

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Is it time to switch off in protest of sexism?

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2019 As the E3 Harelbeke spits in the face of equality again, is it time we take an extreme approach? Words: Joe Robinson Professional cycling has a big problem and we need to talk about it. No, it's not the 'sportswashing' of rich Emirati states to divert attention from their human rights records, nor the suspicion of motorised doping or even the rumours of micro-dosing and anti-doping law manipulation. We are just 58 days into 2019 and yet I find myself penning a second story this year about professional cycling and its problem with misogyny and sexism. In other words the sport is currently working on an average of one issue per month, and that’s just counting the overt problems such as posters with naked women and lewd photo gestures. Last month, it was a 36-year-old Iljo Keisse of Deceuninck-QuickStep pushing his genitals against an 18-year-old ...

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Pidcock looks ahead after winning Worlds: 'I've done everything at U23. I'm going Elite'

Jack Elton-Walters 2 Feb 2019 Fresh off the podium after winning the U23 Cyclocross World Championships, Pidcock is already looking ahead to a change next season Words Jack Elton-Walters Photography Chris Auld Marked as favourite in a strong field, and with his chief rival as the defending champion, Tom Pidcock took the win in the Under 23 category of the 2019 Cyclocross World Championships in the way he does best, solo. It also wasn't the first win of the championships for British riders, after Ben Tulett had won the Junior Men's race earlier in the day. Image 14 of 28 Image 14 of 28 Gallery: Click through to see Pidcock's winning race When asked the obvious question of how it feels to be World Champion, Pidcock first expresses how cold he feels through chattering teeth and a chuckle. But with a glance down at the striped jersey he won just ...

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The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up

As the furore surrounding Iljo Keisse and Deceuninck-QuickStep begins to abate, it's time to consider whether this "stupid moment" actually highlights a much bigger problem. The post The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up appeared first on CyclingTips .

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