Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .

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UCI commits to fight against motor cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at UCI commits to fight against motor cheating on VeloNews.com .

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Tales from the Tour: Fifth wheel to first

Supported by Today’s Tale from the Tour is not from the Tour. It’s from the Giro Rosa. And from Rio de Janeiro, and a few other places. To Rio first. Two years ago I stood in the infield of the Olympic velodrome, three flags hoisted, hundreds of fanned out faces pointing in toward the podium. Three team … The post Tales from the Tour: Fifth wheel to first appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Winder: I did not expect to stay away

Ruth Winder (Sunweb) on the podium as the stage 5 winner at the Giro Rosa

Ruth Winder (Team Sunweb) won stage 5 of the Giro Rosa on Tuesday, riding into the maglia rosa in the process. After the stage, the US rider was happy about this birthday present she gave herself one day after turning 25, but she also gave credit to her teammates and her fellow escapees, Alice Maria Arzuffi (Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias) and Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops). "The team did a really good job setting us up before the climb, and we came to the top with about 25 girls," Winder said. "I felt good, so I just put in an attack in order to make it a hard day. I did not expect to stay away, but then I was joined by two really strong riders, and we worked really well together." Over the final kilometres, the break still had over a minute, and after an attack by Arzuffi was closed down they ...

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Team Sunweb had a plan to win the Giro Rosa TTT

Team Sunweb riders celebrate on the podium after stage 1 at Giro Rosa

The opening team time trial in the Giro Rosa came down to the wire as the two top teams, Team Sunweb and Mitchelton-Scott , were separated by only one second. While Mitchelton-Scott and third-placed Boels Dolmans were quickly down to their four strongest time triallists, Sunweb chose to keep all seven starters together for as long as possible - a strategy that paid off. The team time trial was run in the afternoon heat. After winning the stage with her Sunweb teammates, van Dijk commented on this with a smile. "It was really hot! Before the stage we joked that we would jump straight into the lake, but now we have to do the podium ceremony first. I am super happy to have won, but it feels a little weird to get the jersey alone when it is a team effort." Team Sunweb had done their homework, checking out the ...

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The Battle for Green: A preview of the Tour points competition

How to win a points race when you’re really trying In which your narrator reads the small print, so you don’t have to For those of you who have never bothered to learn (me, until two years ago) or who forget every year (me, still) a quick recap of the scoring system. Points are for places 1 - 15 on each of the different scales. No points available in the team time trial (thank goodness). There’s one intermediate sprint per stage – excluding the two time trials and, I think, the Alpe d’Huez stage (although that seems odd). An intermediate sprint is worth 20 points to the winner, 17 and 15 for the podium, and 1 point for finishing 15 th . The individual time trial has the same points as the intermediate. Road stages are classified as “flat,” “hilly” or “mountainous.” Points are awarded accordingly, with first place worth ...

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Dideriksen puts her stage win down to team's lead-out

Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans) wins stage 4 of the OVO Energy Women's Tour

Amalie Dideriksen ( Boels Dolmans ) was the fastest woman in Worcester on Saturday, winning stage 4 of the OVO Energy Women's Tour ahead of Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals). Dideriksen credits her team with leading her out well in the finale after a challenging day. "Today was a very difficult stage with a lot of wind," she said. "We knew everyone was going to be a little tired coming into the sprint but with about 30 km to go we decided that it would be me we'd ride for. The final was very technical, and the girls did an amazing lead-out. You have to be patient in the end but still go before everyone else comes from behind." In the sprint, Dideriksen took the lead early on. She said that she almost expected to be passed from behind. "I knew that we had to go through the ...

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Froome-(under)dog

The curious case of my transformation from Froome-hater to Froome-fan This post has been extremely hard to write. It’s just so difficult to type out those three words. I…. Like…. Froome…. Phew. While that hard part is over, let’s get down to brass tacks. Sports fandom is a weird and arbitrary thing. Case in point, my grandparents gifted my uncle with a lifetime of misery for his eighth birthday. He was given that electric vibrating football game , which I’m assuming was as ubiquitous in the 60’s for children growing up in the US as it was as a hand-me-down for a child, like myself, growing up in the 80’s. If you’ve never seen the game, it involves a metal football field that vibrates and two football teams that you set up on the field to run plays, and the vibration ostensibly makes them move and play football but instead ...

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Which one is he?  The doping one?

The Curious Case of Simon Yates and the Perception of Cycling in Britain This is a story about the story cycling in the UK tells about itself. You’ve heard a lot of it before, and the history is not my interest here. Read Chris Sidwells for the authorised version or Tim Hilton for the more entertaining version. In brief, we’re told, British cycling was insular and parochial, and focused on social riding or on hill climbs and long, solo, point-to-point efforts. There was the schism that produced the British League of Road Cyclists. There was Tom Simpson, who begat Obree and Boardman, and way down in Manchester they begat Brailsford and all those Olympic medals. The Olympians begat Team Sky and the Tour wins and the Grand Departs in London and Yorkshire. Now Britain, Sidwells concludes, rules the cycling world. This is a lucid argument. Track cycling is routinely televised ...

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Tour of California stage 4 – Race debrief

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) assumes the race lead at the 2018 Tour of California following his win in t

Race: Amgen Tour of California stage 4 (ITT) (WorldTour) Date: May 16, 2018 Distance: 34.7km Weather: Partly sunny and warm Podium: 1st Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) 2nd Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing) 3rd Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) Winner's quote: "It feels incredible. It's been five years since I was last at the Tour of California . It was my first major GC victory as a professional, so obviously I have great memories. Last time I came here I was a new father, and today I was able to bring back my little girls on the stage. Now I have two. Everyone got to see my little girl five years later. It's an incredible feeling and an incredible experience, and I'm definitely going to savour it." Critical point: The second half of the 34.7km loop was flatter, more exposed and windier than the first half, but van Garderen made serious ...

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Equal prize money boost for Amgen Tour of California

Equal prize money boost for Amgen Tour of California

AEG Sports has announced it will award equal prize money at the Tour of California this year as well as scrap podium girls and the “conventional winner’s kiss” from stage ceremonies.

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Tour of California abandons use of podium hostesses

The legs of the podium hostesses and race leader Tom Dumoulin

The Tour of California has joined the growing list of races that are eliminating female podium hostesses from their post-race awards ceremonies. Speaking at the pre-race press conference Friday in Long Beach, Tour of California Executive Director Kristen Klein said race owner AEG decided it as the right time to make the move. "It's just been something that people have been talking about, I feel like for years now," Klein said. "You've been reading about it and you've been hearing about it, and this year it was just the timing, it felt like it was the right time to actually make that decision." Australia's Tour Down Under was one of the first WorldTour races to do away with the traditional podium hostesses . The one-week race opted to use junior riders to hand out awards and jerseys. The Vuelta a Espana, which is owned by Tour de France organisers ASO ...

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Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media

Atop the recent Paris-Roubaix podium, Peter Sagan appeared wearing a now-familiar pair of motocross goggles draped around his neck. Nothing to do with the cobbles’ mud and dust, the goggles are pure cross-promotion, for eyewear sponsor 100%. Some laugh, stylistas howl. Others shrug — hey, if anyone can pull it off, the charismatic world champion … The post Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Piglettes, by Clémentine Beauvais

From Justine Heynemann’s theatre adaptation of Clémentine Beauvais’s ‘Le Petites reinnes’

Title: Piglettes (originally published in French as Les Petites reines ) Author: Clémentine Beauvais (translated by the author) Publisher: Pushkin Press Year: 2014 (translation 2017) Pages: 287 Order: Pushkin Press What it is: A YA novel telling the story of three schoolgirls who fight back against those seeking to shame them on Facebook Strengths: Funny, written with a light hand and a deft touch Weaknesses: We need to talk about colours used on book covers. Excerpt : You can hear Beauvais reading an extract from the book here For the last two years Mireille Laplanche has won the Pig Pageant - a reverso beauty contest - organised annually on Facebook by fellow students at the Marie Darrieussecq High School in Bourg-en-Bresse. But now she finds herself on the bottom step of the podium, behind first-time entrant Astrid Blomvall and, in second place, Hakima Idriss. As a two-time winner, Mireille has ...

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There Will Be Echelons: Scheldeprijs Preview

Ok. I’ll admit to the click-baity nature of that headline. But please don’t stop reading yet. I swear it may be true. In some alternate universe, the Scheldeprijs could have been a monument. This, not the Ronde, is the oldest Belgian road race, running from 1907 to only be interrupted by wars of the World variety. It has been won by Belgian royalty - Briek Schotte, Rik Van Looy, Roger De Vlaeminck, Eddy Merckx, and Tom Boonen. It is the last spring classic that is actually raced in Belgium. The entire classics season could have all been leading to a crescendo at Scheldeprijs. Instead, the Scheldeprijs is like ending Beethoven’s 5th with a wet fart. It’s a guaranteed bunch sprint on a completely flat course with the only “excitement” being whether a mass crash will ruin the race and season of some of the riders. It’s a race that noted ...

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Van Dijk tunes up for Tour of Flanders with solo Dwars door Vlaanderen win

Ellen van Dijk with her pony after winnning Dwars door Vlaanderen

Ellen van Dijk and Sunweb tuned up for Sunday's Tour of Flanders with a dominant solo win at Dwars door Vlaanderen . Van Dijk added to her Omloop van het Hageland victory at the mid-week race, and now has two wins on Belgian soil in 2018. Top-10 results at Strade Bianche and the Ronde van Drenthe WorldTour races earlier this month further underline her successful start to the season. The 31-year-old launched her solo move with six kilometres to go until the finish line in Waregem, and by the time she raised her arms in triumph the winning margin was 55 seconds. Boels Dolmans' Amy Pieters finished second after winning the sprint in the chasing group with Floortje Mackaij ensuring a second Team Sunweb rider on the podium. "Today was a great race for the team. It's really great to see how we turned things around after our bad luck ...

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Inside a man’s world: new Director General hopes to change the way the UCI looks

Three UCI leaders

Our Movers and Shakers series features Q&As; with women trail blazers in the sport and industry of cycling. These are women who often go unnoticed but make the world of (women’s) cycling go round. The women we write about in this series include team owners, key industry players, race organisers, cycling advocates, journalists, inventors, designers, … The post Inside a man’s world: new Director General hopes to change the way the UCI looks appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Niewiadoma takes inspiration from Nibali with daring Trofeo Alfredo Binda attack

Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) took the Women's WorldTour lead

23-year-old Katarzyna Niewiadoma earned her first victory in a one-day UCI Women's WorldTour race and the first with her new Canyon-SRAM team in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday. Although she has been on the podium of all three 2017 Ardennes Classics and second in Strade Bianche three years in a row, the top step of the podium in a Classic had eluded Niewiadoma and her team until now. Two weeks ago, Niewiadoma put in a spirited chase at the Strade Bianche, but it was too late to catch eventual winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans). In the Ronde van Drenthe last weekend, Alexis Ryan came up just short against Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) in the final sprint. In the Trofeo Binda, everything went to plan for Canyon-SRAM and Niewiadoma, giving the team its first one-day WorldTour win since the series was created in 2016. "My victory was because ...

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Cycling delivered my dreams: How the bike earned me a medal in PyeongChang

Mia Mangenello. Bronze medalist. Speed skating

When Mia Manganello takes my call she’s in the middle of a ‘medal tour.’ She’s in her car, making her way through Salt Lake City. Her bronze Olympic medal tossed on the passenger seat. Her bags remain unpacked as the first-time Olympian runs around in much demand. “People keep wanting to see [the medal] so … The post Cycling delivered my dreams: How the bike earned me a medal in PyeongChang appeared first on CyclingTips .

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ASO has the power to deal with the podium girls issue once and for all

ASO has the power to deal with the podium girls issue once and for all

On International Women’s Day I hope the ASO appreciates the magnitude of the decision it is being publicly pressured to make over the podium girls debate.

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