Spratt returns to racing at Trofeo Alfredo Binda after head injury

Amanda Spratt savours her stage victory

Amanda Spratt has recovered from a head injury suffered in a crash at Strade Bianche in early March and will return to racing on Sunday for the third round of the Women's WorldTour Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio . "My European racing season didn't start well at Strade Bianche with the crash and hitting my head quite hard, but I think I was very lucky," Spratt said in a team statement. "In the end I needed some easy days, but I don't think I lost a lot. I've been able to have some better training days over the last days so I feel ready and excited for Binda now." Spratt started her season in January in Australia where she won a stage and the overall title at the Women's Tour Down Under. She was also second, behind teammate Lucy Kennedy, at the Herald Sun Tour. She had hoped to make ...

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Tate Meintjes' family starts memorial scholarship fund

Tate Meintjes

The family of Tate Meintjes, a 19-year-old amateur cyclist who died March 12 in a collision with an automobile while previewing the time trial course at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California, has started a scholarship fund to honour the young cyclist. "We will be providing a yearly scholarship for a University of Nevada, Reno student who exhibits Tate's outlook on life: drive, dedication, compassion, happiness and simple joy," Meintjes' father, Andre, wrote in a post on Facebook. Tate Meintjes, who rode for the Team California domestic elite amateur program, was riding with a group of cyclists who were previewing a downhill section of the out-and-back course the day before the race, starting with a descent on Sand Canyon Road outside of Redlands in southern California, when the incident occurred. Meintjes collided with an automobile when the vehicle's driver turned suddenly into his path. Meintjes suffered major injuries when he ...

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Pacelines, Normalized Power, Cravings and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 199

Pacelines, normalized vs. average power, balancing cravings with race weight, allergies and more. More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum. Topics covered in this episode Flying vs. driving to races How your warmup affects your race How to manage expectations as a Type A bike racer Why big racers can be successful in…

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Drops Cycling land invitation to OVO Energy Women's Tour

Drops Cycling reveal new kit for 2019

Drops Cycling announced on Thursday that they have been invited to compete at the OVO Energy Women's Tour , which takes place from June 10-15. After an unstable off-season due to sponsorship changes, Drops Cycling welcomed the coveted invitation to their home Women's WorldTour event, and they will be the only British team competing. "We are all thrilled to have received a wildcard invitation to the OVO Energy Women's Tour this summer. It will be our fourth successive appearance at this prestigious race and we are all super motivated to repay Mick Bennett and the team at SweetSpot for the faith they have shown in our project since our inception," team owner Bob Varney said in a press release. "We feel that we have always made a positive contribution to the race, particularly in the last two editions, and are determined to continue to do so as we showcase the ...

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The new Cervélo P5 is a well-refined TT and triathlon bike

The new Cervélo P5 is a well-refined TT and triathlon bike

Canadian brand Cervélo’s latest version of its P5 time trial and triathlon bike claims to be a lighter, stiffer, faster and more practical race bike than before. Lamborghini leaves its marque on the Cervélo P5x Is the BMC Timemachine ROAD 01 aero supremacy or integration gone mad? The new P5 frame is fully revised in shape and construction. It's designed around disc brakes, is lighter by 18 percent (a 350g weight reduction on frame and fork), and stiffer by 22 percent in the head tube and 26 percent in the bottom bracket, according to Cervélo. It has clearance for 28mm tyres and features an integrated fork/base bar upfront and a 405mm chainstay at the back. Even with all these changes, the bike is within UCI-legal parameters and Cervélo says it retains the same handling geometry as the previous version. The P5 has been developed with the brand's top pro racers ...

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Milan – San Remo: Race Preview

The year’s first monument is upon us The smell of cut grass. The days lengthening. The Masters from Augusta. The sound of [insert local fauna as appropriate] [insert distinctive sound] in/on/beside [insert recognisable local architecture or flora as appropriate]. Milan-San Remo. Yes, spring* is coming, folks, and so is the season’s first monument. Italian cycling, never without a poetic narrative, has the first big race of the year, starting in a corner of Europe where winter isn’t too far forgotten, and finishing in the glitz, colour and sunshine of the Mediterranean coastline. Well, that’s the theory, anyway – the weather doesn’t always align with the narrative. * In the Northern hemisphere. Chris has given us the colour and the history of the race. Conor feels confident that he can tell us all the winner. Which leaves me to look at how the race will unfold. It is a pretty familiar ...

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Van der Poel to continue Spring Classics campaign despite nasty crash at Nokere Koerse

Van der Poel to continue Spring Classics campaign despite nasty crash at Nokere Koerse

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2019 High-speed collision in bunch sprint on cobbles sees Dutchman taken to hospital Mathieu van der Poel says he will continue his Spring Classics campaign as planned despite a nasty crash in the finale of Nokere Koerse yesterday. The cyclocross World Champion had earmarked a selection of Belgian one-day Classics to ride this year, including Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders, as he looks to he steps up his focus on road racing this season. Yesterday saw the start of this campaign at the Nokere Koerse. Van Der Poel was an active presesnce for most of the race and was contesting the final sprint when he was caught in a high-speed collision with Team Sunweb's Max Walscheid on the cobbled climb leading to the finish line. Big win for @TeamSunweb 's @ceesbol1995 at #NokereKoerse %uD83D%uDC4F Well wishes to those riders caught up in the crash at ...

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Tech gallery: 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Part Two

Almost by definition, The North American Handmade Bicycle Show has been a showcase of outliers: bikes that were built specifically to be showpieces, or bikes built at the request of people who couldn’t find what they wanted in the mainstream market. It’s been a reliable portend of upcoming trends, paint palettes, styles, and even tech … The post Tech gallery: 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Part Two appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Valverde and Landa headline Movistar at Milan-San Remo

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

World champion Alejandro Valverde headlines Movistar ’s team for Milan-San Remo , while Mikel Landa will make his comeback from injury at La Classicissima on Saturday. Landa sustained a broken collarbone in a crash during his first race of the season, the Trofeo Ses Salines, Campos, Porreres, Felanitx at the Challenge Mallorca in January. He has been side-lined ever since, but will ride Milan-San Remo before staying in Italy to tackle next week’s Settimana Coppi e Bartali. The Basque rider is also expected to line out at the Tour of the Basque Country next month. Landa has stated his intention to ride both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2019. Milan-San Remo was a relatively late addition to Valverde’s racing programme, and he will then line out at the Volta a Catalunya, which gets underway 48 hours later. The Spaniard last appeared at Milan-San Remo in 2016, when ...

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No Milan-San Remo for Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) gets to the finish line in La Rosiere, but not within the time cuts

Dimension Data have revealed their line-up for Milan-San Remo , confirming that 2009 winner Mark Cavendish will be absent. The South African squad will instead be led by sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo. Cavendish has raced every edition of La Classicissima since winning on his debut 10 years ago, but has endured a complicated couple of years due to Epstein Barr Virus. The 33-year-old took an extended break in the second half of last year after the virus came back for a second time, and has been easing his way back into racing in 2019. After finishing the Vuelta a San Juan and UAE Tour, where he primarily worked for teammates, he suffered a setback at Paris-Nice last week as he struggled in the crosswinds and abandoned on stage 2. Cavendish is clearly some way short of full strength, as he was absent from the seven-man team for Milan-San Remo announced by ...

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Rapha releases first in-house-designed footwear

Rapha Classic and Explore shoes

They’ve been seen spinning circles in adverts and even in WorldTour races for months but now Rapha’s new shoes are finally official. While Rapha has put its name on shoes before, the new Classic road and Explore off-road shoes are the British company’s first offerings to be designed in-house. Here is a quick look at … The post Rapha releases first in-house-designed footwear appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Coryn Rivera wears Stars and Stripes to Europe’s biggest races

Coryn Rivera wears Stars and Stripes to Europe’s biggest races

The reigning national road champ captured U.S. cycling's biggest prize after years of near misses. Read the full article at Coryn Rivera wears Stars and Stripes to Europe’s biggest races on VeloNews.com .

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Defending Milan-San Remo champion Nibali leads strong Bahrain-Merida team

Caleb Ewan, Vincenzo Nibali and Arnaud Demare on the Milan-San Remo podium

The winner of last year's Milan-San Remo , Vincenzo Nibali , will lead a strong Bahrain-Merida squad at this year's race on Saturday, and says that he's feeling his form is getting better all the time. The Italian's last race was Tirreno-Adriatico – the traditional build-up race for Milan-San Remo – where he finished 15th overall, and clearly not yet at his best this season. "I'm happy with the 'signals' I got from Tirreno-Adriatico because they showed that my condition is improving," Nibali said on his team's website. Nibali attacked with six kilometres to go at last year's race, soloing to a memorable victory as the bunch bore down on him, with runner-up Caleb Ewan and third-placed Arnaud Démare not quite able to catch him on the line. Nibali will be supported by a strong team that includes Sonny Colbrelli, Matej Mohoric, Marcel Sieberg, and Heinrich Haussler, who finished second ...

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Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2019 Ineos holds the rights to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in Yorkshire The introduction of Team Ineos into the professional peloton at the Tour de Yorkshire is set to be greeted with protests by anti-fracking campaigners. Ineos announced its purchase of Tour Racing Limited , the holding company of Team Sky, on Tuesday with the team to appear in its new guise for the first time at Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire on May 2nd. The multi-billion pound chemical company, headed by Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, currently has a license to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in the county of Yorkshire. Ratcliffe is an ardent supporter of fracking and has vocally criticised government efforst to regulate the method of drilling for oil. Ineos is yet to start fracking operations due to planning disputes and protests. Anti-fracking group ...

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Kruijswijk looking for climbing consistency at Volta a Catalunya

Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk at the 2019 Ruta del Sol

While the sprinters and Classics specialists focus on this Saturday's Milan-San Remo, many of the pro peloton's very best climbers, including Jumbo-Visma 's Steven Kruijswijk , ready themselves for the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya , which starts on Monday. Kruijswijk can expect the full support of his teammates, as it was announced in recent days that the team's main sprinter, Dylan Groenewegen, would forego Catalunya in favour of riding his first Milan-San Remo, in order to gain experience. "It's a very nice race," Kruijswijk said of Catalunya in a video posted on their site by Jumbo-Visma. "I think I've raced there almost every year since I turned pro. "It's a course purely for climbers, with two uphill finishes [on stages 3 and 4]. I know the race well, and the goal is to be as close to the podium as possible – or actually get onto it." If that sounds ...

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Bol takes Sunweb's first victory of the season at Nokere

Pascal Ackermann, Cees Bol and Jasper Philipsen on the Nokere Koerse podium

Team Sunweb 's Cees Bol took victory after a chaotic and crash-strewn sprint finish at the Danilith Nokere Koerse in Belgium on Wednesday, and with it his WorldTour team's first win of the season. That first win had been some time in coming for the German team, although it wasn't that dissimilar to last season, when at this point the squad had only one victory under their belt – a stage win at the Abu Dhabi Tour, thanks to Phil Bauhaus – but then went on to take 11 wins in total in 2018. Sunweb had started Wednesday's Nokere Koerse with only five riders out of a permitted seven, but acquitted themselves well in the hope of setting Bol up for a sprint finish. The team was still able to win despite losing Australian Jai Hindley to a crash during the race, while Max Walscheid also hit the deck in ...

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Cape Epic: Fumic and Avancini take men's lead on stage 3

Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini of Cannondale Factory Racing

Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini grabbed the stage 3 win at the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race Wednesday and overtook previous race leaders Nino Schurter and Lars Forster in the general classification after the pair suffered a puncture and ended up in fourth place. In the women’s race, favorites Annika Langvad and Anna van der Breggen took their fourth consecutive win in front of Candice Lill and Adelheid Morath. Jennie Stenerhag and Mariske Strauss were third. Stage 3 featured with 107km and 2,800 meters of climbing, one of the most challenging of this year’s race. The day started with the ascent of the Nuweberg, followed by the Groenlandberg - the highest point of the route at 1,100 meters above sea level. A white-knuckle descent followed, then it was upwards again on the stage’s Technical Terrain climb to Die Nek. In the Elgin Valley, far below, a mix of rocky ...

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Van Avermaet: Milan-San Remo is easy to finish but hard to win

Greg Van Avermaet of CCC Team attends a press conference ahead of the 74th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) is ready to take another crack at Milan-San Remo on Saturday after having twice finished inside the top 10, including fifth in the 2016 race won by Arnaud Démare in a large bunch sprint. The first Monument race of 2019 is a 291km test that finishes in San Remo along the Via Roma. Van Avermaet has so far this season taken just one win, stage 3 at the Volta a Valenciana in Spain, but he's shown he's on form for the Classics with second at Omloop het Nieuwsblad and sixth at Strade Bianche. Van Avermaet is hoping a week of racing in Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico has sharpened the form for the long day ahead on Saturday. "I felt really good at Tirreno-Adriatico and I take a lot of confidence from the legs I had at the end of those long stages we did ...

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Cees Bol wins crash-marred Nokere Koerse

Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) wins the 2019 Nokere Koerse

Cees Bol ( Team Sunweb ) sprinted to victory at Nokere Koerse after a crash-marred final along the cobbled incline to the finish line took down his teammate Max Walscheid and cyclo-cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus). Bol was the fastest to the line ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates). Bora-Hansgrohe led the initial sprint into the bottom of hill and onto the cobbles with Ackermann positioned in second wheel, and although the German road champion looked as though he would hold off his rivals, Bol proved fastest with a late surge to the line that netted him the day's victory. How it unfolded The peloton returned to the cobbles at the mid-week Nokere Koerse on Wednesday in Belgium with a 195.6km race between Deinze and Nokere. A quarter of the way in saw a five-man break clear the field and build a ...

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Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan

It was a sight to behold. Caleb Ewan, his body perched precariously over the front of his bike, his head somehow below the line of his handlebars as he barrelled towards the finish line at more than 60kph. The Aussie speedster’s new sprint position looked as dangerous as it did unusual — one bump from … The post Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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