Scotson snags scratch bronze at track worlds
Australian cyclist Callum Scotson earned his first individual world championship medal with bronze in the scratch race in the Netherlands.
Strade Bianche: The bikes and equipment before and after the Italian classic
With the Strade Bianche race this weekend, we take a look back at the bikes used last year
POC goes for light, fast and airy with new Ventral aero lid
Swedish equipment company POC has a new aero road helmet called the Ventral that sponsored pro team EF Education First-Drapac will be racing at Paris-Nice. Specialized S-Works Evade II aero helmet first ride review Giro Vanquish claims speed increases without ventilation sacrifice While a majority of helmet companies have embraced the MIPS liner, POC has its own rotational-impact protection system called SPIN. Instead of using a plastic liner like MIPS that moves slightly inside the helmet shell, POC's SPIN system consists of pads that sits against the head. POC claims that the sweat-absorbent pads offer a similar protection to MIPS, allowing the helmet to move a bit relative to the head in a crash. POC also claims that the SPIN pads don't block airflow like liners sometimes can. POC CEO Jonas Sjögren said the new helmet was designed to make riders faster and safer while offering good ventilation. POC worked ...
Tour de France to end use of podium girls in 2018
Supported by Following La Vuelta, Santos Tour Down Under and the Tour of Flanders, The Times today reported that cycling’s biggest event, the Tour de France, is also considering to drop the use of podium girls. Podium girls are a long-standing tradition in cycling. Officially known as “hostesses”, these models present and assist race winners with their … The post Tour de France to end use of podium girls in 2018 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Vanmarcke to lead EF Education First-Drapac at Strade Bianche
An in-form Sep Vanmarcke , third in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, will lead the EF Education First-Drapac team into Saturday's Italian Classic Strade Bianche , where teammate Taylor Phinney will make his season debut after illness forced him from the Abu Dhabi Tour. “It’s a special race because it’s heroic,” Vanmarcke said. “It’s very hard to race on gravel roads. Like with a cobbled classic, you need to be in good position, stay focused from start to finish and have some luck.” The 12th edition of the 184km race includes 11 gravel sections totalling 63km. In the finale, riders will battle up a cobbled climb to the finish in the scenic and historic Piazza del Campo. An added challenge could come in the form of snow, which has covered northern Europe over theist few days, although forecasts currently call for milder temperatures and rain on Saturday. “The snow can ...
Maldonado positive for CERA at Vuelta a San Juan
Ignacio Maldonado, from Uruguay, tested positive in a control carried out after the first stage of January's Vuelta Ciclista a la Provincia de San Juan in Argentina. Maldonado was competing at the January 21-28 UCI 2.1 race with the Uruguay National Team. He tested positive for the EPO variant known as CERA in a sample taken after stage 1 on January 21 and is listed on the UCI's provisional suspension file. Maldonado finished 27th in the opening stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, his best placing during the seven-day race, and he went on to finish 86th in the final general classification. Maldonado's top results previous to this year were a third place at the Uruguayan National Championships in 2017, and he won a stage of the Vuelta Ciclista del Uruguay in 2010. In February, a post from the official Twitter account for the Vuelta a San Juan claimed ...
Three-peat: U.S. women win another track world pursuit championship
The United States team wins third consecutive world championship in the women's team pursuit in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Read the full article at Three-peat: U.S. women win another track world pursuit championship on VeloNews.com .
Tour de France to Do Away With Podium Girls
The Tour will become the second Grand Tour race to ditch the controversial tradition
UCI Track Worlds Day 2: British men, US women take team pursuit gold
Great Britain captured gold in the men’s Team Pursuit Thursday in Alpedoorn, taking down Denmark in the final by less than two seconds to win their first rainbow jerseys in the discipline since beating Australia in 2012. Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Ethan Hayter and Charlie Tanfield powered the team through qualifying to the finals, setting the quickest time in qualifying and then beating Germany to make the finals. Denmark squeaked past Italy to set up the gold-medal match. “Wow! I am gobsmacked," Tanfield said. "So stoked that we pulled off the win. We keep going and the results keep coming. We all rode so well together that you would think we had been riding as a team for months not just a few weeks. It was such an honour to ride in British team colours, and I am really looking forward to the individual pursuit tomorrow.” In the race for ...
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 .
Brambilla out of Strade Bianche with pneumonia
Trek-Segafredo 's options for Strade Bianche suffered a blow Thursday when the team announced that Gianluca Brambilla , third in the race in 2016, had to be pulled from the roster after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Brambilla will also miss a planned start at Tirreno-Adriatico, according to the team's Twitter update. The 30-year-old Italian moved to Trek-Segafredo this year after five years with the Quick-Step team, where he won stages at both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España in 2016. He also earned his best result at Strade Bianche that year, finishing four seconds behind winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) and runner-up Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) after making the final selection. The team added Nicola Conci in Brabilla's place. The Italian will join teammates Eugenio Alafaci, Fabio Felline, Michael Gogl, Mads Pedersen, Jasper Stuyven and Boy van Poppel on the white gravel roads of Tuscany. #update : Team doctor confirms @glbrambilla ...
Op-Ed: ‘All Russians are dopers’ is a bogeyman narrative about a rogue nation
I was 14 years old and in my second full cycling season when Sergei Sukhoruchenkov won the 1980 Olympic road race in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. The United States and its allies boycotted the Games. A war, real war, was in the air. Any moment now. A lot of us, even … The post Op-Ed: ‘All Russians are dopers’ is a bogeyman narrative about a rogue nation appeared first on CyclingTips .
Cecchini welcomes physical and mental game of the Classics
As one of Italy's top one-day racers, naturally, the pressure is on for Elena Cecchini ( Canyon-SRAM ) to perform at the Women's WorldTour opener at Strade Bianche - on home soil in Siena - a result that would yield the prestigious series' first leader's jersey. "Last year, I could see that I can be that kind of Classics-style cyclists," Cecchini told Cyclingnews . "One-day races are what I love the most because of their dynamics. The courses are challenging but not super hard, and that fits me better for the kind of cyclist that I am. The spring Classics are the kind of races that I like the most. They are a mental game, not only a physical game." Cecchini has been fighting for a Women's WorldTour victory since the series' inaugural season in 2015, and she's been close. Her best showing was last year: 10th at Strade Bianche, ...
Continental GatorSkin Folding tyre review
James Spender Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:08 The benchmark in training/commuting tyres, with good reason. Solid all rounder: puncture protection, relatively lightweight and fast rolling 4.0 / 5 £35.95 There is a wire bead version of this tyre too (hence the ‘Folding’ meaning a foldable Kevlar bead), which is £5 cheaper but a claimed 50g heavier, so the folding one is definitely worth the extra. This is arguably the bench mark in racy, commuter-proof tyres that are perfect for winter training miles without having that dead, sluggish feeling of cheap tyres that you can get from other overtly puncture resistant tyres. The compound is grippy and the carcass relatively supple, but it’s the way these characteristics are combined with superb puncture proofing that makes the Continental GatorSkin tyres such a good bet. See related Chris Froome dealt blow by UKAD data UKAD closes Wiggins jiffy bag investigation Into the ...
Trek goes all in on gravel with Checkpoint
After dabbing its toe into gravel with the Domane Gravel, Trek jumped in with both feet with the new Checkpoint. Comprised of seven alloy and carbon bikes, the Checkpoint features massive tire clearance, an adjustable wheelbase and mounts for 3-4 bottles (depending on frame size), fenders, racks and bags. Trek Checkpoint all-new gravel bike first ride review The Trek Domane Gravel is not a gravel bike Battle of the plush: Trek Domane vs Specialized Roubaix Top 5 gravel bikes of 2018 Prices range from $1,699 with the Checkpoint ALR 4 with 10-speed Shimano Tiagra up to $3,799 for the Checkpoint SL 6 with the latest Shimano Ultegra. All bikes come with 35mm Schwalbe G-One tires but can fit up to 45mm-wide tires. UK and EU pricing was not immediately available. Trek Checkpoint geometry and features Trek has a huge variety of bikes in the general neighborhood of this Checkpoint, from ...
Trek Checkpoint dives headfirst into the red-hot gravel bike market
After tentatively dipping its toes into the red-hot gravel waters last year with the lukewarm Domane Gravel, Trek is now being anything but tentative with the new Checkpoint family. The new carbon fiber and aluminum frames feature dedicated geometries, a slew of gravel-specific features, and Smart spec across the board. Much of the U.S. CyclingTips … The post Trek Checkpoint dives headfirst into the red-hot gravel bike market appeared first on CyclingTips .
Longo Borghini primed to defend Strade Bianche title
Elisa Longo Borghini is hoping for a repeat winning performance when she lines up with her Wiggle High5 team at this weekend’s Strade Bianche . Last year, Longo Borghini became the first Italian to win the race, the third edition of the one-day event for women. Alongside Longo Borghini at the opening round of the Women's WorldTour will be fellow national champions Eri Yonamine and Martina Ritter as well as Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Julie Leth and Emilia Fahlin. Longo Borghini, the current Italian national road and time trial champion, started her season last weekend with 11th place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. With some big Classics to come in April, she says that she's not in her best form but she is still up for defending her title. "I'm looking forward to racing because it's always a nice race, despite the weather. I feel fine, my preparation went fine, and now it's ...
DT Swiss fills out Cross Road line with carbon tubular & tubeless CX wheels
We actually spotted the new wide CRC 1100 Spline T race tubulars ridden by the pros back in November’s World Cup, but now they are ready for us mortals too. Plus, DT is matching them with a new lightweight CRC 1400 tubeless clincher wheelset that also gets a new, wider full carbon rim. This cyclocross […] The post DT Swiss fills out Cross Road line with carbon tubular & tubeless CX wheels appeared first on Bikerumor .
Kittel makes late switch from Paris-Nice to Tirreno-Adriatico
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 ...