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Alaphilippe wins La Flèche Wallonne
Julian Alaphilippe ended Alejandro Valverde ’s run at La Flèche Wallonne with a virtuoso performance from the Frenchman and his Quick-Step Floors team. The Quick-Step rider accelerated clear near the summit of the Mur de Huy, coming around Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) before kicking for a second time as the line approached. There was a late fight-back from Valverde, who was searching for his sixth title, but Alaphilippe's victory was soon assured with France taking their first win at the race for 21 years. Valverde suffered to the line to take second, with Vanendert sealing a podium place for the first time after four career top-10 finishes including a fourth place in 2012. Meanwhile, Alaphilippe's record in La Flèche Wallonne now stands at two second places and, at last, a victory. "I believed in myself every time, and I worked hard to find that bit that was missing between the ...
Haute Route Alpe d'Huez: Swept up before the summit
Jack Elton-Walters 19 Apr 2018 This multi-day event, centred around the classic climb of Alpe d’Huez, proves to be a serious test of both body and spirit Words Jack Elton-Walters | Photography David Azia I leave my bike propped up against the gazebo of the feed station and stagger over to the open door of a van. Sitting inside is a young French assistant for the Haute Route Alpe d’Huez. ‘Ça va?’ he asks as I approach. ‘Non,’ I reply wearily. ‘J’ai fini.’ At this point I am struggling to remember my own name, let alone my A-level French from over a decade ago. With a frown and a cutthroat signal to reiterate that this is probably the end of the ride for me, I sit down on the step of the van. I’m glad of the shade but not of the prospect of a DNF on a sportive. In ...
Julian Alaphilippe wins Fleche Wallonne
Joe Robinson 18 Apr 2018 Valverde misses out on fifth consecutive victory as Frenchman takes win Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) broke the Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) grip winning the 2018 Fleche Wallonne. The Frenchman managed to outclimb his opponents on the Mur de Huy to take his first victory in the race. Expectation on Valverde was high as he looked to secure his fifth consecutive victory at the one-day classic however he was unable to match the acceleration of Alaphilippe on the final ascent to the line. Valverde eventually finished second while Jelle Vandendert (Lotto-Soudal) managed to hold on from an early attack to take the final spot on the podium ahead of Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb). This is Alaphilippe's biggest win to date as the Quick-Step man finally manages to come out on top in the Ardennes. He will now head in to Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege among ...
CyclingTips Podcast: Roadside repairs and the secret to Amstel Gold
There are tools and skills you need to bring on every ride — what are they? This week’s Nerd Alert tackles roadside and trailside repairs, including what should be in your saddle bag or tool roll. But first, Michael Valgren won Amstel Gold in exactly the same way he won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. What’s his … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Roadside repairs and the secret to Amstel Gold appeared first on CyclingTips .
Fezzari Signal Peak nods to fast & fun in 120mm carbon XC mountain bike
Cross-country bikes are stretching out towards more travel as carbon frames get lighter, race tracks get more technical, and modern trail capable geometry gets dialed. Fezzari’s new 120mm carbon Signal Peak is a perfect example, ready to fly fast up long, steep climbs and then hammer through rock gardens and down technical descents. While we might […] The post Fezzari Signal Peak nods to fast & fun in 120mm carbon XC mountain bike appeared first on Bikerumor .
Tour of the Alps: O’Connor wins stage 3, Pinot takes race lead
Australian Ben O'Connor earned the stage victory, with Chris Froome finishing sixth as he prepares for the Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Tour of the Alps: O’Connor wins stage 3, Pinot takes race lead on VeloNews.com .
Tour of the Alps: O’Connor wins stage 3, Pinto takes race lead
Australian Ben O'Connor earned the stage victory, with Chris Froome finishing sixth as he prepares for the Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Tour of the Alps: O’Connor wins stage 3, Pinto takes race lead on VeloNews.com .
McCarthy puts hand up for Flèche Wallonne
Australian Jay McCarthy (BORA-Hansgrohe) isn't wallowing in the disappointment of an unfortunate crash which took him out of the final at the Amstel Gold race on Sunday. Instead he is redoubling his efforts into taking a significant result at Flèche Wallonne tonight (AEST).
Cavendish hopes to stay upright in return at Yorkshire
The 32-year-old will return to racing next month after three crashes earlier this season put him on the shelf. Read the full article at Cavendish hopes to stay upright in return at Yorkshire on VeloNews.com .
Van der Breggen wins La Fleche Wallonne Feminine
Anna van der Breggen ( Boels-Dolmans ) continues to dominate the women's Flèche Wallonne, taking her fourth consecutive victory in the race. With her third UCI Women's WorldTour (WWT) victory of the 2018 season, van der Breggen also moves into the overall lead of the WWT classification that she won last year. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo Bigla) finished second and Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) rounded out the podium. Starting and finishing in Huy, the race covered 118.5km in the Belgian provinces of Liège and Luxembourg. The difficulties were stacked in the second half of the race, with the steep climbs of Côte d'Ereffe, Côte de Cherave and Mur de Huy each climbed twice in the last 50km. There were several breakaway attempts in the first hour, but only after 32km did the first rider get away from the peloton. Doris Schweizer (Team Virtu Cycling) built a one-minute lead and was caught ...
Tour of the Alps: O'Connor wins stage 3
Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) took victory on a thrilling stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps, stealing away from an 11-rider group of overall favourites in the flat final eight kilometres of a short mountain stage from Ora to Merano. The 22-year-old Australian attacked with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) on the first-category Passo della Mendola, and then when other big names came back up and over the third-category Passo Padale, he made a solo bid for the second victory of his career. Pinot crossed the line in second place, five seconds down, followed by Pozzovivo in third. Also part of that group were overall contenders Chris Froome (Team Sky), Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), though the Colombian - bizarrely the main chaser of O'Connor when he had teammate Luis Leon Sanchez for support - lost around 10 seconds ...
5 of the all-time worst pieces of road tech
We adore new road tech and love nothing more than fondling the latest and greatest goodies that claim to cure all manner of cycling woes, but inevitably, among many hits, there’s been a host of rather big misses. Here are five of our most-least-favourite bits of road tech that we reckon you’d probably rather forget. Best road bike: how to choose the right one for you Best road bike tyres in 2018: everything you need to know 1. Scott Drop In bars Greg LeMond was one of the first riders to really twig about the importance of aerodynamics in road racing, and Scott’s Drop In handlebars, with their unique inward facing extensions at the bottom of the drops, were one of his most memorable — though definitely not his most extreme — developments for the brand. The bars were designed to give riders a very low and narrow position that, ...
Garmin launches Edge 130 and 520 Plus GPS computers, new Varia rearview radar
Garmin has refreshed its cycling line with three new products that the U.S. company announced Wednesday in conjunction with the 2018 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. Among the new releases are two new Edge GPS cycling computers – the budget-minded Edge 130 and the more performance-oriented Edge 520 Plus – as well as an … The post Garmin launches Edge 130 and 520 Plus GPS computers, new Varia rearview radar appeared first on CyclingTips .
Savio finds another young talent as Sosa leads Tour of the Alps
Androni Giocattoli team manager Gianni Savio celebrated his 70th birthday on Monday, with 20-year-old Ivan Sosa giving him a belated present on Tuesday by finishing ahead of Chris Froome on the steep mountain finish to Alpe di Pampeago on stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps , and taking the overall lead in the process. Savio is known as the savviest team manager amongst the Professional Continental ranks and has kept his team alive for over two decades by fishing for new young talent and then letting go after helping them develop and win stages at the Giro d’Italia or elsewhere. In lean years he also signs older riders, perhaps after doping suspensions, securing their services cheaply but also giving them a chance of redemption. His budget may be less than a tenth of the WorldTour super teams but he forgoes expensive marginal gains for simple Italian know-how and ...
Garmin Edge 520 Plus and Varia RTL510 announced
Garmin has two new cycling products, the Edge 520 Plus GPS computer and the new Varia RTL510 rear-facing radar. The Edge 520 Plus is an evolution of the popular competition-minded head unit, now with more navigational features. And the Varia RTL510 is a slimmer version of the company's original Varia radar that mounts on the seatpost to alert the radar of cars approaching from behind. Garmin Edge 520 review Garmin Varia review Garmin Edge 520 Plus The Edge 520 is a popular GPS head unit for competitive cyclists, which can do things like measure and track functional threshold power (FTP) , VO2 Max and related performance measurements when used with a power meter and heart-rate monitor. The new Edge 520 Plus has all the training and racing features of the 520 but includes Garmin Cycle Maps, which feature turn-by-turn directions and alerts to sharp curves ahead. Garmin Cycle Maps also ...
Mark Cavendish to race Tour de Yorkshire after recovery from injury
Dimension Data rider returns to racing sooner than expected after Milan-San Remo crash
Ride! Ride! Ride!, by Mark Wellings
Title: Ride! Ride! Ride! - Herne Hill Velodrome and the Story of British Track Cycling Author: Mark Wellings (with a foreword by Graeme Obree) Publisher: Icon Books Year: 2016 Pages: 237 Order: Icon What it is: A history of Herne Hill and British track cycling Strengths: Herne Hill is a good angle to tell British cycling’s rags-to-riches story from Weaknesses: Simply repeats stories already told in recent books without adding much new No matter how many times the story of British cycling’s transition from rags to riches is told, there will always be room for another telling. So long as the author brings to the story a fresh angle. The angle Mark Wellings – “publisher, writer, historian” – brings to the story is the little velodrome near Dulwich that has played host to the Olympic Games and Fausto Coppi. Consider this opening: Two great cycle racing institutions were born in ...
Dan Martin: I'd be wrong to focus only on Valverde at Fleche Wallonne
Twice second to Alejandro Valverde at La Flèche Wallonne , and with five top-10 places in total, Dan Martin is one of the few riders with a legitimate chance of beating the Spaniard on the slopes of the Mur de Huy this Wednesday. The 31-year-old Irishman has never won the race, and although Valverde is hunting a jaw-dropping sixth win, Martin believes that simply focusing on his Movistar rival could be an error. "He’s human," Martin told Cyclingnews when asked if Valverde could be beaten on the Mur de Huy. "It’s about finding the way to beat him. I know that I’ve made mistakes in the past, and I’ve not saved energy at the start of some races, but I've made a big improvement there. The danger is that I concentrate too much on him and someone else slips away. Although he’s the outstanding favourite, I also need to watch ...
Mark Cavendish to return to racing at Tour de Yorkshire
Joe Robinson 18 Apr 2018 Manxman took extended period off of the bike after dramatic crash at Milan-San Remo Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will make his return to racing at the Tour de Yorkshire next month after recovering from a series of injuries sustained earlier in the season. The Manxman crashed in dramatic fashion at Milan-San Remo in March, colliding with a traffic bollard on the approach to the Poggio. He was forced to abandon the race with a broken rib and damaged ankle. This followed severe crashes at both the Abu Dhabi Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico earlier in the season in which the 32-year old sustained fracturing to his ribs and concussion. The culmination of these injuries saw Cavendish decide to take a longer period away from racing. It was expected that Cavendish would make his return to the peloton at the Tour of California on 13th May however, Dimension ...