Chris Froome enjoying being aggressive at the Tour of the Alps
Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) again went on the offensive at the Tour of the Alps , testing his rivals with different attacks as he looks for a stage victory, fights for the overall classification and polishes his form for the rapidly approaching Giro d'Italia. Froome missed Fabio Aru's attack on the Banneberg climb 15km from the finish in Lienz but Team Sky domestique Kenny Elissonde again stepped up to help to close down the move. Froome then made two attacks that split the front group of overall contenders and went again on the valley road towards the finish. Froome used his aggression on the descent to line-up a slingshot move and tried to time trial away from his rivals. The elastic almost snapped as he opened a gap but eventual stage winner Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) manage to pull him back, with Aru forced ...
Tour of the Alps: Sanchez solos to stage 4 win
Luis León Sánchez delivers yet another stage victory for Astana at the Tour of the Alps, while Thibaut Pinot holds onto his race lead Read the full article at Tour of the Alps: Sanchez solos to stage 4 win on VeloNews.com .
Tour of Croatia: Siutsou wins stage 3
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Route confirmed for July's national road championships
Men's and women's races will follow same circuit in Northumberland, with start and finish in Stamfordham
La Fleche Wallonne Feminine highlights - Video
Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) added a fourth consecutive victory at La Flèche Wallonne to her long list of career highlights on Wednesday. The win moved her into the overall lead of the 2018 Women's WorldTour. The Dutchwoman raced up the Mur de Huy and took the win ahead of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo Bigla) and breakaway rider Megan Guarnier, who also races for Boels Dolmans. Guarnier was part of a dangerous four-rider breakaway that included former winner Pauline Ferrand-Prèvot (Canyon-SRAM), Janneke Ensing (Alé Cipollini), and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott). The peloton brought them back at the base of the Mur de Huy and raced up the climb to the finish, where Van der Breggen took her fourth title. Watch the UCI's video highlights from La Flèche Wallonne above. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com
Tour of the Gila: Sanchez, Hall win atop Mogollon
The men's and women's races kicked off Wednesday with a finish on the famous Mogollon climb. Read the full article at Tour of the Gila: Sanchez, Hall win atop Mogollon on VeloNews.com .
Tour of the Gila: Sanchez, Hall win opening stage
The men's and women's races kicked off Wednesday with a finish on the famous Mogollon climb. Read the full article at Tour of the Gila: Sanchez, Hall win opening stage on VeloNews.com .
Nibali helps light up Fleche Wallonne with '50km full gas'
Vincenzo Nibali won Milan-San Remo in thrilling style last month when he wasn't even Bahrain-Merida 's number one leader, and the same situation nearly came to pass on Wednesday at La Flèche Wallonne as the Italian helped prize open the usually predictable race. In recent years the mid-week Ardennes Classic has largely been a waiting game ahead of the final frantic dash up the Mur de Huy, but this year the action started on the first of three ascents, and soon after Nibali - aiming to make the race hard to set up teammate Enrico Gasparotto - found himself in a dangerous breakaway that survived all the way to the foot of the final climb. After being involved in a large group that went clear on the Côte d'Ereffe inside 50km to go, Nibali was then part of a smaller six-man group that formed on the subsequent Côte de Cherave. ...
Tour of the Alps: Luis Leon Sanchez wins stage 4 in Lienz
Luis Leon Sanchez claimed victory on stage 4 of the Tour of the Alps as Astana , once again, exploited a numerical advantage in the group of favourites. The Spaniard was one of five sky blue jerseys in the select group of 15 that formed on the late climb of the Bannberg and, after a fast descent, he attacked with two kilometres remaining to take a solo win - Astana's third from four stages. George Bennett struck out in pursuit and finished in second place six seconds later, with his LottoNL-Jumbo teammate Koen Bouwman leading the rest of the group home a further five seconds back. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) finished in fourth place and retained his overall lead. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Chris Froome (Team Sky), Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) - along with the rest of the top 10 - were all in the group. There ...
BMC Racing owner Andy Rihs dies
The Swiss businessman Rihs died at age 75 after battling a blood disorder. Read the full article at BMC Racing owner Andy Rihs dies on VeloNews.com .
Fondriest hopes Moscon can learn from mistakes as Reichenbach case nears conclusion
Gianni Moscon 's former mentor and agent Maurizio Fondriest believes the Team Sky rider can learn from his mistakes and emerge as a better person whatever the outcome of the UCI investigation into allegations that he deliberately caused Sebastien Reichenbach to crash during last year's Tre Valli Varesine race. The Groupama-FDJ rider suffered a fractured elbow and pelvis in the crash and the French team quickly claimed on social media that it was caused by "the dangerous behaviour of one of his opponents, Gianni Moscon". Reichenbach confirmed the accusations in subsequent interviews, suggesting Moscon acted in retribution for Reichenbach's part in highlighting how the Team Sky rider had racially abused his then teammate Kevin Reza during the Tour de Romandie in April. Moscon has always denied any wrongdoing but is under intense scrutiny after the Tour de Romandie incident and his disqualification from the UCI Road World Championships for taking ...
Route for 2018 British National Championships revealed
Joe Robinson 19 Apr 2018 Testing course of two loops of Northumberland circuit for this year's nationals British Cycling has revealed the route for the 2018 National Road Championships, to be held in Northumberland on Sunday 1st July. Both the men's and women's races will start and finish in the village of Stamfordham, around 20km west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The small village previously saw the 2011 championships pass through with Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Deignan taking the honours on the day. The race will focus itself around two loops, a 22km short loop and a 35.4km long loop. The men's race will be 185km in length with riders tackling the shorter loop on laps one and six and the longer loop on the second through to fifth laps. The women's race is shorter at 106.2km and involves three laps of the larger loop. On the day, the difference could be made ...
New ENVE M-Series mountain bike handlebars, stems hand over tuned 35mm options
Years back, ENVE introduced the M-Series of wheels with various numbers to imply the intended use. The M50fifty was for XC, where you typically spent 50% of your time descending and 50% climbing. The M60forty and M7030 hit the middle ground and the M90ten handled downhill racing. Then last fall they upgraded those rim designs […] The post New ENVE M-Series mountain bike handlebars, stems hand over tuned 35mm options appeared first on Bikerumor .
Mur de Huy to remain Fleche Wallonne finish for next six years
A report in the Belgian media on Thursday claims that La Flèche Wallonne will continue to use the summit finish at the Mur de Huy until at least 2024. Local newspaper Sudpresse reported that the current agreement between the town of Huy and the race organisers ends this year, but that a fresh deal will likely be signed next week. Local official Christophe Colignon told the paper that it was “almost obvious” that a new agreement would be going to take place. Although the mid-week Belgian Classic has a different start each year, La Flèche Wallonne has been ending on the emblematic climb since 1983, making it the only European Spring Classic with a summit finish. The dash up the short but steep Mur de Huy has become one of the most iconic sights in cycling, even if the race has become known as one of the most predictable of ...
Hermans aiming for a stage win at Giro d'Italia
Ben Hermans says that stage victories - rather than the general classification - will be his primary target when he rides the Giro d'Italia next month. The Belgian is one of four riders confirmed for the Israel Cycling Academy 's debut Grand Tour line-up, with Ruben Plaza, Krists Neilands and Guillaume Boivin all getting the nod. Hermans previously finished 14th overall at the 2016 Vuelta a España, and while he suggested late last year that he would like to improve on that at the Giro, stage success is at the forefront of his mind. "I will first focus on a stage win," the 31-year-old told Cyclingnews in Ora at the start of stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps on Wednesday. "Here I am also focusing on a stage win, but the first two stages were too hard to go for a stage win. That's why I'm up there ...
BMC Racing owner Andy Rihs dies aged 75
Joe Robinson 19 Apr 2018 Team owner passes away in hospital in Zurich surrounded by family BMC Racing owner and Swiss entrepreneur Andy Rihs has died at the age of 75. The team announced that Rihs had passed after a 'patient and valiantly endured illness'. The team owner died on Wednesday surrounded by family at the Susenberg clinic in Zurich, Switzerland. In a statement from the BMC team, tributes were paid to Rihs' love of cycling. 'Andy was not only an owner and main sponsor of BMC Racing Team, but also a friend who enjoyed life and loved sharing that joy. With him, an exemplary visionary, an avid sports fan, a passionate cyclist, and a great supporter of sport has left us,' read the statement. 'His generosity, his sense of humor, and his infectious laugh have shaped the man that has been by our side since the beginning of BMC ...
BMC Racing owner Andy Rihs dies aged 75
Andy Rihs, the owner of BMC Racing Team and head of bicycle manufacturer BMC died on Wednesday at the age of 75 from leukemia. The BMC Racing Team announced the death in a statement on Thursday morning. "It is with great sadness that BMC Racing Team announces the death of owner Andy Rihs. Andy Rihs died after a patient and valiantly endured illness at the age of 75 on Wednesday, 18 April in the Susenberg clinic in Zurich, Switzerland in the presence of his family," read the statement. "Andy was not only an owner and main sponsor of BMC Racing Team, but also a friend who enjoyed life and loved sharing that joy. With him, an exemplary visionary, an avid sports fan, a passionate cyclist, and a great supporter of sport has left us. His generosity, his sense of humor, and his infectious laugh have shaped the man that has ...
Former Fleche Wallonne winner Gilbert pays tribute to teammate Alaphilippe
Hugs, high-fives and huge grins were the order of the day for Julian Alaphilippe 's teammates after the Quick-Step Floors racer took a breakthrough win in La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. Amongst them, former winner Philippe Gilbert, as the team's road captain, was only too happy to pay tribute to the young Frenchman. "We really believed in Alaphilippe and we were in a great position at the foot of the climb," Gilbert, himself 24th, told the Belgian press as he wheeled to a halt after the finish line, "and then he's done the rest of it. "It really hotted up on the laps round Huy, but we were always on the front and in the thick of it, and that allowed us to keep Julian calm and wear down Movistar's strength, too." The first key moment, Gilbert said, came when a group of two dozen riders broke away, including Vincenzo ...
Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the third and final of the so-called Ardennes Classics and the last race on the Spring Classics calendar. Held in the French-speaking Wallonia region of southern Belgium, Liege is the oldest of the sport’s five Monuments and one of the hardest one-day races on the calendar. Ahead of Sunday’s 104th edition of “La … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .
Cycling world pays tribute to BMC Racing Team owner Andy Rihs
Supported by The BMC Racing Team has announced the passing of long-time owner Andy Rihs, who founded the team in 2007 and helped it secure victory in the 2011 Tour de France. The Swiss businessman passed away in the Susenberg clinic in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday after what the team said was ‘a patient and valiantly-endured illness.’ … The post Cycling world pays tribute to BMC Racing Team owner Andy Rihs appeared first on CyclingTips .