Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part four

Gravel bikes have always felt like they’re heavily influenced by the mountain bike world, and that influence only seems to be growing. First, it was bigger tires, disc brakes, and single-chainring drivetrains — and now it’s proper front and rear suspension, and dropper seatposts. At what point does the line become so fuzzy that it … The post Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part four appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Boost for London cyclists as Extinction Rebellion improves air quality

Jack Elton-Walters 18 Apr 2019 Arguments will continue about the group's approach to protest and the disruption caused, but the air quality has improved Riding to and from the Cyclist office in Central London comes with all the usual benefits of cycle commuting but also all the drawbacks. Poor road infrastructure, a section of the motoring public with a disregard for the safety of others and pollution so bad on some days that you can almost taste it. Promises from City Hall to 'make London a byword for cycling' are somewhere between ambitious and laughable. The newly launched Utra-Low Emission Zone is a step in the right direction but a small step in the grand scheme of the challenges faced by the country and the planet. Those challenges have been taken on by a group calling itself the Extinction Rebellion. Making the lead story on most news outlets, readers will ...

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Going for gold: Where your money should be for the Amstel Gold Race

Joe Robinson 18 Apr 2019 Cyclist picks out the best bets for Amstel Gold Race this Sunday The Amstel Gold Race is a different beast these days to what it once was. Until 2017, the entire day centred around the Cauberg. For 260km, the peloton would tour the rolling Limburg countryside, heading up climbs, turning into narrow roads – left, right, left, before hitting the Cauberg. It's a climb that's less than a mile long, not overly steep either, but swamped with local support on race day – mostly Dutch fans packing the roadside, urging the day's strongest riders on to the summit in pursuit of ultimate victory. To win Amstel Gold required you to keep some bullets in the gun for the base of the Cauberg. If you had something left, you could wind it up, put down the hammer and sprint to victory. Just ask Philippe Gilbert, who ...

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Raw talent: A conversation with Annika Langvad

Annika Langvad can’t stop winning. Last weekend the Danish cross-country champion closed out the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, with a pair of XC victories to add to her overall wins this year at the Sunshine Cup, in Cyprus, and Absa Cape Epic, in South Africa, riding alongside partner Anna van der Breggen. This … The post Raw talent: A conversation with Annika Langvad appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jakobsen wins Tour of Turkey stage 3

Fabio Jakobsen crosses the line with a Turkish flag in his hand after it caught his hand during the

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - QuickStep) basted the opposition to gobble up stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey. The Dutchman beat Sam Bennett (Bora hansgrohe) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to the line in Edremit. Maximiliano Richeze provided a strong leadout for the winner, bringing him to the front inside the final 300 meters after the rest of the Deceuninck team had controlled the peloton as they raced into the finale. Cavendish was well placed but was forced to come around Richeze as he opened his sprint, while Bennett was unable to produce a sprint that had netted him the first two stages. Jakobsen had to survive a late scare when a race flag from the side of the road hit him during the sprint but he stayed upright and capped another excellent day for the Belgian team. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) finished in fourth. In the overall standings, Bennett ...

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In the velodrome: the final Power poll

It’s time to leave the cobbles behind and wrap things up with a final entry in our series of power polls of the cobbles season. People are always looking for narratives in the cycling season and for me the classics campaign, the cobbles bit in particular, is the most obvious example of a natural narrative there is. No one in ever Aigle sat down to set down rules and jerseys etc. for it, but the logic and progression from Omloop to Roubaix is undeniable and riveting to follow. For me even more so than a Grand Tour which has too many distractions and sideplots, plus it goes by too fast to really allow you to enjoy it to the full. Cobbles season is like following a good TV series with an episode every week and anticipation in between. Grand Tours is like binge watching the whole thing in one sleepless ...

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Parcours Grimpeur Disc wheelset

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Lightweight race wheels that are just as at home on the gravel as they are on the road 9/10

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28 things you need to know about the 2019 Amstel Gold Race

The cobbled classics are done and it’s time now for the Ardennes Classics, starting with the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday. Ahead of this Dutch one-day race, we bring you up to speed on all you need to know about both the men’s WorldTour event and the Women’s WorldTour event. The basics Amstel Gold is … The post 28 things you need to know about the 2019 Amstel Gold Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peloton PhD: How to corner without crashing

Welcome back to Peloton PhD, a column in which physics PhD Dan Seaton uses science to explain the hows and whys of bike racing. In this instalment Dan looks at cornering, why we lean into corners, and how it can go wrong. Got a question about the science of cycling? Let us know in the … The post Peloton PhD: How to corner without crashing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van der Poel: I think this victory is very important

Mathieu van der Poel and Tim Wellens on the Brabantse Pijl podium

Mathieu van der Poel ( Correndon-Circus ) took his fourth win of 2019 and checked off another box on his rapidly growing road resume Wednesday at Brabantse Pijl , beating recent Monument winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in a four-up sprint in Overijse, Belgium. "I knew I had a chance in the sprint, but you're never sure," Van der Poel said. "I chose to turn on from the front, so I wouldn't get trapped and be able to ride my own sprint. When I started, I felt that I would be able to continue to the finish line. "The region is familiar territory to me," he said. "As a young rider, I have ridden here a few times already. So I knew that I could manage the Schavei. The rest of the race was harder than expected. My race was already successful when I could slip along with the favourites. That ...

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USA Cycling names recipients of Kelly Catlin Fund

Kelly Catlin on the podium after winning the silver medal in the Team Pursuit at the 2016 Rio Olympi

USA Cycling has named two recipients of the Kelly Catlin Fund , created to honour the memory of the 2016 Olympic silver medallist and three-time World Champion who took her own life in March. Annual grants from the fund will support the Minnesota Cycling Center and emerging women’s track racers through the Kelly Catlin Women's Track Development Grant. "An exceptional talent, Kelly was passionate about growth potential on and off the bike and in helping others perform at their best," said Rob DeMartini, president and CEO of USA Cycling, "Through the Kelly Catlin Fund, her dedication will continue to make an impact both in the community where she began racing and for future generations of cyclists." A multi-talented athlete, artist and musician, Catlin began racing as a teenager at the urging of her twin brother, Colin. She quickly rose through the ranks, winning the Minnesota state cyclo-cross championships and then ...

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North Yorkshire Police quizzed over readiness for UCI Road World Championships

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Police leave in Harrogate restricted as officers prepare for influx of visitors in September

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Giro d'Italia to be broadcast with Welsh commentary for the first time

Giro d'Italia to be broadcast with Welsh commentary for the first time

Jack Elton-Walters 18 Apr 2019 S4C will be showing live footage and highlights of the 2019 Giro d'Italia with Welsh-language commentary and analysis With a commentary team that includes the guitarist from the band Pendulum, S4C will be showing the Giro d'Italia in Welsh for the first time. Coverage will include live stages, highlights and analysis all in Welsh and will be available across the entire UK for Welsh speakers outside of the their home nation. This is an extension of the channel's current offering. Seiclo, S4C’s cycling series, has been showing free-to-air coverage of the Tour de France and the Spring Classics since 2014 and will now bring coverage of the season's first Grand Tour. Two and a half to three hours of live coverage will be shown of each stage of the Giro, along with a 30 minute highlights package each evening. Following the race from its start ...

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Photo gallery: 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, part four

You didn’t think we were done with NAHBS, did you? Our coverage of the world’s premier showcase of custom bicycles has obviously now intermingled with our tech coverage of the Sea Otter Classic, but there’s no reason why the two worlds can’t peacefully co-exist, at least temporarily. This fourth — and final — gallery from … The post Photo gallery: 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, part four appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Schweizer opens up about abuse at Cervelo-Bigla in 2015

Solid first day back for Doris Schweizer (Bigla)

Doris Schweizer , former two-time Swiss road champion, has come forward with details concerning her experiences while racing for Cervelo-Bigla under the team's owner Thomas Campana. Campana was accused of abusing his power as the head of the team in 2015 by bullying, fat shaming, intimidating riders and ignoring medical concerns. "I did not want to comment further, but due to extreme reactions, I would like to share some personal thoughts," Schweizer wrote in her blog on Monday. "It is probably understandable that as a person affected, I cannot understand how such behaviour can be considered ‘normal’ or ‘necessary’ to demand top performance. "Even four months later, the Swiss main sponsor Bigla did not take the opportunity to catch up or to ask questions - but in my opinion, that alone also draws a clear picture." In an article published by the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant last November, former Cervelo-Bigla ...

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First ride: Specialized S-Works Roubaix with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 + in-depth with the tech video

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The Future Shock 2.0 suspension system is the standout upgrade on the latest Roubaix but does a road bike need suspension? David Arthur ponders as he pounds the pavé…

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Tour of Turkey: Sam Bennett doubles up on stage 2

Sam Bennett celebrates his second win in two days

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed back-to-back stages in the Tour of Turkey with an unstoppable sprint on stage 2. The Irishman unleashed a powerful sprint to win ahead of his teammate Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Manzana Postobon) on the uphill drag to the line. The victory extended Bennett’s overall lead in the race. Bora-Hansgrohe almost claimed the stage through Lukas Pöstlberger after a late attack by the Austrian road champion but he was caught just before the line and finished 15th. The win marked Bennett’s sixth of the 2019 campaign and once again highlighted Bora’s controversial decision to leave the Irishman at home for the Giro d’Italia next month. Bennett won three stages in the Giro last year. The stage saw a group of six riders - Mauricio Moreira (Caja Rural), Lucas De Rossi (Delko), Liam Bertazzo (Neri), Emerson Oronte (Rally), Thimo Willems (Vlaanderen), Ricardo Mestre (W52) and ...

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Vila: Peter Sagan is getting better and better

Peter Sagan on the cobbles, over-jersey still on

Bora-Hansgrohe directeur sportif Patxi Vila believes that Peter Sagan ’s form is getting better and better, with his ride at Paris-Roubaix one of his best performances so far this season. Sagan was one of the protagonists at Paris-Roubaix, helping to force the pace across the cobbles and making it into the six-man group that would eventually decide the race. Heading into the Carrefour de l’Arbre, it looked like Sagan was on course to win in Roubaix for the second year running. However, he did not have the power and speed to follow the acceleration of Nils Politt on sector 3 and did not contest the sprint for fourth place with Sep Vanmarcke. "From an overall racing perspective, I think that it was the best racing from Peter. I think that the progression of the shape and the results – if you take out Milan-San Remo – is getting better and ...

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Mohoric extends with Bahrain-Merida through 2021

Slovenian champion Matej Mohoric will be back for a second year with Bahrain-Merida in 2019.

Matej Mohoric will remain with Bahrain-Merida until at least the end of 2021 after signing a two-year contract extension. The Slovenian won back-to-back world road race titles at junior and U23 level in 2012 and 2013, and turned pro with Cannondale in 2014 as a 19-year-old. After switching to Lampre-Merida for 2016 and 2017, he joined Bahrain-Merida in 2018 and enjoyed his breakthrough season with the pros, winning the BinckBank Tour, the Deutschland Tour, and a stage at the Giro d'Italia. After a strong debut cobbled Classics campaign, the 24-year-old, clearly feeling he'd found the right environment for himself, put pen to paper on a new deal. “With Bahrain-Merida I had the best year of my career so far. I made a crucial step in my career here and I feel really good in this team, so I’m very proud to stay here longer and be part of this team ...

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Parlee introduces RZ7 aero disc road bike and it’s a looker

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New aero road bike doesn't compromise ride quality claims US firm

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