Miguel Angel Lopez soars again at Abu Dhabi Tour

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) second on the final stage and third overall

Another week, another mountaintop, another Miguel Angel Lopez show. After triumphing on Green Mountain at the Tour of Oman, the Colombian produced another stinging series of accelerations at Jebel Hafeet on the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, but he had to settle for second place at the summit behind a seemingly unbeatable Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). The wide, freshly tarmacked roads can give a deceptive impression of the 10km haul up Jebel Hafeet, but gravity trumps the smoothest of surfaces. As the gradient stiffened, Lopez was among the climbers to come to the fore, and the Astana rider proceeded to launch a searing solo attack with 4km remaining. When Valverde bridged across shortly afterwards, it was immediately apparent that this would be the winning move. The pair were on a different plane to the rest, and their pursuers could never draw to within 15 seconds from there on in. ...

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Cheap road cycling helmets: our pick of 5 of the best deals

Cheap road cycling helmets: our pick of 5 of the best deals

Helmets have an awfully tough life. Even if you don't take a spill in one, the rough and tumble of throwing your lid in the boot of your car after a ride and it bashing about among stray shopping and being chewed by inquisitive dogs inevitably takes its toll. That's certainly one justification for buying yourself a shiny new helmet, but sometimes treating yourself to new go-fast kit is all that it takes to refresh your riding experience. How to ruin an aero road helmet (don't do this!) Best road cycling helmets: 14 of our top picks Best mountain bike helmets for trail riding For this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains we've pulled together the five best cheap cycling helmet deals from our roundup of our 16 favourite road helmets. Giro Synthe MIPS — £249.99 £124.99 / £206.90 We think that the Giro Synth MIPS is one of the best ...

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Mark Cavendish home after concussion in Abu Dhabi

Mark Cavendish back at his team car

Mark Cavendish is home again after receiving medical permission to fly. The Dimension Data rider suffered a concussion and whiplash after crashing in the neutralized zone of the first stage of the Tour of Abu Dhabi. He is expected to resume his full training schedule in the coming days. After being treated at hospital, he returned to the team hotel. He continued to suffer from headaches and neck problems, and remained in the hotel. "On Saturday he got the green light from the doctor," sports director Rolf Aldag told the Belga news agency on Sunday morning. "He no longer had a headache and was allowed to board the plane. With a concussion you have to be careful, you can not resume your normal life too quickly. Now he has left for home. There he can rest and fully recover. "I expect he can train again on Monday, slightly on the ...

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Cobbles and bergs: Why every cyclist should ride the roads of the Classics

Cobbles and bergs: Why every cyclist should ride the roads of the Classics

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Feb 2018 Ride in the tyre tracks of the pros: plan your own trip or take your chance to ride with Johan Museeuw 'There's a hype around the Classics,' says Johan Museeuw. He should know: he won Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders three times each along with a raft of other early season victories. 'It's the same hype as riding on Mallorca, it's where everybody wants to ride and we have the same in Flanders.' The often-repeated line about why cycling is superior to other sports is its accessibility. How many among us will ever play football at Wembley, tennis at Wimbledon or rugby at Murrayfield? But fancy conquering the climbs and cobbles of the Classics? Well, go on then. The roads are open all year round, except when the pros are using them, and are no less difficult out of season. 'Everybody wants to go ...

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Cervelo R5 eTap review

Cervelo R5 eTap review

Cervélo’s R series is the brand’s Grand Tour bike, designed for big climbs and high mileage days at fast speeds. The R series is also its most successful range, when it debuted in 2003 Carlos Sanchez and Tyler Hamilton both rode it to victory, and Fabian Cancellara won at Roubaix in 2006 on the R3. Ben O'Connor's Cervelo R5 Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018 The new bike has been designed to improve the ride, so you’ll see simple things like an increase in the tyre clearance to enable use of 28mm tyres on a wide rim. From working with its pro team, Cervélo has also revised the geometry. Some riders wanted to get a lower, more forward position so were effectively sizing down, which could have a negative effect on stability and handling. Cervélo started the transition to a new geometry standard with the revised S5 from 2015, ...

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Trentin: The most nervous opening weekend of my life

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

After seven seasons with Quick-Step Floors, Matteo Trentin signed a two-year deal with the Australian registered Mitchelton-Scott for the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. Wins were coming thick and fast in his final two seasons for the Belgian outfit and moving away from such a successful team may have been questionable to some. However, the lure of a bigger role in the Classics combined with a new challenge was too exciting a prospect to turn down, and one that already shows promise. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , 55th and 16th place respectively, don't pay Trentin justice for the two big performances during each race. Mitchelton-Scott's new signing was visible in both races, making it into the final selection at Omloop, as well as being part of one of the most promising breakaways during Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Speaking to Cyclingnews after Sunday's race, Trentin analysed the weekend's action, "No results, so we can't ...

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The Diamondback Airen Is an Awesome Women's Road Bike at a Great Value

Diamondback Airen 5 Carbon

Want to crush a fast fondo or hang with the group ride? This solid women's bike with endurance geometry has you covered.

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Impey still top of WorldTour rankings

2018 Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

Despite not racing either the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad or the Abu Dhabi Tour , Daryl Impey remains top of the individual WorldTour rankings. The South African amassed 800 points over the Australian summer via his overall Tour Down Under win and second place finish at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. After the four opening WorldTour races of 2018, Impey's Mitchelton-Scott outfit has been replaced at the top of the team rankings by QuickStep-Floors . The Belgium squad has 1169 points compared to the 1056 points of the Australian team. Of the first four WorldTour races of 2018, the Tour Down Under awarded 500 points to the winner while at the following three races, 300 points was on offer. Michael Valgren (Astana) rises to ninth after his weekend victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was making his 2018 WorldTour debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour and ...

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Ambitious Vermote caught at the line in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Julien Vermote (Dimension Data)

Former Quick-Step domestique Julien Vermote made a remarkable transfer to Dimension Data this winter. He expressed the hope of being able to morph from domestique into a team leader, hoping to race for a win himself at the Classics. The 28-year-old Belgian rider came very close in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. He was in a small breakaway and kept the peloton at distance until 100 metres from the line. He then went on to finish ninth. But despite what many would consider a good effort, after crossing the line he was extremely disappointed. "Godverdomme," Vermote released some old-school Flemish swearing. "I thought it was nearly in the pocket. I saw that the peloton was still not there and I shifted to a bigger gear. I kept giving it all and kept going. Then they flew by. They’re much faster. It was strong that we kept them at distance for so long." ...

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Gaviria struggles with cold conditions in inauspicious start to Classics campaign

Fernando Gaviria after winning the opening stage of Colombia Oro y Paz

Fernando Gaviria 's first full cobbled Classics campaign got off to an inauspicious start at the 'opening weekend' in Belgium, with the Colombian admitting he struggled in the freezing temperatures. The 23-year-old, already one of the world's best bunch sprinters but also touted as a potential Classics great, rode just Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem in his first two seasons as a pro. In 2018, he is set to ride a full spring Classics programming, including debuts at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The new focus meant a debut at the opening weekend, where he finished 86th at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and failed to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Both results were affected by a crash in the closing phases of Omloop, caused by a stray bidon in the road between the Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg. He fell on his right hip and, despite starting Kuurne as ...

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Zwift: How to access your ride data from anywhere

Zwift: How to access your ride data from anywhere

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. The simplest way to access your ride data is by connecting your account to one of Zwift’s partners: Strava, TrainingPeaks, Today’s Plan, Mapmyrun, Mapmyride, Withings, fitbit, Garmin or TechnoGym. Alternatively, you can download the .fit file from Zwift and upload it to whatever platform or app you want. Zwift: your complete guide How to read a Zwift ride report Connecting Zwift to fitness apps Connecting your Zwift account to fitness apps is easy, but must be done before you start riding. Zwift only uploads rides at the end of your session and won’t upload previous rides. Log in to your account, select Edit Profile in the top right corner of your screen, then click on the Connections link on the left for a list of supported apps. Choose a platform and then follow the prompts to log in and connect your ...

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Groenewegen wins Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) wins Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2018

Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) added another victory to his early-season success after sprinting to win Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. He led the reduced field sprint across the line ahead of Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida). Late-race breakaway riders Julien Duval (AG2R La Mondiale) and Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), joined by Loic Vliegen (BMC Racing) in the final kilometres, where pulled back into the fold by a charging reduced peloton led by Lotto Soudal and LottoNL-Jumbo. Despite spending much of his energy in the breakaway attempt, Vermote hung on for ninth on the day. Duval had initiated the move on the final lap and was joined by Vermote first and then Vliegen, who had already been on the attack earlier in the race. Vermote looked the strongest of the three as they held a slim advantage over the closing kilometres, but the peloton behind never appeared too troubled with ...

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Pidcock sets his sights on the WorldTour

Tom Pidcock (Great Britain).

At just 18 years of age, Tom Pidcock is one of the hottest prospects in world cycling. The Leeds-born teenager already has junior national, European and World titles in cyclo-cross, last season's junior Paris-Roubaix title , as well as taking the junior time trial world title in Bergen last autumn. Pidcock's palmares and panache have already caught the attention of cyclo-cross legend Sven Nys and, former Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion, Bradley Wiggins, signing for the former riders' cyclo-cross and road teams, respectively. Speaking to Cyclingnews at the Team Wiggins team presentation earlier this the week in London, Pidcock said he plans to continue to mix his focus between cyclo-cross and road racing for the coming season in the pursuit of a ride at WorldTour level in the coming years. "I start the road program in April, I think at the Klondike GP, and then hopefully the ...

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Ashmei Waterproof Jacket review

Ashmei Waterproof Jacket review

Ashmei’s chic looking Waterproof uses a thin (7 microns) soft to touch fabric that offers more stretch than most. This delivers a waterproof rating of 20,000mm and element defence is further aided by taped seams, waterproof front zip with draft flap and good sealing around the hem, collar and cuffs. Ashmei has matched this with an impressive breathability figure of 45,000gm.m2/24hrs. Figures aside, this jacket delivers top level performance keeping you dry inside and out, even working hard. Unlike most, this jacket features three jersey style rear pockets with drainage holes that make life easy, especially on longer winter rides. There’s also a waterproof zip pocket and subtle reflective stripe. It has a race fit and while mine was a little tight on the shoulders this went unnoticed on the bike thanks to the super stretchy fabric. Mortals may need to size up though. This is a classy and highly ...

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DMR Sled first ride review

DMR Sled first ride review

While DMR is better known for all things dirt-jump related, it knows a thing or two about well-considered bike and product design. The Sled, which is its second full-suspension bike, but the first made from aluminium, is proof of this. Surly Steamroller first ride review Beat the mental block and take your riding to the next level DMR Sled specifications Frame: 6061 aluminium, 160mm (6.3in) travel Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3, 160mm (6.3in) travel Shock: RockShox Monarch RT3 Drivetrain: SRAM GX w/ DMR Axe M30 cranks and Praxis Works chain guide (1x11) Wheelset: DMR Zone 275 Boost wheels Tyres: WTB Convict Light/High Grip 27.5x2.5in (f) and WTB Trail Boss Light/Fast Rolling 27.5x2.4in (r) Brakes: SRAM Guide R, 180mm rotors Bar: DMR Wingbar Mk3, 800mm Stem: DMR Defy 35+, 35mm Seatpost: X-Fusion Manic 125mm dropper Saddle: DMR Stage1 Weight: 14.8kg (32.65lb), medium size without pedals DMR Sled frame and kit The Sled’s ...

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Photo gallery: 2018 NAHBS custom gravel, CX, rando, and town bikes

One of the best things about the annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the tremendous variety of bikes on display. Traditional roadies always make a strong showing, of course, but the countless gravel, cyclocross, randonneur, and town bikes on display provide visual evidence to the diverse interests of enthusiast cyclists. Variety is the spice … The post Photo gallery: 2018 NAHBS custom gravel, CX, rando, and town bikes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Getting the most out of ERG mode on Zwift

Getting the most out of ERG mode on Zwift

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. ERG mode, a function found on a lot of smart trainers, controls the amount of physical effort you put into a workout by deciding how much resistance to apply to your pedalling based on your current level of fitness. Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review Zwift: your complete guide While you may already be aware of ERG mode – also known as resistance control mode – as an important training tool, WorldTour coach Kevin Poulton says there’s much more to learn. According to Poulton — who has helped athletes at the highest level to win Paris-Roubaix, WorldTour Classics and Grand Tour stages, as well as compete at the Olympics — one of the secrets to getting the most out of ERG mode training is changing your pedalling speeds, even while ERG mode is controlling your power output. “We used to say ...

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Valgren wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Michael Valgren (Astana) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite

Astana might be in trouble behind the scenes , but on the road they have been pitch perfect this month. Michael Valgren added to their February success with victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after a late solo attack. Łukasz Wiśniowski (Team Sky) had been distanced on the Muur van Gerardsbergen but fought back to take second place ahead of Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac). "After the Muur we got away in a big group," Valgren said. "We had three guys and we needed to do something because we had some fast riders. We had Oscar there and Lutsenko who is also fast, so it was up to me to attack. I counter attacked Sep Vanmarcke and they were looking at each other for just five seconds and I was away. "It was bloody hard and I am super happy. I would like to be up there in the big ones ...

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Ganna going to Belgium's 'opening weekend' to gain experience

Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) was the best young rider

Filippo Ganna continues his transition from the track to the pro road peloton during Belgium's opening weekend, where the 21-year-old Italian will gain more valuable experience as an anchor of the 'youth brigade' on UAE Team Emirates ' diverse roster for Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . Ganna will join Matteo Bono, Simone Consonni, Marco Marcato, Aleksandr Riabushenko, Ben Swift and Oliviero Troia in the Belgian races, making his first appearances in the events after missing them last year because of the track world championships. “In 2017, my first year in the professional ranks, with the worlds on the track, I only had a small taste of the Belgian races, participating in Gent-Wevelgem and the BinckBank Tour," he said. "Regardless, they allowed me to breathe in the air of these particular and anticipated events loved by so many cyclists and fans." Ganna scored a bronze in the Team ...

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How to put the power down like Tom Boonen

How to put the power down like Tom Boonen

Riding away from a group (be they competitors you are looking to ditch or friends you’ll eventually drop back to once you’ve had your fun) is hugely rewarding, and while lighter riders will wait for the hills to make their mark, the more powerful among us can achieve the same effect by upping the pace on exposed flat sections, out of corners or into a headwind. Recently retired Tom Boonen, a four-time Paris-Roubaix winner, was a master of the art of putting in a sustained effort that could ride an entire peloton off his wheel. What is FTP for cycling? Beginner’s guide to indoor training: all you need to get started 1. Maintenance is key You won’t make your effort stick if you go too far into the red too early. Maintain your effort through corners and fluctuations in pace, changes in road surface and gradient. You’re looking to keep ...

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