The suffering of Lawson Craddock

Lawson Craddock Tour de France 2018 crash

Supported by “F---------ck,” Lawson Craddock screamed, or cried maybe, every time the pack slowed and a fistful of brake threw his weight forward onto a scapula that screamed back. The post The suffering of Lawson Craddock appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France bikes: Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Venge - Gallery

Tour de France bikes: Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Venge - Gallery

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took victory on stage two at the Tour de France aboard his custom-painted, Specialized S-Works Venge, which was unveiled on the eve of the Tour de France . Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Sagan finished second to Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) on the opening stage, who also rides the new S-Works Venge , in what has been a dream opening for Specialized after launching the new aero frameset the Monday before the Tour. The Sagan Collection S-Works Venge is the second iteration of the limited-edition framesets, which are also available for consumer purchase in a variety of frameset models, as well as select accessories. Specialized says the new teal colourway is inspired by the northern Mediterranean seas near where Sagan lives in Monaco and reminds the Slovakian of his home, friends ...

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Mitchelton-Scott celebrate Scott’s 60th birthday at Tour de France

Mitchelton-Scott celebrate Scott’s 60th birthday at Tour de France

Scott Sports is celebrating its 60 th birthday in 2018. To commemorate the event, Mitchelton-Scott riders are wearing special edition helmets and sunglasses on stage two of the Tour de France. Nino Schurter is also said to be wearing the combination at the mountain bike World Cup. Campagnolo disc brakes used for the first time at the Tour de France Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech The helmets, in the company’s original brand colour of purple, are available in the Scott Cadence Plus and Scott Centric Plus. Both models were worn by different members of the Mitchelton-Scott squad on stage two of the race. Alongside the helmets, the team is also using Scott sunglasses in the design of the first Scott sunglasses from 1988. The sunglasses feature oversize purple lenses with fluoro yellow half frames. A team spokesperson told BikeRadar ahead of the stage that Adam Yates particularly ...

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Sagan wins stage 2 of the Tour de France, takes yellow jersey

World champion Peter Sagan swopped the rainbow bands for the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday, winning stage two into La Roche-Sur-Yon. He beat a fast-finishing Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), clocking up his ninth Tour de France stage win. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) were … The post Sagan wins stage 2 of the Tour de France, takes yellow jersey appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour Stage 3: “Trial” is the Right Word

Team Time Trial: Cholet-Cholet (35.3km) You know who must love team time-trials? Sponsors. They’re the perfect thing to put on flyers and press releases alongside buzzwords like “teamwork” or “power” or “Alpecin caffeine shampoo.” You know who doesn’t love team time-trials? Me. I find them a bit inequitable. More importantly, I find them boring. For the riders, it’s less of a prize than a normal stage win. Surprises are at a minimum. There’s a prescribed list of contenders that is not often upset. More importantly, there’s a list of GC contenders whose hopes of winning will be all but over by the time the roadside hoardings are taken down in Cholet. Anyway, it’s a rolling route with which the riders are faced. When the road rises, it does not do so too harshly, even if the Côte de la Segiuniere does look like at least a small challenge on aero ...

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Campagnolo disc brakes used for the first time at the Tour de France

Campagnolo disc brakes used for the first time at the Tour de France

Three years after disc brakes were first used at the professional level of the sport, Campagnolo's disc brake groupset has been used for the first time at the Tour de France through Andre Greipel and Jasper De Buyst of Lotto-Soudal . Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) raced on the same groupset at the Giro d'Italia last year, though a Campagnolo spokesman explained to BikeRadar ahead of stage two that this was the first time they have been used officially. A plethora of new aero framesets have been launched in the week leading up to the Tour de France, including the Specialized Venge , Cannondale SystemSix , Trek Madone , BMC Timemachine Road and the new Ridley Noah Fast . Like the new Trek Madone, Ridley offers its new framesets in both a rim and disc brake option, while the other framesets are offered exclusively in disc brake models. Shimano and SRAM offered ...

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Clever (and well-priced) head gear from Lazer

Clever (and well-priced) head gear from Lazer

Lazer has an updated premium aero offering with its new Bullet about to land, but the more interesting story is the new and more affordable Century, which combines several feature of top-end helmets with a few new ones as well. Best road bike helmets: 16 of our top picks Best aero road helmets Priced at £129 or £149 with MIPS (US prices TBC), the Century is well served by plenty of vents, but like the Bullet has a central, moveable strip, which can be opened for more ventilation or closed for better aerodynamics. Unlike the Bullet's slider however, the Century has what Lazer is calling a twist cap, which is a magnetically attached strip with a vented section. To operate, you you simply flip the twist cap round if you want aero or air. The Century also has an integrated light set within a chromed, diamond-shaped rear vent. The light's ...

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Notio Konect provides all your aero data without a wind tunnel

Notio Konect provides all your aero data without a wind tunnel

At last year’s Eurobike trade show, we saw an odd sensor integrated into the front of a concept bike from Argon 18 that, among many other metrics, was claimed to be able to calculate your CdA (coefficient of aerodynamic drag). This unit has been developed further by Notio — a subsidiary of Argon18 — and is now available as a standalone device. DT rethinks the aero spoke Eurobike 2018: latest news and show highlights Mounted to the underside of an out-front computer mount, the Notio Konect features a pitot tube — which is the same thing as those little sticks you see pointing out of the nose cone of an aircraft — which, among other things, measures wind speed. Comparing this wind speed data to your speed, the unit can then estimate your CdA in real time. Altering your position or equipment will, of course, affect this number, with analysis ...

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Faster than any chain: CeramicSpeed DrivEn

Faster than any chain: CeramicSpeed DrivEn

CeramicSpeed and Friction Facts have made a business of reducing friction to an absolute minimum, whether with ceramic bearings or oversized pulleys or highly specialized chain lube. Today, the company won a Eurobike Award at the tradeshow in Germany for its DrivEn drive shaft concept, which CeramicSpeed claims to be substantially more efficient than even the most optimized chain system. CeramicSpeed DrivEn highlights chain (and derailleur pulleys) replaced with drive shaft teeth on chain ring and cogs engage with ceramic bearings on shaft claimed 49% less friction than stock Dura-Ace drivetrain claimed 32% less friction than CeramicSpeed UFO chain with oversized pulleys The goal: 99% efficiency CeramicSpeed recently acquired Friction Facts, a Colorado efficiency test lab, and founder Jason Smith has since been busy researching ways to make drivetrains as efficient as possible. "A year and a half ago we started a project called Pursuit of the 1% Drivetrain," said ...

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Wahoo launches new Kickr Core turbo trainer and Headwind smart fan

Joe Robinson 8 Jul 2018 Kickr Core and Kickr Headwind add to Wahoo's expanding 'ecosystem' of indoor training products Wahoo has expanded its 'ecosystem' of indoor training equipment with the introduction of an updated Kickr turbo trainer, plus the new Kickr Core and Kickr Headwind, a connected smart fan that gives the realistic feel of riding on the road. Starting with the new Kickr Core, the updated turbo trainer has addressed the constant issue of noise while indoor training by reducing sound amplification and pitch to create what it claims is 'a virtually silent trainer'. This has created a hushed hum from the turbo which Wahoo believes is perfect for those in shared living arrangements or who train at night. The Kickr Core has also received an updated flywheel which is heavier. Alongside accurate power reading to 2,200w and real-time reactiveness from first and third party apps, the weighty flywheel ...

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Selle Italia unveils saddle range for 2019

Selle Italia unveils saddle range for 2019

BikeRadar was invited to the Selle Italia headquarters in Northern Italy during May to take a closer look at the brand's offerings for the 2019 season. Custom and historic saddles from Selle Italia — gallery Selle Italia Novus Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow review Selle Italia produces saddles for road, off-road and gravel while their sister-brands Sportourer and Net produce less performance-focused saddles for touring and town riding. The company also has a heritage range — Sella Italia — which celebrates the history of the Italian brand. Selle Italia was founded in 1897 and has more than 100 patents, more than 120 design awards and has invested millions into growing the company for the past 15 years. The company has recruited some of their new senior staff from the automotive industry — Ferrari and Dainese — and has hinted that a collaboration with a "big name" from the automotive industry will ...

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Wahoo updates KICKR trainers, adds Headwind smart fan

The updated KICKR.

ATLANTA (BRAIN) — Wahoo Fitness is launching an updated and expanded line of KICKR smart trainers at Eurobike. It's also adding a new fan, called the KICKR Headwind, that can adjust its power depending on the rider's simulated speed. The top of the line KICKR has reduced sound, in both volume and pitch, the company said, for nearly silent operations. It also has been updated with a larger flywheel that provides power measurements up to 2,200 watts and delivers a more realistic indoor riding experience. It retails for $1,199.99. The new KICKR CORE is a wheel-off trainer that offers a compact design and compatibility with a wide range of bikes and training platforms. KICKR CORE will be available for sale later this summer for $899.99. Both the KICKR and KICKR Core are compatible with the KICKR Climb grade simulator. The KICKR Snap, a wheel-on trainer, also is still available. "We're ...

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Tour de France: Craddock hoping to start stage 2 following crash

Lawson Craddock (EF Education First-Drapac) crashes but finishes stage 1 at the Tour de France

EF Education First-Drapac 's Lawson Craddock battled back from a crash to finish the opening stage of the Tour de France , and hopes he can recover sufficiently to start stage 2 on Sunday. Craddock, who won the mountains classification at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali stage race in March, finished stage 1 on Saturday in last position, 7:50 behind winner Fernando Gaviria. The American, riding his second Tour de France, crashed into a spectator when avoiding a dropped water bottle at the feed zone in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, half-way through the 201km stage from Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile to Fontenay-Le-Comte. After bravely hobbling the 100km home to the stage finish, Craddock was assessed to have sustained a small fracture of his left shoulder blade, and also required stitches to his left eyebrow, having been left covered covered in blood from the crash. "Right now, it's extremely painful," Craddock said on the EF-Drapac team ...

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Trek revamps Madone with discs, top-tube IsoSpeed

Madone SLR 7 Disc Women's

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . Trek's latest aero bike, the Madone SLR, has disc brakes for the first time, but the bigger stories might be the revamp of an adjustable IsoSpeed in the top tube, an adjustable but still integrated bar/stem and a Goldilocks geometry that Trek calls H1.5. The Madone SLR comes in men's and women's models from an SLR 6 model at £5,499 / $5,999 to a £10,000 / $11,999 superbike with premium paint. To create this machine, Trek deployed a motley assortment of methodologies, from the high-zoot but expected CFD and modeling work to the creation of an enormous bumpy treadmill that can replicate all manner of road surfaces. Throw in some outrageous paint options and the new Trek Madone looks to be in a class of its own. Adjustable IsoSpeed — now under the top tube Trek's IsoSpeed system adds significant comfort to road ...

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Stages expands Dash computer line with color GPS units

Stages expands Dash computer line with color GPS units

Stages Cycling launched two new computers, the Dash L50 and Dash M50, which will offer GPS mapping plus detailed power-training graphics on bright color screens. The £210 / $249 Dash M50 and £275 / $349 Dash L50 will be available this fall. Best GPS computers for cycling Stages Dash M50 highlights auto-population of workouts from Stages Link color "EverBrite" screen claimed 15hr battery life 73x53mm body, 320x240 display 65g portrait or landscape orientation with stock aluminum mount Stages Dash L50 highlights auto-population of workouts from Stages Link color "EverBrite" screen claimed 18hr battery life 85x58mm body, 400x240 display 100g portrait or landscape orientation with stock aluminum mount Still power-centric, but with GPS mapping plus color display Stages Cycling began six hours ago with single-sided, crank-based power meters. The company recently added its Dash computer to the mix with a myopic focus on training. The black-and-white Dash — still available as ...

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Wahoo launches cheaper Kickr, plus trainer-controlled fan

Wahoo launches cheaper Kickr, plus trainer-controlled fan

Wahoo's Kickr revolutionized indoor training, but the power-measuring smart trainer that works with third-party apps to control resistance is cost-prohibitive for many. Now, Wahoo has a £699 / $899 Kickr Core that uses the same technology and flywheel but with a different leg configuration. The company also has a new category of product: the smart fan, with the speed determined by your effort level (heart rate, power or speed, via ANT+). Best smart trainers of 2018 Wahoo Kickr Core Built using the same main internals and construction as the original Kickr, the Kickr Core is a direct-drive smart trainer, meaning that you remove your rear wheel and mount the bike directly on the trainer. This style of smart trainer is more accurate in power measurement and resistance delivery than wheel-on smart trainers that resemble traditional trainers, where your rear tire presses against a roller. To get the cost down to ...

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Wild: It was a team win at the Giro Rosa

Kirsten Wild wins stage 2 at the Giro Rosa

Kirsten Wild was a happy woman after winning stage 2 of the Giro Rosa in Ovada, and highlighted the effort put in by her Wiggle High5 teammates as their dedicated chase brought back a two-rider breakaway inside the final kilometre, with the finish line almost in sight. "It was such a hard race, and I actually didn't think it would be a good sprint for me as the finish was a bit uphill, which doesn't really suit me. But it worked out really well in the end. This was a team win, really – the girls chased hard to catch the breakaway and then put me into a good position in the final. In the final kilometre, I saw another team going and followed their wheels. It was a really hectic sprint, and I just went full throttle to the line." Lucinda Brand ( Team Sunweb ) was all smiles, ...

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Today at the Tour: On opening day, Lady Luck spins her wheel of fortune

Well, that didn’t take long. One stage into the 2018 Tour de France and Chris Froome is bloodied, Richie Porte is on the back foot, Nairo Quintana is over a minute behind the GC contenders, and Rigoberto Uran is likely down a teammate. Perhaps wildest of all is that each was set back from separate … The post Today at the Tour: On opening day, Lady Luck spins her wheel of fortune appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Richie Porte rues time loss after stage 1 crashes

Richie Porte (BMC) ahead of the 2018 Tour de France

The opening stage of the Tour de France was always going to be a fraught affair with tight Vendee roads, potential cross winds, and the fight for position all predictable but decisive features of the race. And so it proved. While Fernando Gaviria claimed his maiden Tour stage and first maillot jaune, the real fight for the GC took on a new dimension with Chris Froome, Richie Porte , Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana all losing time to several of their key rivals. Porte, who came into the race leading the line for BMC Racing in the their final Tour before their disbanding, finished in the same time as Froome and Yates, losing 51 seconds to Vincenzo Nibali, Tom Dumoulin, Romain Bardet and others. Such a deficit might not represent a terminal loss of Porte's GC aspirations but in a race that could be determined by seconds, the group of ...

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Peter Sagan: I was up there but the best rider won today

Peter Sagan at the start of stage 1 in Noirmoutier-En-L'Ïle

Peter Sagan sportingly accepted defeat in the opening sprint of the Tour de France , happy to have avoided the late crash that saw several overall contenders lose time, as he survived the hectic final kilometre that include a left turn and then a descent before a 300-metre kick up to the finish line. The world champion does not ask his teammates to give him a lead-out but likes to be protected before doing his own thing in the final kilometre. Bora-Hansgrohe led the peloton with Marcus Burghardt, Daniel Oss and Lukas Postlberger dropping Sagan off just where he wanted, while also protecting Rafal Majka, who avoided the crashes and so gained time on Chris Froome, and many of his overall rivals. As so often is the case, Sagan was in the right place at the right time after the left turn. He was tucked on eventual winner Fernando Gaviria's ...

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