Hammer Series returns with second weekend for 2018

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 Stavanger, Norway to kickstart series with Limburg, Netherlands the weekend after Launched in an attempt to rethink the way we view professional cycling racing, the Hammer Series will return in 2018 adding a second event in Stavanger, Norway. Kickstarting two back-to-back weekends of the Hammer Series this latest three days of racing will take place from 25th to 27th May with the original Limburg event taking place on the following weekend, 1st to 3rd June. Like last year's inaugural event, the Stavanger Hammer Series will be broken down into three days - the Hammer Climb, Hammer Sprint and Hammer Chase - in the search to find the best team over the entire event. Uniquely, this race does not crown an individual winner at its conclusion rather a winning team. The eventual winners will be those who cross the line first in day three's Hammer Chase, ...

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Watch: Kwiatkowski cycles through the snow on Milan-San Remo ride

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 Preparing to defend his 2017 title, the Team Sky man shows off the heavy snowfall Milan-San Remo defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) has been out riding the roads of the first Monument of the year and it appears the weather in this coastal Italian town is no different to what we are experiencing here in the UK. Riding along, the Pole filmed himself alone in a heavy downfall of snow having to clear his glasses of the unrelenting flurry. San Remo recon, if anyone asked %uD83D%uDE02%uD83C%uDF28 #Kwiato #allezKwiato @TeamSky pic.twitter.com/g459rdLyCE — Micha%u0142 Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) February 26, 2018 With only two weekends remaining before the 2018 edition of the race, the 2014 road race World Champion is preparing to defend his title from last season in which he outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphillippe ( Quick-Step Floors ) in photo finish. See ...

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Surprise second place for Wisniowski at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Lukasz Wisniowski of Team Sky raced his Pinarello Dogma K10 to second place

Team Sky turned up for opening weekend with three debutants for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and despite four of the seven riders for the team not finishing the race in the freezing conditions, the British squad will be satisfied with second place on the day. Łukasz Wiśniowski chased back to a select group following Sep Vanmarcke ’s ( EF Education First-Drapac ) attack on the Muur van Gerardsbergen, and managed to win the bunch sprint to take second place to Michael Valgren ( Astana Pro Team ), whose late attack won the Dane the race. Owain Doull , who endured a far tougher start to the 2017 campaign following surgery on a burst appendix, sprinted to 11th in the finale and the result gives the Welshman promise for the upcoming season. “It was alright, I suffered a bit all day,” Owain Doull told Cyclingnews while cooling down after the race, “I ...

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Dennis: Valverde is the most threatening rider in Abu Dhabi Tour finale

Rohan Dennis takes the red leader's jersey

Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing Team ) knows more than he could ever want to know about mechanical malfunctions in time trials, but while he was hardly unsympathetic to Tom Dumoulin’s plight on stage 4 of the Abu Dhabi Tour , he was just as relieved to have enjoyed a clear run himself. Saturday's 12.6km test on Al Maryah Island looked like coming down to the finest of margins between the two outstanding time triallists in the field when Dumoulin hurtled through the intermediate time check a mere second ahead of Dennis' provisional best mark. Dennis was already watching from the hot seat at the finish as Dumoulin looked to maintain his advantage over the back end of the course, but the world time trial champion's challenge came to an abrupt end when he was forced into a bike change due to a problem with the electronics in his rear ...

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Abu Dhabi Tour: Stage 4 highlights - Video

Rohan Dennis (BMC) in the green and gold

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) claimed stage 4 victory in the Abu Dhabi Tour time trial, moving himself into the overall lead ahead of the final day. The Australian champion had a tidy gap of 14 seconds over second place Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky), with BMC's Miles Scotson took third. Dennis was one of the favourites going into the stage, but his day was made a little bit easier when his biggest rival Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) suffered a puncture out on course. Dennis started the day in the middle of the pack, with a 13-second deficit to race leader Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). His time of 14:21 was more than enough to put him into the leader’s red jersey, but he faces a summit finish on the final stage if he wants to keep hold of the jersey on the final day. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click ...

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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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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Michael Valgren takes surprise victory

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Michael Valgren takes surprise victory

Joe Robinson 24 Feb 2018 Astana make most of numerical advantage with Valgren taking first cobbled classic of the season Michael Valgren made the most of Astana 's numerical advantage in the final kilometres to take a surprise victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . As one of three Astana riders in the lead group, the young Dane managed to launch himself from a group of 12 close to the finish, gaining a large enough gap to take him to victory. Team Sky 's Lukasz Wisniowski battled to second place with an ever aggressive Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Drapac) holding on for third. Thanks to the company of teammates Alexey Lutsenko and Oscar Gatto, the sheer numbers of Astana were enough to beat the likes of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems–Crelan). Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: How the day unfolded Omloop Het Niewsblad, for many, marked the beginning ...

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Dennis takes Abu Dhabi lead after time trial victory

Rohan Dennis rides to victory

Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing ) surged into the overall lead at the Abu Dhabi Tour after taking victory in the key time trial on stage 4. The Australian completed the 12.6km course in a time of 14:21, some 14 seconds quicker than his closest rival Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky), while his teammate Miles Scotson finished third a further two seconds back. Dennis now leads Castroviejo in the overall standings by the same margin he beat him by in the time trial. World champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was one of the favourites going into the stage but suffered a mechanical, which was fatal to his chances of victory. After three straight days for the sprinters, the overall classification was game for almost anyone with a decent time trial in their arsenal. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) would roll out last as the race leader, but his advantage over much of ...

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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

It's been a busy week for bike news this week. We've seen plenty of weird and wonderful kit at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show , taken a look at the new thru-axle version of the Genesis' Croix de Fer and spotted a very lovely looking track bike from Ridley, the Arena . Plus Ben Delaney has given his first impressions on the Wahoo Kickr Climb before taking part in a livestream on Zwift's Facebook page this week , where you can see it in action: Friday 23 February (1pm MST / 8pm GMT), Tuesday 27 February (12:50pm MST / 7:50pm GMT) and Wednesday 28 February (6pm MST / 1am GMT). But now, with the working week soon to be finished and weekend fast approaching, it's time to take a look at 11 of the hottest products to fall into the hands of our writers, videographers and reviewers here at ...

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Kwiatkowski shrugs off Grand Tour talk to focus on one-day targets

Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates winning the 2018 Volta ao Algarve

When it comes to Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) targeting Grand Tours and stage races the question appears to have always been a matter of ‘when rather than if’ but the Team Sky all-rounder remains firmly focused on achieving his one-day ambitions for the time being. The Polish rider has forged a career as one of the most multi-talented riders in the current peloton, with an eclectic skill set enabling him to win across a number of formats. There are few riders who can go toe-to-toe with Peter Sagan one week, and then ride at the head of affairs in the mountains the next. The all-rounder won both summit finish stages at the Volta ao Algarve, and carried away the overall crown after a daring raid on the final stage. Heading into the spring classics, he once more looks like a force to reckoned with. “Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a big ...

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Photo gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon team camp

Over the past nine years, Hagens Berman Axeon has earned a reputation as the sport’s top development team. Since its debut in 2009, the program has advanced 25 riders to the WorldTour ranks, including Taylor Phinney, Joe Dombrowski, George Bennett, Alex Dowsett, Jasper Stuyven, Ian Boswell, Greg Daniel, and Tao Geoghegan Hart. Four riders from … The post Photo gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon team camp appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Museeuw: 'Froome should get a one-year ban'

Museeuw: 'Froome should get a one-year ban'

Jack Elton-Walters 22 Feb 2018 Johan Museeuw speaks about the ongoing Chris Froome saga Many former and current professional cyclists have offered their opinion on the Chris Froome salbutamol saga , some unprompted and others only when they're asked. Fitting into the latter category is retired Classics rider and former World Champion Johan Museeuw, who opens up on his thoughts only when questioned about it. Stories and rumours have abounded about how the case might play out, with one report that Froome had negotiated a six-month suspension dismissed immediately by the rider . For Museeuw, the approach the authorities need to take is clear, when he says that 'they have to do something otherwise it's not a good direction for cycling' with regards to a suspension for Froome. 'It [salbutamol] is not really a product that you can use for going faster, he needed it for his asthma,' Museeuw adds. ...

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Blue is the new black: rating 2018's pro team kits

Blue is the new black: rating 2018's pro team kits

Felix Lowe 22 Feb 2018 Eurosport’s Felix Lowe casts his eye over the season’s new pro kits Do you remember when Team Sky first started warming down on rollers and colour co-ordinating their hydration strategies? Every other team was soon at marginal pains to copy the new coolest kids in the playground and overnight there were more black kits on display than in a teenage goth’s wardrobe. In 2018 that has all changed. The only team swimming with the black tide – offset with questionable bogey green – is Mitchelton-Scott. (Mitchelton replaces mining giant Orica as the Aussie squad’s main sponsor, and its owner, Gerry Ryan, is digging deep into his own pockets via his wine business, hotel and spa. Think Oleg Tinkov’s La Datcha chalets, but with less vodka.) Sky have ditched black for a translucent kit that will make rainy races look like a wet T-shirt competition. Dare ...

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'Don't go to Team Sky – they'll ruin you,' Wiggins tells young team

'Don't go to Team Sky – they'll ruin you,' Wiggins tells young team

Joe Robinson 21 Feb 2018 Wiggins makes cheeky swipe at former team at the launch of Team Wiggins On the first floor of a yoga shop on Regent Street, London, Bradley Wiggins presented his raft of 17 young Team Wiggins riders for the 2018 season. The team's aim is simple: take a group of talented under-23s and nurture their talent to help them step up to WorldTour level. One of these riders is Tom Pidcock , whose palmares already speaks for itself despite him being just 18 years old: Junior Paris-Roubaix winner, junior time-trial World Champion and junior cyclocross World Champion are just three of his titles so far. So what advice did the former Tour de France winner Wiggins have for his promising young signing – someone who he says 'already has it'? 'Don't go to Team Sky in the future, go somewhere else. They will ruin you.' The ...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know

Joe Robinson 23 Feb 2018 Key information about the 2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which takes place on Saturday 24th February Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the first Cobbled Classic of the year and for many marks the true start of the cycling season despite races in Australia and the Middle East. Previously called Omloop Het Volk, the heritage of this one-day race gives it the kind of prestige usually reserved for the bigger Monument races. Some of the biggest names in the sport have taken victory at the season opener down the years, including Eddy Merckx, Johan Museeuw and Roger De Vlaeminck. However, the Omloop was one of very few cobbles races that Belgian Tom Boonen was unable to take victory in before his retirement last year. The two most recent editions have been dominated by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), and his win in last year's Omloop marked the start ...

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Volta ao Algarve: Kwiatkowski wins the overall

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the final stage and the overall at Volta ao Algarve

Michał Kwiatwkowski ( Team Sky ) took victory on the final stage of the Volta ao Algarve , sealing the general classification at the same time. Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) and Serge Pauwels (Team Dimension Data) completed the podium on the tough hilltop finish at Malhão. The trio had made the day's early break, and with Kwiatkowski the only man in GC contention out front, the Pole comfortably sealed the overall win - repeating his 2014 feat. What remained of the Sky-controlled peloton crossed the line almost two minutes later, having never looked like catching the break. The British team clearly had a gameplan, with Kwiatkowski biding his time until the final climb of the day before making his move. Attacks came and went throughout the day, but Kwiatkowski was patient before showing his strength with 2km left to run, simply leaving the rest of the break behind as he rode ...

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Wellens wins the Ruta del Sol after decisive dirt road time trial

Tim Wellens on course during the stage 5 time trial at Ruta del Sol

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) secured overall victory at the Ruta del Sol with a cool and collected ride in the 14km final time trial that included a long spectacular section of dirt roads. Wellens started the final 14km time trial with a lead of seven seconds on Mikel Landa (Movistar) and 11 seconds on Wout Poels (Team Sky) after winning Saturday's uphill stage to Alcala de los Gazules. He lost three seconds to the Dutchman but did enough to secure overall victory by eight seconds. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) won the time trial in a time of 17:11, with Wellens setting a time of 17:25. Poels set an excellent time of 17:22 but he came up short. Marc Soler (Movistar) finished fifth in the time trial and so gained enough time to move up to third overall, at 27 seconds. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) finished fourth at ...

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Volta ao Algarve: Groenewegen wins stage 4 sprint in Tavira

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) makes it clear which team won

Dylan Groenewege n ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) won stage four of the Volta ao Algarve , his second of the race and fourth of the season. The bunch sprint in Tavira saw him beat Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-Hansgrohe) into second place, while John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) finished third. The Dutchman’s victory sees him retake the points jersey from Team Sky’s Michał Kwiatkowski ahead of Sunday’s final stage. Groenwegen’s team had been prominent on the run-in and were once again leading from the front on the final straight. Degenkolb hit the front early, but the LottoNL leadout proved too strong for everyone, leaving Groenewegen to outlast Pelucchi and make victory look easy. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) retains the leader’s jersey. The Welshman enjoys a 22-second lead over teammate Kwiatkowski going into the final stage, which features a hilltop finish on the Alto do Malhão. How it unfolded At a shade under 200km, stage 4 ...

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Rua del Sol: Tim Wellens wins uphill finish in Alcala de los Gazules

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) celebrates his win on the uphill finish

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) used his Classics skills to win the uphill, cobbled finish at Alcalá de los Gazules Saturday at Ruta del Sol , surging away from Mikel Landa (Movistar) to win the stage and gaining enough time on Wout Poels (Team Sky) to also take the overall race lead. The break of the day was caught as the gradient kicked up at 19 per cent and then Landa and Wellens took control. They opened a gap on the narrow lane and then Wellens kicked away on the final section to win by five seconds. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was third at 12 seconds, with Poels at 13 seconds. Wellens took the leader's red jersey and now leads Landa by seven seconds, with Poels slipping to third at 11 seconds. The final overall winner will be decided in Sunday's 14.2km individual time trial on a loop near Barbate. ...

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FSA Directeur Sportif Deadline Threat Level: Elevated

Is this your team? An empty vessel drifting to oblivion?

Get a move on, peeps How’s it going? Have you made your team and/or voodoo doll of Ursula yet? I’d like to take this occasion to let you all know that Ursula is just one of three people on the Pricing Committee, the other two being me and Jens, so if you want to direct your anger properly at anyone over the unaffordability of your various favorite riders, Ursula’s home phone number is 541-287-9999. OK, so this is your reminder that the time is drawing near for you to submit your teams. As is always the case, I have to remind you TO HIT SUBMIT!! Just making your team, lovingly crafting it into a well-balanced system of points spent on just the right combination of riders, is not enough. Until you officially submit it, you aren’t playing yet. I can see that there are hundreds of unsubmitted teams, a good ...

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