Ex-Man City boss Roberto Mancini says it’s safer to cycle in Manchester than in Italy

Dave Brailsford and Roberto Mancini (copyright Getty Images)

Italian national team manager was speaking at an event held by the Michele Scarponi Foundation

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Town Down Under’s lack of buses pleases riders

Town Down Under’s lack of buses pleases riders

Teams don't bring their coach buses to the Australian WorldTour race, so each squad is given two cars and a van to use. Read the full article at Town Down Under’s lack of buses pleases riders on VeloNews.com .

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Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan

Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan

The new finish for the Belgian monument could lead to a sprint showdown between Peter Sagan and others, other riders say. Read the full article at Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan on VeloNews.com .

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New kid in town: Fabio Jakobsen is ready to join the sprinting elite

New kid in town: Fabio Jakobsen is ready to join the sprinting elite

Joe Robinson 23 Jan 2019 The 22-year-old has Fernando Gaviria's boots to fill but Cyclist doesn't think this will be an issue Patrick Lefevere personally introduced each and every one of his riders at the Deceuninck-Quick Step team presentation earlier this month. When it came to 22-year-old Fabio Jakobsen, Lefevere regaled a quick anecdote from his neo-pro season last year. 'When Fabio won Scheldeprijs last year he came up to me in the team bus and told me how he was disappointed that Marcel Kittel punctured before the finish,' Lefevere said. 'He was upset because he knew he would have beaten Marcel that day and he wants to beat the best sprinters. I like that.' You could mistake this confidence for arrogance, wishing a 19-time Grand Tour stage winner had made it to the finish so you could beat him. You could also mistake this as arrogance considering the success ...

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The Cycling Plus team takes on Tenerife’s Mount Teide

The Cycling Plus team takes on Tenerife’s Mount Teide

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift Videogames are fun places to disappear into, but they’re not going to prepare you for real life, right? Gran Turismo means little in a full-throttle racing car and Grand Theft Autowon’t aid your rise up through an actual criminal underworld. Okay, it might. With Zwift, however, the virtual world will help you conquer real mountains. Just ask our trio of riders. Cycling Plus's trio of riders get serious with their hill climb training Double up your training riding indoors and out In October they jetted out to Tenerife to take on Mount Teide, the volcano that dominates the island and, at 3,718m, is Spain’s highest peak. While the road tops out at 2,325m, its continuous climb from sea level makes it a favourite destination for European roadies. For the past six months, our trio have been doubling up road riding with ...

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With a little luck, Bardet plans to break Tour drought

With a little luck, Bardet plans to break Tour drought

French star Romain Bardet likes the 2019 Tour route and feels his chance for a career-defining victory is coming soon. Read the full article at With a little luck, Bardet plans to break Tour drought on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross

In two weeks, international cyclocross and American football will hold the biggest events of their respective seasons on the same day. I’ll be watching both. Because I often find the lead up to the marquee event more interesting than the main event itself — thus explaining my unique affection for E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Compton, Hyde lead reduced USA team for cyclo-cross Worlds

Katie Compton wins in Nommay, France

USA Cycling will not be fielding the maximum allowed number of riders in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bogense, Denmark next month since, for the first time in several years, the country failed to crack the top five in the nations rankings to earn six riders for the elite men's race. While the US women were ranked number 1 in the world, the men - thanks in part due to the illness and injuries of Jeremy Powers and Stephen Hyde - are ranked eighth behind top-ranked Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the Swiss, Czech, Italian and Spanish programmes. USA Cycling came under criticism for opting to choose four instead of the maximum five allowed riders for the U23 Women's race at Worlds, saying that only three riders had met the selection criteria, and one rider was chosen based on 'future medal capability'. The full roster of elite women will ...

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15 Pro teams confirmed for inaugural Zwift esports race series

The Zwift KISS Super League

A total of 15 Professional Continental and Continental teams will take part in the inaugural pro esports cycling league series, with the first race held in London at the Pinarello store on Wednesday 23rd January. Organised on the Zwift virtual platform, the KISS Super League is a 10-race series with teams of four riders racing against each other every week. The races will award on points, with riders' points accumulated in to a team total that decides the 'winning' team. Heart rate monitors are mandatory while all riders have to race on organiser-provided power metres, with weigh-ins also expected. In-game virtual power-ups will also be awarded, adding an extra twist to the racing. A women's race series is set to begin on Tuesday February 5, with Canyon-SRAM and Cervelo-Bigla among the teams competing. Zwift hopes to launch its first e-racing game for amateurs by the end of the month. The ...

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Compton and Hyde lead Team USA for 2019 cyclocross worlds

Compton and Hyde lead Team USA for 2019 cyclocross worlds

The 11-rider elite line-up will feature U.S. national champions Compton and Hyde as well as Pan-Am champion White. Read the full article at Compton and Hyde lead Team USA for 2019 cyclocross worlds on VeloNews.com .

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Gent-Wevelgem Women confirm 24 teams

Marta Bastianelli wins Gent-Wevelgem Women's WorldTour 2018

The organisers of Gent-Wevelgem have confirmed the 24 teams that will take part in this year's race, with Boels Dolmans and Mitchelton-Scott set to headline the event. Team Virtu Cycling, the new home of defending champion Marta Bastianelli , are also among the invitees. Gent-Wevelgem is the fifth race on the UCI Women's WorldTour, which is heading into its fourth year. All of the top 15 teams, which WorldTour organisers are required to invite, will be on the start line in March, including CCC-Liv, the new Trek-Segafredo women’s team, Sunweb and Canyon-SRAM. Boels Dolmans and Mitchelton-Scott are the top two ranked teams in the women's peloton after dominating the WorldTour competition in 2018, though both missed out on the win in last year's race. Bastianelli took the victory with the Ale Cipollini team, who will be back in March but without the race winner, who moved to Team Virtu Cycling ...

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How mechanics keep bikes running smooth at the Tour Down Under

How mechanics keep bikes running smooth at the Tour Down Under

Racing at the Tour Down Under presents a logistical challenge, but once there things generally run smoothly for the mechanics. Read the full article at How mechanics keep bikes running smooth at the Tour Down Under on VeloNews.com .

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How to become a Tour de Yorkshire Tour Maker

How to become a Tour de Yorkshire Tour Maker

Cyclist magazine 22 Jan 2019 Your chance to volunteer at Britain's biggest stage race With the UCI World Championships heading there this September, the 2019 men's and women's Tour de Yorkshire races could be set to attract its strongest ever field and you can have the chance to get up close and personal. Race organisers are searching for 1,300 volunteers to become Tour Makers, a role that helps the event run to plan, ensure the safe passage of the peloton and provide each and every spectator with the best experience of professional cycling. Importantly, Tour Makers will be relied upon to be ambassadors for the county to those visiting 'God's Own Country' for the stage race. To make sure they attract the right characters, organisers have also released 10 qualities that they search for in every volunteer. Those qualities are: Passionate about Yorkshire, welcoming, reliable, friendly, fun, organised, approachable, caring, ...

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Rally UHC earn surprise invitation to La Fleche Wallonne

Svein Tuft joined Rally UHC from Mitchelton-Scott

The Rally UHC Pro Continental squad have scored a coveted wildcard invitation to La Flèche Wallonne , organisers ASO announced on Tuesday. The American team were surprised by the nod, which came alongside Belgian teams Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Wallonie-Bruxelles, and Sport Vlaanderen Baloise, and well-established European squads such as Cofidis, Euskadi-Murias and the ambitious Israel Cycling Academy squad. "We worked our tails off for 12 years to build this program and now we've received an invitation to one of the most prestigious races in the world," performance director Jonas Carney said. "It was a big surprise. We did not expect to receive this invitation but once it was confirmed, we were elated." The 83rd edition of La Flèche Wallonne will take place on April 24th, starting in Seraing, and finishing this year with an additional lap of the closing circuit that includes the Côte d'Ereffe, Côte de Cherave, and the final ...

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Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’

Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’

American team Rally-UHC continues its evolution toward WorldTour racing in Europe, cultivating young talent Brandon McNulty. Read the full article at Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’ on VeloNews.com .

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UCI to start testing for painkiller tramadol at Paris-Nice

UCI to start testing for painkiller tramadol at Paris-Nice

The drug will be banned from cycling starting March 1, and the UCI will be looking out for it. Read the full article at UCI to start testing for painkiller tramadol at Paris-Nice on VeloNews.com .

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Riders shoot down aging Andrea Tafi’s Roubaix plan

Riders shoot down aging Andrea Tafi’s Roubaix plan

The 52-year-old is searching for a team that will sign him so he can race Paris-Roubaix in April. Read the full article at Riders shoot down aging Andrea Tafi’s Roubaix plan on VeloNews.com .

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2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege features city centre finale and return of Stockeu

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Michael Woods (EF-Drapac) second and Roma

The 2019 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège will see some old faces return with the race set to finish in the centre of Liege for the first time in almost three decades, while the triptych of the Côte de Wanne, the Côte de Stockeu and Côte de la Haut Levée are all back on the parcours. The Côte de Wanne will also be included in the women's race, one of two new climbs for the third running of the event, and will feature the same finale. In an event at the Place Saint-Lambert in Liege, organisers ASO unveiled the new routes as well as the seven wildcards for the men’s race. On top of the 18 WorldTour teams automatically invited, a mixture of French and Belgian teams have earned a spot at La Doyenne. Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Wallonie Bruxelles and Wanty-Gobert make up the Belgian contingent with French squads Cofidis, Direct Energie, Arkea-Samsic ...

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Contador: I think Froome can win the Tour and Bernal the Giro

Alberto Contador poses with Chris Froome and Elia Viviani

Alberto Contador has tipped Chris Froome to win a fifth Tour de France and Egan Bernal to land the Giro d’Italia , but has warned Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin about the fatigue of the Giro-Tour double and suggested that no current Grand Tour rider races with the aggression and panache that he did. Contador was known for his attacking and tactically astute racing skills, as well as his strength of character. He overcame a cerebral cavernoma early in his career and stood up to Lance Armstrong during their time together at the Astana team in 2009. He rode 18 Grand Tours during his career, winning seven: the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and 2015 and the Vuelta a Espana in 2008, 2012 and 2014. His victories at the 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro were revoked after he tested positive for Clenbuterol and ...

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Science in Sport Go Electrolyte powder review

Pete Muir Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 11:15 High quality energy drink that’s tasty and easy to digest 4.0 / 5 £11 for 500g (approx 12 x 500ml servings) I’ve always been a water person. Admittedly, it would be hard to find someone who wasn’t a water person – it’s fairly fundamental to life – but what I mean is that I generally prefer to ride with just water in my bottles, rather than flavoured energy drinks. The reason is that I often find the consistency of energy drinks to be too gloopy, and the flavour too sickly, such that I want to wash my mouth out afterwards. In which case, I usually feel it makes more sense to carry two bottles of pure water and a pocket full of gels and bars. However, despite my aversion to energy drinks, I have been pleasantly surprised by Science in Sport Go ...

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