Chris Froome: You can't read too much into Tour of the Alps result

Kenny Elissonde leads Team Sky teammate Chris Froome on an ascent at the Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) says that it would be futile to make too many predictions off the back of the final results at Tour of the Alps . Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) took out the overall victory with Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) rounding out the podium. Froome just missed out on the rostrum, finishing the race in fourth place 16 seconds behind Pinot and one second off Pozzovivo and Lopez. The Team Sky rider has ridden an aggressive race but looked in trouble when Pinot attacked on the final climb with Pozzovivo, setting off in chase of Lopez who had already gone up the road. Thanks in part to a lack of cooperation up front, the favourites did come back together with the GC ending up as it had been at the start of the day. "I don't think that we can read too much ...

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Morton: I've got unfinished business with the Tour of California

Best young rider Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) was seventh

Lachlan Morton ( Dimension Data ) says he's got some unfinished business with the Tour of California . The Australian has centred the first part of his 2018 season around the week-long race as he looks to improve on his seventh-place finish from last year. It will be his fifth appearance at the American stage race, with his result last year far and away his best performance. The previous year saw him crash heavily and abandon after a strong showing on the third stage to Lake Tahoe, which was won by Julian Alaphilippe. "My big goal for the first part of the year is the Tour of California," Morton told Cyclingnews at the Tour of the Alps. "I had pretty good results there last year but I think that I could have been better so the start of the year has been about getting myself ready for that. I’ve had ...

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Sea Otter 2018: Brands return after absence; e-MTBs make their mark

The BMC Trailfox AMP is built on 27.5-plus wheels and is powered by Shimano's STEPS motor and batter

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Sea Otter Classic opened Thursday with an expo that includes more than 500 booths representing nearly 900 brands and covering 165,000 square feet of space at Laguna Seca Raceway. Look for in-depth coverage in Bicycle Retailer's May 15 issue, and in the meantime, here's a sampling of what we saw on Sea Otter's opening day: Gazelle Holland's Gazelle is showing its newest commuter e-bike models at Sea Otter this year. The 125-year old brand has a long history of manufacturing utilitarian bicycles, and the CityZen is designed with transportation in mind. "At Gazelle, we aren't trying to do everything. But we focus on car replacement, and this is your go-everywhere bike," said Sarah Hansing, a Gazelle customer service representative who works out of the company's office in Santa Cruz, California. The high-speed pedelec CityZen Speed tops out at 28 miles per hour, powered by Bosch's ...

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Pinot seals Tour of the Alps title as Padun wins final stage

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won the overall

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) sealed overall victory at the Tour of the Alps as Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida) took a solo victory on the final stage. Attack proved the best form of defence for the Frenchman, who underlined his Giro d’Italia credentials with an aggressive display on the Innsbruck circuit that will be used in the World Championships later this year. On the last of three ascents of the Olympia climb that forms the centrepiece of the circuit Pinot went clear with Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), the two riders directly below him on the overall standings. Once down the other side, however, the road flattened out and the impetus waned, allowing the small chase group, containing the other riders in the top 10, back into the picture. Padun, the 21-year-old Ukranian neo-pro, was in there and took advantage of his relatively low overall standing - 16th at 3:33 ...

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In-form Valgren newly optimistic for Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Michael Valgren (Astana Pro Team)

Following last Sunday’s victory in Amstel Gold Race , not to mention the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory from February, Michael Valgren (Astana Pro Team) certainly has reasons to be optimistic about his chances of a third top result on Sunday. Looking further back, the Dane has ‘previous’ in Liège-Bastogne-Liège , as well. In 2012, and again in 2013, he won the U23 version race, on both occasions with lone breakaways. Speaking to Cyclingnews earlier this week, before placing 50th in La Flèche Wallonne - a race that does not suit his talents as a racer, and which he later Tweeted he had “survived” - Valgren talked of his hopes for this Sunday. "I'm looking forward to Liège, not just because it’s a bigger race, but because it’s a bigger goal," he said. "Together with Jakob [Fuglsang] I hope that we can use our team strength again, and I can pay ...

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Pinot withstands attacks to keep Tour of the Alps lead

Tour of the Alps leader Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot and his Groupama-FDJ team had numerous attacks thrown at them on a punchy 134km stage from Chiusa to Lienz on Thursday, but the Frenchman held fast to the overall lead of the Tour of the Alps with one stage remaining. The short, intense stage was fraught with threats to Pinot's lead in the race. After his teammates spent the day keeping a breakaway that included Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) - who began the stage only 2:02 behind on GC - from threatening, they had to control serious moves from Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida). The work eventually fell to Pinot himself. "Today it wasn't my best day, and I had a hard time responding to the many attacks that came from my rivals," Pinot admitted. "Pozzovivo, Lopez, Froome, Aru, are all very strong riders, all capable of attacking and ...

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George Bennett showing signs of Giro d'Italia form at Tour of the Alps

George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) second on stage 4 of Tour of the Alps

George Bennett 's Tour of the Alps was almost over before it began after he was hit by a car on the eve of the race last Sunday. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider said afterwards that he was lucky to be alive, but he has bounced back with aplomb to take second on an explosive stage 4 into Lienz. Bennett was one of the main protagonists in the early jaunts on the opening climb, and though he was caught, he remained in the peloton before launching another move on the final ascent. It has been a tough few days for the Kiwi, and he is not out of the woods just yet, but his performance is a big boost as he progresses towards the Giro d'Italia. "A stage win would have been nice," he told Cyclingnews after the stage. "I'm a bit happier because I have been feeling a bit shit all ...

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Cycling world mourns loss of BMC owner Andy Rihs

Cycling world mourns loss of BMC owner Andy Rihs

Swiss businessman and BMC team owner Andy Rihs has died, aged 75, after a long illness.

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Armstrong reaches $5m settlement with US government and Landis

Armstrong reaches $5m settlement with US government and Landis

Joe Robinson 20 Apr 2018 Trial will not go to court; Armstrong has a year to pay fees Lance Armstrong and his attorneys have reached an out-of-court settlement worth $5 million with the United States government and former teammate Floyd Landis rather than taking the False Claims Act lawsuit to trial next month. The decision to settle outside of the courtroom was announced last night with Armstrong agreeing to pay $5 million to the United States government and an additional $1.65 million to Landis for legal fees and expenses. The former seven-time Tour de France champion will no doubt consider this a victory as the potential lawsuit could have cost him $100 million. As is well known by now, Armstrong's former domestique and disgraced Tour champion Landis filed the original lawsuit back in 2010 under the claim that Armstrong had defrauded the US Postal Service by taking illicit drugs to ...

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Liège: A Farewell to Ans

La Doyenne makes its final appearance in the ‘burbs When was the last time you truly loved an edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège? On some level it will always be a beautiful race, winding around the Ardennes, past the farms, on skinny Belgian roads, some of which go uphill for quite a while. The concept of an out-and-back, two vastly different legs connecting the same poles, is brilliance. The history of the race can’t be forgotten. We love it, it’s a monument. But when have we loved the race on race day itself? That’s a subjective matter — I was fond of the Poels and Gilbert wins of the last decade, and the Hamilton victory in 2003 and Di Luca win in 2007, until I finally accepted the underlying reality. That’s about it. I can describe and rank the enjoyability of the last 13 or 14 Tours of Flanders without looking up ...

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5 Ultra-Lightweight Jerseys To Beat The Heat This Summer

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A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons

Chirpy, animated and happily giving interviews, Jack Haig looks like he has just ridden to the shops. Around him are shattered riders, professionals who have dragged themselves to the top of the Mur de Huy and show all the signs of a tough Flèche Wallonne with its exhausting final climb. But, other than some dirt … The post A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alex Evans continues upward tilt at Tour of the Gila

Alex Evans (Mobius)

Australian Alex Evans ( Mobius-Bridgelane ) has been making a name for himself at home, finishing second to Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Queen stage of the Herald Sun Tour and eventually placing eighth overall in his first-ever UCI race. With his team Mobius-Bridgelane currently competing in the US at the Tour of the Gila this week, the Joe Martin Stage Race last week and the Redlands Bicycle Classic to come, the 21-year-old from Victoria is continuing to impress. Evans finished third on the opening stage to Mogollon, which finishes with an 11km climb. Evans came in behind stage winner Oscar Sanchez (Canel's Specialized) and 2015 Tour of the Gila winner Rob Britton (Rally Cycling). Evans' third-place finish was all the more impressive because he started the second, more difficult part of the climb after White Horse Mesa in poor position after slipping backing the crosswinds "They went pretty hard ...

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Case closed: Lance Armstrong settles federal lawsuit for $5M

Supported by Lance Armstrong will pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice claiming that he defrauded the federal government by using performance-enhancing drugs as a member of the United States Postal Service cycling team, the New York Times reported Thursday. The settlement ends years of legal disputes between Armstrong and the … The post Case closed: Lance Armstrong settles federal lawsuit for $5M appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lance Armstrong settles federal lawsuit for $5 million

Lance Armstrong relaxing while George Hincapie rode a lap said the race had “a killer vibe”.

Lance Armstrong and his attorneys have come to a settlement with the United States government and Floyd Landis in the False Claims Act lawsuit, rather than go to trial on May 7. "I am glad to resolve this case and move forward with my life," Armstrong said in a press release. "I'm looking forward to devoting myself to the many great things in my life – my five kids, my wife, my podcast, several exciting writing and film projects, my work as a cancer survivor, and my passion for sports and competition. There is a lot to look forward to." In the terms of the settlement, Armstrong agrees to pay $5 million USD to the United States government and $1.65 million to Landis to cover his legal fees and expenses, but according to the agreement, the settlement "is neither an admission of liability by Armstrong nor a concession by the ...

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Dygert sprints to stage 2 win at Tour of the Gila

Chloe Dygert (Sho-Air Twenty20)

Chloe Dygert ( Twenty20-Sho Air ) relied on her teammates and world champion track power to sprint to victory Thursday during stage 2 at the Tour of the Gila . Dygert passed Rally Cycling's Emma White just before the line at Fort Baryard, while Diana Penuela (UnitedHealthcare) crossed the line in third. Stage 1 winner Katie Hall finished safely in the bunch to keep her overall lead. "It was kind of a hectic finish. There was a truck pulling out with about a K to go, and that was pretty dangerous," Dygert told Cyclingnews. "Allie [Dragoo] had a really good lead out that spaced the group out. Emma only had one lead-out girl, so I knew I had a chance. She started going at 200 metres to go and had a little gap on me, but I thought that was kind of early. I was still in her draft and ...

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Elissonde impresses Froome in the mountains at Tour of the Alps

Kenny Elissonde and Chris Froome (Team Sky) at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome thanked his Sky teammate Kenny Elissonde for helping close down Fabio Aru's dangerous attack on stage 4 of the Tour of the Alps , after initially missing the move on the steep, early slopes of the Bannberg climb. The Frenchman has proved invaluable to Froome on the key climbs of the Tour of the Alps. Diego Rosa is apparently suffering from pollen allergies, and so Elissonde has stepped up and performed extra shifts of hard work, riding tempo for Froome, chasing attacks and even covering his wheel earlier in the stages. Elissonde is fighting for a spot on Team Sky roster for the Giro d'Italia but his hard work this week seems to have convinced Froome of his worth. "He's been amazing this week; he's really stepped up," Froome said. "He's been there in the final every day, and he's definitely putting himself forward for Giro selection." Elissonde ...

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Blevins wins stage 2 at Tour of the Gila

Christopher Blevins (Axeon) takes the best young rider jersey after stage 1 at Tour of the Gila

Hagens Berman Axeon's Chris Blevins rode a successful breakaway to victory on stage 2 of the Tour of the Gila, winning a five-up sprint ahead of Daniel Jaramillo (UnitedHealthcare), Cormac McGeough (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) Cullen Easter (303 Project) and Janier Acevedo (UnitedHealthcare), who climbed to third overall with his result. Stage 1 winner Oscar Sanchez (Canel's Specialized) retained his overall lead by 11 seconds over Rally Cycling's Rob Britton. Acevedo is now 55 seconds back in third, as Alex Evans (Mobius Bridgelane) slipped to fourth at 1:04 back. While Blevins came away with the stage win, UnitedHealthcare may have been the big winner by moving Acevedo onto the GC podium, while the team's Gavin Mannion is fourth at 1:21. "We tried to race aggressively today," UnitedHealthcare director Sebastian Alexandre told Cyclingnews before the podium ceremony. "Yesterday was very negative until the climb, so our plan today was to play our cards ...

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Van der Breggen: I hoped that the break would stick at Fleche Wallonne

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) claimed her fourth straight Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, but says she found this year's race harder than the previous editions. And ever the team player, the Dutchwoman was rooting for the four-woman breakaway with her teammate Megan Guarnier to go all the way. "The final was harder this year because we had to do the second-last climb twice. And that one is just as tough as the Mur, I think. The tactics started earlier this year. I tried the first attack, and it didn't stick, and then the second one with Megan did. That was a good situation for us, we didn't have to do anything in the back, and Megan tried to save energy in the front. I hoped that the break would stick." But the teams that had missed the break took to the front of the peloton to chase ...

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Haller struck by car while training

Marco Haller making his way back onto the road after a crash sent him far afield at Gent-Wevelgem

Katusha-Alpecin 's Marco Haller was struck by a motorist who ran a stop sign while training in Austria on Thursday, suffering multiple fractures to his left knee. The team estimate he will be out for several months and will miss the Tour de France , where he was due to be one of Marcel Kittel's main lead-out men. "It was my second day back on the bike, after I had to recover from a second viral infection in the 2018 season," Haller said from the Landeskrankenhaus hospital in Villach. "I was riding with Bernie Eisel and was sitting in his wheel in a slight downhill, when suddenly a car, ignoring the stop sign, came at us from the right. Bernie just managed to escape him, but I could not do that and hit the driver's door at full speed. My bike was completely destroyed and my knee as well." Haller ...

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