POC launches new aero road helmet

STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) — POC has launched a new aero road bike helme model, the Ventral. The Swedish brand said the Ventral is "the fastest, most aerodynamic, ventilated, lightweight and safest helmet we have ever developed." The helmet will be used by the EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale Pro Cycling Team for the first time in competition at Paris-Nice this month. Jonas Sjögren, POC's CEO, said, "Over the years we have developed a number of advanced performance helmets. The award winning Octal is well known, but our Octal Aero, Cerebel and Tempor helmets have also been fundamental in improving aerodynamic performance and times for many track and road riders. With all our experience, we wanted to push our ideas even further and develop a ventilated aero helmet that would give significant speed gains to a rider and further improve safety." POC said the size and angles of the helmet's ...

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Kruijswijk to remain with LottoNL-Jumbo until the end of 2021 season

Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL - Jumbo)

Steven Kruijswijk will remain with LottoNL-Jumbo until the end of the 2021 season after signing a contract extension with the team. The news follows the announcement that Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo will take over as lead sponsor of the team, which has existed in various guises since 1984, and was most notably sponsored by Rabobank between 1996 and 2012. "The team has hugely improved in terms of professionalism, guidance, innovation and collaboration in recent years. We really are a team together and I'm happy to be part of it", Kruijswijk said in a statement released on Friday. "Jumbo's commitment gives confidence and peace and that stability is reflected in our team." The 30-year-old Kruijswijk has spent his entire professional career with the team, graduating to WorldTour level in 2010 after three years with the Rabobank Continental team. Kruijswijk was on the brink of a surprise Giro d'Italia victory in 2016 ...

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Rapha Pro Team Insulated Gilet

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Warm, breathable and packable gilet 7/10

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First look: Poc Ventral helmet

Joe Robinson Friday, March 2, 2018 - 15:38 A new do-all helmet for all occasions from the Swedish helmet giants €299 We are picky bunch us cyclists. Firstly, we want the option of a helmet that is ultra-lightweight, heavily ventilated and comfortable to accompany us on nature's hottest days during the height of summer. Then we want a helmet that makes us faster. We want wind to pass it by with no trouble, and for it to feed extra watts into our legs. Now we are dark green with greed, demanding the powers that be to develop helmets that do both, lightweight but aero, fast but comfortable. Image 2 of 9 Image 2 of 9 Thankfully, the brains trust at Swedish helmet manufacturers Poc have been hard away at work releasing the latest do-all helmet, the Poc Ventral. Combining some of the aerodynamic capabilities of the Poc Octal aero and ...

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Snow turns to rain to set up epic Strade Bianche

Scenery along the route of 2017 Strade Bianche Women

The snow that has fallen on the Tuscan hills and covered the Strade Bianche gravel roads in recent days has begun to melt as temperatures rise, but rain is forecast for Saturday’s races, setting up an epic edition of the sport’s newest one-day Classic. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) won the women’s race in the rain, while Kwiatkowski out-powered Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) on the final climb to the finish in Siena in the men’s race . Many riders and teams arrived in Tuscany on Thursday in time for a final Friday morning recon ride. Snow remained along the side of the roads but the gravel was clear. However, the usually compact surface has become covered in brown mud as temperatures warmed up. Forecasts for Saturday predict rain and temperatures of 11 degrees Celsius. The UCI introduced the Extreme Weather Protocol to protect riders’ health ...

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Banned testosterone patches reportedly ordered on purpose by former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor

Banned testosterone patches reportedly ordered on purpose by former Team Sky and British Cycling doc

General Medical Council obtain evidence that banned patches were intentionally delivered to British Cycling and Team Sky HQ British Cycling riders in action Testosterone patches which turned up at British Cycling and Team Sky headquarters in 2011 may have been ordered intentionally, according to reports.

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Team Sky and British Cycling facing new questions over testosterone patches

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Reports that banned substance was ordered and not in fact delivered in error

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No, Not Tirreno. You Know, the Other One

I’m going to start this with a confession. When I made the decision of which race I’d write about over the coming week, I was fairly ignorant about who was riding where. I picked Paris-Nice over Tirreno-Adriatico because, as I assumed parity of startlists, I prefer the idea of the French race. The “Race to the Sun” idea it has going on, in addition to the close finishes in recent years, has endeared it to me, perhaps more than its Italian counterpart. It was with a heavy heart then, that I read the startlist and sighed “Oh Christ, this is bloody weak.” And weak it is. It was Alberto Contador who forced those close finishes, don’t forget, and he’s as likely to do that again as Seán Kelly is. And so, this year Paris-Nice gets the B-listers. Sergio Henao won last year, taking the official title of King B-lister, but ...

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How to maintain your bike in the snow

Riding in the snow

Joe Robinson 2 Mar 2018 Avoid letting grit and salt damage your bike with this top tips from Crankalicious It looks as if the 'Beast from the East' will have passed by the weekend, the temperatures will have risen, the snow melted and us cyclists will be back out riding our bikes. However, as we venture back into the great outdoors, we will find that the road surfaces are less than perfect, covered in grit, salt and all other kinds of grime which can be quite harmful to your bike. Not only can this find its way into your drivechain speeding up wear and grind down components such as your chain and jockey wheels, it can also cause rust on alloy frames and even build up on rim and disc brakes dramatically reducing your braking power. So to combat this damaging process, the team over at bike maintenance gurus Crankalicious ...

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Podium girls look set to be scrapped from the Tour de France

Podium girls look set to be scrapped from the Tour de France

Joe Robinson 2 Mar 2018 Tour set to follow in the footsteps of Tour of Flanders and Tour Down Under in scrapping tradition The Tour de France could be the latest major cycling race to end the tradition of podium girls, following the lead of the Vuelta a Espana . Reported in The Times , Tour de France organisers have been planning to drop the use of podium girls for the race which starts on 7th July in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île. If true, the Tour will follow suit with its fellow Grand Tour the Vuelta a Espana in ending the practice of having podium girls greet the stage winners. In 2017, the Vuelta replaced the podium girls a selection of men and women to assist with podium duties. The Tour Down Under also replaced podium girls with young children and local cyclists earlier this year with the Flanders Classics announcing that the ...

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New Cervelo T5GB Team GB track bikes with Hope components

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New and improved Cervelo T5GB in use at world champs with some new equipment

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Testosterone order to British Cycling could have been intentional

British Cycling pursuit team 2007

Joe Robinson 2 Mar 2018 The Daily Mail reports that evidence from GMC investigation suggests banned drug was ordered by Dr Freeman The box of testosterone patches that was delivered to the Team Sky and British Cycling headquarters in 2011 could have been intentional, according to reports in the Daily Mail . It is reported that the General Medical Council independent investigation into British Cycling could have evidence to suggest that the testosterone patches were ordered purposefully by Dr Richard Freeman with a subsequent attempt at a cover-up taking place. It is later suggested that Freeman and British Cycling contacted the supplier of the testosterone patches, Fit 4 Sport Ltd, asking for them to send an email detailing that the package had been sent in error. See related Chris Froome dealt blow by UKAD data UKAD closes Wiggins jiffy bag investigation Into the detail: Looking deeper into the Froome salbutamol ...

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Madison Road Race Premio jacket review

Madison Road Race Premio jacket review

It comes as no surprise that the Madison Road Race Premio has a fitted cut for racing with much of its design coming from testing with the brand's Genesis Pro team. Ashmei Waterproof Jacket review Castelli Idro jacket review Madison uses its soft four-way stretch P3DRY fabric that features a practical high front, long tail and plenty of length in the arms. It has taped seams for added protection and offers a waterproof value of 20,000mm with 30,000gms of breathability. It breathes well and Madison has added laser cut armpit holes for added ventilation although these do allow a little seepage in heavy downpours. It seals well all round, there’s a waterproof zip up front and I like the subtle grey reflective detailing that provides night-time visibility in a stylish way. The Premio remains light and small enough to fit into a jersey pocket and is perfect for the racer ...

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Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness

Richie Porte (BMC Racing)

Richie Porte has been ruled out of BMC Racing Team 's line-up for Tirreno-Adriatico due to an upper respiratory infection. The Australian was set to use the Italian stage race as part of his Tour de France preparation but he will now miss the race, with the team targeting stage wins and the GC with Damiano Caruso. "Richie Porte developed an upper respiratory infection after Volta ao Algarve which forced him to miss the best part of a week's training. Given Tirreno-Adriatico was one of Richie's goal races this season, it did not make sense to line up when his preparation was far from ideal. Richie and the BMC Racing Team management and medical team agreed that it was in his best interests to miss Tirreno-Adriatico and adjust his race program, in order to recover properly." BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr Max Testa said in a press release. ...

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Questions raised over whether testosterone was ordered at Team Sky and British Cycling HQ

Team Sky's Dave Brailsford

A report in the Daily Mail suggests that the banned substance testosterone may have been ordered to British Cycling and Team Sky offices in Manchester in 2011. Matt Lawton from the Mail has reported that the General Medical Council’s ongoing investigation into former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman has revealed evidence that testosterone patches were ordered and that a request was then made to the medical supplier asking for an email to be sent to Freeman saying the package had been sent in error. The damning news comes almost a year after British Cycling claimed that the substance was only sent to them in error by their medical supplier . There is currently no evidence that the drug, banned under the WADA code, was supplied to or used by riders at British Cycling or Team Sky. On Friday, a spokesperson for Team Sky told Cyclingnews : "Whilst ...

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POC goes for light, fast and airy with new Ventral aero lid

POC goes for light, fast and airy with new Ventral aero lid

Swedish equipment company POC has a new aero road helmet called the Ventral that sponsored pro team EF Education First-Drapac will be racing at Paris-Nice. Specialized S-Works Evade II aero helmet first ride review Giro Vanquish claims speed increases without ventilation sacrifice While a majority of helmet companies have embraced the MIPS liner, POC has its own rotational-impact protection system called SPIN. Instead of using a plastic liner like MIPS that moves slightly inside the helmet shell, POC's SPIN system consists of pads that sits against the head. POC claims that the sweat-absorbent pads offer a similar protection to MIPS, allowing the helmet to move a bit relative to the head in a crash. POC also claims that the SPIN pads don't block airflow like liners sometimes can. POC CEO Jonas Sjögren said the new helmet was designed to make riders faster and safer while offering good ventilation. POC worked ...

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Trek Fuel EX 7 29 first ride review

Trek Fuel EX 7 29 first ride review

There's no shortage of Fuel EX models from Trek. In 2018 the company is offering 13 complete Fuel EX bikes and one frameset, and this aluminum Fuel EX 7 sits comfortably one up from the base level bike in the range. Trek Fuel EX 9 29 review Trek fattens up with the Fuel EX 27.5 Plus Trek Fuel EX 7 29 features Frame : Aluminum, 130mm travel, ABP and Full Floater suspension Fork : RockShox Reba RL, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 130mm Shock : Fox Performance Float Evol Drivetrain : SRAM NX 11-speed Wheels/tires : Bontrager Line Comp 30 wheels / XR4 Team Issue 29x2.4in tires ABP and Full Floater evolution It wasn't long ago when riding an ABP-equipped Trek felt like the shock had way too much sag. It wasn't all bad, the rear would track bumps and could take some trail abuse, but acceleration was met with a ...

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Report: British Cycling testosterone shipment may not have been an accident

Supported by The box of testosterone patches that landed at British Cycling headquarters seven years ago may not have been ordered in error, according to a new report in the Daily Mail. The report suggests that Britain’s General Medical Council (GMC), which has been investigating British Cycling, may have found evidence that the testosterone was ordered purposefully … The post Report: British Cycling testosterone shipment may not have been an accident appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vanmarcke to lead EF Education First-Drapac at Strade Bianche

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac) waves to his infant daughter from the podium at Omloop Het

An in-form Sep Vanmarcke , third in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, will lead the EF Education First-Drapac team into Saturday's Italian Classic Strade Bianche , where teammate Taylor Phinney will make his season debut after illness forced him from the Abu Dhabi Tour. “It’s a special race because it’s heroic,” Vanmarcke said. “It’s very hard to race on gravel roads. Like with a cobbled classic, you need to be in good position, stay focused from start to finish and have some luck.” The 12th edition of the 184km race includes 11 gravel sections totalling 63km. In the finale, riders will battle up a cobbled climb to the finish in the scenic and historic Piazza del Campo. An added challenge could come in the form of snow, which has covered northern Europe over theist few days, although forecasts currently call for milder temperatures and rain on Saturday. “The snow can ...

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Maldonado positive for CERA at Vuelta a San Juan

The 2017 Vuelta a San Juan gets underway

Ignacio Maldonado, from Uruguay, tested positive in a control carried out after the first stage of January's Vuelta Ciclista a la Provincia de San Juan in Argentina. Maldonado was competing at the January 21-28 UCI 2.1 race with the Uruguay National Team. He tested positive for the EPO variant known as CERA in a sample taken after stage 1 on January 21 and is listed on the UCI's provisional suspension file. Maldonado finished 27th in the opening stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, his best placing during the seven-day race, and he went on to finish 86th in the final general classification. Maldonado's top results previous to this year were a third place at the Uruguayan National Championships in 2017, and he won a stage of the Vuelta Ciclista del Uruguay in 2010. In February, a post from the official Twitter account for the Vuelta a San Juan claimed ...

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