By the numbers: What it takes to win at the men’s Ardennes Classics

With the Ardennes now behind us, the 2018 Spring Classics season has come to a close. Before we turn our attention to the Giro d’Italia, however, it’s worth looking back at the Ardennes Classics in some detail. In the following article, former pro Stephen Gallagher from Dig Deep Coaching breaks down each of the men’s … The post By the numbers: What it takes to win at the men’s Ardennes Classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The difference a team makes: Solo but not alone

We all know what a difference a team can make in cycling. You can benefit from it when you are out racing on the road, see it when you watch a dialled-in sprint train deliver a rider just to the right spot, or feel it as you nestle in the bunch on a training or … The post The difference a team makes: Solo but not alone appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fraile relies on Astana's strength to collect Romandie win

Omar Fraile (Astana) wins stage 1 at the 2018 Tour de Romandie

Omar Fraile picked up his second win in Astana team colours on Wednesday after claiming a surprise victory on stage 1 of the Tour of Romandie . The Spaniard out-foxed and out-kicked Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) in the reduced-bunch sprint to win and extend Astana’s season tally to 14 races. “This morning, I said to be myself that I was going to try. I knew that. It was always going to come down to a small group. It’s possible to win from there and Lotto Jumbo set a good pace on the final climb that helped drop all the main sprinters. That created the chance for me,” Fraile told Cyclingnews as he left his post-stage press conference. The 28-year-old moved to Astana from Dimension Data over the winter, and after a relatively quiet start to life on the Kazakh team, he came to life with a strong second place on the ...

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Cyclists

Morvelo Womens Paisley Standard Jersey

Cycling moms deserve deserve thoughtful, well-chosen gifts. We've got some ideas for the bike riding women of your life...

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UCI regrets event conflicts on Women's WorldTour calendar

Kristin Klein, President of the Amgen Tour of California poses for a photo with the peloton prior to

As the 2018 Women's WorldTour makes its transition from the one-day spring Classics to stage racing, it's hard not to notice the overlap between Tour of California Women's Race (May 17-19) and Spain's Emakumeen Bira (May 19-22). The conflict has forced many women's teams to choose one over the other, something that the UCI told Cyclingnews it aims to fix in future. "The organisers of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM always link the women's race to the men's race, with both events running concurrently and concluding in Sacramento," the UCI explained to Cyclingnews . "The UCI regrets the overlap with Spain's Emakumeen Bira race, and for future seasons, we aim to avoid calendar conflicts of events whenever possible." Last year, Tour of California Women's Race was held ahead of the men's event and shared the city of Sacramento for the women's finale and opening stage ...

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Roglic remains hesitant on Grand Tour ambitions after taking Romandie lead

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) in yellow after stage 1 at Romandie

Primoz Roglic ’s stock rises with almost every week-long stage race he competes in, such has been his consistency in the format over the last two seasons. But the 28-year-old LottoNL-Jumbo rider remains apprehensive when discussing his Grand Tour ambitions. On Wednesday, he rode into the lead at the Tour of Romandie by virtue of Michael Matthews losing contact with the main field on the final climb. Roglic in yellow has become the norm, a default, and no one appeared to bat an eyelid as the 28-year-old quietly made his way to the podium to pick up another leader’s jersey. Romandie, of course, is far from over, and Roglic will have to defend a slender lead against a high-calibre field that includes Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing). There is still the 9.9-kilometre uphill time trial and the mountain stage through Sion ...

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Hosking set to sprint at Tour of Chongming Island - Women's News Shorts

Chloe Hosking all smiles with the trophy

Ale Cipollini will be racing two events coming up at the Women's WorldTour Tour of Chongming Island in China from April 26-28 and the Gran Premio Liberazione Pink in Rome on April 25. Chloe Hosking , a former winner of the Tour of Chongming Island, will compete in the three-day event with support from Anna Trevisi, Soraya Paladin, Karlijn Swinkels and Martina Stefani. Marta Bastianelli , winner of Gent-Wevelgem and Brabantse Pijl, will lead the team racing in Rome with support from Daiva Tuslaite, Anisha Vekemans, Mayuko Hagiwara and Ane Santesteban Gonzalez. Bastianelli won the last two editions that take place on the Terme di Caracalla Circuit. The women race 16 laps of the six-kilometre circuit for a total of 96km. "We're going to be in two more races where we can fight for the highest result: Marta is the last winner of the GP Liberazione Pink and we all ...

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Tuft: This is probably my final year

Svein Tuft (Mitchelton-Scott) in the bunch

With his 41st birthday just a few weeks away, Svein Tuft has told Cyclingnews that 2018 is likely his final year in the professional ranks. The Canadian has been part of the Mitchelton-Scott team since their inception in 2012 and has become a mainstay of their Classics and Grand Tour squads. A reliable domestique and fine time trialist in his own right, Tuft has forged a career as one of the most respected riders on the circuit. But with a young family and time moving on, he believes the moment is right to find a new direction in life. "I haven't said it 100 per cent but I think this will be my last year and my last Giro d'Italia. I've been doing this a long time now, so that's a bit daunting to think about as it's been a big part of my life, but I'm also excited about ...

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Tour de Romandie: Fraile wins in Delémont

Omar Fraile (Astana) on the podium as stage winner

Omar Fraile took Astana ’s 14th victory of the 2018 season after he beat beat Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) on stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie . Fraile went long on the run-in to the line Delémont and held off the Italian with Rui Costa taking third. Astana have enjoyed a strong start to the season and dominated last week's Tour of the Alps. The Kazakh team looked determined to do something today and Dario Cataldo launched a brief attack near the top of the final climb with 11 kilometres remaining. They had a second bite of the cherry after bringing back a number of late attackers in the final two kilometres with Fraile opting to kick out as they rounded the final corner. The Spaniard's surge of pace caught Colbrelli by surprise, who might have assumed he was the fastest rider remaining in the dramatically reduced peloton, and he ...

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Eisel recovering in hospital after brain surgery

Bernie Eisel (Dimension Data)

Bernhard Eisel underwent emergency surgery on Monday after he was last week found to have a subdural haematoma, or bleeding on his brain. It is understood that the Dimension Data rider sustained the head injury in his crash at Tirreno-Adriatico six weeks ago. Eisel has not raced since the crash, in which he suffered a fractured wrist. According to his team, Eisel underwent a CAT scan of the brain after his crash in March, but no issues were detected at the time. Since then, Eisel resumed training but started suffering from headaches in recent weeks. Eisel assumed he was suffering from severe allergies, but scans revealed that he had a chronic subdural haematoma - a slow "accumulation of blood beneath the protective layer around the brain" which clotted and put pressure on his brain. Surgery was required to release the pressure, and was successfully carried out on Monday at the ...

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Israel Cycling Academy name final Giro d'Italia roster

Guy Sagiv

The Israel Cycling Academy today announced the remaining four riders who will take the line for the historic 2018 Giro d'Italia start in Jerusalem on May 4, with two Israeli riders making the cut and sharing the honour as the first from their country to start a Grand Tour. Guy Sagiv and Guy Niv, 24, will join Australian Zak Dempster and Italian Kristian Sbaragli as the final four riders named to the wildcard team's Giro roster. The team previously announced veterans Ben Hermans and Ruben Plaza, along with Grand Tour newcomer Krists Neilands and former Canadian champion Guillaume Boivin. "We have a wonderful and incredibly motivated team going to Jerusalem," said Plaza, who recently won the Vuelta a Castilla y León with a long, solo breakaway. "We are making history for Israel and for all of us. I have no doubt, it will be a huge challenge to succeed in ...

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A Classic Run

Serry and Jungels at La Flèche

In a middlin’ spring season, one name stands out The spring classics are a wrap! Before letting them go, I wanted to pause long enough for posterity. What was it we’ll remember in ten years? That’s easy... Quick Step. But that might not be all. We saw a few quasi-historic results. We saw some people we wanted to get excited about do exciting things. Let’s run through them. Getty Images Sagan alone on the Pavé A Bit of History in the Making Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra both completed their career Flanders-Roubaix double, entering... not Nirvana, but at least the Sotapanna stream. The pair became the 11th and 12th riders since 1980 to notch wins in both Monuments, an illustrious list apart from maybe some EPO-soaked entries. Suffice to say, winning two fairly different monuments tends to say really good things about riders. In Terpstra’s case, he was just the ...

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Sky squad for Froome's historic Giro tilt set

Sky squad for Froome's historic Giro tilt set

Chris Froome's Team Sky squad for the Giro d'Italia has been named as he seeks a third successive Grand Tour win.

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Bennett, Gesink named in LottoNL-Jumbo Giro d'Italia squad

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

George Bennett and Robert Gesink headline LottoNL-Jumbo 's eight-man squad at next month's Giro d'Italia . The team also brings Danny van Poppel for the few sprint finishes that litter the mountainous course. Bennett will be the team's main general classification leader at the Giro d'Italia but Gesink will provide some strong support in the mountains and gives the team a viable second option if things go wrong for the Kiwi. Bennett's Giro d'Italia almost went up in smoke just over a week ago after he hit a car that had suddenly turned into his path while he was out reconnoitring the stage 16 time trial course ahead of the Tour of the Alps. The 28-year-old miraculously escaped serious injury , despite being flung over the car, but was left with bruising and swelling as a result of the incident. He still managed a strong week of racing at the ...

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'I want to be Jasper, not the next Boonen' - Stuyven on the pressures of being a Belgian cobbles star

'I want to be Jasper, not the next Boonen' - Stuyven on the pressures of being a Belgian cobbles sta

Joe Robinson 25 Apr 2018 The young Belgian has the talent for cobbled success but is clearly not taking much for granted Jasper Stuyven is Mr Consistent. So much so that even his own Trek-Segafredo teammates have begun calling him by this nickname. It's deserved when you consider that in the six races from Milan-San Remo to Paris-Roubaix , Stuyven's worst result was 10th. The Belgian raced to 10th at Milan-San Remo, seventh at the Tour of Flanders and fifth at Paris-Roubaix, which at 26-years-old, is quite a fine achievement. Most riders would take these results in a heartbeat but for a rider as talented as Stuyven, he couldn't help but be disappointed. 'Initially after the races, I wasn't happy with my results because I felt that I was one of the strongest guys in each race but everything was not falling into the right places for me to win,' ...

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Nieve returns at Romandie as Giro d’Italia responsibilities loom

Mikel Nieve Ituralde of Spain and Team Mitchelton-Scott

Mikel Nieve made his long-awaited stage racing debut for Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday, as he looks to rediscover his climbing legs before the Giro d’Italia. The former Team Sky rider moved to Mitchelton-Scott for 2018 and was due to race in March. However, a training crash left him with two hairline fractures in his hip. He missed both the Volta a Catalunya and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco as a result, before finally making his season debut at Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. The Tour de Romandie, with its varied terrain, will be Nieve’s first stage race since last year’s Vuelta a Espana, and his continued recovery is centred around finding form for the Giro d’Italia, where he will line up as Esteban Chaves’ key mountain domestique. “I had a bad crash. I was in Sierra Nevada, preparing for Catalunya and Pais Basque, but I had two fissures ...

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Cube Stereo 150 29 race-ready carbon enduro mountain bike hits the trail

Last season we started seeing 29ers being gravity tested more, then gradually being debuted out of both the Enduro World Series and World Cup Downhill circuits. The Cube Action Team was spotted in September of last year racing a camo prototype 29er in the EWS. Now that new enduro bike is official in the full […] The post Cube Stereo 150 29 race-ready carbon enduro mountain bike hits the trail appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Matthews strikes at Romandie, Nieve returns, Thomas looks solid - Podcast

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville - Daniel Benson and Philippa York look back at the prologue from the Tour de Romandie . Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) came out on top and won his first race of the campaign, with Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) rounding out the top three. Matthews has had a difficult start to the season due to injury and illness, but he showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels over the 4km test in Fribourg. We look back at Matthews’ win, but we also hear from Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), who is coming back after injury ruined his spring. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), who finished fifth in the race, also appears in the episode and talks about his bike set up for the technical ...

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Swift and Pidcock will lead Great Britain team at Tour de Yorkshire

Ben Swift represents Great Britain at the 2017 World Championship road race in Norway, where he fini

Ben Swift ( UAE Team Emirates ) and Tom Pidcock ( Team Wiggins ) will take leave from their respective trade teams next month to lead Great Britain's team at the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire May 3-6. Swift, 30, is an accomplished 11-year pro with wins in the tours of California, Romandie and Poland and the Tour Down Under, while Pidcock is considered one of the hottest up-and-coming prospects in the sport. The 18-year-old from Leeds is a European and World junior cyclo-cross champion as well as the reigning junior time trial world champion. Last year's junior Paris-Roubaix victory confirmed his all-round potential. "One of the key principles of the Tour de Yorkshire is that it allows young British talent to compete alongside the best riders in the world. That is no better personified by having Tom and Ben in our race," said Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary ...

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Cube's new Stereo 150 29 is a bike built for the EWS

Cube's new Stereo 150 29 is a bike built for the EWS

Joining the plethora of 29er enduro bikes is the new Cube Stereo 150 29, and as you might have guessed, it's a 150mm travel 29er built for the EWS circuit. Shredding an EWS stage on a 25 year old bike Greg Callaghan on racing in the wet and eMTBs Cube certainly has a strong presence in the world of enduro with team riders that include top EWS racer Greg Callaghan, Matt Walker who also rides for Cube's downhill team and brand ambassador Nico Lau. Over the years, Cube's team of riders has ridden various bikes that have been shoe-horned into an EWS role, which have included various 650b Stereo models and AMS150s. Developments in technology have meant that Cube has had to create relatively bespoke frames though to keep its riders on a competitive bike, but these bikes haven't always been available to customers — that was until the 2015 ...

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