20 questions with women’s world champion Chantal Blaak

When the 2018 European road season kicks off at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this weekend, Dutch rider Chantal Blaak will be debuting her rainbow kit. Previously a three-time podium finisher at this race, the 28-year-old Boels-Dolmans rider will surely be keen to show off why she earned the world championship title. Dangerous in a solo breakaway … The post 20 questions with women’s world champion Chantal Blaak appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to Eat Like a Tour de France Champion

Grand Tour Cookbook

Hannah Grant, a star chef who feeds teams competing in the Tour de France, shares some rules and insights on eating like a true pro

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Omloop Course Shake-Up Should Change How Race Unfolds...And Not for the Better

Gilbert’s long-range attack on the Muur set up a fascinating Tour of Flanders.

So, the course of Omloop het Nieuwsblad, as you might have heard, has been given quite a substantial change-up, with the old route, the final climb being the Molenberg, axed in favour of a new course which takes heavily from the old version of the Tour of Flanders. Namely, it pretty forcibly rips out the combination of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg, putting them close to the finish. I think this route will please a lot of fans, it draws from what was largely agreed to be a great Flanders course and it makes use of historic and challenging cobbled climbs in such a way that they may decide the race. It’ll be a stern challenge to start the classics season, it will no doubt lead to a selective event, maybe more selective than previously. Oh yeah, and I absolutely hate it. Don’t get me wrong, I have ...

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Team Wiggins and Le Col reveal 2018 kit

Team Wiggins and Le Col reveal 2018 kit

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews Team Wiggins has revealed its kit for the 2018 season, created by new clothing partner Le Col, switching from Rapha after three years on the race circuit. Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Race tech from the Tour Down Under gallery Founded by former British professional Yanto Barker, Le Col will also produce a line of clothing designed by Wiggins that will be available to consumers to buy for spring/summer 2018. Team Wiggins is a British Continental team founded by Bradley Wiggins in 2015. It has nurtured riders such as Owain Doull, Jon Dibben, Chris Lawless, James Knox and Scott Davies, all of whom now ride in the WorldTour. For the 2018 season, Team Wiggins has signed U23 cyclocross sensation and junior time trial world champion Tom Pidcock , along with British youngster Jesse Yates, son of former professional rider ...

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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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Abu Dhabi Tour: Kristoff wins opening stage

Alexander Kristoff celebrates his victory

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) came out on top on stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour . The European road champion came off Caleb Ewan 's (Mitchelton-Scott) wheel in the final 100 metres and held off a late challenge from Andrea Guardini (Bardiani CSF). Ewan looked to have the win in the bag but faded to third on the stage. Kristoff looked out of it with 200m to go but jumped from behind Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) onto Ewan's tail before powering to the line. Despite a headwind, the Norwegian had enough in the tank to take the win by a clear margin. Kittel, who came into the race without a win so far this season, looked well-placed but was crowded out in the sprint and went backwards as the rest of the fast-men opened up towards the line. Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) crashed out of the race in the ...

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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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Rui Costa’s 2018 Colnago C64 gallery

Rui Costa’s 2018 Colnago C64 gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews Rui Costa lined up for stage 1 of the Tour of Oman this week aboard the latest model from the iconic Italian frame builder Colnago. An update to the popular C60 model and the latest in a long line of C-model framesets, the C64 retains the carbon-lugged design that has become synonymous with the brand. Colnago C64 first ride review Tech gallery: Tour Down Under Bryan Coquard's Orbea Orca Aero gallery A slightly wider fork on the C64, combined with direct mount brakes front and rear allow for tyre clearances of 28mm on Costa’s new bike and while the former world champion runs 25mm Vittoria Corsa tubular tyres at the Tour of Oman, it is likely his UAE Team Emirates teammates will utilise the wider tyre clearances during the cobbled spring Classics. The lugs around the seat cluster have been integrated into the seat ...

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Mark Cavendish suffers concussion in Abu Dhabi Tour crash

Mark Cavendish suffers concussion in Abu Dhabi Tour crash

Joe Robinson 21 Feb 2018 Manxman crashes in neutral zone before the start of Stage 1 Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has abandoned the Abu Dhabi Tour after crashing in the neutralised zone of Stage 1 today. The 32-year old fell before the race officially began, appearing to land heavily on his shoulder. He was able to remount and take the official start yet withdrew from the race after five kilometres. Team Dimension Data have since confirmed that Cavendish sustained concussion and whiplash and was withdrawn as a safety protocol. The crash occurred after the commissaire's car seemed to slow down, causing the riders directly behind to suddenly apply the brakes, bringing Cavendish and a few others down. Race footage showed Cavendish also pointing towards his neck, indicating that it also took a hit in the slow speed crash. . @Abu_Dhabi_Tour ambasador @MarkCavendish is off to a difficult start and he ...

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FSA-DS Q&A with Ursula

2017 top scorer, unknown quantity in 2018

If you dance with the Devil, you might as well lead. I didn’t Then I did something I haven’t done before: make those 1-6 pointers dirt cheap. Its like I’m giving them away! Well, the teams are out and the FSA-DS season is underway. This seems like an opportune moment to bring you the thoughts of the man who ruins our February every year, the diabolic curator of the points-list himsef: Ursula. If you missed last year’s podcafst, this is a chance to get a bit of an insight into how the list comes together and the rationale behind it. Before we begin, I should take a brief moment to say a sincere thank you to Ursula and to Jens, umwolverine, Super Ted, Chris and all the others who put so much time into producing the best fantasy cycling game there is, and rolling it out to us for absolutely ...

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Tom Dumoulin showcases World Championships kit and special bike ahead of season debut

Joe Robinson 20 Feb 2018 The Dutchman is set to start his season at the Abu Dhabi Tour before defending his Giro d'Italia title Tom Dumuolin has revealed his custom World Championships time-trial skinsuit and time-trial bike ahead of his season debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour this week. The Team Sunweb rider will wear the all-white skinsuit and ride the custom-painted Giant Trinity Advanced Pro time-trial bike on Stage 4 of the race, an individual time-trial starting and finishing on Al Maryah Island. The skinsuit, manufactured by Spanish cycling apparel brand Etxeondo, has been developed with partners of the team, Delft University of Technology, to produce the faster race suit possible. Beyond the kit, the current Giro d'Italia champion will also have the use of his custom painted bike. Signalling the fact he is World Champion, the down tube of the TT bike will be painted in the rainbow ...

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Q&A: new British Cycling performance director Stephen Park

Mark Bailey 20 Feb 2018 British Cycling’s new performance director talks gold medals, independent reviews and Wiggo’s UKAD investigation Photography Alex Wright Cyclist: Before joining British Cycling in 2017 you managed the world-beating GB sailing team. What new ideas will you bring to cycling? Stephen Park: Hopefully I can bring a different perspective. Having been involved in the Olympic environment I have a good understanding of what it takes for athletes to be successful. But every sport is different, so I don’t come to British Cycling thinking I know how to automatically deliver medals. We have a huge number of people with a great range of skills and a bigger cohort of high-quality athletes than ever before. I hope to bring some perspective to the leadership of that team. Cyc: Where do you look for new ideas? SP: Once you are a learner, you become a lifelong learner. Do I ...

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Matt Brammeier: I remember everything until I hit the car

Giles Belbin 20 Feb 2018 The Aqua Blue Sport rider explains his controversial 1x 3T Strada race bike, that crash at the Tour of Utah and why it’s all for charity Matt Brammeier is a multiple national champion of Ireland. Aged 32 and based in Girona, he rides for Aqua Blue Sport and is married to three-time British cyclocross champion Nikki Brammeier. After driving Nikki to the airport one January afternoon he takes time out to talk to Cyclist. Cyclist: Your team’s 1x (single front chain ring) 3T Strada bike has caused quite a stir already this season. What were your thoughts when you first clapped eyes on it? Matt Brammeier: The only reason it got a reaction was because it’s different and goes away from the traditional gear set-up. I’ve ridden cyclocross bikes quite a lot – which have been 1x for a number of years – and sometimes ...

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Team Wiggins reveal new kit in partnership with Le Col

Team Wiggins reveal new kit in partnership with Le Col

Joe Robinson 20 Feb 2018 Team Wiggins ends three-year partnership with Rapha with fresh new look for 2018 season Team Wiggins have revealed a redesigned kit for the 2018 season made by new kit suppliers Le Col, opting for a less understated design compared to years previous. This year's kit makes a nod to classic kits of the 1980s and 1990s with a bright blue bottom to the jersey offset by a bright red top section. In keeping with last season's jersey, the name Wiggins is emblazoned across the chest. The colours of the 2018 kit are similar to that of Team Wiggins' original kit worn in the 2015 season which itself was based upon the Team GB kit of the 1980s. New kit day ! Who likes it? Thank you @LeColUK ! #wiggins pic.twitter.com/f6ygRcQRs3 — Wiggins (@OfficialWIGGINS) February 20, 2018 As can be expected from a team run by ...

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Sprinting with Sagan

Peter Sagan sprints to win the Tour Down Under’s People’s Choice Classic

World champion Peter Sagan answers BikeRoar's questions about the season, his keys to success, and he gives his tips and advice to aspiring cyclists and sprinters.

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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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Lutsenko secures overall victory for Astana at Tour of Oman

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) takes centre stage on the final podium with Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) secured overall victory at the Tour of Oman, as Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won the bunch sprint of the final stage ahead of Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). Lutsenko set up his overall victory with top three finishes on three of the six stages. He moved into the race lead thanks to finishing second behind Astana teammate Miguel Angel Lopez on the finish atop the Green Mountain on stage five. Kristoff's sprint win was his first for his new UAE Team Emirates squad and also his third consecutive win on the Matrah Corniche. He hit out early on the fast, slightly downhill finish, holding off Coquard who threw his bike at the line. "I think I've sprinted on the Corniche nine times because I've done every edition of the Tour of Oman. I know exact how to do the sprint because I've done ...

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