The Outer Line: Tour of China’s East meets West challenges, part 3

Tour of China

Editor’s Note: The 1995 Tour of China took place at the tipping point in China’s political and economic evolution into a global Read the full article at The Outer Line: Tour of China’s East meets West challenges, part 3 on VeloNews.com .

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The Outer Line: Tour of China’s East meets West challenges, part 3

Tour of China

Editor’s Note: The 1995 Tour of China took place at the tipping point in China’s political and economic evolution into a global Read the full article at The Outer Line: Tour of China’s East meets West challenges, part 3 on VeloNews.com .

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The Outer Line: Epic stories from Tour of China, part 2

The 1995 Tour of China took place at the tipping point in China’s political and economic evolution into a global superpower. Read the full article at The Outer Line: Epic stories from Tour of China, part 2 on VeloNews.com .

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The reinvention of Adam Hansen

Supported by Adam Hansen is born again. No, we aren’t talking about religion, or reincarnation. But the Australia hardman is starting the third major phase of his career, and he’s pretty psyched about it. Part one was his life as Mr Crocodile Trophy. He was twice winner of the legendary fat-tyre race in Australia, a multi-stage outback … The post The reinvention of Adam Hansen appeared first on CyclingTips .

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'It's just a track bike with gears': Adam Blythe criticises 3T Strada for Aqua Blue's demise

'It's just a track bike with gears': Adam Blythe criticises 3T Strada for Aqua Blue's demise

Joe Robinson 3 Sep 2018 Former national champion cites 1x bike as chief reason behind team's sudden decision to disband Less than a week from the sudden disbanding of Irish ProContinental team Aqua Blue Sport , one of the team's former riders, Adam Blythe, has pinpointed the team's use of the 1x-specific 3T Strada bike as the chief reason leading to the team's demise. Speaking on The Bradley Wiggins Show on why he thought the team had folded, Blythe left little to interpretation by answering, 'It was probably the 3T bikes, to be honest. '[3T] makes good handlebars but terrible bikes. We have been on one chainring all year ain't we? So, it's just terrible.' Aqua Blue Sport announced last week that it would not reapply for a ProContinental license in 2019 . However, things then went from bad to worse when it was confirmed that Aqua Blue would cease ...

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Connor Swift's custom-painted Genesis Zero SL — gallery

Connor Swift's custom-painted Genesis Zero SL — gallery

British Continental team Madison-Genesis has paired up with custom painters ColourBurn Studios to create a special paint design for the team's freshly crowned British national road race champion, Connor Swift. Tour de France 2018: massive race tech gallery Tour de Suisse massive race tech gallery Connor Swift won the national title in June and has since ridden as a stagiaire for Dimension Data at the Arctic Race of Norway. For the Tour of Britain , the Yorkshireman, who is Ben Swift 's cousin, will return to Madison-Genesis, albeit still clad in the red, white and blue — or rather white, red and blue — national champion's jersey. The frameset features the British colours with a white base coat covered in a splatter design of red and blue. Three-colour stripes also adorn the fork dropouts, down tube and top tube, which act as a separator between the splatter design and the ...

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An Obituary for Aqua Blue Sport

So it’s goodbye to the Irish representation among pro teams. Anyone who has seen my write for this website will not be exactly stunned to hear that from the moment Aqua Blue Sport’s arrival on the cycling scene was announced, I had no little amount of emotional investment in the project. I had plenty of hope, too. Rick Delaney, the Corkonian progenitor of the team, seemed to have more than just his chequebook backing up the boys in blue and gold and the team was announced amid a fanfare of hope and positivity. Delaney is quoted here: “The revenue from the website will go directly to this team. I, or any of the directors, won’t receive a penny. We’ve done projections for the next four years and it should be more than enough to finance the team. And that’s the sustainability factor... the case here is to create the first ...

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Gesink injured in training crash in Colorado, doubtful for worlds

Gesink injured in training crash in Colorado, doubtful for worlds

Robert Gesink breaks collarbone, two ribs in training ride crash Read the full article at Gesink injured in training crash in Colorado, doubtful for worlds on VeloNews.com .

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Aqua Blue Sport to fold after 2018 season

Aqua Blue Sport to fold after 2018 season

The Irish Pro Continental squad will end after just two seasons in the peloton. Read the full article at Aqua Blue Sport to fold after 2018 season on VeloNews.com .

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Aqua Blue Sport will not race in 2019

Larry Warbasse of Aqua Blue Sport at the Vuelta a Burgos

The Aqua Blue Sport team have said they will fold at the end of the season, citing difficulties in obtaining invitations from race organisers and a failed merger with the Veranda's Willems Crelan team . The Irish squad issued an announcement on Monday morning saying their "on road ambitions" had come to an "unfortunate end" but that they will continue to grow the Aqua Blue Sport online shop in a bid to return to the peloton "some time in the future". The Aqua Blue Sport team was created at the start of 2017, with the online shop designed to form the basis of ‘the world’s first self-sustained pro cycling team’. Funding for the team was meant to secure their future for four seasons with two-year rolling contracts offered to the riders. In their debut season, they earned an invite to the Vuelta a España and capitalised with a stage win ...

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Sky downplays expectations while Geoghegan Hart hopes to exceed them

Sky downplays expectations while Geoghegan Hart hopes to exceed them

While his Sky team is downplaying expectations, Tao Geoghegan Hart is hoping to exceed them at this year's Vuelta. Read the full article at Sky downplays expectations while Geoghegan Hart hopes to exceed them on VeloNews.com .

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Porte: I should be better in the last week

All smiles from Richie Porte (BMC Racing)

After enduring a bout of gastroenteritis in the days leading up to the Vuelta a España , Richie Porte ( BMC ) was always likely to pay a price in the opening time trial in Malaga. The 8km test was his first race since abandoning the Tour de France on stage 9, and Porte placed 97th, 51 seconds down on stage winner and teammate Rohan Dennis. “I think the lead up to a Grand Tour is always a little stressful and mine definitely hasn't been ideal so I am just glad to start the race really,” Porte said. “It was a pretty straightforward course with a couple of corners where you had to be a little more careful and it was a little bit slippery as there is obviously a lot of traffic on these roads normally. The climb wasn't much to worry about either.” Porte arrived at the Tour ...

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Damiano Cunego's De Rosa Protos — gallery

Damiano Cunego's De Rosa Protos — gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Damiano Cunego ( Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini ) raced his final WorldTour race at the Tour de Suisse in June, before rounding out his extensive career at the Adriatica Ionica Race and the Italian national road race championships a few weeks later. The 36-year-old won the 2004 Giro d'Italia, Amstel Gold in 2008, three Il Lombardia titles, and multiple stages at the Vuelta a España and Giro, among other victories. After three years with Saeco at the beginning of his career, Cunego spent 10 seasons with Lampre before joining Nippo-Vini Fantini for his final four seasons as a professional. Jasper Stuyven’s Trek Madone Disc — gallery Tour de Suisse massive race tech — gallery Racing aboard Cannondale, Wilier and Merida earlier in his career, the Italian raced on a De Rosa during his time with Nippo-Vini Fantini. For the Tour de Suisse, Cunego raced ...

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Richie Porte signs for Trek-Segafredo

Tour de Suisse 2018 podium (from left): Jakob Fuglsang, Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana

Richie Porte has signed a two-year contract with Trek-Segafredo . The Australian, 33, has spent the last three seasons at BMC Racing and has established himself as one the best week-long stage racers in the world, recently winning the Tour de Suisse in June. The move to Trek-Segafredo was first reported by Cyclingnews in July. With BMC Racing struggling to sign a new sponsor until late July, the former Tour de Romandie and Paris-Nice winner signed a contract with Trek-Segafredo and will lead the line in stage races, including the Tour de France, next season. Porte crashed out of this year's Tour de France on stage 9, but will now lead BMC Racing in their final Grand Tour, at the Vuelta a España . "I am thrilled to finally confirm that I will join Trek-Segafredo in 2019," Porte said. "I had a great time at BMC Racing Team, and I ...

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Seeing red: A Vuelta Preview

A countdown of the top eleven contenders for overall glory Here, in my mind, is how a grand tour season should go. At the start of the season, all the big riders pick between the Giro and the Tour. They ride a couple of prep races, then their main target. They have a rest, then they come back for the Vuelta. The Giro guys ride a prep, the Tour guys don’t. We get to watch a race between the winner of the Giro and the winner of the Tour, and decide who’s best. Reader, it doesn’t work like that. Cycling, it turns out, is complicated, and planning an entire season with the assumption that injuries and illnesses won’t happen, that form is predictable and constant, that teammate support is unvarying, and that everyone recovers at the same speed… that’s pretty dumb. On the other hand: whilst it is more complicated ...

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Peter Sagan returns to Australia for 2019 Tour Down Under

Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan puts on another green jersey at the Tour de France

Bora-Hansgrohe 's Peter Sagan will start his season in Adelaide, Australia, for the third year in a row when he lines up for the Tour Down Under in January next year, race director Mike Turtur announced on Monday. The current world champion enjoyed huge crowd support in both 2017 and 2018, and will be welcomed again in 2019. "To have the most popular rider in the world coming back is terrific," Turtur told Cyclingnews . "It's not only Peter's ability as a bike rider that attracts spectators, but also the way he races: his aggression on the bike. And then off the bike, his laid-back attitude and his just-get-on-with-the-job approach is appreciated by a lot of people, too, I think." Starting his season in Australia clearly suits the 28-year-old Slovakian: Sagan went on to win Gent-Wevelgem in March and Paris-Roubaix in April this year, before winning the Slovakian national championships ...

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Late crash ruins Kung's overall aspirations at BinckBank Tour

Stefan Küng (BMC) in the leader's jersey

All week long, avoiding crashes was the order of the day. The BinckBank Tour was always likely to be decided on its final weekend, and for riders like Stefan Küng , the flat, fraught kilometres that led to this point were all about staying upright and remaining in contention. After winning the stage 2 time trial, Küng rode impeccably for the remainder of the week to reach the pivotal stages in third place overall. And then, just as a bike race was breaking out, the BMC rider’s hopes of overall victory were dashed on the punchy finishing circuit in Sittard-Geleen on Saturday afternoon, when he went down in a crash with a little over 15km remaining. By the time Küng mounted a replacement bike, there was little to be done, and he came home more than three minutes down on stage winner Gregor Muhlberger, dropping from third to 36th in ...

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Jasper Stuyven’s Trek Madone Disc — gallery

Jasper Stuyven’s Trek Madone Disc — gallery

First spotted at the Criterium du Dauphine and released a few weeks later, the updated Trek Madone Disc has since been raced extensively by the American brand’s WorldTour sponsored team, Trek-Segafredo. Top 5 custom bikes at the Tour de France Tour de Suisse massive race tech gallery Criterium du Dauphine massive tech gallery On Thursday, Jasper Stuyven took victory on the new Trek Madone Disc at stage 4 of the BinckBank Tour in Belgium. Photographed here at the Tour de Suisse, Jasper Stuyven's Trek Madone Disc is in the traditional Trek-Segafredo team colours of red and white. For the Tour de France , the squad were each given Trek’s special ICON paint scheme , although the team’s sole stage victory came aboard a Trek Domane in the same colours as Stuyven’s bike here during stage 9 of the race. All of Trek-Segafredo’s bikes, however, share the same selection of Shimano ...

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The Colorado Classic and American Cycling Meet at the Crossroads

Gage Hecht in Utah

Young talent abounds at the new Colorado showcase event, while the host nation’s prospects abroad flounder Today Gage Hecht, a promising 20-year-old from Colorado riding for the Continental Aevolo team, evaded the clutches of his breakaway mates and won the opening stage of the Colorado Classic, ahead of Travis McCabe of United Healthcare and Joseph Lewis of Holowesko-Citadel. Hecht, the reigning U-23 national champ in time trials and criteriums, is a bright light on the horizon, and his victory was his first major success. Or was it? The Colorado Classic is a pared-down version of the American summer international stage race, featuring a four-day format, two days in Vail and two in Denver. The Vail stages include today’s circuit race and tomorrow’s uphill time trial to Vail Pass, followed by two days in Denver consisting of an out-and-back race totaling 161km and some serious climbs, and a downtown crit. This ...

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Richie Porte’s ride for redemption: La Vuelta, Worlds and the road ahead

On Sunday September 30, in the Austrian town of Kufstein, Richie Porte (BMC) will roll up to the startline of the World Championship road race. Decked out in green and gold, he’ll be leading a strong squad of Australian climbers; a squad assembled to give the Tasmanian his best possible chance of becoming world champion. … The post Richie Porte’s ride for redemption: La Vuelta, Worlds and the road ahead appeared first on CyclingTips .

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