‘I won’t let it go to waste’: Ben Dyball on finally making it to the WorldTour

Ben Dyball had given up on the WorldTour. For years he’d slogged away in the minor leagues, achieving the occasional promising result, but never doing enough to catch the eye of a top-tier outfit. Poor health and bad luck didn’t help. A stagiaire ride with French Pro Continental team Delko Marseille Provence KTM in late … The post ‘I won’t let it go to waste’: Ben Dyball on finally making it to the WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw

Last Saturday afternoon, in the English city of Manchester, Mark Renshaw rolled across the finish line to complete the final stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain. He was nowhere near winning the stage — in fact he was second-last across the line, 6:30 behind stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel — but the moment … The post The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it?

It’s pretty obvious: if you can get down low in a sprint, you’re going to be more aerodynamic than if you’d stayed upright. You don’t need to do a bunch of research to realise that the ultra-low sprint position employed by Caleb Ewan is pretty effective. But hey, if research is what you’re after, that … The post Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Will tubeless take over in the pro peloton? Here’s what the experts say

Specialized S-Works Turbo RapidAir tubeless road tyre

Have tubulars had their day? Has tubeless for pro riders finally arrived? We asked key players in the industry

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FSA WE Wireless groupset nabs its first Grand Tour win

There were many firsts as Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) crested the final climb to win stage 5 of the Vuelta a España. It was the first Grand Tour win for the Spanish rider, the first Grand Tour stage win for the Pro-Continental squad – a stage in which they also took second place – and there … The post FSA WE Wireless groupset nabs its first Grand Tour win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas

Back in May, just prior to the Amgen Tour of California, I had a memorable conversation with Australian Nathan Haas about a number of topics. Some were timely, such as his season to that point, and teammate Marcel Kittel’s announcement that he was breaking his contract with Katusha-Alpecin. But Haas consistently delivered thoughtful, timeless answers that … The post The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New European champion Viviani rules himself out of Yorkshire Worlds

Yves Lampaert, Elia Viviani and Pascal Ackermann on the podium

Elia Viviani has ruled out the prospect of riding the World Championships in Yorkshire despite his impressive victory in Sunday's European Championships road race in Alkmaar. Rather than bide his time for a possible bunch sprint, the Italian was part of a three-man move that went clear on the penultimate lap and decided the medals. Viviani then out-sprinted his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Yves Lampaert (Belgium) after Pascal Ackermann (Germany) was distanced just before the finish. Monday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport compared Viviani's breakaway victory to Mario Cipollini's triumph in similar circumstances at Gent-Wevelgem in 2002. That same year, Cipollini went to on to win the rainbow jersey in a bunch finish in Zolder, but, barring a late change of heart, Viviani has ruled himself out of Davide Cassani's squadra azzurra and will not be on the startline in Yorkshire on September 29. "That’s a different story. The leader of ...

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Beating the heat: How to ride in (and adjust to) hot conditions

It happens at the start of every summer — you head out for a ride in conditions much hotter than you’re used to and you suffer more than you thought was possible. Your body isn’t used to the conditions and even a gentle ride can feel like an ordeal. Thankfully it’s more than possible to … The post Beating the heat: How to ride in (and adjust to) hot conditions appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mitchelton-Scott: Our most successful Tour de France ever

Simon Yates wins stage 12 at the Tour de France

For many teams targeting the general classification at the Tour de France , finding yourself out of the running for the yellow jersey can often be all it needs to consider the race a complete write-off and to head home with your tail between your legs. Not Mitchelton-Scott : despite the wheels having come off Adam Yates ' campaign this year, the Australian team regrouped and came away with an impressive four stage victories. Two-time Tour Down Under champion Daryl Impey got the ball rolling with his win on stage 9, before Simon Yates – at the race to support his brother and GC hopeful Adam – was afforded the opportunity to win stage 12 from a three-man breakaway. Both victories, it must be said, came before Adam fell out of the GC running entirely, but once the team was forced to change its focus – after the British climber ...

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

Pro cyclist riding fancy steel road bike

Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

Pro cyclist riding fancy steel road bike

Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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Tour de Furnace: how to win in the heat

It was hot today at the Tour. Too hot. Salt blooming across clothing hot. Can’t touch the steering wheel hot. Hot. Yesterday was hot, too. That’s all anyone was talking about, and all that was on anybody’s mind. The conditions forced an immediate primal kind of response – a desperation to get away from it, … The post Tour de Furnace: how to win in the heat appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Tour tech of tomorrow | 3 predictions for the road bikes of the future

The road bike of the future

Suspension, tubeless tyres and live drag sensors are (probably) just around the corner

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Tour ready: Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapid Air tubeless tire unveiled

Specialized Rapidair Turbo

“The tubular predates the rear derailleur. It’s outlived steel and alloy — it’s reigned supreme in the era of carbon and aerodynamics. No more. 100 years at the top is long enough.” That’s a line from Specialized’s latest product press release and one that says a lot about where the American company sees tubeless road … The post Tour ready: Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapid Air tubeless tire unveiled appeared first on CyclingTips .

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2020 Tour Down Under routes unveiled

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) leads the race overall after stage 3

The 2020 Tour Down Under will once again feature Willunga Hill on the final day of racing, with organisers keen to keep the suspense and excitement going to the last day of racing of the opening WorldTour race of the season. Details for the fifth edition of the Women's Tour Down Under were also announced, with the action starting in Hahndorf and finishing with an Adelaide street circuit three days later. Up until 2019, the final stage of the men's race had been a traditional sprinter's circuit race around Adelaide, with Willunga Hill serving as the 'queen stage' on the penultimate day of racing. Richie Porte has a stranglehold on the stage, winning there for the past six years in a row. But despite his Willunga domination, Porte has been beaten to the overall title by Daryl Impey for the past two editions. In 2019, the South African stuck to ...

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Tour Down Under 2020 routes revealed: Willunga, Paracombe to decide men’s GC

Supported by Organisers of the Santos Tour Down Under have revealed the courses that will make up the men’s and women’s races in 2020. The 21st edition of the men’s race runs from January 19-26 and comprises the Down Under Classic criterium (which doesn’t contribute to the GC) and six road stages. Four of those stages are … The post Tour Down Under 2020 routes revealed: Willunga, Paracombe to decide men’s GC appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Impey wins stage 9 in Brioude

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed victory on stage 9 of the Tour de France after a cool, calm and collected performance that culminated in a two-man sprint against Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal). The two broke away from a large escape group that had built up a lead over the peloton, with Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Merida), also from the breakaway, coming in third a few seconds later. Impey made several important moves in the stage finale, the first of which came when he accelerated away from a chase group in order to bridge up to Benoot and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) on the final climb. When Benoot then attacked in the closing stages on a small rise, the South African was immediately on the Lotto-Soudal rider's wheel, as Roche began to falter. The two leaders built up a 15 second lead as they raced towards the finish, with Impey doing the majority ...

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Bevin: TDU stage winner first to abandon Le Tour

Bevin: TDU stage winner first to abandon Le Tour

Injuries from a pair of early-race crashes too much to overcome for New Zealand's Patrick Bevin at this year's Tour de France.

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Team Ineos races on £5k Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels

Team Ineos Lightweight wheels

Team Ineos riders spotted swapping their sponsor-correct Shimano Dura-Ace wheels in favour of handmade German specials

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Bevin is first rider to abandon the 2019 Tour de France

Paddy Bevin chases the leaders suring stage 6 at Tour de Suisse

Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) has been forced to leave the Tour de France with broken ribs, becoming the first rider to abandon the 2019 edition of the race. The New Zealander suffered a heavy crash on stage 4, some 100 kilometres from the finish line in Nancy. He got back on his bike and finished the stage, and indeed completed Wednesday’s stage 5 in the Vosges hills, but the pain in his chest only increased. He went straight for an X-ray after finishing the stage in Colmar, and it emerged he had fractured two ribs. “An initial observation following the stage indicated he had some rib pain and other contusions, but he would be able to line up on stage five. However, Patrick experienced severe pain during yesterday’s stage and was immediately taken for X-rays at the finish line. The X-rays revealed two fractures on both the seventh and eighth ...

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