Tirreno-Adriatico: Mitchelton-Scott set up Adam Yates' GC run with TTT performance

Mitchelton-Scott ride to second place at the Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

Mitchelton-Scott director Matt White was convinced that the Australian WorldTour team were on course to win the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico , but he could only watch in disappointment as BMC Racing came home four seconds faster to push his team down to second place on the day. "It's always disappointing when you don't win, but it was so close, and overall we are happy with the result and how that sets us up for the rest of the week," White said. "What we saw today was a really selfless ride from the team. Our goal was to go out hard, and that meant that we had to sacrifice a couple of guys, our sprinter Caleb [Ewan], Luka [Mezgec] and Jack [Bauer] all did what they could and kept the speed high, which enabled us to have a very good ride today." Luke Durbridge crossed the line first ...

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Get a grip: Your guide to all things road bike handlebar tape

an in-depth look at different types of handlebar tape

Handlebar tape serves as the interface for a critical contact point on the bike, yet it is often overlooked. Too often, riders are prepared to put up with worn and tattered tape despite the fact that is relatively inexpensive to replace. Fresh bar tape will always make a make a bike look (and feel) new … The post Get a grip: Your guide to all things road bike handlebar tape appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan stays coy about his Strade Bianche chances

Thumbs up from Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) rocked up to the Strade Bianche pre-race press conference relaxed, smiling and with ruffled hair, as if he had awoken from an afternoon nap. He admitted he has not trained on the dirt roads due to the rain but seemed quietly confident that he can be a contender in his first European race of 2018. The world champion started his season at the Tour Down Under, winning a stage and racking up a series of placings. Since returning to Europe and visiting the Pope in the Vatican, he has spent a long spell training at altitude in the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain, preparing for his hugely important Spring Classics campaign. “We’re back, the season starts again. The Tour Down Under was like a movie trailer but here we aren’t going to the movies,” Sagan said as he sat with 2017 Strade Bianche winner Michal ...

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Tour de France considering ending use of podium girls

Marcel Kittel in green after stage 16 at the Tour de France

Tour de France owners ASO are considering bringing an end to the tradition of using podium girls to hand out prizes at the race, according to a report published in The Times on Thursday. The news follows recent announcements by The Professional Darts Corporation, which said in January that it would no longer use walk-on girls to accompany players onto the stage, and from Formula 1, which axed their "grid girls" the following week. Podium girls have been a common feature in cycling but it has been a divisive issue, particularly in recent seasons. While some call it a traditional part of cycling, the treatment of the women and the sexualisation of their role have also been questioned. In 2013, podium hostess Maja Leye was groped on the Tour of Flanders podium by Peter Sagan , who had finished second. Last year, Jan Bakelants had to apologise after he made ...

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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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Tour de France to end use of podium girls in 2018

Chris Froome flanked by Podium Girls

Supported by Following La Vuelta, Santos Tour Down Under and the Tour of Flanders, The Times today reported that cycling’s biggest event, the Tour de France, is also considering to drop the use of podium girls. Podium girls are a long-standing tradition in cycling. Officially known as “hostesses”, these models present and assist race winners with their … The post Tour de France to end use of podium girls in 2018 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Viviani and Alaphilippe lead Quick-Step Floors at Paris-Nice

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 5 of the Dubai Tour.

Quick-Step Floors have confirmed that Elia Viviani and Julian Alaphilippe will lead the Belgian team at Paris-Nice , with Fernando Gaviria and Philippe Gilbert due to ride Tirreno-Adriatico as they prepare for Milan-San Remo and the Cobbled Classics. Viviani has impressed in the early-season sprints thanks to better support from the Quick-Step Floors lead out train. He has won a stage at the Tour Down Under, two stages and the overall at the Dubai Tour and a stage at last week's Abu Dhabi Tour. He has already raced for 17 days in 2018 and will target the sprint stages in the opening days of Paris-Nice. Viviani will have the support of domestiques Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, Belgian national time trial champion Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv and Fabio Sabatini. Alaphilippe will take over team leadership as Paris-Nice heads south and into the hills. The aggressive Frenchman won the time trial stage ...

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Top road disc brake bikes

Top road disc brake bikes

Road disc bikes have rolled past controversy and are now becoming the standard, from everyday riders to World Tour racers. Here are our picks of the top ones you should watch and buy.

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Ride like Michael Matthews

BikesEtc 28 Feb 2018 The versatile and talented Aussie showman who’s as stylish on the bike as he is off it Exciting Australian Michael Matthews has been competing at the highest level of the sport since the start of his career. In his first season as a pro in 2010, he finished 8th at the Tour de l’Avenir – a kind of mini-Tour de France for young riders – competing well against other young hopefuls including Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet. Even more impressively, he followed this up by winning the under-23 World Road Race Championship. Joining WorldTour team Rabobank the following season, he took his first major victory at senior level, pipping veteran sprinter Andre Greipel to the line on the third stage of the Tour Down Under, Australia’s most prestigious stage race. See related Regent's Park safe cycling plans take step forward Public consultation shows support ...

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Bora-Hansgrohe confirm Peter Sagan for Strade Bianche

Peter Sagan at the Vatican

Bora-Hansgrohe has confirmed world champion Peter Sagan will start his 2018 European campaign at Strade Bianche Saturday. Sagan started his season in Australia at the Tour Down Under where he won a stage and wore the leader's ochre jersey for one day. Upon arriving back in Europe, Sagan then met the Pope before heading to a training camp in the Sierra Nevada and skipping 'opening weekend'. The 28-year-old has raced every edition of the Italian one-day classic since 2012 with second place to then-teammate Moreno Moser in 2013 and the same result to Michal Kwiatoski the following year his best result to date. In 2016, Sagan was fourth but abandoned the race last year due to illness. Supporting Sagan's bid for victory will be Italian Daniel Oss, German champion Marcus Burghardt, Pole Maciej Bodnar, Austrian Gregor Mühlberger, German Christoph Pfingsten, and Latvian Aleksejs Saramotins. Despite a lack of recent racing ...

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Impey still top of WorldTour rankings

2018 Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

Despite not racing either the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad or the Abu Dhabi Tour , Daryl Impey remains top of the individual WorldTour rankings. The South African amassed 800 points over the Australian summer via his overall Tour Down Under win and second place finish at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. After the four opening WorldTour races of 2018, Impey's Mitchelton-Scott outfit has been replaced at the top of the team rankings by QuickStep-Floors . The Belgium squad has 1169 points compared to the 1056 points of the Australian team. Of the first four WorldTour races of 2018, the Tour Down Under awarded 500 points to the winner while at the following three races, 300 points was on offer. Michael Valgren (Astana) rises to ninth after his weekend victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was making his 2018 WorldTour debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour and ...

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Dennis loses jersey but keeps morale at Abu Dhabi Tour

Rohan Dennis is well protected by his teammates

Damiano Caruso was still draped across his handlebars atop Jebel Hafeet when Rohan Dennis reached over and offered a gesture that seemed to combine a thank you with an apology. Caruso straightened up and clapped his BMC teammate on the shoulder in consolation. "No, you've done the same for me before," he said. Brent Bookwalter eased to a halt alongside them, and the greetings were repeated. Caruso and Bookwalter served as Dennis' pacemakers as he battled to limit his losses on Jebel Hafeet on the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour . The brutal pace laid down by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) proved too much for the Australian – and ultimately, for everybody else. Dennis conceded his red jersey of race leader to Valverde and slipped to 9th place overall after losing 1:43 on the final ascent, though he remained upbeat about his showing on ...

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Valverde: I don't know if I'm the best rider in the world, but I'm always up there

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins final stage and overall at Abu Dhabi Tour, kisses the 24-karat go

When Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) swung into the final corner atop the climb of Jebel Hafeet with only Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) for company, there really was no doubt as to who would win the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour . Valverde, it seems, has forgotten how to lose. With red jersey Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) still labouring further down the mountain, the Spaniard already had the general classification effectively sewn up, but the winner's time bonus would offer more breathing space, and, besides, he has never been much given to dispensing gifts. As if by reflex, Valverde lifted himself from the saddle and claimed the spoils. Already a winner of two stages and the overall at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Valverde's tally for 2018 now stands at five victories. It's a startling haul for late February and a feat made all the more ...

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Sergeant: Opening weekend is the real start of the new season

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) celebrates his win on the uphill finish

On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday 25, Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the men’s races at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , from start to finish, here . Lotto Soudal head into the ‘opening weekend’ of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne with the team brimming with confidence after a strong start to the 2018 season. The Belgian team lead with Tiesj Benoot, Jens Keukeleire, and Tim Wellens, with the latter on form after a winning performance at the Ruta del Sol earlier in February. “The Belgian opening weekend is the real start of the new season. We can’t complain about our preparation. Many of our riders have shown a great shape and we have already won a few races, with different riders. I was often told that it has been a while since our team raced a good opening weekend. Of course we hope we can set a ...

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Steele von Hoff Q&A: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more

On Tuesday afternoon Cycling Australia announced that Steele von Hoff would represent his country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. By that evening, von Hoff’s Comm Games debut was in jeopardy, thanks to a crash at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway. The 30-year-old was involved in a pile-up in the early stages of a … The post Steele von Hoff Q&A;: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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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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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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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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ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc Chris King wheelset review

ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc Chris King wheelset review

ENVE’s new super-fat rims cost more than some full carbon wheelsets with essentially similar stats, and they’re awkward to set up. However, if you’re patient enough to get them ready (or just pay someone else to do it) their super-wide, gliding ride really is something else. Super-wide hoops for gravel: ENVE launches M525 G 6 pre-ride bike checks Self-fitting (and then refitting) the supplied but split-prone rim tape was a disappointing start and I eventually used strips of Gorilla tape to seal the rims instead. ENVE assures us it has now switched to a different tape in response to the splitting issue mentioned. Internal nipples also mean you need to remove the tape and reseal if you have to adjust spoke tension. The rim bed shape is also fussy about sealing with some types of valve, so I’d recommend designs with a conical rubber bung for the best results. While ...

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