Bikes of the Bunch: Prova Cycles Razzo custom steel road bike
In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, John Catalano tells us about his new Prova Razzo. He’s been cycling for almost thirty years and owned more than half a dozen bikes, but this one was a very special project, inspired by a disease that he has been struggling with, both professionally and personally. I’m … The post Bikes of the Bunch: Prova Cycles Razzo custom steel road bike appeared first on CyclingTips .
'You need a killer instinct' Andre Greipel still hungry for victory
Mark Bailey 3 May 2018 German sprinter & winner of 22 Grand Tour stages on his broken collarbone, the Tour de France, & his tense relationship with Mark Cavendish We caught up with Andre Greipel ( Lotto-Soudal ) while he continues his recovery from a crash and resulting broken collarbone that counted him out of much of the Classics Season . Cyclist : Andre, you broke your collarbone at Milan-San Remo in March and tweeted: 'I’ll be back.' When will we see you racing again? Andre Greipel : First of all I have to see that my bone is growing together again and then I can start to prepare for some races. I don’t remember much about the crash; I heard a noise and my teammate in front of me crashed so there was not much I could do about it. But it was not a nice feeling. I heard ...
Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Giro d’Italia
The Spring Classics are done and the Tour de Romandie is in the books. It’s time now for the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d’Italia. It’s a race that’s sure to attract plenty of attention in 2018, not just for the racing but because of the twin controversies of Chris Froome’s appearance, … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .
Porte may skip Tour Down Under in 2019, BMC future still unsure
Richie Porte said he is likely to try something different next year and the future of BMC beyond 2018 remains uncertain.
Richie Porte: It’s crunch time to find a sponsor
Richie Porte has reiterated that it’s now ‘crunch time’ as BMC Racing look to secure their future beyond this year. Porte, who finished third overall at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday, is out of contract at the end of the season, with BMC yet to confirm if they will support a WorldTour team in 2019. In February, Porte told Cyclingnews that the team had until May to finalise their plans before he began looking at other team options for next year. After wrapping up third at Romandie, Porte also confirmed that he is unlikely to return to the Tour Down Under in 2019. The Australian has made that race his season-opener over the last few years, winning the overall in 2017, and six stages over the years. The immediate future, however, will revolve around his contractual situation with BMC Racing. “I don’t want to lie, it is a little ...
Week 10’s Team of the Week + More
Races of the week: Just one race this week, the Tour of Romandie Team of the week: And because there was just one race, there’s just three riders on this week’s team. First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Primoz Roglic. Wins Romandie almost wire to wire. Second on points. Masterful defense since stage 2 and especially on stage 3 : wouldn't let Bernal go and then pipped him at the finish line for second on the stage. serious competitor. Now we get to watch him sandbag prior to the Tour-which he could win. Next race for him is the Tour of Slovenia. 2. Egan Bernal. 2nd at Romandie, winner of the youth jersey, 2nd on KOM, 3rd on ...
Richie Porte shows improving form in Romandie TT
Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) put in his best performance since the Tour Down Under to finish third in the mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie . The Australian finished behind stage winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo) and climbed to third overall as a result. But while Porte was leading the race at the 4.4km time check, with around 2,000m to go on the 9.9km climb, he began to crack. Despite the late wobble, the 2017 Tour de Romandie champion is back on course for a podium on Sunday – a much-needed result after two months of illness and resulting poor form. "I felt good until about 2km to go and then I exploded but I was happy to finish off how I did. All of us are extra motivated with the passing of team owner Andy Rihs last week. ...
Porte searching for confidence boost in Romandie time trial
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) will be looking to set the tone for the rest of his season with a strong performance in the 9.9km uphill time trial at the Tour de Romandie on Friday. With just two more stage races - including Romandie - before his Tour de France challenge in July, Porte is aware that an impressive ride in the Romandie TT will provide a much-needed boost in confidence after a difficult few months. Porte came into the Tour de Romandie without a win since a stage at the Tour Down Under, and he has seen his form affected by illness throughout the spring. He was forced to miss Tirreno-Adriatico in March before pulling out of the Vuelta al País Vasco on the final day of racing. "The Tour Down Under was the last time I was in really good shape. I went to Pais Vasco and got an ...
Dempster ready for Giro d'Italia debut
Zak Dempster is ready to make his Giro d'Italia debut next week in Jerusalem with the Israel Cycling Academ y after a tight team selection that saw 12 riders battling for the final five spots. With just one Grand Tour on the second-year Pro Continental team's schedule, all 24 riders on the 2018 roster were initially vying for selection to the team's first Grand Tour - one that begins with an historic start in the team's home country. "We have the roster now to do maybe two Grand Tours in one year, but we're only doing one, so that makes it a bit harder for selections," Dempster told Cyclingnews earlier this month at a pre-Giro training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Dempster signed with the team in 2017 after four years with NetApp and then Bora-Argon18. The 30-year-old Australian immediately assumed an elder-statesman role along with Dutch WorldTour veteran Dennis ...
Swift and Pidcock will lead Great Britain team at Tour de Yorkshire
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 ...
Porte recharged and relaxed ahead of Romandie defence
Riche Porte ( BMC Racing ) will look to kick-start his season at the Tour de Romandie this week. The Australian has only picked up one win this season - a stage of the Tour Down Under - and has been short of his usual week-long racing prowess, especially in comparison to last year. Illness has certainly hampered his spring, and he was forced to sit out Tirreno-Adriatico with flu . He returned in time for the Vuelta al Pais Vasco but, by his own admission, took 'an absolute kicking' on his way to abandoning on stage 6. Romandie provides the Australian with a clean slate, and the chance to defend his crown against a strong field that includes Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo). "I really don't know where I'm at form-wise. I got sick, and then I missed Tirreno. Then I went to Pais Vasco and ...
Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media
Atop the recent Paris-Roubaix podium, Peter Sagan appeared wearing a now-familiar pair of motocross goggles draped around his neck. Nothing to do with the cobbles’ mud and dust, the goggles are pure cross-promotion, for eyewear sponsor 100%. Some laugh, stylistas howl. Others shrug — hey, if anyone can pull it off, the charismatic world champion … The post Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media appeared first on CyclingTips .
Morton: I've got unfinished business with the Tour of California
Lachlan Morton ( Dimension Data ) says he's got some unfinished business with the Tour of California . The Australian has centred the first part of his 2018 season around the week-long race as he looks to improve on his seventh-place finish from last year. It will be his fifth appearance at the American stage race, with his result last year far and away his best performance. The previous year saw him crash heavily and abandon after a strong showing on the third stage to Lake Tahoe, which was won by Julian Alaphilippe. "My big goal for the first part of the year is the Tour of California," Morton told Cyclingnews at the Tour of the Alps. "I had pretty good results there last year but I think that I could have been better so the start of the year has been about getting myself ready for that. I’ve had ...
A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons
Chirpy, animated and happily giving interviews, Jack Haig looks like he has just ridden to the shops. Around him are shattered riders, professionals who have dragged themselves to the top of the Mur de Huy and show all the signs of a tough Flèche Wallonne with its exhausting final climb. But, other than some dirt … The post A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons appeared first on CyclingTips .
Cycling world pays tribute to BMC Racing Team owner Andy Rihs
Supported by The BMC Racing Team has announced the passing of long-time owner Andy Rihs, who founded the team in 2007 and helped it secure victory in the 2011 Tour de France. The Swiss businessman passed away in the Susenberg clinic in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday after what the team said was ‘a patient and valiantly-endured illness.’ … The post Cycling world pays tribute to BMC Racing Team owner Andy Rihs appeared first on CyclingTips .
Brown awarded Amy Gillette scholarship, Wiggle High5 provides development spot
Supported by The Amy Gillett scholarship has been awarded to Grace Brown, who made a powerful impression in the past year with a strong debut into the National Road series and podium performances when pitted against the influx of professional riders during Australia’s summer of racing. In previous years the cornerstone of the scholarship, which is awarded … The post Brown awarded Amy Gillette scholarship, Wiggle High5 provides development spot appeared first on CyclingTips .
Watch: Pro uses spectator's bike to ride Commonwealth Games
Joe Robinson 17 Apr 2018 Isle of Man rider Sam Brand saved by kindhearted spectator Sam Brand was realising a dream. The diabetic Novo Nordisk rider was racing on the Gold Coast of Australia, representing his small island of the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games. It was all going to plan until a crash in the first 5km and multiple mechanicals saw him distanced from the bunch behind the peloton and more importantly behind the support vehicles. That could have been the end of his race if not for a valiant spectator on the side of the road who noticed Brand was in need. The spectator swapped his standard Specialized S-Works Tarmac for Brand's team issue Colnago Concept. Brand then managed to continue riding, not only finishing the lap but also completing another of the 18.6km circuit. A huge shout out to Michael for the temporary bike swap ...
Motivated McCarthy poised to make most of Flèche Wallonne opportunity
Supported by Approximately 40 kilometres from the end of Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, things unravelled for Jay McCarthy and, by extension, for Peter Sagan’s chances in the race. McCarthy was with his teammate in the main group of favourites, but tangled with Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) on a corner and hit the ground. Although the fall … The post Motivated McCarthy poised to make most of Flèche Wallonne opportunity appeared first on CyclingTips .
ENVE expands carbon bar line with 35mm clamp option
Carbon wheel and component maker ENVE has updated its line of handlebars and stems with new M Series trail and gravity versions. Eight new handlebars are available. The new M7 carbon bar and stem feature the company's first use of the larger 35mm bar/stem clamp diameter. Enve updates its M Series MTB wheels New aero road stem from ENVE spotted at Tour Down Under M5 and M6 trail options ENVE's "trail-rated" bars and stems are built for cross-country and trail riding. They're represented in the line-up with the 760mm-wide M5 and 780mm-wide M6 handlebars, both of which have 31.8mm bar clamps. The $170 M5 is a flat bar with 9 degrees of sweep. ENVE claims a weight of 180g. The $170 M6 riser bar is available in either a 7.5 or 25mm height, with a 9-degree sweep and 5-degree rise. Reported weight is 195g. As for the stem, the $280 ...
Nathan Haas interview: Amstel Gold is my ‘Holy Grail’ event
It’s six and a half kilometres to go in the 2017 Amstel Gold Race, and Philippe Gilbert is about to play his hand. He is part of a select group of riders still in contention, and signals the end of their cooperation by moving to the front on the Bemelerberg climb and upping the pace. … The post Nathan Haas interview: Amstel Gold is my ‘Holy Grail’ event appeared first on CyclingTips .