Morton: I've got unfinished business with the Tour of California

Best young rider Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) was seventh

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 ...

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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 .

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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 .

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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 .

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Watch: Pro uses spectator's bike to ride Commonwealth Games

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 ...

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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 .

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ENVE expands carbon bar line with 35mm clamp option

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 ...

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Nathan Haas interview: Amstel Gold is my ‘Holy Grail’ event

Nathan Haas wins stage 2 of Tour of Oman

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 .

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‘His numbers are ridiculous’ – Aussie climber Alex Evans primed for US racing

In early February this year, Colombian climber Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) rode solo into the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort to win the queen stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. It wasn’t a huge surprise — the best climber in the race on the race’s best team had won on the tour’s big uphill finish, setting … The post ‘His numbers are ridiculous’ – Aussie climber Alex Evans primed for US racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte, van Garderen preview Tour de France stage at Tour du Finistere

Richie Porte (BMC)

Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen are travelling with their BMC Racing team to compete in the Tour du Finistère on Saturday, April 14. The final kilometres of the course will also be used during stage 5 of the Tour de France and previewing it at race pace offers the riders valuable information ahead of July. "The final 35km of the Tour du Finistère are the same as stage 5 of the Tour and this is an important reason why we are heading there," said the team's director Fabio Baldato. "It won't be the priority to have Richie Porte going in as the leader, instead with Tejay van Garderen also racing it will be a good chance for both riders to race the final of stage 5." Porte started his season at the Australian National Championships and the Santos Tour Down Under, where he won the stage up Willunga Hill. ...

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Mitchelton-Scott backing Impey at Brabantse Pijl

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

South African Daryl Impey will lead a versatile Mitchelton-Scott squad into De Brabantse Pijl-La Fleche Brabanconne aiming for a top result and performance ahead of Sunday's Amstel Gold Race . Impey first rode the 1.HC one-day race in 2008 with 47th in 2014 his best result to date. However, the national champion is confident of continuing his good start to the 2018 season with a team capable of delivering him into position to contest for victory. "I would like to have a good race and finish the race feeling good for the weekend and Amstel Gold. Obviously, if I feel good and I have good legs it would be foolish not to try for a result," said Impey who won the Tour Down Under in January. "We have a good team and have various options which is great, I hope to feel strong and get confirmation that I am ready ...

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Pedersen extends with Trek-Segafredo through 2020

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) in Flanders

Mads Pedersen , 22, has extended his contract with Trek-Segafredo taking him through 2020, the team announced Monday. The extension comes as little surprise after the Dane put forth a powerful performance to finish second at the Tour of Flanders . "I am really thrilled to renew my contract with Trek-Segafredo," Pedersen said in a press release. "I feel at home in this team; the confidence they have put in me has made me grow a lot and I am pretty sure that with Trek-Segafredo I am at the best spot to continue to develop and gain experience, especially in the classics." Pedersen, the Danish national champion, made his debut a the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and emerged in a three-man breakaway over the Koppenberg with Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) and Sebastian Langeveld (EF-Drapac. The trio held a 30-second margin until eventual winner Niki Terpstra stormed past them ...

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Boom continues comeback from heart surgery at Volta Limburg Classic

Lars Boom on the front of the stage 2 breakaway at Paris-Nice

LottoNL-Jumbo has confirmed Lars Boom will return to racing at the Volta Limburg Classic Saturday. Boom had successful heart surgery for cardiac arrhythmia in January and made his season debut at Paris-Nice . The 32-year-old was a DNS on stage 4 of Paris-Nice and has been forced to skip the Flemish classics as a result. Boom though has been ruled fit for the 1.1 Volta Limburg Classic and will make his debut in the Dutch race. "I'm happy that I can race again," Boom said. "The most important thing in this race is to see what my heart rate will do. I'm in shape. But during extreme efforts, my heart doesn't reach the heart rate it should. I hope this race will provide the right peak." Boom won't be placing any expectations on his results at the race, explaining he simply wants to test himself again in the peloton. "That's ...

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Bennett building form for Giro d'Italia despite illness

George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)

Another race, another step forward. LottoNL-Jumbo's George Bennett fought off a minor illness in the Volta a Catalunya to take sixth overall, and continue building his form for the Giro d'Italia in May. Eleventh in the Santos Tour Down Under, ninth in Tirreno-Adriatico and sixth in the Volta a Catalunya, Bennett's WorldTour stage racing results this season have shown a slow yet steady upward curve. But it's at the Giro d'Italia and, probably the Vuelta a España, where Bennett will be hoping to shine the brightest. It will be Bennett's first Giro since failing to finish the 2015 edition. He has ridden the Tour of California in 2016 and 2017, winning overall last May. The adaption from a much warmer summer at home in New Zealand, on the far side of the globe, to one of Europe's coldest springs in recent years has not been at all straightforward, Bennett says, ...

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Peter Sagan and Valverde climb WorldTour rankings

Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem 2018

After a busy week of WorldTour racing, it is all change at the top of the men’s standings. Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) has jumped from sixth to the top of the individual men's WorldTour rankings after claiming his third Volta a Catalunya title, while Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) also surged up the rankings from 14th to second thanks to his win at Gent-Wevelgem . Valverde won two stages on his way to overall success at Catalunya, putting him to the top of the unofficial victory list too, with eight to his name already. Valverde went into the final stage with a slim 16-second advantage over Team Sky’s Egan Bernal, but his victory was all but sealed when Bernal crashed in the final kilometres. Movistar went on to dominate the podium, with Nairo Quintana taking second, while Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) edged out Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) for the ...

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Team of the Week: Week 5

Races of the week: Busiest week of the season so far: Two BIG cobbles races in E3 and Gent-Wevelgem One LITTLE cobbles race in Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde THREE French SSSRs in GP de Denain Porte du Hainaut, Classic Loire Atlantique, and Cholet Pays de Loire THREE Stage Races from little (Tour de Langkawi), to medium (Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali) to big (Volta Ciclista a Catalunya) Team of the week: 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. I gotta say that there’s three-four riders who are in contention for Rider of the Week Naturally they all make the team. In this case I order them by total FSA-DS points they’ve earned for the year. That means....wait for it! Alejandro ...

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Durbridge: It suits my style to go early

Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott)

This season could scarcely have begun much worse for Luke Durbridge , but the Mitchelton-Scott rider was grateful for small mercies. The broken collarbone and concussion sustained in a crash at the Australian championships in January may have kept him out of the Tour Down Under and put him off the bike for the bones of two weeks, but the timing could, he pointed out, have been a lot worse. "If it had to happen then it was probably the best time for it to happen," Durbridge told Cyclingnews in Bruges. "It gave me a lot of time to come back. I'd say I'm back to full strength now. It was a bit shit to happen in January, but now I'm back to normal. I was good in Tirreno so I'm looking forward to starting the Classics campaign." The Tour Down Under aside, Durbridge's racing schedule was not compromised by ...

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Sarah Storey: 'I'm happy for 1,000 hours of live men's race coverage, just make sure women get some coverage too'

Joe Robinson 20 Mar 2018 While equal pay is welcomed, Dame Sarah Storey believes the true issue lies within television coverage The decision of Ovo Energy to match the prize money at the Women's Tour to that of the Men's Tour of Britain was heralded by many as a great leap forward for parity in women's cycling. Finally, race organisers were beginning to understand they could not pay one person different to another based on gender. The same cheer was let out when the Tour Down Under led this charge in January, also announcing that prize money between men and women would be equal. It seemed as if we were making process, stepping towards a sport in which women and men are treated equally in every sense. However for Dame Sarah Storey, one of Britain's most decorated female cyclists and a strong voice in women's and para-cycling, parity through pay ...

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Oh My Stars It’s Another Stage Race

Not a separatist Message. I haven’t a clue. It’s just a nice flag. With a star. Stars. Headline. Ged

Next off the wheel of stage races is the Volta a Catalunya. I know that I’ve been a bit grouchy about races recently. I don’t think that’s anything to do with how I feel about the races themselves. And I’m not, like, projecting or anything. A bit of ever-so-slightly tongue-in-cheek complaining is just a bit of fun, however. As are hyphens. However, here comes a race I don’t like to complain about — the Volta a Catalunya. I’m truly, every year, very enthusiastic about it. But maybe that’s because I’ve never been able to summon up the requisite amount of brimstone in my heart for Alejandro Valverde. Or maybe it’s because Dan Martin usually does well. Who knows? Anyway, over the last couple of years this race has waxed and waned in terms of the number of top names it’s brought to the region, and if anything, this is looking ...

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Milan-San Remo: Ewan looking to improve on 10th place in debut last year

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)

In a show of confidence for their 23-year-old sprinter who finished 10th in his first appearance in Milan-San Remo last year, Mitchelton-Scott are sending Caleb Ewan back to La Primavera with his full three-man lead-out train intact. Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey, Roger Kluge, Luka Mezgec will join Ewan on the start line in Milan on Saturday, along with Jack Bauer, Mathew Hayman and Matteo Trentin. The team are hoping the experienced roster backing their young sprinter can recreate the day that saw them win the race in 2012 with Simon Gerrans. "Milan-San Remo will always be a special race for us; it was the first monument we won back in 2012 and a race that really put the team on the map," said Micthelton-Scott director Matt White. "We have a really versatile and experienced group of riders lining up on Saturday," White said, "and I am quietly confident ...

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