Van Baarle wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Team Sky 's Dylan van Baarle took the overall title at the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne on Sunday, finishing safely in the peloton as up at the front his teammate Kristoffer Halvorsen took the bunch sprint for victory on the final stage, capping off a wonder-week for the British WorldTour team in Australia, where they won two stages and every category bar the points competition. Sky came away from a month in Australia with almost a full house in their final race, where they won the overall classification with Van Baarle, two stages through Halvorsen and Owain Doull, and the mountains jersey through Christian Knees, with Pavel Sivakov as best young rider, and the overall teams prize. Only the sprints competition – won by Team BridgeLane's Ayden Toovey – eluded them. An early six-man breakaway, made up of Sapura's Jesse Ewart and Ben Dyball, Alistair Donohue (Pro ...
Sun Tour stand-off: Why Porte and Woods surrendered on stage 4
It caught everyone off guard when the peloton sat up. With 11km to go in stage 4 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, with one ascent of Arthurs Seat still to come, the long chase was over. The white flag was up. The break would again win the day. It was surprising for several reasons. … The post Sun Tour stand-off: Why Porte and Woods surrendered on stage 4 appeared first on CyclingTips .
The tan wall Schwalbe Pro One — a forbidden fruit (for now)
We recently stumbled upon a tan wall version of Schwalbe’s much loved Pro One tubeless road tyre that, completely unbeknownst to us, is a limited edition version that was only released and sold in conjunction with the Tour Down Under in Australia. Tan-wall tyres — hot or not? Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tyres review We found the tyre at a bike shop we visited while out at the Tour Down Under (that will remain anonymous for now) and, assuming it was a stock item, took a quick snap of the tyre as a reminder to find out more on our return to base in the UK. Doing our due diligence, we got in touch with Schwalbe UK who informed us that the tyre was indeed a limited edition run and gave no indication as to whether it will return as a stock option. As a big fan of tan wall ...
Bikes of the bunch: Phil Gaimon’s Nove Race Disc
Phil Gaimon, a former WorldTour racer turned YouTube personality, has a new bike… and for the first time in many years, it’s not a Cannondale. Instead, the cookie-loving cyclist has linked up with a little-known brand out of Western Australia – Nove. Having just collected his new ride, Gaimon was in Australia hungrily chasing local … The post Bikes of the bunch: Phil Gaimon’s Nove Race Disc appeared first on CyclingTips .
Why growing the women’s Sun Tour isn’t as simple as you might think
Put the men’s and women’s Herald Sun Tours side-by-side and it’s not hard to spot the differences. The men’s race comprises five stages, the women’s is just two. The men’s offers a total of €65,130.50 (AU$103,000) in prize money, the women’s offers just €9,511 (AU$15,000). In short, the two races are far from equal. But … The post Why growing the women’s Sun Tour isn’t as simple as you might think appeared first on CyclingTips .
Mechanical groupsets and Shimano 105 cranks – Vuelta a San Juan tech gallery
This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . The Vuelta a San Juan has attracted some of the biggest teams in the peloton but also much smaller Continental and national teams from across South America, creating a contrast in ability and equipment. Many of the WorldTour teams have transitioned to disc brakes during the winter and have the best electronic groupsets from Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. In contrast, the riders in the smaller teams are often on different bike brands and components, with some frames showing years of use. All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted New lightweight Specialized climbing shoe spotted at the Tour Down Under Cyclingnews wandered through the team parking before stage 2 to look at some of the bikes and tech. Several of the Deceuninck-QuickStep riders, including neo-pro Remco Evenepoel, were sporting the new Specialized lightweight climbing shoe that was first spotted at the Tour Down Under ...
Gaviria's San Juan double confirms development of UAE's lead out
Fernando Gaviria 's successful debut with UAE Team Emirates continued at the Vuelta a San Juan , with his newly-constructed lead-out train giving the Colombian a textbook ride to the finish of stage 4 and showing how much they have developed and improved in just a few weeks together. Gaviria was piloted by Italian pursuiter Simone Consonni after Roberto Ferrari had dragged his teammates out of the pack before the final kilometre, again executing a carefully planned lead out. Consonni and Gaviria went shoulder to shoulder with Deceuninck-QuickStep pair Max Richeze and Alvaro Hodeg, but Consonni was stronger, faster and won the lead-out battle. Gaviria then surged down the barriers, with Consonni keeping going too close in Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and finishing fourth. He rightly celebrated Gaviria’s victory, as much of it was thanks to him. “I think it was a perfect stage for us," said Gaviria, who also won ...
McLay strikes gold at Herald Sun Tour
British sprinter Dan McLay 's sprint win on the opening stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour at the Phillip Island GP Circuit in Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday could be just what was needed to open the sprinting floodgates for the EF Education First rider. "I'd been coming up against a brick wall at the Tour Down Under, but I think that after all that racing, I've come out with a bit of form. I had the bit between my teeth today, and the boys did an excellent job," McLay said after his win, praising teammates Mitch Docker and Tom Scully, in particular, for having dropped him off on the final straight, where he beat Team Sky's Kristoffer Halvorsen and EvoPro's Wouter Wippert. "It was time to pull my finger out," the 27-year-old admitted. "At the Tour Down Under – like here – we also had a GC goal, but ...
Five riders starting the season under the radar
Andrew Hood takes a look at the results sheets from the year's first races in Australia and discovered five riders who showed big promise for the season. Read the full article at Five riders starting the season under the radar on VeloNews.com .
The edge of popularity - Women's Edition Podcast
Cyclingnews is proud to introduce the first episode of our Cyclingnews Podcast Women's Edition , brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville. Since its inception over 20 years ago, Cyclingnews has been committed to covering women's cycling, and our new Women’s Edition podcast is a part of that commitment. You will be able to find this and other Women's Edition episodes in your usual Cyclingnews Podcast feed, so you won't have to adjust anything to get even more coverage from the world of cycling. The Women's Edition will take on a slightly different format to our usual podcast as we take a more in-depth look at the sport. Topics will range from colour race commentary to interviews with athletes and prominent figures within the sport, while diving underneath the surface to bring you the most captivating stories from the peloton. That brings us to our first episode, ...
The weekly spin: Two new cycling films, with danger as a common theme
I’ve watched two new cycling films over the past week, one newer than the other, and while they’re quite different in subject matter and presentation, both seem preoccupied with one particular element of bike racing — crashing. Wonderful Losers: A Different World is a 71-minute film produced and directed by Arunas Matelis, focusing on domestiques at … The post The weekly spin: Two new cycling films, with danger as a common theme appeared first on CyclingTips .
Trek-Segafredo enjoy Australian races but focus turns to Spring Classics
Jamie Finch-Penninger 31 Jan 2019 A positive spell down under for the women's team helps build cohesion in the new squad before a return to European racing The new Trek-Segafredo women’s team has made a bright start to the racing season, winning a number of events on the Australian racing calendar and showing themselves to be one of the teams strong enough to take control of a race against world-class opposition. A new team often comes in with unrealistic expectations fuelled by the optimism of sponsors and staff, but the new squad has surpassed expectations by putting significant pressure on the other teams present, including the in-form Australians that form Mitchelton-Scott . Despite the good early returns, Trek-Segafredo sports director Ina-Yoko Teutenberg has put little pressure on her charges in these preliminary stages for the squad. 'I didn’t want the girls to be super fit here,' said Teutenberg. 'I don’t ...
Rapha 2019 new releases: sneak peek
Sam Challis 30 Jan 2019 The new year will see Rapha working on some discerning collaborations and innovative new products Hot on the heels of Rapha’s high-profile sponsorship of WorldTour team EF Education First-Drapac comes news of the brand’s new releases going into 2019. Details are scarce at the moment but Rapha has given just enough away to have us intrigued - it is clear that Rapha is continuing to invest heavily in creative R&D; in order to expand and refine its catalogue, despite already boasting a wide range of distinguished products. A new Rapha road shoe design was spotted on the feet of several EF riders at the recent Tour Down under and Rapha has confirmed the shoes’ imminent release, billing them as ‘the world’s most comfortable footwear’. Image 1 of 21 Image 1 of 21 Rapha credits a roomy toe box, snug heel and unique lacing system as ...
Herald Sun Tour: Richie Porte returns to his roots
Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) returns to the Herald Sun Tour this week for the first time since 2011, and starts on Wednesday as one of the favourites to take the title at the conclusion of the five-day race, along with EF Education First's Michael Woods. Besides Woods, Porte also names Team Sky's Kenny Elissonde as a rider that he'll be keeping a close eye on. "I think Woods was good at the Tour Down Under, but, for me, Elissonde was brilliant there, and also at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race," Porte told reporters on Tuesday, recalling the Frenchman's strong ride on Willunga Hill at the TDU and his aggression on Challambra Crescent at the Cadel race. "He's a punchy little climber who will do well here," Porte continued, "and Dylan van Baarle is also in good form. He was quite impressive at Cadel’s race, so Sky have ...
WorldTour stars find success in Argentina
The Vuelta a San Juan kicked off Sunday, and Fernando Gaviria and Julian Alaphilippe won the first two stages. Read the full article at WorldTour stars find success in Argentina on VeloNews.com .
Viviani pedals through Australia toward Sanremo
The Italian is targeting Milano-Sanremo this season, a race in which he finished ninth in 2017. Read the full article at Viviani pedals through Australia toward Sanremo on VeloNews.com .
Vuelta a San Juan stage reduced to extreme heat weather warning
Temperatures close to 40°C and a local weather warning have forced the organiser of the Vuelta a San Juan to reduce Monday's stage 2 by 28km. The stage will still finish on the gradual climb to Alta Punta Negra but after around 130km of racing rather then the 160km planned. The stage start time has been put back 30 minutes and the riders will now cover three instead of four circuits on the rolling Interlagos circuit west of San Juan. The pre-race schedule has also been reduced to give more time for the riders and race caravan to avoid the heat, with sign-on opening only an hour before the race. The race will roll out at 4:02 p.m. local time, with the start of racing at 4:12 p.m. The stage is scheduled to finish at 7:30 p.m. local time. Similar weather conditions are forecast for Tuesday but temperatures are expected ...
Specialized S-Works Evade with ANGi review
All Helmets provide some protection for your head by absorbing the impact of a crash, but Specialized’s updated Evade helmet aims to provide a little extra thanks to two new additions: MIPS and ANGi. Specialized 2019 helmets: improved MIPS plus crash sensor and live tracking tech 2019 Tour Down Under race tech mega gallery MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) will already be familiar to most people. It’s a ‘slip-plane’ — an extra internal layer that sits between the helmet’s body and your head — that is free to move in order to reduce the rotational forces a crash exerts on your head. But on the Evade, MIPS comes in a new, drastically slimmed-down form that’s integrated into the internal padding. It’s a clever update of the system that enables MIPS to do its job without it interfering with the lid’s ventilation. Specialized has also been thinking about what happens post-crash, ...
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race finds its groove
After five editions, the one-day race is marketing itself as an 'Australian classic' and is drawing more and more top riders. Read the full article at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race finds its groove on VeloNews.com .
Vuelta a San Juan: Peter Sagan ‘relaxed’ with one win already
Sagan looking to get race kilometers into legs before returning to Europe for altitude training as he builds to Monuments. Read the full article at Vuelta a San Juan: Peter Sagan ‘relaxed’ with one win already on VeloNews.com .