Zwift’s grand plans for virtual bike racing

I’ve attended a fair number of road races over the years — the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, the Tour Down Under, the Tour of Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix — and they all usually have certain elements in common. If they’re not held on particularly challenging roads, then at least the scenery is noteworthy, or … The post Zwift’s grand plans for virtual bike racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Top women cyclists reveal how they would improve women's cycling

Maria David 26 Mar 2019 We look at the current state of women’s professional road racing, and hear from those at the sharp end of the fight to improve conditions When the winner crosses the finish line of the Tour of Flanders, he will pocket €20,000. A few hours earlier the winner of the women’s race will win just €1150. Apart from some of the big races in the UK, such as the Tour de Yorkshire and the Women’s Tour , the women’s prize fund is only a small fraction of the men’s in equivalent road races. Although the women’s racing calendar includes a number of Monument races like Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege that mirror the men’s race, there are still a few key events that women do not have the opportunity to compete in – notably the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix . ASO, the organiser of both of those ...

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CCC Team on hunt for stage wins at Volta a Catalunya

Patrick Bevin had a difficult day on stage 6 at the Tour Down Under

CCC Team head to the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya on Monday with no clear contender for the overall classification. Instead, they'll rely on a number of riders to try to take stage wins at the seven-day Spanish race. With no Greg Van Avermaet on the roster – who next races at the E3 BinckBank Classic on Friday – the team will be looking in the direction of their only other race winner this season, Patrick Bevin , who won the New Zealand national time trial title at the start of the year, ahead of taking a stage at the Tour Down Under . A crash on the penultimate stage of the UAE Tour at the start of March has kept him out of competition for the past three weeks, but Bevin has been training hard, and said on the team's website that he's ready to race this week. "I feel ...

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O'Connor looking to break into top 10 for Dimension Data at Volta a Catalunya

Ben O'Connor in the bunch at the Down Under Classic

Dimension Data head to the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya on Monday with Ben O'Connor looking at breaking into the top 10 at this year's race, while Ryan Gibbons will focus on the sprint stages. O'Connor came away from Catalunya with 11th place overall last year, and then went on to ride a superb Giro d'Italia , crashing out just two days from the finish in Rome. The Australian is hoping for even better in Spain this week, and will again use the race to prepare for the Giro. "It's going to be a really hard week in terms of the parcours," O'Connor said, thinking in particular of stage 3 to Vallter 2000 and a second summit finish the next day on stage 4 to La Molina. "Last year, I surprised myself by finishing 11th, so it's a main aim now to try to finish in the top 10," he continued. ...

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11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

What a week it’s been here at BikeRadar — we’ve had hot MTB news coming from all directions, with Santa Cruz releasing the all-new Megatower , Orange updating its Alpine 6 and Calibre launching the Sentry . It’s not all been dirty news though — on the road side of things, we saw a glut of new kit from Campagnolo, including its all-new Record EPS 12-speed groupset , which we first saw back in January at the Tour Down Under . We also saw the unthinkable happen, with Paul Components releasing a set of bar ends that are actually not bad looking . If you’re not quite full yet and need another spoonful of hot cycling gossip, read on to check out all of the latest road and MTB kit to land at BikeRadar HQ. Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know Road bike groupsets: everything you need to ...

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Spratt returns to racing at Trofeo Alfredo Binda after head injury

Amanda Spratt savours her stage victory

Amanda Spratt has recovered from a head injury suffered in a crash at Strade Bianche in early March and will return to racing on Sunday for the third round of the Women's WorldTour Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio . "My European racing season didn't start well at Strade Bianche with the crash and hitting my head quite hard, but I think I was very lucky," Spratt said in a team statement. "In the end I needed some easy days, but I don't think I lost a lot. I've been able to have some better training days over the last days so I feel ready and excited for Binda now." Spratt started her season in January in Australia where she won a stage and the overall title at the Women's Tour Down Under. She was also second, behind teammate Lucy Kennedy, at the Herald Sun Tour. She had hoped to make ...

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Rapha’s Explore shoes are gravel-ready and not insanely expensive

Rapha’s Explore shoes are gravel-ready and not insanely expensive

The Explore is a brand new gravel and adventure shoe from Rapha. By the lofty standards of the brand, it isn’t ridiculously unaffordable and it’s accompanied by a new Classic road shoe which costs a little less. Rapha launches custom clothing tool for quick and easy online kit design Rapha Commuter Jacket review Rapha is back in the shoe game Rapha has been out of the shoe game for a while but the brand is back with a new road model called the Classic ( which we first spotted at the Tour Down Under ), and the Explore, designed for two-bolt cleats and aimed squarely at gravel and adventure riders. The Explore is a lace-up, walkable design with a chunky natural rubber tread. A carbon plate aims to give road shoe stiffness but, critically, it doesn’t span the full length of the shoes. Instead, it ends 3cm from the heel ...

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Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan

It was a sight to behold. Caleb Ewan, his body perched precariously over the front of his bike, his head somehow below the line of his handlebars as he barrelled towards the finish line at more than 60kph. The Aussie speedster’s new sprint position looked as dangerous as it did unusual — one bump from … The post Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters

The early season is always full of fast finishes. Where do the sport's top sprinters stand? The post Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Viviani wins stage 3

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed a tightly contested stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico, beating sprint rivals Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had a relatively quiet day and retained his race lead. The technical finish contained a number of tight corners and Viviani's class, timing and expert support paid off with the Italian coming around Sagan's wheel with the line in sight. Sagan had been caught at the front from too far out, and intelligently eased off to allow Viviani's team to close an important gap. The former world champion would eventually open the sprint using Viviani's leadout but the Italian national champion had too much speed. Gaviria looked to be out of contention inside the final kilometre but delivered a brave sprint before closing in on Sagan just before the line. The win marked Viviani's fourth of the season after triumphs at the ...

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Peter Sagan soldiers on in Tirreno-Adriatico as his health improves

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora- Hansgrohe ) may have suffered an untimely puncture on stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico but the three-time world champion believes that he's back on track after a recent bout of illness threatened to scupper his early spring classics campaign. Sagan came into Tirreno-Adriatico on the back of a stint of altitude training in Sierra Nevada. However, a stomach virus left him unable to train for several days, and he was forced to remain in his hotel room as his body recovered. He skipped Bora-Hansgrohe's team time trial recon on Tuesday and escaped a fall when a spectator walked out in front of the German team during their race effort a day later. On stage 2 Sagan lost contact with the lead group with 22 kilometers remaining, while Milan-San Remo rival Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) powered clear to take the stage and extend his incredible run that started in January ...

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Viviani eyes up sprint finish at Tirreno on Friday

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) leads bunch on stage 2 of Tirreno

Tirreno-Adriatico can expect its first bunch sprint at this year's race when stage 3 finishes in Foligno on Friday, where Elia Viviani is hoping to take his fourth victory of the season, and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team's 17th. While most of the world's best sprinters are currently racing in France at Paris-Nice, arguably the world's best sprinter is plying his trade in Italy – and Viviani is going to take every opportunity he gets to add to his and his team's win-tally. "When there aren't many chances, you can't it mess up," he told reporters at Tirreno on Thursday. "You've got to get it right, and Friday is the first chance we've got, and we'll give it a go – even if we saw at the UAE Tour that Fernando Gaviria is the rider to beat." The Italian road race champion is racing on home soil for the first time this ...

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Flanders Friday: Looking for Clues

Dylan Groenewegen wins in Paris-Nice

Are we learning anything about what’s to come in a couple weeks? Was there any news of the Cobbled Classics this week? I didn’t see any. Most of the reporters are in France or Italy, fussing over the events in front of them. You can read Sporza and get your daily update on Wout Van Aert (was his Strade Bianche ok? Will he owe his old team a bunch of money?) but even I have my limits there. No, there’s nothing. Les Amis are scrubbing the horrible pavé in France and that’s about it. So now is a moment to poke around and see what there is to learn about the individual riders who will contest the great classics around the corner. Does Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico tell us anything about what’s to come? Backing up, the two early spring stage races are must-rides for all the classics guys, from Milano-Sanremo ...

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Campagnolo launches Super Record 12-speed EPS electronic groupset

Campagnolo has today announced an electronic version of the Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed groupset – in both rim and disc brake versions – is now available following the launch of the mechanical version last year. The iconic Italian brand has also announced a new wheelset to their Wind Tunnel Optimised Campagnolo Bora WTO range, claiming "a new era in terms of aerodynamic carbon wheels", which is available as a rim or disc-brake option. Cyclingnews first spotted electronic versions of the Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets at the WorldTour opener of the Tour Down Under in January. Movistar , Lotto Soudal and UAE Team Emirates have all been using the groupsets throughout the season so far. The new Campagnolo Bora WTO 45 wheels are focused on all-round racing and sit alongside the deeper-rim Bora WTO 60 and Bora WTO 77 wheels, which were launched alongside the mechanical 12-speed groupset last year. ...

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Poels shares leadership with Thomas for Team Sky at Tirreno

Wout Poels (Team Sky)

Team Sky 's Wout Poels starts Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday in a joint leadership role with Geraint Thomas , and is relishing racing there again for the first time since 2016. The previous year, at the 2015 Tirreno, Poels won a stage, which was his first win for Sky having joined them that season, and the Dutchman hopes that this year's 'punchier' route – which only takes in central Italy's muri , rather than any high mountains – will suit him as the winner of the 2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. "They say it's more for the Classics guys, but I won a Classic," Poels said of this year's Tirreno route and his victory at Liège. "I really like Tirreno. I've done it quite a lot of times, and at Vaconsoleil I won the white jersey as best young rider [in 2012]. "I've been in the top 10 three times" – eighth in 2012, ...

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The sins of Mario Cipollini

Mario Cipollini is one of cycling's most beloved and enduring characters of professional cycling. But in the wake of serious allegations of violence against female family members, the colourful Italian's darker side can no longer be ignored. The post The sins of Mario Cipollini appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hayman: We're using my experience to connect with the riders

Mathew Hayman gets ready to start his final race

Two months after hanging up his wheels as a professional bike rider, Mathew Hayman has immersed himself in his new role as a sports director. The Australian retired at the conclusion of the Tour Down Under in January, bringing down the curtain on a career that spanned two decades. Last weekend he was back in action for his Mitchelton-Scott team – but as a director during Opening Weekend in Belgium. "I did a recon with the boys the other day and I got dropped, which I probably should have been seeing as I've not ridden much for over a month. It confirms you need to train to ride these races," he told Cyclingnews . Hayman's retirement was as well planned and orchestrated as they come. He announced the news last year and used his home WorldTour race as a farewell tour. That said, little can prepare an athlete for the ...

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Stomach virus hits Peter Sagan's return to racing at Tirreno-Adriatico

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ’s return to racing at Tirreno-Adriatico has been hit by a stomach virus, with the former world champion unable to train properly for the last five days. Cyclingnews understands Sagan has travelled to Tuscany and intends to start the week-long stage race but the condition of the three-time world champion has been seriously affected by a stomach virus. He has suffered with diarrhoea and has struggled to eat normally for the last five days. Sagan will not attend the pre-race Tirreno-Adriatico press conference on Tuesday afternoon or study the team time trial course. Instead he and some Bora-Hansgrohe teammates will do a short ride from the hotel the team used for the GP Industria & Artigianato race in Montecatini Terme, near Florence to Lido di Camaiore. Fortunately, Tirreno-Adriatico begins with a 21.5km team time trial around Lido di Camaiore on Wednesday, giving Sagan an extra day to recover ...

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Strade Bianche still awards women a fraction of men's prize purse

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) donned the points jersey

Men and women will race on the same dirt roads of Tuscany during Strade Bianche but their prize money remains significantly different, with race director Mauro Vegni and 2018 winner Anna van der Breggen believing the size of the prize pot is the lesser of evils when it comes to the stark inequality that remains between men's and women's cycling. The winner of the men's Strade Bianche will share €16,000 with his teammates, with a total prize pot of €40,000. The winner of the women's race takes home just €2,256, with a total prize pot of €10,260. Some women's races, including the Women's Tour in Britain, the Tour Down Under and the UCI World Championships offer equal prize money but Vegni believes he is awarding as much as is possible. "It's true the Strade Bianche prize money is still very different but it's a lot better than it was. We've ...

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Flying Too Close to the Sun: Paris - Nice Preview

Race to the sun, my ass.

There’s always a discussion around this time about which is the better race-- Paris - Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico-- as the peloton gets split between the two races. The consensus view is usually that TA is the better race-- it gets the better riders and has the better route. Here’s the thing, though. Anyone that still believes that has not been watching PN during the last three years. Each of the last three years has been a barn burner of a race, easily in contention for best week long stage race of the year as well as race day of the year and probably only losing out on those honors due to its placement on the calendar-- before the spring classics and all of the grand tours cloud our collective memories. 2016 saw Geraint Thomas take the GC victory over Alberto Contador by a mere 4 seconds and saw a vintage ...

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