PYSO: The Off-Season

What riders do during their off-season (spoiler alert: not much according to Bobby) The physical & mental importance of taking time off the bike The cancellation of the Amgen Tour of California & what it means for American cycling What exactly are pro riders doing in the offseason? Bobby, Gus and special guest Nicola Cranmer weigh in. Read the full article at PYSO: The Off-Season on VeloNews.com .

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Bennett on hiatus of Tour of California: ‘It’s a big loss for cycling’

New Zealand star saw first-hand how much impact the Tour of California carried for riders, teams and sponsors alike. Read the full article at Bennett on hiatus of Tour of California: ‘It’s a big loss for cycling’ on VeloNews.com .

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Leipheimer on the Amgen Tour of California: “I owe a lot to that race”

Levi Leipheimer says his three Amgen Tour of California wins had a greater impact on his career—and his life after cycling—than any other results. Read the full article at Leipheimer on the Amgen Tour of California: “I owe a lot to that race” on VeloNews.com .

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VN Podcast: What killed the 2020 Amgen Tour of California; Tejay van Garderen interview

On this week's episode we take a deep dive into the Amgen Tour of California's cancellation for 2020, and speak with Tejay van Garderen about the race's significance. Read the full article at VN Podcast: What killed the 2020 Amgen Tour of California; Tejay van Garderen interview on VeloNews.com .

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Commentary: Domestic riders fought hardest at the Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California's best battles involved riders on U.S. domestic teams as they battled against the sport's biggest stars. Read the full article at Commentary: Domestic riders fought hardest at the Amgen Tour of California on VeloNews.com .

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Stetina: ‘Everyone wanted to race California’

For Americans and pros alike, the Tour of California was a race unique on the calendar both on and off the bike. Read the full article at Stetina: ‘Everyone wanted to race California’ on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of Britain and Women's Tour searching for new sponsor as Ovo's tenure ends

Tour of Britain and Women's Tour searching for new sponsor as Ovo's tenure ends

Joe Robinson 1 Nov 2019 Ovo Energy ends three-year partnership with marquee British races The Tour of Britain and Women's Tour are on the hunt for a new title sponsor after Ovo Energy backing came to a close. It ends a three-year partnership that saw the energy firm also back back the Tour Series in this period. All three races will now seek a new title sponsor for 2020. Ovo Energy initially came on board in 2016 as a local sponsor before transitioning to named title sponsor from 2017. In this time, the company was much credited for bringing financial parity to the Women's Tour prize fund to that of the Tour of Britain, the first UCI race to do so. Communications director for Ovo Energy Sarah Booth fell short of explaining why the company had pulled its backing but did shine a light on the legacy it leaves through ...

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Tour of Britain and Women's Tour forced into sponsor search as Ovo ends backing

Tour of Britain and Women's Tour forced into sponsor search as Ovo ends backing

Joe Robinson 1 Nov 2019 Ovo Energy ends three-year partnership with marquee British races The Tour of Britain and Women's Tour are on the hunt for a new title sponsor after Ovo Energy announced its decision to pull out. It ends a three-year partnership that saw the energy firm also back back the Tour Series in this period. All three races will now seek a new title sponsor for 2020. Ovo Energy initially came on board in 2016 as a local sponsor before transitioning to named title sponsor from 2017. In this time, the company was much credited for bringing financial parity to the Women's Tour prize fund to that of the Tour of Britain, the first UCI race to do so. Communications director for Ovo Energy Sarah Booth fell short of explaining why the company had pulled its backing but did shine a light on the legacy it leaves ...

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Giulio Ciccone Q&A: Rider looking to learn from Nibali before taking over team leadership

Jack Elton-Walters 1 Nov 2019 Young Italian will support his older compatriot before looking ahead to his own leadership opportunities. Photos: Joseph Delves Giulio Ciccone's 2019 season has been one filled with significant achievements and very few notable setbacks. Although it wasn't quite a breakthrough year – Ciccone won a stage of the Giro d'Italia back in 2016 aged just 21 – this year certainly brought his talent to the attention of a far wider audience, both in the peloton and among cycling fans. Heading his list of accomplishments in 2019 are two stage wins and the KOM jersey at the Giro, along with a second place stage finish at the Tour de France , which was enough to move him into the yellow jersey for a day. If it hadn't been for the climbing antics of Julian Alaphilippe, Ciccone could have held the jersey for a couple more days ...

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AeroPod CdA and power meter in-depth review

Peter Stuart Friday, November 1, 2019 - 12:27 An accurate CdA measuring tool that doubles up as a low-cost power meter, but it isn’t for the faint-hearted 4.0 / 5 £499.00 Cyclists think a lot about power, speed and cadence, but the majority of us have probably never come across the term CdA. It stands for the Coefficient of Drag Area, and is probably the most important single variable in how quickly we ride a bike, and the AeroPod is a tool that can quantify it. CdA is a representation of how aerodynamically efficient we are as riders. It’s essentially your coefficient of drag, determined by your shape and texture, multiplied by your frontal area. A very very good CdA for a time triallist would be around 0.16, a fairly average CdA for a road cyclist would be around 0.4. The difference between the two is why some time triallists ...

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Skujins laments Amgen Tour of California’s 2020 cancellation

Perhaps no rider benefitted from the Amgen Tour of California more than Toms Skujins, whose stage win in 2015 helped launch his WorldTour career. Read the full article at Skujins laments Amgen Tour of California’s 2020 cancellation on VeloNews.com .

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Sam Bennett's switch to Deceuninck-QuickStep likely as contract impasse solved

Sam Bennett's switch to Deceuninck-QuickStep likely as contract impasse solved

Joe Robinson 30 Oct 2019 Contract gridlock between Sam Bennett and Bora-Hansgrohe looks to have been resolved Irish sprinter Sam Bennett looks set to sign for Deceuninck-QuickStep after resolving his contract saga with current team Bora-Hansgrohe . The 29-year-old had hoped to move teams at the end of 2019 but his current Bora-Hansgrohe team claimed the rider had already agreed to continue with them through to the end of next season. With Bennett still keen to swap teams, the issue was then taken to the UCI arbitration panel. However, it is now being reported by Belgian newspaper Het Laatste News that the deadlock between Bennett and Bora-Hansgrohe has broken, pathing the way for a move to Patrick Lefevere's Deceuninck-QuickStep team. See related Sam Bennett to join Deceuninck-Quickstep as replacement for Viviani, reports suggest Hope and Lotus collaborate on 'groundbreaking' Team GB track bike for Tokyo 2020 There will be no ...

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There will be no Tour of California in 2020

Tour of California cover

Joe Robinson 30 Oct 2019 The USA's only WorldTour race will be put on hiatus for next season Race organisers have announced that the USA's biggest cycling race, the Tour of California, will not run in 2020. AEG Sports confirmed that the men's and women's WorldTour races would be put on hiatus for next season due to mounting financial challenges, but hope to relaunch in 2022 under a new business model. In a statement, president of the Tour of California Kristin Klein said: 'This has been a very difficult decision to make, but the business fundamentals of the Amgen Tour of California have changed since we launched the race 14 years ago. 'While professional cycling globally continues to grow and we are very proud of the work we have done to increase the relevance of professional cycling, particularly in the United States, it has become more challenging each year to ...

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The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019

The WorldTour is over for another year and the pros are off enjoying a well-earned break. The 2020 season will be here before we know it but before it is, let’s look back at the season that just finished. In this post we dive into the most impressive performance in men’s road cycling in 2019. … The post The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of California will not run in 2020

Supported by The biggest American road race for men and women, the Amgen Tour of California, will not run in 2020. Citing financial pressures, race organisers announced on Tuesday that the race would go “on hiatus” next season. Thank you, fans. It’s been an amazing 14 years. “AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, today … The post Tour of California will not run in 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Amgen Tour of California to go “on hiatus” in 2020

Race management announced it would place the race on hold for 2020, and reevaluate whether or not to bring it back in the future. Read the full article at Amgen Tour of California to go “on hiatus” in 2020 on VeloNews.com .

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Rapha Explore Gore-Tex hooded pullover review

Joe Robinson Friday, November 1, 2019 - 12:50 If it sorted its sagging pocket and baggy arms, this would be an almost-perfect product 4.0 / 5 £250 The Rapha Explore Gore-Tex hooded pullover is the latest piece of the brand's adventure puzzle. Starting with technical t-shirts and bibshorts with side pockets, it's part of a push from the luxury British brand to appeal to the hip, adventure type. The Taylor Phinney's of this world. The new Explore pullover is a relaxed half-zip that uses Gore-Tex technology to keep you dry, claims to keep you warm and comfortable and can even be converted into a pillow leading to Rapha claiming it is primed for 'year-round adventure' both on and off the bike. So on face value, it's a bit of a jack of all trades. But is it a master of none? Waterproof, warmth, breathability Anybody who has previously used Gore-Tex ...

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The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate

Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brodie Chapman signs with FDJ for 2020

Supported by After two seasons with American team Tibco-SVB, Aussie racer Brodie Chapman will join French outfit FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope in 2020. “From the moment [general manager] Stephen Delcourt reached out to me about joining FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, I have been encouraged and motivated as an athlete and a person,” Chapman said. “I look forward … The post Brodie Chapman signs with FDJ for 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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