Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .

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UCI commits to fight against motor cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at UCI commits to fight against motor cheating on VeloNews.com .

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Lizzie Deignan on returning from pregnant pause to new Trek team

It is far from an everyday occurrence to sign up for a new cycling team while in your final trimester of pregnancy. However, the fact that Trek saw Lizzie Deignan’s impending motherhood as an opportunity, rather than a risk, spoke volumes to the former world champion about exactly why joining the new women’s cycling team … The post Lizzie Deignan on returning from pregnant pause to new Trek team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: A crash, two relegations, and cobblestone anxiety

We now interrupt all regularly programmed pre-written Roubaix stage previews with this very important message: There’s (almost) never a dull stage at the 2018 Tour de France. After Friday’s 231km Stage 7 yawner, what looked to be another uneventful stage — flat roads, token French riders in the breakaway, field sprint — turned into something else completely … The post Today at the Tour: A crash, two relegations, and cobblestone anxiety appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles

Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles

Team Sky sport director Servais Knaven is pulling out all the stops to make sure his team has full Roubaix roadside support during the Tour Read the full article at Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Vanmarcke all in for Uran over Roubaix cobbles

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First - Drapac)

When the Tour de France course was announced back in October, multiple riders were pleased to see a Paris-Roubaix stage on day nine. Sep Vanmarcke was certainly among those riders. The 29-year-old Belgian is one of the best in the world on pavé, finishing in the top 10 in nearly all of his recent Paris-Roubaix starts. Jean-Patrick Nazon won the sprint after a mixed Flanders-Roubaix Tour de France stage in 2004, and Lars Boom won an epic rain-soaked mini-Paris-Roubaix stage in 2014. One year later, Tony Martin surprised the peloton in Cambrai. Vanmarcke surely would love to add his name to this list. The chances that it will happen are small, though, as Vanmarcke is riding this Tour in service of team leader and last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran. When asked if that would also be the case in the stage to Roubaix, Vanmarcke was clear. "Yes," he told Cyclingnews ...

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Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

In the 2014 Tour, Vincenzo Nibali took time on the cobblestone stage. This year, his team is ready to support another raid. Read the full article at Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’ on VeloNews.com .

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Fire sale on Holy Week after Peter Sagan Tour de France stage win

Peter Sagan out training before the Tour of Flanders

After being disqualified from last year's Tour de France on only the fourth stage, Peter Sagan was back winning again at the world's biggest bike race on Sunday . What better way to celebrate than to own Cyclingnews Films' own celebration of the iconic one-day races Paris-Roubaix – won by Sagan this year – and the Tour of Flanders for the very special price of $2.49 (£1.87)? The Slovakian Bora-Hansgrohe rider might have thought his opportunity to lead this year's Grande Boucle had passed him by after he was beaten by Quick-Step Floors' fast-finishing Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria on stage 1 on Saturday , but as Sagan crossed the finish line to win the second stage at La-Roche-sur-Yon and take the yellow jersey, the roar he let out showed roadside fans that he knew exactly what he'd achieved. That celebration was remarkably similar to the one Sagan made after winning ...

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Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache

Sylvain Chavanel went out in style. No, the 39-year-old Frenchman didn’t win Stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday; that honor went to world champion Peter Sagan, who dodged a late-race pileup and held off a surging Sonny Colbrelli. But the Direct Energie rider, riding in his 18th and final Tour, spent much of … The post Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan and Specialized drop second Sagan Collection at Tour de France

Peter Sagan's Sagan Collection Specialized S-Works Venge

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . Peter Sagan and Specialized have launched the second iteration of the limited-edition Sagan Collection in Cholet ahead of the Tour de France . The first version of the collection was launched ahead of the Tour of Flanders earlier this year, with the world champion winning Paris-Roubaix aboard one of the bikes a week later. Key design features from the original Sagan Collection are retained for the latest Sagan Collection, although the key update is the switch from gold to teal in the main colour of the design. Three types of glitter are used in the front section of the paint design, representing the three consecutive world championship titles the Slovakian has won. On the drive-side chainstay, three bands also commemorate the titles, and the inside of the bands list Richmond, Doha and Bergen as the cities where Sagan took each of his world ...

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Peter Sagan and Specialized drop second Sagan Collection at Tour de France

Peter Sagan and Specialized drop second Sagan Collection at Tour de France

Peter Sagan and Specialized have launched the second iteration of the limited-edition Sagan Collection in Cholet ahead of the Tour de France. Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech Specialized S-Works Venge: lighter, faster and all-in on Shimano discs How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV The first version of the collection was launched ahead of the Tour of Flanders earlier this year, with the world champion winning Paris-Roubaix aboard one of the bikes a week after the original launch at Paris-Roubaix. Key design features from the original Sagan Collection are retained for the latest Sagan Collection, although the key update is the switch from gold to teal in the main colour of the design. Three types of glitter are used in the front section of the paint design, representing the three consecutive world championship titles Sagan has won. On the drive side chainstay, three ...

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An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan

I am sure as hell not going to pretend that I understand Peter Sagan. He’s a massively talented enigma to me, and I know that many journalists who cover pro cycling feel the same way. The last time I lobbed a question Sagan’s way was 18 months ago in a modest hotel conference room in … The post An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Study: Tour of Flanders provides proof of global warming

Tour of Flanders 2015 (licensed CC BY 2.0 by S Yuki on Flickr)

Analysis of TV foootage over 40 years shows Spring is springing earlier each year, researchers say

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I’ve Got It! I’ve Got the Solution to the Froome Mess!

Nobody seems to know what to do, except me For the last 24 hours or so the world of cycling has been thrashing around like a Brazilian striker who just got breathed on when the referee wasn’t looking, aimlessly lashing out at itself over what to do with Chris Froome. In case you haven’t noticed, Chris Froome is the guy who has won the Tour de France four times so far, but has been living under the shadow of an adverse finding that he had taken twice the amount of salbutamol during last year’s Vuelta a España. Since that finding became known, the cycling world has been divided over the question of whether he should be allowed to continue racing while his case is resolved, between those who think he shouldn’t be allowed to race during this interregnum, and those who think he should be put to death, in case ...

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The Cancellara-Gaimon ‘fondo face-off’: A pretentiously exclusive account

Supported by In one of the most intensely followed gran fondo battles of the 21st Century, Phil Gaimon has defeated Fabian Cancellara on a Swiss climb where nothing but possibly pride was on the line. In an interview that might be called “exclusive” in another context, Gaimon detailed his triumph in southwestern Switzerland with sheepish humor. “I … The post The Cancellara-Gaimon ‘fondo face-off’: A pretentiously exclusive account appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Spartacus vs Phil the Thrill: The looming Cancellara-Gaimon fondo showdown

With July looming, it is time for the cycling community to cast its focus on the preeminent and most controversial race of the season — the gran fondo grudge-match between Fabian Cancellara and Phil Gaimon. That highly touted but poorly understood contest between two retired pros of considerably different pedigree will take place this Sunday … The post Spartacus vs Phil the Thrill: The looming Cancellara-Gaimon fondo showdown appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Greipel, De Gendt spearhead Lotto Soudal's Tour de France team

Andre Greipel wins stage 1 at the 2018 Tour Down Under

Lotto Soudal will head into the Tour de France with a team dedicated to winning stages. Spearheaded by veteran sprinter Andre Greipel and breakaway specialists Thomas de Gendt, the eight-man squad also includes one-day revelation Tiesj Benoot. As already announced, there is no place for Adam Hansen, who completed his 20th straight Grand Tour recently at the Giro d'Italia. Jasper De Buyst, Jens Keukeleire, Marcel Sieberg, Tomasz Marczynski and Jelle Vanendert make up the rest of the team. In a video posted on social media, the Tour de France team are selected by Marc Sergeant – although we only see his hands, and he sets up a Whatsapp group chat with the riders included. He then posts a congratulatory message before the video draws to a close. The video concludes before the two blue Whatsapp ticks appear, but it’s safe to assume that the riders already know whether they are ...

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Geraardsbergen priced out of hosting 2021 World Championships

Tom Boonen riding up the Muur van Geraardsbergen at the 2017 Tour of Flanders

Joe Robinson 14 Jun 2018 Location of iconic Muur unable to afford hosting competition as financial pressures of Championships continue to tell Geraardsbergen has pulled out of hosting the UCI World Championships in 2021 over the governing body's €3 million asking price to host the event. The UCI will announce which city will win the right to host the Worlds in 2021 at this year's Championships in September, set to be held in Innsbruck, Austria. Despite Geraardsbergen's about-turn, the event is still expected to be based in Flanders. In an interview on local television channel TV Oost, Geraardsbergen's spokeswoman Veronique Fontaine admitted, 'The UCI is asking for an amount of €3million, which we cannot afford as a small city,' 'It is a shame. We had presented a beautiful course and were already in an advanced stage in organising the event.' See related Financial losses of Bergen World Championships still unknown ...

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Van der Breggen to skip Giro Rosa defense

Anna van der Breggen celebrates in pink after stage 9 at the Giro Rosa

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has opted to skip her defense of the the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile , also known as the Giro Rosa, in July in order to focus on other events during the second half of the season. The Dutch all-rounder told Cyclingnews earlier this year that she is targeting a first world title at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Austria in September. "I will not ride the Giro Rosa this year," Van der Breggen wrote in a statement on her website. "Since 2010, I have raced it every year so far and this time I choose a different path. "The Giro requires a specific preparation and is a tough race to do. I thought it would be nice to have a different program this year. Also with a view to the rest of the season. And the rest of the season ...

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Paris-Roubaix dedicates Secteur Michael Goolaerts

Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems-Crelan Pro Cycling)

Paris-Roubaix organisers ASO have named a pavé sector in memory of Michael Goolaerts , dedicating it with a memorial ceremony on Sunday. Family and friends of Goolaerts and members of his Veranda's Willems-Crelan team attended the ceremony along with the local mayor and mayor of Goolaerts' hometown. The sector formerly known as Secteur Pavé Chemin de Saint-Quentin will now be known as Secteur Michael Goolaerts. As well as renaming the cobbled sector, a monument has been erected in his memory near the place where he fell. Goolaerts died during this year's edition of Paris-Roubaix after suffering a cardiac arrest on the second cobbled sector, between Viesly and Briastre. The 23-year-old was in just his second season as a professional with Veranda's Willems-Crelan and had contested his second Tour of Flanders the week before, getting into the day's early break. Goolaerts was in the main bunch as the peloton began the ...

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