Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes

Supported by SANTA CLARITA, CA (CT) — When the Amgen Tour of California went WorldTour and cut the pile of third-tier Continental teams out of its invite list, it also cut off an important venue for young talent to prove itself. This year, the dreamers are back. The Tour of California no longer has a place for … The post Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Courtney wins Albstadt Short Track and takes early MTB World Cup lead

Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing) wins

The 29th edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup opened on Friday in Albstadt, Germany, beginning with the Short Track (XCC), which was introduced to the programme last year. World champion Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) took the win for the women, beating Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) and Kathrin Stirnemann (Thomus RN Swiss Bike). The XCC consists of sub-25 minute cross-country races for Elite women and men on a shortened track, with the top 40 riders in the UCI ranking eligible to take part. The event offers a substantial 50 per cent of the points awarded in the cross-country (XCO), which will take place on Sunday. In addition, for this first event, a top placing guarantees a good start position for the XCO and, for the winners, the World Cup leader's jersey. The women's race was whittled down to nine riders with a couple of laps remaining, and included Courtney, Neff, ...

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Van der Poel wins Albstadt Short Track at MTB World Cup

Mathieu van der Poel  (Corendon-Circus) wins

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) successfully defended his title in the Short Track (XCC) race at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt, Germany, on Friday. Van der Poel has enjoyed a successful spring on the road, winning this year's Amstel Gold Race , but has now turned his attention to the MTB world, where he also thrives. The XCC consists of sub-25 minute cross-country races for Elite women and men on a shortened track, with the top 40 riders in the UCI ranking eligible to take part. The event offers a substantial 50 per cent of the points awarded in the cross-country (XCO), which will take place on Sunday. In addition, for this first event, a top placing guarantees a good start position for the XCO and, for the winners, the World Cup leader's jersey. Van der Poel had a slow start, having been ...

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How and when to watch the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Champs

Nino Schurter UCI XCO World Cup in Val di Sole 2018

Our complete guide to this year’s coverage

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Cyclist sues Edinburgh Trams and city council after tram track fall – and more cases could follow if she wins

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Court case could pave way for dozens more actions from riders injured in similar incidents

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Van Garderen decision remains controversial with Tour of California peloton

Deceuninck-QuickStep' Ricardo Scheidecker talks with a UCI official at the Tour of California along

The Amgen Tour of California continues to roil in controversy after the race jury's decision to give Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) the same time as the lead group at the end of stage 4 despite his having been caught up in two crashes outside of the final 3km and finishing the race nearly a minute down. If the initial results had stood, van Garderen would have been in 13th place overall, with stage 2 winner Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) moving into the lead and Tadej Pogacar (UAE team Emirates) claiming second after overnight runner-up Gianni Moscon (team Ineos) went down in a crash at 3.2km and also lost time. The melee began around 7km from the finish when van Garderen, riding near the middle of the bunch, went down with a touch of wheels. He grabbed teammate Lachlan Morton's bike and started chasing, only to crash because of a ...

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Jon Dibben signs for Madison Genesis after seven months away from road racing

Jon Dibben signs for Madison Genesis after seven months away from road racing

Joe Robinson 16 May 2019 Rider was consider surplus to requirements by Team Sky at end of 2018 Madison Genesis have offered talented youngster Jonathan Dibben a professional cycling lifeline as he joins the Continental team with immediate effect. The former Track World Champion found himself without a team after British WorldTour setup Team Sky decided not to extend his contract through to 2019. With the decision coming late in the season, Dibben saw himself join a number of WorldTour riders to end 2018 without a team for the following season. The 25-year-old then spent the first half of the season racing multiple Six Day events on the track in London, Hong Kong and Australia before signing for Madison Genesis. The move has come after current national champion Connor Swift left to join ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic last week . Dibben last competed on the road at the Tour of Guangxi ...

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Ampler to give riders a free bike if they cover a 1,000km test ride

Ampler to give riders a free bike if they cover a 1,000km test ride

Joe Robinson 16 May 2019 The brand will also provide you accommodation and support along the route When Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson sang the lyrics 'the best things in life are free', in their Grammy-nominated 1992 hit of the same name, the soulful duo was not talking about the relationship of Damon Waynes and Stacey Dash from the film Mo' Money, for which the song was written. No, Luth and Jan were probably talking about the latest challenge from Ampler that could see you taking home one of its urban e-bikes for free. For a second year running, the modest Estonian company will give riders one of its models for free to anybody who is willing to ride a 1,000km tour on that bike. It stems from the first-ever Ampler Challenge in July 2018 when Alain Buffing from the Netherlands took an Ampler e-bike on an 800km trip from ...

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Former track World Champion Jack Bobridge admits to cocaine use during career

Former track World Champion Jack Bobridge admits to cocaine use during career

Joe Robinson 16 May 2019 Bobridge is in court charged with trafficking ecstasy following his 2017 arrest Olympic track cyclist and former Trek-Segafredo rider Jack Bobridge has admitted to taking cocaine during his career while on trial charged with supplying ecstasy. The Australian admitted to the court in Western Australia that he took the drug with two teammates while racing in Europe between 2010 and 2016. He also told the court that he took both cocaine and ecstasy just days before competition knowing they would be undetectable come race day. The former Australian road race champion also revealed the names of the two teammates he took the substances with although this information was kept private by the judge. Between the years that Bobridge admitted to drug use he rode for five professional teams: Garmin-Transitions, GreenEdge, Blanco Pro Cycling, Budget Forklifts and Trek-Segafredo. The 29-year-old, however, denied taking drugs while competing ...

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Bobridge admits to taking cocaine and ecstasy during career

Jack Bobridge won a stage, wore the leader's jersey and claimed the KOM jersey for UniSA-Australia i

Former track world champion Jack Bobridge has admitted to taking recreational drugs with teammates during his career. Bobridge detailed his drug usage while appearing in court charged with supplying ecstasy tablets – a charge that he denies. Bobridge, who predominantly competed on the track but spent seven seasons racing on the road, said that he took the drugs with two teammates while he was competing in Europe between 2010 and 2016. He told the court the names of the two teammates, although they were suppressed by the judge. The Australian admitted to taking the drugs, which included ecstasy and cocaine, ahead of some races, knowing that they would be gone from his system by race day. However, he denied taking drugs before or during the Olympic Games that he competed at in Beijing, London and Rio. Bobridge told the court that the drugs were given to him by fans, but ...

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Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2019 gravel bike review

Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2019

New for 2019, the Revolt Advanced is Giant’s first carbon gravel-focussed steed. Built with performance in mind, it’s a clear departure from Giant’s previous and surprisingly numerous gravel-styled models. I spent the past couple months riding the Revolt Advanced 0 and came away impressed. It’s not only a great leap above the Giant ToughRoad SLR … The post Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2019 gravel bike review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Roglic avoids 'unnecessary bad things' to extend Giro d’Italia lead

Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) in action on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia

The pink jersey rests a little more snugly on the shoulders of Primož Roglič , who avoided the crashes that blighted the run-in to Frascati on stage 4 to extend his lead atop the overall standings at the Giro d’Italia to 35 seconds over Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). Roglič’s late conversion from ski jumping to cycling has been cited ad nauseum in the run-up to this race, but it is worth noting that he has rarely betrayed signs of neophyte inexperience in his three years at WorldTour level to date. The Slovenian, it seems, is a quick learner. The maglia rosa was carefully installed at the head of the bunch when it was split by Salvatore Puccio’s crash with six kilometres remaining, and he immediately sensed the opportunity that presented itself, surging towards the front of the suddenly diminished front group. “I guess I was more in the front because I ...

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Why Mitchelton-BikeExchange has sharpened its focus on China

If you’ve followed bike racing for any length of time, you will be well familiar with the Mitchelton-Scott men’s and women’s teams. But there’s another Mitchelton-backed team you might less familiar with. Mitchelton-BikeExchange is a Chinese-based development team that’s also part of the GreenEdge stable but one that enjoys far less of the spotlight. As … The post Why Mitchelton-BikeExchange has sharpened its focus on China appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cadel’s Race support event moves from Melbourne to Torquay

Supported by The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race weekend will start in the seaside town of Torquay in 2020 after a three-year stint at Melbourne’s Albert Park. The Towards Zero Race Melbourne criterium will become Towards Zero Race Torquay and, like Race Melbourne, the new event will take place on the Thursday before the women’s and … The post Cadel’s Race support event moves from Melbourne to Torquay appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of Britain 2019 to start in Scotland

Tour of Britain 2019 to start in Scotland

Joseph Delves 13 May 2019 Stage 1 from Glasgow to Dumfries and Galloway will take place Saturday 7th September The first stage of the 2019 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain will roll out from Glasgow on Saturday 7th September. Kicking off Britain's national tour, the inaugural stage will begin in George Square in Glasgow and finish in Dumfries and Galloway. Leaving from the heart of Scotland’s largest city, it will give a huge number of people the opportunity to see the race get underway. A regular visitor to Glasgow, this will be the sixth occasion the city has hosted the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain. Most recently there in 2016, on that occasion Andre Greipel won what was also the race’s opening stage. Equally blessed with scenery, Dumfries and Galloway has been an even more regular haunt for the race, hosting stages on nine previous occasions. The move comes on ...

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Tour of Britain 2019 to start in Scotland

Tour of Britain 2019 to start in Scotland

Joseph Delves 13 May 2019 Stage 1 from Glasgow to Dumfries and Galloway will take place Saturday 7th September The first stage of the 2019 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain will roll out from Glasgow on Saturday 7th September. Kicking off Britain's national tour, the inaugural stage will begin in George Square in Glasgow and finish in Dumfries and Galloway. Leaving from the heart of Scotland’s largest city, it will give a huge number of people the opportunity to see the race get underway. A regular visitor to Glasgow, this will be the sixth occasion the city has hosted the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain. Most recently there in 2016, on that occasion Andre Greipel won what was also the race’s opening stage. Equally blessed with scenery, Dumfries and Galloway has been an even more regular haunt for the race, hosting stages on nine previous occasions. The move comes on ...

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Sagan makes a fast start at the Amgen Tour of California

Sagan makes a fast start at the Amgen Tour of California

Three-time world road champion Peter Sagan got his 2019 season back on track with a sprint victory on Tour of California opener.

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Fast start for Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California

Fast start for Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California

Three-time world road champion Peter Sagan got his 2019 season back on track with a sprint victory on Tour of California opener.

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Unzue: Landa is in best pre-Grand Tour shape ever

Mikel Landa waits for the start

The Movistar team are adamant that Mikel Landa ’s rollercoaster career can now take an upturn once again in the Giro d’Italia , the race where Landa staged his breakthrough as a Grand Tour racer back in 2015. Longstanding manager Eusebio Unzue insisted in Movistar’s pre-race press conference on Friday that Landa was in the best ever form he’s seen him prior to a Grand Tour. The Giro d’Italia has been something of a microcosm of Landa's complex Grand Tour experiences In 2015, he took third overall and back-to-back stages, and often looked as if he could topple Alberto Contador from the leader’s spot, had he not been hamstrung by internal team politics in Astana. Then in what became his trademark 'yo-yo' style as misfortune set in, in 2016, having abandoned ill mid-Giro in a sudden downturn of his physical condition, in 2017 he crashed badly on the Blockhaus stage ...

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Apple Watch Series 4 review

James Spender Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11:47 The Apple Watch Series 4 should be seriously considered by cyclists 4.0 / 5 £399 (GPS), £499 (GPS + Cellular) Reviewing an Apple Watch is a bit like trying to review a whole house, room by room, with reference to what you can do in each room whilst also considering the multitude of different furniture you could put in each room. This vast task is namely because an Apple Watch – even the earliest series – is an insanely powerful device for it’s size, eminently adaptable to a range of tasks via a plethora of downloadable apps and hence really only a few steps away from an iPhone. It shares the same iOS DNA as an iPhone, and as such is only really happy working alongside it, although people who really want a Watch but don’t have an iPhone can get some ...

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