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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Peter Sagan: I was too far back on the final sector of cobbles

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) floats over the cobbles

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) was a top pick for the win on the pavé on Sunday's cobbled ninth stage of the Tour de France , but only finished fifth, 19 seconds down on winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). The world champion started the final sector of pavé too far back, he said, and then "it was too late to chase". What happened when Degenkolb, yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Quick-Step's Yves Lampaert got away on the final section of cobblestones? "What happened is that they just dropped everybody," Sagan told Cyclingnews , and laughed. "No, well, I didn't go because I was too far back in the group on the last sector of cobbles, and so when they went, it was really hard to get back up to the front, and by then it was too late to chase. I tried to chase them, but without anyone ...

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Cobbles cause chaos at the Tour de France but GC battle remains perfectly poised

Chris Froome (Team Sky) had one crash but came away unharmed in the Roubaix stage

The medical bulletin issued after stage 9 of the Tour de France included a long list of riders who were injured on the cobbles and roads of northern France, but offered little detail of the enormous physical battering the riders endured on the 15 sectors of cobbles that so shaped the stage and brought so much drama. The faces of the riders offered far more detail, revealing the inner pain and suffering sparked by the cobbled farm tracks of northern France. The riders really were the forçats de la route – the convicts of the road – as French journalist Albert Londres once famously described the Tour de France riders, as the Tour put on a sadistic Grand Tour freak show on Sunday, forcing the overall contenders to fight for wheels and try to simply find a safe passage to the finish. The Grand Tour flyweights had to fight with ...

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Tour de France: Unbreakable Degenkolb wins Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

After winning the first Tour de France stage of his career over the cobbles of Roubaix, John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) more than earned the title of Zwift Rider of the Day. It's the German's first WorldTour win since the 2015 season, completing his return from the horrific training crash that saw him and five teammates hospitalised in January 2016. Degenkolb rode away along with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) on the 14th sector out of 16 at Camphin-en-Pévèle, 18km from the finish. It was an elite group with two former Paris-Roubaix winners that quickly built an insurmountable lead, with the GC-focused chase group more concerned about the riders behind than chasing down the three cobble specialists. Despite getting to the head of the race, virtually guaranteed of a podium spot for the day, there would still be a lot of work for Degenkolb to do. ...

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Veltec Speed AL review

Veltec Speed AL review

Veltec is a German wheel builder, established in 1995 but is a relative newcomer to the UK. The Speed AL is the company’s budget aero model, intended to appeal to riders looking for a winter/training wheelset or a worthy upgrade to an entry-level bike. The all-black, stealthy-looking Speed AL wheels are hand-built in Germany using 42mm-deep section, tubeless-ready, aluminium clincher rims (18mm internal rim width, 22mm external). They’re laced onto Veltec 818RS hubs, which feature fully sealed bearings, with Sapim CX Sprint Aero stainless-steel bladed spokes. The front wheel gets 20 radially laced spokes, while the rear has 24 cross-laced ones to provide a good balance between strength and weight. The wheelset weighs 1,810g (without skewers), which is respectable considering the price and performance. Their all-black finish looks great when first fitted to a bike. Sadly, as with all anodised brake tracks, they’re soon scrubbed back to the bare aluminium ...

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Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jul 2018 What a day at the 2018 Tour de France as the race took on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France after escaping with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Yves Lampaert ( Quick-Step Floors ), who followed him over the line in second and third respectively. Under the flamme rouge, the trio began to play cat and mouse, knowing their advantage over the chasers was plenty. Degenkolb sprinted first, the others couldn't come past and the stage was his. The result increases Van Averamet's overall lead in the yellow jersey, although he'll be hard pushed to keep it once the race hits the mountains after Monday's rest day. The race was a fantastic spectacle for fans but will have taken its toll on every rider who took part. Crashes and mechanicals were many, ...

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Vincenzo Nibali hoping to repeat his Roubaix cobbles attack of 2014 Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali built his 2014 Tour de France victory on a strong ride on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and is quietly hoping for a similar day of grace so that he can gain chunks of time on his overall rivals in this year's race. Nibali's younger brother Antonio took his first win as professional rider at the Tour of Austria, wearing race number 13 on Friday the 13th. Nibali is number 51 – the legendary number so often worn by Eddy Merckx and other Grand Tour winners. "I hope I can continue the family winning streak on Sunday, but it won't be easy. Bike racing is never predictable or logical, and cares little about families," Nibali told Cyclingnews . "Our first goal is to race well, to not lose time and to be at the head of the race. For sure, the stage is going to be a tough day ...

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Get the right gear: 11 things you need

Get the right gear: 11 things you need

You've got the bike, but what about the rest? If you want to get the most out of cycling and keep you and your bike protected as you go, you might want to think about investing in the following: Best road bikes 2018: how to choose the right one for you Best bike helmets: a buyer's guide to help you find what's right for you UK readers: can you help us get more people on bikes? Whether you’re a keen cyclist or a complete beginner, we’d love you to get involved in our Get Britain Riding campaign, in association with B’Twin. Click here to sign up! 01. Helmet Helmets can help protect you in the event of unfortunate accidents or collisions. Plus, you might find that if you wear one and follow sensible precautions on the road, you’ll feel more reassured about your safety on the bike. This means you ...

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Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour

Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour

Mark Cavendish is quickly running out of time to equal Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage win record. Read the full article at Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour on VeloNews.com .

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Avancini takes Brazil's first MTB World Cup win in Vallnord

Men on start loop

Brazil's Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory) defeated Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), to win the fourth round of the XCC short track series at the Mountain Bike World Cup. With his success, Avancini became the first Brazilian to win a Mountain Bike World Cup in any discipline. World Cup leader Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM), Van der Poel and Round 2 XCC winner Sam Gaze (Specialized) took the early lead, with Avancini bridging up and moving into the lead on the second lap of the eight-lap race. Avancini stayed at or near the front for the rest of the race, marked by Van der Poel, Schurter and Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Torpado Gabogas). He then rode them off his wheel on the final climb, holding on to win by a bike’s length despite a late charge by Van der Poel, with Kerschbaumer taking third. "It's amazing to win," said Avancini. "To win the short track ...

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Keller wins short track in Vallnord

Women prepare to start

Round 4 of the XCC short track series at the Mountain Bike World Cup saw a new winner in the women's race for the first time in Vallnord, Andorra, with Alessandra Keller (Thomus-RN Racing) defeating Annika Langvad (Specialized), winner of the first three rounds. The 930-metre circuit featured one climb, but lots of narrow twisting turns that hindered passing. Of equal concern was the 2,000 metres of altitude that would tax riders in this 20 minute event. Langvad was the favourite after winning all previous events. However, a crash and wrist injury at the Val di Sole World Cup a week earlier made her a bit of a question mark. World Cup leader and world champion Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) took the lead in the early laps, closely followed by Keller and Langvad. Neff faltered on the climb on the penultimate sixth lap, and both Keller and Langvad went by ...

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Preview: USA CRITS heads west to Boise

Despite the presence of the UCI 1.2 Chrono Kristin Armstrong individual time trial, the highlight of the three-day festival of racing in Boise, Idaho, will most certainly be Saturday night’s ASWB Twilight Criterium, the sixth race in the 11-race USA CRITS series. The 2018 race is the 32nd year of criterium racing in downtown Boise, … The post Preview: USA CRITS heads west to Boise appeared first on CyclingTips .

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11spd: This week's best bike gear

11spd: This week's best bike gear

It's Friday and you know what that means — it's time for your weekly update of the hottest kit to arrive at our desks at BikeRadar towers! We've also been in Germany at Eurobike where we presented our exclusive first look at Rotor's possibly game-changing 13-speed modular groupset , oggled some fancy 3D-printed parts from Reynolds and scoffed many a schnitzel. Eurobike 2018: latest news and show highlights Faster than any chain: CeramicSpeed DrivEn So without further ado, sit back, grab yourself a tea (or delicious glass of Long-Island iced tea) and feast your eyes upon this Friday's cycling-based goodness. Specialized SWAT Conceal Carry Tool If you’re tired of lugging around a multi-tool in your jersey or trail pack then Specialized’s SWAT Conceal Carry Tool could be the answer. This neat design conceals an emergency multi-tool and chain breaker inside the steerer tube of your fork (although it needs to ...

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The Australian Tour debutants having a ball

The Australian Tour debutants having a ball

A 36-year-old Tour debutant? And a 26-year-old track world champion who's already completed four grand tours but not started a Tour de France before? The two Aussie debutants lining up for the Tour this year may be at different points in their careers, but both face the difficult task of protecting their team leaders for the next three weeks.

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Birzman Maha Push and Twist II Floor pump

Wind resistance in the peloton

Very nicely made track pump that has the performance to match its looks 8/10

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Calibre Bossnut V2 Ladies mountain bike review

Calibre Bossnut V2 Ladies mountain bike review

Distributed exclusively by UK-based outdoors retailer Go Outdoors, the Calibre Bossnut Ladies V2 provides a ride that is as fun and capable as a bike that's twice the price. In fact, this is a fun and exceptionally capable ride regardless of the cost. Best women's mountain bikes for 2018 Best women's road bikes for 2018: 9 of the best Women's cycling news, reviews, advice and more on BikeRadar Women While the Bossnut Ladies (and its male-focused equivalent ) are technically listed as £1,300, they are available for £999 after purchasing a £5 Go Outdoors membership. For that kind of money, you're getting very good value in terms of spec. Go Outdoors also ships internationally to a huge range of countries including the US and Australia from £9.95 for a parcel under 30kg and 1.5m in length, and from £22.95 for a parcel between 30kg and 50kg and longer than 1.5m, ...

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Calibre Bossnut V2 Ladies mountain bike review

Calibre Bossnut V2 Ladies mountain bike review

Distributed exclusively by UK-based outdoors retailer Go Outdoors, the Calibre Bossnut Ladies V2 provides a ride that is as fun and capable as a bike that's twice the price. In fact, this is a fun and exceptionally capable ride regardless of the cost. Best women's mountain bikes for 2018 Best women's road bikes for 2018: 9 of the best Women's cycling news, reviews, advice and more on BikeRadar Women While the Bossnut Ladies (and its male-focused equivalent ) are technically listed as £1,300, they are available for £999 after purchasing a £5 Go Outdoors membership. For that kind of money, you're getting very good value in terms of spec. Go Outdoors also ships internationally to a huge range of countries including the US and Australia from £9.95 for a parcel under 30kg and 1.5m in length, and from £22.95 for a parcel between 30kg and 50kg and longer than 1.5m, ...

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Behind the data that is driving Lawson Craddock at the Tour

Take a deep dive into Lawson Craddock's physiological data from the Tour de France — recovery, sleep, and strain. Read the full article at Behind the data that is driving Lawson Craddock at the Tour on VeloNews.com .

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The Dirt: What it’s like to be a pro e-MTB rider; World Cup roundup

Kate Courtney

This week's roundup includes an interesting interview with a professional mountain bike rider who races on an e-bike. Read the full article at The Dirt: What it’s like to be a pro e-MTB rider; World Cup roundup on VeloNews.com .

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