BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB?

BMC URS TWO Unrestricted 2020 gravel bike

It wasn’t long ago that we thought of gravel as a fringe discipline of road cycling, a discipline where niche brands like Salsa Cycles had a near monopoly. Now you’ll be hard pressed to find a single global bike brand that doesn’t have a bike dedicated to gravel. BMC only recently dipped its toes into … The post BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France sprint victory brings joy and relief for Viviani

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 4 at the Tour de France

Elia Viviani was in a state of pure joy and huge relief in the seconds after winning the Tour de France sprint in Nancy, the pressure to win for Deceuninck-QuickStep falling away and the conviction that he is one of the world's best sprinters confirmed yet again. Viviani had won 73 races before the high-speed sprint into Nancy and an Olympic gold medal on the track in Rio, yet he had still to win a sprint at the Tour de France. He accepted he made a mistake in the opening sprint in Brussels by losing the wheel of his lead-out train in the hectic finale but made sure he didn't make the same mistake on Tuesday. "A Tour stage was the only win I was missing, now I've got it," Viviani said happily. "I had a Giro win and one in the Vuelta, so this was the big goal of ...

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Neff, Avancini takes short track wins in Andorra

Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory Racing XC) wins

After a six week break, the Mountain Bike World Cup resumed on Friday in Vallnord, Andorra, with the XCC (Short Track). While the XCC is always an intense effort, Vallnord is particularly hard, with the 2000 metre altitude making this the highest World Cup of the season. Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) finally won the first XCC of her career, outkicking Alessandra Keller (Thomus RN) and world champion and World Cup leader Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM). Keller, the defending XCC winner in Andorra, is in her first World Cup of the season, coming back from injury. A large group were still together at the start of the last lap, when Ramona Forchini (JB Brunex Felt) attacked. Keller countered, and was only caught in the final half lap. Over the final steep bridge, Neff attacked and held on for the win. In the overall standings, Courtney still leads Neff, with Rebecca McConnell (Primaflora ...

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Vitus Substance CRX

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A really good all-rounder that works just as well on the commute as it does off the beaten track 8/10

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Meet the Team Alpecin riders training to take on L’Etape du Tour 2019

Team Alpecin 2019

We welcome the class of 2019 aiming to conquer L’Etape du Tour with Alpecin

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Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France

Pressure. The Tour de France presses down on everyone, but even more so if you have something to prove. From established veterans needing to prove they’ve still got the fire to riders making long-awaited Tour debuts, there are plenty of big names that head into this Tour de France with something to prove, for one … The post Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jack Bobridge jailed for more than four years for dealing ecstasy

Supported by Two-time Australian road champion Jack Bobridge has been jailed for more than four years after being found guilty of dealing ecstasy in Perth. The 29-year-old, who won two Olympic silver medals on the track, was convicted on four charges of supplying a total of 301 ecstasy pills to fellow former racer Alex McGregor between March … The post Jack Bobridge jailed for more than four years for dealing ecstasy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trek-Segafredo show off new white jersey design at Tour de France teams presentation

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) at the team presentation at the Tour de France

After Bora-Hansgrohe revealed their special white and green jerseys for this year's Tour de France , and Lotto Soudal announced their slightly changed Soudal Lotto jerseys, Trek-Segafredo displayed their one-off white jerseys at the Tour teams presentation in Brussels on Thursday. As a number of other teams have in the past, Trek-Segafredo have opted for a predominantly white design for their riders to wear during the heat of July's race. While the team's all-black shorts remain unchanged, kit manufacturer Santini are also providing the team with special white-and-red track mitts and cotton caps to complete the look, with the replica kit also being made available for the public to buy. "Competing in the Tour de France is always special for any athlete, but being part of a team as tight-knit as ours makes it even more so," team leader and GC hopeful Richie Porte said in a press release. "I ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep hungry to continue winning streak at Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe is the team's star rider

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team have won 46 races so far this season and are hungry to continue their winning streak at the Tour de France , targeting the opening stage - and with it the first race leader's yellow jersey - on Saturday through Elia Viviani and also Sunday’s team time trial. Both stages take place in Brussels, and if the Belgian team can win on home roads, they hope the momentum will help Julian Alaphilippe win other stages and inspire Enric Mas to perform well in the general classification. Team manager Patrick Lefevere is always hungry for success but also knows how to avoid putting hid riders under too much pressure. "I’ll be happy if we keep winning. We're ambitious, especially for the opening stages. We've also got Enric for the GC in his first Tour and let's have some fun with Julian Alaphilippe like last year," Lefevere said on ...

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How to pick the best Tour de France fantasy team

Supported by Tips and tricks for picking a fantasy Tour team that will leave your friends in the dust The post How to pick the best Tour de France fantasy team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to watch the Tour de France 2019 live

The Tour de France 2018 will be here from 7 to 29 July

Our complete guide to this year's Tour de France coverage

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Renshaw to retire at the end of the season

Mark Renshaw is one of numerous Australian's to have led the Tour Down Under

Mark Renshaw will retire from professional cycling at the end of this season, bringing the curtain down on a career that began in 2004. The Australian made the announcement on Thursday morning in a statement on the Dimension Data website. “After 16 years, I’m proud to announce that 2019 will be my final year as a professional road cyclist,” wrote Renshaw , who will turn 37 in October. “I know it’s the right time to step away from racing, my body and mind won’t allow me to perform and compete to the level that’s required for a race like the Tour de France. I am very fortunate to be able to make the decision to finish this chapter of my life on my terms, and I’m hugely excited about my future ventures.” A product of the Australian track programme, Renshaw turned professional on the road with FDJeux.com in 2004 before ...

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Mark Renshaw announces retirement from cycling

Supported by Mark Renshaw has announced his retirement from pro cycling via a personal statement posted on his team’s website. The 36 year old Australian who has raced professionally since 2004 with a successful career is best known as a trusty lead-out man for Mark Cavendish during his heyday: “After 16 years, I’m proud to announce that … The post Mark Renshaw announces retirement from cycling appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa

While the best riders in the men’s peloton are currently readying themselves for the Tour de France, the best in the women’s peloton are doing likewise for the Giro Rosa. The “Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile” is the biggest and most prestigious race on the Women’s WorldTour and it’s just around the corner. Ahead of the … The post Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on

Cycling, famously, is a sport of stars and water-carriers. The stars win; the water-carriers never do. But the history of cycling is written in those rare, fleeting moments when an unknown name attempts to steal victory from an established hero. Those moments are unlikely and rarely fruitful, but they define the sport just as much … The post The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France

Two of the most successful riders in professional cycling are headed to the Tour de France flying under the radar. My advice: Don’t sleep on Vincenzo Nibali or Alejandro Valverde as GC threats. While most lists of pre-race favorites look to Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, and Richie Porte, there’s exactly one … The post The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Why you should have cameras mounted to your bike

It was 7am on a Sunday. The sun was starting to shine through the morning mist and the city was still and silent. It was just me and my mate doing our regular Sunday ride through the quiet Melbourne suburbs. Then, suddenly, I heard a loud noise and felt a car come within inches of … The post Why you should have cameras mounted to your bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Outer Line: The UCI’s new track cycling model is a step backwards

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The UCI's new reforms to track racing leave no room for sponsor-backed trade teams Read the full article at The Outer Line: The UCI’s new track cycling model is a step backwards on VeloNews.com .

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First ride review: Open WI.DE. gravel bike

Peter Stuart Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 15:41 Open has continued to push the boundaries of road bike design, and the Wi.DE truly breaks the rules, and has fun doing it 4.5 / 5 £2,870 (frameset only) The Open WI.DE. is yet another step in Cervelo co-founder Gerard Vroomen ’s campaign to redefine the road bike, and there’s no doubt that his latest iteration pushes the boundaries between genres further than ever before. There’s a huge amount to discuss about Open’s frames, and our review of the Open UP explains much of the premise. Crucially, Vroomen set out to design a bike that handled the same whether it was mounted with a 28mm road tyre on a 700c wheel or a 2.1” mountain bike tyre on a smaller diameter 650B wheel. Versatility was the key aim, and it clearly worked. The iconic dropped chainstay design was highly successful, and has ...

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Vintage steel, African desert: Inside the weird and wonderful Tour of Ara

Named after the Southern Hemisphere constellation of Ara, the Tour of Ara was a race ridden on pre-1999 South African-built steel racing bicycles in the proud tradition of the early Italian multi-day stage races. Held between 2014 and 2018, the six-day Tour followed a tough dirt-road route through the beautiful but harsh semi-desert of South … The post Vintage steel, African desert: Inside the weird and wonderful Tour of Ara appeared first on CyclingTips .

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