Vanmarcke willing to gamble and ready to sprint at Tour of Flanders

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac) waves to his infant daughter from the podium at Omloop Het

Can Sep Vanmarcke win the Tour of Flanders ? Maybe the question should be 'how can Sep Vanmarcke win the Tour of Flanders?'. It doesn't require the keenest of eyes to see the EF Education First-Drapac rider's strength on the cobbles, but what's more difficult to envisage is a situation in which he wins De Ronde on Sunday. That's largely due to the Belgian's sprint, with which he has a poor track record. Twice at Paris-Roubaix and once at the Tour of Flanders he has missed out on victory in a small group sprint, and it has happened at other smaller races, too. With Vanmarcke, you get the sense that if he's going to win, it would have to be alone, and for that to happen many stars would have to align. Vanmarcke, however, defended his sprint in his pre-Flanders press conference on Friday, where it was announced he'd signed ...

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Degenkolb shortens cranks, changes bar for cobbles

Degenkolb shortens cranks, changes bar for cobbles

Former Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb is lining up for the Tour of Flanders on a custom bike that has been modified in a few unusual ways. Laser-etched graphics on brand new wheels, and cranks shortened after gebioMized testing on the cobbles highlight the uniqueness of his Trek Madone. Bontrager claims best-in-class drag, stability and weight for new Aeolus XXX wheels Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 review Check out Trek's new Project One paint schemes geobioMized on the cobbles Trek-Segafredo technical director Matt Shriver worked with German biometric company geobioMized to test a variety of product and positions with his riders over the winter, measuring pressure on their saddles and under their feet. Riding on pavement and cobbles, the team tested various types of frames, handlebars, wheels and positions. One takeaway for Degenkolb was a shift from 172.5mm cranks to 170mm cranks for the cobbled classics. "Degenkolb tends to shift his pelvis ...

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Wild to lead Wiggle High5 at Tour of Flanders in Longo Borghini's absence

Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5)

Former Tour of Flanders champion Elisa Longo Borghini has been sidelined due to illness but Wiggle High5 will line up in Oudenaarde on Sunday with a strong team that includes three-time podium finisher Kirsten Wild . Wild placed third in 2008, second in 2009 and third again in 2010 editions of the Tour of Flanders. Although the parcours has changed in both length and difficulty since then, she is still a contender for victory. Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) won last year's race in a reduced bunch sprint, which was the largest number of riders to come to the line together since Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won in 2009. This year's race is 151km and includes five cobbled sectors and 11 climbs before the 13km run-in to the finish line in Oudenaarde. The course is a near replica of last year's route with changes made to the first set of hills. This will give ...

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New Bontrager Aeolus XXX aero wheels focus on stability, weight, and braking

Bontrager Aeolus XXX wheels

Bontrager introduced its current range of Aeolus D3 carbon fiber aero road wheels back in 2011, and given the normally frenetic pace of change at this pointy end of the market, that seems like a lifetime ago. However, aerodynamic road wheel development had already grown very mature by that time, and it’s perhaps more a … The post New Bontrager Aeolus XXX aero wheels focus on stability, weight, and braking appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bontrager claims best-in-class drag, stability and weight for new Aeolus XXX wheels

Bontrager claims best-in-class drag, stability and weight for new Aeolus XXX wheels

Bontrager’s new Aeolus XXX wheels are faster and more stable than comparable models from Zipp and ENVE, the Wisconsin company claims. Trek and Bontrager engineers spent more than two years on the project, incorporating FEA, CFD, optimization software, wind-tunnel work and feedback from pro riders. Some 10,000 potential rim shapes were analyzed, the company claims. By melding engineering work with real-world analysis — like having test riders flag points in rides where they felt unstable and crosschecking that against wind and side-force data — Bontrager claims it now has the best all-around wheels you can buy. Building on the Aeolus D3 wheels launched in 2011, Bontrager spent two years developing the latest Aeolus XXX line of aero wheels that come in 20mm, 40mm and 60mm rim profiles. The wheels have a whopping 21mm internal-rim width and 27mm or 28mm external brake-track widths but a more pointed shape than the snub-nosed ...

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Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 review

Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 review

Can deep wheels be fast and not sketchy in high winds? Bontrager engineers set out to achieve a low-drag, low-side-force aero wheel, and have largely achieved that in the new Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6. The 60mm rim is super-wide at the brake track — 28mm, in fact — but tapers down to more of a pointed rim bed than other stable-in-crosswind aero wheels like the Zipp NSW that have snub-nosed spoke beds. Bontrager also added a new laser-etched brake track for the Aeolus XXX line, which also has less deep rim versions in the 2 (28mm) and 4 (47mm), as well as disc-brake and tubular options for all rim heights. Side pressure, but without the sudden jerks After riding the wheels on a number of blustery Colorado days, I can say the wheels handle calmly for such deep aero hoops. On days with 20-30mph steady winds and higher gusts, I ...

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Cycling nutrition: how to pack a clean lunch

Cycling nutrition: how to pack a clean lunch

BikesEtc 30 Mar 2018 5 quick and easy solutions for ensuring your lunch only contains good stuff Clean eating may sound like the latest diet fad, but it’s really just a phrase that means avoiding eating processed convenience foods, and sticking to healthier wholefood options. Why? Because you will know exactly what it is that you’re putting in your body and won’t be unwittingly hoovering up hidden fats, sugars and salt that typically lurk in cellophane-wrapped meals. If you’re time-poor but understand how important nutrition is for successful cycling, try these top tips to ensure any weekday packed lunch you prepare is as tasty as it is good for you… See related Cycling nutrition: A quick guide to carb loading First look review: Science in Sport launches new Energy+Immune gel range Cyclist Track Days 2018: Your chance to ride the world's best bikes, tickets on sale now Pick ‘n’ Mix ...

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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

This week on BikeRadar we've rounded up the latest and greatest cycling GPS units , looked at some new power meter pedals from SRM and launched a bike repair app in association with Haynes . Jack, Joe and Reuben show us how not to ride a winter 24-hour MTB race , while Ben and Josh have been double-wrapping their handlebars as they head off to Belgium this weekend for the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris-Roubaix. But today is Friday and also Easter weekend, which means the majority of you have hopefully got today off work to go ride your bikes, spend time with your families and/or eat unhealthy amounts of chocolate. Regardless of your activity choice, we have put together the hottest products that have landed here at BikeRadar HQ this week for your perusal. Best hybrid bikes for 2018: a buyer's guide to find what you need Gravel ...

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Ride like Taylor Phinney

BikesEtc 29 Mar 2018 The likeable American time-trial specialist with a never-say-die attitude If anyone was born to ride a bike, it’s Taylor Phinney, the son of Davis Phinney, the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France, and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, who won gold in the Road Race at the 1984 Olympics. Following in his parents’ tyre tracks, Taylor made an impact at an early age, with numerous world titles on both track and road at under-23 level. A rider of immense power and indefatigable endurance, he is a natural against the clock, winning the US National Time Trial title three times. He has also shown his all-round ability with overall victory at the Dubai Tour stage race, but his career was nearly ended in 2014 when a serious crash at the US National Championships shattered his left leg. See related Tour of Flanders 2018: Route, start ...

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UK sportive preview: West Riding Classic

BikesEtc 29 Mar 2018 An old-school sportive in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales When: 28th April 2018 Where: Clapham, North Yorkshire Distances: 120km/95km/50km Cost: £26 Website: theopenwheel.com What is the West Riding Classic? A beautiful ride following quiet roads through some classic Yorkshire Dales scenery, such as Kingsdale, Dent, Ribblehead, Malham and Settle, with something for everyone from newbies to seasoned sportive riders. The West Riding Classic is very much an old-school sportive – don’t expect electronic chip timing, instead the focus is on the old-fashioned hospitality with riders issued cards to clock in and out at control points on the route. In place of high-energy gels at feed stations, you can expect to find ‘delicious home-cooked food and old-fashioned comradery’. Prices are old school too, with a flat-rate entry fee of £26 for all routes making it excellent value. See related How to get the most from Zwift Turbo time: ...

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How to make your Bank Holiday ride like the Tour of Flanders

Joe Robinson 29 Mar 2018 Five tips on how to emulate the Classics men this Bank Holiday Weekend This weekend means only one thing for cycling fans: the Tour of Flanders . The second Monument of the year takes place on Sunday, with the men's race broadcast in full and the women's in part. Of course this weekend is also Easter, meaning that most of us will be enjoying a four-day weekend, with both Friday and Monday off. The combination of four days out of the office with what promises to be one of the best days of racing in the cycling calendar will no doubt give many of us the motivation to try and emulate the exploits of the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) on our own weekend rides. So when you head out to the lanes this weekend how about trying to ...

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Collecting dreams with NFU Mutual

Cyclist magazine 29 Mar 2018 From one-off prototypes to high-end machines, collector Mark Allen has it all, and insurance broker NFU Mutual knows how to look after it This feature was produced in association with NFU Mutual ‘I do have mad months where I spend more than I should,’ says Mark Allen. ‘It’s all for my little boy really, my collection is an investment for him. ‘But I love it too, I love tracking the bikes down, restoring them and polishing them up. Beats putting money in the bank.’ Allen is one of those people who ‘has always been into bikes’. He raced mountain and road bikes to a high national level in his youth, which goes some way to explaining his vast collection of both classic mountain bikes and road bikes, with a particular emphasis on time-trial, his preferred road discipline. ‘I reckon I’ve got 85, 86 bikes at ...

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Buyer's guide: best folding bikes for commuting

David Kenning 29 Mar 2018 We put four practical commuter machines with a sporty, high-performance edge through their paces If your daily commute is long enough to require a train ride, a folding bike is a godsend, providing a quick and easy means to cover the last few miles at either end of the journey. But being used to riding fast, lightweight machines at weekends, we’re not going to settle for gas-pipe clunkers for our ride to work. So for our test, we looked for bikes that would not only offer the convenience of foldability but that would also be fun to ride and speedy with it. See related Alejandro Valverde decides against the Tour of Flanders Buyer's guide: Best cycling commuter bags Cyclist Track Days 2018: Your chance to ride the world's best bikes, tickets on sale now All four bikes take a different approach to solving this conundrum. ...

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Strade Bianche: the making of a Monument

Strade Bianche: the making of a Monument

Felix Lowe 29 Mar 2018 Felix Lowe asks whether Strade Bianche, at just 12 years old, is already a Monument in everything but name Have you heard the one about the gran fondo that was so popular it spawned a pro race so popular it reached legendary status within a decade? These things usually happen in reverse, and in slow motion. It took a full century for those monoliths of cobbled cruelty, Roubaix and Flanders, to be spun off into sportives. But there’s nothing usual about Strade Bianche. Piggybacking on the retro wool ’n’ vintage bike craze of the Eroica gran fondo, Strade Bianche is a festival of nostalgia – even if the thoroughly recent Fabian Cancellara has won it more times than anyone else with his successes in 2008, 2012 and 2016. See related Strade Bianche 2018: Tiesj Benoot unmatched as he leaves all rivals behind Strade Bianche 2018: ...

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Bob Stapleton Q&A: Former HTC manager details fight against hidden motors

UCI management commitee member Bob Stapleton

Supported by As the president of the UCI’s commission for the fight against technological fraud, Bob Stapleton has a vital role in providing credibility about results. However it’s not the first time he has been in such a position: following the 2006 Operacion Puerto scandal and the implication of riders such as Jan Ullrich and Oscar Sevilla, … The post Bob Stapleton Q&A;: Former HTC manager details fight against hidden motors appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tern Verge X18 folding bike review

David Kenning Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 15:05 Fast and lively to ride, with eye-catching deep-profile wheels, but a little unwieldy when folded up 4.3 / 5 £2,100 Founded in 2011, Tern now makes a huge range of folding bikes covering the transport needs of all kinds of cyclists, whether that’s getting around town or heading off on a fully loaded touring adventure. The company also makes some fairly swanky e-bikes for those who need a boost on their ride to work. For our test, we looked at the Verge ‘urban performance’ range, designed to be fast and efficient on the road, whether that’s a sprint across town or on the daily multi-modal commute. While five of the models in the six-bike range come with flat bars, it was the drop bars of the Verge X18 that caught our eye. But would the ride match its distinctive looks? See related ...

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Watch: Nibali grinds up World Championships climb

Watch: Nibali grinds up World Championships climb

Joe Robinson 28 Mar 2018 In week before Flanders debut Nibali heads to Austria for a vital recon In the week leading up to his Tour of Flanders debut, you would expect Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) to be either honing his cobble riding abilities at Dwars door Vlaanderen or resting up for a big weekend ahead. Instead, what the recently crowned Milan-San Remo champion has actually been doing is joining his Italian teammates in a recon of the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck despite it being six months away. Captured on film by Italian team manager Davide Cassani, Nibali was joined by Alessandro De Marchi and Bahrain-Merida teammate Franco Pellizotti as they took to the hills of Austria in order to prepare for a course that has been tipped as one of the most mountainous World Championship courses of all time . See related World Championships 2018: Road race to tackle ...

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Alejandro Valverde decides against the Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde decides against the Tour of Flanders

Jack Elton-Walters 28 Mar 2018 Spanish rider hinted at participation in the Tour of Flanders but now looks unlikely Despite an impressive ride at yesterday's Dwars door Vlaanderen, Alejandro Valverde has decided not to ride Sunday's Tour of Flanders. This will come as a disappointment to the neutrals who would have been hoping the veteran Spaniard would have been tempted into riding the Belgian Monument after finishing 11th at a wet Dwars door Vlaanderen. The 37-year old was even on the attack, nipping off of the front on the Kruisberg with eventual winner Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors). However, it now appears that Valverde will not take part in Flanders this Sunday, instead racing the GP Miguel Indurain on Saturday before returning to the Netherlands and Belgium for the Ardennes Classics in late April. Valverde's presence on the start list of Dwars was mostly as cobbles training for Stage 9 of ...

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Alejandro Valverde hints at riding the Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde hints at riding the Tour of Flanders

Jack Elton-Walters 28 Mar 2018 Spanish rider hints at participation in the Tour of Flanders in interview with Belgian press Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is in Belgium to ride Dwars door Vlaanderen, the mid-week warm-up race for the Tour of Flanders, which takes place this Sunday. His presence on the start list of Dwars is mostly as cobbles training for Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France , which will take on 15 secteurs between Arras and Roubaix. In an interview with Sporza , the veteran rider spoke of his aims for Dwars door Vlaanderen, saying, 'I am here for the Tour stage, but I am also ambitious. I am a very competitive rider and wherever I go I want to do well.' However, he also hinted at getting more out of his visit to the Flemish region. 'Sunday in De Ronde? It is not 100 percent excluded,' he told ...

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Inside a man’s world: new Director General hopes to change the way the UCI looks

Three UCI leaders

Our Movers and Shakers series features Q&As; with women trail blazers in the sport and industry of cycling. These are women who often go unnoticed but make the world of (women’s) cycling go round. The women we write about in this series include team owners, key industry players, race organisers, cycling advocates, journalists, inventors, designers, … The post Inside a man’s world: new Director General hopes to change the way the UCI looks appeared first on CyclingTips .

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