Raim continues comeback with win in Japan - News Shorts

Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) wins stage 4 at the Tour of Japan

Estonian sprinter Mihkel Räim ( Israel Cycling Academy ) put an exclamation point on his recovery from the broken scaphoid he suffered at Colombia Oro Y Paz in February, adding his second win of the season during stage 4 at the Tour of Japan on Wednesday. Räim had to overcome both the broken bone and the disappointment of missing out on an opportunity to start his first Grand Tour as Israel Cycling Academy gained a wildcard entry to the Giro d'Italia . The Pro Continental team's most prolific winner with10 UCI wins over three years, Räim broke his wrist in a crash during stage 3 of the Colombian 2.HC race and was out of competition for two months. The injury caused him to miss the important early part of the season when riders were proving their mettle to make the Giro roster. "Kjell [Carlström, team manager] and the sports directors ...

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Dempster ready for Giro d'Italia debut

Zak Dempster (Israel Cycling Academy) competes in the Herald Sun Tour earlier this year

Zak Dempster is ready to make his Giro d'Italia debut next week in Jerusalem with the Israel Cycling Academ y after a tight team selection that saw 12 riders battling for the final five spots. With just one Grand Tour on the second-year Pro Continental team's schedule, all 24 riders on the 2018 roster were initially vying for selection to the team's first Grand Tour - one that begins with an historic start in the team's home country. "We have the roster now to do maybe two Grand Tours in one year, but we're only doing one, so that makes it a bit harder for selections," Dempster told Cyclingnews earlier this month at a pre-Giro training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Dempster signed with the team in 2017 after four years with NetApp and then Bora-Argon18. The 30-year-old Australian immediately assumed an elder-statesman role along with Dutch WorldTour veteran Dennis ...

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5 Ultra-Lightweight Jerseys To Beat The Heat This Summer

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Albion Cycling SS18 on the Emporium

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Photo gallery: Gravel and grit at the 2018 Tro-Bro Leon

While much of the road cycling world was focused on the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, it wasn’t the only fascinating race that was unfolding that day. With its UCI 1.1 ranking, Tro-Bro Leon is a small race when compared with Amstel and the other Ardennes Classics, but what it lacks in stature it more … The post Photo gallery: Gravel and grit at the 2018 Tro-Bro Leon appeared first on CyclingTips .

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8 is the Week; Here are the 9 Top Riders

Races of the week: After week seven, this week we took a breath before the next couple of weeks leading up to the Giro: Amstel Gold Race Brabantse Pijl Tour du Finistère Tro Bro Leon Paris - Camembert TT & RR at Commonwealth Games Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1.Michael Valgren (2). Beautiful Amstel Gold win in two ways: First and like his win at Omloop, he worked beautifully with his teammates, in this case Fuglsang who did a wonderful job repeatedly attacking. Second, three big attacks: the first was at around 4k to go and was slowly pulled back, the second was around 1.5km to go and only Roman Kreuziger could follow. The ...

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Laporte wins Tro Bro Léon

Christophe Laporte during Dwars door Vlaanderen

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) soloed to victory instead of gambling on his top end speed to claim his fourth victory of the season at the Tro Bro Leon. Winning the Breton event made it up for his lack of results at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix due to sickness after finishing a promising fourth in Gent-Wevelgem. The Frenchman fended off defending champion Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) while Belgium's Jelle Mannaerts (Tarteletto-Isorex-SH) conquered a courageous third place in horrendous conditions. "It's was a terribly hard race," said Laporte of the Hell of the North Finistère (one of the nicknames of the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix). "I felt weak at one stage but my condition bounced back. I preferred to be alone at the front and give everything because it was my only way of winning. Had I not attacked, another guy would have done it. It's an absolutely beautiful race and ...

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Bardet previews 'spectacular' Tour de France stage 5

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) training on stage 5 of Tour de France

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) rode 85km of stage 5 of this year's Tour de France to Quimper in Brittany in a training session on Friday. The final 37km also feature in Saturday's Tour du Finistère , where Richie Porte, Tejay van Garderen (both BMC) and Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) will also combine racing with vital Tour de France reconnaissance. "It'll be a spectacular stage," Bardet said of the rolling, twisting stage, which is held the day before the double ascent to Mûr-de-Bretagne. Bardet first made a name for himself at WorldTour level at the 2012 Amstel Gold Race, when he attacked in the finale of the race. Instead of competing in the Dutch event again on Sunday, he has opted to line up at the French Cup race Tour du Finistère on Saturday. He will then compete at Flèche Wallonne (April 18) and Liège-Bastonge-Liège (April 22). "I wanted ...

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SSSRSSP - Tro-Bro Léon

An ode to the most beautiful of shit small races I love madmen. No, not the show that follows Don Draper, though it was okay, but rather the person who is that certain type of crazy that borders on genius. I have a large picture of the abolitionist John Brown on my office wall. One of my favorite books is A Voyage for Madmen, by Peter Nichols (and one of my favorite documentaries is Deep Water, which is based on the book). That book recounts the story of the 1968 oceanic race of a number of sailors trying to be the first to successfully complete a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the world. The book focuses on the tragic story of Donald Crowhurst, but the true star is the French sailor, Bernard Moitessier, who (spoiler alert) is well on his way to winning the race and closing in on his final ...

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Niki Terpstra takes an impressive solo win at E3 Harelbeke

Niki Terpstra takes an impressive solo win at E3 Harelbeke

Joe Robinson 23 Mar 2018 The Dutchman rides alone to the finish fighting off a talented group of chasers Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) takes victory at the 2018 E3 Harelbeke after having attacked with over 65km remaining. The exciting day of racing saw Terpstra and teammate Yves Lampaert away in a two-up break for most of the day with Terpstra eventually going solo. Strong legs and a stuttering chase allowed the Dutchman claim the win ahead of teammate Philippe Gilbert in second and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) in third. What happened where Kickstarting a weekend of Belgian semi-classics, E3 Harelbeke often acts as a mini Tour of Flanders allowing many of the hot favourites to test the bergs of Flanders at race pace before the Ronde in a week's time. On the menu today included ascents of the Taaienberg, Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont and Tiegemberg making this a true test ...

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SSSRSSP - Three Dogs (aka Driedsaagse Brugge - De Panne)

In 1967, Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron formed the band Three Dog Night. The name was based on an Australian outback saying that if it was really cold, you needed to embrace three dogs to keep warm while sleeping, hence a cold night was a “three dog night.” Decades later, the members of the band learned the harsh truth. One dog to cuddle with was more than sufficient even on the coldest nights. Three dogs was just stinky, slobbery overkill. It has taken the organizers of Three Dogs (aka Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, aka Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne) 41 years to come to this simple truth, as this year there will be only One Dog. Here’s the thing, though. If you’re picking a single dog to cuddle with to keep warm, you’d think you’d want a Malamute, a Husky, an Akita, or maybe even a St. Bernard. Quality ...

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5 Eds Rank & Chat: Ronde van Vlaanderen AND Paris-Roubaix

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We’re skipping ahead in the racing calendar to talk about these two races. Here’s our rankings again so you can see where each of us Eds rank these two races . ursula- Okay. I don’t have the heart to put these two magnificent races against each other. I am not actually evil and this thread is proof. Maybe. ;) They are easily our two favorite one day races and only the Tour rivals them in our rankings as all three are a cut above all the rest of the races in our rankings: not only are the top three races but they are the only three to get a score over 40 from all of us. So I ask each of you to give me a one or two sentence summary of why you like each of these races so much. Go! (Note to self: asking the likes of these ...

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5 Eds Rank and Chat: Is Strade Bianche the 6th Monument?

The first of a new series of posts: the Eds rank and chat the World Tour races. We first thought of doing this series after coming across a fun post written by Mike Franchetti at Just Pro Cycling: Ranking all 37 World Tour Events . Hey! What if we did the same? But make it a little more involved. So Chris, Andrew, Conor, Jens and myself came up with five criteria to rank the World Tour races: Calendar position. When the race in question happens is important. Peloton. Typically how good is the field that lines up for this race? How deep? Does it include al types of riders or just a few? Fan Experience. How interesting/exciting is this race for the viewer in person and on TV? Layout. Is the course conducive to a great race? Prestige. We took each race and gave them a ranking between 1-10 for ...

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