News – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:40:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png News – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 La Méditerranéenne cancelled due to police force shortage http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/la-mediterraneenne-cancelled-due-police-force-shortage_428084 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/la-mediterraneenne-cancelled-due-police-force-shortage_428084#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:40:23 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428084 La Méditerranéenne, a four-day French stage race held since 1974, has been cancelled for 2017, due to a lack of security forces.

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La Méditerranéenne, a four-day French stage race held since 1974, has been cancelled for 2017, due to a lack of security forces, organizers said Monday.

“The organizing committee of La Méditerranéenne decided to not pursue administrative procedures, definitively canceling the 2017 edition,” the race posted on its Facebook page.

Heightened security concerns in France have led prefectures to ask race organizers to take extra security measures. Organizers said that France’s Republican Guard Squadron is occupied elsewhere, making it impossible to run the race this season.

The race, previously known as Tour Méditerranéenne, was won by Ukrainian Andrei Grivko (Astana) in 2016. It has seen a number of other famous champions, such as Eddy Merckx and Paolo Bettini. La Méditerranéenne is not the first race impacted by security concerns. The 2016 European road championships had to be moved from Nice to Plumelec, France, where Peter Sagan won the title.

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Prince Nasser: ‘Bahrain needed this team’ http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/prince-nasser-bahrain-needed-team_427560 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/prince-nasser-bahrain-needed-team_427560#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:03:24 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427560 Prince Nasser says WorldTour team will bring together people in his Middle Eastern country, which has suffered from political divisions.

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MANAMA, Bahrain (VN) —Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa met with VeloNews and a handful of journalists in one of the many rooms of his sprawling royal complex in the capital city of his island nation. The 29-year-old prince had just presented the team and its red and blue jersey with Bahrain written across the chest in a live national broadcast alongside his star rider, Vincenzo Nibali.

Prince Nasser told the reporters that the timing is perfect for the launch of his WorldTour team. He believes a Bahrain-sponsored squad will shed a positive light on his Persian Gulf country, which was embroiled in political unrest earlier this decade.

“We are in a position now where we want to showcase our country,” he said. “We needed this. We really needed this. And actually it is working very well.”

Just six years ago Bahrain was rocked by a series of violent protests aimed at the country’s royal family. The government allowed forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help quell the uprising, which — according to multiple reports — resulted in dozens of deaths. In the wake of the protests, several groups accused the Bahraini government and the royal family of torturing opponents. 

The group Bahrain Forum for Human Rights published this 55-page document alleging abuse against activists. In 2015 the Human Rights Watch published its own report that included interviews with 10 detainees who said they underwent coercive interrogations by Bahraini officials.

The latter group also condemned Bahrain’s execution of three convicted bombing suspects this past Sunday by firing squad.

The Bahraini government has repeatedly denied allegations of human rights abuses. Before meeting with Prince Nasser, reporters were asked to steer away from questions regarding torture and unrest. When VeloNews sought comment on the allegations, we were given the following statement from the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Nasser:

The allegations against Prince Nasser are false. They were made as part of an ill-targeted and politically-motivated attempt to ventilate damaging allegations about Prince Nasser as part of a wider political campaign. The case reported in the media is between an unknown individual ‘FF’ and the English Public Prosecutor, which Prince Nasser was not a party to. Both the UK police and the public prosecutor maintain that they decided not to pursue a case against Prince Nasser on the basis of the series of dossiers of alleged evidence submitted to them”

Prince Nasser acknowledged the negative press that his country has received. He said that the team’s corporate sponsors, which include Bahrani companies Bapco petroleum and aluminum producer Alba, believed it was more important to have the country’s name on the jersey, rather than corporate logos, to better promote the island nation.

“Bahrain went through a lot, especially in the previous years, facing a lot of accusations against Bahrain,” he said. “That even the [sponsoring companies] said, ‘The name of Bahrain is more important than our company on the jersey.

“They said that people should first know about Bahrain and the real intentions, and then when they ask about the companies. They want the flag to be out there and showcase Bahrain to the whole world.”

Prince Nasser has already made forays into endurance sports. In 2015 he helped launch a professional triathlon squad called the Bahrain Endurance 13 Team, and in December 2016 he completed an Ironman triathlon. He said he decided to launch the WorldTour team after a chance, surprise encounter with Nibali in 2015. The two rode bikes together for four hours, sparking prince’s idea for a team.

In January of 2016, he presented the project to the country’s largest companies. He acknowledged that the initial response was not what he had in mind.

“Let me be blunt and straightforward with you. At first, the sponsors did not even understand, they were like, ‘A cycling team? Why?’ But those people who think about the indirect benefit to Bahrain and saw the vision that we saw, actually stayed committed to us. Slowly with time, they will understand the importance of this sport, the outcome of this work for Bahrain,” Prince Nasser said.

“If they all walked away, then I would still be thinking of how can we create this team. We had backup plans, and one of my plans was if it failed was to go to Abu Dhabi and present the team to them because I wanted to have this team.”

As part of Prince Nasser’s recent team presentation, Nibali and other riders led a casual group ride with 450 local cyclists. The ride, Prince Nasser said, is all part of his plan to bring Bahraini’s together through sport.

“[It] was a big success to have the team ride with the locals. They are now more attached than ever. They see themselves on television riding with the professionals. Now we’ve created harmony and created outdoor activity.

“This is how we bring people together. Some people have tensions between them, and now people are joining each other. So sport is actually the answer.”

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Video: Col Collective climbs Pico de las Nieves http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/video-col-collective-climbs-pico-de-las-nieves_428076 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/video-col-collective-climbs-pico-de-las-nieves_428076#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:05:14 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428076 Col Collective climbs Gran Canaria's highest peak, Pico de las Nieves, a 44km ascent that tops out at 1,949 meters above the dunes.

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Brailsford considers future amid doping investigation http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/brailsford-considers-future-amid-doping-investigation_428069 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/brailsford-considers-future-amid-doping-investigation_428069#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:12:20 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428069 The Sky boss hints at potentially stepping down from his role at the British squad, pending the outcome of the UKAD probe.

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — Sky boss David Brailsford indicated changes could be on the horizon in the team depending on the outcome of an ongoing U.K. Anti-Doping investigation.

The UKAD is investigating Sky and British Cycling after last summer’s revelations. Reports revealed that Bradley Wiggins received TUEs to inject the corticosteroid triamcinolone ahead of the grand tours, a medical package was delivered at the last minute by British Cycling staff to Sky in France, and there were claims British cyclists were freely given Tramadol.

“Nobody continues blindly without any sort of awareness or self-awareness whatsoever,” Brailsford told The Telegraph at a team Sky camp over the weekend in Mallorca.

“My role here is to create an environment for other people to perform.”

Typically, the team’s pre-season camp is a time for talking about the upcoming season. Instead, journalists asked questions about the investigation.

Brailsford already had to answer to a Parliamentary Committee in December. The UKAD investigation continues to cloud cycling’s top team as it tries to win the Tour de France for a fourth time with Chris Froome.

Brailsford directed British Cycling’s performance team, which won 18 Olympic gold medals under his guidance. He stepped aside in 2014 to give his full attention to Team Sky. Since its inception in 2010, the team has won the Tour four times with Wiggins (2012) and Froome (2013, 2015, 2016).

Some say Brailsford should now step away from Sky. His decision if he can “keep going” may depend on the outcome of the UKAD investigation, now three months old.

“I look myself in the mirror. I don’t run through this blindly and naively thinking I can just keep going,” Brailsford said.

“I set myself high standards. If I can no longer do what I’ve set out to do, I’d think about that when we got there.”

The 2017 standards include another Tour title with Froome, a long-sought Giro d’Italia title with Mikel Landa or Geraint Thomas, and a cobbled monument.

Froome separated himself from the TUE controversy in a recent meeting with the press.

“My values haven’t changed,” Froome said. “I’ve always been very focused in terms of my stance on doping, my stance on riding clean, showing people that it is possible to win the Tour de France clean.”

Froome skipped the Mallorca camp because Sky said it was better for him to stay at home in Monaco before flying to Australia for his first races.

Brailsford explained his relationship with Froome has not change since last summer. “I wouldn’t say so,” he said. “Our communication is about how we’re going to win the Tour again this year. In that sense, it’s the same as ever.”

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Santos Women’s Tour: Hosking captures stage 3, Spratt retains lead http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/santos-womens-tour-hosking-captures-stage-3-spratt-retains-lead_428066 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/santos-womens-tour-hosking-captures-stage-3-spratt-retains-lead_428066#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:42:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428066 Chloe Hosking won a mad dash to the finish line at the end of the 92.4km stage Monday.

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Chloe Hosking won the third stage of the Santos Women’s Tour Monday in what she called a “flat-out drag race” with stage 2 winner Kirsten Wild.

Hosking, who rides for Ale Cipollini, out-sprinted Wild (Cylance) down the main street of Lyndoch foe the victory. American Alexis Ryan of Canyon – SRAM took third in the mass gallup that contained 37 riders.

“To beat Wild in what was a flat-out drag race is not easy, so to cut around her quite convincingly gives me a lot of confidence going forward,” Hosking said.

Amanda Spratt of Orica – Scott held onto her overall race lead and now holds a 19-second advantage over Janneke Ensing of Ale and a 50-second lead over Wild.

Top 10, stage 3

  • 1. Chloe HOSKING, ALE’ CIPOLLINI, in 2:21:56
  • 2. Kirsten WILD, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 3. Alexis RYAN, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :00
  • 4. Peta MULLENS, HBS, at :00
  • 5. Rebecca WIASAK, at :00
  • 6. Tiffany CROMWELL, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :00
  • 7. Chloe DYGERT, T20, at :00
  • 8. Susanna ZORZI, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 9. Alice BARNES, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Julie LETH, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :00

The 92.4-kilometer stage included an intermediate sprint roughly two-thirds of the way in, which Hosking won as well. Her victory in the stage-finishing sprint was the first win for the Ale team in 2017.

Orica controlled the peloton in the final 50km of Monday’s stage. In the last 10km, Orica and Ale traded turns leading the front group of more than 30 riders to the finish line.

Spratt said she’s hoping to hang onto her lead after Tuesday’s final stage, a criterium that will traverse a 1.2km circuit for one hour and then will add two more laps to the finish.

“I’m not celebrating yet — there is still another day — but this was the big one to get through so we are happy to keep the [leader’s] jersey and very hopeful to keep it tomorrow,” Spratt said.

Overall standings

  • 1. Amanda SPRATT, ORS, in 5:56:54
  • 2. Janneke ENSING, ALE’ CIPOLLINI, at :19
  • 3. Kirsten WILD, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :50
  • 4. Lauren KITCHEN, at :55
  • 5. Ruth WINDER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :57
  • 6. Katrin GARFOOT, ORS, at :59
  • 7. Katharine HALL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :59
  • 8. Peta MULLENS, HBS, at 1:00
  • 9. Dani KING, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:00
  • 10. Alice BARNES, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:01

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Chaves looking to build on breakout 2016 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/chaves-looking-build-breakout-2016_428061 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/chaves-looking-build-breakout-2016_428061#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:03:52 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428061 Esteban Chaves kicks off his season at the Tour Down Under, and he's hoping 2017 is at least as successful as 2016 was for him.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — Esteban Chaves is hoping to pick up right where he left off following his breakout 2016 season.

With podiums in both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, Chaves ended 2016 by becoming the first Colombian to win the Giro di Lombardia. The ever-smiling Chaves is back in action this week at the Santos Tour Down Under. The Colombian firecracker is hoping to hit the repeat button for 2017.

“I have to pinch myself. It was unbelievable,” Chaves said of 2016. “It was my best season ever, and now we can put the goals super-high. We have to keep training and working hard, but now we know we can do it.”

“Chavito” is putting a heavy Aussie accent on his season debut. Born and raised in Colombia’s sprawling capitol of Bogotá, he said he feels right at home in Australia and has already penned a deal to stay with Orica – Scott through 2019.

“I feel half-Australian, and this team feels like my family,” he said. “Three years ago when I came here, I didn’t speak one word of English, but everyone made me feel so welcome. This team is special. We race to win, but we also race with our hearts.”

Chaves, who turns 27 on Tuesday, is racing on Australian roads for the first time. After the Tour Down Under, he’ll head to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and then face off against Sky’s Chris Froome at the Herald Sun Tour before returning to Colombia to race in the national championships in Bogotá next month.

“I would love to win the national title in my hometown,” he said. “After that, I will go to Europe and start focusing on the big races of the season.”

Following his stunning success at the Giro and Vuelta, Chaves is keen to get his first taste of the Tour de France. Right now, Orica is keeping the team’s GC plans under wraps until the Australian block of racing is completed.

Orica is in an enviable position, with Chaves and the Yates brothers among the leading lights of a new generation of GC contenders. Adam Yates has already raced two Tours, finishing fourth and winning the best young rider’s jersey in 2016, while his brother Simon, also has two Tours under his belt.

There is some talk that Chaves will repeat the Giro-Vuelta double, with eyes on taking home one of the trophies, but he might make his Tour debut as well. Either way, Chaves knows his future lies in the grand tours.

“Some day I will go to the Tour and it’s the race that every rider dreams to win,” Chaves said. “I have come up very fast, and the past few grand tours give me confidence I can race against the best in the peloton.”

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What to expect at the Tour Down Under http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/what-to-expect-at-the-tour-down-under_428053 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/what-to-expect-at-the-tour-down-under_428053#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:42:36 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428053 Andrew Hood previews the annual WorldTour opener, which has perhaps the best field in the race's 19-year history.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — It’s the Aussies vs. the world in the 2017 WorldTour opener, the Santos Tour Down Under.

After back-to-back second places, Richie Porte (BMC Racing) is the five-star favorite to win the GC that’s eluded him the past three years. Nipping at his toes will be some elite international riders, top among them Esteban Chaves (Orica – Scott) and Sergio Henao (Sky), in what organizers are calling the best GC field ever in the race’s 19-year history.

“Look, I’d love to win the race,” said Porte, who’s won the Old Willunga Hill stage three years in a row. “I haven’t raced in five months, so you never know where the form is. I’ve been in better shape, and I’ve still finished second. There is no lack of motivation to race here.”

Chaves and four-time champion Simon Gerrans will co-lead Orica, with Jay McCarthy (Bora – Hansgrohe), Tom-Jelte Slagter and Michael Woods (Cannondale – Drapac), Robert Gesink (LottoNL – Jumbo), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek – Segafredo), Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), Nathan Haas (Dimension Data), and Geraint Thomas (Sky) among the other favorites.

The Tour Down Under has gradually become more challenging since it gained WorldTour status, and a pure sprinter hasn’t won the race since 2010. The inclusion of the challenging Paracomb climb in stage 2 should be a race-breaker.

“It’s the new queen stage of the race, and that will be the real selection of the race,” said four-time winner Gerrans. “It’s not a course that suits me as well as the previous editions. Having a second uphill finish makes it tougher, because I am usually limiting my losses up Willunga.”

Orica will likely back whoever comes out on top in stage 2 between Gerrans and Chaves, and then try to take it to BMC and Sky. Time bonuses are always key, with Old Willunga Hill on Saturday as the final shot.

Behind the GC battle, the sprint stages will see Orica’s Caleb Ewan looking to bolster his stage tally, with double world champion Peter Sagan of Bora making his debut with his new team. The pair already clashed in Sunday’s Critérium, with Sagan riding in support of teammate Sam Bennett. Sagan will want to leave Australia with a win if he can.

Six stages loop around the South Australia region, with a mix of rolling hills, city flats, and punchy climbs that make this an ideal season-opener. Stages are typically about 50km shorter than the longer European races, while summer-like weather makes the race one of the most popular among riders in the peloton.

Oppressive summer heat could be a factor this week, however, with temperatures expected to climb into the high 90s on several days. Rain might be possible later in the week, but that shouldn’t stop the fans from showing up en masse.

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Fiuggi Gallery: Van Aert, Vos top penultimate World Cup round http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/fiuggi-gallery-van-aert-vos-top-penultimate-world-cup-round_428037 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/fiuggi-gallery-van-aert-vos-top-penultimate-world-cup-round_428037#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:06:01 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428037 The post Fiuggi Gallery: Van Aert, Vos top penultimate World Cup round appeared first on VeloNews.com.

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Dutch champion Marianne Vos won the Italian round of the Telenet UCI World Cup series on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Italian Alice Maria Arzuffi went down hard early on in the penultimate round. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Italian Chiara Teocchi took to the ground on home soil  before ultimately finishing ninth on the day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Dutch champion Marianne Vos saluted her second World Cup win of the season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Katerina Nash celebrated with fans en route to a solid second place finish. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The men's eighth round kicked off in the wooded Italian countryside of Fiuggi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Belgian Toon Aerts was hot on the chase prior to crashing out after a nasty spill early on. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Jim Aernouts (BEL) was another casualty on the course before remounting and taking ninth. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com An exhausted Marcel Meisen (GER) took the fight to Wout van Aert before finishing second to the reigning world champion. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com A triumphant world champion, Wout van Aert, stands atop the World Cup podium in Fiuggi as both race winer and overall series victor. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Van Aert clinches World Cup series with Fiuggi win http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/van-aert-clinches-world-cup-series-fiuggi-win_428030 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/van-aert-clinches-world-cup-series-fiuggi-win_428030#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:55:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428030 Wout Van Aert wins the eighth round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Fiuggi and clinches series title with one round remaining.

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Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan) won the eighth round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup ahead of German Marcel Meisen and fellow Belgian Tom Meeusen in Fiuggi, Italy on Sunday.

The world champion had to fight in the initial laps of the race with Meisen setting a great pace over the climbs and down the technical descents. However, in the second part of the race, Van Aert opened the throttle and the others had to struggle just to reserve their own positions.

The 22-year-old reigning world champion is now guaranteed to win the overall series with just one final race  to be held in Hoogerheide (NED) on January 22.

“I am very happy with that,” said Van Aert. “It is a very good thing to go into the last round of the World Cup next week without any stress for the overall classification so we can really focus for the worlds from now on.”

When asked about a crash involving rival countryman Toon Aerts, Van Aert sent his regards.

“I heard he made a bad crash on a tricky downhill section,” he said. “I hope Toon is well.”

In men’s under-23 action, 19-year-old Eli Iserbyt (BEL) of Marlux-Napoleon Games took first in a time of 49:34, 18 seconds ahead of Italian Gioele Bertolini and fellow Belgian Quinten Hermans.

Top 10

  • 1. Wout VAN AERT, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN, in 1:05:03
  • 2. Marcel MEISEN, at :18
  • 3. Tom MEEUSEN, TELENET-FIDEA LIONS, at :27
  • 4. Kevin PAUWELS, MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, at :39
  • 5. Tim MERLIER, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN, at :46
  • 6. Michael VANTHOURENHOUT, MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, at 1:12
  • 7. Klaas VANTORNOUT, MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, at 1:16
  • 8. Lars VAN DER HAAR, TELENET-FIDEA LIONS, at 1:24
  • 9. Jim AERNOUTS, TELENET-FIDEA LIONS, at 1:27
  • 10. Corne VAN KESSEL, TELENET-FIDEA LIONS, at 1:42

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Vos wins second World Cup race of season http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/vos-wins-second-world-cup-race-season_428024 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/vos-wins-second-world-cup-race-season_428024#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:51:00 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428024 Dutch champion Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) won her second World Cup race of the season at Fiuggi Regione Lazio in Italy on Sunday.

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A week after reclaiming her Dutch title in Sint-Michielsgestel, seven-time cyclo-cross world champion Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) won her second World Cup race of the season at Fiuggi Regione Lazio in Italy on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Olympic champion took the penultimate stage of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Series in convincing style over Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and 2016 Dutch champion Sophie de Boer (Breepark) after five laps and a distance of 13.58 kilometres.

“It’s different than all the races,” claimed Vos after the race. “We have some slippery races, but here in the woods it’s like ice. So you have to find some balance and shoot your own path, and I think I was able to do that on my own.”

When asked how she was able to avoid trouble on the treacherous course, Vos explained: “Of course take the good lines … have good grip with your tires, with your shoes and in the end it’s about not panicking and being able to cope with the circumstances.”

Dutch rider Annemarie Worst (Giant) crossed the line in fourth as the first under-23 arrival.

Top 10

  • 1. Marianne VOS, (NED), in 41:26
  • 2. Katerina NASH, (CZE), at :40
  • 3. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), at :59
  • 4. Annemarie WORST, (NED), at 1:00
  • 5. Eva LECHNER, (ITA), at 1:34
  • 6. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), at 1:45
  • 7. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), at 1:57
  • 8. Ellen NOBLE, (USA), at 2:05
  • 9. Chiara TEOCCI, (ITA), at 2:17
  • 10. Nikola NOSKOVA, (CZE), at 2:17

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Ewan beats Sagan on domestique duty http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/ewan-beats-sagan-domestique-duty_428018 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/ewan-beats-sagan-domestique-duty_428018#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:31:13 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428018 Reigning Australian crit champ Caleb Ewan claimed his second straight People's Choice Classic, the annual curtain raiser event for the TDU.

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Australia (VN) — Two-time reigning world champion Peter Sagan is the protagonist even when he doesn’t want to be.

Going into Sunday’s season opener in a one-hour criterium to rev up the motors for the Santos Tour Down Under, the 26-year-old Slovakian decided he would ride for Bora—Hansgrohe teammate Sam Bennett (IRL) rather than take the sprint himself. Aussie crit champ Caleb Ewan (Orica—Scott) took the win, but no one was more surprised than Sagan’s Irish teammate.

“Peter Sagan is leading me out?! I was shaking,” Bennett said at the line. “There was a big fight for his wheel. I was nervous. Peter was telling me to relax but it was nerve-wracking.”

With Sagan content to try to let his teammate win in his debut in his new Bora colors, the door was open for Ewan to drive home the victory.

Sagan didn’t seem too worried. The 50.6km loop course gave 131 starters a chance to blow out the cobwebs after a long winter. Sagan was calmly chomping down an energy bar post-race when journalists asked him about the team’s plan.

“It was good, but not super-good. We did a good job, but not enough for the win,” Sagan said. “We wanted to win with Sam Bennett, but he was second. I will recover, and we will see for the Tour Down Under.”

Top 10

  • 1. Caleb EWAN, ORICA-SCOTT, in 1:03:41
  • 2. Sam BENNETT, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 3. Peter SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 4. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at :00
  • 5. Edward THEUNS, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 6. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 7. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 8. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 9. Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :00
  • 10. Jasha SUTTERLIN, MOVISTAR, at :00

While Sagan and Bennett couldn’t quite get their lead-out firing, Ewan and new pilot Roger Kluge delivered perfectly. Orica signed the veteran German track star and former IAM Cycling rider to serve as Ewan’s main leadout man this season, and Sunday’s criterium was a perfect practice run for what’s to come.

“I’m really happy it started off well with Roger,” said the 22-year-old Ewan. “It was the first race I have raced with him and he dropped me off perfectly, right at the front, and that was the first time I had to touch the wind … All I had to do was follow him. He sat behind me with a few laps to go to give me a smooth ride and came around me with a lap to go.”

The peloton goes into slumber mode Monday and clicks back into gear Tuesday for the first stage of the six-day Tour Down Under. The sprinters will have shots in stages 1, 4 and 6. Bennett is hoping to get another chance at a mass gallop. After all, it’s not every day that Sagan is leading you out.

“I didn’t want to take away an opportunity for Peter, because it is the first race of the season with the new team,” Bennett said. “I want to say thanks to the guys and I hope I can pay them back with a win this week.a

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Santos Women’s Tour: Cylance claims stage 2 quinella http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/cylance-claims-stage-2-quinella_428001 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/cylance-claims-stage-2-quinella_428001#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:20:48 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428001 Cylance Pro Cycling's Kristen Wild and Rachele Barbieri claim first and second respectively on stage two of the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour.

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ADELAIDE – It was a double celebration for Cylance Pro Cycling as Kristen Wild edged out teammate Rachele Barbieri to claim stage two of the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour.

Wild crossed the line in just under 44 minutes, followed by a tightly bunched peloton at the end of 14 laps of the 2.3 kilometre Adelaide street circuit, 32.2 kilometres in total.

The stage was run at frenetic pace stretching the peloton in the early laps of the stage.

Ale Cipollini’s Chloe Hosking rode a good race, finishing third ahead of a bunched final lap peloton, and picking up sprint points on the fourth lap intermediate sprint.

Hosking holds the sprint jersey heading into Monday’s Tanunda to Lyndoch third stage.

Top 10, stage 2

  • 1. Kirsten WILD, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, in 43:57
  • 2. Rachele BARBIERI, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 3. Chloe Hosking, ALE CIPOLLINI, at :00
  • 4. Alice BARNES, DROPS CYCLING, at :00
  • 5. Annette EDMONDSON, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :00
  • 6. Barbara GUARISCHI, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :00
  • 7. Anna TREVISI, ALE CIPOLLINI, at :00
  • 8. Gretchen STUMHOFER, SHO-AIR TWENTY20, at :00
  • 9. Chloe DYGERT, SHO-AIR TWENTY20, at :00
  • 10. Ruth WINDER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING, at :00

In the middle stages of the race, several riders tried to break clear but were shut down by the peloton.

Turning onto Wakefield Street for the final straight, Wild said that her team were in a good position to take the race, and happy she was the one to cross the line first.

“We really worked well together today, the lead out didn’t come out as we planned but we stayed so close together,” Wild said. “I was close to Marta Tagliaferro and Danielle King (teammates) in the straight, and I just went my own way (to the finish).”

Overall leader Amanda Spratt from Orica-Scott is really happy with how the first two stages have gone, and plans to continue to attack in the final two stages.

“We know that teams are going to try and take the jersey off us, the best form of defence is to put ourselves out there and attack a bit more,” Spratt said. “We will have to see how it goes, but I think we are the fittest team here.”

Spratt has a 19 second lead over Janneke Ensing from Ale Cipollini heading into the third stage. Wild has moved into third place, 50 seconds off the lead.

Cylance Pro Cycling team made a plan to attack the short Adelaide street circuit stages.

“Since I don’t have the best form, I thought I would target this stage and the Tuesday (Victoria Park) stage,” Wild said.

“It was really good to start the year with a win, with my new team.”

Overall standings

  • 1. Amanda SPRATT, ORICA-SCOTT, in 3:34:58
  • 2. Janneke ENSING, ALE CIPOLLINI, at :19
  • 3. Kirsten WILD, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :50
  • 4. Lauren KITCHEN, NSWIS Sydney UNI, at :55
  • 5. Ruth WINDER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING, at :57
  • 6. Katrin GARFOOT, ORICA-SCOTT, at :59
  • 7. Katharine HALL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING, at :59
  • 8. Peta MULLENS, HAGENS BERMAN-SUPERMINT, at 1:00
  • 9. Danielle KING, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:00
  • 10. Alice BARNES, DROPS CYCLING, at 1:01

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ORICA-Scott’s Amanda Spratt wins Stage 1 of Santos Women’s Tour http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/orica-scotts-amanda-spratt-wins-stage-1-santos-womens-tour_427991 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/orica-scotts-amanda-spratt-wins-stage-1-santos-womens-tour_427991#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:37:27 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427991 The Australian and her ORICA-Scott teammates controlled the peloton for the entire 106.5-kilometer race while chasing down all breakaway

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Amanda Spratt from ORICA-Scott won the first stage of the Santos Women’s Tour in Australia Saturday by 19 seconds.

The 106.5-kilometer opening stage of the Santos Women’s Tour left Hahndorf at 11am and wound its way through the rolling Adelaide Hills to Meadows.

The Australian and her ORICA-Scott teammates controlled the peloton for the entire 106.5-kilometer race while chasing down all breakaway groups during the first half of the race. Spratt said the ORICA-Scott plan was to control the peloton and stop any breakaways from opposition riders.

“That was the plan, that we didn’t have to do a lot of work when it wasn’t necessary so we did a good job at that,” she said. “We did feel the pressure a little bit. We have had a dream start to the season, our best ever. So we knew the eyes would be on us. If there was a break that needed to come back, it would be us that would do it.”

The peloton was bunched for the first 80 kilometers before stretching out heading into Strathalbyn and the steep 11 per cent gradient climb in the final four kilometers.

“It was our plan to move at the 18-kilometer mark, so we were attacking like crazy. Our pressure was unrelenting,” Spratt said.

Spratt made her breakaway into the climb and won the Subaru Queen of the Mountain in a grueling sprint up Paris Creek Road ahead of the finish in Meadows.

“It was the most painful last five kilometers I’ve ever done,” she said. “In the team meeting last night we said the No. 1 goal was to win the stage, and to win with enough time to have a good buffer for the overall.”

Janneke Ensing from Ale Cipollini came second, with Katherine Hall from United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team in third.

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Poels’ Sky ambitions growing higher http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/poels-sky-ambitions-growing-higher_427987 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/poels-sky-ambitions-growing-higher_427987#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:32:02 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427987 Arriving from Etixx for 2015 as a climber to support Chris Froome in the final miles of mountain stages, Poels quickly established himself

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Wout Poels, Team Sky’s Dutch climber, is starting his third season with the team and has just signed a new contract that will keep him with the British squad until the end of the 2019 season. Arriving from Etixx for 2015 as a climber to support Chris Froome in the final miles of mountain stages, Poels quickly established himself with both the team and Froome, with whom he often shares rooms.

Was there something in the Dutch character that was similar to the British, that had sped his integration? “No. I tried, you know, I’ve been here three years, trying to make the team more Dutch, but I haven’t succeeded,” Poels laughs. “Actually, the one similarity is that the British are quite direct and they say what they think, like in the team bus after a race, the guys really say what they think – especially Luke Rowe – and you can print that! But really, I think the team suits my character. I can be myself here.”

Despite his closeness to Froome, his value to the team meant that he has thus far been spared the Tour-Vuelta, two Grand Tour programme and he was content to watch the Vuelta at home, where he saw Froome caught out on stage 15 to Formigal which effectively decided the outcome of the race in 2016. “Yeah,” drawls the smiling 29-year-old, “that was the stage where Chris said he made a bit of a tactical mistake. It’s impossible to say what would have happened if I had been beside him that day. Maybe if I had seen that he wasn’t in a good position in the peloton I could have persuaded him to ride differently, or maybe I would have listened to him and decided he was right.”

Froome, after all, is the man calling the shots in those situations where the team car is out of radio contact.

Poels is a remarkably jovial character, a smile never far from his lips and a rider with a ready supply of appalling jokes to keep up spirits. During one boring stage of the 2016 Tour he regaled his teammates and team car with a series of outrageous jokes, proving that race radios do indeed have a place in the World Tour peloton. “Some of them were really bad taste,” recalled sport director Nico Portal, “I was just praying nobody else was on the same frequency of race radio and picking them up! It was so funny.”

More seriously. though, Poels is not simply a mountain climbing lieutenant to Froome. He’s a winner in his own right, with a nice early-season stage race win in the 2016 Tour of Valencia followed, of course, by racking up Sky’s first Monumental classic win in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

“The win in Spain was a good confidence boost,” he says. “It’s great for morale when hard work pays off and the team knew I wanted to go well in the Ardennes. Those Classics were going to be really important because I wanted to go to the Olympics but the Dutch manager coach was saying like I wasn’t a one-day rider and blah blah blah, that I was more of a stage race type. So I was like, ‘OK I really need to get a result in the Ardennes to show him. So I said to the team in January that I wanted to go to the Olympics, so the Ardennes were going to be important. I was fourth in the Fleche Wallonne, which was my best result there and a pretty good showing, I thought, but then when I won in Liege, well…” Poels laughs at the memory of his Rio-ticket winning sprint in Liege.

Of course, his Belgian Classic win backed up by other victories in Spain, and strong Tour performances have rekindled dormant ambition in Poels. “Yeah, I can climb and I can do a good time trial” (Poels won the Tour of Valencia time trial and was sixth in a strong field in his national championship) so maybe I can do well in week-long stage races. Why not? Now all you need to do is tell Dave (Brailsford) and Tim (Kerrison) that,” smiles Poels with a laugh that, this time, hints he’s not entirely joking.

“There was talk of doing the Giro this year, even though my goal is to help Chris win the Tour again. In the end its going to be Mikel (Landa) and Geraint (Thomas), so they flicked me for that!” — again punctuated by a laugh — “but one day I’d like to go for the GC in a Grand Tour. The thing is that this is such a strong team, Mikel was third on the podium in the Giro already, so its hard for me to stand up and say, ‘OK, listen, I want to go for the GC’ when I’ve not had results like that before. Hopefully my chance will come. I think the team would be nervous about me doing the Giro before the Tour and then not being 100 per cent for Chris in the Tour.”

The Giro-Tour doubleheader is extremely unlikely, but the early plan for 2017 is to test Poel’s capacity to cope with two Grand Tours in a season.

“The Tour and Vuelta is a possibility, but I’m not sure I can do two Grand Tours at a high level,” he says. “Maybe we’ll try that this season to see how I go. The thing is that riding the Tour is really mentally stressful. To do three weeks at that physical and mental level is hard. When you get to the end of the Tour and tell you, ‘Ah, OK, now the Vuelta,’ that’s mentally tough. You’re not really jumping for joy at that point. If I get the opportunity to lead the team then I really want to prepare the way I do for the Tour. Not just do the Tour and then do the Vuelta to see how it goes. If it went badly you wouldn’t get that opportunity again.”

As one of only two Dutch riders on Sky and the one with a higher profile than Danny Van Poppel, the Bradley Wiggins TUE Fancy Bears hack, Wiggins’ mystery package delivery at the 2011 Dauphine and team principal Dave Brailsford’s subsequent appearance in front of a British parliament select committee, you might expect Poels to have been bombarded by calls about a story that is big news in the UK.

“Yeah, it’s not nice when there’s that stuff going on, it’s not nice to read but it’s not really in my control,” he says. “I can’t do anything about it but I hope they solve it really quickly. For the moment I’m focusing on my training, doing my thing and trying to do good races again. Actually, it’s not like a really big story in the Dutch media. There have been a few things on cycling websites, but not so much in the papers – I haven’t had any calls from Dutch journalists.”

 

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Sagan says heat, hills too much too soon http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/sagan-says-heat-hills-much-soon_427983 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/sagan-says-heat-hills-much-soon_427983#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:39:32 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427983 A challenging course, with two hilltop finales, at next week’s season debut at the Santos Tour Down Under means that Sagan will be only

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — World champion Peter Sagan is tan, rested, but not quite ready to drop the hammer.

A challenging course, with two hilltop finales, at next week’s season debut at the Santos Tour Down Under means that Sagan will be only revving up his engine ahead of more important goals this spring.  Stage 1 is Tuesday from Unley to Lyndoch.

“To win? I don’t think so. There are some difficult stages,” Sagan said Saturday. “My goal is not to crash, and come out of this race in good shape. It’s the first race, good weather, and it’s already important to take the race rhythm in the legs.”

Well, at least that is what he is saying. Knowing Sagan, he is sure to try something. It was back at the 2010 Tour Down Under that the then-20-year-old Slovakian made his neo-pro debut, riding into breakaways at the pre-race criterium and again on the Old Willunga Hill climbing stage, two performances that gave everyone a hint of just the kind of a rider that Sagan was. Flash forward seven years, and Sagan is back in Australia, and he’s emerged as one of the sport’s superstars, debuting in a new team with his second straight season in the rainbow jersey.

“I am always relaxed,” Sagan laughed when asked if he felt any pressure with the stripes yet again. “It is a pleasure to wear the rainbow jersey.”

Sagan has been in Australia for nearly three weeks, chasing warm weather to train ahead of the 2017 season. Fans and media have been tracking Sagan’s exploits around Australia. He skipped out a few days to visit a friend in Sydney, but has been spotted riding around the Adelaide Hills.

“I saw a koala and a kangaroo,” he said. “And a dead snake and some lizards …”

“I am not planning too much in my life. It’s one more year in the world champion jersey. A lot of things can happen this season, and I am focusing on the first part of the season,” he said. “I have been here almost all of January in Australia. I did a month’s rest without the bike, and I have started this season like every year. The first part of the season is important, and then we will think about the rest.”

With his move to Bora-Hansgrohe this season, Sagan takes firm control of his own destiny, with an entire team built around him. After the Tour Down Under, he’ll return to Europe with another training camp in Spain before his spring campaign, with confirmed stops at the opening weekend in Belgium, Strade Bianchi, Tirreno-Adriatico and a full schedule from Milano-Sanremo to Paris-Roubaix.

Beyond that, Sagan didn’t want to give away too much. When asked about his plans for the Tour de France, he said he’s worrying first about the spring classics. When pressed about his views on the election of Donald Trump, he shrugged, “I am not political.”

Later Saturday afternoon, he was slated to challenge local riders to a wheelie competition. Just another day in the life of Peter Sagan.

 

 

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Contador gunning for last Tour with Trek http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/contador-gunning-last-tour-trek_427979 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/contador-gunning-last-tour-trek_427979#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:44:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427979 Alberto Contador plans to take advantage of strong climbing teammates Mollema and Pantano in his bid to win the 2017 Tour de France.

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PALMA, Spain (AFP) — Veteran climber Alberto Contador says he and his new Trek – Segafredo team will arrive fresh and primed for the 2017 Tour de France as the American outfit launched its new campaign in Spain on Friday.

Targeting top spot on the WorldTour, the team has made sweeping changes for 2017, bringing in the 34-year-old Spaniard and classics and sprint specialist John Degenkolb of Germany.

On an early season training program around Mallorca’s brilliantly maintained roads, graced by mild mediterranean weather, the star recruits showed off the new red and black kits.

Both riders had bad luck last season as the German sprinter and several of his team were hit by a car while training in Spain and Contador was involved in a banal Tour de France pile-up where another cyclist’s bike fell heavily on his shin, ending his race.

“I hope my luck has changed,” Contador said. “I’m hoping for a boring Tour, but I’m sure it’s going to be a thriller, a super-tough one too.”

He can win a Tour

One of Spain’s biggest stars and considered the finest pure climber of his generation, Contador told a packed press conference the Tour de France, as usual, is his main target.

“I’m hoping for a quiet build-up where I enjoy every race,” The two-time Tour de France winner said, also confirming his participation at the week-long races Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya, and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

“Our strategy is to get to the Tour de France in prime condition. So I’m going to be very careful in the build-up. I want to be totally fresh for it,” said Contador, who also had a third 2010 Tour de France victory stripped from him for a doping infringement.

Contador also said that depending on how he did in France against favorites Chris Froome (Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), he would also think about riding La Vuelta a España in September.

Having lacked top-rate support in the mountains at his former team Tinkoff, Trek – Segafredo will back Contador with Dutch climbing specialist Bauke Mollema, who will also ride the Giro d’Italia in May, and the Colombian climber Jarlinson Pantano, recruited especially for Contador.

“With Mollema and Pantano we will be super-competitive in the major tours,” Contador said. “I’ll have brief rest before the Tour and want to be at 100 percent when it starts.”

The team feels even despite Contador’s aging legs, his riding nous, considered ruthless despite his friendly demeanor, may enable him to win in France.

“If Alberto gets there in good shape and in the right frame of mind, he is still capable of winning a Tour,” Trek – Segafredo team manager Luca Guercilena told AFP.

A rival for Sagan

Knocked over near Valencia in January 2016 Degenkolb almost lost an index finger and the man who won both Paris-Roubaix and Milano-Sanremo in 2015 for Giant saw 2016 written off.

With the 2017 Tour de France starting in Germany, Degenkolb is capable of winning stages in a sprint and will undoubtedly aim for that target.

He will also, if he can regain his form, provide a formidable rival for double world champion and current classics king Peter Sagan, who was at Tinkoff with Contador last season.

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Pro Bike: Peter Sagan’s 2017 Specialized Venge Vias http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/bikes-and-tech/pro-bikes/pro-bike-peter-sagans-2017-specialized-venge-vias_427962 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/bikes-and-tech/pro-bikes/pro-bike-peter-sagans-2017-specialized-venge-vias_427962#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:06:49 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427962 Photos of Peter Sagan's 2017 Specialized S-Works Venge Vias. He will likely ride the rim brake model at Tour Down Under.

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Peter Sagan will continue riding the Specialized S-Works Venge Vias aero road bike in 2017, the bike he rode to his second consecutive world championship title. Photo: Veeral Patel The biggest change for Sagan is his team. In 2017 he'll ride with Bora – Hansgrohe. Photo: Veeral Patel Although he was spotted training on a disc brake-equipped Venge, we expect he'll ride a rim brake bike at Tour Down Under. Photo: Veeral Patel Sagan has a neat little number plate holder on the back of the Venge's aerodynamic seatpost. Photo: Veeral Patel The front end of the Venge Vias looks very slippery, with the fork and stem carefully integrated into the frame's shape. Photo: Veeral Patel Sagan went with a rather subtle paint scheme for this go-round as world champion. There are precious few rainbow colors to be seen. Photo: Veeral Patel Sagan's bike was equipped with the previous generation of Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 when we spotted it at Tour Down Under. Photo: Veeral Patel Some Specialized Venge Vias bikes sport riser drop bars, but Sagan opts for the flat shape for the lowest position possible. Photo: Veeral Patel Specialized's paint shop gave this special Vias a beautiful iridescent hue. Photo: Veeral Patel Sagan's personal logo is subtly placed on the seat tube. Photo: Veeral Patel One last, careful detail: an integrated head unit mount off the front of the stem.  Photo: Veeral Patel

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TDU Gallery: WorldTour bike roundup http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/tdu-gallery-worldtour-bike-roundup_427922 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/tdu-gallery-worldtour-bike-roundup_427922#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:53:17 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427922 The UCI WorldTour begins in earnest at the Tour Down Under. Here's a look at most of the bikes that will be in the 2017 peloton.

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WorldTour racing kicks off at Tour Down Under, and that means there are plenty of new 2017 bikes to ogle in the pits. Here's a look at most of the bikes that the major teams will ride this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Bahrain – Merida will ride Merida's Reacto aero road bike. Its livery incorporates the national colors of Bahrain - red and white. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Astana has switched bike sponsors for 2017. The Kazakh team will ride Argon 18 bikes — this specific model is the Gallium Pro, a lightweight bike meant for climbing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Naturally, BMC Racing's Rohan Dennis is in his home country Down Under to kick off the season. This is his BMC Teammachine SLR01. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Trek's superlight Emonda returns to the WorldTour peloton again for 2017. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Scott has signed on as a co-title sponsor with the Orica team for 2017. Pint-sized Aussie sprinter Caleb Ewan will ride this aero Foil for Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Movistar will continue riding Canyon bikes. Jasha Sutterlin is aboard an Ultimate CF SLX 9.0. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Dutch team LottoNL – Jumbo's Bianchi Oltre XR4 is easy to spot in the bunch, with the Italian brand's signature celeste green color. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Dimension Data sticks with Cervelo bikes for 2017, but this year's S5 aero road bike features a few extra touches of green color to match the new kit. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Although UAE – Abu Dhabi is an outgrowth of the Lampre – Merida team of 2016, it's virtually unrecognizable as such. The team colors have changed, and now its riders are astride Colnago bikes, one last vestige of Italian heritage. At Tour Down Under, this C60 was the ride of choice. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Lotto – Soudal's Ridley bikes sport a subtle black color scheme for 2017. This model is the Helium SL, the lightest frame in Ridley's line. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Peter Sagan had a Specialized Venge ViAS disc painted in a beautiful iridescent color. But will he ride disc brakes at TDU? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Katusha is the second team in the WorldTour peloton riding Canyon bikes. This model is the Aeroad, which, as you'd suspect, is an aero road bike. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com American team Cannondale – Drapac rides with a U.S. bike brand, Cannondale. In this case, it's the lightweight SuperSix Evo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Although Giant has stepped down from it's spot as a co-title sponsor, it will continue to support the German Sunweb team in 2017. This is Simon Geschke's TCR Advanced, with an entirely fresh color scheme for the new year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com French squad Ag2r La Mondiale brought on a new bike sponsor for 2017, Factor. The British company is 10 years old, and provides this model, the O2 for Belgian rider Jan Bakelants. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com FDJ was one of the only teams showing of an endurance road bike, the Pulsium 600. The French team is again partnered with the French bike brand for 2017. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Fast Talk podcast, ep. 10: Hit race weight the right way http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/podcast/fast-talk-ep-10-hit-race-weight-right-way_427913 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/podcast/fast-talk-ep-10-hit-race-weight-right-way_427913#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:48:57 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427913 Dr. Philip Goglia describes safe and effective ways to drop weight, how to best fuel your training, and why eating right matters.

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The VeloNews Fast Talk podcast is your source for the best advice and most interesting insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Listen in as VeloNews columnist Trevor Connor and editor Caley Fretz discuss a range of topics, including training, physiology, technology, and more.

What is the healthy way to get to race weight? We are joined by Dr. Philip Goglia, a nutritionist to the stars (and Phil Gaimon) to discuss safe and effective ways to drop weight, how to best fuel your training, and why paying close attention to your food matters.

A quick note from Coach Trevor Connor on some of the science discussed in this particular episode:
“Before we start this podcast, we need to add a quick disclaimer. We’re taking on a real hot topic in today’s episode. If you think training science is heavily debated, come spend some time in the nutrition world. Outside of VeloNews, I wear another hat myself as the editor of a nutritional science website. I get to see every day how heavily contested nutrition science can be. I certainly have my biases and I try to keep them out of our podcasts. Which is part of why we invited a guest to cover nutrition.

Caley and I enjoyed having Dr Goglia on our show today. He has done a lot to help many people including elite cyclists. My personal biases aside, I think the practical suggestions he gives would help most if not all of our listeners be healthier stronger athletes.

That being said, we have to be true to who we are and putting on my nutrition hat for a minute, I can’t fully agree with a fair amount of the science used to explain his advice. I think if we asked Dr Goglia, he’d agree with what I’m about to say – he was not trying to give hard science but being more metaphoric to make the advice digestible (no pun intended.)

We’ve given you some hard science podcasts in the past and pride ourselves on trying to give you the best science. For this one, we recommend you focus more on the suggestions and overall approach.”

Fast Talk is available on all your favorite podcast services, including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Soundcloud. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a moment to rate and comment on iTunes after listening. Also, check out the VeloNews Cycling Podcast, our weekly discussion of the sports hottest topics, trends, and controversies.

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Week in Tech: Niner goes gravel, Pinarello’s aero bikes, and more http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/week-in-tech-niner-goes-gravel-pinarellos-aero-bikes-and-more_427866 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/week-in-tech-niner-goes-gravel-pinarellos-aero-bikes-and-more_427866#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:19:24 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427866 Here's the full roundup of tech news from this week, which includes new bikes from Niner and Pinarello, plus the Tour of Sufferlandria.

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Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Niner jumps into the gravel game with new carbon RLT

Photo: Niner Bikes
Photo: Niner Bikes

Niner’s new performance-focused RLT 9 RDO gravel bike boasts smart details across the light carbon frame. The new bike weighs in at just under 1,100 grams and features thru-axles front and rear, as well as Niner’s RDO gravel fork with flat-mount disk brakes. The RLT will accept tires up to 40mm wide and can be built up as a lightweight gravel racer or as a long haul bike with the capacity to load up with racks and bags.

The carbon RLT 9 RDO comes in four different builds (two-star through five-star). The two-star build starts with SRAM’s workhorse Apex drivetrain and retails at $3,000. A five-star limited release version featuring Shimano’s full Di2 electronic drivetrain retails at $8,800.

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Pinarello goes aero with new Dogma F10

Photo: Pinarello
Photo: Pinarello

Pinarello launched its Dogma F10 aero road bike and announced that Team Sky will ride the new design throughout the 2017 season. The F10 blends Pinarello’s Dogma F8 and the Bolide TT bikes for a mix of all-around characteristics and aerodynamics. It has the same geometry as the F8 but includes a concave down tube that reduces drag by a claimed 12.6 percent. An asymmetric design with larger tubes on the right side of the frame counteracts the forces created by the drivetrain. Pinarello says this helps create a stiffer frame while using less material on the left side of the frame.

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Tour of Sufferlandria commences February 4th

Photo: The Sufferfest
Photo: The Sufferfest

The fifth annual Tour of Sufferlandria on February 4-12 will once again benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation and its work to help improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease. The nine-day virtual tour takes riders through some of the Sufferfest’s most rigorous workout videos and brings together thousands of riders from around the world to suffer together. Riders who complete the full tour will earn a chance to win one of several prizes donated by the tour’s sponsors, including Thomson Bike Tours, Wattbike, and Wahoo Fitness. To participate in the tour, riders can register on the Sufferfest website and make a minimum donation of $10 to the Davis Phinney Foundation, which will be added to the $300,000 raised through this event in the last four years.

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USA Cycling partners with anti-theft mobile app to register bikes

Photo: Rejjee
Photo: Rejjee

The Rejjee anti-theft mobile app was selected as the official bicycle registry of USA Cycling. The app originally launched in the greater Boston area and returned seven times more bikes than the national average. With more than two million bikes stolen each year in the United States, the two organizations are launching a drive to register one million bikes in 2017. Proceeds from bike registrations and the purchase of security stickers — which aid local law enforcement in connecting with owners — will help support USA Cycling and the USA Cycling Team.

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Watch out: Lezyne goes wearable

Photo: Lezyne
Photo: Lezyne

Lezyne’s new GPS watches have arrived. The Micro C GPS watch has a high-resolution screen, color display, and durable construction. It has Ant+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity and can pair with power meters, heart rate monitors, and speed/cadence sensors. It can also connect with Lezyne’s Ally app for turn-by-turn navigation and live tracking. The Micro C and Micro GPS watches cost $170 and $140.

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Thunderbolt commuter jeans fit better than ever

Photo: Thunderbolt Sportswear
Photo: Thunderbolt Sportswear

Thunderbolt Sportswear has updated its original Mark II commuter jeans with a more modern style and better on-the-bike fit. The jeans use a 4-way stretch soft shell fabric with a fleece-like lining and are designed with wind-resistant and water-repellent materials to keep you warm and dry on your daily commutes. They have a reinforced “no-stretch” waistband and a hidden zipper on the right back pocket. The Mark II jeans are designed and sewn in Portland, Oregon, using Imported Swiss fabric and come in three colors.

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