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Back to the future for Boasson Hagen at Tour of Qatar

In hindsight, the hype surrounding Edvald Boasson Hagen was probably at its zenith during his first appearance in the early-season races in the Gulf back in 2010. Newly arrived at the nascent Team Sky, he clocked up three stage wins at the Tours of Qatar and Oman, and, were it not for an ill-timed comfort break in Oman, he would have claimed overall honours there to boot. The future...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cookson on mechanical doping: Don’t delude yourself that we haven’t been taking this seriously

UCI president Brian Cookson visited the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday to run the rule over the finishing circuit of October’s World Road Race Championships in Doha in the company of Eddy Merckx. However the fall-out from the discovery of mechanical doping at the recent Cyclo-cross World Championships was one of the points of discussion when he met with reporters before the start of...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Organisers explain Cervélo-Bigla's omission from Ladies Tour of Qatar

Eddy Merckx and John Lelangue, members of the Ladies Tour of Qatar organisation, explained that there was no particular reason for the exclusion of the Cervélo-Bigla team from the list of invitees for this year’s race. Cervélo-Bigla stood fifth in the UCI rankings when the invitations were issued, and its roster – reduced from 14 to 9 riders this year – includes Ashleigh...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Merckx calls for life bans for motorised doping offences

Eddy Merckx has called for life bans for motorised doping and added that he believes such technological fraud to be a worse offence than the use of performance-enhancing drugs.ADVERTISEMENT Merckx’s comments follow the UCI’s announcement that it is investigating Belgian under-23 rider Femke Van den Driessche for technological fraud after a motor was discovered in one of her...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Etixx-QuickStep officially launch 2016 team on the Eddy Merckx velodrome - Gallery

Etixx-QuickStep gathered at the Eddy Merckx Velodrome in Gent on Tuesday to officially launch the 2016 team in front of sponsors and fans. The entire team was present for the launching except for South Americans Ariel Richese, Fernando Gaviria and Rodrigo Contreras; the six-rider Tour Down Under squad, and Zdenek Stybar, who is competing at the Rotterdam Six Day. “For us riders...
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January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

New four-day race La Méditerranéenne reveals stage starts and finishes

The new La Méditerranéenne stage race, due to replace the now defunct early season Tour Méditerranéen, known in the English-speaking world as the Tour of the Mediterranean, has revealed its four stage starts and finishes for next spring’s maiden edition. Held in France for most of its existence, the Tour of the Mediterranean ran from 1974 to 2014, and even after the emergence...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Merckx: Froome has no rivals for Tour de France crown

Five-time Tour de France champion Eddy Merckx has revealed that he expects Chris Froome to win a third Tour title next summer, saying the Briton “hasn’t really got any rivals”. In the course of an interview with L’Équipe at his home in Meise on the outskirts of Brussels, Merckx was asked if he expected Froome to claim the yellow jersey in Paris next July. “Of course he’s...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Aru to race revived Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in 2016

The return of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February 2016 has generated a huge amount of interest from teams, race organisers report, with 34 squads applying for one of the 20 spots available for the five-day stage race. Astana have already said they would send Vuelta a España winner Fabio Aru to the event. Running from February 3rd - 7th, the early season race is back...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Segafredo to co-sponsor Trek Factory Racing

Trek Factory Racing has brought onboard Italian coffee company Segafredo as a co-sponsor from the 2016 season according to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport. The team has also confirmed it has partnered with Mapei Sport who return to the top ranks of professional cycling for the first time since ending its association with the now Etixx-QuickStep team 14 years ago. Segafredo...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Gent Six Day opening night - Gallery

The Gent Six Day opened Monday night in Belgium, with four-time winner Eddy Merckx on hand to greet the racers and help start the proceedings. The race, which dates back to 1922, takes place November 17-22 in the legendary 'Kuipke' cycling stadium on the steeply banked 166.66m wooden track. Lotto Soudal's Jasper De Buyst, who won the race in 2013 with Leif Lampater and in 2014...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bos back on the bike after Abu Dhabi crash

Theo Bos’ 2015 season ended with a nasty crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour but the Dutch sprinter is back in training and will be back in action on the track at the International Belgian Open on November 14-15. Also in action will be many of the best six-day riders, including Kenny De Kettele, Moreno De Pauw plus Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel, who is considering riding the team pursuit...
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November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

New Eddy Merckx biography unveiled in Brussels

Eddy Merckx was on hand Wednesday at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels for the unveiling of a new biography written by cycling journalist Johny de la Loi Vansevenant. “Eddy Merckx, A Biography” relies on hours of interviews with Merckx’s relatives, friends, opponents, directors and his soigneur, according to an article on Het Nieuwsblad. Vansevenant also spent countless hours...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

New crop of riders could take shot at cycling's hour record

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) It is the simplicity of the hour record that makes it the most hallowed in cycling, one rider on one machine for 60 minutes to determine just how much distance a human can cover. Those who have chased it amount to a master's class in cycling history: from Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx to Chris Boardman, Francesco Moser and Miguel Indurain. Now...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Wiggins to publish his Hour Record autobiography

Bradley Wiggins will publish a book that tells the inside story of his successful Hour Record attempt. The Briton set a distance of 54.526km on June 7 on the London Olympic velodrome, putting the record on the shelf and adding his name to some of the greatest riders of all time including Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx.  The book is called ‘My Hour’ and will be published in Britain...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

As road worlds return to US, here is what you should know

Hundreds of the world's best cyclists will descend on Richmond, Virginia, for the road world championships next week. It's the first time that the U.S. has hosted the event since 1986, when Italian rider Moreno Argentin sprinted to victory in Colorado Springs. Here are a few things to know after that nearly three-decade absence. MEDALS AT STAKE There are 12 world titles at stake...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Stage 17 preview

Tuesday begins the first of four Alpine stages in the final week of the Tour de France. Stage 17 will see the peloton head 161km from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup, a route missing from the Tour de France since 1975. The historic stage had seen Eddy Merckx lose valuable time and the yellow jersey to Bernard Thévenet. This year Chris Froome (Team Sky) holds a comfortable lead of 3...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Prudhomme calls for respect for Tour de France yellow jersey

Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France, has called on cycling fans to respect Chris Froome and his yellow jersey after the Team Sky rider complained that he had urine thrown at him during the stage to Mende. Teammate Richie Porte revealed that he was punched in the Pyrenees and other riders have said they have been spat at. Team manager Dave Brailsford suggested...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Eight years on, Michael Rasmussen returns to Tour de France as journalist

It was mere coincidence, perhaps, but it was hardly appreciated behind the darkened glass above that a small media scrum arrested Michael Rasmussen just as he was passing the Team Sky bus ahead of stage 14 of the Tour de France in Rodez. Rasmussen returned to the race on Saturday for the first time since he was excluded from the 2007 Tour while wearing the yellow jersey, after the...
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July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Martin bounces back from disappointment to finally take yellow

Just when it looked like the yellow jersey would slip through Tony Martin’s fingers for the fourth time in as many days the Etixx-QuickStep rider managed to pull something special out of the bag. A puncture on the penultimate sector of cobbles looked like it had finally put paid to any ambition Martin still held of taking yellow. However, the big German, normally known for his...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Rohan Dennis of Australia breaks cycling's hour record

GRENCHEN, Switzerland (AP) Australian rider Rohan Dennis broke cycling's prestigious hour record on Sunday after covering a distance of 52.49 kilometers at the Velodrome Suisse. The 24-year-old Dennis, who won silver in the team pursuit at the 2012 Olympics, eclipsed the mark of 51.85 kilometers set by Austria's Matthias Braendle in October. The record was previously held by cycling...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Australia's Dennis will attempt hour record

PARIS (AP) Australian rider Rohan Dennis says he will try to break cycling's hour record in February. The current mark of 51.85 kilometers was set by Austria's Matthias Braendle in October. Dennis, who won silver in the team pursuit at the 2012 Olympics, will be the third challenger in recent months after Jens Voigt and then Brandle improved the 2005 mark of 49.7 kilometers set...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandle beats Voigt's cycling hour record

  Austrian rider Matthias Brandle broke cycling's historic hour record on Thursday after covering a distance of 51.850 kilometers at the UCI Velodrome. The 24-year-old Brandle, the Austrian time trial champion, eclipsed Jens Voigt's mark of 51.1 kilometers. Voigt achieved the feat on Sept. 18, one day after his 43rd birthday. He took the record away from Czech cyclist Ondrej Sosenka...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Jens Voigt sets new mark in cycling's historic Hour Record

Jens Voigt has set a new mark in cycling's historic Hour Record, racing 51.1 kilometers (31.7 miles) around a velodrome. Ending his career with a record attempt one day after his 43rd birthday, the German rider beat the 49.7-kilometer (30.8-mile) mark of Ondrej Sosenka in 2005. Voigt passed the Czech Republic rider's distance with almost 1 1/2 minutes left. The Hour Record was previously...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jens Voigt sets cycling's Hour Record

GRENCHEN, Switzerland (AP) Jens Voigt has set a new mark in cycling's historic Hour Record, racing 51.1 kilometers (31.7 miles) around a velodrome. Ending his career with a record attempt one day after his 43rd birthday, the German rider beat the 49.7-kilometer (30.8-mile) mark of Ondrej Sosenka in 2005. Voigt passed the Czech Republic rider's distance with almost 1 1/2 minutes...
Via AP on Fox
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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