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Cavendish abandons Tour of Slovenia

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) was forced to abandon the Tour of Slovenia on stage 2, citing illness. The four-day event was the Manxman’s final stage race ahead of the Tour de France, though he is also slated to take part in next weekend’s British National Championships road race in Stockton-on-Tees. “Had to pull out of the #TourOfSlovenia with illness. Pretty disappointed...
Via Cycling News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Simon Yates accepts four-month ban and apologises

Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) has accepted his four-month ban after testing positive for terbutaline and apologized for casting cycling in a ‘negative light.’ Yates tested positive for the substance at Paris-Nice in March. He was prescribed medication for his long-term asthma but the drug – on WADA’s banned list – was not declared in a therapeutic use exemption by the...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Froome to debut his Pinarello Bolide TT at the Tour de France

Chris Froome has confirmed that he will ride the new Pinarello Bolide TT in this year’s Tour de France. This will mark the Team Sky rider’s first competitive outing on the new bike. Froome used the Bolide in last year’s Tour but Mikel Landa debuted the 2016 version at the Giro d’Italia in May and it seems that his British teammate will follow suit on stage 13 of the Tour...
Via Cycling News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana draws level with Jose Maria Jimenez victory tally

Nairo Quintana equalled the victory tally of the late José María Jiménez with the overall win in Route du Sud on Sunday. The result brings him to 26 victories under Eusebio Unzué’s long-running team. The 26-year-old Colombian is now the fourth most successful rider to race for the Spanish squad but is still well shy of Miguel Indurain’s 97-win tally that was set in the 1990s...
Via Cycling News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sagan regains WorldTour lead

Peter Sagan is back on top of the UCI WorldTour individual standings following the conclusion of the Tour de Suisse. The Slovakian picked up 14 points to topple Tinkoff teammate Alberto Contador into second place. Tinkoff and Spain continue to lead the team and nation standings respectively. The world champion has acquired 343 points, seven points ahead of Contador with Richie...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Froome to rely on Stannard and Rowe for protection

Chris Froome will have Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard by his side during the Tour de France, with both domestiques expected to make Team Sky’s line-up. Both Rowe and Stannard helped Froome defend his Critérium du Dauphiné crown earlier this month and were also in the Sky squad that catapulted Froome to Tour de France success in 2015. Rowe, who has been developed into a Classics...
Via Cycling News
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Thomas drops out of top-ten after bad day in Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas was aiming to go 'full gas' to win the Tour de Suisse but the bad weather, which saw a shortened stage 9, ended any aspirations of victory and even the top ten as the Team Sky rider rolled over the line over 11 minutes down on Jarlison Pantano (IAM Cycling) to slip to 17th overall. "Geraint had a really bad day. He was super cold on the top of that mountain and when...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde vows to help Nairo Quintana win the Tour de France

Less than two weeks before the start of the Tour de France, 2015 Tour podium finisher Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has recognized that it's going to be very strange for him to take part in cycling's most important stage race without feeling stressed out. The Spanish champion has vowed to help teammate Nairo Quintana win the overall title. In an interview with Spanish newspaper...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Vos unfazed by Brazil's financial crisis, politics, unfinished infrastructure ahead of Rio Olympics

The current state of disarray over unfinished infrastructure at the site of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, mixed with the city's financial emergency and the public health risks surrounding the Zika virus, have not fazed Marianne Vos from concentrating on the task of defending her title in the women's road race on August 7. The Dutch rider firmly believes that the venues...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kristoff and Rodriguez to lead Katusha at the Tour de France

In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday Team Katusha revealed the nine men, including Alexander Kristoff and Joaquim Rodriguez, that lead the team in the Tour de France, set to start on July 2 in Mont-Saint-Michel. Kristoff was the first rider revealed and will no doubt lead the team in the sprints at this year’s event. The Norwegian is two-time stage winner, securing those victories...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dumoulin, Kelderman and Van der Breggen highlight Dutch TT championships - News Shorts

Dumoulin, Kelderman and Van der Breggen highlight Dutch TT championships Tom Dumoulin, Wilco Kelderman and Anna van der Breggen will lead the way at the Dutch national time trial championships in Middelharnis. The two events will take place this Wednesday with the women setting off in the morning and the men in the afternoon. Van Der Breggen took a surprise win over Ellen Van Dijk...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Meintjes and Rui Costa headline Lampre-Merida team

Louis Meintjes and Rui Costa will lead Lampre-Merida at the Tour de France. The youthful squad features three Tour debutants, including Tsgabu Grmay, who will become the first Ethiopian to participate in the race. Meintjes made his Tour debut last year but was forced out by gastroenteritis after impressing in the Pyrenees. The South African went on to complete the Vuelta a España...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Frank and Pantano leading lights for IAM Cycling in final Tour de France appearance

IAM Cycling has named Mathias Frank as leader for the Tour de France, with Jarlinson Pantano and Jérôme Coppel also included in the line-up for the Swiss team’s final appearance at La Grande Boucle. Frank placed 8th overall at last year’s Tour but has endured a low-key 2016 season to date and was forced out of last week’s Tour de Suisse through illness. “IAM Cycling has...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Gilbert puts himself back in the frame for Rio 2016 Olympic Games selection

Philippe Gilbert has put himself back in the frame for the Olympic Games road race in Rio, persuading the Belgian selectors to open up another space on their long-list. Coach Kevin De Weert already had eight names written down as candidates to Belgium’s five-man team but Gilbert, who had originally settled on a plan for the European Championships in September followed by the World...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish heads up Dimension Data's Tour de France long-list

Dimension Data has named a 13-man long-list for its second Tour de France appearance, with Mark Cavendish adding star quality to a line-up that retains a strong African identity. The South African squad took five African riders to their debut Tour last year and six of the names on the 13-rider list for 2016 come from the continent. Among them is Daniel Teklehaimanot, who wore the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mark Cavendish secures omnium selection for 2016 Olympic Games

According to a report in the British newspaper The Daily Mail, Mark Cavendish has secured his place on the British track team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the omnium, and as the fifth rider for the team pursuit. Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull will lead the squad in its bid for a third straight Olympic Gold medal. Cavendish made a successful return...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sky names strong support team for Froome at Tour de France

PARIS (AP) Defending champion Chris Froome will enjoy the support of a squad featuring strong climbers at the Tour de France next month. Aiming to win cycling's showpiece race for a third time, Froome will be joined by Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas on the roads of France this summer. The Tour starts...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sky names strong team for Froome at Tour de France

PARIS (AP) Defending champion Chris Froome will enjoy the support of a Team Sky squad featuring strong climbers at the Tour de France next month. Aiming to win cycling's showpiece race for a third time, Froome will be joined by Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas on the roads of France this summer. The...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Marianne Vos' special edition Liv Envie Advanced Pro

This article first appeared on Bikeradar Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) returned to the Aviva Women's Tour, and brought with her a striking special-edition version of the Liv Envie Advanced decorated with the gold of a multiple world champion. Vos was the winner of the inaugural Women's Tour, and is back riding again after a leave of absence to rest and recuperate. While she did make...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Porte and van Garderen will lead BMC at Tour de France

BMC Racing today announced the seven riders who will support Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen at the Tour de France. The team had a difficult time choosing from the long list of potential riders, said director Yvon Ledanois, but he is confident the team has picked the right combination of riders to support the co-leaders. "If we could have selected 11 riders we would have done...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pooley signs with Lotto Soudal Ladies

Emma Pooley announced Wednesday that she has signed a contract with her former team Lotto Soudal Ladies for the remainder of the 2016 season. The Briton will begin her stint with the team at Great Britain's time trial championships on Thursday in Stockton on Tees. She will then toe the start line at the Giro Rosa on July 1. “Just in time for tomorrow’s National Time Trial Championships...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dani King claims British Cycling's Olympic selection is 'unfair'

Dani King (Wiggle High5) has told The Daily Telegraph that she is surprised to have been left off the women's team headed to the Rio Olympics in August, claiming that British Cycling's selection process is ‘unfair.' "In terms of results, I should have been selected, it's as simple as that. I should be second on the list behind Lizzie [Armitstead]," King said. The British Olympic...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Kelderman leads LottoNL-Jumbo but Gesink misses out after crash

LottoNL-Jumbo have confirmed that Robert Gesink will miss the Tour de France as a result of the injuries he suffered in a crash at last week’s Tour de Suisse. The Dutch squad will be led by Wilco Kelderman, who finished 8th overall in Switzerland, while Ster ZLM Toer winner Sep Vanmarcke is among the riders chasing a stage victory. “I’ve put a lot of energy into my preparations...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Team Sky unveils squad to support Chris Froome at Tour de France

Team Sky has unveiled the eight riders who will support Chris Froome’s bid for a third Tour de France title, with Mikel Landa part of a climbing-oriented squad. Landa was Sky’s leader at the Giro d'Italia but pulled out through illness on stage 10, causing him to restructure his season – much like Sergio Henao, who was sidelined while the UCI looked into his biological passport...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet the 2016 national time trial champions - Women's News Shorts

Longo Borghini, Johansson, Cordon, Sanchis score national time trial titles for Wiggle High5 Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini, Sweden's Emma Johansson, France's Audrey Cordon and Spain's Anna Sanchis scored three time trial titles at their respective national championships this week, showing Wiggle High5's international class. Longo Borghini took her second title, having won the event...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss
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