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Jason Kenny will target record 7th gold medal for Britain at 2020 Olympics

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny is targeting the 2020 Olympics after considering retirement following the Rio Games last summer. Kenny, 29, who is tied with Chris Hoy in Great Britain’s individual gold medal count, will mark his return to racing in the Revolution Series at Manchester’s HSBC UK National Cycling Centre on January 6. “To be honest, after Rio, I’d pretty...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Kristoff: I thought I'd be world champion with 150m to go

As Alexander Kristoff burst from the bunch with 200m to go in the elite men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen one could imagine that a Bjørge Lillelien style commentary was about to cry out from the Norwegian TV section at the finish. In the end, however, the home favourite was caught and passed by Sagan, and even though it took a photo finish to decide the...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Sagan: I don't know, maybe it's karma that I won

Peter Sagan cheekily stuck out his tongue after pulling on his third rainbow jersey in the elite men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen and continued to show his unique, often brash and unpredictable character, as he talked about his latest stunning victory. "I don't know, maybe it's karma that I won," Sagan said as he sat between Alexander Kristoff (Norway...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Sagan: I’m not in my best shape after my sickness

Peter Sagan revealed he spent three days off his bike due to illness last week but typically shrugged off any suggestion he is under pressure to win a third consecutive world title in Bergen. Sagan arrived in Norway late on Friday and has no plans to head to downtown Bergen to ride the World Championships road race course. “We have to do it 11 times, right? I think there’s a lot...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Roche: Before I stop, I'd love to deliver at Worlds

At 33 years of age, Nicolas Roche knows all too well that he's closer to the end of his career than the start, yet that hasn't dented his dream of a major result at the World Championships. Despite successes through the years in stage races and in the one-day arena, Roche has never truly produced in an Irish jersey at the senior level. His best result in the Worlds road race came...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthews: You've just got to keep throwing stuff at Sagan

Michael Matthews (Australia) returns to action on Sunday looking to improve on his already impressive record in the World Championships. In order to do that, it's likely that he will need to defeat reigning champion Peter Sagan. The Australian has finished fourth and second in the last two editions of the men's race and last weekend picked up a rainbow jersey as part of Sunweb's...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Kristoff: Boasson Hagen and I will work as one unit at Worlds

One of the most talked about incidents after last year's elite men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha was the lack of tactical collaboration between Norwegians Edvald Boasson Hagen and Alexander Kristoff. As Peter Sagan raised his hands in victory in the Qatari desert, the Norwegian contenders cut forlorn figures in sixth and seventh place, after failing to...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome: Dumoulin was the strongest rider out there

Chris Froome (Great Britain) got one thing right when he picked Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) as the favourite for the men's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen but that was scant consolation for the Tour de France winner after the Dutchman trounced the opposition and almost caught Froome – who claimed bronze – on the final climb. Froome, who came into the event...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish and Kennaugh to team up for Six Day London

Mark Cavendish will team up with Peter Kennaugh at the Six Day London next month. Cavendish was second in the track event in 2016 with Bradley Wiggins and will be hoping to go one better with his former Sky teammate. The Six Day London will take place at the Lee Valley VeloPark October 24-29. Kennaugh was part of the British team pursuit gold medalling winning squad at the 2012...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Neben: I had a terrible ride and it wasn't my day

Amber Neben (United States) admitted that she had 'no excuses' after a disappointing defence of her world time trial title ended with an 11th-place finish in Bergen. The 34-year-old two-time world champion came into the event full of confidence and looking to secure a second straight title over the 21.1km course, but Neben was never in contention and finished 1:28 down on winner...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Vegni: Froome needs to win the Giro d'Italia to make history

Giro d'Italia race director Mauro Vegni has said that he is hopeful Chris Froome will line up at next year's edition of the corsa rosa, which gets underway from Jerusalem on May 4, but he dismissed the idea that the route will be designed with the aim of attracting the Team Sky rider to the race. Last week, Froome became only the third rider in history to win the Tour de France...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

World Championships: Villumsen flies under the radar ahead of women's time trial

Two years ago at the World Championships in Richmond, Linda Villumsen stormed to victory in the women's time trial. It was a stunning win for a rider who had built a reputation on so many near misses in major championships. The ensuing drama that developed over her decision to ride a non-team regulated bike somewhat overshadowed the post-race euphoria but two years on, the experienced...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Peter Sagan's Worlds bid hit by illness

Peter Sagan will not ride the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships on Sunday and will now only travel to Bergen for the road race next Friday after falling ill on his return to Europe following the WorldTour races in Canada. Sagan travelled back to Europe last Monday after several weeks of altitude training and after racing the Grand Prix de Quebec and then Sunday...
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September 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Boonen: Wellens is my favourite for World Championships

Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert may be the leading lights in Belgium's team for the World Championships road race, but former winner Tom Boonen has picked out Tim Wellens as his favourite for the rainbow jersey.  Van Avermaet and Gilbert have both won Monuments this season but Wellens won the Grand Prix de Wallonnie last weekend with a 15km solo raid that reminded Boonen...
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September 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Gilbert returns to TTT Worlds fray seeking rainbow jersey

This weekend Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) returns to race the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships after a five-year absence, and the former road race winner is determined to claim another rainbow jersey. Gilbert, 35, was part of the BMC Racing team that narrowly finished second behind Omega Pharma-Quickstep in the 2012 TTT debut event, and while the Belgian...
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September 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Majka out of Poland's team for Worlds with back pain

The Polish team for the UCI Road World Championship suffered dual losses on Friday, with national champion and Vuelta a Espana stage winner Rafal Majka bowing out because of back pain and Katarzyna Pawlowska stepping down because of broken ribs suffered in a crash in the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche last week. According to TVN24, Majka underwent exaxminations...
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September 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Steve Cummings turns down Worlds TT spot

Steve Cummings (Great Britain) will not ride at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway and will be replaced by Tao Geoghegan Hart in the time trial event. Cummings had been scheduled to race the individual time trial with Chris Froome  but after an injury hit season and a lack of time to prepare, the Dimension Data rider has taken himself out of the Worlds squad. “On 15 August...
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September 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Wellens tunes up for Worlds with GP de Wallonie win

Forced to abandon the Tour de France in July with illness, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) has since bounced back with confirmation coming via GP de Wallonie victory. The Belgian won a stage and finished second overall at the BinckBank Tour last month to suggest he was tracking for the World Championships next week. Fifth at the GP de Québec and GP de Montréal was further sign of his...
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September 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Bookwalter: The USA doesn't have a Sagan or Van Avermaet

The six US riders who will line up for the UCI Road World Championships road race on Sunday, September 24, have realistic expectations for their potential results on the lumpy, Classics-like course in Bergen, Norway. Over the past five years, the best USA Cycling elite men's result has been Alex Howes' 12th place in Richmond in 2015. Before that, Brent Bookwalter's 25th place in...
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September 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Team Sky with Froome, Kiryienka, Kwiatkowski, Thomas for Worlds TTT

Chris Froome will ride the team time trial at the World Championships later this month, with Team Sky confirming the six riders it will take to Norway in search of a first victory in the event.  Froome sealed the Tour de France-Vuelta a España double at the weekend, both largely built on commanding time trial victories, and he's joined by a team that's up there with the strongest...
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September 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Valverde rules out 2017 comeback

Alejandro Valverde has ruled out returning to racing before the end of the 2017 season, arguing that it's not worth risking a setback in his recovery from injury. The Spaniard hasn't raced since the first day of July when he crashed out of the Tour de France on the opening-day time trial. He fractured his kneecap and talus bone when he slid across the road and into the barriers...
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September 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Froome to ride Worlds time trial but no Cavendish or Thomas in British squad

Chris Froome will compete in the individual time trial for Great Britain at next week's World Championships in Norway, while Lizzie Deignan will lead the Great Britain women’s team in the road race. Froome, who won the Vuelta a Espana, will be joined by Steve Cummings in the individual time trial. However neither Froome nor Cummings will ride the road race, where the British roster...
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September 12, 2017  |  Discuss

GP Montreal: Ulissi nabs first WorldTour one-day win

Third at the GP Montréal in 2016, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) certainly had cause to be considered among the favourites for this year's edition, but it would be fair to say that pre-race conversations in Canada were mostly focused elsewhere. Against world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and defending Montréal champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), it was always going...
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September 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Demol: We knew that the best Contador was back

According to sports director Dirk Demol, the Vuelta a Espana’s stage 16 Logrono time trial was the moment that Trek-Segafredo knew that the old Alberto Contador was back. Contador harked back to his former self on the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday with a solo victory on the Alto de l’Angliru, a day before he is set to retire from racing. The team had been...
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September 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Froome’s six-year battle for Vuelta hits crunch time in Angliru

Chris Froome’s six year pursuit of the Vuelta a España title culminates with how he performs on the race’s ascent of the Angliru today, with the Team Sky rider ahead on the overall but with a narrow lead and very little room for error or weakness. Rated as Spain’s most difficult climb and one of the hardest in Europe, for Froome the 12.5 kilometre ascent of the Angliru could mark...
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September 09, 2017  |  Discuss
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