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Chris Froome's coach blames media for salbutamol case backlash

Posted: 02:26, 23 Jun 2018

Chris Froome's coach, Tim Kerrison, has blamed the media for the growing backlash over the Briton's Adverse Analytical Finding (AFF) for salbutamol, saying that his case has been sensationalised, mainly by the French press, ahead of the Tour de France that is set to begin on July 7 in the Vendée region. "If things are presented in a way that incites or sensationalises, or fuels anger or resentment towards Chris, then I don't think that's very responsible," Kerrison said in an interview with The Guardian. "I think fair treatment in the media is a responsible requirement to ensure the riders' safety." Froome returned a positive test for salbutamol following an anti-doping control test that took place September 7 following stage 18 of the Vuelta a España last year, a race he went on to win. His urine sample contained 2,000ng/ml of salbutamol, twice the permissible limit. As salbutamol is classed as a specified substance, Froome is free to compete until the case is resolved, and he has denied any wrongdoing.ADVERTISEMENT Froome hired London-based lawyer Mike Morgan as part of his defence team, but continues to race, sub judice. In May, Froome went on to win the Giro d'Italia, which sparked further controversy, and he intends to start the Tour de France with a goal of winning a fifth overall title. However, Kerrison suggested that the doubt over Froome's pending case has been unfounded. "I'm very confident that he is innocent," he said. "There have never been any question marks for me." But on Wednesday, Bernard Hinault called for the peloton to go on strike if Froome takes part in the Tour de France, telling Ouest France, "The peloton should put its foot down and go on strike saying: 'If he's at the start, we're not starting!'" You can read more at

McCabe ready for US criterium defence in Knoxville

Posted: 22:10, 22 Jun 2018

Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) is ready to defend his 2017 criterium title at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships Friday night in Knoxville on a brand-new course, and in the first year that the federation has combined the discipline with the road race and time trial championships. McCabe won his title last year in Louisville, Kentucky, when the criterium was a separate event with the now-defunct team time trial championship. "I think it's cool that all three races are together," McCabe told Cyclingnews Friday in Knoxville. "It probably gives a little more validity to the crit than it has in the past. So that's really nice, and it increases the size of the field."ADVERTISEMENT The 29-year-old from Arizona sprinted to last year's title ahead of former champion Eric Young (Rally Cycling), Ty Magner - who rides for Rally now but was with Holowesko-Citadel last year - and Rally's Brad Huff, also a former criterium champion. Now all three riders who finished directly behind McCabe are on the same team, which is bringing a total of six riders to the race, according to the start list on the USA Cyclng website. "I think this year Rally is going to come in with a vengeance," McCabe said. "I think they have 50 guys racing today, so the responsibility is on them. They have multiple guys who can win: Colin Joyce, Eric Young and Ty Magner. So those guys are where the pressure is. You can read more at

Boasson Hagen wins Norwegian TT championship – News Shorts

Posted: 21:01, 22 Jun 2018

Dimension Data's Edvald Boasson Hagen won the Norwegian time trial championships on Thursday. It was Boasson Hagen's fourth national TT title in a row, beating Uno-X's Andreas Leknessund by just seven seconds, and Team Joker Icopal's Kristoffer Skjerping by 1:09. The 31-year-old Norwegian will now wear the iconic national jersey at the Tour de France, starting on July 7, and will be hoping to put it to good use as soon as stage 3, when the race features a 35.5km team time trial around Cholet.ADVERTISEMENT Nippo-Vini Fantini's Grosu wins Romanian time trial title Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini) won the Romanian time trial title for the second year in a row and for the third time in his career on Friday.  Grosu covered the course in a winning time of 39:09, with 17 second faster than runner-up. "A daily race marked by rain, with 30 seconds delayed start, with 15km of false flat, hill and downhill, I had to risk a little in downhill but I had a good margin in the first part that I could handle in the second. I’m really happy for the victory, wearing the flag of my country when I race is always beautiful. In time trial I have the opportunity to continue to wear it, waiting to see how the next road championship will end," Grosu said. Aevolo's Gage Hecht holds his own at US national TT champs Colorado Classic men's teams announced Tour de France route preview – Podcast You can read more at

UCI announce 2019 Women's WorldTour calendar

Posted: 15:20, 22 Jun 2018

The UCI's Management Committee announced the 23 events that make up the 2019 Women's WorldTour on Friday. The committee met in Arzon, France, from June 19 to 21, to deliberate on the Agenda 2022 and its role in bringing gender equality to women's professional cycling, where they also validated the events for world-class series next season. “The 2019 calendar for the UCI Women’s WorldTour confirms the excellent health of women’s cycling," said President of the UCI, David Lappartient. "This series holds a central position in the development strategy of the UCI and of our sport in general, notably concerning men-women equality. It’s a global competition, consolidated in terms of the number of events and days of competition which will facilitate, without race overlaps, the participation of teams in all events on the calendar. The increase in the media coverage confirms the commitment of organisers, the confidence of broadcasters, the enthusiasm of the public and the growing reputation of our series as a reference for all involved in women’s professional road cycling.” There will be the same 23 events, held in 10 countries and on three continents next year, with minor changes to the dates of each race to avoid the problematic overlaps that happened this year, namely between the Amgen Women's Race and the Emakumeen Bira. In May, Boels Dolmans announced that they could not return to the Californian race to defend Anna van der Breggen's title because they did not have the resources or the riders to compete in two international races, and the UCI told Cyclingnews that it regretted such conflicts on the calendar.ADVERTISEMENT Next year, the Amgen Women's Race will be held from May 16 to 18 and Emakumeen Bira will follow from May 22 to 25 in Spain. "The UCI is very pleased with the calendar which has no overlapping of events, therefore ensuring all races will have the best possible team participation," the press statement read. The battle for the leader’s jersey of the individual ranking and that of the best young rider of the UCI Women’s WorldTour will begin on March 9 at the Strade Bianche, in Italy, and conclude on October 20 with the Tour of Guangxi Women’s WorldTour, in China. The 2019 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar will comprise 52 days of racing next year. However, La Course by Le Tour de France is listed as "to be confirmed", as event organisers ASO have floated between a one-day and two-day format over the years. You can read more at

Winning one Tour de France stage will liberate Gaviria, says Steels

Posted: 13:00, 22 Jun 2018

Win one and the rest will follow. That is the mantra Tom Steels has for Quick-Step Floors’ Tour de France debutant sprinter, Fernando Gaviria. The Colombian heads towards July’s main event with some large shoes to fill after the team’s former lead sprinter, Marcel Kittel, won five stages in 2017. However, Steels has stressed that Gaviria must remain cool under pressure and believe in his ability, even if a first win doesn’t come in the opening batch of sprint-friendly stages. Steels won nine stages in a three-year period at the Tour de France between 1998 and 1999, but his first Tour de France in 1997 was memorable for all the wrong reasons after he was ejected from the race on stage 7 for hurling a bidon at sprint rival Frederic Moncassin (Gan). A year later Steels returned to the infamous 1998 Tour and won four stages. At the recent Tour de Suisse, the Belgian looked back at his debut in the race. “I thought I was ready, but I wasn’t. But you learn, and you figure out how to turn the switch, especially in the final 20 kilometres, and then you find your calmness back,” Steels told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Gaviria is no stranger to Grand Tour success, having won four stages in last year’s Giro d’Italia. Those performances in Italy effectively convinced Quick-Step to build a team around the Colombian, while Kittel moved to Katusha-Alpecin. Steels was adamant that Quick-Step would have a team able to support Gaviria in the sprints, but the Tour de France is a race burdened with a level of pressure Gaviria will not have experienced until now. “There is a big difference but it’s so difficult to explain,” Steels said. “It’s a race, and the competitors and the courses are similar but it’s still a different race. The biggest difference is the stress in the group because you’re riding with all the spectators always around you, and then you’ve got the teams for GC on the front, kilometre after kilometre, handlebar to handlebar. So, the concentration needs to be at 100 per cent and the fight is so much more intense when you’re going towards the finish line. If you’ve never experienced it then it’s hard to explain but he will learn. He’s a good bike rider, and he has a good team around him. The best thing to do is to stay calm.” A mixed season You can read more at

Tour de France route preview – Podcast

Posted: 11:40, 22 Jun 2018

With the Tour de France on the horizon and a volley of teams starting to announce their eight-man rosters for the race, Cyclingnews sits down with EF Education First-Drapac  p/b Cannondale’s Tom Southam to analyse and pick apart the race route. The profile of this year’s Tour can be neatly divided into two halves with the first portion dominated by sprints, crosswinds, cobbles and the team time trial. The second half of the race will see the peloton – or rather what’s left of it – head into the mountains with the Alps followed by the Pyrenees. Even the transition stages could be key in the battle for the yellow jersey. There is of course the final time trial on the penultimate day but this year’s Tour de France is set to be brutally tough race with no let up throughout the early stages in the Vendée, or as the race travels through Brittany. Along with looking at the route the team of Southam, Cyclingnews’ Daniel Benson, and Procycling editor Ed Pickering pick standout riders for the race, from the sprinters, to the climbers, and GC candidates. Southam also discusses what goes into picking a Tour de France roster, and provides his expert opinion on how the race might unfold.ADVERTISEMENT This podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello, and Floyds of Leadville. You can find the provisional start list for the 2018 Tour de France, here. You can read more at

Van der Breggen extends with Boels Dolmans until 2020

Posted: 10:20, 22 Jun 2018

Anna van der Breggen has extended her contract with the Boels Dolmans for a further two years, bringing her current deal up to 2020. "I’m happy to have re-signed with Boels-Dolmans,” Van der Breggen said in a team press release. “The team, its staff and dedicated sponsors are a tremendous support in letting us achieve the absolute maximum result. I feel at home with Boels-Dolmans and cannot wait to pursue further success with this team in the years to come." Van der Breggen joined the team in 2017, after three seasons with the Rabo Liv squad. She immediately delivered by winning the Tour of California, the Giro Rosa, and a historic triple at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Wallonne and the Amstel Gold Race. Her run of form earned her the 2017 WorldTour title, Boels Dolmans' second consecutive win in the series. This season, the 28-year-old has been dominant and has won four WorldTour races. While her teammate Chantal Blaak took the win at Amstel Gold, Van der Breggen was once again victorious in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne, she also claimed her first titles at the Tour of Flanders and Strade Bianche.ADVERTISEMENT She currently leads the WorldTour standings ahead of Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), but has decided to take a different path through the middle part of her season and is set to skip her title defence at the Giro Rosa. In stead, she is now turning her attention to the the mountain bike World Cup in Val di Sole in July. "I'm doing something totally new," Van der Breggen told Cyclingnews. "I wanted to do some mountain biking. In the beginning, I didn't do that well, and I didn't initially have a plan, but now I have decided to compete in the World Cup in Val di Sole. Prior to her appearance at the Val di Sole World Cup, Van der Breggen will ride the Dutch national time trial and road race championships next week. You can read more at

Neben taps fountain of youth at US Pro Championships

Posted: 02:58, 22 Jun 2018

At 43 years old, Amber Neben (PX4 Sports) shows no signs of slowing down. The former time trial world champion added her third US pro time trial title on Thursday on a 22.5km course outside of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, beating much younger riders on her way to defending her 2017 stars-and-stripes jersey. "It's so special," Neben told Cyclingnews after the podium ceremony. "I'm just so in awe with what God is doing with me right now. I'm 43 and I'm still in the sport and still winning national championships. So it's special in that sense. "It's fun, and it definitely means a lot at this point in time, because there are never any guarantees," she said. "It took me so long to win the first one. There were seven or eight second places before I won the first one in 2012. So to have two now back-to-back is just amazing, and I'm enjoying it."ADVERTISEMENT To say Neben has raced sparingly this year would be underselling it. Riding under her own PX4 formation, Neben has competed in just three days of racing this year, including Thursday's time trial championship. She also won gold at the Pan American time trial championships and most recently took top honours at the Chrono Gatineau time trial in Canada. On Thursday, a super-smooth Neben beat 28-year-old Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) by 15 seconds and 20-year-old Emma White (Rally Cycling) by 38. Neben's rhythm and aerodynamics made it look like she was not suffering at all. She quickly dispelled that notion. "On power courses like this it tends to be a lower-cadence ride for me, so maybe it makes it look a little easier, but I guarantee I'm riding it hard and feeling it," she said. You can read more at

UCI set to ban Tramadol in competition from 2019

Posted: 21:20, 21 Jun 2018

The UCI has committed to banning the use of Tramadol in competition beginning on January 1, 2019, citing health reasons as its main concern over the synthetic opioid painkiller. In addition, testing will be carried out to detect possible adrenal insufficiency, and glucocorticoids must be declared by the team doctors and lead to time off competition. Tramadol is not currently on the WADA banned list but experts believe that it has long been abused within the professional peloton, and it has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency's monitored list. The UCI Management Committee recently hired Professor Xavier Bigard as UCI Medical Director and together they made some important decisions concerning glucocorticoids and analgesics (notably Tramadol), the UCI wrote in a press statement following its three-day meeting in Arzon, France to validate its Agenda 2022.ADVERTISEMENT "The UCI will call on the opinion of international experts in order to define which tests must be carried out before a competition to detect a possible adrenal insufficiency, which would therefore be a medical contraindication for competition. "A low level of cortisol would therefore mean it is impossible to start the race. In addition, it was recalled that local infiltrations of glucocorticoids must be declared by the team doctors and lead to a minimum of eight days off work and competition." The UCI noted that Tramadol is a strong analgesic, associated with significant undesirable side-effects such as dizziness, loss of alertness, drowsiness, or physical dependency and risks of addiction to opioids. You can read more at

UCI President Lappartient commits to gender equality in Agenda 2022

Posted: 21:03, 21 Jun 2018

The UCI's Management Committee has approved the Agenda 2022 that includes a number of important structural initiatives concerning the sport governing body's future role in gender equality with in the sport. In the agenda, the UCI promises to soon enforce a strict Code of Conduct to be signed by all employees of UCI Women's Teams, which aims to raise awareness of harassment. It will also develop and implement a Charter to promote gender equality in cycling, starting with a gender equality policy and the fundamental principles on its aim to implement equal pay within the organisation. Other topics outlined in the agenda include guaranteeing gender equality during podium ceremonies and providing equal prize money in its cyclo-cross World Cup. President of the UCI, David Lappartient, said that the agenda, "contains crucial initiatives for guaranteeing equality between men and women, whether they be riders, Federation employees or any other women involved in our sport. It is essential that we all work together for this cause, which is one of my biggest priorities for action."ADVERTISEMENT The is the second meeting that the committee has held, this time for three days in Arzon, France, where members debated and then validated the agenda, which is considered a road map to the next four years of professional cycling. The agenda clarifies objectives in the five areas identified by Lappartient during his presidential campaign in 2017; to strengthen the UCI's authority with a President ensuring a solid leadership; to place the UCI increasingly at the service of National Federations; to make cycling the sport of the 21st Century; to develop an ambitious vision for professional cycling; and to ensure the credibility of sporting results and protect the athletes. The agenda will be published on the UCI website after its ratification by the Congress on September 28. However, the main focus was on the UCI's future and the role of women in cycling. The agenda outlines several areas meant to improve the working conditions for women with in cycling. The new Code of Conduct will be enforced at the beginning of 2019 and onward. The document will be signed by all teams and then sent to the UCI along with the team's registration documents. The UCI also noted that failure to respect the Code of Conduct will result in sanctions being applied, in accordance with the UCI Code of Ethics. You can read more at

The Colnago C64 Is Truly A Magical Ride

Posted: 18:19, 21 Jun 2018

Strong, light, and durable, the C64 is a stiffer and more aerodynamic version of the C60. The post The Colnago C64 Is Truly A Magical Ride appeared first on Bicycling.

Test-Ride: Merida ONE SIXTY 5000

Posted: 14:27, 21 Jun 2018

Value and versatility: the new Merida ONE SIXTY 5000 is a confident performer. The post Test-Ride: Merida ONE SIXTY 5000 appeared first on Bicycling.

Entries For The 3 Towers Stage Race Challenge Are Officially Open!

Posted: 05:00, 21 Jun 2018

And it’s their 10th birthday, which means even more surprises this year… The post Entries For The 3 Towers Stage Race Challenge Are Officially Open! appeared first on Bicycling.

Jock Classic provides benefits for cyclists (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 09:30, 20 Jun 2018

A number of incentives, including a new junior men's category, will ensure that the Bestmed Jock Classic remains an attractive option for a wide range of cyclists when it takes place in Mpumalanga next month.

The Fall And Rise Of WC Enduro

Posted: 11:58, 19 Jun 2018

Enduro racing is alive and well in the Western Cape thanks to a small group of passionate enthusiasts. The post The Fall And Rise Of WC Enduro appeared first on Bicycling.

The Real Reason You Can’t Climb

Posted: 10:37, 19 Jun 2018

Want 5% more performance in a month – and to be able to climb hills faster? The answer’s simpler than you might think. The post The Real Reason You Can’t Climb appeared first on Bicycling.

The Only Four Cycling Workouts You Really Need

Posted: 07:10, 19 Jun 2018

Do these each week and you've got your basic training covered. The post The Only Four Cycling Workouts You Really Need appeared first on Bicycling.

Evie Richards’ Trek Factory Racing Top Fuel 9.9

Posted: 12:28, 18 Jun 2018

Bar a few custom tweaks, her bike is pretty much stock standard – close to what anyone can buy off the shop floor. The post Evie Richards’ Trek Factory Racing Top Fuel 9.9 appeared first on Bicycling.

SRAM eTap Eagle Wireless Is Here!

Posted: 07:06, 18 Jun 2018

eTap was also solely the preserve of SRAM’s road drivetrain... until now! The post SRAM eTap Eagle Wireless Is Here! appeared first on Bicycling.

Teamwork the key to Demacon's success (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 13:21, 15 Jun 2018

A concerted team effort involving all parties lies behind the Demacon Ladies cycling team's domination of South African road races this year.

MTB Legend Sauser To Ride Rollercoaster

Posted: 15:22, 14 Jun 2018

MTB legend Christoph Sauser to race seven-day RollerCoaster gravel race for charity. The post MTB Legend Sauser To Ride Rollercoaster appeared first on Bicycling.

5 Life-Changing Benefits Of Cycling

Posted: 12:55, 14 Jun 2018

You don’t have to do a century for a ride to “count.” Riding even a little each day can make a big difference in your life. The post 5 Life-Changing Benefits Of Cycling appeared first on Bicycling.

Waterberg Encounter offers more than just a race (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 16:45, 11 Jun 2018

The Liberty Waterberg MTB Encounter offered more than just three days of racing in the bushveld - it provided a valuable lifestyle experience, said prominent Johannesburg businessman Tjaart Kruger.

Makeshift pair dominate Waterberg MTB Encounter (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 19:53, 10 Jun 2018

HB Kruger and Regis Maniora won their third stage in a row to seal overall victory in the Liberty Waterberg MTB Encounter near Bela-Bela in Limpopo today.

Former road ace excited about Waterberg debut (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 14:13, 06 Jun 2018

Former road specialist JC Nel is looking forward to testing his skills on the mountain bike when he makes his debut in the Liberty Waterberg Encounter this weekend.

Waterberg changes provide interesting challenge (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 11:33, 05 Jun 2018

A new single-track finish to the opening stage of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter will have the front-runners fully alert when the mountain-bike race gets under way on Friday.

Plenty on offer for cyclists at Centurion showroom (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 09:42, 31 May 2018

The highly rated Westfalia BC 75 ZA bike rack, which will be available for South African consumers to order from tomorrow, is part of a wide range of cycling products on display at the Positive Sports Solutions showroom in Centurion, Gauteng.

Waterberg shaping up as a race to remember (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 10:17, 30 May 2018

Organisers of next weekend's Liberty Waterberg Encounter are fully focused on providing the entrants with a race to remember in the heart of the South African bushveld.

Early chance for GZT riders to book their spots (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 17:02, 28 May 2018

Cyclists who have just completed the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain-bike race will have a chance to book their places in next year's event from today.

Hill, Bester overcome glitch to win at Zuurberg (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 15:45, 27 May 2018

Overnight leaders Andrew Hill and Shaun-Nick Bester put the hammer down from the start to surge to stage and overall victory on the final day of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain-bike race at Addo today.

Hoffman and Le Court own the peninsula at #40Take2

Posted: 15:05, 03 Apr 2018

(Cape Town, 11 March 2018) Nolan Hoffman (Team BCX) won the Cape Town Cycle Tour in spectacular fashion today. Hoffman

Women’s Elite Invitational Race

Posted: 12:20, 07 Mar 2018

(07 March 2018, Cape Town)  Following a request and extensive discussion with the Women’s Commission of Cycling South Africa and

We Deliver On Our Promise.

Posted: 19:12, 05 Mar 2018

We are increasing our contribution to over 3 million litres water. (Cape Town) As already communicated, it is the intention that the

Round Up: 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge

Posted: 15:49, 03 Mar 2018

(Stellenbosch) Sam Gaze (Specialized) out-sprinted defending champion Howard Grotts (Specialized) and Mathieu van der Poel(Corendon–Circus) to win the Cape Town

What to expect at the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 2018

Posted: 11:54, 02 Mar 2018

(Cape Town) In keeping with tradition, the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s Lifecycle Week kicks off with the Mountain Bike (MTB)

It’s never too late to train!

Posted: 16:17, 16 Feb 2018

The 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour is just four weeks away. Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday you still had

Knobblies by nature

Posted: 15:41, 06 Feb 2018

The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge is almost upon us. Use your last few training weekends wisely by exploring

FAQ: 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour and the water crisis

Posted: 15:41, 06 Feb 2018

We hear you! On 1 February, Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust Director David Bellairs answered FAQs in a live Facebook

Come play in the dirt! Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge is less than a month away!

Posted: 15:33, 06 Feb 2018

It’s almost time for the mud, sweat and gears of the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge on Saturday, 3

Substitution entries for Cape Town Cycle Tour open! 

Posted: 15:10, 06 Feb 2018

(Cape Town) For those cyclists who missed the original entry cut-off in September 2017, the official substitution process for the

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