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I Gave Up Ballet & Built A Sock-Doping Empire

Posted: 09:33, 23 Mar 2018

In an exclusive interview Sean Sakinofsky, creator and founder of SaK07, lets Bicycling magazine into his creative space and talks us through his life, work and inspirations. The post I Gave Up Ballet & Built A Sock-Doping Empire appeared first on Bicycling.

6 Ways To Avoid Fading On A Long Ride

Posted: 09:00, 23 Mar 2018

Anyone can start strongly on an endurance ride; but finishing strongly takes some skill, and some clever thinking. Here’s how to avoid fizzling out – or even bonking. The post 6 Ways To Avoid Fading On A Long Ride appeared first on Bicycling.

The Absa Cape Epic #ConquerAsOne Moment Of Stage 4

Posted: 08:55, 23 Mar 2018

SPONSORED: The combined ages of this team total 128 years, with Fred van Zyl aiming to make history as the oldest finisher at this year's Absa Cape Epic. The post The Absa Cape Epic #ConquerAsOne Moment Of Stage 4 appeared first on Bicycling.

Chris Froome in danger of being blocked from Tour de France

Posted: 12:45, 22 Mar 2018

Chris Froome’s hopes of winning a fifth Tour de France are reportedly under threat, with race organiser ASO ready to try to block the Team Sky rider from starting this year’s race due to his on-going salbutamol case. The Press Association Sport news agency has claimed that ASO will refuse to let Froome line up in the Vendee region on July 7 if his case has not been resolved. PA sport cited “two senior cycling sources”. Two sources have also confirmed the possibility to Cyclingnews. Froome exceeded the allowed levels for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a España, but because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case.ADVERTISEMENT Froome has always denied any wrongdoing, saying that he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and recently rode Tirreno-Adriatico. He has been announced for the Tour of the Alps stage race in Italy and Austria next month and is determined to push on with his plans to target the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2018. UCI president David Lappartient has previously tried to pressure Team Sky to suspend Froome from racing but he acknowledges that Froome has a right to race under UCI rules. Lappartient has accepted that a verdict is unlikely to be reached before the Giro d’Italia but on Wednesday, after he UCI presented its new strategy to fight mechanical doping, he said that the decision “must be on the table before the Tour de France,” adding, “I hope so because it would be a disaster for everybody if it's not the case.”  ASO seem determined to push Lappartient and the UCI to expedite the Froome case before the start of the Tour de France on July 7. Under UCI WorldTour rules the 18 WorldTour teams must accept the participation of all UCI WorldTeams. However, Cyclingnews understands that ASO traditionally have unique rights in the contracts with teams for the Tour de France, which may give them extra powers to safeguarding the image of the race and so stop a rider competing in their race. ASO is understood to be confident it could resist any legal challenge from Team Sky, possibly dragging the case into the French civil courts. However, ASO was forced to back down in a similar case in 2009 when it tried to stop Tom Boonen from riding the Tour de France following his out of competition positive test for cocaine. Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme also accepted that Alberto Contador had the right to ride the Tour de France in 2011 as he awaited the appeal process of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Contador finished in the 2011 Tour de France, but was later stripped of his results after the CAS banned him for two years. Lappartient stuck in the middle You can read more at

Thwaites undergoes back surgery after fracturing vertebrae

Posted: 11:57, 22 Mar 2018

Dimension Data rider Scott Thwaites has suffered ‘several fractures to his vertebral column’ following a training crash. In a statement released on the Dimension Data website, the team said that Thwaites had undergone successful surgery to stabilise the fractures on Tuesday night. He is in a stable condition and remains in hospital but is expected to be released in the coming days. The team gave no information as to the circumstances of the crash. Thwaites had recently competed at Milan-San Remo and was expected to be an important part of the team’s Classics line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Thwaites’ injury is another blow for Dimension Data, who have several riders out of action due to injury. Team leader Mark Cavendish broke a rib in a horrific crash during last weekend’s Milan-San Remo. The Manxman had already broken a rib when he crashed at speed during the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. He also suffered concussion following a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour when the race directors car braked suddenly ahead of the peloton. Bernhard Eisel is also out of competition at the moment after breaking his wrist and sustaining facial injuries in a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg has not yet made his racing debut in 2018 following groin surgery at the end of last year. Although, the team hopes that he can return to competitive action next month. Mekseb Debesay took a heavy fall at the Tour de Langkawi earlier this week and further tests revealed that he had fractured his pelvis. Illness has also taken its toll with Tom-Jelte Slagter pulling out of Paris-Nice at the start of the month due to sickness. Mark Renshaw had to drop out of Tirreno-Adriatico due to sinusitis but returned to action at Milan-San Remo. You can read more at

The 4 Best MTB’s Under R10K

Posted: 10:06, 22 Mar 2018

Don't have endless bucks to throw around on a bike? That doesn't mean you can't have quality. The post The 4 Best MTB’s Under R10K appeared first on Bicycling.

The Science Doesn’t Lie!

Posted: 09:40, 22 Mar 2018

What is middle age without a traditional mid-life crisis? The post The Science Doesn’t Lie! appeared first on Bicycling.

Geismayr, Rohrbach Victorious At Epic Queen Stage

Posted: 08:56, 22 Mar 2018

Despite winning the Queen Stage on Thursday 21 March, Centurion Vaude’s Daniel Geismayr and Nicola Rohrbach still find themselves in fourth place on the general classification – five minutes behind Canyon Topeak. The post Geismayr, Rohrbach Victorious At Epic Queen Stage appeared first on Bicycling.

The Absa Cape Epic #ConquerAsOne Moment Of Stage 3

Posted: 06:00, 22 Mar 2018

SPONSORED: Stopping to help another team is not unheard of, even for competitive riders, at the Absa Cape Epic! The post The Absa Cape Epic #ConquerAsOne Moment Of Stage 3 appeared first on Bicycling.

Tour de Langkawi shakes up ahead of Cameron Highlands showdown

Posted: 01:00, 22 Mar 2018

After the breakaway stole the show and the day ended with a rider being disqualified from the race for fighting, the drama and intrigue continued on stage 4 of the Tour de Langkawi. The flat sprinters day was on paper the calm before the storm - a chance to rest the legs before the queen stage 5 to Cameron Highlands. Although stage 4 was won in a sprint by Riccardo Minali of Astana, it was a day with ramifications for the general classification, particularly for Dimension Data, who have lost Mekseb Debesay from the race after he crashed and fractured his pelvis. Debesay was the stage winner at Cameron Highlands last year and had started stage 4 of the race in seventh place and within reach of Adam de Vos' yellow jersey come Thursday afternoon. That all came crashing down with 4.5km to race into Pekan when Debesay was involved in a fall.ADVERTISEMENT "Unfortunately, Mekseb was not able to continue as a result of the crash," Dimension Data team Doctor Dirk Tenner said in a release. "We can confirm Mekseb has sustained no life-threatening injuries. He is conscious and talking, but he needs to undergo further medical examination at the hospital in Kuala Lumpur to reveal the full extent of his injuries." A statement from the race following the stage confirmed the pelvis injury for the 26-year-old, who was helicoptered to the capital. Race leader De Vos was a witness to the crash, but when speaking to Cyclingnews and Eurosport after gathering his yellow jersey on the podium, he did not know Debesay was a DNF. You can read more at

Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne keeps the flame alive in the hope of future expansion

Posted: 23:45, 21 Mar 2018

After 41 years of the same format and the same, fixed place on the calendar, the Three Days of De Panne entered a new era on Wednesday with the first running of the rebranded Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, which was won in a bunch sprint by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). It's a curious moniker for what is now a one-day race, but the decision to retain the old name was a very deliberate one by the organising committee at Vélo Club De Panne. The race may have been moved forward by a week against its wishes, and shorn of two and a half stages, but the flame is being kept alive in the plat pays along the North Sea Coast. When Belgian Cycling supported Flanders Classics’ request to move Dwars door Vlaanderen to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders, it seemed to signal the demise of the storied Driedaagse, but the organisers have managed to keep the show on the road for 2018 in the hope of expanding back to three days of racing – though not a three-day stage race – as soon as next year.ADVERTISEMENT Organising committee president Bruno Dequeecker was a busy man in the finish area on De Panne's Zeelan on Tuesday afternoon, toggling between the television interview tent and the podium to ensure the post-race ceremonies ran smoothly. After the final bouquet had been presented and he had passed on his final congratulations to Vivani, Dequeecker declared himself satisfied with how the first day of the new Driedaagse had played out. "We're very happy and proud. We had to change by a week, and it's a totally new kind of a race," Dequeecker told Cyclingnews. "But having the start in Bruges, which is an icon in cycling, was great, and then De Panne itself has already been a name in cycling for 42 years." Echelons break up the field at Driedaagse De Panne New date In Bruges You can read more at

Lappartient: It would be difficult for Froome to ride the Tour de France without a verdict

Posted: 23:00, 21 Mar 2018

UCI president David Lappartient admitted on Tuesday that Chris Froome's salbutamol case is unlikely to be resolved before the Giro d'Italia but has reiterated calls for a verdict or some kind of decision before the start of the Tour de France on July 7. "I hope the decision can arrive before the Tour de France, even for Chris Froome. Can you imagine if he rides the Tour de France without a decision? It would also be difficult for him," Lappartient in Geneva said after presenting the UCI's new strategy to combat mechanical doping. "We need it before the Tour de France. But due to the fact this case is really specific, it takes more times than we were expecting."ADVERTISEMENT The UCI press office had warned that Lappartient would only speak about the new mobile X-ray cabinet created to scan bikes and other aspects of the UCI technological fraud strategy. However, the Froome case is the elephant in the room at every UCI event while lawyers from both sides debate the case. Lappartient is also keen to defend the UCI's position while avoiding entering into the merits of the case. Froome exceeded the allowed levels for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a España, but because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case. Froome has always denied any wrongdoing, saying he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and recently rode Tirreno-Adriatico. He has been announced for the Tour of the Alps stage race in Italy and Austria later this month and is determined to push on with his plans to target the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2018. You can read more at

Quintana keeps breakaways under control for Valverde in Volta a Catalunya

Posted: 22:33, 21 Mar 2018

Nairo Quintana reminded fans and rivals alike why Movistar have been tipped as top favourites in the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday's stage 3 as he followed a dangerous late breakaway up the road. The move contained heavyweights of the calibre of Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott), all of them serious threats to Alejandro Valverde's overall lead. But in a flurry of attacks and counter-moves that largely took place in a tunnel less than 15 kilometres from the finish, Quintana - riding only his second stage race of the season - was able to follow the trio.ADVERTISEMENT The Colombian then largely sat on the back of the quartet as it forged a maximum gap of 30 seconds on the peloton before Sky and, much later, Bahrain-Merida, worked hard to bring back their rivals. Quintana did try a brief dig close to the finish at a point when it seemed the breakaway would be caught, but his move was instantly closed down by the other three racers. Finally, the four were swept up by the peloton just as they reached the line, crossing the line in second to fifth behind stage winner Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) but with no time difference. Talking briefly after crossing the line in fifth place as he donned a jacket against the cold, Quintana told reporters "the strategy was that I shouldn't work, that's what the director said." When it was put to him that he could have taken the overall lead had the break stayed away, Quintana responded simply, "Alejandro is the leader." You can read more at

Callum Scotson rolls the dice at Tour de Langkawi

Posted: 22:02, 21 Mar 2018

As the crosswinds picked up off the South China Sea and split the Tour de Langkawi peloton into three groups with 30km to race on stage 4, Callum Scotson (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) seized the moment and launched a move for the stage win. The Australian held on until inside the final kilometre to Pekan before being swept up by the bunch, eventually crossing the line in 80th place. "It was a bit of crosswind in the last 30k and it split and then when it came back together there was a lot of attacks going," Scotson told Cyclingnews after cooling down. "The breakaway was just there and everyone was going but a lot of the big teams were marking each other. I just picked a moment when everybody seemed to sit up and I went. A couple of guys came with me but when they jumped on they sat up and I just kept going because I know persistence is the key in that sort of situation. A three-time Australian U23 time trial champion, 21-year-old Scotson knew the level of effort required to take the win via solo move and while he fell short, there were no regrets.ADVERTISEMENT "I just felt it out if I was going to get a gap and once I got pretty far, when they were in the distance, I thought I might as well have a crack and see what happens," he said. "They got it right and caught me right at the finish but it was worthwhile having a crack." With Jacob Hennessy in the peloton ready for the sprint, Scotson was free to roll the dice in the bid for his first road win. In the end, Hennessy was eighth and Harry Sweeney kept his podium position ahead of the queen stage to Cameron Highlands. The team also has Yikui Niu sitting in ninth place overall, 1:27 minute down on race leader Adam De Vos (Rally). "We will see what tomorrow holds for us. It is a big day and a decisive one. It was good we could get one step ahead with Harry. We can go in tomorrow and lay it all out there but with a bit of a head start," said Scotson. You can read more at

Pinot finds unexpected strength at Volta a Catalunya

Posted: 22:00, 21 Mar 2018

Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot surprised both himself and his rivals when he surged into a dangerous late breakaway during stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya, culminating in a third place on the day. Although the four-man attack with Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale) and Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) was caught at the line, Pinot still managed to make third on the stage. As a result of the time bonus, the French star is now sixth overall. Pinot was visibly pleased with his performance at the finish, talking to journalists for some time as he wheeled round after the line despite the freezing temperatures. The Volta a Catalunya is only his second race of the season, and the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, his main goals of the year, are still a good few weeks away.ADVERTISEMENT Even so, on a day which was supposedly a transition stage prior to the Volta’s most decisive finish on Thursday, Pinot, Yates and Frank managed to put Movistar on the defensive. And even if the breakaway did not manage, ultimately, to stay away, it nonetheless represented an important dent in the Spanish team’s domination of the race all the same and suggests that it may not be smooth sailing for Movistar between here and Barcelona. Pinot's third place, too, was a reminder that he can produce a fast turn of speed on the finishes of mountain stages - something that could be crucial on stage 4's uphill finish in La Molina on Thursday. "It was important to try and get a bonus even if we know that tomorrow matters as well," Pinot told reporters afterwards. "I'm very pleased, above all, with how I felt, even if it was so cold, and that made it complicated to race. Having such good legs at this point in the season is really pleasing." You can read more at

De Gendt sees hard work pay off with Volta a Catalunya stage win

Posted: 21:37, 21 Mar 2018

One season rolls by and then another, but Thomas De Gendt's ability to snatch prestigious stage wins remains undiminished. In the Volta a Catalunya's stage 3 on Wednesday, the Lotto-Soudal rider pulled off one of his most spectacular victories to date. De Gendt's success, his third stage win in the Volta, came after a day-long breakaway, first in the company of four other riders and then alone with 28 kilometres to go, finishing on the line with 20 seconds over the main pack. A dangerous late four-rider attack with Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) meant that rather than allowing De Gendt to open up a decent margin, the Belgian came within a whisker of being caught up in the GC battle behind. After his wins in Port Ainé and Barcelona in previous years, De Gendt now has a third Volta stage win in his palmarès.ADVERTISEMENT As well as the stage victory, the Belgian is now the new race leader and tops the King of the Mountains classification to boot. But as he said afterwards, he had no idea that he could take the win "until there was 200 metres left to go. "I knew there was still a little bit of uphill in the final two kilometres and I could see the banner, but it was a headwind and I knew there were some very strong riders behind me. My legs were really exploding." The late evening finish was, curiously enough, another factor that played against De Gendt. "I was trying to look back but with the sun" - by then it was very low in the sky - "I couldn't see much. I thought there was somebody coming but it was a motorbike, so I was trying to sprint for the line anyway. It was only with 200 metres to go that I thought I could win." You can read more at

Viviani the go-to guy for Gent-Wevelgem as Gaviria's absence opens cobbled Classics doors

Posted: 21:30, 21 Mar 2018

Elia Viviani wasn't meant to be here, but he's making the most of it now that he is. Parachuted into Belgium after Fernando Gaviria fractured his hand at Tirreno-Adriatico, the Italian won the Driedaagse De Panne on Wednesday and made himself Quick-Step Floors' go-to man for Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. "I didn't have all these races in the plan before Fernando crashed, because he wanted to do all the Flanders Classics and I was focused on the Giro d'Italia, but a team like us, we need to have a big sprinter here," Viviani told Cyclingnews in Bruges at the start of the race. With Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, Dwars door Vlaanderen next Wednesday, and potentially Scheldeprijs the following week, all suddenly on the agenda, Viviani sees it less as a drawback for his Giro preparations and more an opportunity to win in Europe for the first time this season after a strong start in Australia and the Middle East.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a really important 10 days, the last 10 days of my first period of the season, and I really want to end it like I started – in a good way," he said. He duly delivered in De Panne, breezing past Pascal Ackermann to take his season tally to six and quickly banish the disappointment of Saturday's Milan-San Remo, where he finished 19th. "I was really disappointed with my result in San Remo – not with the performance, because I got over the Cipressa and Poggio and we were well organised, but I didn't have the legs to do a 200-metre sprint on the Via Roma," Viviani said in his winner's press conference in De Panne. All for one You can read more at

The Absa Cape Epic #ConquerAsOne Moment Of Stage 2

Posted: 18:23, 21 Mar 2018

SPONSORED: The #ConquerAsOne moment of Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic, proves that teamwork stretches far beyond the relationship between riding partners. The post The Absa Cape Epic #ConquerAsOne Moment Of Stage 2 appeared first on Bicycling.

10 Best Helmets For Road & MTB

Posted: 12:24, 21 Mar 2018

Often overlooked, the helmet is quite possibly the most important piece of equipment in a cyclist’s arsenal. The post 10 Best Helmets For Road & MTB appeared first on Bicycling.

Canyon Topeak Stamp Their Authority on Stage 3

Posted: 12:08, 21 Mar 2018

A breakaway at the start of Stage 3 turned the Men’s category and general classification on its head as the race moved to Worcester. The post Canyon Topeak Stamp Their Authority on Stage 3 appeared first on Bicycling.

Bestmed boost for Emperors Classic (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 11:51, 20 Mar 2018

The Emperors Palace Classic road race in Johannesburg this weekend has received a notable boost after being included under the Bestmed umbrella of sponsored events in South African cycling.

Winelands Encounter offers package for all (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 09:42, 20 Mar 2018

A memorable experience at a good price is what ASG Events has set out to achieve as they look forward to the Liberty Winelands Encounter next month.

Mature De Bod seals second Tour of Good Hope title (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 17:15, 09 Mar 2018

Stefan de Bod sealed his second overall title in the five-day Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in Paarl today.

Italian earns third strike for DiData (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 17:53, 08 Mar 2018

After a near perfect lead-out, Matteo Sobrero timed his sprint to perfection to win the fourth stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope near Paarl in the Cape Winelands today.

Main repeats victory on Du Toitskloof Pass (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 18:05, 07 Mar 2018

Defending champion Kent Main repeated his triumph of a year ago as he climbed to victory on top of Du Toitskloof Pass on the third stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope near Paarl today.

De Bod secures yellow after time-trial hat-trick (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 17:40, 06 Mar 2018

A metronomic Stefan de Bod stamped his authority on the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope with his third successive victory in the individual time-trial outside Paarl in the Cape Winelands today.

Young European stars out to prove a point at World (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 16:23, 06 Mar 2018

Boasting an impressive array of young talent, the two HEAD Bikes teams from Europe will be keen to make an impact at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Western Cape on Saturday.

Hoffman charges to opening-stage win (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 18:00, 05 Mar 2018

Capitalising on his sprinting power, Nolan Hoffman took charge in the dash for the line to win the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope near Paarl in the Western Cape today.

Van Musschenbroek ready to fire in Tour of Good Ho (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 12:00, 01 Mar 2018

With a one-second flashback burning in his mind, Myles van Musschenbroek is fired up to make a statement when the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope gets under way in Paarl on Monday.

Young African talent aim to shine in Paarl (Own Correspondent)

Posted: 15:05, 28 Feb 2018

The cream of Africa's young cycling talent will be on show when South Africa's premier stage road race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, unfolds in and around Paarl from Monday to Friday.

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