VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:16:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Video: How to improve your efficiency http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/video/video-how-to-improve-your-efficiency_365241 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/video/video-how-to-improve-your-efficiency_365241#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:21:41 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365241

GCN has four tips to improve your efficiency while on the bike.

Global Cycling Networks has four workouts to help you improve your body's efficiency while riding or racing

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GCN has four tips to improve your efficiency while on the bike.

Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of Global Cycling Network. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc.

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Ronde van Vlaanderen to feature onboard camera footage http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/ronde-van-vlaanderen-to-feature-onboard-camera-footage_365233 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/ronde-van-vlaanderen-to-feature-onboard-camera-footage_365233#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:04:57 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365233

Onboard cameras provided a new dimension to the finishing moments of the stage 5 sprint at the 2014 Tour de Suisse.

Onboard camera footage from the bikes of five Velon teams will be available to TV rights holders after the Tour of Flanders

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Onboard cameras provided a new dimension to the finishing moments of the stage 5 sprint at the 2014 Tour de Suisse.

Onboard camera footage from inside Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) will be available to TV rights holders, thanks to a partnership between race organizer Flanders Classics and Velon, an organization dedicated to the improvement of pro cycling.

Five of the 11 Velon teams will have cameras mounted to select rider’s bikes during the race, and footage will be available following the event.

Footage will be distributed by the Velon teams and IMG Media, and will come from Cannondale-Garmin, Giant-Alpecin, Trek Factory Racing, Tinkoff-Saxo, Lotto-Soudal, and Lampre-Merida.

The precise number of cameras in use, and which riders will have them mounted to their bikes, is not yet known.

Similar footage has been recorded and distributed by teams in the past, but this marks the first coordinated effort between Velon teams, and the first close partnership with a large race organizer. The onboard cameras are an important part of Velon’s plan to improve broadcasting, and eventually the revenue streams surrounding TV rights, within professional cycling.

The cameras, most often mounted under a bike’s handlebars facing forward or under the saddle facing backward, offer an unparalleled view into the professional peloton, and will be of particular interest in a dynamic, fast-paced event like Flanders.

“The new technologies give us a fantastic opportunity to show this great race, Flanders’ finest, to even more people around the world — both through our and through the teams’ channels,” said Gilbert Van Fraeyenhoven, managing director of Flanders Classics, in a press release.

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Gallery: 2015 Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, stage 2 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/road/gallery-2015-driedaagse-de-panne-koksijde-stage-2_365211 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/road/gallery-2015-driedaagse-de-panne-koksijde-stage-2_365211#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:47:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365211

It's Kristoff again in De Panne, as the Norwegian sprinter fires up the afterburners with 200 meters to go and dusts the field

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Gallery: Boonen, Etixx-Quick-Step preview Flanders course http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/road/gallery-boonen-etixx-quick-step-preview-flanders-course_365193 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/road/gallery-boonen-etixx-quick-step-preview-flanders-course_365193#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:40:24 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365193

Tom Boonen joins his Etixx teammates to train on part of Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen course

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Results: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, stage 2 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/race-results/results-driedaagse-de-panne-koksijde-stage-2_365190 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/race-results/results-driedaagse-de-panne-koksijde-stage-2_365190#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:02:53 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365190 Kristoff wins second stage in a row and extends his lead in the overall ahead of final day of racing in Belgium

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  • 1. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, in 5:33:32
  • 2. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 4. Antoine DEMOITIE, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 7. Raymond KREDER, ROP, at :00
  • 8. Mark RENSHAW, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 9. Magnus Cort NIELSEN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 10. Rafael ANDRIATO, STH, at :00
  • 11. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at :00
  • 12. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 13. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 14. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at :00
  • 15. Mads PEDERSEN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 16. Enrique SANZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 17. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, ROP, at :00
  • 18. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 19. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 20. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 21. Andrew FENN, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 22. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 23. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 24. Jarl SALOMEIN, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 25. Klaas LODEWYCK, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :00
  • 27. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 28. Stijn DEVOLDER, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 29. Vincent JEROME, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :00
  • 30. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 31. Nicolas MARINI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 32. Yves LAMPAERT, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 33. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 34. Bradley WIGGINS, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 35. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :00
  • 36. Gerry DRUYTS, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at :00
  • 37. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 38. Yohann GENE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :00
  • 39. James VANLANDSCHOOT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 40. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 41. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 42. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 43. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 44. Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 45. Emiel VERMEULEN, TEAM 3M, at :00
  • 46. Francesco GAVAZZI, STH, at :00
  • 47. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 48. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 49. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 50. Julien VERMOTE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 51. Jonas RICKAERT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 52. Fabio SABATINI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 53. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 54. Adam BLYTHE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 55. Eugert ZHUPA, STH, at :00
  • 56. Pim LIGTHART, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 57. Troels Ronning VINTHER, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 58. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 59. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 60. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 61. Yannick MARTINEZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :00
  • 62. Grégory RAST, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 63. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 64. Johnny HOOGERLAND, ROP, at :00
  • 65. Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 66. Mauro FINETTO, STH, at :00
  • 67. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :00
  • 68. Tim KERKHOF, ROP, at :00
  • 69. Ralf MATZKA, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 70. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 71. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 72. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 73. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 74. Alphonse VERMOTE, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at :00
  • 75. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 76. Tim DECLERCQ, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 77. Michael REIHS, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 78. Giuseppe FONZI, STH, at :00
  • 79. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROP, at :00
  • 80. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 81. Dennis COENEN, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at :00
  • 82. Alessandro MALAGUTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 83. Kevin HULSMANS, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at :00
  • 84. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 85. Wesley KREDER, ROP, at :14
  • 86. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :15
  • 87. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :19
  • 88. David BOUCHER, FDJ, at :22
  • 89. Sébastien CHAVANEL, FDJ, at :22
  • 90. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 91. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 92. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :26
  • 93. Andreas STAUFF, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :26
  • 94. Matt BRAMMEIER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :26
  • 95. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :26
  • 96. Sander CORDEEL, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at :26
  • 97. Martin MORTENSEN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :26
  • 98. Luca PAOLINI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :26
  • 99. Olivier CHEVALIER, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at :30
  • 100. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :30
  • 101. Marc SARREAU, FDJ, at :30
  • 102. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA-ARGON 18, at :30
  • 103. Michael VINGERLING, TEAM 3M, at :30
  • 104. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :36
  • 105. Jonathan DUFRASNE, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at :43
  • 106. Hayden ROULSTON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :50
  • 107. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:10
  • 108. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM SKY, at 1:10
  • 109. Marco BANDIERA, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 1:18
  • 110. Mirko TEDESCHI, STH, at 1:18
  • 111. William BONNET, FDJ, at 1:43
  • 112. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:43
  • 113. Mattia POZZO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 5:00
  • 114. Bjorn THURAU, BORA-ARGON 18, at 5:09
  • 115. Tim DE TROYER, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:24
  • 116. Jens MOURIS, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 12:09
  • 117. Nick DOUGALL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 13:35
  • 118. Dimitri PEYSKENS, TEAM 3M, at 17:57
  • 119. Geert VAN DER WEIJST, TEAM 3M, at 17:57
  • 120. Melvin van ZIJL, TEAM 3M, at 17:57
  • 121. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:57
  • 122. Daniil FOMINYKH, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 17:57
  • 123. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 17:57
  • 124. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 17:57
  • 125. Gaëtan PONS, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 17:57
  • 126. Giovanni BERNAUDEAU, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 17:57
  • 127. Kevin VAN MELSEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 17:57
  • 128. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 17:57
  • 129. Russell DOWNING, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 17:57
  • 130. Fabrice MELS, TEAM 3M, at 17:57
  • 131. Antonio VIOLA, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 17:57
  • 132. Jaap DE MAN, TEAM 3M, at 17:57
  • 133. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 17:57
  • 134. Kenny DE KETELE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 17:57
  • 135. Frantisek PADOUR, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:57
  • 136. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 17:57
  • 137. Serge PAUWELS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 17:57
  • 138. Genki YAMAMOTO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 17:57
  • 139. Marco FRAPPORTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:57
  • 140. Antoine WARNIER, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 17:57
  • 141. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 17:57
  • 142. Loic PESTIAUX, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 17:57
  • 143. Lander SEYNAEVE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 17:57
  • 144. Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 17:57
  • 145. Nicola RUFFONI, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:57
  • 146. Enrico BATTAGLIN, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:57
  • 147. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 17:57
  • 148. Filippo POZZATO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 17:57
  • 149. Maxat AYAZBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 17:57
  • 150. Berden DE VRIES, ROP, at 17:57
  • 151. Leigh HOWARD, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 17:57
  • 152. Ivar SLIK, ROP, at 17:57
  • 153. Shiki KUROEDA, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 17:57
  • 154. Francesco CHICCHI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:57
  • 155. Timothy STEVENS, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 17:57
  • 156. Andrea PIECHELE, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:57
  • 157. Nathan EARLE, TEAM SKY, at 17:57
  • 158. Campbell Flakemore, BMC RACING TEAM, at 17:57
  • 159. Theo BOS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 17:57
  • 160. Danny PATE, TEAM SKY, at 17:57
  • 161. Ludwig DE WINTER, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 17:57
  • 162. Morgan LAMOISSON, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 17:57
  • 163. Jan GHYSELINCK, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 17:57
  • 164. Jakub MARECZKO, STH, at 17:57
  • 165. Frederique ROBERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 17:57
  • 166. Christopher SUTTON, TEAM SKY, at 17:57
  • 167. Julien STASSEN, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 17:57
  • 168. Kevin PEETERS, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 17:57
  • DNF Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Johan LE BON, FDJ
  • DNF Rudiger SELIG, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Oscar GATTO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
  • DNF Tiziano DALL’ANTONIA, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
  • DNF Karel HNIK, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Scott THWAITES, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Andrea DAL COL, STH
  • DNS Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING

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Wiggins riding to the numbers for Roubaix http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/wiggins-riding-to-the-numbers-for-roubaix_365183 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/wiggins-riding-to-the-numbers-for-roubaix_365183#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:43:23 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365183

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is hoping his hard work and attention to detail pay off on April 12 when he takes on Paris-Roubaix. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (File).

Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky's brightest minds, are applying their scientific knowledge to the Briton's Paris-Roubaix preparations

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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is hoping his hard work and attention to detail pay off on April 12 when he takes on Paris-Roubaix. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (File).

GENT, Belgium (VN) — Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins will race Paris-Roubaix next Sunday according to feel, but also with a big bag of scientific research at their disposal.

This winter, Wiggins timed some of the key cobble sectors that make up the 253-kilometer French monument. In training, he is riding certain times and watts to replicate what could happen in the race.

The same sort of efforts helped him win four Olympic gold medals and the 2012 Tour de France.

“It’s different training, but you can do things to replicate what you’ll find in Paris-Roubaix,” Sky’s head of performance operations, Rod Ellingworth told VeloNews.

“It’s pretty simple: what time are you spending and what intensity, and the intervals between the sectors, what [the watts] look like on the cobbles, what it looks like the rest of the time.”

The 34-year-old Brit made Paris-Roubaix his last major goal with team Sky before he leaves to join his continental team and focus on the track for the hour record and 2016 Olympics.

He began on the track, riding specific efforts to achieve individual and team pursuit gold medals. He successfully transitioned to the road, winning stage races such as Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie, Critérium du Dauphiné, and of course, the 2012 Tour de France.

The 2013 Giro d’Italia was his last grand tour. In 2014, he aimed for the Tour of California, Paris-Roubaix, and the time trial world championships. He placed ninth in Roubaix and won the other two events.

His ninth place on Roubaix’s famous velodrome in northern France convinced him he could return to win on April 12. This winter, he pulled out his DVDs and VHS tapes, and looked at YouTube to prepare for the 2015 edition.

“I’ve been timing all the sectors of cobbles and the bits between them,” Wiggins told British newspaper, The Guardian.

He explained that the longest sector, Quiévy to Saint-Python, takes around five minutes and the important Carrefour de l’Arbre sector takes “about three minutes and 20 seconds.”

“[The efforts needed are] mainly between a mile and a mile and three-quarters in Roubaix, they’re shorter in Flanders, so it comes down to explosive power for a minute followed by [aerobic] threshold,” Wiggins added.

“It’s about the repetition of that. It’s not about power-weight ratio or a time trial where you can predict the power you need. And it’s about making those efforts at the end of six or seven hours.”

Together with his coach, Tim Kerrison, he worked out a training program to mimic those efforts. Ellingworth is looking over star helpers Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe.

“We kept it flexible. You have to train for having an incident, you prepare those guys for not having a perfect run-through,” Ellingworth added. “If you only train for the actual and true timings, then you’d perhaps miss some elements. You have to do different elements like having a problem and going full-gas to get back up front.

“They have to do it without the numbers at times. In Paris-Roubaix or Flanders, you don’t have good numbers because you’re tired. In training, you can always get higher numbers, that’s why it’s better to race on feel and just put the number things in you pocket.

“Brad’s dead into all that stuff, I know he trains specifically on numbers as a guide and target.”

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Kristoff, Paolini give Katusha one-two punch for Flanders http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/kristoff-paolini-give-katusha-one-two-punch-for-flanders_365177 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/kristoff-paolini-give-katusha-one-two-punch-for-flanders_365177#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:20:12 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365177

Luca Paolini and Alexander Kristoff have been Katusha's dynamic duo this spring, and they'll line up as podium threats in Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Russian outfit is brimming with confidence after Paolini's win at Gent-Wevelgem, and Kristoff's pair of wins at De Panne this week

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Luca Paolini and Alexander Kristoff have been Katusha's dynamic duo this spring, and they'll line up as podium threats in Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

GENT, Belgium (VN) — Winning a sprint is never easy, but Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) made it look that way when he snatched a four-up sprint to claim the opening stage of the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde on Tuesday. And a day later, he muscled his way out of a larger bunch to win stage 2.

The 27-year-old Norwegian is oozing confidence as he rides toward a possible date with destiny at the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) this weekend. Without Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick-Step) or Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), many are tipping Kristoff as the man to fill the void.

“The Ronde is the big objective this year,” Kristoff said. “I’ve been close the past two years. I hope this year I can reach the podium, and maybe more. That is my goal. We’ll see what happens Sunday.”

Close in the Ronde means that a rider has the legs to go the distance and play the moves. Being close is no guarantee of victory, however, especially in the brutal conditions and distance of Flanders. He was fourth in 2013, leading across the main pack at 1:39, behind Cancellara’s epic solo victory. Last year, just weeks after winning Milano-Sanremo, Kristoff missed the winning, four-man move, crossing the line just eight seconds back in fifth after a desperate, late-race chase.

Kristoff only takes confidence from those previous performances, and promises to make the race, rather than react.

“I have learned I have this strong attack. I don’t always need to sit on the wheels,” he said. “I hope to be there in the final [Sunday]. Maybe Luca [Paolini] can be there as well. If I have good legs, and I have teammates, I hope to be racing for the podium.”

The Russian-backed Katusha roars into the Belgian spring races with its best options for northern classic success since its creation in 2009. Not only is Kristoff hitting a new level, veteran Italian Paolini gives the team a strong second card to play Sunday over the bergs.

The team lines up to support Kristoff, but if the brawny Norwegian is on an off day or crashes out, then Katusha will let Paolini play his hand. That’s exactly what happened last Sunday at a wild and windy Gent-Wevelgem. Kristoff waved on Paolini, and the Italian didn’t hesitate a moment, bridging to the winning move. His wile and experience paid off with a dramatic victory that only bolsters the team’s confidence.

“Alexander is our leader, but as you saw at Wevelgem, I can have my chances if he’s not there,” Paolini said. “Personally, I believe Alexander can win. He is strong enough to make the selection, and no one can beat him in a sprint. If he has good legs and good luck, I think he can win Flanders.”

Katusha also brings others to help push the pace and protect Kristoff until the key bergs deep into the race. From there, it’s every man for himself, but that’s where Paolini believes Kristoff has an advantage over other riders with a speedy finishing kick.

“Alexander can go the distance. When it’s more than 240km, there is no one who can beat him. Only a very strong John Degenkolb, who timed his sprint perfectly, could beat Alexander at Sanremo,” said Paolini, referring to Milano-Sanremo last month. “The other sprinters cannot last the longer distances of the classics. That’s a big advantage for Alexander, because he can still be very fast at the end of a race that’s 240km, 260km long.”

Kristoff’s rising form will only put more pressure on rival teams to try to isolate and then drop him. Of the other top favorites for this weekend, only Degenkolb or Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) can truly challenge Kristoff in a reduced-bunch sprint. Others, such as Etixx-Quick-Step’s Niki Terpstra or Zdenek Stybar, Geraint Thomas (Sky), and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) will have to try to drop him on the bergs, or ride him off their wheel, neither of which will be easy if Kristoff is on top form.

For some odds-makers, Kristoff doesn’t quite bubble up to the front-line favorites, but the peloton knows that he will be trouble if they let him hang around. The problem is, the harder the race is, the better it is for Kristoff, because the pace helps shed other rival sprinters.

For Kristoff and Katusha, it’s all about keeping their Norwegian well-placed until the final dash to the line.

“If Alexander is in the finale, he has a very good chance to win,” Paolini said. “The entire team is believing in him. He’s already won Milano-Sanremo, so I think his time has come.”

In fact, nearly all of Katusha’s major wins this season have come from Kristoff and Paolini, so the team is hoping for one more kick on Sunday.

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Alexander Kristoff goes two-for-two at De Panne http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/road/alexander-kristoff-goes-two-for-two-at-de-panne_365174 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/road/alexander-kristoff-goes-two-for-two-at-de-panne_365174#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:43:06 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365174

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won a long-range sprint, wearing the leader's jersey, in stage 2 of De Panne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Alexander Kristoff muscles his way to another stage win in day two of Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, keeping the overall race lead

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won a long-range sprint, wearing the leader's jersey, in stage 2 of De Panne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Wearing the race leader’s jersey, Alexander Kristoff won again at Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, delivering a punishing long-range sprint in Koksijde, Belgium on Wednesday.

The Norwegian rider credited his team for protecting his overall race lead throughout stage 2 and shepherding him to the front for the final sprint.

“It was not easy; it was a hard day, a lot of wind,” said Kristoff. “I did not feel so strong, but in the end [my team] delivered me perfect. I’m really happy.”

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A large group of 12 riders went off the front early in the 217-kilometer stage and at one point had a gap of over seven minutes.

With 40km to go, the gap was under 20 seconds, and the front group began to splinter under the pressure. Seven riders survived off the front, as the race passed the finish for the final three circuits around Koksijde.

For the next 15 kilometers, the gap held around 35 seconds, as the break desperately worked to stay away.

The peloton began to whip up the pace, in large part due to Lampre-Merida’s efforts, and with 20 kilometers left, the break was caught and counterattacks began.

Dennis Coenen (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace), Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo-Vini Fantini), and Martin Mortensen (Cult Energy) got away and soon had a 20-second gap with 10 kilometers left.

MTN-Qhubeka took to the front of the peloton and chased in earnest. Team Sky, FDJ, and Katusha also moved up to prepare for the sprint.

The three leaders dangled off the front, 11 seconds up the road, with five kilometers left.

First, Mortensen was caught, and then the remaining duo were brought back with 2.9km remaining.

With 1.5km to go, Bradley Wiggins took to the reins to drive Sky’s sprint train.

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) moved to the front in the final kilometer, leading the field through the final, sharp left-hand corner.

But it was all Kristoff in the last 200 meters. The race leader delivered an impressive, long sprint, holding off Team Sky’s Elia Viviani, who tried to come up the right side, on the barriers.

“It was quite technical,” Kristoff said of the sprint. “I could start from Modolo’s wheel. I was leading the whole sprint and no one could come around.

“When I started, [Modolo] started also. You never know if someone is coming fast at the end. For sure it was not too many fresh legs at the end.”

Viviani was second, and Shane Archbold (Bora-Argon18) finished third.

Heading into the final day of racing on Thursday, Kristoff keeps the overall race lead, 16 seconds ahead of Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing), and 17 seconds clear of Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto-Soudal). He’ll need to survive two more stages to keep the lead — a 111.4km stage around De Panne in the morning and a 14.2km individual time trial in the afternoon.

“The goal is on Sunday; we will see,” Kristoff said, referring to Ronde van Vlaanderen. “I’ll try to keep [the overall lead] of course. There are some good time trialists just behind me.

“I can win it, but I am not the only one who can.”

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Agence France-Presse contributed to this report.

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Women’s Cycling: The path to parity http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/womens-cycling-the-path-to-parity_365161 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/womens-cycling-the-path-to-parity_365161#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:44:03 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365161

The Tour de France held its first ever La Course last summer. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

In order to sustain itself in the sports world, women's cycling needs a meaningful long-term strategy, writes Joe Harris and Steve Maxwell

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The Tour de France held its first ever La Course last summer. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article written by Joe Harris and Steve Maxwell for TheOuterLine.com.

Nowhere is the desire and need for positive reform more immediate than in women’s professional cycling. A major priority of the UCI under President Brian Cookson has been to raise the profile of women in the sport, but a meaningful long-term strategy which will improve the opportunities and treatment of women has yet to materialize, and this is especially distressing for the current athletes who are attempting to make a living as professional cyclists. Their careers have a very short lifespan and critical changes cannot come soon enough.

Women’s cycling has much to overcome. There is a great deal of anxiety over the sustainability of key races in the women’s calendar, and teams often do not have the finances or people to commit to a full schedule. Public perception that women’s pro racing is nothing more than a few races tacked on to the coattails of existing men’s events has prevented the sport from developing a true commercial identity, putting women’s race organizers and team owners at a disadvantage to effectively plan and execute multi-year business strategies. Women athletes are also rightfully cautious to commit to full-time professional careers because their earning power is typically greater outside of the sport than from racing year round, and is still nowhere near that of the sportsmen.

Women’s professional cycling appears to be at a crossroads. On one hand, the UCI is lending support and momentum to reforms and enhancements which could benefit the athletes, teams, races, and sponsors. Cookson’s selection of Tracy Gaudry as one of the three vice presidents in his inner circle was a bold move. The UCI recently held its inaugural women’s summit and announced the new women’s “WorldTour” for 2016, and has also become more active in engaging with the team owners and promoters of events, seeking to build out an inclusive, expanded calendar and to enhance the value of women’s racing from a financial and sponsorship perspectives.

On the other hand, the nascent but growing Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) has been separately developing a strategy for growth and a strong following among women racers to rally for changes in the sport. The WCA has already mobilized 90 percent of the professional women racing in North America under its banner. They have also been active in outreach to women outside of North America, and more importantly, have been forging relationships with race promoters, team owners, and potential sponsors of women’s cycling — in a strategy to holistically change the sport. According to two of its most visible emissaries, Robin Farina and Janel Holcomb, the WCA believes it can spur organic change by disrupting the system with a thorough-going approach that fundamentally changes everything — from its competitive foundation, to its operating model and financial foundation, through to post-career athlete support.

Although it may seem that the WCA and UCI are on parallel paths, they may actually be on a potential collision course that could set the entire sport off on a new direction. If the UCI is to reform and grow the sport of women’s cycling, it has to re-invent the policies and financial underpinnings of how it supports and drives the sport from the top-down, up to and including the expectations it sets for national federations. There is some question as to whether it has the agility and imagination to do so, especially in light of overdue debate on key women’s issues in the sport sparked by the CIRC report. And like so many of their new broad and sweeping proposals, the UCI’s statements about women’s cycling reforms lack the actionable details needed to truly advance the sport in a coherent or timely fashion.

However, on the other hand, the WCA’s entrepreneurial intentions and inspired emerging vision will be very difficult to execute without a huge investment and near-100 percent participation by the world’s top racers. While there is precedence for such successful sweeping changes in other women’s professional sports like tennis, the resistance of traditional cycling institutions such as race promoters, national federations, and the media to change in the short-term may represent overwhelming obstacles. The real question facing the WCA is if it can develop the capital and human resources to implement such a commercial revolution in the sport, and whether potential sponsors will have the commitment and patience to see such an investment through.

Time will tell if the UCI and its new leadership team can reinvent the women’s sport it inherited or if it will take some organization like the WCA to develop a strategy and rally the support to lead change through direct intervention. Under any circumstances, either party — whether working collaboratively or on their own — must address five key items in order to achieve success.

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Video: Col Collective climbs the Peyresourde (Luchon) http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/road/video-col-collective-climbs-the-peyresourde-luchon_365124 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/road/video-col-collective-climbs-the-peyresourde-luchon_365124#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:21:45 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365124

The Col Collective climbs the Col de Peyresourde from the Bagnères-de-Luchon side.

The Col Collective takes on one of the oldest climbs of the Tour de France, a 14.5km ascent to 5,148 feet starting from Bagnères-de-Luchon

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The Col Collective climbs the Col de Peyresourde from the Bagnères-de-Luchon side.

Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of The Col Collective. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc.

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Kristoff rules the first day in De Panne, riding his way into the breakaway and sprinting to victory out of a six-man group

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  • 1. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, in 3:59:31
  • 2. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 3. Stijn DEVOLDER, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 4. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 6. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :06
  • 7. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :32
  • 8. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at :34
  • 9. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :34
  • 10. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :34
  • 11. Raymond KREDER, ROP, at :34
  • 12. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :34
  • 13. Rafael ANDRIATO, STH, at :34
  • 14. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :34
  • 15. Yannick MARTINEZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :34
  • 16. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 17. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :34
  • 18. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :34
  • 19. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :34
  • 20. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :34
  • 21. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :34
  • 22. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :34
  • 23. Fabio SABATINI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :34
  • 24. Francesco GAVAZZI, STH, at :34
  • 25. Yves LAMPAERT, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :34
  • 26. Magnus Cort NIELSEN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :34
  • 27. Dennis COENEN, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at :34
  • 28. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :34
  • 29. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 30. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :34
  • 31. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 32. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 33. Gerry DRUYTS, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at :34
  • 34. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :34
  • 35. Klaas LODEWYCK, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 36. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at :34
  • 37. Vincent JEROME, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :34
  • 38. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :34
  • 39. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :34
  • 40. Bradley WIGGINS, TEAM SKY, at :34
  • 41. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at :34
  • 42. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 43. Julien VERMOTE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :34
  • 44. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 45. Grégory RAST, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :34
  • 46. Filippo POZZATO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :34
  • 47. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :34
  • 48. Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 3:01
  • 49. Pim LIGTHART, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:01
  • 50. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:29
  • 51. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA-ARGON 18, at 3:29
  • 52. Johnny HOOGERLAND, ROP, at 3:31
  • 53. Mauro FINETTO, STH, at 3:31
  • 54. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 3:37
  • 55. Dimitri PEYSKENS, TEAM 3M, at 5:16
  • 56. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROP, at 5:16
  • 57. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 5:16
  • 58. Giovanni BERNAUDEAU, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 5:16
  • 59. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 5:16
  • 60. Russell DOWNING, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 5:16
  • 61. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM SKY, at 5:16
  • 62. Leigh HOWARD, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 5:16
  • 63. Giuseppe FONZI, STH, at 5:16
  • 64. Alessandro MALAGUTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 5:16
  • 65. Andrew FENN, TEAM SKY, at 5:16
  • 66. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:16
  • 67. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA-ARGON 18, at 5:16
  • 68. Frederique ROBERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:16
  • 69. Ralf MATZKA, BORA-ARGON 18, at 5:16
  • 70. Sander CORDEEL, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 5:16
  • 71. Michael REIHS, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 5:16
  • 72. Jan GHYSELINCK, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:16
  • 73. Tim DE TROYER, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:16
  • 74. Troels Ronning VINTHER, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 5:16
  • 75. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 5:16
  • 76. Wesley KREDER, ROP, at 5:16
  • 77. Tim DECLERCQ, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 5:16
  • 78. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 5:16
  • 79. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 5:16
  • 80. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 5:16
  • 81. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 5:16
  • 82. Tiziano DALL’ANTONIA, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 5:16
  • 83. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 5:16
  • 84. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA-ARGON 18, at 5:16
  • 85. Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:16
  • 86. Rudiger SELIG, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:16
  • 87. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:16
  • 88. Antoine DEMOITIE, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 5:16
  • 89. Sébastien CHAVANEL, FDJ, at 5:16
  • 90. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:16
  • 91. Scott THWAITES, BORA-ARGON 18, at 5:16
  • 92. Adam BLYTHE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 5:16
  • 93. Mark RENSHAW, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 5:16
  • 94. William BONNET, FDJ, at 5:16
  • 95. Yohann GENE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 5:16
  • 96. Matt BRAMMEIER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 6:39
  • 97. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 9:10
  • 98. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:10
  • 99. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, at 9:10
  • 100. Jarl SALOMEIN, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 9:10
  • 101. Alphonse VERMOTE, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 9:10
  • 102. Michael VINGERLING, TEAM 3M, at 9:10
  • 103. Timothy STEVENS, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 9:10
  • 104. Mads PEDERSEN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 9:10
  • 105. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 9:10
  • 106. Eugert ZHUPA, STH, at 9:10
  • 107. Jonas RICKAERT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 9:10
  • 108. Berden DE VRIES, ROP, at 9:10
  • 109. Tim KERKHOF, ROP, at 9:10
  • 110. Nick DOUGALL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 9:10
  • 111. Hayden ROULSTON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 9:10
  • 112. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 9:10
  • 113. Julien STASSEN, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 9:10
  • 114. Serge PAUWELS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 9:10
  • 115. Christopher SUTTON, TEAM SKY, at 9:10
  • 116. Jens MOURIS, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 9:10
  • 117. James VANLANDSCHOOT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:10
  • 118. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 9:10
  • 119. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 9:10
  • 120. Enrique SANZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 9:10
  • 121. Olivier CHEVALIER, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 9:10
  • 122. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at 9:10
  • 123. Enrico BATTAGLIN, BARDIANI CSF, at 9:10
  • 124. Loic PESTIAUX, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 9:10
  • 125. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 9:10
  • 126. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA-ARGON 18, at 9:10
  • 127. Bjorn THURAU, BORA-ARGON 18, at 9:10
  • 128. Luca PAOLINI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 9:10
  • 129. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 15:26
  • 130. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 15:31
  • 131. Marc SARREAU, FDJ, at 15:48
  • 132. Theo BOS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 15:48
  • 133. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 15:48
  • 134. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 15:48
  • 135. Jaap DE MAN, TEAM 3M, at 15:48
  • 136. Martin MORTENSEN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 17:52
  • 137. David BOUCHER, FDJ, at 17:52
  • 138. Kenny DE KETELE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 17:52
  • 139. Marco BANDIERA, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:52
  • 140. Andreas STAUFF, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 17:52
  • 141. Jonathan DUFRASNE, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 17:52
  • 142. Antoine WARNIER, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 17:52
  • 143. Ivar SLIK, ROP, at 17:52
  • 144. Andrea PIECHELE, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:52
  • 145. Campbell Flakemore, BMC RACING TEAM, at 17:52
  • 146. Oscar GATTO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:52
  • 147. Francesco CHICCHI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:52
  • 148. Lander SEYNAEVE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 17:52
  • 149. Kevin HULSMANS, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 17:52
  • 150. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, ROP, at 24:15
  • 151. Kevin VAN MELSEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 24:15
  • 152. Melvin van ZIJL, TEAM 3M, at 24:15
  • 153. Antonio VIOLA, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 24:15
  • 154. Gaëtan PONS, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 24:15
  • 155. Daniil FOMINYKH, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 24:15
  • 156. Nicolas MARINI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 24:15
  • 157. Mattia POZZO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 24:15
  • 158. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 24:15
  • 159. Mirko TEDESCHI, STH, at 24:15
  • 160. Maxat AYAZBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 24:15
  • 161. Nathan EARLE, TEAM SKY, at 24:15
  • 162. Alessandro TONELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at 24:15
  • 163. Ludwig DE WINTER, WALLONIE – BRUXELLES, at 24:15
  • 164. Genki YAMAMOTO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 24:15
  • 165. Geert VAN DER WEIJST, TEAM 3M, at 24:15
  • 166. Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 24:15
  • 167. Karel HNIK, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 24:15
  • 168. Marco FRAPPORTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 24:15
  • 169. Shiki KUROEDA, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 24:15
  • 170. Frantisek PADOUR, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 24:15
  • 171. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 24:15
  • 172. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 24:15
  • 173. Morgan LAMOISSON, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 24:15
  • 174. Andrea DAL COL, STH, at 24:15
  • 175. Jakub MARECZKO, STH, at 24:15
  • 176. Danny PATE, TEAM SKY, at 24:15
  • 177. Emiel VERMEULEN, TEAM 3M, at 24:15
  • 178. Fabrice MELS, TEAM 3M, at 24:15
  • 179. Kevin PEETERS, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 24:46
  • DNF Gert STEEGMANS, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF John GADRET, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Fabio TABORRE, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
  • DNF Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Nicola RUFFONI, BARDIANI CSF
  • DNF Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Rob RUIJGH, VASTGOEDSERVICE – GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM
  • DNF Christophe SLEURS, TEAM 3M
  • DNS Sam BENNETT, BORA-ARGON 18

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Dowsett set to take on hour record May 2 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/dowsett-set-to-take-on-hour-record-may-2_365095 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/dowsett-set-to-take-on-hour-record-may-2_365095#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:02:33 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365095

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) has set a new date to attempt the hour record, at the start of May. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

After a broken collarbone postponed his original plans, Alex Dowsett is back on track to challenge the hour record in Manchester this May

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Alex Dowsett (Movistar) has set a new date to attempt the hour record, at the start of May. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

At the start of the year, Alex Dowsett expected to have the longest hour behind him by this point, but an untimely injury postponed his plans to take on the hour record.

Now, recovered from his January collarbone injury, the 26-year-old Briton is ready to make an appointment, and on Tuesday, his Movistar team announced that he’ll ride the hour at Manchester’s National Cycling Center in England on Saturday, May 2.

“I’m thrilled to be back on track to attempt the #PerfectHour,” Dowsett said in a written team press statement. “Breaking my collarbone whilst in such good form was a real disappointment, but I healed 100 percent and didn’t lose much form through it all. Manchester will be a fantastic location, and it’ll be an honor for me to attempt the record on the same boards as Chris Boardman.”

Dowsett will be up against a mark set by Rohan Dennis (BMC) at the start of February, 52.491km. Since the Australian set that world record, two other pretenders to the crown have tried and failed to break his record — Thomas Dekker and Gustav Larsson (Cult Energy Pro Cycling).

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Photo Essay: 2015 Gent-Wevelgem http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/gallery/photo-essay-2015-gent-wevelgem_365054 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/gallery/photo-essay-2015-gent-wevelgem_365054#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:32:00 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365054

This edition of Gent-Wevelgem offered plenty of rainy, windy action. Only the strong — and the lucky — survived

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In the News: Italian federation chief criticizes UCI over Astana case http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/in-the-news-italian-federation-chief-criticizes-uci-over-astana-case_365038 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/in-the-news-italian-federation-chief-criticizes-uci-over-astana-case_365038#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:50:21 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365038

UCI president Brian Cookson is under increasing scrutiny to take a stand on doping in cycling, and the questions surrounding the Astana team are the latest controversy to test his resolve. Photo: AFP PHOTO | Mark Gunter (File).

Italian federation president Di Rocco is not pleased with how UCI president Cookson is handling the Astana WorldTour license case

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UCI president Brian Cookson is under increasing scrutiny to take a stand on doping in cycling, and the questions surrounding the Astana team are the latest controversy to test his resolve. Photo: AFP PHOTO | Mark Gunter (File).

Italian cycling federation president Renato di Rocco has criticized the UCI’s handling of the Astana case, the Reuters wire service reported Tuesday.

Di Rocco, a member of the UCI’s management committee, wrote a letter March 27 to UCI president Brian Cookson outlining his concerns over how the cycling governing body is trying to revoke the team’s WorldTour racing license. Reuters published excerpts of the letter:

“In all the mentioned cases (Olympics, women cycling) we, as management committee members, have been directly involved,” Di Rocco wrote. “However, concerning the License Commission withdrawal of Astana this procedure was not followed. On Feb. 27 we had received only a press release which informed us the UCI requested the withdrawal of the Astana pro team (WorldTour) license.”

Citing concerns following an independent audit of Astana’s license, Cookson is pressing the UCI License Commission to revoke the team’s license.

Astana officials are scheduled to appear before the License Commission on Thursday, and a verdict on the team’s fate could come within two weeks.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Kazakh cycling federation revealed just days ago an agreement with the Italian cycling federation to develop “domestic cycling.”

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Contador to confront Giro-Tour double without Riis as Tinkov blasts Dane http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/contador-to-confront-giro-tour-double-without-riis-as-tinkov-blasts-dane_365028 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/contador-to-confront-giro-tour-double-without-riis-as-tinkov-blasts-dane_365028#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:14:10 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365028

Alberto Contador and Bjarne Riis' four-year working relationship came to an ignominious end this week when Oleg Tinkov fired the Tinkoff-Saxo sport director. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Contador will face Giro-Tour double without the support of Riis, who Tinkoff team owner characterized as out of touch with modern cycling

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Alberto Contador and Bjarne Riis' four-year working relationship came to an ignominious end this week when Oleg Tinkov fired the Tinkoff-Saxo sport director. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

ZOTTEGEM, Belgium (VN) — Far from the race drama unfolding across the fields of Flanders, and even further removed from the back-room politics that led to the ouster of Bjarne Riis from Tinkoff-Saxo, Alberto Contador is now confronting the biggest challenge of his career — the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France double — without his mentor and confidante.

Contador and Riis were joined at the hip since 2011, when the Spanish star joined Riis’ outfit. Riis stuck by Contador during his controversial clenbuterol case, and Contador, following his two-year, backdated ban, paid back Riis’ trust with victories at the 2012 and 2014 editions of the Vuelta a España. Contador, 32, recently signed a one-year contract extension to keep him in a Tinkoff-Saxo jersey through 2016, in large part due to his trust and confidence in Riis.

And just as fast, Riis is gone — pushed off the plank by Russian team owner Oleg Tinkov on Sunday — leaving Contador unsure how the team’s instability at the top will affect the action when it’s rubber to the road.

Speaking to journalists in Spain during a fundraiser event with his development team, Fundación Alberto Contador, he admitted he remains in the dark about why Riis was forced off the team.

“I’ve seen that they’ve reached a mutual agreement, but I don’t know how that unfolded,” Contador was quoted by the Spanish wire service EFE. “[Riis] has been a very important person in my career, and even though he won’t continue, my relation with him will remain excellent.”

Contador said he doesn’t know much more than what’s been written in the press, but said he hopes Riis’ departure doesn’t affect the team’s performance in what will be the most important weeks and months of the racing season.

It’s difficult to gauge how much Riis’ departure from Tinkoff-Saxo will mean for Contador. Although he’s working closely with sport director Steven de Jongh as well as with first-year director Patxi Vila, Riis remained Contador’s closest consultant and ally within the team structure. Contador was said to trust Riis’ racing acumen and experience more than any other director he’s worked with.

And with Riis gone, no one knows who will take his place, if anyone. There have been suggestions in the media that current Tinkoff staffer Ricardo Scheidecker or Italian Omar Piscina, who worked with Tinkoff Credit Systems, could slot into the role of team manager. Stefano Feltrin, one of Tinkov’s longest allies, could also take over the day-to-day operations of the team. As of Tuesday, the team had not yet named a Riis replacement.

Tinkov: ‘Times of Riis are over’

As part of the mutual agreement hammered out by Riis and Tinkov, all parties have agreed not to publicly comment about the Dane’s departure. Riis released a statement, via his son’s Twitter account, that said he would not give any interviews, and suggested he would step away from the sport to reconsider his options.

On Tuesday, Tinkov posted a long comment on his Facebook page about his vision for the future of cycling, calling for more solidarity among teams, as well as a new business model to allow the sport to become more relevant. He also mentioned Riis, saying managers like him “are over,” and suggested he’s in no hurry to find a replacement.

“Cycling has to change. The times of [Manolo Saíz], [Johan] Bruyneel, and Riis are over. They were stuck in the 2000s, and that is not necessarily about doping,” Tinkov wrote. “They just don’t get some obvious things, and don’t know how to manage teams in [a] modern way. Managing a team is not just about issuing instructions from a car radio or about casting a spell over the riders, at which Riis was unsurpassed, for example. Managing a team is about boring, monotonous work in the office.

“It is for this reason that I am not considering the torrent of offers of ‘Riis replacements’ that I have been inundated with from all over the globe,” Tinkov continued. “We don’t need this. This is the old way of thinking, and it is no longer viable.”

But there is no question that Riis’ departure comes during the most important part of the racing season for Tinkoff-Saxo. The team enters a critical week during the spring classics, with new arrival Peter Sagan under heavy pressure to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) this weekend.

And Riis’ exit comes just as Contador has finished up his first block of racing, which featured solid, but less-than-spectacular results, with a stage win and second overall at the Ruta del Sol, fifth at Tirreno-Adriatico, and fourth at Volta a Catalunya.

Contador won’t race again until he starts the Giro in early May. Soon, he will head to Tenerife to train at altitude. And then, he probably will not race until the Tour in July, assuming he finishes the entire Giro.

Contador: ‘Giro-Tour double is my challenge for season’

Despite the off-the-road turmoil involving the team, Contador remains optimistic about his goal of targeting both the Giro and Tour in the same season. The last rider to achieve the milestone was Marco Pantani in 1998.

“A lot of people don’t believe it’s possible, but I don’t believe that’s the case,” Contador said. “I am going to try it because I believe that things remain impossible until someone achieves it, and that’s my challenge for the season.

“I’ve also delayed my season a bit, and I believe that things are going in the right direction, and I hope that within 40 days, when I will be at the Giro, that the legs are where I want them to be,” he continued. “[The 33 days between the Giro and Tour] are not very many to recover, especially after the effort one has to make during three weeks in a race as hard as the Giro, so we’ll see in what conditions I can arrive to the Tour.”

Whether the back-room drama and internal turmoil will unsettle Contador remains to be seen. The Spaniard has been known to overcome setbacks before, and even return stronger to the peloton.

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Kristoff commands GC lead at De Panne after stage 1 win http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/road/kristoff-commands-gc-lead-at-de-panne-after-stage-1-win_365043 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/road/kristoff-commands-gc-lead-at-de-panne-after-stage-1-win_365043#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:49:38 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365043

Katusha's Alexander Kristoff claimed his sixth win of the season in the first day of racing in De Panne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Alexander Kristoff bridges up to the breakaway then out-sprints five other riders to win the first day of De Panne in Belgium

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Katusha's Alexander Kristoff claimed his sixth win of the season in the first day of racing in De Panne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) sprinted to a win and the overall race lead at Dreidaagase de Panne-Koksijde on Tuesday, after bridging up to a small breakaway move in the closing kilometers of the 202km race.

“I saw we had Sven [Erik Bystrom] in front, but I know he didn’t really have the best sprint,” said Kristoff. “It was not perfect, but he did a very good race. I could bridge up; I made it up to the first group, and we worked full-gas to make it all the way to the finish.

“I did not know how fresh [Jens Debusschere] was at the end. … He went just when I wanted to go so we went at the same time. I had a little more speed in the legs at the end, so I could take him.”

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Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto-Soudal) and Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) went off the front with a little under 50 kilometers left to race in the stage from De Panne to Zottegem, Belgium.

“It took a while before a group got away,” said Debusschere. “I was part of that breakaway, although that wasn’t the plan before the stage. I was riding at the front of the peloton and jumped along; it was safer than in the bunch, and my teammates didn’t have to work. I also tried to save energy. When Lars Bak bridged to the front we set up a duo time trial.”

The two were joined by Sean De Bie (Lotto-Soudal), Sven Erik Bystrom (Katusha), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), and Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing) with 22 kilometers to go.

With 10 kilometers left, the lead group of six hit the Eikenmolen climb with a 40-second lead over the peloton.

Bystrom went to the front and whipped up the pace, but the break remained together.

A few riders from the pack tried to give chase at the crest of the final hill, but their efforts were for naught, as Katusha was sure to infiltrate the attempt to bridge. The gap held at around 40 seconds.

Heading into the final five kilometers, Bradley Wiggins (Sky) did a big turn at the front of the peloton. The gap was 35 seconds.

Stefan Kueng (BMC) attacked the peloton with 2.2km left, trying to bridge the 26-second gap.

With the finish imminent, Bystrom whipped up the speed in the break, leading out the sprint for teammate and fellow Norwegian, Kristoff.

De Bie moved to the front before the final sweeping right-hand corner.

Debusschere challenged but he couldn’t come around Kristoff in the finale and settled for second place. Devolder finished third.

Kueng held on to finish just ahead of the peloton.

The race continues Wednesday with a 217km stage from Zottegem to Koksijde, with Kristoff wearing the leader’s jersey, something he hadn’t expected.

“It was not the plan this morning. We’ll see how it is tomorrow,” the day’s winner said.

“It never hurts to win an extra victory, I’m really happy now. I felt it was the best team effort we had so far this season.”

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Technical FAQ: Shifting problems and cog spacing http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq/technical-faq-shifting-problems-and-cog-spacing_365030 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq/technical-faq-shifting-problems-and-cog-spacing_365030#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:47:29 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365030

Good shifting is only as good as how a drivetrain is set up, as one reader discovered. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

Among this week's questions is one from a reader whose bike continues to mis-shift despite repeated tries to remedy it

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Good shifting is only as good as how a drivetrain is set up, as one reader discovered. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

Diagnosing a mysterious shifting problem

Dear Lennard,
I have a shifting problem that has baffled everyone. Recently I had a new carbon road frame built up with NOS Shimano 7800 components. The frame has internal cable routing. The wheels are Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed. I only put 350 miles on it when the first chain stretched and was replaced. The shifting has never been perfect and somewhat noisy at best. My shop diagnosed it as a faulty rear derailleur. We installed a new 7900 derailleur with the same results. The shifting on the rear “ghost shifts,” sometimes jumping 2-3 gears at a time. I am running an 11-25 cassette. The problems occur mainly on the big ring. The problem gets more vexing when going from the 53 to a 39 or back, as this completely throws the rear shifting off.

The shifting issues occur typically when going from one gear to the next. It’s slow to change and then it typically slams into gear. Going down the gears is typically worse than going back up. [Rear gears] 21-25 are unusable on the big ring.

In the last week, we have tried three different wheels, various cassette spacers, new cassettes, replaced the shifter cable and housing, and four different rear derailleurs. Nothing works.

Is it possible that the frame could be out of square from the factory? If so, how can this be checked? Could it be that the internal cable routing is hindered some way inside the frame?
— Brian

Dear Brian,
It sounds to me like the front and rear derailleur cables might be twisted around each other inside the frame.

Have you checked for this? You might see some movement of the opposite derailleur when pushing a shifter.
― Lennard

Dear Lennard,
Cable crossover in down tube was very obvious to the new shop I took it to, combined with the fact the original mechanic had also installed too short a chain (they had installed a chain for triple ring which also added to the problem). Thanks for helping out; everything seems good now.
— Brian

Dear Brian,
Great!
― Lennard

Mixing Shimano and SRAM

Dear Lennard,
I just bought a TT handlebar set with brakes and Microshift Index TT shifters (10-speed), and was wondering if I’d be able to use the shifters with my SRAM 10 (-speed) rear derailleur? One of the shifters is non-index and is supposed to be used for the front derailleur. If the index shifter does not work with the rear derailleur, I should be able to use the non-index shifter, right?
— Brendan

Dear Brendan,
That shifter is designed to work with Shimano derailleurs, and the shift actuation ratio of a Shimano road 10-speed rear derailleur is 1.7 — quite a bit different from SRAM road’s “Exact Actuation” ratio of 1.3.

In other words, no, the indexing would not work. The Microshift 10-speed right TT shifter should pull, like a Shimano 10-speed lever, 2.3mm of cable with each shift. The lateral movement of the rear derailleur is equal to the cable pull for each shift times the actuation ratio, which would be 2.3mm X 1.7 = 3.91mm. The cog pitch (distance between the centers of the teeth on adjacent cogs) on Shimano and SRAM 10-speed cassettes is nominally 3.95mm. (Round both off to the one-decimal-point accuracy of the other two measurements, or 3.9mm.)

On the other hand, that shifter would move a SRAM 10-speed rear derailleur laterally 2.3mm X 1.3 = 2.99mm (or 3mm, rounded off). So, the shifting would be abysmal or non-existent on your 10-speed cassette, because the derailleur would only move about three quarters as far as it should with each shift.

Yes, you could in theory use the non-indexed shifter with the SRAM rear derailleur, but I suspect it would be finicky to shift and difficult to fine-tune to run noiselessly.
― Lennard

Dear Lennard,
After using Shimano for the last 10 years, I decided to switch to SRAM Red 10s this season. I know that Shimano and SRAM 10-speed cassettes are compatible, but I am wondering what combination of spacers are needed so that when you swap a wheel there are no adjustments to the derailleur?

I only ask because I put my new SRAM cassette on my Mavic Ksyrium wheel with the 1mm spacer and 2-ish mm spacer that I have always used with my Shimano cassettes and the SRAM cassette stuck out further than the lockring on the axle.

I’d like to be able to rotate between three sets of wheels on my bike without having to adjust the derailleur every time I switch from a wheel with a Shimano cassette or a SRAM cassette.

I am finding mixed information on the Internet. Some say the 1mm spacer is not needed for a SRAM cassette on a 9-speed freehub.

Is it true that SRAM 10-speed cassettes are the same width as Shimano 9-speed cassettes?
— Rick

Dear Rick,
Cassettes from those two brands should be completely compatible. Shimano and SRAM 10-speed cassettes both have a nominal 3.95mm cog pitch, and Shimano and SRAM 9-speed cassettes both have a nominal 4.35mm cog pitch. They should be similar in total width, but whether a 10-speed cassette from either brand is exactly the same width as a 9-speed cassette of either brand is something I’m not entirely sure of and, being on vacation in Mexico, can’t check right now. But I will do my best to calculate it.

The total width of a Shimano or SRAM 10-speed cassette should be 9 X 3.95mm + 2mm (for the thickness of one cog) = 37.6mm, while the total width of a Shimano or SRAM 9-speed cassette should be 8 X 4.35mm + 2mm (for the thickness of one cog) = 36.8mm. So, the total width of a Shimano or SRAM 10-speed cassette may be about 1mm wider than that of a Shimano or SRAM 9-speed cassette. That could be the 1mm you found discussed on the Internet. So I’d try leaving off that 1mm spacer on the Mavic freehub (and still leaving the Mavic 2mm spacer behind the cogs; you only take that out to put on an 11-speed cassette).

I’m not clear from your question if you’re switching to SRAM 10-speed from Shimano 10-speed or Shimano 9-speed. I’m guessing it’s the latter, and that 1mm difference could be part of the issue.

One thing I’d wonder about if I were you is the shape of the cassette lockring. I’ve found many times that SRAM’s domed 10-speed aluminum lockring sticks out further than a flat steel Shimano lockring; I’ve had bikes where the SRAM lockring dragged on the dropout, and if I switched to a Shimano lockring, the wheel spun freely. Perhaps that could account for the cassette sticking out beyond the end of your axle.
― Lennard

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USA Pro Challenge announces women’s race for 2015 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/usa-pro-challenge-announces-womens-race-for-2015_365021 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/usa-pro-challenge-announces-womens-race-for-2015_365021#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:19:32 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=365021

The USA Pro Challenge returns to Colorado this summer with a women's event. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The event will overlap with the men's race for three days in Colorado this August

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The USA Pro Challenge returns to Colorado this summer with a women's event. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The USA Pro Challenge announced Tuesday it will hold a three-day elite women’s race in conjunction with the men’s race in August.

The route for the women’s event will overlap with some parts of the men’s race, and the women will compete for the same daily prize money as the men, according to a press release.

The three-day race is slated for August 21-23; the men’s race is scheduled for August 17-23.

“We are very excited to support women’s cycling in the U.S. and bring more of an awareness to these incredible athletes on a large stage in Colorado with world-class crowds,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “The women bring an entirely new dynamic to our race and we are confident the fierce skills of these riders will impress and inspire all of our passionate fans.”

The women’s race will start with a time trial in Breckenridge, Colorado on August 21, the same day the men will race a TT in the mountain town. The women will conclude their three days of racing in Golden; the men’s final stage takes them from Golden to Denver that same day.

The second stage is in Fort Collins, according to the release, which said the official routes will be “confirmed in the near future.”

Boulder resident Mara Abbott, who races for Wiggle-Honda, is looking forward to the race.

“I am beyond thrilled to have a chance to compete at the Women’s USA Pro Challenge this year,” she said. “I think to be able to race on your home turf is special for any racer and especially for me because Colorado holds the majority of my heart. When the men finished up Flagstaff, only two blocks from the house where I grew up, I avoided the race entirely because I was jealous and sad. To get a chance to compete in the Colorado mountains is a dream come true.”

Connie Carpenter-Phinney, who won the 1984 Olympic women’s road race in Los Angeles, has pushed for a women’s event at the USA Pro Challenge since the men’s race was first held in 2011.

“This is great news for women’s cycling that the USA Pro Challenge has added a women’s division in 2015, which has been highly anticipated by the racers and the fans,” she said. “I know Colorado will embrace the women’s race and 2015 will mark the start of a new era in women’s racing!”

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The Oakley Jawbreakers are larger than the average sunglasses and offer more features than what meets the eye. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com

The brand brings back the sport shield look, which invokes memories of the Oakley Eyeshade from the 1980s

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The Oakley Jawbreakers are larger than the average sunglasses and offer more features than what meets the eye. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com

Mark Cavendish may be one of the most neurotic professionals when it comes to selecting his equipment. He’s been known for riding non-sponsor equipment and switching between his Specialized S-Works shoes and his long-discontinued Nikes. There’s even rumors of him switching frame sizes.

So when someone as picky as Cavendish puts his head together with designers from a brand like Oakley, the results are sure to be attention grabbing. And sure enough, the Oakley Jawbreaker is unlike anything we’ve seen from Oakley since the 1980s, when Oakley launched its first sunglasses, the Eyeshade.

The new Oakley Jawbreakers are, at face value, not all that different from other shades in the California-based brand’s lineup. The Jawbreakers are made from the same highly durable plastic frame and impact-resistant lenses. The Jawbreaker uses Oakley’s Switchlock lens changing technology, which is similar to the RadarLock and the RacingJackets. Of course, the Jawbreakers look and wear nothing like anything else in the current Oakley lineup.

“Sunglasses,” doesn’t seem do the Jawbreaker design justice. The sheer size and its features make “sport shield,” a more apt descriptor. So let’s discuss the size of the Jawbreakers. They’re some of the largest, if not the largest, sunglasses I’ve tested. Something everyone I rode with also noted. A couple of friends remarked that the Jawbreakers look like something a baseball player from the 1990s might wear.

On one’s face, the Jawbreaker feels large, but not heavy or obnoxious. The coverage is excellent. Better than any other pair of sunglasses on the market today. Though the increased coverage does not come at the expense of ventilation. I wore the Jawbreakers on multiple mountain bike rides, which better simulated higher temperatures, and slower, strenuous climbing. The Jawbreakers never fogged, and while the lens uses Oakley’s hydrophobic coating, I did find that sweat would still dry in the center of the lens on occasion.

The Jawbreaker’s size is also its weak link. While we’ve celebrated other Oakley models, such as the RadarLock, for looking good on a range of different face sizes, the Jawbreaker’s size make it look out of place on smaller faces and without a helmet on, they look even more out of place.

While the size and shape of the Jawbreakers harken back to Oakley’s Eyeshade, there are similar options on the market today. The Poc Do Blade we reviewed last year is similar in size, shape, and price, but the Do Blades are still hard to find available at retail.

The Jawbreaker’s lens is swapped out by lifting the nose-piece, which releases the clip over the center of the frame, and then the bottom half of the frame rotates down. The mechanism is reminiscent of the RacingJacket design, but a bit more elaborate because of the Jawbreaker’s one-piece lens design, though not harder.

The lens quality is exceptional. With the added field of view with the larger lens, the frame’s top doesn’t interfere with line of sight, even when in an aggressive position on the road bike. We tested the Cavendish edition with Oakley’s Prizm Road lens, which is designed to better bring out the undulations of a paved road. We cannot confirm whether it does or doesn’t, but the lens quality is nothing short of exceptional.

The earpieces of the Jawbreaker are adjustable by lifting a piece of the arm and sliding the earpiece in and out, giving the wearer three different positions from which to choose. I decided on the mid setting, as it was most secure over my helmet retention system.

The Jawbreakers did not play nice with all helmets when they needed to be stored. They fit fine in the new Giro Synthe, a design that works with nearly every pair of sunglasses, even when the Jawbreakers were stored during rough mountain biking. However, the Jawbreakers did not store as securely on the Lazer Z1, even when riding on the smoothest road. The Jawbreaker is also hard to store behind the helmet, as the large lens pushes up against the bottom of the rear of the helmet.

The helmet interaction could vary with different sizes. This is, of course, a small sampling of the market, but I’d recommend taking your helmet to your local Oakley dealer to see how the Jawbreaker interacts with your helmet of choice.

When Cavendish puts on the Jawbreaker, he claims that he feels like he’s “putting on armor.” While I cannot recommend you enter a joust with naught, I would say that the Jawbreakers are a unique piece of kit. They offer solid coverage and with a price tag starting at $200, they’re certainly expensive, but the lens quality and durability will be sure to hold up for the long haul. You’ve always wanted to dress up like a modern Greg Lemond in a futuristic pair of Eyeshades, haven’t you? Well, the Jawbreaker would be your ticket.

Suggested retail price: $240
We like: Best coverage and ventilation make for a dangerous tag-team
We don’t like: Not the most versatile eyewear when it comes to looking good on a variety of face sizes
The scoop: Performance — and the price tag — we’ve come to expect from Oakley

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