Sunday, April 27, 2014

Top 10 Riders To Watch For Liège--Bastogne--Liège



Top 10 riders to watch for Liège--Bastogne--Liège. Defending champion Daniel Martin will have to face off against the likes of Alejandro Valverde, Philippe Gilbert and Joaquim Rodríguez

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Moving Sale - Ends Saturday!

Velo Wrench Bike Shop is moving! This weekend is the last at our current location. 

We will be moving to 860 Alamo Dr in the Alamo Plaza, just off of I-80 next to In-Shape fitness. 

So come to the store and buy it before we move it! No reasonable offers will be refused. 

Sale ends Saturday at 7PM.

Monday, April 21, 2014

inCycle video: How to Descend with Team Giant-Shimano



InCycle visit the Giant-Shimano team training camp where Oscar Saiz takes the riders through the skills of descending at speed

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Contador Previews Pavé Ahead of Tour de France

Tinkoff-Saxo leader already testing on cobbles

The dust has scarcely settled from Paris-Roubaix, but already riders are turning their attention to stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France, when the race will cover nine of the pavé sectors which were used in the just-completed Monument. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) tested out the cobbled sectors today, scouting the conditions as well as trying out equipment all under the supervision of his new coach Steven de Jongh.

The 156km stage from Ypres to Arenberg will be a critical stage for the Tour contenders, who must traverse the ancient roads which they normally eschew.

"It has gone well, I've seen the first part of the stage in the car and last 75 km by bike," Contador said. "I have especially studied the equipment, which is most important here."

The Tour de France covered some of the same sectors in the 2010 edition, where the race covered seven sectors at a total of 13km. This year, the tally rises to 15.4km, including the 2400m long sector at Sars-et-Rosières which took out Frank Schleck and Janez Brajkovic in 2010, the 3700m sector at Hornaing and the dreaded Carrefour de l'Arbre, which is the first the riders will encounter at kilometer 87 in the stage.

"Clearly the most critical will be the first sections, because there the group will still be very large and there will be more fighting to get into in front of the group," Contador said. "After there will be more selections.

"I think it will be a more difficult stage than in 2010 because first sections are more complicated."
The Tour de France stage will travel in the reverse of the direction which Paris-Roubaix uses, first hitting the Carrefour de l'Arbre, a five star sector in Paris-Roubaix, but only part of which will be used in July. A 1400m, three-star sector, Pont-Thibaut follows at kilometer 103.5, after which the pavé comes in rapid-fire succession.

1000m of the five star Mons-en-Pévèle, the entire four-star Bersée, the Orchies - Beuvry-la-Forêt sector, the 2400m cobbles of Tilloy and 1400m at Brillon - Warlaing all follow in the space of just 25km.

It will likely be the 3.7km long, four-star rated Hornaing sector which will wreck havoc on the peloton, coming at kilometer 140, while the Wallers sector, 1600m in length, will be there at kilometer 149 to finish them off.

"The feeling on the cobblestones has been good, but we must not forget that this is just a workout, it's not the race, and there wasn’t rain, which can complicate everything. The wind will also be very important. Today it was blowing pretty hard, and in that case it will be important to have a strong team."

Contador tested out the Specialized Roubaix with Zipp 303 wheels and tires pumped to various pressures, noting the weight difference between Classics riders and GC men will make a difference in what is used.

Tour de France Stage 5 pave

1 - Gruson au Carrefour de l'Arbre 1100m, km. 87 ***** (Paris-Roubaix sector 4, half used)
2 - Ennevelin Pont-Thibaut 1,400m, km. 103.5 *** (Paris-Roubaix sector 8)
3 - Mons-en-Pévèle, 1000m, km. 110 ***** (Paris-Roubaix sector 10, 1/3)
4 - Bersée, 1400m, km. 114.5 **** (Paris-Roubaix sector 12)
5 - Orchies - Beuvry-la-Forêt, 1,400m, km. 125.5 *** (Paris-Roubaix sector 13)
6 - Sars-et-Rosières - Tilloy, 2,400m, km. 131 **** (Paris-Roubaix sector 14)
7 - Brillon - Warlaing, 1,400m, km. 135 *** (Paris-Roubaix sector 15)
8 - Hornaing, 3,700m, km. 140 **** (Paris-Roubaix sector 16)
9 - Hélesmes - Wallers, 1,600m, km. 149 (Paris-Roubaix sector 17)

Article Source: Cycling News

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bianchi Infinito CV: Team Belkin's Innovative Machine for the Classics' Cobblestones



Bianchi Infinito CV with Countervail® vibration cancelling technology - the innovative invention developed by Bianchi to reduce muscle fatigue and increase bike control.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Report: Wiggins to Ride the Giro d'Italia?

Gazzetta dello Sport suggests its possible but Wiggins says 'Not this year'

The Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper has suggested that Bradley Wiggins could ride this year's Giro d'Italia. However Team Sky has moved quickly to deny the idea, insisting that Wiggins is scheduled to ride the Amgen Tour of California in May. Wiggins also rubbished the story in Gazzetta dello Sport, saying he would not ride this year's Giro d'Italia.

With 30 days to go until the Grande Partenza of the Giro d'Italia in Belfast, Gazzetta dello Sport claimed there are five good reasons why Wiggins could ride the Giro and hinted that Giro d'Italia race director Mauro Vegni is work on a deal that would see Wiggins line-up in Belfast on May 9 for the opening team time trial stage.

Earlier this week, Team Sky confirmed that Richie Porte would not ride the Giro d'Italia and with Sergio Henao out of action due to the ongoing investigation into his unusual out of competition blood values, Team Sky lacks a big-name leader for the Giro d'Italia.

The Italian sports newspaper, that is owned by the same company that also owns the Giro d'Italia, predicted that Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) will fight for overall victory in this year's Corsa Rosa but suggested that Wiggins could target the time trial stages and work on his form for the Tour de France, without the pressure of being a true overall contender.

Team Sky was surprised by the speculative piece in Gazzetta dello Sport. They refused to make any official comment but insisted that Wiggins' race schedule still includes the Amgen Tour of California.
Wiggins also flatly denied that he will ride the Giro d'Italia as he lined up for the Scheldeprijs race in Belgium.

"I'm not doing the Giro," he told media, including Cyclingnews.

Asked if he wants to go back to the Giro, Wiggins said: "Not this year."

Wiggins rode the 2013 Giro d'Italia but retired before stage 13 due to a knee injury that also stopped him from riding the Tour de France. He lost time on several rain-hit stages of the Giro d'Italia and never lived up to the billing of major rival to eventual winner Vincenzo Nibali.

Wiggins has set the Amgen Tour of California as a key goal for after targeting Sunday's Paris-Roubaix.

Team Sky is sponsored by 21st Century Fox -the US arm of News Corporation Wiggins told the Guardian newspaper that he wants to help fill the void left by Lance Armstrong.

"Cycling is huge there and there is a huge void there. People in the US are keen on cycling but have been robbed a little bit with what's gone on. Then we will see where the future goes. As a Tour winner with credibility, with no skeletons in your closet, people look up to you and want to get on their bikes because of what you achieved one summer," the Guardian reported Wiggins as saying.

"That is quite rare, especially within cycling – there are not many of us Tour winners that haven't got a history, three or four, part of a very small club, and it's our responsibility to preach that to the world."

Article Source: Cycling News

Sunday, April 6, 2014

inCycle video: Legends of the Tour of Flanders



A look back at one of cycling's most iconic one-day races and the riders who have made history in the Tour of Flanders.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Van Keirsbulck Wins VDK-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde

Bodnar triumphs in final time trial stage

Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale) took a storming victory on the final stage of the Three Days of de Panne with a time of 17:51, three seconds ahead of Jan Barta (NetApp-Endura). The win is Bodnar's first, outside of the national championships since a team time trial win at the Giro d’Italia in 2010.

Bodnar looked comfortable along the short route, even overtaking Youcef Reguigui (MTN-Qhubeka), who started two minutes ahead of him. With several specialists still to take to the road, it was a tense wait for the Polish rider, but his time proved unassailable.

Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) took the first general classification victory of his career, ahead of Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE). Van Keirsbulck started the day with a nine-second deficit to teammate Gert Steegmans, but rode a fine time trial to lose only 10 seconds to the winner. The 23-year-old has had a very good start to the year, with wins in the young rider’s classification at the Tour of Qatar and Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen.

As we got towards the pointy end of the general classification, the times began to tumble, with the hot seat turning into a game of musical chairs, as three consecutive riders took their place at the top of the standings. David Boucher (FDJ.fr) was the first to dip under the 18 minutes mark, before Barta and Bodnar both went faster.

Durbridge was the fastest GC rider over the 14.3 kilometre course, but it wasn’t enough to overhaul the 11 second gap that Van Keirsbulck had over him at the start of the day. “My goal was the podium this week,” said Durbridge. “I am really happy with the podium. Thanks to my team for all the work that they’ve done this week.”

“I’ve always thrived on this king of course. It’s my third time at the de Panne and I think that I’m getting the hang of it. Maybe one day I can get on the podium of one of the big classics.” Durbridge will be riding his first Tour of Flanders this weekend.

Race favourite Niki Terpstra lost time, after he unclipped at the start. The misfortune cost him valuable time and ended up dropping off the podium. Steegmans benefitted from his teammate’s bad luck and held on for third place, giving Omega Pharma-QuickStep three of the top four places in the general classification.

After two disappointing sprints, Marcel Kittel channelled his energy into the final time trial. Harking back to his time as a junior rider, where he won the world junior time trial title twice, the German put in an impressive time. He finished sixth on the day, 13 seconds behind Bodnar, and ended the three days in fifth place overall.

Article Source: Cycling News