Thursday, May 28, 2015

Giro d'Italia 2015 Stage 18 Race Highlights

Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) won his second stage of the Giro d’Italia, finishing alone in Verbania on stage 18 of the race. Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani-CSF) led home the remnants of an early break with Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) third.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) increased his lead in the overall rankings, but not without controversy. When his closest rival Mikel Landa (Astana) was caught up by a crash on the day’s only climb of the Monte Olongo, Contador took off from the front of the field, attacking to leave his rivals in disarray.

The move appeared to be revenge for the Motirolo stage, where Astana attacked when Contador punctured.

Friday, May 22, 2015

How To Perfect Your Cornering – Corner Faster + With More Confidence

Cornering on a road bike is all about technique, confidence and grip. This video is all about perfecting every aspect of your technique to maximise your grip.

You've probably seen how pro cyclists absolutely fly round corners, especially when they're descending. And, as cornering fast is about technique rather than fitness, you can corner like – or better than – a pro.

With the basics of confidence and line choice nailed, focus on the smaller aspects, the marginal gains that make up to big differences. Half a second gained in a corner doesn't sound like a lot, but it's half a second that others have to chase to make up. Think about things like body position, road surface and counter-steering.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Giro d'Italia: CCC on the hunt for stage wins with Paterski and Szmyd

Sylwester Szmyd (CCC-Sprandi-Polkowice)

With the second week of the Giro d’Italia looking like a quieter affair for the overall contenders, squads like Professional Continental formation CCC Sprandi Polkowice are aiming to take on a higher profile with the breakaways that are expected to form.

Asked at the start of stage 10 if he would signed on the dotted line for one stage win in this year’s Giro d’Italia, the Polish team’s head sports director Piotr Wadecki grins and tells Cyclingnews “of course.”

“Some of our guys have done the Giro d’Italia before like Maciej Paterski, and Sylvester Szmyd, who’s done the Giro 11 times. But the other guys are doing their first-ever Giro d’Italia and it’s something new for us.

“It’s been a very tough first week, too, lots of full-on racing, but we had a rest day yesterday [Monday] and I think we are ready for the next week.

“Normally we try for the breaks and look for our chance from there. We don’t have a sprinter, we don’t have a rider who can beat [Fabio] Aru (Astana) and [Alberto] Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) in the climbs so that’s our way to winning the stage.”

Although today’s [Tuesday] stage is unlikely to see any moves going away, Wadecki is hopeful that Wednesday’s hilly circuit around Imola will be a different story. “It’s a good stage for Paterski, teammate [Marek] Rutkiewicz and we will try to find a chance to be on the podium.”

Paterski, who won the opening stage of the 2015 Volta a Catalunya with an ultra-long-distance breakaway and then held the lead for two days, is described by Wadecki as “our best chance for a stage win. Our plan was that he was to get in a break on stage 3 [to Sestri Levante], and then after going easier on the other first week stages, we’ll see if he can get in another one.

“Our best day was stage 3, there was a break of 25 and when we got to the end of the stage, with eight guys there, we still had two guys on the front. But the speed of the peloton was really fast and they closed the gap before the finish. But it was quite ok for us, because for our sponsor it’s also really important to be seen [get television exposure].”

Wadecki is under no illusions as to how hard it is to be racing. “It’s going to be difficult because so many teams are trying to be in the breaks, the first step is to get in there and then the break has to get to the finish. But at the moment that's very difficult because Astana is racing at such a high level.

“We’ll see what happens but in the third week, we have Szmyd” - a winner on the Mont Ventoux in the Criterium du Dauphiné- “too, for the high mountain stages. He’s lost a lot of time already so maybe he’ll have an easier time getting into breaks. Maybe he’ll have a chance.”

This is just the second time a Polish team has raced in a Grand Tour. The first was back in the Giro d’Italia 2003, when the squad, with the same title sponsor, CCC but under different management was led by former race winner Pavel Tonkov of Russia. Their best finisher, though, was Poland’s Darius Baranowski in 12th and, as Wadecki - blessed with an excellent memory - points out, the squad also took a respectable fifth place in the teams classification, too.

Furthermore, Poland has a longstanding tradition of successful racing in the Giro d’Italia and Italy in general, ranging back to multiple stage winner Lech Piasecki - also the first (and only) Pole ever to lead the Tour de France in 1987 - Czeslaw Lang, who now organises the country’s title race, the WorldTour ranked Tour de Pologne, Zenon Jaskula and Zbrignieuw Spruch.

“It’s nice to know that our country has written a fair bit of cycling history here,” Wadecki says, “and hopefully we can continue that tradition.”
Article Source: Cycling News 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

How To Be More Comfortable On Your Road Bike

Here are our tips for getting more comfortable on your road bike.

Road should should be enjoyed. So, if the thought of spending hours in the saddle has you thinking of hours of pain and discomfort, it's time to make some changes to your bike set up.

This video has tips for saddle discomfort, sore necks, sore backs and more.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Giro d'Italia 2015: Stage 5 Race Highlights

Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida) won the first mountain finish of the Giro d’Italia to Abetone, with the climb in the Apennines also sparking the battle for the pink jersey between Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Fabio Aru (Astana) and Richie Porte (Team Sky).

Sunday, May 10, 2015

How To Ride 50 Miles – Cycling Tips

Here are five tips to get you through your next 50 mile bike ride.

Getting through your first, or any, 50 mile (80km) bike ride can be a daunting task. We're here to help. This video has five tips to ensure that you're prepared mentally and physically, that you have sufficient spares, that your nutrition strategy works, and, most importantly of all that you get your pacing right and measure your effort over the full 50 miles.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2015 Giro d'Italia: Top 5 Sprinters to Watch

There are seven flat days at this year's Giro d'Italia, giving the sprinters plenty of chances. There's a strong field in Italy but we've picked 5 sprinters we think will come up trumps at this year's race.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up: All the action from Romandie, Turkey, Gila and Yorkshire

Rob Britton (SmartStop) tops the men’s overall GC podium
The weekend was one of the busiest moments on the international calendar, with some spectacular racing in Europe and around the world.

There were huge crowds in Yorkshire to see Bradley Wiggins in action with his new WIGGINS team, while his former Team Sky stable-mate Chris Froome was in action at the Tour de Romandie against his Tour de France rivals. Other riders were in action under the Turkish sun at the Presidential Tour of Turkey and in New Mexico in the USA at the Tour of the Gila.

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) also grabbed the headlines with a superbly controlled ride on the track in Manchester to set a new Hour Record.

Tour de Yorkshire

The inaugural three-day Tour de Yorkshire took place with Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) winning the event outright and leading from start to finish.

Team Sky were forced to deal with the loss of pre-race favourite Ben Swift after the local rider crashed during stage one to Bridlington. Nordhaug and teammate Philip Deignan rallied and helped form the winning break before the Norwegian won the sprint and pulled on the first leader’s jersey of the race.

On stage two Moreno Hofland finally kick-started LottoNL-Jumbo’s season with their first win of the year in a close fought sprint into York, while Ben Herrans (BMC Racing) claimed the final stage in Leeds on Sunday. Nordhaug was careful marshalled through the final day’s action and marked his closest rivals Samuel Sanchez and Thomas Voeckler, to seal the overall win.

Catch up on the all the action from race here.

Dowsett’s Hour Record

Across the Pennines, Alex Dowsett set a new UCI Hour Record at the Manchester Velodrome on Saturday with a distance of 52.937 kilometres, beating Rohan Dennis’ previous record of 52.491. Dowsett looked like he still had more to give as he lifted his bike over his head in triumph after completing his hour.

“The first 30 minutes I’m not going to lie were easy. Easier compared to what I expected. Every time I’ve got on the bike I’ve got faster. This is the first time I’ve done it with the higher temperature. I knew it was going to be easier early on but I wasn’t expecting that. I just had to stay disciplined because the last 10 minutes were a little grippy,’’ The Movistar rider said after his effort.

The new record sets up Bradley Wiggins’ attempt, which will take place in June at the London Olympic velodrome. He called Dowsett’s ride ‘fantastic’ while speaking at the Tour de Yorkshire.

Click here to ses Wiggins talk about the Hour Record.

You can catch up on Dowsett’s ride here or watch the video highlights here.

Tour de Romandie

The weekend may have had a British feel to it but over in the Tour de Romandie many of the Grand Tour contenders for the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France were locking horns.

Going into the weekend Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEdge) held a slim lead on GC thanks to his previous two stage wins but that all changed on Saturday’s stage from Fribourg to Champex-Lac when Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) soloed clear on the last climb to take his first win of the season.
The talented young Frenchman attacked inside the closing kilometres with a perfectly-timed move after Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Rafal Majka briefly let the pace drop. Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) finished second on the stage and moved into second overall.

On the final stage time trial the Russian overcame a mechanical problem to win the overall classification, while Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) claimed the stage win. Zakarin was forced to change bikes during his time trial effort but only lost 13 seconds to Martin to hold onto his race lead. Simon Spilak made it a Katusha one-two as he managed to jump from fourth to second in the overall standings, with an impressive ride to second on the stage. Team Sky’s Chris Froome complete the podium.

Click here to catch up on the entire race, and head over to our YouTube channel to watch the stage-by-stage race highlights.

Tour of Turkey

The Tour of Turkey wrapped up on Sunday with a sprint finish in the capital Istanbul. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) was looking for a fourth stage win but he and the other sprinters were surprised by a late attack by Lluis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural), who managed to stay away and take the biggest win of his career.

Croatia’s Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) finished safely in the bunch to top the overall classification. Eduardo Sepulveda (Bretagne-Séché Environment) was second after Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi) abandoned after a crash involving a dog. He injured his shoulder and may need surgery to make a successful recovery.

The eight-day race again produced some great racing and proved to be ideal Giro d’Italia preparation, with the sprinters enjoying the stages along the coast, as the overall contenders fought for the leader’s blue jersey in the hills.

Rebellin won stage three to set up his shot at overall victory. However he faltered on stage six to Selçuk, where Durasek gained enough time to take the race lead. His Lampre-Merida team then helped control the racing on the final two stages.

Click here for our daily race reports and special news and interviews.

Tour of the Gila

While many riders were busy in Europe preparing for the Giro d’Italia, US-based riders raced the Tour of the Gila as their final race before the Tour of California.

Rob Britton (Team SmartStop) and Michael Woods (Optum Pro Cycling) were the big winners on the final stage in Pinos Altos.

Britton snatched the overall title from the overnight leader Rafael Montiel (Orgullo Antioqueno) after he ran into trouble on the final climb and dropped off the overall podium. Woods helped to drive a select group of contenders and then out-sprinted best young rider Daniel Jaramillo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) to take the stage victory.

Mara Abbott, leading the composite Amy D Foundation team, soloed to her fifth career Tour of the Gila victory, and her third edition in a row, while Unitedhealthcare's Katie Hall leapfrogged Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) and Jasmin Glaesser (Optum), taking second on the stage and overall classification.

Click here for our full coverage of the Tour of the Gila by US Editor Laura Weislo.

Author: Cycling News

Friday, May 1, 2015

How To Perfect Your Braking – Get Better At Slowing Down To Cycle Faster!

Better braking helps you to ride faster. Don't just get better at braking though; here's how to perfect your braking.

Braking is arguably the most important cycling skill to have. Getting better at braking won't just help you to stop faster, it'll also allow you to gain seconds through corners, down descents and ride with more confidence in a bunch.

This series is all about perfecting, though, so don't just aim to get better; get out, session some sessions and see how these different braking strategies can enable you to carry more speed and rider more safely.