[Cycling News] Boels-Dolmans have unveiled their 2017 race kit with the leading women’s team linking up with Italian clothing manufacturer Santini. The partnership is set to run for at least two years and came about after discussions over the Women’s WorldTour jersey that 2015 world champion Lizzie Deignan (née Armitstead) wore following her win at the 2016 Strade Bianche.
[Pez Cycling] It’s Denia in December, so the BMC team are training in Spain for the 2017 season. Our local PEZman, Alastair Hamilton, was invited to spend the day with the team for photos, chat and to find out more about the future of the team in 2017… Not forgetting a great lunch!
[Cycling Weekly] 42-year-old Italian Matteo Tosatto calls time on his pro cycling career after 34 Grand Tour starts, but no contract for 2017
[Sticky Bottle] The kit Sam Bennett will wear and the Specialized Venge bike he’ll ride in his first season at WorldTour level has just been unveiled by his Team BORA – Hansgrohe. The new livery and kit – in mainly black and white with some blue – was unveiled to the media yesterday at an event in Valencia.
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore meets former world champion and World Hour Record holder Graeme Obree.
They talk about the film Battle Mountain, which tells the story of Obree’s attempt to set a new human-powered landspeed record, as well as his Hour Record attempts in Norway in 1993.
[CyclingNews.com] The team will first race the Australia Day criterium race on January 26 before lining up for the WorldTour race on January 29
[CyclingNews.com] The Olympic Games is a rare opportunity for non-mainstream sports to be broadcast into the homes of millions around the world. For this reason, success at the Games brings with it much more attention and recognition than almost any other result in sport.
[CyclingNews.com] Fabian Wegmann, who closed out 2016 with Stölting Service Group, and Marco Bandiera, finishing his third season with the Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec organisation, are retiring from professional cycling.
[Cycling Weekly] ‘Would I swap my Olympic win for a Tour of Flanders win? No way!’ the BMC rider explained at the team’s pre-season training camp.
‘People in cycling need to realise that the Olympics are the biggest event in sport. There’s nothing bigger than that.’
[Sticky Bottle] In a warts and all interview with Rouleur, the Australian international described how he drank the night before races, treated his body like “shit”, crashed his car while drunk and in his own words was “a dickhead”.
[Cycling Today] Peter Sagan is sure that the current peloton no longer has a doping problem. In an interview with Sportschau, the World champion explained how stringent rules have helped to clean up cycling.
“Today’s professional cycling is clean. What happened, happened. There is now a new generation. Cycling is very clean. We live like we’re in prison,” Sagan said.
[Ella Cycling Tips] Triggered by recent revelations of sexual abuse in British football clubs, former Dutch pro cyclist Marijn de Vries admitted to being intimidated and even inappropriately touched by soigneurs in the past.
[cyclingnews.com] Viatcheslav Ekimov will replace Igor Makarov as the president of the Russian Cycling Federation, after he unanimously won the voted in Moscow on Wednesday. Makarov stepped down as president earlier this year after taking up the post in 2010.
[Velo News] This week the podcast hits the road. Caley Fretz has a dispatch from Spain, where he’s attending Cannondale – Drapac’s first team camp of the season, including a bit of breaking news from one of Cannondale’s top climbers regarding the … hour record.
UCI boss Cookson urges Team Sky and British Cycling to come clean on contents of mystery medical package destined for Wiggins
[road.cc] Cookson, who was president of British Cycling until his election to the top post at the UCI in 2013, said he was unaware of the contents of the package, which was delivered to the Team Sky bus after the final stage of the race by former British Cycling coach Simon Cope, now sports director at Team Wiggins.
Movistar pro Andrey Amador has his bike confiscated during confrontation with Costa Rican police (+ video)
[road.cc] Movistar rider Andrey Amador has accused a police officer of damaging his bike while in the process of confiscating it from him. The Costa Rican rider had been stopped near his home for illegally riding on a motorway on which bikes aren’t permitted.
[Cycling Weekly] With nine potential stages for sprinters to claim glory in the 2017 Tour, there could be rich pickings for the Dimension Data rider, although he says that he will start 2017 with unknown form given his busy winter.
[BBC] Track cyclist Jess Varnish has demanded British Cycling release her personal data after she was subject to sexism at the organisation.
The 26-year-old has requested access to Sutton’s text messages and British Cycling’s report into his conduct.
[VeloNews] Drapac’s Joe Dombrowski, who is not an aerodynamic man, wants to create an uphill hour record. Why should time trialists have all the fun?