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Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out

[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.

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Wheels of wood: the cycling artisan lives

[SBS] Hand crafted in a small workshop behind a car repair garage, and within striding distance of Madonna di Ghisallo cycling shrine in Italy; Ghisallo wooden rims are truly something special.

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Studies show The Turbine breathing aid doesn’t improve performance

[Cycling Tips] The device attracted its fair share of criticism from within the amateur cycling scene, particularly in Australia, with sceptics questioning Rhinomed’s claims of performance enhancement.

Two years on, a couple of research papers have been published, investigating whether The Turbine does in fact offer the performance gains Rhinomed initially claimed.

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A novel idea: Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record

[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?

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Italian company Blubrake develops electronic anti-lock braking system for bicycles

[] The product is an anti-lock braking system that uses a range of sensors to let you know when the front wheel is about to lock, the idea being that the feedback, via vibrations at the brake lever, will let you know it’s probably a good idea to release the brake lever to avoid locking the front wheel.

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A Look at the Bikes from the Chris King 40th Open House

[The Radavist] After a few months of calling out to select framebuilders, the team at Chris King displayed a wide variety of bicycles all built with select King 40th components.


Van Aert begins planning road season

[] Wout Van Aert’s move from cyclo-cross to road racing took another step forward on Tuesday with the presentation of the new jersey of his Crelan Charles cyclo-cross team, and more details on the Verandas Willems-Crelan road team he will ride for during 2017.

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Jess Varnish demands release of British Cycling data

[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.

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Grand Tour stage winner opens up about tackling his drink problem

[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”.

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Classicists rejoice, Campagnolo Potenza 11 brings back polished silver

[Bikerumor] There are still a couple of small black straggler bits, but for the most part they are there for a reason and style connoisseurs should be pleased…

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Best women’s road bikes of 2016

[Velo News] Of all the women’s bikes we tested in 2016, whether they were built from the ground up specifically for women or if they differ only in the details from the men’s versions, these were our favorites of the year.

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Review: Giro Factor Techlace

[] The Giro Factor Techlace shoes are lightweight and comfortable, and the novel closure system – a hybrid lace and Velcro strap, plus a Boa dial – makes it easy to adjust the fit on the fly.

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Peter Sagan: We live like we’re in prison

[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.

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Ekimov voted in as president of Russian Cycling Federation

[] 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.

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VN podcast, ep. 8: An inside look at Cannondale – Drapac team camp

[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.

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UCI boss Cookson urges Team Sky and British Cycling to come clean on contents of mystery medical package destined for Wiggins

[] 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.

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USADA bans Texas amateur Luton after investigating drug distribution website

[] The case stems from an investigation into a website called “The Anemia Patient Group”, a scheme run by Los Angeles resident Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson that emerged earlier this year when Brandt-Sorenson was banned for life by USADA after being convicted of buying banned substances from Asia and re-selling them in the US under the pseudonym Eric Horowitz.

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Mark Cavendish wholly focused on Tour de France in 2017

[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.

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Movistar pro Andrey Amador has his bike confiscated during confrontation with Costa Rican police (+ video)

[] 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.