[CyclingNews.com] Vincenzo Nibali will make his Bahrain-Merida racing debut at the Vuelta a San Juan, January 23-29, alongside Tom Boonen, Bauke Mollema and Fernando Gaviria.
In total, four WorldTour teams – Trek-Segafredo, Bahrain-Merida, Quick-Step and TJ Sport – are set to compete in the Argentine race, although the future of TJ Sport has not yet been secured with the Chinese team still waiting on a UCI licence.
[Rouleur] ‘Where is the trophy?’ says Jan Ullrich. ‘I can’t find it. I go through everything. I call the team. They don’t know. Nobody knows. And I’m like, does anybody know where my Tour de France trophy is?’
[CX Magazine] After a close photo finish at Noordvlees Van Goolen Cyclocross Essen, both Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm Beobank) and Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF) were clearly motivated to not leave another race to the finish line cameras and instead have time to enjoy a finish line victory celebration.
For most of the race, it looked like it would be De Boer who would get her wish.
[Podium Cafe] Written by the BBC’s Tom Fordyce (the ghost in the machine of Geraint Thomas’s chamoir) The Inside Track is the first of the post-Rio contributions to the ever-growing British-Cycling-And-My-Part-In-Its-Rise-And-Rise-And-Rise genre.
[Cycling Quotes] Mathieu van der Poel won the Scheldecross in Antwerp, the fifth round of the DVV Troffe. After a captivating duel, he managed to drop his archrival Wout Van Aert in the final stage. Kevin Pauwels made it surpsiignly exciting and finished third. Van Aert still has a dominant lead in the overall standings.
[RoadCyclingUK] The Bianchi Oltre XR4 is a pro-level frame with super bike credentials, delivering a stunning combination of low weight, stiffness, razor-sharp handling and aerodynamic prowess.
The introduction of Countervail technology delivers a smooth ride through the rear end of the bike, making the XR4 a highly-capable all-rounder for big miles, though that smoothness isn’t quite matched at the front.
[Cycling News] Thomas won Paris-Nice in the spring but was unable to back up that result at the Tour of Romandie or the Tour de Suisse, where he eventually finished 17th overall.
‘Suisse wasn’t great and it certainly knocked my confidence but looking back I could see the mistakes that I made with losing too much weight, too quickly, while doing a load of training,” he told Cyclingnews.’
[Cycling Quotes] At the first training camp of BORA-hansgrohe, Peter Sagan has tested a Specilized S-Works Roubaix with disc brakes. Technical director Lars Teutenberg has told Cycling Tips that the world champion is considering using them in some spring classics, including Paris-Roubaix. Teutenberg explained that Sagan just did one ride on the bike with disc brakes which are again allowed by the UCI since the end of October.
Since I posted about the possible good uses for an electric bike yesterday, I was surprised to see an article at Cyclingnews saying that the guy that is credited with “inventing” mechanical doping for racing did a TV program, that is going to be aired in France in January, says it has been widespread in the Pro ranks and is going to have potentially, a “bigger impact” than the Festina doping affair from the 90’s.
[Cycling Quotes] Lars Boom’s final season at Astana was not the most joyous. The Dutchman spent much of the year demotivated and frustrated by his team. The cause was a demanding management which felt that Boom had not live up to expectations in the spring. “We had a debriefing and my effort was obviously not good enough,” he told Omroep Brabant.
[CyclingNews.com] Roman Kreuziger has told Cyclingnews that he believes Oleg Tinkov will one day return to professional cycling and run another team.
Kreuziger rode for Tinkov during his time at the Russian’s team, Tinkoff, and despite an up-and-down relationship, during which Kreuziger admitted the pair had ‘heavy discussions’ at times, the rider said that he respected his former team boss.
[CX Magazine] Labels like “adventure,” “gravel,” and “monster cross” might turn off some cyclocross traditionalists, but FitWell Bicycle Company’s $155 frame, 50mm tire clearance, 15 frame sizes and $850 complete bikes all caught our attention.
[Peloton] It’s day five of the 12 Days of Dig, and we really, really dig beer. The cycling beverage of choice will always be coffee—the café ride and the caffeine it provides gives us an added boost when we need it. But it’s hard to beat a post-ride beer.
[road.cc] Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on road.cc
[road.cc] A cyclist who was left in a critical state by an elderly driver who hit her with his car has said that she was denied justice when he escaped without sanction. No prosecution because head injury meant cyclist was unable to give evidencebroken.
[Velo News] Owen is perhaps the fastest American cyclocross racer of his generation with 10 national titles. Every fall for the last 13 years, Owen has finished his road cycling season and transitioned right to ‘cross.
[BikeRadar] Let’s be honest: road cyclists like things to be just right, and gift shopping for one can be an absolute minefield. To help with that, here are 21 gifts that we’d be delighted to unwrap on any Christmas or birthday.
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