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Cycling Maven: The wheels fell off!

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Demol: Write Boonen off at your peril

[CyclingNews.com] Dirk Demol has warned teams not to write off Tom Boonen ahead of his final Classics campaign.

The Trek Segafredo director worked with Boonen during a stint at QuickStep and has witnessed the veteran rider prove his doubters wrong on many occasions.

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Review: SpeedX Leopard Pro

[road.cc] The SpeedX Leopard Pro comes off the back of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, and as a bike it shows some promise, but there are some big teething problems with the current model I’ve been riding, and I’m not convinced by either the concept or the actualisation of the integrated computer.

Overall, it’s more miss than hit.

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Steve Tilford: I Ate Horse Meat

I don’t eat much red meat.  It isn’t that I’m all that against it, it is just that I’m not that into it usually.

I was a vegetarian when I first started racing.

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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Namur 2016: Elite Women Results

[CyclingNews.com] Katerina Nash (Clif) captured an impressive victory at the sixth round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Namur, Belgium on Sunday afternoon.

Nash finished solo on the Namur citadel ahead of Clif teammate Eva Lechner and World Cup leader Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF). De Boer remains atop the World Cup standings.

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Van der Poel beats Van Aert on exciting day in Namur

[Cycling Quotes] After the Scheldecross on Saturday, Mathieu van der Poel also proved to be the strongest in Namur. He won the World Cross in and around the Namur Citadel after a smart race.

Wout Van Aert had to be content with second place after three costly mistakes. He crashed twice in the same place and also came to a standstill on a climb. He remains in the lead of the World Cup.

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Above Category – The 12 Days of Breathtaking Builds: Day Five

THE ITALIAN BLUE PINARELLO

Pinarello and tradition are two words that tend to go hand in hand. Tell us about the marque from Treviso, and we’ll regale you with tales of Banesto, Indurain, and Dario Pegoretti’s longtime relationship with Pinarello race teams.

But…disc brakes? The traditionalist’s deciduous enemy? The answer is an emphatic yes. Today in Day Five of our Twelve Days of Breathtaking builds, a smashing Above Category Dogma F8 Disc.

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BMC Racing measure up for 2017 – Gallery

[CyclingNews.com] It may surprise you but little emphasis is put on training during December training camps.

Yes, riders head out for daily efforts and for those taking part in key January WorldTour races the rides can be intense but the main priority during these meet-ups is for riders and staff to analyse the season and plan ahead for the following year.

It’s a rare chance for an entire set-up to share the same location – something that doesn’t happen until the following winter.

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Interview: Geraint Thomas on TUEs, disc brakes, Shane Sutton and more

[road.cc] In the first part of a two-part interview, the 30-year-old, who was speaking by phone from the team’s training camp in Mallorca, the two-time Olympic champion and 2016 Paris-Nice winner also spoke about proposals to reduce the number of riders per team in major races, and shared his thoughts on Shane Sutton.

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Vos makes encouraging return to cyclo-cross in Antwerp

[CyclingNews.com] Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) got off to a good start in her cyclo-cross comeback at Scheldecross on Saturday afternoon.

Not hampered by a back-row start position in the fifth round of the IJsboerke Ladies Trophy, seven-time cyclo-cross World champion Vos quickly featured in the front of the race in Antwerp, Belgium.

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2016 Scheldecross Video: Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Kevin Pauwels Battle in the Sand

[CX Magazine] The 2016 Scheldecross race, the latest stop of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee cyclocross series, kept fans in suspense until the very end and is worth a watch.

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Video: Rider launches Cantona-style attack on rival after crash

[Sticky Bottle] Tempers have flared and ugly scenes emerged at the Vuelta a Costa Rica when one of the riders launched an attack on a rival mid stage.

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PelotonShorts: Purito Retires

[Peloton Magazine] After placing sixth overall at his debut Tour de France in 2010, Joachim “Purito” Rodríguez went on to lead his new team, Katusha, at the Vuelta a España.

In between the two grand tours, he placed fifth at the Clásica San Sebastián, a half-minute down on the winner, his former Caisse d’Épargne teammate Luis Leon Sanchez, and then prepared for the Vuelta through the month of August.

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Sir Dave Brailsford: Team Sky chief to answer MPs’ questions at select committee

[BBC] Team Sky chief Sir Dave Brailsford will appear on Monday before a Culture, Media and Sport select committee on sport’s fight against doping.