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Doping, punching, slashing, cheating and dirty secrets.

[Twisted Spoke] That sounds like a mini-vocabulary for pro cycling, doesn’t it? We got a small pop of amusement when we read the CyclingTips story about their top ten most read stories of 2016.

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Wahoo Fitness plans in-store KICKR ’experience stations’ at 150 locations

[Bicycle Retailer] Wahoo Fitness is working with dealers around the world to install KICKR Experience Stations at 150 locations.

The Experience Stations include a KICKR trainer and display integrated with the Zwift online cycling app so consumers can test out the system.

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Dave Brailsford reveals contents of Team Sky’s mystery medical package

[Cycling Weekly Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford was told by a team doctor that the mystery medical package delivered to Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné contained fluimicil.

Fluimucil, which is also known as Acetylcysteine, is a medication that can be used to loosen thick mucus, and is on the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) list of permitted drugs to treat coughs and sore throats.

What is Fluimucil and why would Wiggins need it?

Video: The Full Hearing

Seven questions that Team Sky and British Cycling still need to answer

Team Sky ‘confident’ that UK Anti-Doping report will put them in the clear

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Stories From A Wrench’s War Room

[Peloton Magazine] Brown was one of the first North Americans on the European circuit when he arrived back in the early-1990s. But after more than 20 years’ experience, today’s Cannondale-Drapac team mechanic is nothing less than a fixture on the roads of the Tour de France.


Mathieu Van Der Poel’s Stevens Super Prestige Disc – Gallery

[Cycling News] Mathieu Van Der Poel won the Scheldeprijs Antwerpen cyclo-cross and the World Cup race in Namur at the weekend, using a Stevens Super Prestige Disc to distance his chief rival and current World Champion Wout Van Aert.

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UCI suspends Brazilian team Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour

[] The UCI announced today that its Disciplinary Commission has suspended the Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team until February 12, 2017 after the team had a third doping case in a 12-month period.

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Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson wins Canyon-SRAM contract

[Ella Cycling Tips] Canyon-SRAM has announced the winner of its novel approach to talent identification, the Zwift Academy.

Beating out 1,200 participants world-wide, American Leah Thorvilson has been awarded a pro contract with the Canyon-SRAM UCI team.

“I hope that I can live up to the team and be developed into something special,” said Thorvilson.

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Felt Bicycles Announces Sponsorship of Cyclocross World Champion Wout van Aert

Felt Bicycles announced via a twitter post on Monday morning that they will begin sponsorship of cyclocross world champion Wout Van Aert starting January first.

They included a photo of the stunning new frame which sports a clean design, subtle world champion stripes, and the TexTreme carbon finish.

‘By far the lightest I’ve ever ridden’

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Review: DT Swiss PR 1400 Dicut OXiC performance road wheel

[] The PR 1400 Dicut OXiC wheels are a brand new high-performance road wheelset from DT Swiss and feature a ceramic coated rim surface that provides reassuring braking performance in a range of conditions, making them ideal for year-round cycling in the UK.

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Lazer’s Bullet road helmet offers adjustable aero on the move

[Bike Radar] Innovative, adjustable vent works as part-time aero shell.

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Video: 2016 Namur World Cup Men’s Race – Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert’s Last Lap Battle

[CX Magazine] The dominant duo of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert delivered yet another thriller at the Namur World Cup. See the last lap in these must-watch highlights.

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Bradley Wiggins makes light of package controversy with cryptic ‘Braveheart’ Instagram post

[Cycling Weekly] Ahead of Dave Brailsford’s appearance in front of a panel of MPs on Monday, Bradley Wiggins has taken to Instagram with  a cryptic and rather bizarre “Merry Christmas” post.

In the post, Wiggins has been photoshopped in as Mel Gibson from the 1995 film Braveheart, with the caption “They Can Never Take My Package”, a reference to the famous quote from the film: ” They can never take our freedom”.

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Boels-Dolmans Unveil 2017 Kit by Santini

[Total Women’s Cycling] Boels-Dolmans have unveiled their 2017 kit in all of its fiery orange glory. The gear has been created by UCI clothing designer Santini who say they’ll use the relationship to develop their women’s range.

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Top 5 – Reasons Road Cyclists Should Get Adventurous

[Bike Radar] Say what you like about 2016, but it’s officially the year of the adventure bike, and that’s one trend BikeRadar is definitely on-board with. Here’s our love-letter to a year of having a blast in the wilderness filth.

Continue reading Top 5 – Reasons Road Cyclists Should Get Adventurous

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Vincenzo Nibali unveils his new Merida Scultura race bike for the 2017 season

[] Nibali used Twitter recently to share his new bike, as it was being freshly built up ready for a training camp. And there’s not a shark graphic in sight. Give it time…

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Boardman’s cycling-specific wind tunnel gets the green light

[Bike Radar] British cyclists of all levels will soon be able to visit a cycling-specific wind tunnel and tweak their position, without spending thousands of pounds on the privilege. Boardman Bikes has received planning approval for its new Performance Centre in Worcestershire, which will open its doors in winter 2017.

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Baptiste Planckaert Gets PEZ’d

[PEZ Cycling] Baptiste Planckaert will be a WorldTour rider with Katusha-Alpecin in 2017 after six years as a professional, as he says: “The longer the dream holds, the better.”

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Analysis: Why Sagan’s move to Bora makes sense

[Velo News] When news leaked this summer that cycling’s biggest star was heading to Bora – Hansgrohe, my initial reaction was, huh?

At first glance, it didn’t make sense at all. Without question, Peter Sagan is cycling’s most marketable rider right now, and it seemed reasonable that a larger platform via an established, WorldTour team would be the better fit.

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Your New Favorite Team: Astana

[Velo News] Have you ever met a real-life Astana fan? We haven’t either.

We can only assume that this team’s fan base is comprised primarily of mankini owners; the bad guys from the movie “Air Force One;” people who accidentally bought an old Astana team kit at VeloSwap; guys who purposely bought the kickass Vino4Eva jersey for ironic reasons (see below); Alexander Vinokourov and his extended family; bears.