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Prince Nasser: ‘Bahrain needed this team’

He believes a Bahrain-sponsored squad will shed a positive light on his Persian Gulf country, which was embroiled in political unrest earlier this decade.“

We are in a position now where we want to showcase our country,” he said. “We needed this. We really needed this. And actually it is working very well.” (Velo News)

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Racing a 5.1kg Bespoke Hill Climb Bike

We find out how our resident hill climb fanatic Joe Norledge got on with his custom fixed gear Engineered Bikes build. (Bike Radar)
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Brailsford considers future amid doping investigation

Sky boss David Brailsford indicated changes could be on the horizon in the team depending on the outcome of an ongoing U.K. Anti-Doping investigation. (Velo News)

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Dennis: Porte is the leader at Tour Down Under

2015 Tour Down Under champion Rohan Dennis has reiterated that he is fully behind BMC teammate Richie Porte’s bid for the ochre jersey. Dennis, 26, was BMC’s ‘plan b’ in 2015 with Cadel Evans the main man but victory at Paracombe set up overall victory. (CyclingNews.com)

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Watch: Cyclist forced to use bike as shield in angry confrontation with driver

A Canadian cyclist found himself having to use his bike as a shield when a motorist decided to drive at him at a busy Ottawa junction. (Cycling Weekly)

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Video: Slips, slides and crashes as it all gets messy in the mud at this weekend’s Cyclocross World Cup

Usually the pros make it look easy*, but that wasn’t the case at the Italian round of the UCI World Cup this weekend (*ish). (Road.cc)

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Are stiffer soles better?

Is there more to a good cycling shoe than a super-stiff sole? James Bracey investigates (Cycling Weekly)

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Video: Amazing skills as BMX ace Bas Keep rides down walls

With the help of custom built ramps (and a bit of hi-viz to pass themselves off as workmen, Keep and his team found places nowhere there was bridge and a building in close proximity to alllow him to plan for and pull off the spectacular stunts. (road.cc)

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Italian teams desperate to secure Giro d’Italia wildcard invitations

The four wildcard invitations to this year’s Giro d’Italia will be revealed this week, with Italian Professional Continental teams desperate to secure a place in the 100th edition of their home Grand Tour.

Missing out on this year’s Giro d’Italia and its three-weeks of mainstream media attention in Italy could prove fatal for their long-term future. (CyclingNews.com)

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tour down under preview

Here’s a preview of the race with stage profiles, the contenders and pretenders for stages and the GC plus TV listings and finish times. (inrng)

What to expect at the Tour Down Under – Aussies vs the world (Velo News)

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Chaves looking to build on breakout 2016

With podiums in both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, Chaves ended 2016 by becoming the first Colombian to win the Giro di Lombardia.

The ever-smiling Chaves is back in action this week at the Santos Tour Down Under. The Colombian firecracker is hoping to hit the repeat button for 2017. (Velo News)

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Bennett on how rivals frustrated his bid to join forces with Sagan

The problem with Sagan as lead-out man is that everyone wants his wheel. (Sticky Bottle)

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Lance Armstrong’s Strava stats show he’s still in great form as he trains with Cannondale pro

Lance Armstrong and Lawson Craddock go for a long, fast ride over rolling roads in Texas. (Cycling Weekly)

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Peter Sagan’s gold Specialized Venge ViAS Disc

Is this bike belonging to the two-time consecutive World Champion overly garish or beautifully bling? Scroll through our photos and decide for yourself. (Cycling Tips)

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Toon Aerts ruled out of cyclo-cross World Championships after Fiuggi crash

Scans reveal Belgian has fractures in his collarbone and shoulder blade. (CyclingNews.com)

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TDU 2017 Tech: Adam Hansen’s Ridley Helium SLX

A close look at Adam Hansen’s bike for the 2017 season, a unique setup as usual. (Bike Rumor)

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Tour Down Under 2017: Sports Tech Gear Of the Pro Men

Like with the ladies, I’m mainly focused on sports tech goodness, more than bike frames and wheels and such.  Those areas are just a bit outside my focus. (DC Rainmaker)

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Spotted: Peter Sagan rolls the Gold wheels at the Tour Down Under

The team has been teasing media and fans alike with his Specialized Venge disc brake bike, but today, he rolled the gold package – painted gold Roval CLX 64 tubular wheels. (Bike Rumor)

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Bikes of the 2017 WorldTour

(Cycling Tips)