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‘Vinokourov said my ban meant he could not hire me. That made me laugh’

Luca Paolini has announced his retirement from cycling, after being turned down by Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov on account of his doping positive. (Cycling Weekly)

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Craddock rides with Armstrong. Bad idea.

We read the other day that young American gun Lawson Craddock was out riding with Lance Armstrong. They did a six hour ride out of Austin, Texas and both later posted the ride on Strava. (Twisted Spoke)

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Armstrong gets USPS band back together for Old Pueblo

Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Dylan Casey, all former riders with the U.S. Postal Service team, will ride the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo mountain bike race together as a relay team next month. (Velo News)

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Tour Down Under eliminates podium girls, peloton’s opinions vary

The long-running tradition in cycling is no longer part of the annual race in Australia. (Velo News)

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‘Still a lot to race for at Tour Down Under,’ says Geraint Thomas as Sky GC hopes slip

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao double punctured on Tour Down Under stage two and saw his chances at an overall win significantly damaged after Richie Porte won the stage. (Cycling Weekly)

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Pros’ pre-season training camps hampered as heavy snow hits Calpe

While pro riders in Mallorca were able to continue training on the road when snow hit the island yesterday, riders on teams holding their pre-season training in mainland Spain have been less fortunate. (Cycling Weekly)

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Woods slow-cooked in sauna to prep for TDU return

To prepare for the oppressive heat of Australia’s summer, Woods left nothing to chance and followed a similar pattern as riders did ahead of last year’s world championship in Qatar. Along with some of his Cannondale – Drapac teammates, Woods trained inside a heat chamber in order to be prepared for the sauna-like racing conditions. (Velo News)

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Gallery: Mark Cavendish’s Cervelo S5

How many times will we see this bike cross the line first this season? (Road Cycling UK)

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road.cc’s Best Cycling Components 2016-17

The best equipment upgrades for your bike from the best products we’ve tested in 2016. (road.cc)

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Want to be a professional cyclist? Zwift Academy back in 2017, virtual development team possible 

There will be another chance to earn a women’s professional cycling contract in your own home in 2017 as the unorthodox cycling talent identification program, the Zwift Academy, will be back and there is even the possibility that it could expand further by creating a virtual development team. (Cycling Tips)

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Tour Down Under 2017: A look at the Satalyst Racer Tracking System

But UniSA-Australia do have one thing none of the other teams have at this race: Live tracking of all the riders, including power, heart rate, and speed data.  They’ve got it not just in the team cars for coaching staff, but also live online for all the world to see. (DC Rainmaker)

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Gallery: Richie Porte’s BMC Teammachine SLR01

We take a look at the Tour Down Under leader’s bike. (CyclingNews.com)

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Richie Porte smashes the opposition on Tour Down Under stage two to take overall control

The Tasmanian attacked on the steep final ramps of the final climb of the day of Torrens Hill Road up to Paracombe, making his move with just over 2km to go as Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) put in a huge dig at the bottom of the climb, dropping a substantial amount of contenders immediately. (Cycling Weekly)

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