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A selection of the latest cycling news and blog posts.
Alaphilippe: Mathieu van der Poel is a phenomenon Everyone is talking about Mathieu van der Poel, and Julian Alaphilippe is the latest to praise the young Dutchman, describing him as "a phenomenon".
Ceramic bearings: the pros and cons There are bearings in the wheel hubs, the headset, bottom bracket, pedals and jockey wheels, and they're commonly made from steel. There has been a lot of hype about ceramic bearings in recent years and many people claim they offer a performance upgrade.
'I have fallen almost as much as I've finished on the podium': Dan Martin's honest assessment ahead of the Ardennes Classics I have fallen almost as much as I have finished on the podium, but it's a race I would really like to win." Having recorded three podium places in the last five years, you would assume Martin had some inkling of what he has to do to go just a bit better, and finally walk up to the top step himself.
The gear and preparation that propelled Victor Campenaerts to the Hour Record While his engine is to be congratulated the most, the bike and equipment that Victor Campenaerts used to crush the UCI Hour Record, plus his meticulous preparation in the build-up, played a vital part. Hour Record bike: Victor Campenaerts' Ridley Arena TT: Victor Campenaerts rides more than 55km to smash UCI Hour record.
Near Miss of the Day 272: Close pass during club ride "The Nissan felt very close, didn't slow down at all and I think the video front/rear prove she was stupidly close." James said the cameras were bought because three weeks earlier a car had done the same thing, but quicker. "Again the arms went up from us, but the car then stopped in the middle of the road.
Who are the bookies' favourites to win the Amstel Gold Race 2019? Four former winners will take the start line. Michael Valgren is the defending champion, but has switched from Astana to Dimension Data, and lines up alongside team-mate and two-time winner Enrico Gasparotto.
FLR F-XX Strawweight Road Race Full Carbon Sole Shoe The price of the latest models hasn't changed, and although £179.99 isn't exactly cheap, it's not extreme for a pair of carbon-soled race shoes, especially with this level of fit and quality. Everything looks very well put together, with no stray threads or excess glue around the sole.
Felix Grossschartner claims stage five victory and overall lead in Tour of Turkey 2019 Felix Grossschartner took the stage five victory and overall lead in the Tour of Turkey 2019, after an attritional summit finish in inclement weather. The Austrian is 19 seconds ahead of second place Valerio Conti heading into the final stage, with the race now Grossschartner's to lose.
Forensic accountants to investigate all Welcome to Yorkshire expenses claims Welcome to Yorkshire has agreed to let investigators examine all expenses claims for the past six years - a period that includes the successful bid for the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. Chief executive Sir Gary Verity resigned last month - officially for health reasons, but also amid allegations he had misclaimed expenses.
Washington DC cycle campaigner killed on street where city government is 'dragging its feet' on protected bike lanes A member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Salovesh wrote about the need for protected bike lanes and called for better enforcement and investment in cycle infrastructure. "I never knew him as anything but a bicycle advocate," said Rudi Riet, a friend who first met Salovesh at a weekly cycling coffee club.
'A big loss' - Eddy Merckx pays tribute to Patrick Sercu Merckx and Sercu formed a legendary partnership on the track, winning 15 six-day events together. Sercu's death was announced by his son, Christophe, on Friday, who explained that his father's health "had been unstable for several years and had deteriorated sharply in recent weeks".
Tour of Turkey queen stage summit finish shortened due to 'extreme weather' Videos from the finish line show heavy snowfall has made it impossible to scale the full 16km final climb.
Rod Ellingworth to leave Team Sky for Bahrain-Merida at the end of the season Team Sky performance director Rod Ellingworth - a founding member of the team and a man who was also instrumental in delivering Mark Cavendish's 2011 World Road Race Championship win - is to join rivals Bahrain-Merida from next season.
Dan Martin skips Amstel to focus on Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege Dan Martin will skip Amstel Gold Race on Sunday before returning to lead the line for UAE Team Emirates at La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Martin, a former winner of Liège and a multiple podium finisher at Flèche, has never fared quite so well at Amstel.
Cycling world pays tribute to Belgian cycling legend Patrick Sercu Tributes have poured in from across the cycling world for Belgian track cycling legend Patrick Sercu, who died on Friday at the age of 74. Sercu won 1,206 races on the track and is considered the greatest track cyclist of the past century.
Tour of Turkey queen stage shortened due to snow The final climb on the queen stage of the 2019 Tour of Turkey has been shortened due to heavy snowfall in Kartepe, where stage 5 is set to conclude on Saturday. Kartepe literally means 'snowy hill' in Turkish, and there has been significant snowfall in the area in recent days, making it impossible to scale the full 16-kilometre final climb.
Malcolm Elliott Talks Amstel '87! - PezCycling News He would 'come back' as a professional in the UK as a veteran pro with Pinarello and win the season-long Premier Calendar competition against men half his age.
The best corner in pro cycling: Entering the Roubaix velodrome The television pictures on the big screen in the corner of the old Roubaix velodrome are a second or two behind reality. So you watch the leaders bump over the final sector and turn right, and then, knowing about the TV lag, you drop your eyes from the big screen, down to the spot where they will appear.
Amstel'87 - A Gold Race Photo Gallery! - PezCycling News Back in 1987 the 7-Eleven team from the US and Britain's ANC-Halfords squad were still a bit of a novelty. We take a retro look at the Dutch Classic in 1987 through the lens of Cor Vos.Joop Zoetemelk was the 'surprise' winner in 1987 Ed Hood talks to 3rd placed Malcolm Elliott about the race HERE.
15 of the best mudguard-compatible carbon fibre road bikes Welcome to the latest edition of road.cc's buyer's guide to mudguard-compatible carbon fibre road bikes in which you'll find everything you need to know to find the right mudguard-friendly carbon bike for you, plus our pick of 15 of the best mudguard-compatible carbon fibre bikes.
Deceuninck-QuickStep take flush hand into Amstel Gold Race The Dutch Amstel Gold Course course, which features a day of narrow and twisting roads, is peppered with 35 climbs, including the Cauberg, Kruisberg and Bemelerberg. The last climb of the day tops out 7.3km from the finish line.
Presidential Tour of Turkey 2019 – stage four results and standings: Caleb Ewan wins in Bursa as Sam Bennett maintains overall lead Australian Caleb Ewan caught Juan Jose Lobato to win stage four of the Presidential Tour of Turkey, while Sam Bennett claimed third to hold onto his race lead.
Van Avermaet: Amstel Gold Race is my last chance to get a good result this spring "Amstel Gold Race is my last chance to get a good result this spring," he said. "I was really disappointed after Paris-Roubaix, knowing that I had the legs for a better result so, I am motivated to line up at Amstel Gold Race and turn things around.
Alexis Ryan: Back for the podium at Amstel Gold Race Alexis Ryan put forth a valiant performance at last year's Amstel Gold Race, after joining the day's decisive breakaway and then placing fifth in Valkenburg. The American rider wants more this time around, aiming for the podium in a race that she says embodies everything she loves about cycling.
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