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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly August 22, 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Cycling Weekly is the UK's only weekly special interest magazine focusing on the cycling market. It is the best source of breaking international and UK news, race reportage, reliable fitness advice, trustworthy product reviews and inspirational features for British cyclists. Always a great read, Cycling Weekly inspires you to ride your bike more!

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1 min.
start line 22.08

Is it just me or does it feel strange that there won’t be a British Grand Tour winner this year? Yes, I know winning all three last year with Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates was never going to be repeated, but I can’t help feeling a little hard done by this year. Just think, there’s probably a whole generation of young cycling fans who have grown up knowing nothing other than British riders winning the Tour. There have, however, been lots of good performances elsewhere for us to cheer. In the last week the British under-23 riders have been winning at the Tour de l’Avenir — the best guide for who is about to step up to the WorldTour — while the British team won eight medals at the…

6 min.
young brits take the worldtour by storm

Next year could well be the start of a second wave of a British takeover of the WorldTour ranks. In 2020 more than half the WorldTour teams will include British riders, following a raft of signings over recent weeks — all by teams that do not currently have any Brits on their roster. There may be more yet as other young Brits have stagiaire contracts coming up, which could develop into full-time rides. The most recent Brit to land a ride was Mark Donovan (Wiggins-LeCol), who has signed for Sunweb for the next three years — a year longer than the UCI’s minimum neo-pro contract, a display of confidence in the Cumbrian climber. “I’ve been talking to them for a while, even since last year,” said Donovan. “I went on a training camp…

1 min.
british development

It’s notable that the three riders that have so far made the step up in 2019 are all from teams that race a heavily European calendar. It begs the question: Is the British scene good at developing riders? “I think it does develop riders alright, but it doesn’t put them in a place where they’re going to get seen by other teams and signed,” said Tim Elverson, manager of Canyon-dhb. “The British scene is very competitive and anyone who comes down gets a shock about how hard it is,” he added. “James Shaw (Swift-Carbon) got fourth in TdY, which is great, but probably won’t go up because it’s just one result. For example, take Lotto-Soudal, Jumbo-Visma, Corendon-Circus, Israel Cycling Academy, Sport Vlaanderen and Wanty-Gobert, we probably race them every single week so…

2 min.
fighting form

I’m back on the track and very happy about it, but not going very well and a bit sad about that. Both are things I instinctively want to lie about. I talk about velodromes enough that you’d assume I was on there at least most weeks… what have I been doing if I’ve not done been on the track? And I’m never sure if it’s polite to say you aren’t on form. I hate to hear it from other people. You’re not going well? To always be going well would mean never going really well — stop complaining. How self-indulgent, to be sad about being slow. But I am currently quite slow and it’s made me quite sad. I’ve been riding a lot in Zone 2 and lifting in the gym.…

1 min.
racing ahead

Ladies Tour of Norway (August 22-25) The four-day race has been won by Marianne Vos in each of the last two editions. Typically a closely-fought race, the Women’s WorldTour race features stages that are likely to end in sprints and others that look certain to be decided by attacking moves. Cyclassics Hamburg (August 25) Elia Viviani is aiming for a hat-trick of wins in the German port city, although the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider will have to beat previous winner Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma). Schaal Sels Merksem (August 25) Dating back to 1921, the race is a 10-lap kermesse that usually ends with a rider winning from a late attack. Last year, however, Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Gobert) won in a bunch sprint. Canyon-dhb p/b Bloor Homes are racing. Tour Poitou-Charentes (August 27-30) French legend Sylvain…

2 min.
national 25-mile tt championship

A small cafe-based racing team that was started only last year is well placed to make history this weekend as two of its riders are favourites to win the 25-mile National Time Trial Championship — no two riders from the same squad have won the titles in the same year before. Emma Lewis and Chris Fennell, who both ride for The Independent Pedaler — a cafe team from Canterbury — are the favourites after strong TT seasons. “To be classed as a favourite is an honour” Lewis, second to Hayley Simmonds in 2018, comes to the race already holding the 50-mile championship crown, which she claimed in June. Fennell was pipped to the 50-mile title by Marcin Białobłocki (NoPinz) but has won 17 open events this year so far. Lewis said: “To be classed…