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Cycling Weekly January 18, 2018

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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cold comfort

There was a time when I measured the success of my winter training by the number of kilometres I covered (this was before the advent of affordable power meters). Now I measure the success of my winter training based on the number of colds I suffer.I’m not one for claiming man flu at the first sign of a sniffle, but I do back off my exercise when the dreaded dry, tickly throat — my first and very reliable sign of a cold — kicks in.This winter has already been a bad one for me, as anyone else with a young family will sympathise I’m sure, and I’ve all but written off January as a result. It’s basically impossible to avoid illness when a small child is running around, and I’ve…

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in focus

SAGAN IS BACK!World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) got 2018 off to winning start with victory in the People’s Choice Classic in Adelaide, Australia. He beat a field including straight sprinters André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), who were second and third respectively. In an almost perfect mirror of Sagan’s fortunes, Sky neo-pro Kristoffer Halvorsen fell and fractured his hand in his first race in the pro ranks. The British team weren’t left too crestfallen, however, as neo-pro Chris Lawless put in a good showing to finish sixth. ■…

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pidcock feeling the pressure ahead of world champs

(Photo: Andy Jones)Newly crowned under-23 cyclo-cross national champion Tom Pidcock has admitted he’s already feeling a touch of nerves ahead of the Cyclo-cross World Championships next month.Following his dominant performance at the National Championships in Sunderland Pidcock told Cycling Weekly he was “a little bit” nervous with the big event approaching.“I’m thinking about it when I go to bed and how it’s getting quite close. It’s going to be a much tougher race this year; I think the competition is going to be extra tight”, he said, after pulling on the red white and blue jersey followed by his Mum’s coat to stop him shivering in a biting wind and three degree temperatures.His Nationals win, though, had given him extra confidence, he said: “I can see my form’s there —…

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craig pays homage to son and salutes cycling community

Charlie Craig “just loved what he did”Cyclo-cross veteran Nick Craig has said the support of the cycling community over the last year following the sudden death of his son, and promising young racer, Charlie has been central to helping the family cope.Despite Charlie Craig’s tragic, unexpected death in his sleep on January 20, 2017 at the age of 15, the Craig family, who have been a longstanding fixture on the UK cross and mountain bike scenes, have continued to attend races and compete.Speaking to Cycling Weekly, Nick Craig said: “The first three months [after Charlie’s death] I couldn’t tell you what we did, or thought. Without the support of all the people in the world of cycling, the workplace, and all the people in the [cycling] industry and people at…

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richie porte gunning for back-to-back tour down under wins

(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)Richie Porte will attempt to become the first rider to win consecutive Tour Down Under titles, armed with a supporting cast of past champions in his BMC team.The 32-year-old broke his twice bridesmaid status at the race last year and is motivated to take a careersecond ochre jersey in Adelaide, Australia.Porte has the strongest team on paper and will be able to call on 2015 winner Rohan Dennis as well as four-time race champion Simon Gerrans during the six-stage event.The first WorldTour race of the season marks Porte’s return to stage racing following a crash in stage nine of the Tour de France last year in which he fractured his clavicle and pelvis.The recovery from those injuries seems a distant memory and the Australian’s form appears to match…

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weekly column katie archibald

“I can only assume someone licked me in my sleep because I honestly feel woozy from all the hand foaming I’ve done”I’m on camp with Team GB again. This time, we’re in Majorca and staying in the hotel Team Sky use. The hotel walls are cluttered with “ZERO DAYS” posters, in reference (I’ve learned) to the fact that Team Sky lost no rider to illness in any 2017 Grand Tour. Each poster has a little tip on how to continue this trend like “use anti-bacterial hand foam” or “avoiding shaking hands”. I received a fist pump from someone I hadn’t seen in a while recently: it was their first day working for Sky.Somehow, though, I’ve got a cold. I’m mortified. The posters read to me now as: “Well I guess…