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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 10, 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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IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
start line 10.01

It’s only our second issue of the year and we’re already previewing the first WorldTour race of the year, the Tour Down Under. I hadn’t really given this much thought until the weekend when the absurdity of it all hit home. There I was taking the Christmas decorations down while thinking about the first big race of the year. Two things that, in my head at least, just don’t go together. OK, so the big-name Grand Tour riders aren’t in Adelaide and many of Europe’s big names are still on their training camps, but the sprint finishes will be hotly contested, and who isn’t looking forward to a bit of bike racing (and sunshine) after three months of inactivity on the road? If, like me, you’re still feeling the effects of the…

2 min.
it ’s tour or nothing for froome and thomas

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ seems to be Team Sky’s approach to the 2019 Tour de France as both Chris Froome and last year’s winner Geraint Thomas prepare for another double-barrelled assault on the race. The team is also planning a Giro d’Italia defence, although this time using young Colombian star Egan Bernal in what will be only his second ever Grand Tour, the 21-year-old having acquitted himself so impressively in the Tour de France last year. “I’m starting to think about my legacy” Froome, who so memorably won last year’s Giro, has opted to avoid the Italian race in order to concentrate on what he calls “my number one objective… the Tour de France.” The four-time winner has underlined his single-minded approach to another win in France by couching it…

1 min.
dowsett plans spain relocation

Essex is no longer the only way for Alex Dowsett, who is planning a move to Spain this year following a humbling 2018 World Championship campaign. Dowsett has transitioned into a multifaceted role at Katusha-Alpecin compared to that of previous teams but time trials remain a focus and 29th place to world champion Rohan Dennis in October stung. “Things have changed quite a lot since last year — I’ve a new coach and I’m moving somewhere a bit more mountainous,” he said. “Rohan rolled me for five-and-a-half minutes at the Worlds and that’s huge. I’ve got to do something. I don’t want to finish my career thinking, how good would I have been had I lived somewhere more optimised for training? “I love Essex, I love living in the UK, but as you get…

1 min.
national cross champs

There will be a bumper female contingent at the National Cyclo-Cross Championship this weekend, thanks to a new initiative created by reigning women’s champion Helen Wyman. Supported by KindHuman bicycles and the 5th Floor organisation, the Helen100 scheme raised money to fund the entry of more than 100 young women across a variety of categories in the Nationals, which will be held on a challenging course at Cyclopark, Gravesend, Kent on January 12-13. Around £3,000 was raised in total, which has funded every female rider in every category, from under-14 up to and including under-23. The idea, says Wyman, is not so much nurturing young talent as encouraging participation for its own sake. “I think there are enough talent programmes detecting the next Evie Richards, or the next Harriet Harnden,” Wyman said. “I…

1 min.
contenders

Helen Wyman (Xypex-Verge Sport) The reigning champion will be gunning for her 11th title but insists she’s the underdog, citing Nikki Brammeier (second last year) as the woman most likely. CW rating: ★★★★ Nikki Brammeier (Mudiiita) A string of impressive World Cup results this season, including second place at Koksijde, suggest that last year’s silver medallist could be tough to beat this time round. CW rating: ★★★★★ Grant Ferguson (CST-American Eagle) The 25-year-old Scot hasn’t given much away so far this season, an eighth place in last weekend’s Shrewsbury National Trophy being his latest mark on the scorecard. CW rating: ★★★ Tom Pidcock (TP Racing) High placings against the best in the world while racing in Europe suggests Pidcock is likely to be first over the line, but will have to make do with the U23 title rather than the…

2 min.
is it too late to say i’m not sorry?

Are you allowed to say sorry for something if, given your time again, you’d go back and do the exact same thing? I was thinking about this while having a scalding hot shower on holiday. I could tell that when I got out my body was going to have a territorial line down the side marking where the water had hit (bright red) and where it hadn’t (bright white). The water was so hot it was painful; just right. The reason I was thinking about saying sorry is there was limited hot water in the apartment we were renting, and I was first in. The next person would probably be OK, maybe even the person after that, but whoever was last in the shower out of my mother, brother or father…