Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly February 21, 2019

Published by TI Media Limited 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 21.02

I recently visited Ribble HQ in Preston to ride their new e-bike with Sean Yates. If previous reactions are anything to go by, there’ll already be some questioning my suitability as editor of this magazine due to the fact I went near a bike with a motor in. There is still a lot of resistance to them, I think partly because the first thing most people think of is hidden motor = cheating. In truth, e-bikes are going to take a little time to find their way into our world. From a commuting or utilitarian point they make perfect sense. Get one million people out of their cars and on to e-bikes and you can start to make a big difference to congestion and pollution. If cities continue to build good infrastructure…

2 min.
froome’s colombia test thwarted by crash

Chris Froome’s Tour de France plans couldn’t be going better, says Team Sky DS Nico Portal, despite his GC chances in last week’s Tour of Colombia being thwarted by a crash on the penultimate stage. The race was won by Miguel Angel López (Astana). “You can really see that everything is looking good for July. He’s really determined — it’s unbelievable,” Portal said. “I don’t know if you’ve seen the pictures but he’s thin already, in great shape.” A win at the race wasn’t as much a priority as completing a solid block of training and racing throughout the three-week period the team were there. “[Froome] had a big block of training in South Africa, and then he came here and he trained really hard. So chapeau, chapeau for him,” Portal said. “We…

1 min.
my view

News editor While Sky’s racing calendar is now in full swing, behind the scenes things continue to be highly uncertain as the search for a new title sponsor continues. The team’s trip to Colombia gave team principal Dave Brailsford a chance to meet with Colombian president Iván Duque Márquez, who also heads up oil company Ecopetrol, as he continues to tour the boardrooms of the world. If you just read the headlines you could be forgiven for thinking Ecopetrol backing the squad was a done deal. And it makes sense, the hugely impressive Egan Bernal, leading the team at the Giro d’Italia this year, signed a five-year contract last year — that’s a major asset to tout to Colombian backers. And new recruit Ivan Sosa, who finised second on GC in Colombia,…

2 min.
crowdfunding saves paris-roubaix juniors

The junior edition of Paris-Roubaix has been saved after a crowdfunding effort started by former winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) burst through its target in under 24 hours. The campaign had raised just under €15,000 at the time of going to press, well over its €10,000 goal to save the race, which is run on the morning of the pro men’s race. The race’s fate will be of particular interest to British riders who have found it a happy hunting ground, winning four editions in the last 15 years, including Geraint Thomas and, most recently, Lewis Askey in 2018. Andy Fenn, who won in 2008, said winning the race had helped him get a contract at Quick Step: “It puts you on people’s radar… For sure it’s a stepping stone, it’s what you’re ranking…

2 min.
sleep hack #1: move from sofa to bed

It’s just outstanding the amount of time you can spend on YouTube. I’ve chosen not to say “time you can waste” because, who knows, it might come in handy to know the full history of the athletics 400m world record, about gender equality in Rwanda, or that joke about turtles. It might. I’m in the habit of falling asleep watching it. I confess this knowing it’s pretty common but also wishing I wasn’t one of the many who do it. We’re so weak. I like to be distracted enough from my own thoughts that I can drift off, yet not so stimulated as to unavoidably retain consciousness. I don’t skip the ads. There’s one, narrated by Stephen Fry, for an app designed to send you to sleep, that’s 23 minutes long.…

1 min.
racing ahead

Tour of Antalya (Feb 21-24) Team Wiggins-Le Col make their season debut in the second running of the Turkish tour, led by Gabriel Cullaigh and current New Zealand champion James Fouché. The field consists mainly of development teams and stage three’s summit finish is likely to determine the overall winner. There are two stages likely to end in sprints. Setmana Valenciana (Feb 21-24) Former British road race champion Hannah Barnes won stages one and four en route to claiming the GC last year. Her Canyon-SRAM team are racing once more, as are Team Drops. There is a mixed parcours, with stages for sprinters and rouleurs. Tour du Haut Var (Feb 22-24) Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) will be looking to improve on his fourth-place finish at the Tour de la Provence and he is among the favourites,…