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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly April 11, 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 11.04

As the pros were clattering over the bergs of Flanders last weekend I was doing a very different kind of riding. Around the time the bunch hit the circuits near Oudenaarde I was pedalling up and down my road with my daughter in a child seat on the back of an adventure bike. (I wouldn’t dare clamp the seat to the seat tube of a race bike.) It was the first time I’d taken her out on a bike and as such I was pretty excited. I was also a little nervous. If I’m to successfully indoctrinate, er… I mean encourage, my daughter into the world of cycling it was important that she enjoyed the ride. She was a little nervous at first, but started to enjoy it before becoming concerned…

2 min.
bettiol takes shock win in flanders

Along, loud blast of the EF Education First team bus horn echoed around the central square in Oudenaarde, the finish town of the Tour of Flanders, as Italian Alberto Bettiol crossed the line just outside town. The 25-year-old’s maiden pro victory capped a breakout spring where he narrowly missed out on a podium at E3 BinckBank Classic and rode aggressively at Milan-San Remo. In Flanders he ripped away from the front group on the Oude Kwaremont and stayed there. “I was sitting behind Greg Van Avermaet; I was expecting him to attack but it never came,” he said. “From the radio I heard my sports director say if I have legs don’t wait too much because otherwise guys like [Alexander] Kristoff and [Peter] Sagan who are faster than me in the final,…

1 min.
who is alberto bettiol?

“He’s a goofball who loves pink,” said EF Education First manager Jonathan Vaughters. “If you watch him walk, he has a swagger — he’s like a skinny Italian John Wayne.” Vaughters said that when Bettiol first signed for the team in 2014 he had 15lb of ‘gnocchi’ on him (even now Bettiol says he cannot be left with his mother as she feeds him too much) but that his talent was obvious before his subsequent weight loss. He proved to be crucial in helping Rigoberto Urán to second at the Tour de France in 2017. “He has a nose for the race,” added Vaughters. “He knows when to relax, knows how to save energy. He’s versatile, an extremely underrated rider.”…

1 min.
cyclo-cross champ impresses on flanders debut

Cyclo-cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel further burnished his rapidly growing road palmarès on Sunday with an attacking performance on his way to fourth place. Van der Poel’s class was not in doubt after he took victory at Dwars Door Vlaanderen last Wednesday but there were still question marks over whether he could replicate that type of performance over the hillier, longer Tour of Flanders. But the Dutch road race national champion showed exceptional grit to recover from a broken wheel late in the race and even attacked the front in the closing kilometres. He said: “I had a really good day I think, otherwise you can’t come back in a crucial moment like that: I had to chase by myself. I think on that moment I had the feeling I…

2 min.
van vleuten curses ‘easy’ flanders

Annemieke Van Vleuten said Sunday’s edition of the Tour of Flanders was raced too easy after she was beaten to victory by Marta Bastianelli. Speaking at the finish the Dutchwoman said: “Last year I was super happy with third place; now I’m disappointed to be second. I’m slightly better than last year but in the end the race was not hard; there were too many teams who have a sprinter and wanted a conservative race.” The Mitchelton-Scott rider, an accomplished climber, tried to go away solo on the final ascent of the Paterberg as she knew her chances in a sprint against Bastianelli were minimal. But the Virtu rider stuck to her wheel. “I though, oh s**t [when I saw her there],” said Van Vleuten. “I knew after the Paterberg there wasn’t a…

1 min.
my first tour of flanders

“My job was to look after Lotte Kopecky for the first 100km at least and make sure she got over the Kanarieberg. Unfortunately, there was a crash on the Kanarieberg and I didn’t go down but someone hit me from behind and you have to get off and by the time you get back on there’s a gap. “We finally got back to the front with a small group just before the Taaienberg and the bunch split and again we weren’t in that group either. We had a few girls in the front but Lotte punctured. “It’s been an experience; the good thing about not racing full gas when you come to the Oude Kwaremont is that you can take in the crowds a bit. “These climbs are hard. You don’t ride them…