category_outlined / Sports
Cycling WeeklyCycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly April 25, 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!

United Kingdom
Read Morekeyboard_arrow_down
52 Issues


access_time1 min.
start line 25.04

I recently had my first experience of British Cycling’s Accredited Marshal scheme. This gives trained marshals the power to stop traffic, just like a lollipop person outside a school. Armed with a big round ‘STOP’ sign, the marshals close junctions for no more than two minutes to let the race go through. They are ably backed up by club volunteers, like me, who get a red flag. We can’t stop traffic, but we can explain to drivers what’s happening and ask, ever so politely, if they wouldn’t mind waiting. Thankfully at my club’s race all the drivers we came across were happy to do so. In addition we had NEG motorbike marshals, with loud whistles, and lead cars. All of which meant the race went through our busy junction, complete with well-frequented…

access_time2 min.
strong comeback for attacking deignan

There was no fairytale comeback for Lizzie Deignan at the Amstel Gold Race last Sunday, but after 18 months without racing, the former world champion put in a strong performance all the same. After an active 126km on the bergs east of Maastricht, Deignan finished 19th, rolling across the line in a group of four riders, two minutes and 27 seconds behind winner Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon SRAM). “Considering it’s one of the hardest Classics and it’s my first race I am pretty happy with that,” she told CW, sipping on a post-race Coke. Her Trek-Segafredo team were particularly aggressive, with Elisa Longo Borghini’s last-lap attack only caught inside the closing 10km. It was the latter part of the race that delivered the most action, as the climbs began to take their toll…

access_time1 min.
van der poel springs golden surprise

Mathieu van der Poel continued his exceptional spring campaign, winning Amstel Gold in front of an adoring home crowd. The Dutchman animated what will likely be remembered as the most gripping final kilometre of the season, pulling seven riders up to the leading trio and then sprinting past them. “I didn’t even have the energy to put my hands in the air,” the 24-year-old Corendon-Circus rider told the Belgian press. “At three kilometres from the finish, nobody could tell me what position I was riding in; not the race radio or the team car. I didn’t believe I was racing for the win. Only in the finishing straight did I see them ahead.” The race had looked like becoming a two-up sprint between Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), but as…

access_time2 min.
williams back racing thanks to man city

After a 2018 season in the under-23 ranks when almost everything went right for Stevie Williams, culminating in a first contract with the Bahrain-Merida team, the start of the 22-year-old Welshman’s pro career was stymied by a knee injury and tendinitis that kept him out of racing for six months. But, after a long rehabilitation that included visits to Manchester City, Williams finally made his debut in Bahrain colours at the Tour of the Basque Country. “It’s been so long that it does seem a bit strange to come back into this environment. It’s the first time I’ve raced since the Worlds, so it’s a bit of a shock to the system,” Williams told Cycling Weekly after the opening road stage. “Normally I’d love the climbs here, but they’re not so…

access_time1 min.
jake wright, 19

GD Supermercados Froix, Galicia, Spain Why Spain? It was the opportunity to ride for this team. They’ve been one of the top-rated teams in Spain for over 30 years, producing some very good riders, but no British guy has ever ridden for them. I liked the idea of something a bit different. What’s the team like? They have a good race calendar, good equipment and provide a lot of support. Their whole attitude is to have fun and be relaxed and let the results take care of themselves. I see myself progressing with them. How’s Galicia for training? It’s right on the coast so I have flat and rolling rides, but when I head into the interior I have mountainous routes. How’s the racing? I raced for Zappi’s in Italy last year so am used to really tough races…

access_time3 min.

After a stellar spring, Team EF Education First head to Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège hoping to repeat the performance which brought Alberto Bettiol his great Classic success in Flanders three weeks ago. The American squad have recorded top 10 places in both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix and Michael Woods will lead a squad brimming with confidence. “Bettiol’s was the biggest win for the team for a long time and there’s a buzz and a realisation anything is possible,” said the Canadian, who finished second in Liège last year. Since 1992 the race has finished in the Liège suburb of Ans, but this year it returns to the Walloon city’s centre, the final climb coming 10km from the finish line in Liège. Woods, though, still hopes to do well. “The Ardennes are made for me, I’m at…