Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly May 2, 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 02.05

All eyes will be on Yorkshire this weekend as the two stage races once again highlight the region and all it has to offer. And it’s not just the domestic teams taking on WorldTour riders that everyone will be keen to see. We have the official unveiling of Team Ineos, as Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe — and all the environmental controversy that surrounds his company — enters the sport. Will Ineos win their first race as Sky did? Will they still be wearing black kit? And will a name change allow them to move on from the scandals that beset Team Sky? What we do know is there will be a new Pinarello Dogma waiting outside the bus for the riders on day one, although at the time of going to…

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fuglsang wins liège to claim debut monument

The new flatter finish to Liège-Bastogne-Liège had been much heralded, but in reality it changed very little as Jakob Fuglsang won the first Monument of his long career on Sunday. Much like Bob Jungels’s win last year, Astana rider Fuglsang escaped a small group on the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, then soloed his way to the line. The style of rider chasing the Dane in the final kilometres was the same as one would have expected in the closing kilometres to the race’s old, somewhat drab finish in Ans. Even some of the names were the same. But the earlier stages of the race had a different complexion. Without those late climbs and the uphill closing kilometre of recent years, it was a better spectacle, with less waiting and more action. Rather than the…

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my view

News writer Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège was a decent watch. More exciting than recent editions, there was a heroic victor, individual chasers, a pursuing group and even grim weather. For all most people know, the women’s race was similarly blessed. Though unless you were in the race convoy you would have no real idea, as the race was not shown anywhere. Liège and Flèche Wallonne four days earlier were the first Women’s WorldTour races this year not to be either broadcast or streamed live online. Both are organised by Tour de France owner, ASO. “THE HIGHLIGHTS ARE NOT ON THE RACE WEBSITE” Shorter distances and smaller teams in women’s races mean they are often more frantic than men’s and both last week’s events would have been worthy of a couple of hours’ viewing. The riders knew it,…

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geoghegan hart ‘can podium in a grand tour in the next three years’

Team Ineos believes Tao Geoghegan Hart can reach the podium of a Grand Tour in the next three years following two stage wins and second overall in the Tour of the Alps last week. Geoghegan Hart displayed real class holding off attacks from seasoned competitors Vincenzo Nibali and Rafał Majka while still working to help teammate Pavel Sivakov secure the overall victory in Austria last week. “Well, if he doesn’t win one, he’s going got be on the podium,” coach and Ineos sports director Dario Cioni told CW. “There are many strong riders, so it’s hard to win, but if he continues this progress he can do it. “He just lacks the experience of racing Grand Tours. He got his first one in the bag last year at the Vuelta a España and…

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harrison wood, 18

Why France? I raced in France and Belgium as a junior and realised I enjoyed racing in Europe more than the UK. I wanted to go to a team that do hillier races so that meant France or Spain. How is France? It’s such a chilled-out culture; sometimes it surprises me and I find myself wanting people to get out of my way as if I was in fast-paced England. I’m living with Alex Braybrooke and a host family which is helping my French along. How’s the racing? I knew from last year that these races are attacking and tactical, and with my training in the winter I knew I wouldn’t be out of my depth. I prefer hillier terrain, but in France you can’t specify your style too much. How’s the team? There’s no pressure on…

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cullaigh celebration hands joyce victory

Team Wiggins-Le Col rider Gabriel Cullaigh snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on Sunday at the CiCLE Classic with a premature celebration that handed a narrow victory to Rally UHC rider Colin Joyce. Defending champion Cullaigh had survived the narrow lanes, gravel and constantly undulating roads that characterise the most chaotic race on the British calendar and headed into the finish with a group of around 30 riders as the firm favourite. Having been led out by team-mate Tom Pidcock, Cullaigh was out ahead but American Joyce was gaining ground and threw his bike at the line just as the Huddersfield-raised rider lifted his hands from the bars to celebrate. Millimetres separated the pair and it took race officials several minutes to declare a winner. “Out the corner we were third and…