Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly May 9, 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 09.05

After sirs Jim Ratcliffe and Dave Brailsford swept in to a small Yorkshire country pub via helicopter to launch Team Ineos, the racing was more a case of business as usual with Ineos taking their first ever win thanks to young Brit Chris Lawless. The anti Ineos fracking protests had hit their mark and coloured much of the launch coverage but fizzled out after the start of stage one in Doncaster. In truth much of the excitement for the team came in the previous six weeks as they’d scrambled to get kit, bikes and branding switched from black and blue to black and red. Once the sale of the team’s management company Tour Racing Ltd had been agreed with Sky, they had to design, order and roll out thousands of items of…

1 min.
in focus

Dry another day The image that defined the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire was this incredible shot of Dimension Data’s Nicholas Dlamini leading the bunch over the Boothferry Bridge between Goole and Howden on stage one. The rain was torrential at times, perfectly captured here. Making waves The North Sea battered Scarborough seafront on Saturday’s stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, forcing organisers to move the finish back by one kilometre. Further round from here the waves crashed straight into the sea wall with full force, covering the road with seaweed. Teams couldn’t even park their buses here, leading to lots of tired riders pedalling around after the stage, not knowing where to go.…

2 min.
ineos’s perfect start in yorkshire

Chris Lawless ensured the perfect start for Team Ineos in Yorkshire by matching defending champion Greg Van Avermaet pedal stroke for pedal stroke in to Leeds to take the overall win — the first GC victory of his career. Having started every edition of the Tour de Yorkshire so far, Lawless did what he never thought he could by following Van Avermaet when the Belgian attacked on an uncategorised climb within the final five kilometres of the race. Anticipating the CCC rider’s move, the 23-year-old Brit was straight on his wheel, the only rider who reacted quickly enough to follow him. This saw the pair join Ineos’s Eddie Dunbar, who was already a handful of seconds up the road. Lawless said afterwards that it was only then that he believed he could…

1 min.
tour de yorkshire future secured

Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO have both committed to the future of the Tour de Yorkshire, saying plans are already in place for 2020 and beyond. Questions had been asked since CEO Sir Gary Verity stood down earlier this year, although the popularity of the four-day race with spectators has never shown any sign of abating. The contract between the two parties is a rolling one, meaning the race is secured for the next two to three years. Beyond then is still to be agreed but commercial director Peter Dodd was bullish about the event’s future. “It’s still getting bigger every year,” he said. “You’ve seen the calibre of the riders here this week, but also the international coverage. New TV companies are taking [the footage] in different countries for the…

2 min.
deignan’s worlds bid gets yorkshire reality check

Lizzie Deignan said she was “more motivated than ever” for the Yorkshire World Championship road race after an eventful final stage in the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire last weekend, won by Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv). Deignan, who gave birth to baby daughter Orla in September, only returned to racing in April at the Ardennes Classics. Yorkshire is her first stage race in 18 months. After placing seventh at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Yorkshirewoman was clearly keen to be a player and featured strongly in the chase groups over day two’s hilly outing to Scarborough. However, she admitted she suffered physically, and rode a far from tactically perfect race: “Technically I didn’t ride very well. I didn’t use my energy in the right places, but when you’re on the limit you don’t really think clearly,” she said.…

1 min.
newcomer banks mixing with the best

Elizabeth Banks’s ninth place at the women’s Tour de Yorkshire continued the 28-year-old’s rapid rise through the pro ranks. Now in her second year as a pro, only the trajectory of her learning curve is matching her ever-improving results. Wearing the red climber’s jersey on the decisive second stage and earning leadership duties for her Bigla team, Banks rode herself into contention among the best in the world through the 40mph hail storm that hit the bunch climbing out of Robin Hood’s Bay. “I was in a good position going up the climb. I’m not really a climber so I killed myself going up there,” she said at the finish after she’d picked herself up from the floor. “I was really hoping to ride well here, but I didn’t think I’d be…