Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly May 16, 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 16.05

If you’ve ever wondered where the next generation of British Grand Tour riders is coming from, look no further than this year’s Giro d’Italia. While no one is ready to write off Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas — they both have a good few years ahead of them — there was the danger of a vacuum opening up behind what is undoubtedly Britain’s golden generation that includes Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. Now we’re getting a glimpse of what’s to come. Led by the Yates brothers, who, at the grand old age of 26 are the old hands, the next generation add an extra dimension to this year’s Giro. They got off to a great start as well, with Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) finishing seventh in the prologue, and Hugh Carthy (EF…

2 min.
young brits take on the giro

“More stressful” than other races and a “shock to the system” was the verdict of the British Grand Tour debutants at the Giro d’Italia this weekend. James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Scott Davies (Dimension Data) are riding their debut Grand Tours. Meanwhile EF Education First rider Hugh Carthy is starting his fourth Grand Tour. The 21-stage race is longer than anything Knox and Davies, both 23 years old, have ever done before and both were hoping to just survive the three weeks. “It’s an awesome feeling and it’s really nice to make my Grand Tour debut,” said Davies, sat beside Carthy and Knox at the start of stage three. “It has a different feeling to it and it’s a lot more stressful,” he added. “It was a tough day for me yesterday because I…

2 min.
baptism of fire

Stage one of the Giro d’Italia was billed as 8km of pain. Except it wasn’t. The key was actually being patient and waiting for the last 2km crazy-steep climb. It’s a road that I have done before, in the Giro dell’Emilia race at the end of the year. Let me tell you, it’s hard enough on a road bike, let alone on the TT rig at the end of a time trial in one of the biggest races of the year. And then one had to be even more patient, because the climb is so steep, it is so easy to overdo it on the first part. I perhaps fell foul a little of that, but in the moment it feels so easy, like you are so in control. And the…

1 min.
stephen dent, 19

Why the same team as last year? The team’s calendar has races that if I was to do well at I would be noticed by bigger teams and there are so many opportunities to show yourself. How was last season? Definitely harder than I expected. The racing is a lot faster than people think or imagine, especially early in the season when there’s 175 riders in one race. I got better as the season progressed and started thinking about how to win, rather than just how to finish. How have you improved? Tactically, I feel I am aware of who to follow in a race. There are attacks every minute and not every move will stay away so you have to go with the right men as it’s very rare it’ll come down to a…

2 min.
roglič throws down the gauntlet

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) left his rivals in little doubt as to his form and his focus on overall Giro d’Italia victory last weekend, winning the opening time trial in Bologna in dominant style. The 29-year-old Slovenian clocked 12.54 for the 8.2km course, which featured a significant climb over the last two kilometres. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was second, 19 seconds back, while a good ride from Vincenzo Nibali saw him take third place at 23 seconds. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Miguel Angel López (Astana) rounded out the top five, both at 28 seconds. “There’s a long way to go, but we started very well” It was a bold opening gambit by Roglič, who was still in the maglia rosa as CW went to press on Tuesday morning. There has even been speculation as to…

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connor swift joins arkea-samsic

Connor Swift has made the jump to André Greipel’s Arkea-Samsic team and will ride in support of the German sprinter. British champion Swift made the mid-season switch to the French Professional Continental outfit from Madison-Genesis. The 23-year-old opened the new chapter of his career at the Four Days of Dunkirk on Tuesday alongside Greipel. Swift said: “I’m over the moon with the opportunity that has come around. “Things like this don’t happen often and to be able to step up to Pro Continental level with Arkea and go there to be part of a team helping out Greipel will be pretty surreal. “I am super-thankful to everyone involved to make this happen and of course Madison-Genesis for the past two years and allowing me to step up and leave the team mid-season.” Swift, who started with…