Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly May 23, 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 23.05

Cycling Weekly is once again looking for the best cycling club in Britain. There are hundreds of clubs up and down the country (almost 2,000 come up on the British Cycling website) that ensure the UK cycling scene continues to thrive, so if you belong to one of them, be sure to get your entry in. Last year’s winners, Otley CC, set a high bar and we are looking for more of the same in 2019. Along with sponsors Le Col we want to hear from the clubs that make a difference — cycling clubs that put on great events, bring people into the sport, compete across disciplines and get their jerseys seen far and wide. It won’t necessarily be an all-conquering racing club that wins either, and a club doesn’t need…

2 min.
yates’s giro title bid suffers setback

Simon Yates’s hopes of Giro d’Italia victory took some heavy knocks last week as he entered the race’s first rest day 5.36 off the pink jersey. The Mitchelton-Scott rider suffered in the stage nine time trial to the Republic of San Marino on Sunday where he conceded most of his time. In the 34.8km time trial, he lost 3.11 minutes to stage winner and favourite Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and 2.06 minutes to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). “I had a bit of a stinker,” Yates said after finishing the time trial in heavy rain. “I was going OK on the flat section there but when I tried to step on it once we reached the climb, I just didn’t have anything.” Yates crashed on stage four and hurt his left knee but his team said they did…

2 min.
my view

VERN PITT News editor Have we learned nothing from Giros of the past? That’s what I thought this weekend when I’ve seen people writing off Simon Yates’s chance of Giro victory. Sure, the time losses he suffered last week have left him with a mountain to climb [there’s 30 climbs left actually – Ed] but this is the Giro. Have we all forgotten the sight of a Lotto-Jumbo rider with a seemingly unassailable lead somersaulting into a snow bank in 2016 or Chris Froome’s long-range attack in 2018? Those are just the two most recent examples of how this race regularly turns on its head and we’re not even into week two yet. “YATES COULD STILL PULL OFF A SURPRISE” And who is better equipped to do that than Simon Yates? He’s a rider that…

2 min.
accentuate the positive

People talk about being humbled by something. That electric jolt that strikes out of the blue, readjusting their perspective and providing a reminder that they are simply one among billions. A moment that changes everything. A crash mid-race is a perfect example of this. Everything feels amazing. The race is easy, the body is working effortlessly, and then suddenly it’s not. Next thing it’s a struggle to simply get out of bed in the morning. To get dressed and walk to breakfast takes a heaped tablespoon of effort. Wounds stick to bandages, clothes are ruined, countless hotel bedsheets too. But this is cycling. This is stage racing. And this is a Grand Tour. How do we deal with it? We embrace positivity. We wake up every day believing magically our bodies will have returned…

1 min.
george bazley, 18

Club Cycliste de Villeneuve Saint Germain Soissons Aisne, Soissons, France What’s your background? I played rugby until I was 15 and then gave cycling a go as my dad raced when he was my age. I fell in love with it. Why move to France? I raced here as a junior a few times and the races were incomparable to ones back home. My team-mate Sam Walsham and I won the junior Duo Normand last October. That led to us both getting called up to this team. How are you finding it? I enjoy the responsibility of living on my own. I’ve become an experimental cook: for breakfast I scramble eggs into my oats, and add cinnamon, chopped apple and raisins. How’s the season been? I’ve been at the required level since my first race. My form is improving. Any good…

2 min.
ewan continues progression with giro win

Australian Caleb Ewan took another jump up the hierarchy of sprinters last week with his first Giro d’Italia stage win, the biggest victory of his career to date. The 24-year-old has been talked up as sprinting’s next big thing since he entered the professional ranks in 2015 but has had few opportunities on the sport’s biggest stages. This prompted his move to Lotto-Soudal this year, which will see him ride the Tour de France for the first time. “Determination and the help of the team made me a winner today,” the Australian said. “We’ve been trying for seven days to get this win.” The Vuelta stage winner had come close on the uphill finish of stage four where he was second but it was stage eight where he prevailed. Ewan navigated the tricky…