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Cycling WeeklyCycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly May 30, 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!

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start line 30.05

Since we published what Simon Warren thought to be the UK’s toughest 100km ride, we’ve been inundated with suggestions. There’s a leg breaker from Alex Jones that starts and finishes in Penistone, north of Sheffield, and takes in at least 13 climbs as it wiggles its way around the edge of the Peak District. Then there’s another one in Somerset that seems to start at the bottom of Porlock, while Andrea Wood wrote in with her impeccable local knowledge of the North York Moors where Simon rode — although it’s 141km so we’ll be asking for a shortened version. Please send your suggestions in. Your ride just needs to start and finish in the same place and be as close to 100km as you can possibly get it. I’ll be going through my Strava…

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carthy in the mix as giro hits mountains

EF Education First’s Hugh Carthy spent a day in the young riders’ white jersey, while a fourth place on stage 15 to Como saw him move up to 14th place on GC. The 24-year-old Lancastrian pulled on the white jersey at the end of stage 12 to Pinerolo, but his obligations lasted just one day as Miguel Angel López (Team Astana) moved ahead the following day. By the rest day is was Team Ineos’s Pavel Sivakov who held it while sitting in ninth place. Just nine minutes separate the top four young riders, all of whom look set to make a further impact on this year’s race. “I would’ve liked more,” Carthy told CW after losing the jersey on the Lago Serrù climb. “It’s important now to keep a strong head and not…

2 min.
trek make worldtour breakthrough

Trek-Segafredo claimed victory at the women’s four-day Emakumeen Bira stage race in the Basque Country last week, winning two stages and the overall. Elisa Longo Borghini took the overall classification with a daring attack on the final climb of the race. The Italian (above) then rode solo over the final 18 kilometres to win the stage by just four seconds. The effort sealed a two-second victory ahead of defending champion Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott). It was Trek’s first WorldTour win as the team has failed to get the better of the likes of Boels-Dolmans and Mitchelton-Scott through the first half of the season. Trek’s win came despite Mitchelton-Scott sending a strong team, including current world number one Annemiek van Vleuten and defending champion Spratt. It will boost the American team’s confidence coming in…

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george jary, 22

How was last season? It was frustrating because I had breathing issues and had to have surgery in August to correct my deviated septum. Tony Barrett at HMT Sancta Maria Hospital sponsored the surgery and without them I wouldn’t be cycling now. I’ve put it all behind me and am focusing on my final year as an under-23. Is Spain your home now? I’ve been here four years, I have friends, I can speak the language and I feel very comfortable. I live in the centre of Durango and there’s a good community. Being in Spain increases my options because I’m on the radar of teams from all over Europe. How’s your form this season? I trained all winter but I hadn’t raced in a long time so struggled for consistency at the start of…

2 min.
yates claws back time as form slowly returns

Simon Yates edged himself back in to contention at the end of the Giro’s second week after he grabbed a few seconds on his GC rivals at the end of stages 14 and 15. As the riders enjoyed their second rest day Yates had moved up to eighth place on GC, five minutes 24 seconds down on leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar). “This late into the race and on the selective stages, you can see the cream is rising to the top. I think we can still win a stage here and climb our way up the GC. Where to? Who knows.” Yates said. “My legs are working now, instead of not working. I think in the days before I wasn’t able to go over my limit and [then] recover. I think once…

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knox and geoghegan hart head home

Young Brits James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) left the Giro during the second week as injuries sustained in crashes put paid to their ambitions. Riding his first Grand Tour, Knox decided not to start stage 13 to Ceresole Reale due to a knee injury. Having crashed on both stages three and four he eventually had to make a decision. “I have been struggling with this knee injury, but we were still hoping I could make some kind of recovery on the flat stages and the rest day,” said Knox. “Unfortunately, [stage 12] was the first real test on the climbs, and taking into account how I felt and what’s still to come, we decided to call it a race.” Knox will undergo an MRI scan in Belgium before…