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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly June 6, 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 06.06

I still remember my first pair of aero wheels. It was a set of Spinergy Rev-Xs — the wheels to have in the mid Nineties. Along with Spinaci bars they looked like they’d kicked bike tech into the next century overnight. They were soon banned, as were the Spinaci bars, on grounds of safety. Those wheels were incredibly fast. All carbon with eight ‘spokes’ (it looked like four from the side), they were uncompromisingly stiff and probably the first such wheels to be used in road racing. We’d seen similar tech on the track and in TTs but not in a bunch. I put them in my bright blue, aluminium Geoffrey Butler frame and quite frankly, it looked amazing. I wish I still had that bike. Campag Chorus groupset and Look pedals, if…

2 min.
carapaz soars to giro victory

Hands up who had Richard Carapaz on their Giro favourites shortlist at the start of May. Anybody nodding knowingly has clearly been paying close attention, because Movistar’s Ecuadorian revelation flew under the radar to score an accomplished overall victory at the Italian race last weekend, sealing the win in the final-stage Verona time trial. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) took a hard-fought second, while Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), whom many thought would win comprehensively three weeks ago, salvaged his race to claw his way onto the podium, usurping Mikel Landa (Movistar). His win made Carapaz — who was born at 2,900 metres above sea level in Ecuador’s mountainous north — the first rider from the South American nation to win a Grand Tour. The final stage winner was Sunweb’s Chad Haga, a talented time triallist for…

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who is richard carapaz?

If anybody in Ecuador didn’t know the name Richard Carapaz before last Sunday, they will do now. The Giro title ranked among the South American country’s finest athletic achievements, with Andrés Gómez’s French Open title and Jefferson Pérez’s Olympic gold for race walking. But where exactly did this talent — who few gave much GC credence to pre-Giro — spring from to win with such aplomb? The 26-year-old was born up in the Andes at 3,000 metres, near the Colombian border in El Carmelo. “His story is amazing,” said Carapaz’s Movistar sports director Max Sciandri. “He comes from a hard land, it makes everything hard just to live there, already you have the altitude. But people are warm, the people will give back a lot to him. He gave a lot, and they are…

2 min.
carthy comes of age in italy

Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) led the wave of new British riders in Grand Tours over the last three weeks in the 2019 Giro d’Italia. Carthy confidently held his own alongside the big-name GC favourites and even seemed wholly unflustered after being berated by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at the end of stage 16 for not contributing more. The 24-year-old polished off the three weeks with 11th overall and two top-five results in mountain stages. “I have a long way to go,” Carthy told Cycling Weekly. “It’s a good step, it’s the right time as well, the right age to show this kind of potential.” His goal had been a top 10 overall, but he slipped behind in the summit finish stage to Lago Serrù on stage 13. “It’s a big step, I’ve taken a…

2 min.
pidcock: prince of the pavé

Giro winner Richard Carapaz wasn’t the only bike rider making history last weekend — Tom Pidcock (Wiggins-Le Col) was doing the same in France as he became the first ever British winner of the under-23 Paris-Roubaix. Pidcock himself has won the Junior version — he did that in 2017 — and he is far from the only Briton to do so. But the Union Flag has never flown above the top step of the U23 podium. In fact you have to go all the way back to Paul Sherwen’s third place in 1977 to find any trace of a Brit on any step. Yorkshireman Pidcock — who has still yet to turn 20 years old — triumphed in Roubaix using the stylish modus operandi that has led him to a host of…

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critérium du dauphiné

France’s best stage racers are aiming to topple two of Britain’s finest at this week’s Critérium du Dauphiné. Often an indicator of who is set to go well in the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas won last year before claiming the yellow jersey, a double victory his team-mate Chris Froome has previously accomplished on three occasions. Team Ineos’s Froome is targeting a record fourth victory in the race, but will have to beat compatriot Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and French duo Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Both Frenchmen have been in solid training blocks since the spring and enter the Dauphiné in their best shape of the season. A superb demonstration of powerful climbing at the Tour de l’Ain proved Pinot’s current form, and ominously for his rivals he…