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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly June 20, 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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1 min.
start line 20.06

As a cyclist and someone who works in cycling I’ve inadvertently become somewhat immune to news of riders crashing. It happens, right? We’ve all left a bit of skin on the road, while news of a broken collarbone is brushed off as a standard outcome for a cyclist hitting the deck. Almost a badge of honour. Only if you’re really unlucky do you suffer more serious injuries. Then you hear news of a crash like the one suffered by Chris Froome at the Dauphiné last week and you’re shocked out of that blasé attitude. When news of his injuries started filtering through it put a knot in my stomach. Not only did the list of injuries sound horrific, but the way in which the various emails and reports were worded was…

3 min.
froome faces physical and psychological battle to return

Chris Froome will face a psychological as a well as a physical battle to return to his best within a year following a major training crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné last week. Froome suffered horrific injuries while scouting the Dauphiné time trial course last Wednesday. Taking his hand off the bars to blow his nose, wind caught his front wheel and he careered into a wall at 54kph. He suffered a host of injuries (see box) including a skin piercing complex femur fracture and lost four pints of blood. He was airlifted to hospital and operated on for six hours. From his hospital bed Froome said: “I know how lucky I am to be here.” The surgeon who operated on Froome said that he would be spending “at least six months” away from…

2 min.
call me lucky

I think I might be statistically luckier than the average person. When I first had that thought, I decided it didn’t make mathematical sense. Luck is arbitrary by definition and so, like tossing a coin enough times should eventually result in an even number of heads and tails, I thought luck would work in such a way that life evens out. But then I thought, luck is arbitrary by definition and so… why wouldn’t it arbitrarily favour me? And I don’t mean I’m privileged. I am privileged, but I’m also separately lucky. I’m not making a show of being grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given or the circumstances I’ve been born into. Again: I am grateful, but separate to all the privilege and opportunity (saving my Oscars ‘thank you mum…

1 min.
racing ahead

La Route d’Occitanie (June 20-23) The final four race days ahead of the Tour de France for a few, Movistar boast two former winners in their line-up: 2018 victor Alejandro Valverde and two-time champion Nairo Quintana. Rigoberto Urán leads EF-Education First, and Pavel Sivakov heads Team Ineos’s charge. Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc (June 20-23) Taking place in the shadow of Europe’s highest mountain, the five-stage race in the Alps is a chance for emerging and lesser-known climbers to show their worth with three days climaxing with a summit finish. Egan Bernal won in 2017. Dwars door het Hageland (June 21) A tough Belgian race in which the sprinters are confident of success before the rouleurs and puncheurs form breaks that typically go the distance, Mathieu van der Poel and Niki Terpstra are recent…

2 min.
deignan back to her best in women’s tour victory

By becoming the first woman to win two editions of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, last week Lizzie Deignan proved she is back to her best after time away from racing to have a baby. Finishing outside the top 10 on just one of the six stages, Deignan’s versatility was key, being competitive in bunch sprints and winning the mountainous Queen stage in mid-Wales. It was that performance that put her in the leader’s jersey and was most impressive. Climbing with some of the best, she and Trek-Segafredo team-mate Elisa Longo Borghini attacked from the front of a reduced bunch near the top of the brutal Epynt climb. Along with Canyon-SRAM leader Kasia Niewiadoma, they were forced to work hard all the way to the line in Builth Wells, where the Brit won…

1 min.
trek-segafredo finally hit their stride

Lizzie Deignan’s Trek-Segafredo team was launched to much acclaim last summer but despite victory in the opening race of their campaign, their early season failed to live up to the hype, the squad taking lower-level wins, but struggling at Women’s WorldTour events despite riding aggressively throughout the year. “I think we had a good spring, but not good enough,” said legendary sprinter and current team DS Ina-Yoko Teutenberg. The team has now won the general classification of their last two WorldTour stage races. Tayler Wiles’s stage win at Emakumeen Bira preceded Elisa Longo Borghini’s, the latter winning GC with an audacious attack. Now, with Deignan’s Women’s Tour successes they finally appear to be building momentum. “I don’t know if we are on a roll now,” continued Teutenberg. “But we can see people finding…