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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly July 4, 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 04.07

Is there a more exciting time of the season than the build-up to the Tour de France? The week of Flanders and Roubaix is good, but it’s hard to beat the run-in to the Tour. Not only is there the running form guide of every GC favourite to monitor, but it’s a chance to reacquaint yourself with France. I enjoy nothing more than going through our stage previews and remembering the places the race has previously been and looking forward to seeing them again. It’s almost like remembering old holiday destinations. I’ve been lucky enough to cover the Tour on several occasions and have therefore visited many of the destinations, but even those places I’ve just seen on the TV over the last 30 years feel familiar, and I get excited at…

1 min.
in focus

Streets ahead Alice Barnes holds off the chasers to take her second national title of the week in the road race. This was one of the moments that viewers got to see as it happened — the pictures were being broadcast using 4G to keep costs down and that made them susceptible to the vagaries of network coverage. Champagne dance Alex Dowsett celebrates his sixth national time trial title. John Archibald (left) would also end the weekend with plenty to celebrate as the only man to take to the podium twice. After being just six seconds off Dowsett in the TT he outsprinted him to the final podium place in the road race.…

2 min.
new lease of life brings swift national title

In a race dominated by Team Ineos riders, a rejuvenated Ben Swift won his first national road race title in Norwich last Sunday. Swift has suffered with injuries and poor luck in recent seasons, but in Sunday’s closing kilometres, with the irrepressible Ian Stannard off the front, the Yorkshireman jumped Ribble Pro Cycling’s John Archibald, then passed his team-mate to take his first victory since a stage of the 2015 Settimana Coppi e Bartali. Ineos had placed a rider in every one of a multitude of moves, with Swift and Stannard joined at the front by Chris Lawless in a large break as the race entered the closing 30 kilometres. Swift benefited from Stannard’s repeated, characteristic attacks and was able to minimise his effort in the group behind. “It was [the plan], we’re…

1 min.
young talent shines bright at u23 nationals

While the podiums of the under-23 races at the National Championships always provide a glimpse of the future, this year showcased some spectacular talent. Two riders in particular excelled in both the time trials and road races, with Anna Henderson (Brother UK-Tifosi-OnForm) winning the U23 TT and placing second in the road race, the highest U23 finisher. In the men’s races it was Ethan Hayter, riding for VC Londres, once again proving his class, as the best U23 rider in the road race after finishing second in the U23 time trial behind Charlie Quarterman (Zappi-Holdsworth), who also put in a performance to mark him as a bright prospect. After winning the prologue and a stage at the Baby Giro, Hayter is clearly on form and was unlucky not to be competing…

2 min.
dowsett: ‘i’ve had to catch up’

After two years of waiting, Alex Dowsett finally equalled Stuart Dangerfield’s record of six national time trial titles last week, but the win did not come easy. Beating John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling) into second place by just six seconds, and 2017 champion Steve Cummings (Dimension Data), Dowsett’s victory came a day before the 30-year-old was named as one of Katusha-Alpecin’s eight-man Tour de France squad. “It was a fight, it was a draggy course the whole way round,” Dowsett explained, his trade team colours poking out from beneath his new jersey. “I was getting splits and in the first third I was told I was down quite significantly. I thought it was all over but I kept plugging away.” Last week’s success came only after significant changes to Dowsett’s approach, including a…

2 min.
alice barnes does the double

Alice Barnes pulled off a sensational double at the National Championships last week, winning both the road race and the time trial. Her victories meant she became only the third woman to take both titles since the TT was introduced in 2000. Still only 24, Alice comfortably beat her older sister and defending champion Hannah into third and former champion Hayley Simmonds into second on Thursday’s TT in Norfolk. Working with coach Dean Downing and aerodynamicist Dan Bigham, Barnes has put more focus into the discipline this year and made significant progress. Placing well in international time trials against the best in the world hinted at her improvement while Thursday’s result confirmed it. She was disappointed with a fourth place at the European Games in Minsk just two days before but came…