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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly July 11, 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 11.07

Did anyone else watch stage one of the Tour de France from behind the sofa? When did they become such nervy affairs? I was trying to explain this to a non-cyclist and struggled to put my finger on exactly when and why they changed. Thinking back to the early 1990s when I first started obsessively watching the race, I can’t recall ever being worried that Miguel Indurain, Tony Rominger or Poitr Ugrumov (remember him?) was going to crash out in week one. Maybe I was less invested in a non-British winner, but still, as a young fan there were some riders that I really wanted to see win, or at least battle it out in the mountains. An early crash just didn’t seem like a risk for Indurain; he just sailed effortlessly…

5 min.
cavendish’s future in question after tour snub

The drama of the Tour de France started early this year, as five days before the peloton rolled out of Brussels, the announcement came that Mark Cavendish wouldn’t be in Belgium to start his 13th Grande Boucle. From the outside looking in and ignoring the supreme legacy of the 30-time Tour stage winner, his results this season seem to justify the decision. Third place on stage three of the Tour of Turkey in April was his highest race finish since June 2018. That comes with the giant asterisk that is Cavendish’s long recovery from Epstein-Barr syndrome, which he started the Tour with last year, unknowingly, and missed the time cut as the race hit the mountains. Despite this lean set of results, sources close to Cavendish claim that away from the spotlight of…

3 min.
flying jumbo soar to ttt win

Considerable investment in technological development and a line-up including big engines Tony Martin and Wout van Aert propelled Jumbo-Visma’s drubbing of Ineos and the other principal GC squads in the Tour de France’s team time trial on Sunday. The Dutch squad sailed to the biggest victory margin in a team time trial since 1995, dethroning Ineos, who had led the standings all day. Asked about how the Dutch team that finished 12th in the same test at last year’s race had come back to claim victory, yellow jersey wearer Mike Teunissen said: “It’s an indication of the developments and improvements this team has made over the past year. Winning in one of cycling’s hardest disciplines shows how far we’ve come. We’ve worked with the clothing manufacturer to produce faster skinsuits, we’ve worked…

1 min.
tour talk

Qhuebeka bike hunt When one of four special-edition Qhubeka bikes on display at the Grand Départ was stolen, the Dimension Data sponsor enlisted some heavyweight help in trying to track it down, with the great and the good joining the #giveitback twitter campaign. Eddy Merckx himself got in on the act, gamely holding up a ‘#giveitback’ card and posing for a photo. If a hard stare from ‘the Cannibal’ himself doesn’t do the trick, nothing will. Gilbert set for Lotto return Overlooked by Deceuninck-Quick Step for the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix champion Philippe Gilbert has agreed a three-year deal with Lotto-Soudal, the squad he raced for under the Silence-Lotto label between 2009 and 2011. Deceuninck boss Patrick Lefevere confirmed contract talks had broken down with the Belgian because he could only offer a…

5 min.
team ineos boss pledges to win back fans’ trust

Incoming Team Ineos CEO Fran Millar has pledged to have a more open approach in an effort to win back fans’ trust. Millar, who was promoted to the newly created role of CEO on June 1, said the British team has done a “shambolic” job of communicating its approach throughout the period when the team was dogged by a series of scandals. Speaking to Cycling Weekly, she said there were a small cohort of cycling fans that would never trust the team, especially after the Fancy Bears leak of Bradley Wiggins’s TUE data; the Jiffy bag scandal and Chris Froome’s salbutamol case, but that there was “a sensible middle ground of the sport and the fans of the sport that deserve to feel that they can trust us”. She continued: “For me there’s…

1 min.
powerful woman

As the CEO of Ineos, Fran Millar is now indisputably one of the most powerful people in cycling, and quite probably the most powerful woman. Older brother, ex-pro rider and TV commentator David Millar, is in no doubt that being a woman has been an asset to his sister. “I’ve always considered her to be better than me. I’ve always said, ‘Wait until you see my sister.’ She was the v2.0 since we were kids. I’ve always seen an excellence in her… She’s a woman and I think that brings a different and better skill set,” he says. He describes her as caring and rational but that being a woman in the world of cycling and making it to the level she has he says is “doubly impressive”. And yet her…