Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly September 5, 2019

Published by TI Media Limited 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 05.09

September 2019 might just be the best few weeks of the year for cycling fans in the UK. We’re just a couple of days away from the Tour of Britain, then we have a week’s breather to get ourselves ready for the World Championships in Yorkshire. Summer might effectively be over, but cycling fans have never had it so good. All this means we’ve been busy at CW HQ. While most people have been enjoying their summer holidays we’ve been compiling two of our most important preview issues of the year — this week’s Tour of Britain preview, and the Worlds preview in two weeks’ time, a special 120-page issue that’s not to be missed. But races at this time of year can be hard to predict. Riders in contention typically fall…

1 min.
brits soldier on

Ineos rider Tao Geoghegan Hart has seen his overall challenge evaporate after being caught behind a split on the race’s second stage and then falling ill during the first week. But he finished 10th on Sunday’s mountain stage, showing that the form that had taken him to fifth at the Tour of Poland, while riding in support of team-mate Pavel Sivakov (who won) hasn’t abandoned him. He’ll likely focus on stage wins from now on. Meanwhile, James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick Step) said he was “lucky” to come away with minimal injuries from a crash on stage seven. The race initially announced that he’d had to abandon but he is still in the race.…

3 min.
quintana shows class as he rides into vuelta lead

Colombian climber Nairo Quintana showed glimpses of his former Grand Tour-winning self last week as he rode into the Vuelta a España’s red jersey on the day before the race’s first rest day. Quintana had been on the attack with eventual stage winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) on stage 10’s trek through the high mountains and torrential rain when he was distanced but he still put enough time into second-placed Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) to claim the race lead by six seconds. Despite holding the race lead Quintana was expecting to lose it on stage 11’s time trial. On Monday he said: “Even if we’ve got the red jersey on our hands right now, it’s been and still is anyone’s race at the moment. With the current situation, though, we’re conscious —…

2 min.
thomas and swift build worlds form in germany

BUILD UP TO YORKSHIRE Geraint Thomas and Ben Swift were both in the business of building form for the World Championships at the Deutschland Tour last week. Thomas, who is used to being protected in the bunch in stage races, could be seen pushing at the front of the bunch in a race where he had no personal ambitions. He racked up what he described as “four good days of racing” to help build his form ahead of a tilt at the World Championship time trial in September. “I’m enjoying having a goal at the end of the year,” he said ahead of the race. “I’ve only finished the Worlds once, back in 2011 when [Mark] Cavendish won, and after that for one reason or another, I’ve never gone well at the end…

1 min.
cavendish returns to the track at six day london

Mark Cavendish will make his return to the track at the Six Day London later this year. Cavendish, the winner of 30 Tour de France stages, will join his long-standing rival Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step), who will be racing the event for the first time. The 34-year-old said: “Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events and from experience I know how competitive the field will be. It’s a great event for elite cyclists and it allows another opportunity to prepare for 2020 in the most competitive arena, against some of the best riders in the world.” Cavendish, who has had an underwhelming road season by his standards as he returns from long-term illness, added: “I am pleased to see Elia Viviani named as a fellow rider at Six…

2 min.
man one down in the pursuit of equality

Last year I asked the GB performance analyst to change all of the data feedback sheets from reading ‘man one’, when describing a rider’s position in the team pursuit line, to ‘rider one’. I didn’t ask my team-mates, or take a vote, or canvass opinion in any way. I just decided it was annoying, and no one would notice either way, so what’s the harm in having it this way? It was the endurance analyst that I spoke to (Robi De, who has since moved on to work at the BBC) and so it’s likely the sprint team still have ‘man one’, ‘man two’, etc on their graphs and other training feedback. I know the endurance men don’t. It was grammatically accurate for their squad, true, but life is easier…