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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly September 12, 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 12.09

Back in 2001 this magazine did a ‘Best Ever Brit’ countdown in its end-of-year issue. Chris Boardman came in at number one, having recently retired with an Olympic gold, world titles on road and track, an Hour record and a stint in the yellow jersey to his name. Tom Simpson was number two, Robert Millar three. That list would look very different now as Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas et al would compete for the top places. One rider I’m confident would stay more or less where they were is Beryl Burton, who was fifth. Not to downplay their exemplary careers, but the likes of Boardman and Millar have all had their achievements superseded. Burton’s achievements have, however, stood the test of time. The chances are they always will.…

3 min.
roglič tightens grip on vuelta lead

Primož Roglič is in prime position to take his maiden Grand Tour win at the Vuelta a España this weekend after a commanding performance in the mountains over the race’s second week. The Jumbo-Visma rider took the race’s coveted red jersey in the time trial last Tuesday, as had been expected, and won the stage to boot. The Slovenian ended that day with a lead of 1.52 over Spanish challenger Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and as the race entered the second rest day he’d extended that to 2.25. Much of that lead was built on the steep slopes of the Los Machucos where Roglič escaped with fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) and put 27 seconds into Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Roglič described it as a “majestic day for Slovenian cycling”. After the…

2 min.
young brits continue to impress in spain

Both James Knox and Tao Geoghegan Hart continued to impress in the second week of the Vuelta, targeting the GC and stage wins respectively. Knox, on course to complete his first Grand Tour, has been steadily climbing up the ranking and sat 11th following two weeks of racing. It’s been a strong recovery for the Cumbrian, following a first-week crash. The ever-humble 23-year-old, when asked by Eurosport what had surprised him in the race, replied: “That I haven’t cracked yet. I’m in my own little world — there are guys fighting for the top 10, top 15 and I’m a bit behind that.” He added: “I gave everything and 11th on the GC now is better than I could have imagined. Hopefully I can stay there after the two hard mountain stages coming…

1 min.
gilbert sends warning to the worlds

Philippe Gilbert showed his form is coming ahead of the World Championships in Yorkshire, with victory on a punchy stage of the Vuelta a España 2019. The Belgian rider broke clear on the day’s brutal final climb of Los Machucos with 10km to go, after getting himself into the day’s breakaway, which took more than 100km of the 171.4km route to materialise. He held off his chasers, Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural) and Fernando Barcelo (Euskadi-Murias) by three seconds as he took the tricky descent into Bilbao. Gilbert, 37, admitted: “I saw good climbers with me, so I was not very confident in my chances to win.” But he said he “tried to race smart” and thanked the support from team-mate Tim Declercq: “I think he deserves it as much as I do.” The…

2 min.
do you know what i meany?

Do you have a boss that’s a meany? Would you use a different word to describe your boss that’s a meany? Are you thinking that word now? I bet it’s a good one. Well unfortunately I’m not allowed to print that word, so let’s try getting on board with ‘meany’. It would be better if your boss was a meany only some of the time instead of all of the time, right? That’s obvious. If I had to get hit in the face I’d rather it was only some of the time and not all of the time. Unless, that is, ‘some of the time’ was completely unpredictable and inconsistent. If I knew I was going to be hit in the face every day I could prepare for it. I’d know…

1 min.
racing ahead

GP de Québec (September 13) It may only be the race’s 10th edition, but the Canadian race has already established itself as a favourite on the WorldTour calendar, with the promise of a hard day of aggressive racing on the banks of the Saint Lawrence and the beautiful Old Town. Michael Woods (EF Education First) is the home country’s hopeful, but he will have to beat the likes of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Greg van Avermaet (CCC) and Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale). Women’s Tour of the Ardèche (September 13-19) Seven stages await the peloton in a race that always produces exciting racing with stages to please sprinters, breakaways and the climbers. Emma Pooley won in both 2011 and 2012. Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (September 14-15) A 9.3km time trial through the Spanish capital…