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Cycling Weekly January 2, 2020

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 02.01

Our aim through 2020 is simple — to inspire you to ride. Ride more, ride further, ride faster, it doesn’t really matter, we’ll be doing everything we can to get you out on your bikes. In order to do this we’re launching a brand-new challenge for 2020, and it’s something I’m really excited about. We’re challenging all of you to ride 5,000 miles. You can join via our website and start logging your miles straight away. But we’re not just setting you that one target. Throughout the year we’ll launch a range of smaller challenges, innovations, events and products to keep you motivated for the next 12 months. Go to www.cyclingweekly.com/cw5000 to sign up and get involved. The challenge is free to take part in and has one simple aim — to…

4 min.
olympic battle hots up

The Olympic Games in Tokyo might seem pretty distant to most of us right now, but for the Team GB coaches and riders trying bag a spot at the Games, it’s a far more immediate business. It has been since the first qualifying points were available in July 2018; even since the last Olympic Games finished three and a half years ago in Rio and the new cycle began. As British Cycling head coach Iain Dyer says, for those involved, the Olympics is less an exciting appointment on the horizon — it’s a way of life. “Your entire programme is fully invested in that key objective every four years,” Dyer says. “Everything that takes place in the period running up to the big week is fully revolving around that objective and nothing else…

2 min.
possible olympic debutants

Ollie Wood / Yorkshire / 24 As well as riding on the road for Canyon-dhb-Bloor Homes, Wood’s results on the track mark him out as a good candidate for Tokyo selection. He’s certainly the sort of multi-tasking rider that Dyer requires in the endurance squad, having podiumed in the omnium and the Madison at the Euros in 2018 and 2019, as well as taking a World Cup and World Championship silver in the team pursuit. Ethan Hayter / London / 21 He’s been superb on the road the last two seasons as well as the track, and ought to be a shoo-in for Tokyo. A fine performer in the Madison, omnium and team pursuit too (he’s bagged podiums in all of these events at World Cup, Euro Champs and World Champs level this…

2 min.
kelly: ‘bennett can grab yellow jersey opportunity’

With a new team behind him Sam Bennett is on course to take his first Tour de France stage win and the yellow jersey in 2020, according to mentor and multiple green jersey winner Sean Kelly. Bennett rode for Kelly’s An Post-Chain Reaction team earlier in his career and the Irish great knows his younger compatriot well. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider is expected to return to the Tour de France this year after a four-year absence. He’s won stages in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, but never at the sport’s biggest race. “The Tour is a little bit different because it is always that bit harder. Everybody is more aggressive in the finals of the Tour de France stages,” Kelly added. “But still, I think he is going to be one of…

2 min.
drops plots assault on worldtour spot

British women’s team Drops enter the new year with a new sponsor and an enduring ambition to make it to the top flight after a difficult couple of years. The as yet unnamed new sponsor is replacing those who have left, so there is no increase in an already limited budget, but their 10-rider roster represents a wider international spread than ever before. With some significant riders departing, Anna Christian and Jos Lowden will be the squad’s two senior Brits. Both are good against the clock and in the hills, but they will have significant overseas back-up. Experienced Norwegian sprinter Emilie Moberg joins from the now defunct Virtu team, and alongside Dutchwoman Marjolein Van ’t Geloof will provide the team with sprinting options. Though the roster starting the team’s fifth season may be their…

1 min.
riders to watch

Emilie Moberg With top 10 finishes in WorldTour races, Emilie Moberg will share sprinting duties with Marjolein Van ’t Geloof, who also has good results in second tier events. “She’s a power sprinter, good in much longer sprints,” explained Varney. “Emilie is much more explosive and will take those sprints where Marjolein will be good in the lead-out. But she’s got a lot of experience [at Alé-Cipollini] in their lead-out train, so she learnt a lot from Chloe Hosking.” Jos Lowden Lowden is well suited to hillier races and time trials. “It’s nice to have a couple of experienced British girls staying with us. Jos has found her confidence in the UCI peloton and we’d like to get her in races like Binda or Liège-Bastogne-Liège if we can get a wild card.” Anna Christian Christian is in a…