Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 23, 2020

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 23.01

This week our web writer Alex Ballinger gives you the lowdown on indoor racing and even how to challenge for a win. There’s no denying it, Zwift has taken the cycling world by storm over the last couple of years. While we’ll always endorse riding your bike on the open road and in the fresh air, turbo work is an essential part of any fitness or training plan. This is especially true on weekends like the one we’ve just had. My Twitter feed and WhatsApp messages were full of warnings of icy roads, stories of riders hitting the deck and the odd picture of a bare, bleeding hip or backside. I ducked out of riding this weekend. With early mornings too dangerous, my mileage total sat stuck at zero. As this isn’t going to…

2 min.
first non-aussie wins women’s tdu

American Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo) held on to a slender advantage to win the first top-level race of the season, the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under. Collecting a stage along the way, she finished the four-stage race five seconds ahead of runner-up Liane Lippert (Sunweb), with home nation rider Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) — winner of the last three editions — a further second behind. Like its sister race the men’s TDU, which started on Tuesday, the UCI 2. Pro women’s race is held in South Australia, based in Adelaide. With stage one from Hahndorf to Macclesfield finishing in a bunch sprint won by Chloe Hosking (Rally Cycling), the GC contenders waited until the lumpy 115-kilometre second stage to Birdwood to stake their claim. A selection was made on the difficult but charmingly named climb…

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caleb ewan wins schwalbe classic

It was business as usual at the Schwalbe Classic on Sunday as defending champion Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) took his fourth win in what has become the traditional curtain-raiser for the Tour Down Under. The home nation’s own pocket rocket outsprinted Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni (both Cofidis) into second and third places. Brit Chris Lawless (Team Ineos) sneaked into the top 10 in ninth place, while Ireland’s Sam Bennett, in his first outing in Deceuninck-Quick Step colours, lost his lead-out and found himself marooned behind, finishing 16th. The race was held on a 1.7-kilometre city-centre course in Adelaide — the same one that the Women’s Tour Down Under had used for its final stage a few hours beforehand. The men covered 30 laps for 51 kilometres, unusually beginning on wet roads…

2 min.
thomas: ‘i will give the tour one more go’

Geraint Thomas has said he’ll give the Tour de France “one more good go” as he looks towards his main season goal of winning a second yellow jersey. The Welshman finished runner-up behind team-mate Egan Bernal in 2019 after winning in 2018 and the pair will go to the race as joint leaders this year. Thomas hopes to go on to the Olympics in Tokyo to represent Britain in both the road race and time trial. “The Tour will be a big goal for myself again. Obviously it was tough with the Giro as well because I’d love to go back to that race at some point but I just wanted to go to the Tour one more time as a big hitter,” Thomas said. “I think at the end of the day…

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thomas’s rivals on tour glory

Primož Roglič “The best rider will win. We are all going to fight to get it and, if you look at my results from the last few seasons, you will see that I have won a few races. Therefore, I see no reason not to be optimistic. It is true that things are going fast but I have not skipped any steps in my evolution. First, I won a one-week race. When I got it, I went for some more. Later, I faced the three-week tests… everything has gone step-by-step so I don’t have the feeling of having suddenly arrived and getting on the podium at a Grand Tour,” he told ciclo21. Chris Froome “The only appointment I’ve set myself is the Tour de France. The prospect of going for a fifth yellow…

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pidcock teeing up world champs tilt

Tom Pidcock continued his build-up for the Cyclo-cross World Championships in two weeks, finishing fifth at the World Cup in Nommay, France, 1-46 behind winner Eli Iserbyt. The newly crowned British national champion started on the third line of the grid and came from a long way back on the first lap to end the day with his 19th top 10 of the season and narrowly missing out on his first World Cup elite podium. The race was relatively open with Mathieu van der Poel passing up the opportunity to take his fifth World Cup win in a row as it fell on the Dutchman’s 25th birthday. Pidcock goes well in hard conditions and having dried over the course of the day, the lap in Nommay was conducive to strong riders who could…