Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 30, 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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start line 30.01

In last week’s magazine we spoke to Erick Rowsell about his new role as the man in charge of British Cycling’s elite road racing scene. A tough job if ever there was one. One of Rowsell’s first jobs was to inform teams that BC was scrapping TV coverage that went out on Eurosport in recent seasons, and the outcry followed soon after. For diehard fans it’s a shame to lose that coverage, but it’s a very expensive way — approximately £1m over three years — to keep a few thousand viewers happy. Some rounds of the Circuit Series were watched by fewer than 4,000 people. TV coverage is often mistakenly thought of as a golden bullet to save a sport. It’s not. Putting something on TV doesn’t make it a great event…

1 min.
in focus

A fine start In his first WorldTour outing, Wigan’s Matt Holmes (Lotto-Soudal) sprints away from Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) to win atop Willunga Hill — the sixth and final stage of the Tour Down Under. It’s the race’s traditional hilltop shootout and a place where Porte — who was second on the stage and won the GC — has been the victor for the past six years. It is by far the biggest career victory for Holmes, who has ridden for Madison-Genesis for the past six seasons, and won the National Road Series last year.…

2 min.
neo-pro holmes goes from zero to hero on willunga hill

Matthew Holmes gave himself “zero chance” of winning on Willunga Hill, but on the decisive climb of the Tour Down Under on Sunday he did just that. Holmes, who spent six years racing on the British domestic scene before joining WorldTour team Lotto-Soudal this year, outsprinted Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) to the win on Willunga, a climb on which Porte has won for the last six years. The 26-year-old from Wigan, who was riding his first ever WorldTour race, had been speaking with girlfriend Josie Knight, who had ridden to two national titles at the Manchester Velodrome in the preceding days, on a daily basis while in Australia. She told CW: “It’s so different for him now being on a WorldTour team and he’s had to change his coach too. Every day he’s been…

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richie porte snatches tour down under win

Richie Porte grabbed his second overall victory at the Tour Down Under with a dazzling attack up Willunga Hill to bring the race back together and cross the line ahead of all his GC opponents. Although the Trek-Segafredo rider was pipped to the line by Brit Matthew Holmes (Lotto-Soudal) he’d done enough to distance his GC rivals on the early part of the climb, including ochre jersey wearer Daryl Impey and Simon Yates, both of Mitchelton-Scott. “It was a hard day for our team,” said the Tasmanian. “There were times when I thought maybe the GC was over and done with because it was a big group up the road. But credit to the guys, almost singlehandedly, they brought that all back.” Porte added: “When Yates sat on my wheel, the mind battles…

2 min.
huub-wattbike head to altitude in a campervan ahead of record bids

The Huub-Wattbike team will head to altitude in a campervan to prepare for their assault on a raft of world records following a highly successful showing at the National Track Championships over the weekend. In Manchester at the weekend they won the team pursuit with a time of 3.54.0, a new championship and track record, while John Archibald and Jonny Wale picked up the individual pursuit and kilo titles respectively. Between now and the record attempts in Bolivia in April, the team will spend two stints at altitude in Tenerife, one this month, the other in March, but they won’t be staying at Team Ineos’s favoured Parador de Cañadas del Teide. “Do you know how expensive that is?” rider Dan Bigham said when Cycling Weekly enquired if they were staying at the hotel.…

2 min.
no sprinter safe in olympic selection

After a commanding team sprint win at the National Championships that drew on all five of British Cycling’s men’s sprint squad, not even six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny can consider his Tokyo Olympic spot safe. Kevin Stewart, sprint coach, said the competition to be in the Olympic team sprint line-up was stronger than it had been in recent Olympic cycles. “One of the biggest things we’ve learned in each cycle is that there’s always a new kid that comes up in the last minute and finds his way into the team. So there’s nothing to suggest that won’t happen again,” he said. “All the lads see how strong the team is at the moment and none of them can take the foot off the gas for a second.” If anyone had a good…