Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly February 20, 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 20.02

Two weeks ago I took the plunge and joined the virtual riding world of Zwift. I’m a bit late to the party here, I know, but my indoor riding has always been limited, and when I did do it I opted for rollers — the concentration needed to stay upright kept me interested enough to see a good session through. I hadn’t ridden on a turbo for over a decade, but as I fell further and further behind in my bid to ride 5,000 miles in 2020 I knew I needed an added dimension to my riding as the bad weather continued to hit the UK. I was dubious when signing up. Several of my colleagues have been bitten by the Zwift bug but having watched the first round of the KISS…

2 min.
ef’s colombian clean-sweep

There was a distinctly Latin-American flavour to the Tour of Colombia, with the top three riders on GC providing the ‘Latin’ and their team — EF Pro Cycling — providing the ‘American’. The winner, Colombian national road champ Sergio Higuita, was followed by his EF team-mate and countryman Daniel Martinez in second place, with Ecuadorian Jonathan Caicedo third. Extra icing on the EF cake came in the form of two stage wins courtesy of Higuita (stage four) and Martinez, who won the sixth and final stage of the race on Sunday, which finished atop the vertiginous El Once Verjon at 3,274m. With Tour de France champion Egan Bernal fourth and his Ineos team-mate Richard Carapaz back in 30th on GC after a final-stage mechanical, it does set the stage for some interesting…

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quintana wins tour de la provence

Nairo Quintana heralded “a new era” for Arkéa-Samsic as he began his time at the French team in winning style at the Tour de la Provence last week. It’s certainly a new era for the Colombian, who left his team of eight years, Movistar, to join the newly-promoted WorldTour outfit, and took his first GC victory since Tirreno-Adriatico in 2017. “We have worked hard to obtain this performance and the fact of having achieved it opens a new era for the entire Arkéa-Samsic team,” Quintana said. He sealed overall victory in the four-stage race with a memorable win on Mont Ventoux on the third stage following what has been estimated as the fastest ascent to Chalet Reynard ever. Using TV footage backed up with Strava data, French blogger amattipyöräily timed Quintana at 28.12…

2 min.
rapha rescues lincoln gp

British clothing brand Rapha has agreed to sponsor the Lincoln GP for the next two seasons, saving the historic race from oblivion. Having read Cycling Weekly’s January story about the race needing £20,000 to ensure its running this May, Rapha has stepped in as title sponsor for the 2020 and 2021 National Elite Series races. Jess Morgan, Rapha’s UK PR and communications manager, told CW: “It seemed such an important race and it would be such a blow to the UK cycling calendar to lose it. “We already had plans in place to sponsor grassroots races in the UK across this year, but I thought we couldn’t let this one go and support races that didn’t have the prestigious background like this one. “It wasn’t in our plan, but we managed to get a…

1 min.
my view

CW news writer Teams associated with Rapha have enjoyed success in the Lincoln GP throughout the past decade-and-a-half. Dean Downing won the race for Rapha-Condor in 2007, with company founder Simon Mottram describing it as one of his proudest moments. The partnership, then, is perhaps no surprise. In the last month I have spoken with a number of race organisers, coaches and riders about the financial problems besetting domestic cycling, with a generalised conclusion from most being one of despair. An investigation by CW in a future edition will lay bare the issues facing the sport in this country, but this partnership feels like the most notable step in carving out a more sustainable and positive future. “HOPEFULLY THE WIDER SPORT WILL PROFIT FROM THIS LINK-UP” The clothing company has already proved itself an efficient…

2 min.
lightning doull strikes twice for team ineos

Ineos rider Owain Doull has opened the team account for the second year running, winning the fourth and final stage of the Tour de La Provence in a small group sprint. Last year the 26-year-old Welshman opened the team’s tally by winning a stage at the Herald Sun Tour. That was his first pro win, while his victory in Aix-les-Bains last Friday was his first ever European pro win. The Provence Tour was won overall by Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic). “It’s nice to get the team’s first win of the year and it’s a good sign before the Classics,” said Doull after the race. His team-mate and fellow countryman Geraint Thomas tweeted: “First win of the season… nice one @owaindoull”. Doull’s early-season form means the WorldTour as a whole is having a fruitful start to…