Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly October 15, 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 15.10

Hearing Mark Cavendish say that last Sunday’s Ghent-Wevelgem could be his final race came as a bit of a shock. There’s a chance that he might get a new deal, but judging by his emotional state after the race he clearly isn’t confident of that. And confidence is something Cavendish has never been short of. No bunch sprinters are. I first started covering Cav and his race winning exploits back in 2003 (just a few years after I started at CW) when Rod Ellingworth (now in charge of Bahrain-McLaren) set up British Cycling’s Olympic Academy. I don’t mind saying that things will seem a little strange without him winning races. Even through the last few barren seasons I always assumed he still had a few more race wins in him. He and…

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in focus

Israel starts up! Britain’s Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-up Nation) attacks 17km out on stage eight of the Giro. Decked out in aero kit, Dowsett and his team-mate, Matthias Brändle, combined perfectly to take the team’s first Grand Tour stage win last week. Whether or not it will be enough to gain Dowsett a contract for 2021 and beyond is yet to be seen. Behind, Brit Matt Holmes settles into the WorldTour with ease, taking his first Grand Tour in his stride with a third place in Vieste. Read more on page 10.…

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‘upsetting’ to think ‘special’ cavendish may be finished

Mark Cavendish’s emotional declaration that “that was perhaps my last race” after Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday sparked an outpouring of warmth towards a rider who has long been a national treasure for British bike racing fans. Many took to social media with messages of support for the Bahrain-McLaren rider, reflecting on how much he meant to them, and with hopes that he would be able to continue racing that were echoed by some of the sport’s biggest commentators. “It was upsetting to see, first and foremost, nobody likes to see my grand champion in tears like that,” said former team manager and commentator Brian Smith. “This was a year that he wanted to get back to the top of cycling, and he hasn’t been able to do that. I think he was…

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démare celebrates giro hat-trick

French sprinter Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) made a strong case for being considered the best sprinter in the world right now as he wrapped up a hat-trick of stage wins at the Giro d’Italia last week. The 2016 Milan-San Remo winner put in a blistering performance on stage seven of the race to take his post-lockdown sprint win tally to 11, far ahead of other top-form sprinters Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on four apiece. In his earlier stage wins Démare had looked good but not head and shoulders above the other sprinters, but with the third he opened up a sizable gap on the competition and now seems to be riding a wave of confidence that will take a lot for his rivals to break. “There was a big fight…

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yates out as deceuninck cling to pink

Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) became the second Brit to have to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday. As Cycling Weekly went to press the Bury-born rider was still only experiencing mild symptoms of the illness. Yates was isolated in his room before being taken off the race. Mitchelton-Scott doctor Matteo Beltemacchi said: “All other riders and staff have returned negative results and have been cleared to continue the race, but as a precautionary measure we will monitor the situation closely and undergo further testing in the coming days.” Meanwhile, the pink jersey wearer João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step) spent the week putting in a solid defence of his position in the standings. Although the Portugese rider lost a small handful of seconds to Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and Domenico…

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inside alex dowsett’s giro stage win

Alex Dowsett had barely given a second thought to winning stage eight of the Giro d’Italia until that morning when he would go on to claim an emotional solo win in Vieste. Dowsett said he hadn’t considered the stage a prospect for a win when looking at the route before the Giro started. “I go into these races as a leadout man and for the time trials where I can go for myself,” he said. “I see these kind of days as more days to recover and get through, just to fill the gaps between mountains and time trials. Even in the morning I saw it as that.” However, he said the team identified in the morning meeting that there would be few teams with a strong reason to chase so everyone in…