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Cycling Weekly February 28, 2019

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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start line 28.02

March is just one day away (when this mag goes on sale) and that really does mean the proper start of the race season. April and July are often feted for their big races, but the truly exciting month is March.The multiple events not only provide entertaining racing, but all give tantalising glimpses of the big race battles ahead, thus building the excitement.In March we can marvel at a rider’s promise following a good race, while simultaneously embracing the debate surrounding a bad performance.It’s also training camp month, as we mention in our ‘Things to do in March’ feature on pages 30-33. Training camp week used to be one of the highlights of my year. One of the most memorable is the year my bike didn’t make it to Majorca.…

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in focus

Desert appetiser Dimension Data ride the opening TTT at the UAE Tour under the Emirates’ towering skyscrapers. The first edition of the race came as the Gulf states continue their efforts to create areas of revenue away from petroleum — tourism being a key plank of this. Endurance events organiser Haute Route is holding its first event in the region in neighbouring Oman, where racing finished last week, this coming weekend. ■…

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yates: ‘i’m getting better every day’

British Vuelta a España champion Simon Yates professed to be improving each day at the recent Ruta del Sol as he builds form towards the Giro d’Italia in May.Yates lost time on the first day of racing in Andalusia, Spain, but bounced back to take a commanding win on the queen stage to Granada.The Bury-born rider said: “Well, it was getting better every day; I didn’t sit up the first day, it was just too fast for me.”The Mitchelton-Scott rider distanced a group including his brother and team-mate Adam, Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Ion Izagirre (Astana) by 26 seconds on the way to victory on stage four. “It’s not easy, I was almost at 200 heart rate and I can tell you now that it hurts,” he said.He added that…

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national champs routes unveiled

SWpix.comThe route for the 2019 British Road Championships has been unveiled, with Norfolk set to host the prestigious event.A weekend-long celebration of cycling will include a wealth of cycling events for riders of all levels alongside the elite road racing competitions.The men’s road race on Sunday, June 30 will follow a 125-mile loop starting and finishing in Norwich, and heading through Wroxham, to Cromer and back via Foulsham and Booton.In the women’s event, held on the same day, the peloton will follow a similar but shorter route of 83.5 miles.Can Roberts defend her jersey?Geraint Thomas and Hannah Barnes won the TT titles in 2018, while Connor Swift and Jessica Roberts are the reigning road race champions. Previous winners of the road race and time trial titles include Laura Kenny, Mark…

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van avermaet in pole position for classics

Van Avermaet: eyeing up the ClassicsAfter an impressive showing at last week’s Tour of Oman, Greg Van Avermaet heads into this weekend’s opening Classics races brimming with both form and confidence. Though he failed to win a stage in the Sultanate, the Team CCC rider was competitive throughout, bagging two top-five placings in contrasting stages.On stage four he was second in a bunch sprint, a whisker behind Bahrain-Merida sprinter Sonny Colbrelli, while the previous day he was third at the top of the tough climb at Qurrayat, behind overall winner Alexey Lutsenko.“I’m pretty happy with how things are going,” Van Avermaet told CW sat under a swaying Omani palm tree. “Of course I would love to win a stage but that didn’t happen, but physically I was really good, I…

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my view

OWEN ROGERSNews writerThere is no glitz or glamour about the Tour of Oman. No team presentation in a swanky art gallery, no motor racing circuits, no WorldTour and no live TV.Indeed the Tour of Oman is so laid-back, so low profile you might be forgiven for thinking it serves no purpose.On the face of it Oman is a race in decline. Previous editions have attracted such luminaries as Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin, all lured by the promise of a battle on the signature climb of Jabar Al Akhdhar — the Green Mountain.“THE RACE HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE”However, while recent editions have enticed only the second tier of general classification hopefuls, the race is now finding its niche as preparation for Classics riders honing their form.The country is…