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Velonews April 2017

Velonews brings you inside the sport of bike racing, with exclusive features, analysis, expert training advice, unbiased gear reviews and the absolute best cycling photography.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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9 Issues


1 min.
tunnel of love

SAND BLASTED The peloton suffers through stage 3 of the Dubai Tour in the midst of a sandstorm. Crosswinds earlier in the race forced the peloton to split into echelons, before the group came back together as the conditions worsened and the sand began to blow across the road, causing a number of crashes. But sand wasn’t the only thing whipped up by the heavy crosswinds. A normal battle for position ended in a punch, blood, and disqualification as tempers flared. the punch was thrown by Andrei Grivko (Astana) and landed on the left eye of race leader Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), breaking the German sprinter’s glasses and his skin and sending blood trickling down the left side of his face. WHITE STRIPES Fresh off a stunning victory over Marianne Vos at the…

3 min.
spring fever

FRIENDS OFTEN ASK ME for travel advice when they start to plan a trip to the Tour de France. Which stages should they attend? Will they even get to see the riders? Is escargot actually tasty? My response is always the same: I drop my voice to a whisper and lean in uncomfortably close, as if to pass along intel on an insider-trading scheme. Skip the Tour de France, I tell them. Go to Belgium for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, or for the Ardennes races. Oh, and escargot is nasty You can consider this month’s issue of VeloNews a printed version of my too-close-for-comfort advice. You see, the spring classics—both the cobbled variety and the hilly Ardennes—are the best bicycle races to see up close. Like the Tour, these races are…

1 min.
the american

GREG LeMOND HAS WITHSTOOD THE TEST OF TIME. He is America’s only recognized Tour de France winner, yet his three Tour wins tell only part of his story. LeMond changed cycling more than any other rider in history. Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer documents LeMond’s legendary career year by year. His early promise as a young rider of limitless talent, his raw battle to take victory in the 1986 Tour, his unbelievable comeback from near death, the resurgence of his career as he faced a new generation of supercharged EPO athletes—this celebration of LeMond covers it all with incisive writing, revealing interviews with teammates and rivals, and illuminating photographs. Key moments in LeMond’s career are documented with spectacular photography—the iconic pictures you remember alongside new images not seen outside LeMond’s personal circles. Many…

6 min.
entertaining the entertainer

The young boy stopped in his tracks and stared. His mouth was agape as his father whispered in his ear, “Yes, son, that is Peter Sagan.” Standing before him, tall and in the flesh, was cycling’s superhero, clad in his rainbow jersey, hair pulled back in a man-bun. It was just after the third stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. Sagan had traveled to Australia to build early-season racing fitness on sunny roads. He also posed for photos alongside kangaroos and koalas, danced with his wife at the TDU’s annual Legend’s Dinner, and greeted his adoring fans. So when the boy bravely stuck out his hand, a bemused Sagan stopped for an introduction. “I am relaxed. I don’t let the fans bother me. I am happy they want to see me,” Sagan…

1 min.
race radio

“It’s a fact that for years these teams have run on a mistaken model: ‘We either race the Giro or we close the team.’ You can't have this as your way of reasoning.” MAURO VEGNI, director of the Giro d’Italia, after not granting wildcard slots to Italian teams Androni-Giocatolli and Nippo-Vini Fantini for the 2017 edition “I found closed doors. At Team Astana, [Alexander] Vinokourov told me that with the ban I had, he could not hire me. Coming from him that made me laugh.” LUCA PAOLINI, on his failure to find a team for 2017 after testing positive for cocaine 1 “If you want to win the Super Bowl, you gotta win the first game of the season.” BMC Racing's general manager JIM OCHOWICZ, on Richie Porte’s victory at the Tour Down Under 2 “This…

1 min.
by the numbers

15 Seasons racing with Quick-Step, which he joined in 2003. Prior to that, he spent one year with the U.S. Postal Service squad. 5 Medals at world championships: Gold in the 2005 road race and 2012 team time trial; silver in the 2015 TTT; bronze in the 2016 road race and 2014 TTT. 7 Monument victories: three at the Tour of Flanders and four at Paris-Roubaix. He is tied for seventh all-time with Gino Bartali and Fabian Cancellara. 7 Average race wins per season, since 2000. His highest tally came in 2006, with 19. In total, Boonen has racked up 112 career race wins. 21 Percentage of grand tours completed (3 from 14 starts). In 2007 he finished 119th at the Tour de France on his way to winning the points competition.…