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 / Sports

Velonews January - February 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.
the american

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 of the famous protagonists in LeMond’s world—…

3 min.
thank you

LET’S GET IT OUT OF THE WAY: This is my last letter as editor in chief of VeloNews. As difficult as this decision has been, it’s been made easier by the knowledge that I leave the brand in very good hands. VeloNews didn’t have an editor in chief for the five months before I arrived, and the staffers that kept things going during that period are all still here. To that team, I have added Kristen Legan, who has become an integral part of our staff, and Fred Dreier, a deeply experienced journalist who will be taking over as editor in chief. So VeloNews will continue to produce the smartest race coverage and analysis in cycling. I will never forget the support this team has given me. I arrived here as a bit…

6 min.
it’s all about peter

In December 2015 cycling’s most polarizing team owner Oleg Tinkov revealed that he would dissolve his Tinkoff team following the 2016 season. The news set off one of the biggest storylines this past season: Tinkoff ’s marquee rider, Peter Sagan, was on the open market. In June, news leaked that Sagan had signed a three-year deal with the small German Pro Continental squad then named Bora-Argon 18. Sagan would earn six million euros a year, reports noted, and the German team would make the jump to the WorldTour in 2017 as Bora-Hansgrohe. After the news broke, journalists and cycling pundits were left with multiple questions. Why had the sport’s biggest star chosen this tiny German team? How did the deal come together? Could this nascent squad support Sagan’s outsized ambitions at major…

1 min.
race radio

“He is living a lie and he knows it. That is the whole problem with Michael Boogerd and his generation. Lying about these things over and over again is so blatantly stupid.” — Dutch journalist THIJS ZONNEVELD, who co-wrote Thomas Dekker’s revealing autobiography “My Fight” “For sure Alberto Contador can win another grand tour. I’ve always said that he doesn’t race against Quintana, Froome, or other top riders, he races against himself.” — IVAN BASSO, who will move to Trek-Segafredo as a team director alongside Contador “They are very similar. Very, very similar. Incredibly driven. They want to win everything they can, which is why they are so good.” — RORY SUTHERLAND (Movistar), comparing Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador, both of whom have been teammates “There is time now to do some fun things.” — SVEN NYS,…

1 min.
by the numbers

THE 2016 SEASON 45 Nationalities scoring points at WorldTour races in 2016, down from 58 in 2015 and from an all-time high of 67 in 2013 126 Days into the 2016 season before injurymarred Team Giant-Alpecin scored its first victory. Compare this to 265 days for Euskaltel-Euskadi in 1999. 13 Nationalities represented on the Cannondale-Drapac team, the most by any WorldTour team in 2016. The team was also the youngest, with an average age of 26.6. 24 Years between the oldest, Matteo Tosatto (42), and youngest, Max Kanter (18), riders in the WorldTour in 2016 96Race days by Dutchman Tom Stamsnijder(Giant-Alepcin), the most in 2016 TIM DE WAELE(2);COR VOS;KONGLINGUANG/ISTOCK PHOTO…

3 min.
the book of phil

Cycling is a puzzling sport, filled with rigid etiquette, creepy clothing, complicated equipment, and annoying rules. It’s intimidating for beginners, and downright impenetrable if you want to compete. How much air do I put in these tires? What do I eat before a ride? Bib shorts or regular shorts? Espresso or cappuccino? Is my helmet on backwards? With the bib shorts, do the straps go over or under the jersey? For better or worse, I was a quick study. When I went pro, strangers begged me to share my secrets so they could join me in the professional peloton—or at least help them look less stupid. I quickly tired of answering the same questions over and over, so in 2010 I pitched an idea for a Q&A column to VeloNews. “Ask…