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Velonews July 2016

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


2 min.
depth of field

ABOVE THE FRAY Andre Greipel doesn’t have flashy hair or a cocky swagger. He’s not what you would call charismatic or charming. But the man known as “the Gorilla” can win. He took three emphatic stage victories at the 2016 Giro d’Italia, then exited the race after stage 12 to focus on the latter half of the season. “I’m a human being, not a machine. My season is full of goals until October,” he said. Those goals, of course, include keeping his grand tour momentum going at the Tour de France, where he has a total of 10 stage wins. With a sprinter-friendly world championship course in Doha, Qatar, Greipel is also hoping to end his season on the highest of notes. Photo by BrakeThrough Media Canon EOS-1D X; 24-70mm f/2.8 lens; 1/400…

2 min.
a bigger circle

I DON’T RACE BIKES. I used to, and I may very well again someday. But over the past six years, the closest I’ve come to racing is gran fondos, and even those I’ve ridden more for fun than placing. I watch professional cycling as much as ever—more, actually, thanks to better U.S. broadcasts, plentiful live streams, and a job that lets me attend races in person. I also still ride every chance I get. But from a participatory standpoint, racing is not as central to my cycling experience as it used to be. That’s true for our sport as a whole. While race performance was the main driver of cycling innovation for decades, manufacturers have recently been designing and building bikes for consumers who may never pin on numbers but for whom…

1 min.
rusch to glory is…

INCREDIBLE… “Rusch shares the story of her incredible career as an endurance athlete. Rock climbing, adventure racing, whitewater rafting, crosscountry skiing—nothing has proven too tough for Rusch.” —Bicycling AN EASY READ… “Rusch to Glory is an easy read about the rise of Rebecca Rusch from an average Chicago kid to one of the best known female cyclists in the country and the determination it took to get there.” —Outside COMPELLING… “Rusch has explored her physical ability full of determination, without relent. Her compelling story of disappointment, heartbreak, and resilience is recounted in her book.” —VeloNews.com 100% INSPIRATION… “Reba’s 50% hard core racer, 50% advocate, 50% adventure seeker, and 100% inspiration….Read the fun, funny, and always-down-toearth story of her life. [Rusch to Glory] is a fantastic book by a fantastic person.” —Fat Cyclist THE GREATEST… “Rebecca is probably the greatest endurance…

6 min.
wait and see

Halfway through the first season of the Women's WorldTour, the world's best female racers say “wait and see” regarding the series' savior status. Women’s cycling entered a new era in 2016 with the UCI's launch of the new WorldTour. Hailed by some as a solution to the sport’s decades-old problems with scheduling, poor race quality, and promotion, the 17-race series replaced the old World Cup, which had been the sport’s premier collection of races since 1998. The series has eliminated scheduling conflicts, improved race fields, and created a season-long narrative for women’s racing. The races are longer, up from 130 kilometers to a max of 140 kilometers, and there is now a minimum prize money guarantee. But the promise of live broadcast and streaming for each event has not materialized. The international…

1 min.
race radio

“When an animal has an instinct he just does, because he knows he has to do it like that. He doesn’t know why.” —TOM DUMOULIN (Giant-Alpecin), after his attack to gain time on his rivals at the Giro’s first summit finish on stage 6 “If you don't try, what are you doing here? Riding in the peloton doing nothing? If it doesn't work out, you can at least go home happy you gave it everything.” —JOE DOMBROWSKI (Cannondale), after riding in the breakaway on stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia 1 “Karma is against me.” —GIACOMO NIZZOLO (Trek-Segafredo), on his bad luck at the Giro, where he has finished second on nine occasions without a single victory. He was also relegated on the final stage after crossing the line first. 2 “I won…

1 min.
by the numbers

TOUR DE L’AVENIR 1961 The year in which Jacques Marchand, the editor of L'Equipe, created the race in order to attract teams from the Soviet Union and other communist nations that had no professional riders to enter the Tour de France 23 Cutoffage for competing in the Tour de l’Avenir, or the “Tour of the Future.” It was restricted to amateurs from 1961 to 1980, before being opened to professionals in 1981. After 1992, it was open to all riders less than 25 and is now for riders under 23. Since 2007, the tour has been a national team competition. 12 Number of Tour de France victories by former winners of the Tour de l’Avenir, by Felice Gimondi, Joop Zoetemelk, Greg LeMond, Miguel Indurain, and Laurent Fignon 3 Number of Colombians who have won…