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Velonews July 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.
depth of field

OVER THE RIVER The peloton cruises through the otherworldly scenery between Odda and Kopervik, Norway, during the 180.2– kilometer stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords on May 26, 2017. Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) took the overall and three stage wins in the five-stage race. Camera data unavailable 10 Number of waterfalls in Norway that are among the 30 tallest in the world. The highest in Norway, Vinnufossen, is 2,822 feet tall. 1,190 Approximate number of fjords in Norway and the Svalbard islands 11 National titles won by Boasson Hagen, including eight time trial and three road race titles…

2 min.
it takes a village

WHAT’S THE BEST METHOD for growing bicycle racing in the United States? We pondered that question countless times as we produced this issue of VeloNews, which was tentatively titled the Grassroots Issue. We took a break from our traditional coverage of World- Tour races and professional riders and instead turned our attention to the sport’s entry-level ranks: programs and leagues that attract newcomers to the sport. We wanted to shed light on the organizations and initiatives that are bringing new energy to cycling. We also wanted to understand how and why certain races, teams, and communities achieve their respective success. Our hope was that by studying the ways in which riders enter cycling, we could understand how best to grow it. That theme flows across the stories in this issue. Caley Fretz takes us…

7 min.
the man who would be king

T om Dumoulin stunned cycling’s hierarchy to win this year’s Giro d’Italia, besting the race’s favorites in the individual time trial and then climbing alongside them on the toughest peaks. He even endured cycling’s most famous “call of nature” at the base of the Stelvio during the race’s stage 16, a moment that almost spoiled everything. Now, many in the cycling world believe Dumoulin is the new rival for Chris Froome, with the skillset that could defeat the British rider at the Tour de France. “Among the new generation of GC riders, [Dumoulin] is at the top,” said BMC coach and former pro Marco Pinotti. “I think he will be one of the favorites for the Tour de France for the next five years. He has the physical skill, and mental skill.” DUMOULIN…

1 min.
race radio

“Sometimes I tell myself, maybe I am not a grand tour rider.” — TEJAY VAN GARDEREN (BMC Racing), after falling from overall contention at the Giro d’Italia 1 “The next Sagan? Maybe, because he seems to have it all. But he has to learn to speak English if he wants to be the next global star.” — Quick-Step Floors manager PATRICK LEFEVERE on Fernando Gaviria, who won four sprint stages at the Giro d’Italia “It was terrible. I had to stop because I couldn’t hold it anymore. I needed to take a dump.” — TOM DUMOULIN (Team Sunweb), after stage 16 of the Giro “He’ll now be a favorite in any grand tour.” — Movistar manager EUSEBIO UNZUÉ on Tom Dumoulin “Always wear a helmet fellas! No space to brake so I got in…

1 min.
by the numbers

5 Mountain ranges traversed by the 2017 route. The last time the course took in all of France’s major ranges was in 1992. 15,100 Feet of elevation gain on stage 9, the queen stage, between Nantua and Chambéry. The route crosses the Jura Mountains and takes in the Col de la Biche, Grand Colombier, and Mont du Chat. 0 Times a stage has previously finished atop the Col d’Izoard. The final climb of stage 18 averages 7.3 percent over 14.1 kilometers, topping out at over 7,500 feet above sea level. 20 Maximum gradient on the steep finishing pitch of La Planche des Belles Filles, which concludes stage 5. The 5.9-kilometer climb averages 8.5 percent. Sections of the Grand Colombier on stage 9 exceed 20 percent. 52 Categorized climbs in 21 stages, including three summit finishes.…

1 min.
worst mistaken victories

ADAM TOUPALIK at 2016 U23 cyclocross worlds EXUBERANCE: 33/33 DEGREE OF ERROR: 33 LATENCY TO DISCOVER ERROR: 33 One word: Brutal. Another word: Karma. Who looks back to second place and gloats? LUKA PIBERNIK at 2017 Giro d’Italia stage 5 EXUBERANCE: 30 DEGREE OF ERROR: 25 LATENCY TO DISCOVER ERROR: 25 For a brief moment, he knew what it felt like to win a grand tour stage. FILIPPO POZZATO at 2015 Roma Maxima EXUBERANCE: 30 DEGREE OF ERROR: 20 LATENCY TO DISCOVER ERROR: 22 At that point in Pozzato’s career, second place probably felt like a win.…