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 / Sports

Velonews June 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

PARTY AT THE FRONT The Amstel Gold Race is a party, according to Cannondale American Alex Howes, who enjoyed himself at the Ardennes classic by riding in the day’s principal breakaway, shown here. “A beautiful atmosphere,” he says. “It’s a big fiesta on the Cauberg and the Bemelerberg—and every other berg has a party going on. It’s very festive. The course suits me better, too. Shorter climbs, very punchy, very technical course. You have to be a very capable bike driver, and I fancy myself as one.” This year’s festivities were dampened by the cold, wet weather, including a shot of hail in the end. But the Coloradan wasn’t bothered, coming home 32nd, just behind the peloton. Photo by Gruber Images Camera data unavailable 51 Years the Dutch beer brewer Amstel has served as the…

2 min.
the 23-year-old veteran

HOW WERE YOU GETTING your Tour de France news in 1993? If you were old enough back then to care about cycling—and you were tech savvy enough to have installed the weeksold Mosaic browser so you could play with this thing called the World Wide Web—you might have been getting daily results on VeloNews.com. Yep, we hung up our digital shingle 23 years ago. There are claims that we are the oldest continually operating sports website in the world. I have no idea if that’s true. But I can say for sure that VeloNews.com is older than the New York Times’ website (’96), Orica-GreenEdge pro Caleb Ewan (’94), and even the pro career of Chris Horner (’95). Of course, first doesn’t necessarily mean best. Web trends have come and gone. We’ve been…

6 min.
just what does usa cycling do?

What does USA Cycling do, exactly? You may have asked yourself this when considering purchasing a USA Cycling membership. Or maybe it was, “What value does USA Cycling provide for my membership fee?” Or, “Why do I even have to pay USA Cycling to race my bike?” I’ve certainly heard such questions many times since I began as CEO last summer. They’re fair and understandable, and I admit we have not historically done a good job of answering them. It is critically important that we do. USA Cycling does hundreds of things to support our sport every day. We are not perfect, and we can be challenged on how we prioritize efforts and resources. But I believe USA Cycling is a powerful force for good in the sport, and we are getting…

2 min.
race radio

“A lot of riders are able to live off that drive that it might happen to them one day at Roubaix. I am proof.” —MATHEW HAYMAN (Orica-GreenEdge) “If today is the ‘queen stage,’ then every other stage was the jealous princess vying for the throne.” #noeasydays —LARRY WARBASSE (IAM Cycling), via Twitter, on the difficulty of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco “Why can’t we just race on normal roads?” —WOUTER WIPPERT (Cannondale), after finishing his first Paris-Roubaix “This morning I got a message from the doctor who treated me in Abu Dhabi that said today was the day I could ride my bike again. I am a little bit ahead of schedule.” —TOM BOONEN (Etixx-Quick-Step), on the day he finished second at Paris-Roubaix “We train really, really hard, and we have no social life.” —LIZZIE ARMITSTEAD (Boels-Dolmans), when asked…

5 min.
simon geschke

Before last July, Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) was better known for his voluminous beard than his exploits on the bike. A six-year veteran at the time with only two wins to his name, the 30-year-old German saw everything change when he took an emotional breakaway mountain stage victory at the Tour de France. For once, he was in the news for his racing rather than his facial hair. The son of an Olympian and world champion track cyclist, Geschke has cycling in his DNA. The 5-foot-7 all-rounder cannot beat the pure sprinters or pure climbers, so he has zeroed in on hilly stages and one-day races. We recently caught up with Geschke to talk about his career, Marcel Kittel, and, of course, his beard. What is your cycling background? I have always had cycling…

3 min.
men in black

What are your favorite pre-race and post-race meals? In the WorldTour, races provide the basic stuff like pastas and oatmeal. It’s always funny to eat at a race buffet, where they serve pretty much what any lazy, single, 30-year-old male (me) would cook for himself every day, and look over to see Cavendish or Sagan eating the same crap, as if they’re not millionaires who could do better. I’d order room service every night if I had their contracts. In fact, that would be in my contract. But there’s an important component that you left out: Who’s paying for this hypothetical meal? If I’m paying, Thai is the night-before dinner of choice: plenty of carbs, gluten-free options, and always delicious. (I’ve racked up at least 10 wins on yellow curry.) For breakfast, it’s…