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 / Sports

Velonews June 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

THREE KINGS The finale of the 108th Milano-Sanremo came down to a nail-biting sprint between current world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), and (future world champion?) Julian Alaphilippe (Quick- Step Floors). After 291 kilometers of racing, Kwiatkowski’s lunge at the line was enough to pip the Slovakian. Photo by Tim De Waele Nikon D5; 300mm f/2.8 lens; 1/2500 sec. at f/2.8; ISO 3200 1Monument victories for Sagan and Kwiatkowski (Among active riders, Alejandro Valverde and Philippe Gilbert have the most, with four a piece, while now-retired Tom Boonen has seven.) 108Editions of La Classicissima, of which Eddy Merckx has won seven, the most of any rider 6Second-place finishes for Sagan in the 2017 season, through Paris-Roubaix FIELDS OF GOLD The women’s peloton cruises through the idyllic Limburg countryside at Amstel Gold Race.…

2 min.
the best of boonen

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE TOM BOONEN? Is it Boonen the cobble crusher, Boonen the world champ, or Boonen on the Champs-Élysées? Shirtless Boonen, pants-less Boonen, or Boonen dressed as a Roman gladiator? Boonen with his crashed Lamborghini, Boonen and his cocaine, Boonen of tabloid infamy? Bald Boonen, Boonen with the faux-hawk mullet, Boonen in a bathtub full of beans? Maybe Boonen the song lyric? Over the past 16 seasons, the cycling world got to know a seemingly endless number of Tom Boonens. The different iterations propelled Boonen far beyond his victories and podium appearances. Sure, Tommeke won big races, and cycling fans took notice. But it was his blend of results, sex appeal, and personality that earned him mainstream acceptance and worldwide fame that our sport rarely enjoys. Tom Boonen crossed over. Nobody’s…

6 min.
rolling gold

In the concluding laps of the women’s team pursuit world championship finals in Hong Kong, the American squad of Chloé Dygert Owen, Kim Geist, Kelly Catlin, and Jennifer Valente trailed Australia by nearly half a second. The team looked destined to again finish second, eight months after a disappointing defeat at the hands of Team Great Britain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Dygert Owen then rode to the front and upped the pace. As the Australians cycled through two riders, Dygert Owen held her position, making a final surge for the line. The final outcome: USA gold, Australia silver by nearly half a second. The ride penned the latest chapter in the short but growing book of Dygert Owen’s exploits. Over the past three seasons the 20-year-old has won two world…

1 min.
chloé by the numbers

5 World championship titles (2015 junior TT and road race; 2016 women’s team pursuit; 2017 women’s team and individual pursuit) 1 Olympic silver medal from Rio de Janeiro (women’s team pursuit) 3 Years racing. Chloé, 20, competed in her first road event in May 2013 and two months later stood on the podium of every junior (15-16) nationals road event. 0.651 Time, in seconds, by which Dygert missed setting a new world record in the individual pursuit (currently held by American teammate Sarah Hammer) in her qualifying round of the 2017 world championships *She loves Michael Jackson…

1 min.
race radio

“I’m going to sleep with this jersey tonight, definitely. On the way back to Malaysia, I'm going to wear it too. And if you don't believe me, I'm going to take a photo and put it on my Instagram.” — Malaysia's “Pocket Rocket Man” AZIZULHASNI AWANG, after taking gold in the keirin at the 2017 track world championships “Cycling is a difficult sport. When you work in the shadow with no reward, it's a pain in the arse. Last week I was so bitter that I didn't even watch TV. I went to train hard instead because I wanted to show that Gaudin can still be a bike rider.” — DAMIEN GAUDIN (Armée de Terre), after winning Tro-Bro Léon. Gaudin missed his favorite race, Paris- Roubaix, after he was not re-signed by Ag2r…

1 min.
by the numbers

AZIZULHASNI AWANG 1.68 Height, in meters (or 5-feet-6 inches), of Awang, who is affectionately known by the nickname “Pocket Rocket Man.” 1 Total track world titles won by Malaysian riders. Awang won the keirin at the 2017 worlds in Hong Kong. Previously, he took silver in the event in 2010 (and in the sprint in 2009), and bronze in 2014 and 2015, as well as bronze at the Rio Olympics. 16 Age at which Awang began competing at track cycling. He won his first race, despite having never trained on a track bike and racing against national cyclists. 2 Number of velodromes in Malaysia, according to Awang. One is in disrepair and the other slated for demolition. A new indoor facility is being built in Kuala Lumpur. For the past decade, Awang has lived…