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Velonews May 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

VAPOR TRAILS The stage 4 sprint finish of the Abu Dhabi Tour took place under the lights, and under rainy skies, at the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit. Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) outkicked Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and André Greipel (Lotto- Soudal) to take the win. Canon 1D X; 300mm f/2.8 lens; 1/1000 sec. at f/3.2; ISO 3200 43 Percentage of Caleb Ewan’s professional wins (21) that have come in Australia 10 Age when Ewan began competitive cycling 1.322 Cost, in billions of dollars, to construct the Yas Marina Circuit in 2009…

2 min.
a trip down passo memoria

CAN YOU REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT you were doing 30 years ago? I can’t. I can barely remember what I did last week. Long-term memory played an important role in the creation of this year’s VeloNews Giro d’Italia guide, which celebrates the Italian tour’s 100th edition. There are an infinite number of dramatic moments and nail-biting finishes in a race with that much history. Among them all, we chose to elevate the 1988 Giro—the famous race that gave us Andy Hampsten’s dramatic victory—as the Giro’s most exciting edition. Most American cycling fans know the 1988 race for stage 14, which has gone down in cycling lore due to the snowy, cold conditions on the Passo di Gavia. The iconic image we chose for this month’s cover captures the misery of the ride: the…

6 min.
is italy sinking?

Two nights before the 2017 Strade Bianche, WorldTour teams huddled around the dinner table, laughing and relaxing before the big battle. Many of them were chattering away in Italian. The scene didn’t seem extraordinary in any way. Yet, it was, for one simple reason: Despite the fact that a number of the teams at the hotels sprinkled across the Tuscan landscape were loaded with Italian riders and staff, not one that held World- Tour status was actually Italian. “It’s funny, because tonight we are speaking Italian at the dinner table, but it’s not always like that,” said Fabrizio Guidi, a sport director at Cannondale-Drapac. “The first language in the peloton today is English. This is a global world, and the peloton is like that, too.” The scene reflects a brave new world…

1 min.
race radio

“He was the youngest and smallest of the family. To him, winning is a way of asserting himself, an affirmation that he counts. When playing board games or cards, he was a fanatic. If he didn’t win, he would continue playing until he did.” — DANIELA SAGAN, Peter’s older sister, on the world champion’s drive “I think this is a real classic. It’s a fight to the [gravel sectors], then when you are on them, it’s risky and technical. In every sector you have to be there. I love it.” — GREG VAN AVERMAET (BMC Racing), after finishing second at Strade Bianche 1 “When you finish, you have a strange feeling, even if you don’t win. It’s happiness.” — Italian VINCENZO NIBALI (Bahrain-Merida), praising Strade Bianche 2 “What I would ask for is feedback—the easiest thing…

1 min.
by the numbers

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA 22 Record number of days in the leader’s jersey for Levi Leipheimer. Bradley Wiggins and Peter Sagan are tied for second, having each worn it seven days. 58 Percentage of overall podium places won by Americans in the race’s 11-year history 4 Number of overall winners who previously won the Best Young Rider classification: Robert Gesink, Peter Sagan, Tejay van Garderen, and Julian Alaphilippe 2 Number of editions in which Americans swept the overall podium 55 Percentage of overall sprint classification titles (6) won by Peter Sagan in the race’s history. No American has ever won the competition.…

5 min.
tejay van garderen

Last July, American Tejay van Garderen saw his Tour de France leadership role at BMC Racing fizzle during stage 17, when he was dropped on the slopes of the Col de le Forclaz. Up ahead, van Garderen’s teammate, Richie Porte, rode off with the rest of the GC contenders, securing his spot as the team’s new hope. Until that point, van Garderen, 28, had been BMC’s Tour leader since 2012. In the weeks following the race, team management presented van Garderen with two options for 2018. He could accept his new role as Porte’s super-domestique for the Tour and spend three weeks shepherding the Australian around France. Or, van Garderen could lead BMC at the Giro d’Italia, a race he’d never done. After several days of contemplation, van Garderen decided to…