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Velonews November\December 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


2 min.
back to the future

GREG VAN AVERMAET REBOUNDING from an early mechanical to win Paris-Roubaix. Anna van der Breggen winning again and again in the Ardennes. Tom Dumoulin overcoming cycling’s most infamous nature break to win the Giro d’Italia. Chris Froome coolly dominating the Vuelta a España, weeks after securing his fourth Tour de France victory. Michal Kwiatkowski outsprinting Peter Sagan by millimeters to win Milano-Sanremo with a perfectly timed bike throw. Who had the best 2017? With performances like these, it’s nearly impossible to choose one over the other. And yet every year, we do just that to create our annual VeloNews Awards Issue. We pore over the results sheets and replay the highlight videos on YouTube, and then debate for weeks. GVA? No way. Froome? Hardly. Van der Breggen? Nope. We eventually sit down…

9 min.
the argyle resurrection

The phone call came in on August 25, early in the morning. Jonathan Vaughters picked it up, listened for a few minutes, and was sure his team was dead. Vaughters and Slipstream Sports, the management company behind Cannondale- Drapac Pro Cycling, had been on the sponsorship prowl for a year. Securing sponsors was a constant task for the team. Since 2010 the team had endured two mergers and added or changed title sponsors five more times (Garmin, Garmin-Transitions, Garmin-Sharp, Garmin-Barracuda, Cannondale). Over the years, Slipstream kept moving, grasping onto whatever funding it could find, because cycling’s sponsorship model punishes idleness with death. “We’re cockroaches in a nuclear apocalypse,” Vaughters says. Despite the team’s near-constant financial flux, never before August 25 had it been so close to death. That fateful, early-morning call came from…

5 min.
tyler farrar

As a professional cyclist, Tyler Farrar never liked the spotlight. So it was no surprise when his decision to put an end to his 13-year career came without much fanfare. He discretely closed the curtain on his 29-win career—which included victories in all three grand tours—during the Canadian WorldTour races in September. Despite having a contract for the 2018 season with Dimension Data as road captain, Farrar decided it was time to move on to the next phase of his life. After dedicating much of the past two decades to training and racing, the 33-year-old is looking forward to skiing, hiking, and hunting in the mountains of Washington. VeloNews caught up with Farrar several weeks after his retirement party. You had one more year left on your contract. Why retire now? I just…

1 min.
race radio

“I’m taking this measure for the elegance of cycling. We’re a cycling team, with riders, not motocross pilots or rugby players. Snot and food leftovers in the beard of a rider in action—it’s nasty.”— WALTER PLANCKAERT, Sport-Vlaanderen manager, on the team’s ban on beards 1“I never enjoyed a race with so much freedom, and I raced the Vuelta just the way I wanted.”— ALBERTO CONTADOR (Trek-Segafredo), on his farewell ride at the Vuelta a España 2“You’re a hard man to beat.”— ALEXANDER KRISTOFF to Peter Sagan after the Slovakian pipped the Norwegian to win his third consecutive world title“Maybe some economics lessons are in order for Chris Froome.”— UCI management committee member BOB STAPLETON, rebuking claims made by Froome, who likened team budget caps to communism“It’s almost like I get…

1 min.
by the numbers

PETER SAGAN IN 2017 38 Percentage of world championship road races Sagan has won (three, in eight appearances). He became the first rider in history to win three consecutive world titles in Bergen, Norway. Four other riders have three titles: Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen, Oscar Freire, and Eddy Merckx. 101 Career wins, as of Bergen worlds. At the time of his 100th win, Sagan was 27 years and 225 days old. At that same age, Mark Cavendish had 93 wins, Tom Boonen had 65, and Marcel Kittel only 60. 61 Number of race days in 2017 (as of worlds), his lowest total since 2010. He has 12 wins and 37 top-10 finishes, his lowest total since 2011. 56 Days it took the Bora-Hansgrohe team to win a race in 2017, when Sagan won…

1 min.
final exam

ACCOMPLISHMENT 1. Finished inside the top-10 at the season’s first three monuments 2. His victory ended a 106-day winless streak for his team 3. The first rider (of three) in 2017 to complete the task of winning a stage in all three grand tours 4. Started all three grand tours 5. WorldTour’s shortest rider (5-feet-2) 6. Won a stage in his 12th consecutive grand tour 7. The first rider to win a UCI pro road race on disc brakes 8. Started his 29th career grand tour ANSWERS: GREIPEL, 6; ARU, 3; BOONEN, 7; SCARPONI, 2; ZUBELDIA, 8; MORENO, 4; DEGENKOLB, 1; DUMOULIN, 5…