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BORA-hansgrohe happy with team performance at Tour Down Under

Directeur Sportif of the BORA-hansgrohe team, Patxi Vila, has expressed satisfaction with the team's performance which saw them net a podium finish and come close to a number of stage wins. Going into the final stage, Jay McCarthy was just a few seconds off a podium spot and in taking the first intermediate sprint, the Australian rider moved into third...

The challenge of the Giro-Tour double

The Movistar team of Nairo Quintana announced last week that the Colombian would target both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France this year. If he does somehow manage to win both Grand Tours, he would join an exclusive group of riders who have completed the double in the one season. However, it's a daunting task that Quintana faces and...

Richie Porte takes the overall win at Santos Tour Down Under (VIDEO)

Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) secured the overall win at the Santos Tour Down Under today in Adelaide today for the first time in his career. The Australian stamped his authority on the race with two convincing victories on the Paracombe and Willunga climbs, to win with the biggest winning margin in the race’s history. With a 48-second lead...

Larry Warbasse talks about his Ridley Noah SL – Aqua Blue Sport’s 2017 race bike (VIDEO)

Larry Warbasse is amongst the signings for the new UCI Pro Continental team Aqua Blue Sport and in the video below, the American describes his new race bike for the 2017 season - the Ridley Noah SL. With a frame weight of just 980 grams, the Ridley Noah SL is a benchmark in aero road bike design. The frame contains...

Richie Porte takes emphatic victory on Willunga Hill (VIDEO)

Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) has today taken his fourth consecutive win on Willunga Hill at the Santos Tour Down Under after attacking alone on the final time up the climb. Porte crossed the line twenty seconds ahead of Nathan Haas (Team Dimension Data) and Esteban Chaves (ORICA-Scott), and now leads Chaves by 48 seconds overall ahead of the final...

“It was a massive step up from racing at home” – Damien Shaw looks forward to 2017

By David Healy TBCF spoke with the 2015 Irish national champion Damian Shaw (32) this week at the An Post Chain Reaction Cycles training camp in a cold and snowy Calpe, Spain. We asked Damian about his first season with the team and he confirmed that it had been "a massive step up from racing at home in Ireland". "I wasn't...

Nairo Quintana to target both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2017

Nairo Quintana will line up at the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia this year before tackling the Tour de France in July, his Movistar team have confirmed today. The Colombian has raced the Giro d'Italia just once in his career, when he took a convincing victory in 2014. Quintana finished nearly three minutes ahead of his nearest challenger, compatriot...

Katusha take to the turbo trainers as bad weather continues to hit Europe

The destination of choice for many years for professional cyclists has been the Costa Blanca in Spain. Amongst the teams there this year are WorldTour teams Astana, Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Katusha and Team Sunweb and other Pro Continental and Continental teams including Topsport Vlaanderen, Direct Energie, CCC Polsat and An Post Chain Reaction. Unfortunately for the teams currently there,...

Behind the scenes at the An Post – Chain Reaction training camp in Calpe (VIDEO)

The Irish UCI Continental team An Post - Chain Reaction have been taking part in a training camp in Calpe, Spain over the past number of days in preparation for the upcoming season and have produced the video below which shows some of what has been happening at the camp. Directeur Sportif Kurt Bogaerts explains that their previous training camp...

2017 An Post Chain Reaction team launched in Calpe

The line-up for the 2017 An Post Chain Reaction Sean Kelly racing team was officially announced today, with a 15-man squad named, including four Irish riders: Damien Shaw, Matthew Teggart, Conor Hennebry and Sean McKenna. Shaw and McKenna both debuted with the Belgium based team last year and have extended their contracts for another season. Hennebry and Teggart join on...

Sam Bennett sprints to third as Caleb Ewan takes opening stage at Tour Down Under

After the relatively cool evening temperatures of Sunday’s People’s Choice Classic, stage 1 of the Tour Down Under took place in the full heat of the Australian summer, with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. These extreme weather conditions prompted race organisers to shorten the day’s racing by one lap of the final circuit. After a punishing day in the...

Mario Aerts expects aggressive performances from Lotto-Soudal riders at Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under starts tomorrow with a 145-kilometre stage from Unley to Lyndoch and the Directeur Sportif of the Lotto-Soudal team - Mario Aerts - has said that he feels that his team will be in aggressive form during the six day race. Aerts predicted that tomorrow's opening stage should end in a bunch sprint with the first...

Peter Sagan leads out Sam Bennett for 2nd place at People’s Choice Classic (VIDEO)

The Bora-hansgrohe team got their season off to a flying start in Adelaide today with Sam Bennett taking second and the UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan, in third in the People's Choice Classic criterium. The People’s Choice Classic is the precursor to the Tour Down Under – a criterium in the streets of Adelaide circling one of the city’s beautiful...

Vuelta a España organisers pay tribute to Kris Boeckmans (VIDEO)

The organisers of the Vuelta a España paid tribute to Belgian rider Kris Boeckmans at the presentation of the 2017 route on Thursday. The Lotto-Soudal rider crashed on the eighth stage of the 2015 Vuelta and was subsequently placed in an induced coma. He required eight hours of facial surgery on a broken nose and jawbone, as well as treatment...

Dion Smith signs for Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Team Wanty-Gobert Group have announced its 22nd and last rider for the 2017 season. Following the recent announcement that Lieuwe Westra was retiring from the sport, the Belgian team made a move to sign 23-year-old Dion Smith from New Zealand. Third in the national championship of New Zealand in early January, the former One Pro Cycling rider, now residing...

“It’s a climber’s course, no doubts about that” – Alejandro Valverde on the 2017 Vuelta

Following the official presentation of the 72th Vuelta a España's route in Madrid's Municipal Conference Hall on Thursday evening, Alejandro Valverde and Movistar General Manager Eusebio Unzué have given their opinions on the race which starts on 19 August in Nîmes, France, and finishes in Madrid on 10 September. The Spanish rider couldn't attend the event after a training accident...

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Austrian ultra-cyclist Christoph Strasser has set a new record for crossing Australia from Perth to Sydney. Strasser set a time of six days, 10...

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