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Sam Bennett set for early season test at Tour of Qatar

Sam Bennett has been named amongst the provisional starters for his Bora - Argon 18 team for the Tour of Qatar in February. However, the Carrick-on-Suir rider will be up against it, as amongst the other names listed as provisional starters are many of the best sprinters in the World. Included amongst those set to start are Marcel Kittel (Team...

“If five positive cases in one season are not enough for further investigation, then it’s over”

The organisers of the Dutch race, the Arnhem Veenendaal Classic have said that cycling teams with a doping past are no longer welcome at their race. They made this statement on Friday out of dissatisfaction with the decision to grant a license for the World Tour to Astana, a team with five recent doping cases. Race Director Thijs Zonneveld said that...

The best moments from the 2014 UCI Women’s Road World Cup

The UCI Women Road World Cup has seen nine different winners in nine events. Lizzie Armitstead was the overall world cup winner, Rabo-Liv was celebrated as best team, Alena Amialiusik as best climber, Elena Cecchini as best young rider and Iris Slappendel as winner of the UCI sprint jersey in this year’s UCI Women Road World Cup series. Here are...

Wanna ride with Mark Cavendish?

Want to ride with Mark Cavendish? The Manx Missile is offering the following opportunity for two people to the highest bidder. The money raised from the bid will go to support Right To Play which helps to transform the lives of over one million disadvantaged children across Africa, the Middle East and Asia every week through the power of...

Jakob Fuglsang told to consider his future with Astana

Following on from the four-year doping investigation, and the publication of the Padova report, Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang has been told he needs to consider his future with the Astana team. It was revealed this week that 17 Astana riders over the years has been associated with the doping doctor, Michel Ferrari. In addition, Astana had five doping cases this...

Gediminas Bagdonas signs new contract

The Lithuanian rider Gediminas Bagdonas has signed a new contract with the French team AG2R-La Mondiale. This means that the 2012 Lithuanian champion continues with the team for a third consecutive year. He has stated that his main aims for 2015 will be the Spring Classics, and the team have strengthened their classics team with the signings of the...

The Win Tunnel: Disc vs Rim Brakes on a road bike

Specialized Bicycles use their wind tunnel to finally answer the question of what the aerodynamic differences are between rim and disc brakes. And the answer is........

Details of 2015 Irish Women’s National League announced

Details of the 2015 Joe Daly Cycles Women’s National League have just been released. The series will kick off in Cork in March, with the last of the seven race series taking place in Clonmel in August. THe races are as follows: March 15 Kay Strattan Memorial, Blarney April 19 Visitnenagh.ie, Nenagh April 28 Waller Cup, Bohermeen May 24 North Down GP, Bangor May 31...

Deignan and Roche join up with Team Sky for training camp

Team Sky have started their preparations for the 2015 season with a first training camp in Majorca. The team members have been breaking up into separate groups for training rides on the island, and amongst those who have joined the camp are Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Christian Knees, David Lopez, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins and Pete Kennaugh. Also joining...

Two An Post Rás winners moving to new teams

The two most recent winners of the An Post Rás, Clemens Fankhauser and Marcin Bialoblocki, have both been linked with new teams today. The 2014 winner, Fankhauser, has revealed that he will be leaving Team Tirol for an unnamed new Austrian continental team. The Austrian enjoyed an excellent 2014 season. In addition to winning the Rás, he finished in second...

UK premiere tonight of ‘Clean Spirit: In the Heart of the Tour’

A unique and compelling inside story of cycling team, Argos-Shimano, keen on showing that winning is possible without any use of doping. The film follows the team during the 100th edition of the Tour de France. Knowing that they cannot beat their opponents in the mountains, they have specialized in the sprint. We see the young team inside...

“To be able to eliminate so many riders was a big performance” – Sean Kelly talks about Philip Deignan

Sean Kelly has told Rouleur magazine that he considers Philip Deignan (Team Sky) to have been one of the domestiques of the year. Kelly was being asked for his selections for the Rouleur Awards for 2014 for various categories including best stage race and best one-day race, and he picked out the Donegal man as being one of the...

Bike Lights & Reflective Jackets – Do They Work?

On these dark winter days being seen on the bike is very important. The guys over at the global cycling network test clothing and lights to see if the cheap lights are up to the task compared to some more expensive systems.

GP Pino Cerami to use Muur van Geraardsbergen

There was good news for fans of the Muur van Geraardsbergen when it was revealed this week by La Dernière Heure that the climb would feature in the UCI 1.1 GP Pino Cerami next year. The iconic Muur was controversially dropped from the route of the Tour of Flanders in 2012, due to the finish of the race moving to...

Clean Spirit: In the Heart of the Tour – Trailer

A film made about the participation of the Argos Shimano team in the 2013 Tour de France will have its UK premiere on December the 9th at the Barbican in London. A unique and compelling inside story of Argos-Shimano, keen on showing that winning is possible without any use of doping. We follow the team up close, in cinema verité...

“Mad 6-day race claims two victims” Harry Reynolds and the New York Six-Day

By Graham Healy At the start of the twentieth century six-day races were incredibly popular in the US and attracted many of the big names from cycling, both from North America and Europe. Amongst those who would take part in the New York Six-Day was Ireland's first World Champion, Harry Reynolds. The Dubliner was invited to take part in the 1907...

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Julian Alaphilippe to return to racing at Brabantse Pijl

Following the crash that forced him to abandon Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) has undergone further medical examination and scans...

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