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Equal prize money for men and women at #Unite4Mandela – Vos and Froome to compete

Marianne Vos (Rabobank) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) are amongst those lining up in the #Unite4Mandela races in Pretoria today. The aim of the event in Pretoria is to show unity for Nelson Mandela. The races will have equal prize money for both men and women. The race winners, in both male and female categories, will receive R250 000; second-placed...

Former Junior World Champion Kai Reus signs for Verandas Willems

Kai Reus who won the Junior Tour of Ireland in 2003, and then went on to win the World Championships later that year has signed for the Belgian team Verandas Willems. Reus looked set to have a really promising career, as he went on to win the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Tour of Normandy amongst other races. However, in 2007, he...

Philippe Gilbert wants to win all five monuments, but how hard is it?

Philippe Gilbert this week outlined his ambitions of winning all five monuments during his career. He has previously taken victory in both Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Lombardy, and now wants to try and win the remaining three. He stated "My dream is to win every classic at least once. I just have Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders and...

Tour de France wildcard hope for Sam Bennett’s team

Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, has spoken to German Eurosport this week about cycling in Germany and the Bora - Argon 18 team of Sam Bennett. He said, "It is impressive what Ralph Denk (team manager) has done. He has built the team up step by step and brought it to a higher level. From our first meeting, we...

Mark Cavendish big Interview (part 1)

Check out the interview with Mark Cavendish where he talks about last year and not quite getting there despite having the horsepower..

The Grand Tour contenders 2015 plans

If you're finding it hard to keep track of which Grand Tour the various contenders are due to take part in next year, we've developed this infographic based on recent reports, interviews, etc. Obviously, this is likely to change, but it is our current understanding of where the various Grand Tour contenders are going to clash next year.        

Inside Team Sky’s service course as they prepare for 2015

One of the mechanics for Team Sky, Gary Blem, tweeted a series of photos yesterday showing the work that has started on the team bikes as they start their preparation for the 2015 season. Below are some of his photos.

Wanna own a bike from American Flyers?

For those that haven't seen it, American Flyers was a 1985 film starring Kevin Costner. Costner plays an avid cyclist who enters a race in the Rockies with his brother. A lot of the race action was filmed at the Coors Classic and it featured both the 7-Eleven team and Eddy Merckx. A bike that was used in the film...

Irish cyclists racing abroad in 2015

Here's a list of Irish riders racing abroad next year, and the teams they will be racing for.     Let us know if you know of anybody else to be added to the list. You can contact us at: press@thebikecomesfirst.com

Sam Bennett’s new team bike

For the 2015 season, Sam Bennett's team will be riding the Canadian bike Argon 18, who will be co-sponsor of the Bora team. Argon 18 are a Montreal-based company, founded back in 1989 by Gervais Rioux. They have previously supplied by the Spidertech and Jelly Belly teams. Last year, Bennett's team rode Fuji bikes.

Woman paralysed after Vansummeren accident

Sad news emerged today that the woman who was hit by Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp) earlier this year in the Tour of Flanders remains paralysed. It was reported in HLN.BE that Marie-Claire Moreels (66) will remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life as the right side of her body is paralysed. She has also lost the...

Sep Vanmarcke takes on the cobbles (in a different way)

Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin Pro Cycling) has an impressive record in cobbled races. He won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2012, and has finished on the podium in Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem. It seems he can't get enough of pavé though, as even in the off-season, he's taking on the cobbles. He tweeted a photo of himself over the...

Dan Martin and his team mates go sailing

Following on from a visit to Cannondale's headquarters in Wilton Connecticut, Dan Martin and his team mates are heading to the British Virgin Islands for a team building exercise. There will be big changes for the team this year, as they merge with the Cannondale team. The team will consist of sixteen riders from Garmin's team with eight riders coming...

Marianne Vos wins Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge

The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge which took place in Johannesburg today is the second largest mass participation time cycling event in the world after the Cape Argus race also in South Africa. The event covers 94.7 kilometres, as it is sponsored by a local radio station called 94.7fm. 35,000 cyclists took part this morning and Marianne Vos was the fastest woman,...

Brian Cooksons talks about a minimum wage for woman cyclists

Speaking at an event last month Cookson said that introducing a minimum wage was a complicated process and that bringing it in could actually have a negative impact on the women’s sport.

BMC testing new equipment for Paris-Roubaix

Five riders from the BMC team spent yesterday testing new equipment to be used for Paris-Roubaix next year. Greg Van Avermaet, Marcus Burghardt, Michael Schar, Jean-Pierre Drucker and Silvan Dillier tested new bikes and tyres on five sections of pavé yesterday Directeur Sportif Allan Peiper told Belgium's Sportwereld, "Near the Carrefour de l'Arbre we rode four laps of cobbled sections. For...

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