Michele Ferrari responds to release of CIRC report

Michele Ferrari has responded to the recent release of the CIRC report on his website www.53x12.com. The notorious doctor has written of what he sees as weaknesses and inaccuracies in the report. His response is below:   Someone already defined it a "smokescreen to hide the failures of WADA". Personally, the voluminous CIRC report seemed partial and disappointing, historically lacking, as well...

World Champion Kwiatkowski thankful for his helmet

The World Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, was in contention in yesterday's Milan-San Remo until he crashed out of the race on the descent of the Poggio. Kwiatkowski (Etixx Quick Step) came down in the crash along with his team mate Zdenek Stybar, Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Gerald Ciolek (MTN Qhubeka). Victory went to John Degenkolb (Giant Alpecin) ahead of last year's...

Watch the final 40 kms of Milan-San Remo (VIDEO)

In case you missed it, here are the final 40 kilometres of the first monument of the season, Milan-San Remo. It was always going to be a difficult race to predict with a lot of names being suggested as potential winners. The last hour of the race was very exciting with various attacks and crashes, and is well worth watching.

“Does it feel like a visit to the dentist?” Paul Kimmage meets Nicolas Roche (VIDEO)

Nicolas Roche has spoken to Paul Kimmage and the interview is published in today's Sunday Independent. Roche talks about amongst other things, his move to the team of Bjarne Riis, the use of Cortisone and TUEs and the recently published CIRC report. Paul Kimmage asks at the end of the video as to whether being interviewed by him is like...

“Sam wasn’t that far away from being part of the select group that sprinted for the win. That’s a very promising sign”

Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) made his debut today in Milan-San Remo and finished in 78th position, just under five minutes dowon on the winner, John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). German rider Degenkolb won in a sprint from a select group just ahead of last year’s winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge). One of Bennett's team mates, Jan Barta, Joined...

Peter Hawkins and Cormac Clarke net top ten results in Belgium

Peter Hawkins who is racing for CT Tomacc in Belgium this season, claimed a 3rd place in a recent kermesse in Haringe. Hawkins managed to make it into the winning break of six riders, which also included ex-professional Steven Caethoven. At the end of the 111-kilometre race, Hawkins finished 3rd in the sprint for the line as 19 year-old Brent...

Chris Juul-Jensen crashes out of Milan-San Remo (VIDEO)

There was a bad crash in Milan-San Remo with less than 35 kilometres remaining which took out a number of riders including Chris Juul-Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo). The Co. Wicklow born rider looked to have a cut to his forehead and seemed badly shaken, but hopefully is not too badly hurt.

3D printing carbon fibre bikes

This video from Red Bull focuses on the process used by one bike builder to make his own carbon fibre-based mountain bike frames and components. Adrian Smith uses 3D Printing technology to manufacture the molds for his CAD-based designs, and then uses carbon fibre fabric to lay over the molds and produce the final part. Smith bought the printer...

Milan-San Remo route profile and startlist

The first monument of the season, Milan-San Remo is on today, and the riders face a massive 293 kilometre journey. It's seen as quite an open race, with numerous previous winners starting. Amongst those tipped for the win are last year's winner Alexander Kristof (Team Katusha), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx Quick Step) and his team mate Mark Cavendish,...

UCI working on a protocol for extreme weather conditions

The UCI are currently working on a strategy for coping with extreme weather in pro race. They have released the following statement.   Representatives from the UCI notably commissaires, riders (CPA), teams (AIGCP) and organisers (AIOCC) have agreed, on the occasion of a meeting in Milan, Italy, on Friday March 20, the need for an action plan in the event of...

Richie Porte sets incredible time on the Col de la Madone

Richie Porte has confirmed to Cycling Weekly that he is the person who set the record time for the ascent of the Col de la Madone climb near Monaco. The Team Sky rider confirmed that he set a 29-40 time up the climb prior to the 2014 Tour de France, beating his teammate Chris Froome’s time of 30-09 by nearly...

Man found guilty of killing cyclist in Kerry hit-and-run

A 23-year-old man, Shane Fitzgerald, of Newmarket, Co Cork, has been found guilty by a jury of dangerous driving causing the death of a 42-year-old father Paud O’Leary in July 2012. Judge Thomas E O’Donnell has remanded Fitzgerald on bail for sentencing on April 22nd. The maximum penalty for the charge is 10 years in prison. Mr. O'Leary had gone...