Oleg Tinkov – Statement on the current state of cycling

"Here is my statement: World cycling has to change... or die, or maybe just lurch from scandal to scandal for another decade as we watch teams come and go. That is today's situation, where teams do not have income, just huge expense that would be unthinkable in other professional sports. Teams depend on sponsorship for 99% of their revenue...

Stephen Roche signs the petition for a minimum overtaking distance when drivers overtake cyclists

Stayin' Alive at 1.5 have announced that on March 27th, Stephen Roche signed the petition for a minimum overtaking distance in Ireland when drivers overtake cyclists. In doing so he has joined Sean Kelly who signed the petition in November last year. You can find out more about the campaign here: http://www.safecyclingireland.org/ The campaign was set up by Phil Skelton, a...

Incredible footage of the crosswinds at Ghent-Wevelgem

We published an article prior to Ghent-Wevelgem about the potential havoc that crosswinds could cause in the race, but we didn't think it would turn out as badly as it did. Sunday's race turned out to be pretty epic. It was great viewing on TV, but incredibly tough for the cyclists. The footage below shows what they had to put...

“I’m really happy with my condition moving towards my objectives at the Ardennes Classics” Dan Martin

Dan Martin (Cannondale Garmin) showed that his form is coming good on the final stage of the Tour of Catalonia, as he put in an aggressive attack in the last five kilometres, only to be caught in the final metres. He also finished in the top ten overall. He explained on the team's website afterwards "I knew the last stage...

It’s not about the bike at the British Duathlon Champs as organisers rule out cycling leg

According to Wikipedia, "Duathlon is an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons." The British Elite Duathlon Championships were due to take place at Rockingham Motor Racing Circuit in Northamptonshire on Sunday. Competitors were due to complete a 5km run, a 20km...

Jens Vandenbogaerde nets his first win for An Post-Chain Reaction

Jens Vandenbogaerde had his first win for the An Post-Chain Reaction team after signing for them over the winter, when he was first across the line at Moorslede Slypskappelle over the weekend. Vandenbogaerde explained after the race: "105 riders lined up at the start. There was a huge wind and there was also some rain. On the very first lap,...

“You’re the reason why car drivers do not like bicycles” Cyclist in confrontation with motorist and passer-by

This video was posted by an irate cyclist who passed by a motorist in Seattle who had parked in a cycle lane. An argument ensued and when the cyclist pointed out what she had done, her response was "I literally don't give a f**k about anything you say." A passer-by then joins in and gives her two cents worth. The video...

Final 40 kilometres of Ghent-Wevelgem (VIDEO)

Yesterday's Ghent-Wevelgem turned out to be a great race. 90kmph winds caused havoc as they blew the race apart. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was blown off the road at one stage. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) went clear after the first ascent of the Kemmelberg, but with 75 kilometres still remaining. A strong group formed behind made up of Thomas, Luca Paolini (Katusha),...

Tinkoff Sport and Bjarne Riis reach mutual agreement on contract termination

Oleg Tinkov and Bjarne Riis have officially parted ways. Tinkov bought the team from Riis in December 2013 for a reported sum of approximately €6 million, with Riis continuing as team manager on a three-year deal worth €1 million per year. The team released the following statement this evening. Tinkoff Sport A/S – Managing company of team Tinkoff Saxo – and...

A look back at Sean Kelly’s win in Ghent-Wevelgem in ’88 (VIDEO)

By Graham Healy By 1988, one of the few classics which Sean Kelly hadn't won was Ghent-Wevelgem. The main reason was that the race had always clashed with the Tour of the Basque Country which was a regular race on Kelly's race schedule due to sponsor commitments. However, when the 1988 professional calendar was being drawn up, the organisers of Ghent-Wevelgem...

The Col Collective on the Passo Gavia

The Col Collective series continues with Passo Gavia, the legendary climb often used in the Giro d'Italia. This is their take on the climb.   Steeped in Italian cycling history the Passo Gavia is one of the most feared and famous climbs in the Giro d’Italia, first used in 1960 and regularly stirring up its snowy mischief ever since. I got...

The crosswinds of Ghent-Wevelgem

One of the characteristics of Ghent-Wevelgem is that the race is often likely to see echelons forming in crosswinds. Although the race doesn't have a long stretch along the North Sea coast that it had in previous years, the lack of shelter for riders in the landscape of West Flanders still provides an opportunity for them to form. Echelons can...