Rui Costa and Diego Ulissi included in UAE Team Emirates line-up for Tour Down Under

UAE Team Emirates will start their second season in Australia, participating in the People’s Choice Classic (50.6 km on January 14th) followed by the Santos Tour Down Under from January 16th to the 21st. The seven-man team selected for Australia will be spearheaded by former World Road Race champion Rui Costa and Diego Ulissi. Rui Costa: “For the first time in...

Elia Viviani to make Quick Step Floors debut at the Santos Tour Down Under

Elia Viviani – one of Quick-Step Floors’ seven new signings for the 2018 season – will be at the start of the Tour Down Under (16-21 January), which he previously raced in 2011 and 2014, and is looking forward to the six-day event. “I like the Tour Down Under, it’s one of the best races to start the season –...

Rodania to reduce sponsorship of bike races (VIDEO)

If you’ve ever spectated at a race in Belgium, the chances are that you’ve heard the Rodania tune. The Swiss watch company are a race sponsor and a car precedes various races including the Tour of Flanders blasting out their jingle. The company have now announced that they are going to reduce their sponsorship of cycling as they intend to...

EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale focused on GC at Tour Down Under

EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale have selected a squad focused on a strong general classification for the forthcoming Santos Tour Down Under. “We looked at Down Under and wanted to send the best possible team to this particular race. I’ve always thought you need Australians or neo-pros, which is who we have going,” Directeur Sportif Tom Southam said. Simon Clarke, Will...

Garda Twitter poll criticised by cycling advocacy groups

A poll posted on Twitter today by An Garda Síochana has been heavily criticised by cycling advocacy groups in Ireland for amongst other reasons creating an 'us versus them' divide between cyclists and motorists. The poll was posted on the @gardatraffic account which is described as the official Garda Síochána account with info on traffic & major events. The poll...

EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale to focus on Spring Classics and Tour de France

EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale will again focus on the Classics this year, with a spring squad built around Sep Vanmarcke while Rigoberto Uran will be aiming one step higher on the Tour de France podium. Uran had his best overall finish at last year's Tour de France when he finished in 2nd place, just 54" behind Chris...

Team Sunweb initiate independent anti-doping program

Team Sunweb have announced that they are to initiate a new independent anti-doping program for their Men's, Women's and Development Programs. The program is run and coordinated by Dopingautoriteit, the national anti-doping agency of The Netherlands who will cooperate with the national anti-doping agencies of various other countries, in order to implement the international program. The announcement was made today at...

Domenico Pozzovivo and Izagirre brothers to lead Bahrain Merida at Santos Tour Down Under

Bahrain Merida have announced a strong line-up for the Santos Tour Down Under which starts in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 16 January and covers 860 kilometres in six days. "We have a really strong lineup, it's more of a team for GC, so the main focus will be on GC," said Bahrain Merida Directeur Sportif Tristan Hoffman. "Domenico (Pozzovivo) and...

Strong Northern Irish team announced for the Commonwealth Games

A strong seven-rider Northern Ireland team has been announced for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia. The team was announced today by the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council, and will compete across both road and track disciplines in the Games which take place from the 4th – 15th April 2018. Managed by Anthony Mitchell and Gary...

Aqua Blue Sport to kick off 2018 campaign in Australia

Aqua Blue Sport has confirmed that for the second successive year, the team will kick off its racing season in Australia and the Middle East. The team will line up first in the Towards Zero Race Melbourne criterium (January 25th) and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (January 28th), followed by the Jayco Herald Sun Tour (January 31st-February 4th)....

Emerald Cycling Fund receives major financial backing

There was great news for sponsorship of emerging cycling talent in Ireland today with the news that the Emerlad Cycling Fund had received support from Quanta Capital. The fund was launched back in 2015 with the aim of helping the next generation of Irish riders become professionals. Last year, the funded riders were Mark Downey who was based in France...

Dan Martin, Fabio Aru and Alexander Kristoff showcase new UAE Team Emirates jerseys

Amongst the new signings for UAE Team Emirates for the 2018 season are European Road Race Champion Alexander Kristoff from Team Katusha – Alpecin, Dan Martin who departed Quick Step Floors and Fabio Aru who has signed from Astana and the team have now released photos of the new signings. Martin has spent the past two seasons with Quick Step...