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Darach McQuaid acknowledges June deadline for plans to restart Tour of Ireland in 2015

by Shane Stokes - Sunday, February 23, 2014
Is hoping that Giro d’Italia start in Ireland secures backing for home event

Having played an important part in securing the first three days of the Giro d’Italia for Ireland, Darach McQuaid has said that hosting the race here will give the race an important, but time-limited, opportunity to reintroduce the Tour of Ireland fo... → Read More

Third climbing stage to feature on Presidential Tour of Turkey route, GC battle will be more intense

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, February 20, 2014
Course of 50th anniversary event unveiled, five stages should suit sprinters

Featuring the two big climbs which defined the race last year as well as a third mountainous stage to further shake up the GC, the route of the Presidential Tour of Turkey has been unveiled. The 50th edition of the race will begin on April 27th w... → Read More

Philip Lavery interview: Walking away from the sport, then getting a second chance

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Synergy Baku team gives Irish national championship silver medallist Walker’s slot

It’s been a rollercoaster few months for Irishman Philip Lavery. In August of last year he began a trial with the Cofidis team, and got off to a good start with some solid results. The 23 year old amateur was sixteenth in the 1.1-ranked Châteauroux ... → Read More

Stetina wants rethink on dossards: ‘Cycling is still an amateur sport in so many ways’

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, February 18, 2014
American BMC Racing Team rider calls for year-long race numbers to be printed on jerseys

BMC Racing Team rider Peter Stetina has called for a rethink of the way riders are identified in races, saying that he and others in the peloton believe that pin-on dossards are amateurish and that year-long race numbers would simplify things for fan... → Read More

Walker undergoes heart operation, retires; Philip Lavery to take his place on Synergy Baku team

by VeloNation Press - Monday, February 17, 2014
Australian to work in coaching role with squad, young Irishman to debut in six days’ time

Following the heart issues he suffered at the Australian nationals, Will Walker has undergone an operation to implant a defibrillator and ensure the issue doesn’t reoccur, has finalised his retirement from the sport and will move into a coaching posi... → Read More

McQuaid ends his part in legal action against Kimmage, Verbruggen persists

by Shane Stokes - Sunday, February 16, 2014
Journalist pleased with CIRC investigation but believes start date of inquiry should a decade earlier

Former UCI president Pat McQuaid has dropped his legal action against his fellow Irishman Paul Kimmage. The journalist and former professional has told VeloNation that his lawyer received notification this week that McQuaid was withdrawing from the l... → Read More

Planned new finale to Milan Sanremo in doubt after La Pompeiana climb and descent deemed too dangerous

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, February 15, 2014
Lack of barriers, narrow roadway and risk of landslides could see climb go out, big sprinters come back in

Former winner Mark Cavendish may have suggested he’ll never ride Milan Sanremo again due to the planned course changes in the finale of the race but the Briton could yet appear in this year’s edition of the Classic after the inclusion of the new La P... → Read More

Degenkolb beats Hushovd in bunch sprint to make it three from three in the Tour of the Mediterranean

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, February 15, 2014
German Giant Shimano rider leads into afternoon time trial

Echoing Marcel Kittel’s three consecutive stages at the recent Dubai Tour, Giant Shimano’s other big sprinter John Degenkolb also pulled off a similar hat-trick today when he won stage three of the Tour of the Mediterranean. The German rider foll... → Read More

Froome set to begin season in Tour of Oman, gunning for strong overall result

by VeloNation Press - Friday, February 14, 2014
“I want to back up everything I achieved last season and prove to people that I am a legitimate champion”

Starting his season in four days’ time at the Tour of Oman, Tour de France champion Chris Froome has said that he is determined to prove that his run of success in 2013 was legitimate and is repeatable. The Briton, who started his run of successful G... → Read More

Past winner Gesink feeling on course for strong result in Tour of Oman

by VeloNation Press - Friday, February 14, 2014
Dutch climber aiming to gain time on Green Mountain and other ascents

Following on from an encouraging season start in last month’s Santos Tour Down Under, Robert Gesink will return to a race he won in 2011 when he lines out in next week’s Tour of Oman. The Dutch climber was sixth in the Australian WorldTour event ... → Read More

Wiggins admits pressure got to him in 2013, speaks about difficulty of being defending Tour champion

by VeloNation Press - Friday, February 14, 2014
“There came a point where it was fight, flight or freeze”

Dominant in 2012 and then largely absent from top results for much of last season, Bradley Wiggins has admitted that the pressure of being the Tour de France champion and of coping with greater public and media attention got to him during 2013. The... → Read More

Démare swoops to victory on concluding stage of Tour of Qatar, Terpstra takes overall

by Shane Stokes - Friday, February 14, 2014
Chaotic final kilometre concludes stage shaped by five man break

FDJ sprinter Arnaud Démare snatched his first victory of the year when he sped in two lengths clear at the end of the final stage of the Tour of Qatar. The Frenchman was clearly best in the battle of positioning, timing and power, getting things just... → Read More

Degenkolb notches up first win of his 2014 season on stage one of Tour of the Mediterranean

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, February 13, 2014
Giant Shimano rider overcomes mechanical inside final fifteen minutes of racing

A week after his Giant Shimano team-mate Marcel Kittel took three stages wins in the Dubai Tour, John Degenkolb posted his first victory of the season on stage one of the Tour of the Mediterranean on Thursday. The German rider was quickest out of... → Read More

NetApp Endura still perfecting sprint train for Bennett

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, February 13, 2014
Team DS accepts final push for the line came too early on stage five in Tour of Qatar

The NetApp Endura team took the fight to the WorldTour teams on today’s fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar, featuring Daniel Schorn in the long distance breakaway move and then later massing at the front in the closing phase of the race, but directeur ... → Read More

Greipel fastest in battle for Tour of Qatar’s fifth stage

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, February 13, 2014
German rider beats Kruopis, Terpstra continues to lead overall

After going close to a stage win with his runner-up slot yesterday, Andre Greipel got things exactly right today when he powered in first at the end of day five of the Tour of Qatar. The German Lotto Belisol rider jumped hard from third place in the ... → Read More

Barguil, Wild and others make gains at Giant Shimano track testing day

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, February 13, 2014
Fine tuning positions on the track with Team Giant-Shimano

Two time Vuelta a España stage winner Warren Barguil and dominant women’s rider Kirsten Wild are amongst six Giant-Shimano riders who made gains when the team held an aerodynamic testing day recently. The Giant Shimano team brought eight riders to th... → Read More

Tour of Qatar likely a two horse race between Terpstra and Boonen

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Roelandts losing hope that he can win race

Although third-placed rider Jurgen Roelandts reduced his deficit by one second to twenty seconds on today’s fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar, the Lotto Belisol rider appears increasingly resigned to fighting for the podium rather than the overall wi... → Read More

Boonen nabs second stage win of 2014 Tour of Qatar, inches closer to race leader’s jersey

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Terpstra continues to lead overall, but can he hold on?

Four time Tour of Qatar champion Tom Boonen moved closer to the overall lead of his Omega Pharma Quick Step team-mate Niki Terpstra on today’s fourth day of racing, winning a bunch sprint to the line in Mesaieed. The Belgian rider beat German Andr... → Read More

Sanchez to assist Evans in Ardennes Classics and Giro d’Italia, wants stage victory in Italian Tour

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Racing programme for new BMC Racing Team signing outlined

Riding the Giro d’Italia in support of team leader Cadel Evans and aiming to add a stage win to his previous victories on legs of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, Samuel Sanchez and the BMC Racing Team have agreed his likely schedule for the f... → Read More

Report: Tinkoff Saxo interested in Sagan, could pay up to four million euro per year

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
He was recently linked to a possible move to Fernando Alonso’s planned WorldTour team – which was itself reported to be considering buying the licence held by the Cannondale squad – but it appears that Peter Sagan could become the subject of a biddin... → Read More

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