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Gerdemann reassured by result of first race in seventeen months

by Shane Stokes - Monday, January 20, 2014
Top five finish in Tropicale Amissa Bongo proves MTN Qhubeka rider is in good shape

Riding his first professional event since he crashed out of the 2012 Vuelta a España, Linus Gerdemann showed last week that he has managed to regain solid form despite his long period out of the sport. The German rider shrugged off his seventeen ... → Read More

Visconti sidelined from road for at least five weeks after operation on fracture

by Shane Stokes - Monday, January 20, 2014
Earle to replace injured Sutton on Sky squad for Santos Tour Down Under

Fears that Giovanni Visconti could end up missing sizeable chunk of the season appear to have been assuaged somewhat by the news that he has been successfully operated on for the leg fracture he sustained yesterday, and that he could be back training... → Read More

Live broadcast – Belkin Pro Cycling team presentation

by VeloNation Press - Monday, January 20, 2014
Dutch squad’s management and top riders lay out goals for 2014

Heading into year two of the project, the Belkin Pro Cycling team will today detail its ambitions for the 2014 season at its team launch at the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum. The WorldTour squad evolved out of the structu... → Read More

People’s Choice Classic: Kittel pips Greipel and Ewan with perfectly timed surge

by Shane Stokes - Sunday, January 19, 2014
New Giant Shimano team clocks up first victory of the season

The dominant sprinter from last year’s Tour de France showed that he means to continue in the same fashion this season, with Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) speeding home to his first win of the year in the People’s Choice Classic in Adelaide today. ... → Read More

No decision yet on whether Ballan’s vacant slot on BMC Racing Team will be filled by another rider

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, January 18, 2014
Will team put another in place of banned Italian?

One day after the Italian Olympic Committee CONI announced that Alessandro Ballan had been given a two year ban over his links to the Mantova doping affair, his BMC Racing Team has answered a question on whether or not his place on the team could be ... → Read More

Gilbert raises expectations of strong year, says he’s had the best winter since his standout 2011 season

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014
Belgian commits to riding Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders in 2015

He’s been below his top level for the past two seasons but Philippe Gilbert have given his supporters hope that he might yet return to his 2011 level. The Belgian rider was below par the following year but did manage to win two stages in the Vuelta a... → Read More

Bushfires could prompt first-ever cancellation of Santos Tour Down Under stage

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, January 18, 2014
Decision could be made right up until start time on Tuesday’s opening leg of race

Race organisers of the Tour Down Under are bracing themselves to call off Tuesday's first stage into the Barossa Valley at the last minute, should the danger of bushfires and hot winds continue. Teams wanting to train in the Barossa on Saturday in... → Read More

NetApp Endura upbeat about Tirreno Adriatico, Milan Sanremo and Il Lombardia invites

by VeloNation Press - Friday, January 17, 2014
Team waiting to hear if it will get Tour de France wildcard

Having decided to apply for an invite to the Tour de France this year rather than the Giro d’Italia, the NetApp Endura team have thanked Giro organisers RCS Sport for giving it wildcard places in the three other WorldTour places it runs. The Germ... → Read More

Ballan handed two year ban for doping, lifetime suspension for Dr. Guido Nigrelli

by Shane Stokes - Friday, January 17, 2014
Fiorenzo Aegean Bonazzi given four year ban in connection with Mantova doping investigation

Former world road race champion Alessandro Ballan has been handed a two year doping ban by the Italian anti-doping tribunal (TNA), starting today, due to his part in the Mantova doping affair. In addition to being suspended until January 16th 201... → Read More

Team Colombia on Giro wildcard: “We will show what we are really able to do”

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox celebrates securing wildcards to four RCS Sport races

Bolstered by its second consecutive Giro d’Italia wildcard, Team Colombia has said that it is determined to leave its mark on the race this coming May. Last year Fabio Duarte went close to taking a stage win, finishing second on stage twenty. Heading... → Read More

Cunego, Pozzato pleased with training, ready to test form in Tour de San Luis

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Lampre Merida sprinters Modolo and Richeze aiming for stage victories

Each committed to racing hard but also saying that they don’t feel pressure to get a specific result, 2004 Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego and Classic specialist Filippo Pozzato are the two biggest names on the Lampre Merida squad for the Tour de... → Read More

Overlooked by Giro d’Italia, MTN Qhubeka to push for wildcard in Tour de France or Vuelta a España

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 16, 2014
African team clocks up first win of the season on rollercoaster day

Awaiting a wildcard which never came, the MTN Qhubeka team learned today that it would miss out on the Giro d’Italia, its big goal for the season. The Grand Tour is a race that many felt the African team was almost certain to ride. The squad was ... → Read More

RCS Sport selects Bardiani Valvole-CSF, Colombia and Yellow Fluo Neri Sottoli for Giro d’Italia

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wildcards also named for Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo and Il Lombardia

Passing over the candidature of some highly-tipped teams such as MTN Qhubeka, Giro d’Italia organisers RCS Sport have gone for teams with a strong Italian slant in choosing three wildcard places for the race. The company has selected the Italian B... → Read More

Specialized working to improve Contador’s aerodynamics, identifies faster bike position

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, January 16, 2014
“We found raising his arms helped to reduce frontal profile and cut drag”

Double Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and Specialized’s engineers have come up with a bike position that they believe will be faster and more efficient for the rider, with work in the Morgan Hill wind tunnel said to have produced good results... → Read More

Tour Down Under riders hammered by heatwave, concerns expressed by Greipel, Sieberg and others

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Adelaide rated hottest city on earth earlier today

The contrast between a cold European winter and the sweltering conditions of Australian summer have been accentuated for the riders arriving in advance of the Tour Down Under, with Adelaide currently experiencing a big heatwave. The state capital... → Read More

Will Walker weighing up future in competitive cycling after heart problems reoccur

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Synergy Baku team manager McQuaid says rider will be given time to decide next step

He spoke with optimism last month in a video interview carried out at his Synergy Baku training camp, saying that he believed that he could return to a high level in the sport this year, but instead Will Walker is weighing up his future role in the s... → Read More

Roy Jans leads a Wanty-Groupe Gobert one-two in Amissa Bongo stage three

by Ben Atkins - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Stage two winner Jérôme Baugnies takes second as Egoitz Garcia closes the gap to the lead

Roy Jans took a second straight victory for the new Wanty-Groupe Gobert team, in the second stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, between Ndjolé and Lambaréné, in the west African republic of Gabon. The 22-year-old Belgian Classics hopeful managed to ... → Read More

Geraint Thomas: “The Tour Down Under itself is a good hard race to kick-start the season”

by Ben Atkins - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Welshman about to kick off 2014 with an eye on the Classics and the Tour

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) is preparing to start his 2014 season at the Santos Tour Down Under, and hopes to begin in a similar way to last year. The 27-year-old Welshman took an impressive solo victory on the second stage of the 2013 edition of the A... → Read More

Team Novo Nordisk setting higher targets in 2014

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Diabetic squad to get 2014 season underway with Tour de San Luis participation

Some of Team Novo Nordisk’s top riders have made the trip to Argentina to participate in their first race of the 2014 season, the Tour de San Luis. The American team is comprised completely of riders with Type 1 diabetes, and has the goal of showing ... → Read More

Berhane and Martinez to lead Europcar’s hopes in the Tour de Langkawi

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Europcar team names lineup for Malaysian event

Team Europcar has become the sixth WorldTour team confirmed for this year’s Tour de Langkawi, with the organisers announcing that the French squad will be amongst the peloton lining out on February 27th. The team clocked up two stage wins last ye... → Read More

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