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Voeckler speaks about fractured collarbone which rules him out of his first Santos Tour Down Under

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Frenchman had supporting plate taken out of shoulder earlier this month

Having recently had a plate and screws removed from his right collarbone, Thomas Voeckler has fractured the same area again and is out of what would have been his first Santos Tour Down Under. The 34 year old former Tour de France yellow jersey a... → Read More

Kreuziger, Roche lay out season targets; both determined to impress in 2014

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Irishman recovering from knee problem; Czech rider planning extended stay in Gran Canaria

They’ll be racing in support of Tinkoff Saxo team leader Alberto Contador in the Tour de France, but Roman Kreuziger and Nicolas Roche have made clear that they too will harbour personal ambitions during the 2014 season. Kreuziger rode backup for... → Read More

Jérôme Baugnies takes biggest pro victory to date in Amissa Bongo stage two

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Luis León Sánchez moves into the lead with second-place time bonus

Jérôme Baugnies took the first ever victory for new team Wanty-Groupe Gobert, and the biggest of his own career so far, as he took the second stage of the Tropical Amissa Bongo, between Awoua and Oyem, in the west African republic of Gabon. The 26-ye... → Read More

UniSA-Australia team to be led by Caleb Ewan in the Santos Tour Down Under

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
WorldTour event still able to invite national team despite promotion of Drapac

The Santos Tour Down Under has announced the seven-man line up that will represent the UniSA-Australia team - the Australian national team - at the race, which starts with the People’s Choice Classic criterium on Sunday, January 19th. Despite the ris... → Read More

Team Sky switches to Stages power meters for 2014 season

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Products weight and reliability highlighted as important factors in decision

After using SRM in the past, Team Sky has decided to change to the crankarm-mounted Stages power meter for 2014. Smaller and more discrete than some of the other systems on the market, the team highlighted the light weight plus other factors as b... → Read More

Contador upbeat about season prospects: ‘The head and body are working well’

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Spaniard outlines season programme, Riis says team’s top rider is stronger than last season

Heading into a season which will be crucial for his chances of winning the Tour de France again, Alberto Contador has expressed optimism about both his condition and his prospects. It is now three and a half years since he took overall victory in ... → Read More

Songezo Jim still chasing victory after aggressive second stage of Amissa Bongo

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
South African honoured to be presented jersey by Bernard Hinault

Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka) was awarded the most combative rider’s jersey at the end of today’s second stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, between Awoua and Oyem, in the west African republic of Gabon, but is still aiming for a victory in what is one ... → Read More

Tinkoff Saxo launches 2014 team in Gran Canaria, unveils new look

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Contador said to be well ahead of 2013 pre-season form

Unveiling a bright kit which contrasts with a recent spate of darker team colours – and making a symbolic early claim to yellow – the Tinkoff Saxo team today revealed the jersey and shorts it will use this year. The team of Alberto Contador, Roma... → Read More

Luis León Sánchez answers his critics with Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage one victory

by Ben Atkins - Monday, January 13, 2014
Rejected Spanish rider takes the first professional race of 2014 for new team

Having been rejected by the Belkin team with a year remaining on his contract, Luis León Sánchez answered his critics with victory in the opening stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo race, in the West African republics of Gabon and Cameroon, for new t... → Read More

USA Cycling announces teams for Cyclocross World Championships

by Ben Atkins - Monday, January 13, 2014
Katie Compton and Jeremy Powers lead elite teams to Hoogerheide

USA Cycling has announced the teams that it will be sending to the Cyclocross World Championships, in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, on February 1st and 2nd, with the elite teams led by new national champions Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) and... → Read More

André Greipel ready for his usual winning start in Santos Tour Down Under

by Ben Atkins - Monday, January 13, 2014
Seventh straight start for German champion in a race that’s “very important” to Lotto-Belisol

André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) is ready to start his seventh straight Santos Tour Down Under on Sunday, January 19th, in search of his 15th stage victory. The German champion and the rest of his teammates have already been in Australia for almost a we... → Read More

Giant takes over as title sponsor of former Argos Shimano team, new kit unveiled

by VeloNation Press - Monday, January 13, 2014
Kittel, Degenkolb, Barguil, Wild, Häusler and Garner part of men’s and women’s teams in 2014

Left stranded when the planned new sponsor of the Argos Shimano team ultimately did not take up on that commitment, the Giant bicycle company officially confirmed today that it had signed a multi-year deal to back the team of quadruple Tour de France... → Read More

New signings Chavanel, Frank, Reynes and Pineau don IAM Cycling’s team colours at 2014 launch

by VeloNation Press - Monday, January 13, 2014
Classic success plus Tour de France participation important goals for Swiss squad

Targeting participation in the Tour de France plus one other Grand Tour, and also Classic and stage win successes in 2014, the IAM Cycling team unveiled its new look jersey and this year’s squad in Geneva today. The Swiss team has made some impor... → Read More

Christina Watches says negotiations with Horner have fallen through

by VeloNation Press - Monday, January 13, 2014
Rider’s desire to defend title said to be crucial to need to look for different team

After yesterday being rebuked by Chris Horner’s representative Baden Cooke for what he said was a ‘cheap tactic’ in announcing a deal was close to being done with the rider, the Christina Watches team has conceded that the American will not be racing... → Read More

Horner linked to possible move to Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, Vivelo said to be prepared to pay salary

by VeloNation Press - Monday, January 13, 2014
If deal materialises, rider would likely be able to defend Vuelta a España title

After a claim by Christina Watches yesterday that Chris Horner was close to an agreement was dismissed by the rider’s representative Baden Cooke, the American rider has been linked to a possible move to another team. Spanish Pro Continental squad... → Read More

Powers takes control early and wins American cyclocross championship

by Kyle Moore - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Compton makes her tenth title running look easy

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) broke his mold a bit on his way to a second American cyclocross national championship, as he pushed the pace early and eventually wore down Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld), who took second. Tim Johnson (Cannond... → Read More

Cooke blasts ‘cheap tactics’ of Christina Watches team in claiming agreement with Horner is close

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Australian says several possibilities are being explored at present

Responding to media reports stating that Chris Horner is moving ever-closer to signing a deal with the Christina Watches team for this season, the rider’s representative Baden Cooke has described that team as availing of some ‘cheap tactics.’ “We ... → Read More

Sven Nys dominates Belgian Cyclocross Championships to take ninth driekleur jersey

by Ben Atkins - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Sanne Cant takes fifth straight title in attritional women’s race

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) won his ninth Belgian national cyclocross title on the tough, attritional course at the Waregem Hippodroom, and now trails Roland Liboton by just one championship in the all-time winner’s list. The World champion broke away... → Read More

Evans on Australian championships: “It has gone better than I expected, that is for sure”

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, January 12, 2014
BMC Racing Team rider pleased with early season form, buildup to Giro appears on track

Lining out in what was his earliest start to the season since 2005, Cadel Evans went frustrating close to starting things off with a win. The BMC Racing Team rider showed he is already in excellent form when he finished second to Simon Gerrans (Orica... → Read More

Gerrans outsprints Evans, Porte and Meyer to take second Australian road race championship title

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Orica GreenEdge rider’s success follows on from his 2012 win plus that of team-mate Durbridge last year

Grabbing the green and gold jersey despite suffering a broken hip in August, Simon Gerrans delivered on his promise to be in strong early-season form when he won his second Australian road race title in three years. The Orica GreenEdge competitor... → Read More

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