Pogačar enters final phase of Tour de France preparation at Isola 2000 after strong Giro finish
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by Mathew Mitchell
3h ago
Tadej Pogačar is putting the finishing touches to his Tour de France preparation at altitude at Isola 2000. Joined by most of the UAE Team Emirates squad, Pogačar has been training since June 4 and will stay until Monday. This camp is part of the plan outlined by his team at the start of the season. The Slovenian spent a week at home in Monaco after winning the Giro d’Italia before heading to Isola 2000. Despite the demanding Giro, Pogačar has remained fresh. “What I can say is that he didn’t come out of the Giro tired of legs or tired of mind,” UAE Team Emirates sports manager Matxin Joxean F ..read more
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Riejanne Markus retains Dutch time trial title
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by Mathew Mitchell
3h ago
Riejanne Markus successfully defended her elite women’s time trial title at the Netherlands Road Championships on Wednesday, triumphing in the 36.8km event held in Steenbergen. Markus completed the course in a time of 47:17, securing her victory by 29 seconds over her Visma-Lease a Bike teammate Lieke Nooijen. Tour de France winner Demi Vollering finished third, 1:12 behind Markus. “Beforehand, I could only dream of this scenario,” Markus stated. “I knew I had a good chance, but at the same time I was aware that it was going to be very difficult. It feels a little unreal that I get to grab thi ..read more
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Tarling and Henderson triumph on opening day of Lloyds Bank National Road Championships
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by Mathew Mitchell
3h ago
Josh Tarling of INEOS Grenadiers has once again demonstrated his young talent, securing his second consecutive national time-trial title at the 2024 Lloyds Bank National Road Championships in North Yorkshire. The young Welshman completed the 30km course in an impressive 39:21.50, finishing more than a minute ahead of Max Walker and Ethan Vernon, who finished with times of 40:35.37 and 40:45.70 respectively. Tarling set the pace from the outset, covering the first lap in 19:21.42, nearly a minute ahead of Sam Watson. Despite the challenging climbs, Tarling maintained his lead to cross the finis ..read more
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Visma-Lease a Bike downplaying Jonas Vingegaard’s 2024 Tour de France GC chances
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by Mathew Mitchell
3h ago
Visma-Lease a Bike sports director Merijn Zeeman has adjusted the criteria for Jonas Vingegaard’s potential participation in the 2024 Tour de France. The Danish star’s appearance now depends on being “competitive”, rather than “fighting for yellow.” Vingegaard experienced a severe crash in the Itzulia-Basque Country in April, resulting in a race against time to recover. This latest update in the ongoing saga was revealed by Zeeman during an interview with the Cycloo Wielercafe podcast. If confirmed, it would mark a shift from earlier statements by the Dutch squad, who had previously declared t ..read more
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Roxane Fournier announces retirement ahead of French national championships
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by Mathew Mitchell
7h ago
Roxane Fournier, a stalwart of professional women’s cycling for nearly 25 years, has declared that this year will mark the end of her career. Suffering once again from arterial endofibrosis, Fournier has decided to hang up her wheels this Saturday at the French National Road Championships. Reflecting on her journey, Fournier noted, “When I was little, I didn’t dream of being a professional cyclist; it didn’t exist. There were no prospects of making it a career, but I always held onto my deep passion for the sport. The evolution of women’s cycling in recent years has allowed me to live my passi ..read more
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Veronica Ewers steps back from cycling for rest of 2024 season to focus on health
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by Mathew Mitchell
7h ago
Veronica Ewers, the 29-year-old American cyclist, has announced that she will take the rest of the 2024 season off to prioritise her mental and physical health. This decision was made in consultation with her team, EF Education-Cannondale after she was diagnosed with Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). Ewers revealed that her struggles began last year, culminating in a stress fracture in her heel. “At the end of last year, it was very clear that I was suffering from RED-S,” she explained. Following the injury, her team conducted a DEXA scan and blood tests, which indicated poor bone d ..read more
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The Struggles of the British Bike Industry Post-Pandemic: Challenges and the Path to Recovery
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by Mathew Mitchell
20h ago
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped numerous industries, and the British bike sector is no exception. As the country went into lockdown, a significant shift in consumer behaviour emerged, with cycling becoming a preferred mode of exercise and transport. This article delves into how the British bike industry has navigated the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. A Surge in Demand During the height of the pandemic, cycling saw an unprecedented boom. With public transport perceived as risky and gyms closed, many turned to bicycles for exercise and commuting. According to a repor ..read more
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Fien Delbaere announces retirement after difficult seasons
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by Mathew Mitchell
1d ago
Fien Delbaere of Komugi-Grand Est has decided to retire from professional cycling, citing recent mental and physical challenges. The Belgian cyclist has been recovering from a broken ankle sustained at this year’s Ronde de Mouscron, in addition to a severe crash last season at Brugge De Panne. Delbaere, in an announcement on Instagram, reflected on her career and the difficulties she’s faced. “Today I’m announcing my retirement from professional cycling. This decision comes after much reflection on the mental and physical challenges I’ve faced the last 2 years,” she shared. The 25-year-old exp ..read more
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Yuliia Biriukova and Laura Lizette Sander win their National TT championships
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by Mathew Mitchell
1d ago
Yuliia Biriukova and Laura Lizette Sander showcased their talent against the clock in today’s national time trial championships, each claiming victory in their respective countries of Ukraine and Estonia. In Ukraine, Yuliia Biriukova triumphed on home soil in Lviv, securing her first senior national champion jersey. She completed the 29.3km course with a steady pace, riding the Factor HANZŌ and sporting the Smith Jetstream helmet. Reflecting on her performance, Biriukova said, “I am so happy to win my first title. In the time trial, there was the selection for Paris 2024, so I am very glad I m ..read more
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Floortje Mackaij forced to withdraw from Dutch Time Trial Championships after crash
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by Mathew Mitchell
1d ago
Floortje Mackaij has confirmed that she will not be competing in the Dutch Time Trial Championships on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Movistar rider had a mishap during her reconnaissance of the course in Brabant’s Steenbergen, leading to her withdrawal. Mackaij had been in Italy preparing for the Dutch championships over the past fortnight. “I had two weeks of excellent training there. Yesterday, I decided to recon the course for the NK time trial, but during the reconnaissance, my derailleur suddenly jammed on a straight road,” she revealed via Instagram. The rider from Woerden took a hard fall ..read more
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