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28 Apr 2015 - 10:33 AM  UPDATED 28 Apr 2015 - 11:14 AM
Tuesday 28 Apr 2015

The Apple Watch is the latest piece of technology to take the world by storm.

Bicycling's Bill Strickland got the chance to test the Apple Watch and explore its application for cyclists.

With the watch strapped to his wrist for four-days, Strickland put it through its paces on the bike.

"One of the four things that for me sets the Watch apart from other wrist-based fitness trackers or performance monitors — and that also makes it preferable to just using your iPhone to run Strava or answer a call, text, or email mid-ride — is the factor that takes longest to appreciate and utilize: Its potential to integrate disparate parts of your life in a more seamless use of technology and communication." Read more here.

"Will it make the riding experience, and our overall lives as cyclists, better? Almost certainly. Transformative? Maybe—a lot of that depends on the creation of third-party apps still not to market or perhaps even imagined yet. (Think of how Strava made GPS bike computers about so much more than capturing ride data or viewing maps.) Should you buy one? You likely were already leaning toward your answer, and just needed some more information or some confirmation to make the choice. While you decide, I’m going to stand up and walk around a little — my watch just reminded me I should if I want to stay healthy and strong."

If you think you haven't heard much about Marcel Kittel lately, you'd be right.The German sprinter has been sidelined by a virus since early March where he withdrew from Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Giant-Alpecin rider will make his return to racing at the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday where he will ease back into racing. It is then expected that he will compete in the Tour of California.

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will also see Bradley Wiggins race against his former Sky team for the first time. Wiggins retired from the WorldTour after Paris-Roubaix, shifting his focus to the UCI Hour Record and the Rio OIympics. He will race with the British continental team WIGGINS on the road.

 

Australia's Rory Sutherland is one of only two Anglo-Saxon riders on the Spanish Movistar team.

The 33 year old spoke to Rupert Guinness about joining a Spanish team, recovering from a broken collarbone and riding with the Movistar stars.

Sutherland believes key to Movistar's sense of "family" is their balance between knowing how to lighten the mood out of the race and to switch on in a race. He recalled how at that team dinner last November: "The two guys who were laughing the most and throwing parts of bread rolls" were Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana. Although, he adds that Italian Giovanni Visconti is also among the team's "biggest pranksters."

 

Two downhill legends - Australia's Sam Hill and France's Fabien Barel - mine for gold on the trails in Alexandra, an old gold-mining town in the South Island of New Zealand.

Australia's Macey Stewart - who was involved in a hit-and-run in Tasmania last year - has had another nasty accident while riding in Europe.

@maceystewart: Sometimes cycling isn't fun.. but hey I'M ALIVE so that's pretty damn cool!!!!! Yayyy! and don't stress, I'll totally rock the face scabs. ps. pain killers talking maybe...pps. I'm all good just had a solid hit to the head. I wasn't really normal before though anyway??

Now this is a real fan...