French rider Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will take a multitude of cycling talents to Canyon-SRAM Racing in 2017.

She is the only rider in cycling history to simultaneously hold UCI World Championship titles in Road, Cyclo-cross, and Mountain Biking, a feat achieved in 2015.

“After five great years spent with the best riders in the world I’m glad to announce I’ll be riding for Canyon-SRAM Racing next year,” Ferrand-Prévot said.

“Thank you to Canyon and the team for giving me the opportunity to join a super talented and strong line-up, and believing in me for the coming years.”

Ferrand-Prévot struggled to find form in 2016 after suffering with a knee injury and sciatica, and was despondent about again competing at the highest level.

Cycling now a nightmare for former world champion
Former world champion Pauline-Ferrand Prevot says "the bike was what I loved to do the most, but it has become my biggest nightmare," and is uncertain of her return to the sport.

“I end my season on abandonment,” she said earlier this year. “I do not know when I will go back on a bike. The bike was what I loved to do the most, but it became my biggest nightmare.

“Being World Champion in three disciplines in one year may have been the worst thing that ever happened to me. Even injured, I was working harder every day without giving up. I abandoned race after race, thinking my bad luck would eventually stop.”

Despite those earlier issues, Canyon-SRAM manager Ronny Lauke said he believes the addition of the 24-year-old will boost their ambitions to be the best in the world.

"We are happy to welcome such a young but already proven athlete to our modern program. Pauline obviously has a lot of potential, and we believe with our international roster and our approach to the sport, that she can develop further.

“With her abilities to race in all areas Pauline has created a unique career already and it will bolster our already high quality in the team, especially in the mountains."

Monday 3 Oct 2016

While BMC are the firm favourite to repeat as UCI Road World Champions in the teams time trial, Etixx-QuickStep is considered a major rival.

The team won in 2012 (Valkenburg) and 2013 (Florence) but the past two editions have been dominated by BMC.

In an effort to dislodge BMC from the podium top step they took to the Ursel airfield, in Belgium for some fine tuning ahead of the 9 to 16 October event to be held in Doha, Qatar.

Preparing for the 40km race were Bob Jungels, Yves Lampaert, Tony Martin, Davide Martinelli, Niki Terpstra, Julien Vermote and Lukasz Wisniowski.

SBS will broadcast the men's and women's UCI Road World Championships road races LIVE.

Training was divided into two parts, one focused on sitting in the slipstream and rolling turns, and another simulated the race start and negotiating roundabouts, which may be a factor during the race.

"It was a good exercise because the guys talked a lot about it and tried to find the best solutions every time,” sport director Tom Steels said.

“I feel the team have improved a lot following this tests, as it was really important to focus before the Worlds on the small details which can make the difference at the end of the day.

“We will announce our line-up for Doha next week, but I can already tell you that it's not going to be an easy decision, because all the guys are motivated.”

 

Professional body builder, Actor and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, loves a bike ride and can often be seen taking two-wheeled transport in any city he visits.

But in Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest with his son Joseph, he was pulled over by the police for riding at speed through the city's main train station.

The Terminator apologised to star-struck police for the crime and was fined one selfie.

 

 

 

 

Colin Lynch yesterday became the first ever officially sanctioned UCI Hour Record for Para-cycling, since its Regulations were extended to the discipline in 2016.

The mark of 43.133km was achieved today at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, Great Britain.

The Irishman bettered by 1.8km the world best performance set by France’s Laurent Thirionet in 1999, in the C2 category.

Lynch, a 45-year-old endurance specialist, claimed the record after a year that included a silver medal in the road time trial at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Since making his international debut in Para-cycling in 2010, Lynch has become an accomplished athlete with two world titles - in the road time trial in Roskilde (DEN) in 2011 and the 3km individual pursuit in Los Angeles (USA) in 2012.

“That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was near-perfect for the first 40 minutes but the last 20 minutes is where it really starts to hurt," he said.

"With about five minutes to go I knew I was going to beat the record and was hanging on to make sure I set a strong new mark.

“It’s been an amazing year for me and this was the perfect way to cap it off. I hope the record will stand for a while now, but also hope this will start other para-cycling riders in all categories to test the record books.

"I want to thank the UCI and my federation for backing me in this attempt. I am now looking forward to some time off, and then coming back next year to try and win the World Championships Time Trial one more time.”

Movistar was confirmed as the best team of the UCI WorldTour after Alejandro Valverde's 6th place at the Giro do Lombardia.

Team consistency has always had a pride of place at Movistar, and its always targetted that classification in races from the beginning of the season to the end.

The Spanish squad managed by Eusebio Unzué finished on top of the UCI team rankings for the sixth time in its four-decade history after completing in Lombardia, the last event of the UCI WorldTour.

Movistar finished with a 110 point advantage (1471 to 1361) over Tinkoff to confirm a fourth consecutive title, and fifth in just twelve years under the current system (2008, 2013-16).

They achieved the feat with an overall victory at the Vuelta a España (with Nairo Quintana), podiums in the Giro d’Italia, Tour de Suisse and additional victories in Flèche Wallonne (Valverde), Volta a Catalunya (Quintana) and Tour de Romandie (Quintana).

"I'll end up believing we're the best team in the world after all! Winning the WorldTour team ranking for the fourth year straight is a good tribute to the constance by this whole team for the entire season, in both good and bad moments<“ said team boss Unzué.

“And it's increasingly difficult to win this, as we always have to beat tremendous groups, Tinkoff or Sky this year, that always excel, in every single race.

“Already in Australia we were taking points with Rubén (Fernández), and thanks to Nairo Quintana's consistence, Alejandro Valverde's talent or a splendid season by Ion Izagirre, as well as brilliant performances by Andrey Amador and so many others, we could win this classification once again.

“It's always another goal for us, and fulfiling it is a huge satisfaction. It's a reward to a way of doing things and tackling every race with focus and intensity. You will hardly be able to find a race where a Movistar Team hasn't been contesting the top places.

“Of course, I want to thank all of our staff, who hold a big share of this victory, as well as all of our partners, crucial for our team to do their job in the best possible conditions.”