American rider John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) broke the dominance of Italian sprinters at this year's Le Tour de Langkawi crossing the line ahead of Francesco Chicchi (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) and Jakub Mareczko (Southeast - Venezuela) to win stage three of the Le Tour de Langkawi.

“The team was phenomenal today”, Murphy said. “The guys did an awesome job keeping me in pole position all day, keeping me hydrated in the heat, giving me Mars Bars. I was in a really good position in the last corner. I had a great lead out. It was a drag race, that’s what I like. It’s a wonderful finish for me and my team," he said. 

It's Murphy's second win this season after surprising in stage three of the Herald Sun Tour.

Donaben Goh (Terengganu), James Oram (One Pro Cycling) and  Joao Pereira (Funvic-Soul-Carrefour) led the race for 100km out of the 107km from Kulim to Kuala Sangsarclear until finally just Oram and Goh were caught by the bunch with only 2km to go. 

Andrea Guardini finished fifth but retains the yellow leader's jersey just two seconds clear of Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai) and six seconds of Murphy.  

 

Saturday 27 Feb 2016

At 5.30am (AEDT), Sunday  28 February 2016, Evelyn Stevens (USA) will attempt to break the Women's UCI Hour Record. Get the coffee ready. 

Visit UCI's site here to find out how to watch the live stream online. 

"Mark Cavendish must finish in the top three of the omnium at the next month's track world championships to be selected for the Rio Olympics, British cycling's technical director said on Friday.

Cavendish is one of the world's best ever road sprinters with 26 Tour de France stage victories, but has never won an Olympic medal.

In 2008 he finished ninth in the madison on the track at the Beijing Games and four years later he came 29th in the road race in London.

The 30-year-old hopes to secure a place in the multi-event omnium at the Rio Games in August.

Yet if he cannot prove he can compete for an Olympic medal at March's world championships in London, the rider will turn his attention to this year's Tour, British cycling's technical chief Shane Sutton said.

"If he can't make the top three, he would pursue his dreams of the Tour de France yellow jersey," Sutton told the BBC. 

"I believe he can do it, we wouldn't have selected him otherwise. That's not us being brutal, that's Cav being Cav, probably the greatest road sprinter of all time. He needs to know he can go to Rio and get the medal."

Sutton issued a similar warning to four-times Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins this week.

Wiggins, who has won three golds on the track as well as the Olympic time trial in 2012, is trying to earn a place in the four-man team pursuit team.

"It's an evidence-based selection he's involved in," Sutton said. 

"Brad has to go out and produce in London which will determine whether he makes the road to Rio or not.""

From Reuters

""Disc brakes has been a big topic within the UCI for women’s cycling for the last six months,” said Wiggle-High5 general manager and ex-pro Rochelle Gilmore.

“It’s a huge topic amongst the teams and the directors; my opinion is we don’t want to hold the sport back but to be honest I think women’s cycling’s not really ready for it for a number of reasons.”

The Australian continued by pointing out that some component suppliers, such as Campagnolo – which supplies the British team – are not yet ready to provide disc brakes.

What’s more, women’s cycling still has some constraints that the male pros don’t.

“In women’s cycling you only have one spares vehicle, you don’t have two like the men have,” Gilmore said.

“[…] disc brakes are harder to change and find the right wheel and I think it’s going to cause absolute chaos in races that are very eventful like the Tour of Flanders.  

“The fact that some riders will be on disc brakes, with neutral spares it’s really going to be a nightmare because the team cars can be held up for five to 10 minutes sometimes before you can get to your lead rider, and they’ve got to take a wheel from the neutral spares, and I think it’s going to be very hard for neutral spares to deal with the varieties of groupsets, brands and brakes,” she concluded."

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The 2016 Tour of Britain was launched yesterday with the eight-stage race featuring a Grand Depart in Glasgow and finale in the heart of London.

Other features include:
- Summit finish of Haytor on Dartmoor (Stage 6)
- ITT and circuit race split stage in Bristol (Stage 7a &b)
- spectator friendly loop cycled twice and a 10km climb of the Cat & Fiddle in Cheshire's Peak (Stage 3)
- iconic climbs of Whinlatter Pass and The Struggle prelude to uphill finish on Beast Banks (Stage 2)
- Galloway's Castle (Stage 1)

More information here.

 

"Bjarne Riis took the first steps toward a return to pro cycling on Thursday, revealing a project with business partner Lars Seier Christensen that will seek to gain a WorldTour license by 2017.

The project will generate revenue from alternative sources, including nutrition and training apps, a test center in Mallorca, a bike tourist villa in Tuscany, and stationary bikes combined with virtual simulation, similar to programs like Zwift, TrainerRoad, or BKool. The two have put in 3.9 million euros of their own cash to kickstart the project.

Riis described the multi-faceted model as more “sustainable” than the traditional total reliance on sponsorship dollars, but his new team will still need a major sponsor to get off the ground. Potential sources of that sponsorship were not discussed Thursday.

“We are not just a cycling team. We create a foundation that holds water,” Riis said. “We will build the bike up in a different way than you’ve seen before. The goal of the business is that it must be sustainable.”

“For the first time since I was seven, I’ve had the chance to take a break from the sport. And it has been hard when you have so much passion for the sport that I have,” he said at a press conference in Denmark. “It has been instructive to see the sport from the outside. It has given me the opportunity to see how the sport can be improved and made more professional.”"

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