First Ride: BMC’s updated Roadmachine

Endurance bikes are dead, replaced by comfortable all-around bikes. BMC’s RoadMachine proves it.

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Geraint Thomas optimistic of defending Tour de France title, despite nasty crash, as he tweets ‘Luckily I’m all OK’

Geraint Thomas escapes serious injury in Tour de Suisse crash

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) escaped serious injury in a crash during stage 4 at the Tour de Suisse Tuesday. Thomas was forced to abandon the race and was taken for m,edical check to a nearby hospital, where doctors confirmed he suffered abrasions on his shoulder and a cut above his right eye, but there were no other injuries.

“Geraint took a heavy fall,” Team Ineos doctor Derick Macleod said in a team press release. “The main area of impact was to his head. He passed his initial concussion roadside test, but with the nature and severity of the impact, it was felt unsafe for him to continue in the race. He was taken to hospital and thankfully all the X-rays and scans have come back clear. He’s now back in the team hotel and in good spirits.

“He’s been given the all clear, which is great, but we will continue to monitor him over the next few days,” Macleod said. “Knowing Geraint, it won’t take him long to get back on his bike, but we’ll need to ensure he’s symptom free in the next few days before he does so. We’re optimistic he’ll make a full recovery over the coming days, though, and all being well he’ll be back on his bike very soon.”

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Thomas crashed with 30km to go on stage 4’s 163.9km route from Murten to Arlesheim. The crash occurred immediately after the intermediate sprint. Live TV footage showed Thomas sit up and move both of his shoulders as he talked to the medical staff by the roadside. He had visible cuts to his back and right side, as well as a cut just above his right eye.

“There was a lip in the road that came out of nowhere,” Thomas said in a statement released by the team. “An Astana rider hit the lip and crashed, and I had nowhere to go. I landed on my shoulder and my face, and there was quite a bit of blood. You’ve always got to be cautious with a head injury, and whilst I was keen to carry on, the doctors made the right decision to pull me out of the race.”

Thomas was in eighth place overall before the crash and was using the race as preparation for the upcoming Tour de France, where he will start as the defending champion. Team Ineos were initially headed to the Tour de France with co-leaders in Thomas and Chris Froome. Froome was forced to abandon the Criterium du Dauphine after a horrific crash that left him recovering from a fractures to his right femur, elbow, ribs, sternum and C7 neck vertebra. Froome will not be racing the Tour de France.

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Froome closer to 2011 Vuelta win as Cobo receives official sanction

Chris Froome remains in a French hospital bed, but he is one step closer to being named the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España. The UCI confirmed Tuesday the official sanction of Juan José Cobo in a biological passport violation that was revealed last week. The ruling, posted Tuesday on the UCI’s website as […]

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Thomas OK after Tour de Suisse crash

Geraint Thomas escaped Tuesday’s crash with cuts and bruises, and he is not expected to miss the Tour de France

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Trek and Voxwomen partner to provide post-race broadcast of 2019 Giro Rosa

Trek and Voxwomen announced Monday that they have partnered to provide a one-hour post-race highlights and commentary reel for each stage of the 2019 Giro Rosa, starting July 5 and concluding on July 14. The event is largely recognised as the only women’s Grand Tour because it is 10 days and covers some of the most mountainous terrain in Italy, but organisers have faced criticism over a lack of limited live coverage that makes it difficult for fans of the sport to follow the race.

“The time is now for more women’s cycling,” Trek Director of Sports Marketing Tim Vanderjeugd said in a press release. “The world is witnessing some of the best bike racing ever in the women’s peloton, and we feel a responsibility to provide more opportunities to watch it happen. Exposure is huge for cultivating the sport, and that combined with first-class athlete support is a true recipe for growth in women’s professional cycling.”

Trek and Voxwomen episodes will air online shortly after the conclusion of the day’s Tour de France stage and will include English commentary, stage previews with Trek-Segafredo director sportifs Ina Teutenberg and Girogia Bronzini, highlights from the full Giro Rosa stage, and post-race content, according to the press release.

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The broadcast will be produced and managed by Voxwomen and easily accessible globally (except in Italy) on Trek’s racing page and Voxwomen’s website, according to the press release.

The news comes after the organisers of the 10-day race announced on its website that it could not offer full live streaming but that the broadcasters RAISport would provide window highlights on TV during live coverage of the Tour de France.

“Unfortunately, Giro Rosa Iccrea does not yet have the space and media coverage of its male equivalent (so far),” organisers wrote on the event website last week. “The Giro Rosa Iccrea will be broadcast by RaiSport and will have live windows during the live broadcast of the Tour de France (July 6-28) on RaiSport and Rai2. You can also follow the updates that will be published during the race on the Giro’s social networks: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.”

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Van Garderen eases into the groove at Dauphine

Tejay van Garderen rolled back the years last week to take his best result at the Criterium du Dauphine in four years with second place behind winner Jakob Fuglsang. The result was also van Garderen’s most consistent performance since changing teams at the start of the year and with the Tour de France around the corner, the American is set to play a key role in his team’s July plans.

Van Garderen’s runner-up spot in France was built around his second place in the individual time trial on stage 4 and then three dogged performances in the final three mountain stages.

“Whenever there’s a time trial I’ve shown that I can be up there. I don’t think that it was a surprise with my ride. I was fourth in the Paris-Nice time trial earlier in the year and I think I’m certainly pleased with it. I was happy with my result,” the American told Cyclingnews.

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Since moving from BMC Racing to EF Education First, the 30-year-old has settled into a more relaxed environment. Gone are the days Tour de France GC pressure and expectations, with the team setting van Garderen realistic goals at each of the races he attends. The Dauphine results represented his best WorldTour GC position in more than 12 months, but van Garderen isn’t getting carried away.

“I’m not really looking at a trajectory,” he said. “I’m just looking to arrive at every race I come to as prepared as possible. I want to do what I can and I want to perform for the team in whatever they need me to do. I’m in year 10 now of my career, so there’s not much I haven’t seen. I just let the races come.”

EF Education First are set to build their Tour de France ambitions around Rigoberto Uran, who was second in the race two years ago. That said, they will arrive in Brussels in July with a number of goals. The team lacks a pedigree sprinter, but a result in the team time trial, along with Michael Woods’ stage hunting prowess and Alberto Bettiol’s breakthrough season, will also factor into the squad’s strategy. Van Garderen will be charged with protecting Uran in the Tour’s mountains, but he may also have a chance to impress.

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Tour de Suisse 2019, stage four results and standings: Elia Viviani claims victory but Peter Sagan retains overall lead

Two cyclists positive for EPO at GFNY World Championships

Organisers of the Campagnolo GFNY World Championships NYC announced Tuesday that two riders tested positive for recombinant EPO during out-of-competition controls conducted in concurrence with the event on May 19. Felipe Mendez (Colombia) and Gabriel Raff (Argentina) have each been disqualified and have received lifetime bans from competing in GFNY events.

Mendez and Raff were among several randomly selected athletes out of a testing pool of 60, which contained riders with a legitimate chance to place in the top 10 overall or win an age group.

Organisers said that Mendez tried to hide his identity ahead of the doping controls by attempting to claim the identity of his twin brother, who was also registered for the race but did not compete. In addition, on race morning, he showed up at the race start with a “broken” wristband, according to the press release.

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Mendez finished 71st in 4:51:39, and Raff finished the race in 25th place in 4:31:10.

Organisers said that the positive tests were the the sixth and seventh in GFNY NYC’s nine-year history. It established doping controls in 2012 and spends roughly $15,000 per year on maintaining anti-doping controls.

“It’s simple: you can’t catch cheaters if you don’t perform doping controls,” says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “These results show that testing is necessary and that it works. Unfortunately, most large mass participation races still don’t test which sends a clear, yet terribly worrying sign: doping is allowed here.

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Racing the Giro d’Italia on an E-bike

What was it like to race an e bike along the Giro dItalia route? We spoke to one of the participants from the new Giro E event

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