Category: Video

Video: Col Collective climbs TDF stage 11’s Col du Pré

The central feature of stage 11 of the 2018 Tour de France from Albertville to La Rosière, the Cormet de Roselend has been the scene of much drama over the years, none more so than in 1996 when treacherous conditions saw race leader Stéphane Heulot abandon in tears just 2 kilometers from the summit. Belgian Johan Bruyneel overshot a tight left-hand bend on the descent (disappearing into a ravine to the gasps of all watching). And the whole world witnessed the seemingly unstoppable Miguel Indurain crack on the final climb to Les Arcs, bringing Big Mig’s dominant reign in the Tour to a dramatic end. However it’s surprising that it has taken until this year for the race to visit the Col du Pré. Naturally if there’s a chance to bag an extra col or two then we’re never going to let that opportunity pass us by.

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Video: CX Nats rewind with Crosshairs TV

Take a look back at the elite men’s and women’s races from 2018 USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships with Crosshairs TV.

Elite women’s race

Elite men’s race

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Livestream: 2018 USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships

January 14, 2018 | Reno, Nevada

9 a.m.: Junior men 17-18 | 10 a.m.: U23 women | 11:30 a.m.: U23 men
1:15 p.m.: Elite women | 3 p.m.: Elite men
*All times PST

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Video: Col Collective climbs Col de Pailhères

Time to explore one of the most underrated climbs in the Pyrénées. Located in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-west France, the Col de Pailhères joins the village of Mijanès in the east to the spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes in the west. Despite being just one of two road passes to top 2,000m in the French Pyrenées (the other being the legendary Col du Tourmalet at 2,115m) the Pailhères was a relative latecomer to the world of professional cycling, appearing for the first time in the Tour de France in 2003. A popular climb for cyclo-tourists crossing the mountains from coast to coast the Pailhères has a certain serenity that only increases the higher you go and, although it may only be 10.4km from Mijanès, with switchback upon switchback and views that’ll leave you in complete awe it’s a far grander climb than it may otherwise have you believe.

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VN Show: Why we’re watching Sagan, Froome, and Boels Dolmans in 2018

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The 2018 cycling season is about to kick off, and there are plenty of storylines to follow this season. On this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show, we hit some of the biggest plots to follow throughout the season.

The classics campaign looks to be another showdown between Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet. Will Daniel Oss’s move from BMC to Bora upend the rivalry?

The Giro d’Italia will see Tom Dumoulin try to become the first man in 25 years to defend his title. The Dutchman faces a host of talented challengers, including Chris Froome.

In women’s cycling, Dutch team Boels Dolmans looks to dominate the UCI Women’s WorldTour for the third year in a row. We’re secretly hoping that challengers like Coryn Rivera, Annemiek van Vleuten, and Kasia Niewiadoma steal some victories.

Finally, there’s the Tour de France. Will the most vital moment of this year’s Tour happen on the climbs, the cobblestones, or in a UCI accredited laboratory?

All that and more on this week’s VeloNews Show.

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Video: Col Collective climbs the Mortirolo

Joining the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia in northern Italy, the Passo del Mortirolo is the Giro d’Italia’s answer to a mischievous and often snow-covered Passo di Gavia. Following a particularly legendary crossing of the Gavia in 1988, race organizers set out to find a suitable lower altitude alternative to take its place. Two years later and the Mortirolo was unleashed on the world for the first time, initially from the village of Edolo in the east. Descending down to Mazzo di Valtellina on a ridiculously steep road barely wider than a goat track saw countless crashes which got race officials thinking once more. Maybe it would be better to race up this way instead!? And that, as they say, is history and the true legend of the Mortirolo was born.

At 1,852m elevation and just shy of 12 kilometers from the official start line, finding your way out of Mazzo and onto the right road up the Mortirolo is a game in itself, often sapping precious energy that you know you’ll need later before you even get going. With little, in the way of views its erratic gradient and multiple ramps up to 20 percent can feel overbearing, throw in a dense forest to add to the suffocation and it’s often as much a mental battle as it is a physical war at times. It was on these very slopes in 1994 that the first glimpses of a young Marco Pantani were revealed, dropping the likes of Indurain, Belli, Bugno, Berzin, Gotti, Tonkov, Chiappucci et al on his way to stage victory. Today on bend 11 a monument to the Italian climber acts as a reminder of triumph and tragedy to a lost talent and troubled soul of cycling. It’s only with three kilometers to go that the gradient dips to a more respectable 10 percent for any length of time, allowing you to savor the moment as the trees finally subside and the summit comes in to view. There are plenty of longer and higher climbs in Europe but when attacked with vengeance the Mortirolo sits alongside the likes of the Monte Zoncolan and Alto de l’Angliru in its rebellious nature and difficulty. It’s for this reason that it is, and always will be, a true legend.

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VN Show: Chris Froome’s Salbutamol case is cycling’s biggest story

Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes images from TDWSport.com, VeloNews.com, Vuelta a España, Flickr Creative Commons, YouTube/Vuelta a España, and Atomic Central. 

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This week’s news that Chris Froome recorded an adverse analytical finding for Salbutamol during a doping control at the Vuelta a España has exploded like a bomb on the cycling world. Reporters and pundits alike have been scrambling to understand Froome’s test, and why exactly he had twice the legal limit of the asthma drug in his urine.

On this week’s VeloNews Show we break down some of the storylines within this blockbuster revelation.

All that and more on this week’s VeloNews Show.

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Video: Col Collective rides the Colle del Nivolet

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Video: CXHairs TV goes to Japan for Rapha Supercross Nobeyama

Our friends at In the Crosshairs went to Japan for the Rapha Supercross Nobeyama UCI races. Here are highlight videos of the action.

Elite women, day one

Elite men, day one

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VN Show: Is Froome’s Giro participation a blast or a bummer?

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It turns out the rumors were true: Chris Froome plans to race the 2018 Giro d’Italia. On today’s episode of The VeloNews Show, we discuss Froome’s Giro bid, and what it means for the sport. Will Froome’s participation boost the Giro’s international reputation? Or will it squeeze the excitement out of cycling’s most unpredictable grand tour? We discuss.

Plus, which riders are most impacted by Froome’s Giro participation? Sure, Fabio Aru is probably bummed out, but who else may be nonplussed that the four-time Tour champ is taking his talents to Italy?

All that and more on this week’s The VeloNews Show.

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