By Jon Hornbeck
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The photo of the week shows the battle which was endured at the front of the race during Paris-Roubaix after Peter Sagan bridged up to the break only to have Silvan Dillier be the last man standing.
STAGES INCREASES SPONSORSHIP
- Team SKY
- Team Wanty-Group Gobert
- Bennelong-Swiss Wellness Cycling Team p/b Cervelo
- Katrin Garfoot
- Australian Cycling Academy
- Nuun-Sigma Sport-London Race Team
- Rad Pack
- Yeti Factory Racing
- Cannondale Factory Team
- Danny Hart
- Miranda Miller
3T INTRODUCES NEW EXPLORO
IN THE PELOTON WITH UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING
Unitedhealthcare is excited to announce that that will be back at the Amgen Tour of California again for the 2018 edition. Proud to have been at every edition of the race the team is excited to see what they can do this year.
They asked Serghei Tvetcov about the invitation and he said, “I’m excited for the invitation back to one of the best races of the year. I am looking forward for a good preparation next couple weeks through Gila and Redlands. After looking over the stages I feel like my preparation will be good for the time trial, and hopefully I’ll be good on the queen stage up Gibraltar.”
The men are still hammering away at races in Europe. A hard crash at Scheldeprisj this last week took its toll on Carlos Alzate and Travis McCabe, but both are recovering well.
On the track Shawn Morelli pulled out all the stops and blasted her way to a UCI Para-cycling World Championship title in the Individual Pursuit. Huge congratulations Shawn!
RIDE WITH REBECCA RUSCH
Rebecca Rusch has spent her career adventuring around the globe in search of personal discovery, challenge, and finding the best version of myself – often from the seat of a bike. Now it’s her turn to give back. To use what she has learned through decades of first-evers, world records, championships, and insanely ambitious expeditions that have pushed her to her limits and beyond.
She invite you to #jointherusch and challenge yourself with new adventures. Consider this your personal invitation to grow and learn from her throughout the year at clinics and camps, rides, and events. She promises it’ll be outrageously fun.
NEW BASSO DIAMANTE SV FACTORY
SELLE SAN MARCO TEAM SADDLE
Selle San Marco has partnered with some of the most important men and women’s teams on the international cycling scene. These include 4 UCI Professional formations: Italian Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, Irish Aqua Blue Sport, French Cofidis and Belgian team Wanty Groupe Gobert.
To give their customers a chance to ride on the same saddles as the pros, Selle San Marco has decided to customize some models from their collection with personalized graphics inspired by the colours of the team that uses them. So Selle San Marco customers will be able to buy the ASPIDE TEAM EDITION model, the MANTRA TEAM EDITION model and the SHORTFIT TEAM EDITION model. All come in Gold, Pink, Red and White versions.
VIDEO: CAMPAGNOLO 12 SPEED
Twelve-speed road bike drivetrains. Not exactly a well-kept secret, nor entirely unexpected in this day and age of constant innovation. The surprise really is that of all the major drivetrain makers, it was Campy who made the first leap. Bravo Campagnolo!
It was two years ago that I first found myself ensconced in some crazy resort hotel chock full of vacationing Brits, Dutchies, Belgies and Germans seeking the warm rays of sunshine and endless buffet islands that they couldn’t find at home when Campagnolo held their first new product launch in Gran Canaria (aka the Canary Islands). At that launch, it was all about breaking out their new, lower-cost Potenza group, but we also got to see the first-ever version of a pre-production hydro disc brake.
World champion Peter Sagan left his rivals in the dust on Sunday after a break from 55km out saw him clinch a jaw dropping victory in the 257km Paris-Roubaix classic.
The 28-year-old Slovak outsprinted Swiss champion Silvan Dillier, the last survivor from an earlier break, in the iconic outdoor velodrome in Roubaix after 5hrs 54mins 06sec in the saddle. Last week’s Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra was third at 57sec and 2017 champion Greg Van Avermaet fourth at 1:34.
Victory in the ‘Hell of the North’ was a second prestigious ‘Monument’ one-day classic success for Sagan, who won the Tour of Flanders in 2016 and has three consecutive world titles.
FABIAN CANCELLARA TALKS ROUBAIX
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