Aug 28, 2015

Friday File: Rolland, Martin & Stetina on the move, Wide open Vuelta, #Nibali & Colnago Steel Master

Say hello Cannondale
Garmin and to more polka dots.






Transfer season is on and three good moves for 2016...


1. Pierre Rolland

Europcar is on it's final road with many riders looking for a 2016 ride. Pierre Rolland rides up to World Tour Cannondale-Garmin to replace outgoing Ryder Hesjedal. With a new team behind him, Rolland can perform well in the mountains classification.

"He is a rider who I believe can one day win the polka dot jersey and is an exciting addition to our 2016 line-up."
- Jonathan Vaughters.



2. Peter Stetina

Peter Stetina will leave BMC to Trek Factory and re-unite with Ryder Hesjedal...

Stetina and Hesjedal at the 2013 LBL

"Trek Factory was the right move for the next step in my career and comeback. I'm ready for Stetina 2.0, the next logical step post-injury. I would support Bauke and Ryder in their races and then also target the American races as a personal goal."
- Peter Stetina



3. Dan Martin





Here's the last 3 km of stage 7's mountain top finish...


Chris Froome loses time on the favorites and shows cracks today. Esteban Chaves stays in red and is looking to be a valid GC contender. Despite early days, this is a wide open Vuelta.
















#Nibali







Legend:
Colnago, thankfully, makes the Master in Italy, here's how it's made...











Cycling Cool...







Aug 27, 2015

What a day today... Incredibly hot





35C on stage 6 and it was literally a pressure cooker. Tops for Orica Green EDGE as Chaves takes back the red with panache...







Aug 26, 2015

I'm thrilled about this change of air & Ewan Time

Weight of the nation part 2 goes to Trek Factory.







I was caught off guard this morning, watching stage 5 of the Vuelta, of the news of Ryder Hesjedal making a huge transfer splash to Trek Factory Racing! A rare one year contract for any rider this season, but for the weight of the nation will leave the team I always thought would be his last. I think the move will be good and a breath of fresh air may be the tonic for him to finally win an Ardennes Classic and ...another Giro.






First Grand Tour stage win for the neo-pro.




“This is by far the happiest day in my career, to beat some of the best sprinters in the world, especially guys like Sagan and Degenkolb on an uphill finish, it really means a lot to me. It’s an honour to race with those guys and to beat them is just unreal for me."

- Caleb Ewan






Aug 25, 2015

Enjoy the Doppio Cycling Cap now back in the race

Doppio cycling cap
photo Red Dots Cycling







Red Dots Cycling has just re-stocked the popular Doppio Cycling Cap, now available to enjoy! 

To the subject of glorious coffee, GCN asks some riders at the Vuelta...








Generally, as a lead up to my ride, I'll have two in the morning and one just before. 




Last Sunday, Patrick and I enjoyed our espresso ride with a cafe stop in Pt. Moody...

photo Cycling Art








Stage 4's exciting uphill finish:






Aug 24, 2015

Sagan: All those seconds are almost impossible.


A very good day in Malaga.






The run into Malaga was plenty fierce as Peter Sagan nailed it. A show of strength and a first Grand Tour stage in 788 days.

"It's funny also. All those seconds are almost impossible. You have to be one time first or third, no? I come here mostly for preparation, to do some race kilometers, then I'll see how it's going. I'm looking to the world championships."

- Peter Sagan.










Cycling Cool birthday wishes go to Monsieur Paris-Roubaix...


Roger De Vlaeminck turns 68!






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