Van Loy hospitalised after Vlaamse Druivencross crash

Ellen Van Loy was taken to hospital in Herentals, Belgium, on Sunday after crashing hard at the Vlaamse Druivencross. Her Telenet Fidea Lions team reported on Twitter that Van Loy suffered bruising to the ligaments in her knee and would spend the night in the hospital before undergoing more tests on Monday to determine the extent of her injuries. Related Articles Van Loy, who was coming off a win at GP Hasselt on December 1, went down on the muddy course in Overijse and had to abandon. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) went on to…

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Snow stops second day at North Carolina Grand Prix

The second day of the North Carolina Grand Prix has fallen victim to winter storm ‘Diego’, as organisers were forced to cancel the racing in the face of heavy snow that covered the course and crippled the area. Related Articles “Due to main roads not being cleared, the advisement of Emergency Management Services, completely unrideable course conditions, and concern for the safety (and fun) of everyone involved, we’ve decided that it is in everyone’s best interest and safety to cancel,” organisers of the UCI C2 races posted on Facebook early…

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Hecht will compete in Elite men’s race at US cyclo-cross nationals

Twenty-year-old Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycles-Groove Subaru) will compete in the Elite men’s race next weekend at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, forgoing the U23 race for a chance to win the nation’s top ‘cross prize. Related Articles Hecht, a Colorado native who races on the road with the Aevolo development team run by Michael Creed, told CXHairs.com that he has been considering the idea of racing with the Elites at nationals for most of the season. Hecht was fourth in the U23 nationals race last year…

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Thwaites considering early retirement | Cyclingnews.com

Scott Thwaites is considering calling time on his career as a professional cyclist, revealing that he is weighing up a job offer from outside the sport.  Related Articles The 28-year-old Briton has spent the past two seasons at WorldTour level with Dimension Data but his contract has not been renewed.  After catching the eye in the Spring Classics in 2017, his 2018 campaign was derailed by serious injury as he fractured several vertebrae in a training crash at the end of March. He returned to racing in July and competed…

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Koshevoy and Turrin the latest Wilier riders forced into early retirement

Ilia Koshevoy and Alex Turrin both announced their retirement from professional cycling this weekend, choosing to leave the sport after their contracts were not renewed by Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia. Related Articles The pair are the second and third Wilier riders to head into early retirement in recent weeks, after Marco Coledan announced he was hanging up his wheels at the end of October. Koshevoy ends his career at the age of 27, having turned pro at WorldTour level with Lampre-Merida in 2015. That season he won a stage…

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Rally Cycling joins NFL’s Melvin Gordon for charity bike build – Gallery

Rally Cycling‘s Brad Huff, Jesse Anthony, Megan Jastrab, Robin Carpenter and Ty Magner recently joined the NFL’s Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers for their third-annual “Holiday Bike Build” at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, where 100 kids from Gardena-based Falcons Youth and Family Services received brand-new bicycles and Bell helmets. Related Articles Gordon and the pro cyclists led the children, ages 5-12, in a series of health-and-fitness-inspired activities, including football drills and potato-sack races before leading the kids for a ride on their new bikes around the StubHub Center…

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Aigle and Lausanne pitch Prudhomme on Swiss Tour de France stage

Local officials from Swiss towns Aigle and Lausanne met with Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme earlier this week to hand deliver their application to host a stage of the Tour in 2021, 2022 or 2023. Related Articles The group presented Prudhomme with a detailed stage route, course profile and profiles of each the the potential climbs. The proposed route would start at the UCI headquarters in Aigle and finish along Lake Genevea in Lausanne, taking in the Vaud and Friborg Prealps as well as the vineyards of Lavaux, listed as…

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Cervelo-Bigla implement welfare measures after abuse allegations

After recent allegations of abuse, Cervelo-Bigla will implement measures that go beyond the UCI’s Code of Ethics, including an anonymous conflict resolution service from a qualified lawyer. Related Articles The team was struck by controversy just over two weeks ago when several former riders went public with complaints over the conduct of team manager Thomas Campana, who was said to have bullied, intimidated, and fat-shamed riders. Campana denies the allegations. The UCI recently made updates to its Code of Ethics, effective from 1 November 2018, including ‘anonymity of plaintiff’ to…

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Freire eyes Spanish national coach vacancy

Oscar Freire has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacancy as head coach of Spain’s elite men’s road cycling team following the resignation of Javier Minguez last month. Related Articles The 42-year-old won the World Championships for Spain on a record-equalling three occasions (1999, 2001, 2001) and is keen to use his experience to help the current crop of riders.  Minguez, head coach since 2013, left his role last month after a salary dispute, in the wake of Alejandro Valverde winning the world title. The role is said…

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Erik Zabel joins Katusha-Alpecin as performance director

Katusha-Alpecin revealed their new kit for the 2019 season, and introduced their new performance director Erik Zabel and director sportif Dirk Demol, at an official presentation in at the Canyon headquarters in Koblenz, Germany. Sprinter Marcel Kittel, who says he has found extra motivation ahead of a new season, modelled the new baby blue jersey along with the team’s traditional red shorts on stage. “When things go wrong, it forces you to look at how you do things and where you focus your energy,” said Kittel, who had a subpar…

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