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  1. Kristoff: Boasson Hagen and I will work as one unit at Worlds

    One of the most talked about incidents after last year's elite men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha was the lack of tactical collaboration between Norwegians Edvald Boasson Hagen and Alexander Kristoff.

    As Peter Sagan raised his hands in victory in the Qatari desert, the Norwegian contenders cut forlorn figures in sixth and seventh place, after failing to work together.

    This time around, with the Worlds taking place on home soil, Norway expects a better performance, if not a result. The Bergen course arguably suits Boasson Hagen more than Kristoff, with the punchy climbs set to wear down the peloton as they race close to 280 kilometres.

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    Kristoff, a winner in both Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders, is no stranger in triumphing in long-distance events but he comes into this year's race as many experts' second pick for leadership within the Norwegian camp.

    "For sure I know the plan, and for sure I think that it's a good plan. It's going to work fine," he told Cyclingnews earlier this week.

    "I don't think it's a good idea to share the tactic with the media, so no hints," the European road champion added with a hint of a smile.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  2. Aqua Blue Sport to compete on 3T Strada disc bike with 1x drivetrain in 2018

    Single-ring road bikes will be raced in the pro peloton for the first time in 2018. The Irish pro road team Aqua Blue Sport will compete on the 3T Strada, an aero disc-brake road bike notable for its absence of a front derailleur, 3T announced the news at Interbike.

    Aqua Blue Sport is UCI Professional Continental Team, not a top-level WorldTour team. Still, the team's planned use of a 1x road bike for competition will be a landmark in pro cycling.

    Some racers, such as former world time trial champion Tony Martin, have used 1x drivetrains in races against the clock, but 1x bikes for mass-start racing has thus far been limited to the frays of cyclo-cross and gravel.

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    The 3T is a unique road bike that combines a few trends: wider tires (it can handle up to 28mm), aero shaping, hydraulic disc brakes and a single chainring paired to a wide-range cassette.

    As for brakes, there is no rim-caliper Strada. It's a disc-only machine.

    "We at Aqua Blue Sport are very much attracted to innovation and people who are moving cycling forward. What Gerard Vroomen and 3T have designed is truly a step forward bicycle design. We are delighted to bring this bike to the professional ranks and ride it in the world's biggest events," said Aqua Blue Sport owner Rick Delaney.

    Disc brakes and single rings in the pro peloton

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  3. UCI to scrap trade team time trial at World Championships

    The newest event at the UCI Road World Championships, the trade team time trial for men and women, could be on the chopping block as soon as 2020, with new president David Lappartient reportedly saying he plans to eliminate the race because teams are not interested in continuing.

    "These events will take place in Innsbruck in 2018 and Yorkshire in 2019," Lappartient said, according to Direct Velo. "But by 2020, and at the request of the teams, the team time trial will be eliminated."

    The UCI added the event to the Worlds in 2012 in Valkenburg, the Netherlands, with 12 women's teams and 32 men's squads competing for the title. Specialized-Lululemon and Omega Pharma-QuickStep won the first titles.

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    The next year in Florence, there were 16 and 35 teams, respectively, with both teams repeating as world champions. But as the Worlds moved to venues distant from most teams' service courses, the expense of moving all the teams' gear to Qatar led to a revolt of the men's teams against UCI rules requiring their participation in 2016.

    The UCI fended off a complete boycott of the event by making participation voluntary.

    In Doha, just eight women's teams and 17 men's squads took part – with only eight WorldTour teams racing. There were similar numbers this year in Bergen when Team Sunweb won the both races, with 11 WorldTour teams amongst the 17 participating squads.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  4. Cookson: I expected to win but that's life, that's politics

    Brian Cookson was left shocked and disappointed when he heard he had lost the UCI presidential election to rival David Lappartient. He perhaps knew he faced an uphill battle after many delegates turned against him but he seemed stunned by the final vote of 37-8.

    It was a landslide victory for the Frenchman and suddenly brought the curtain down on Cookson's time as president.

    After an emotional but brief farewell speech, Cookson was given a standing ovation by the many federation representatives in the congress room. However, many were also quick to pose for photos with Lappartient, while far fewer made the effort to personally commiserate with Cookson.

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    "I'm a little emotional, of course, it means a lot to me," Cookson told Cyclingnews as he left the stage of the congress.

    "I've spent the last four years working really hard, I've travelled a lot, not just to put my face around and take selfies with some silly people who've criticised me on Twitter, but to actually try and learn and understand and help our national federations in what they're doing.

    "I expected to win. But that's life, that's politics. Life goes on. I'm proud of what I achieved over the last four years and I'm leaving with my head held high."

    ASO and the French connection

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  5. Lappartient: I expected over 30 votes

    David Lappartient has told Cyclingnews that he was confident of an overwhelming majority in the UCI presidential election. The Frenchman comprehensively beat Brian Cookson 37 votes to 8 to become the new president, but many had expected a much closer race.

    “Yesterday when we spoke I knew where I was and I wasn’t far away in the end. I wasn’t entirely sure on final numbers, but I expected more than 30. I’m very happy,” he told Cyclingnews.

    Cookson expected to win the election although he thought that it would come down to just a few votes. However, Lappartient made huge inroads in Europe, where he is understood to have taken almost all of the 15 delegate votes. The election was run via a secret ballot with 45 delegates nominated to vote.

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    Cookson and Lappartient ran campaigns with several similarities, but the Frenchman executed his path to office with far greater precision.

    One UCI Management Committee member told Cyclingnews that, “Lappartient was everywhere and communicated very well. Brian didn’t have a strong campaign.”

    When asked where he won the election, Lappartient told Cyclingnews that he offered something different to Cookson’s introverted and steady style of governance.

    No role for McQuaid

    ASO rejoices

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  6. Orica-Scott signs Jolien D'hoore

    Orica-Scott has announced the signing of sprinter Jolien D’hoore from Wiggle-High5 for the 2018 season. D’hoore has won more than any other rider this season and claimed victory at the final round of the Women’s WorldTour, the Madrid Challenge.

    The confirmation that D’hoore would be joining the squad comes hot on the heels of a two-year extension with new time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten. The team has also extended with Amanda Spratt.

    “The team has a good mix of experienced riders and youngsters. I know some of the riders, and they really impressed me this year,” D’hoore said in a press release. “I'm looking forward to working together with them and to winning as many races as we can.”

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    D’hoore has spent the last three seasons racing with the Wiggle-High5 team, following stints with Lotto Soudal and Topsport Vlaanderen. Her primary focus was the track at the Olympic Games last year, where she won bronze in the Omnium, but she has switched back to the road full-time this season.

    She took two wins in her native Belgium in the spring before claiming overall victory at the Tour of Chongming Island, the first stage race of the year on the Women's WorldTour calendar. Further wins have also come at the Women’s Tour and the Giro Rosa. D’hoore has enjoyed a flurry of success in the build-up to the World Championships with four wins in the space of a month, including the Madrid Challenge, although she has said that she does not consider herself a big favourite for the competition.

    In the past, D’hoore won the Ronde van Drenthe and has been on the podium at the Tour of Flanders.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  7. Team Sky creates partnership between Shimano's PRO brand and K-Edge

    This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

    What does WorldTour-powerhouse Team Sky do when their favourite handlebars aren't compatible with any computer mounts? They make some introductions and Idaho-based K-Edge gets to work CNCing some very unique shapes. The major stumbling block is that while the PRO Vibe bars are very aero, they're actually not round near the stem clamp.

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    Shimano's latest Vibe handlebar isn't round so K-Edge had to do some very intricate machine work

    K-Edge PRO Vibe Race Mount features

    • Compatible with Garmin 820, 520, 510, 500, 25, 20
    • Inserts for Wahoo and Sigma available
    • 30 grams
    • Black anodized

    The mount will be branded PRO and sold through Shimano

    WorldTour spec

    Pricing and availability

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  8. Danny van Poppel signs two-year deal with LottoNL-Jumbo

    Almost a month after it was rumoured that Danny van Poppel was set to switch Team Sky for LottoNL-Jumbo, the Dutchman’s move has been confirmed by the team. Van Poppel has penned a two-year deal with the Dutch squad after riding for Team Sky since the 2016 season.

    Van Poppel says that sprinting will remain his primary focus – he will ride alongside Dylan Groenewegen, winner on the Champs Elysées at this year's Tour de France – but that the Classics are also a target.

    "It's fantastic to join Team LottoNL-Jumbo. It’s great to see how the team is developing sprinting, as sprinting is my main goal,” Van Poppel said.

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    “However, I’m looking very much forward to the classics too. I know that they suit me, although I wasn’t really able to show that due to some bad luck over the last years.”

    The team expressed their pleasure at securing Van Poppel for the forthcoming seasons. “We are proud that Van Poppel has chosen our team above others and that we now have two world-class sprinters within our team. We will make Danny even faster and make him a better cyclist,” said team sports director Merijn Zeeman.

    Still just 24 years old, Van Poppel has been a professional since 2013 when he stepped up to the Vacansoleil-DCM team. Following the collapse of that team, he went on to spend two years a Trek-Segafredo before moving to Team Sky. In 2015, he won a stage of the Vuelta a España and he enjoyed a successful 2016 campaign with victories at the Vuelta a Burgos, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Arctic Race of Norway.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  9. David Lappartient elected UCI President

    David Lappartient has won a huge majority to take the UCI presidency. The Frenchman defeated Brian Cookson 37-8 to end Cookson’s four-year tenancy of the post. Both men came into Thursday’s election with high hopes and were confident of winning a majority needed from the 45 voting delegates.

    Cookson won the presidency four years ago in Florence, defeating Pat McQuaid 24-18, but has had a difficult four years in charge of the governing body. He is the first president to only serve one term.

    The election took place at the 186th UCI Congress in Bergen and brought an end to a long campaign. On the eve of the election Cookson told Cyclingnews that he was confident of winning but of all the experts Cyclingnews spoke to only one had Cookson ahead in the polls, and they were from British Cycling. 

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    Lobbying went on well into the night on Wednesday evening but Lappartient built up support from most of the confederations, especially in Europe where he led the European Cycling Union (UEC). Both candidates gave speeches on Thursday morning in which they outlined their manifestos, but before the vote one source told Cyclingnews that Lappartient had a 39-6 majority. 

    "Dear voting delegates, ladies and gentlemen, representatives of national federations, friends, I am deeply honoured to address my first presidential speech before you today. You just elected me as president of the Union Cycliste Internationale. I’m very grateful for your support and wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart," said Lappartient. 

    "It is a great responsibility, and I will endevour in the next four years of my presidency to be worthy of such trust and deliver my commitment to you. I’m delighted to see that my electors have come from all continents. The projects that I’ve proposed to the UCI and which I share with you seem to offer greater hope for the future of international cycling.

    Where did Cookson lose the election?

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  10. Tour de Yorkshire expands to four days

    After two years of trying, the Tour de Yorkshire will expand in 2018, with the men’s race increasing from three days to four days and the women’s event growing from a one-day race to a two-day stage race.

    The Tour de Yorkshire was set up as a legacy of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ and, much like those couple of days, such big crowds turned out for the inaugural edition that the organisers immediately sought to add an extra day for the 2016 edition.

    However, their attempts had until now been blocked by British Cycling, much to the frustration of Gary Verity, the head of Welcome to Yorkshire, which runs the race in collaboration with Tour de France organiser ASO.

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    This year, Britain’s governing body did not stand in the way of the race’s plans, and on Thursday the UCI confirmed the expanded races as part of the 2018 calendar.

    “This is absolutely tremendous news and something we have long been working to achieve. We are grateful to British Cycling for supporting our application, and to the UCI for granting us this extension,” said Verity. “Seeing the Tour de Yorkshire grow into what it is today is one of my team’s very proudest achievements and none of this would have been possible if the people of Yorkshire - and Great Britain - hadn’t taken the race to their hearts.

    “This decision will help us attract even bigger names in the future and allow us to design a more varied and spectacular route. Our race is growing in stature all the time and the next two editions will hold even greater prestige given that Yorkshire is also hosting the UCI Road World Championships in 2019. Cycling is booming across the county and today marks an exciting new chapter for our race.”

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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