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  1. Piccoli and Rodriguez return to Elevate-KHS for 2018 after breakout seasons

    Elevate-KHS has renewed for 2018 with Mexican sprinter Alfredo Rodriguez and Canadian climber James Piccoli. Both riders had breakout seasons in 2017 for the first-year US Continental team.

    Piccoli, 26, rode with Amore & Vita in 2014 and H&R Block in 2015 before stepping back to the amateur level with a Canadian team in 2016 and the first part of this year.

    His performance at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, where he climbed and time trialed with the top riders before dropping out on the final stage, got the attention of Elevate-KHS director Paul Abrahams, and the team added him at the end of June in time for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

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    "I was on the verge of retiring before I had the opportunity to join the team in June," Piccoli said in the team press release. "They took me straight to a four-week training camp with my teammates in Park City, Utah. We rode all the stages of the Tour of Utah and that attention to detail really paid off."

    Piccoli turned heads almost immediately in Utah, finishing third on the summit finish to Snowbasin Ski resort on stage 2 and backing that up with eighth on the Queen stage to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. He finished the 2.HC race 10th overall and backed that up with ninth at the Tour of Alberta, where he finished in the top 10 on the Queen stage to Marmot Ski Area.

    "James has proved that he is one of the best climbers in the US and adds a general classification threat that the team had been looking for," Abrahams said. "Having both James and Alfredo anchor the team in 2018 ensures an exciting year ahead for everyone involved with the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team."

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  2. Kolar keeps training light with drifting descent - Video

    Bora-Hansgrohe's Michael Kolar is keeping things light while training recently in Spain, with the 24-year-old Slovakian posting video of himself 'drifting' his bike through slightly wet corners on a descent.

    In comments on his post, Kolar reveals that he was descending down the 'Military climb' into Palma Mallorca. The loyal Peter Sagan lieutenant says he's riding on his training tyres - the 28mm Specialized Roubaix - and that he's got a spotter up the road letting him know if the road is clear of traffic.

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    Kolar started his pro career at the Ducla Trencin team where the Sagan bothers Peter and Juraj started out, then he signed with Tinkoff-Saxo in 2014. The Sagans joined him at the team in 2015, and Kolar moved with them to Bora-Hansgrohe this year. He's signed with the German team through 2019.

    Keep it slidin pic.twitter.com/HwC6pf7EXj

    — Michael Kolar (@MichaelKolar_) November 21, 2017

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  3. Cyclingnews Women's Pro Cycling Correspondent required

    Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling web site, is looking for a women’s pro cycling correspondent.

    The freelance position will require the applicant to have a keen interest and knowledge of women’s competitive cycling, as well as editorial or writing experience with excellent English skills. The position will involve writing news, reports and features.

    Knowledge of women's professional cycling is a must. Experience in journalism and attention to detail are important. A second language is also an advantage but not essential.

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    The applicant will need to be a self-starter, as the roles involves regular liaison with production editors at Cyclingnews. As we are a 24/7 daily news operation, the position will require regular weekend work. Applicants must be flexible in their work schedule.

    Please send your CV with a cover letter via e-mail with "Cyclingnews Women’s Pro Cycling Correspondent” in the subject line. Deadline for applications is November 30, 2017.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  4. Extended Women's Tour Down Under route presented for 2018

    The 2018 edition of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will be the most demanding to date, and will feature three road stages ahead of the concluding criterium in Adelaide.

    The 2018 route was unveiled at a presentation in Adelaide on Wednesday, where the South Australian tourism minister outlined the race’s intention to seek elevation to the Women’s WorldTour in the future.

    The Women’s Tour Down Under has already been upgraded to UCI 2.1 status for 2018 and the four-day event gets underway on Thursday, January 11 with a 115.7-kilometre stage starting and finishing in Gumeracha. The stage comprises two laps of a circuit in the Adelaide Hills, and includes the ascents of Cyanide Climb, Terlinga Road and Mount Torrens.

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    Stage 2 brings the peloton from Lyndoch to a summit finish on Mengler’s Hill. The 102km leg features the climbs of Whispering Wall and Williamstown ahead of the final haul to Mengler’s Hill, which boasts a maximum gradient of some 14.4%.

    The longest day of the Women’s Tour Down Under follows on stage 3 from Bend Motorsport Park to Handorf. Comet Mine Climb is stiff enough to provoke splits in the finale of the 122.4-kilometre stage, though there may be sufficient time for a regrouping ahead of the finish in Handorf.

    The final stage of the Women’s Tour Down Under will coincide with the People’s Choice Classic criterium in Adelaide on the evening of Sunday, January 14. The women’s peloton will tackle 20 laps of the circuit in the Adelaide Parklands for a 46-kilometre stage.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  5. Intxausti: I want to repay Team Sky's faith

    Beñat Intxausti has been limited to just 18 days of racing in his two seasons at Team Sky to date, but the Basque is hopeful that he has finally put his long-running bout of mononucleosis behind him as he prepares for the 2018 season.

    Intxausti signed from Movistar ahead of the 2016 season, but he was interrupted by illness in early February, and he endured abortive returns at the Tour of Slovenia and Tour de Pologne before calling time on his campaign early.

    The 2017 season, however, was to prove even more wretched for Intxausti, who continued to endure health problems and managed just three days of racing. His first appearance of the season came in July at the Clasica San Sebastian, which he abandoned, while he withdrew from the season-ending Tour of Guangxi on stage 2. The Chinese expedition, Intxausti said, was nonetheless a useful test of his fitness with an eye to 2018.

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    “I’m a bit better now. I’ve been resting at home since I came back from China and I feel good,” Intxausti said. “In China, even though I suffered more than I hoped, it was above all about understanding how I was.

    “I hope that when I start training again, I will be at 100 per cent. I really want to start out with good health and then everything will go well afterwards.”

    Intxausti explained that medical tests have shown that he is no longer suffering from the virus, though he added that he was in a similar position in 2016.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  6. Pinarello apologises over sexist advert

    Italian bike brand Pinarello has made a public apology after promotional material for its new e-road bike, Nytro, sparked accusations of sexism and a social media protest.

    A press release and postings on the official Pinarello Instagram account described several suggested user types for the new electric assisted bike. One implied that women needed the extra assistance of the e-bike to keep up with men.

    It showed a portrait of a young woman with a caption that read: Emma, 24 years old, 'Couple Rider'. Alongside the photo was a post that read, “I’ve always wanted to go cycling with my boyfriend but it seemed impossible. Soon everything will become possible.”

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    In contrast, a second Nytro profile showed a photo of a man in a business suit with a caption that read, “No time to work out during the week, but I would never miss a Sunday ride with my friends! Soon I’ll be able to fill the gap."

    Many members of the cycling community were angry with the marketing campaign, calling it sexist because the company implied that women couldn't ride at the same speed as men without a motor.

    Pinarello, who supply bikes to men's and women's WorldTour teams has since pulled both ads from its social media channel. It also posted an apology, insisting that values of diversity and equality are core to Pinarello.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  7. Israel Cycling Academy's new De Rosa SK Pininfarina - Gallery

    After years of racing on Cannondale bikes, the Israel Cycling Academy is set to switch to Italian manufacturer De Rosa for the 2018 season.

    The team will use De Rosa's time trial frameset alongside the aero SK Pininfarina and all-rounder Protos.

    Here we take a closer look at the stylish SK Pininfarina, the culmination of a project between De Rosa and the legendary Italian car design company Pininfarina. The bike belongs to one of the team’s sprinters, but we can’t reveal who until January.

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    The team has opted for a blue design to honour their Israeli roots, which also works as a nod to the Italian bike builder.

    The frame will be equipped with FSA components, including stem, handlebars and crankset. The team will also use FSA’s Powerbox power meter. The groupset comes courtesy of Shimano with the Dura-Ace R9150. Vision Metron wheels will come in 50mm, 40mm and 30mm rim depths, and will be complemented by Schwalbe tyres. Completing the bike are Speedplay pedals, Sella Italia saddles and a KMC chain.

    The Israel Cycling Academy started in 2015 as a Continental program and jumped to Professional Continental status this year. For 2018, the team have increased their roster from 18 riders to 24, adding WorldTour veterans like Ben Hermans from BMC, Kristian Sbaragli from Dimension Data and Ruben Plaza from Orica-Scott.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  8. Rally complete women's roster with four new signings for 2018

    Rally Cycling announced Tuesday its complete women's roster of 13 riders for the 2018 season. The team boasts four newcomers with Gillian Ellsay, Heidi Franz, Abby Mickey and Summer Moak, but holds on to its core group of winning talent.

    "2017 was about developing the strong group we knew we had," said director Zach Bell. "We found a good cultural balance within the team. Riders were having fun and pushing each other. It was important to keep the team together as much as possible, because we developed great chemistry, and I think we still have a lot of performance potential to see from them. The more they have been through, the more each rider can stretch outside her comfort zone and find a new level."

    The team announced signing Ellsay, from Colavita-Bianchi, along with her brother Nigel, from Silber Pro Cycling, at the end of October. She raced as a guest rider at the North Star Grand Prix, in 2016, which has led to a full-time spot on the roster for 2018.

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    "Riding on the same team as my brother is going to be a blast! He’s been one of my biggest supporters since I started racing. He passed on a lot of valuable advice and shared his experiences with me, and it’s helped me avoid some common mistakes," Gillian said in a press release.

    Mickey joins the team from Colavita-Bianchi and has had podium finishes at the Tour of the Gila, Cascade Cycling Classic and Steamboat Springs Stage Race. Moak joins the team from Sho-Air Twenty20 and Franz from Keller Rohrback Cycling.

    Allar aims to defend national criterium title

    The core of the team will return with Erica Allar, winner of the 2017 US Pro Criterium Championships and two collegiate national titles, leading the way.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  9. Yates brothers and Chaves to hone TT position in wind tunnel

    Orica-Scott leaders Esteban Chaves, Adam Yates and Simon Yates are set to spend a stint in the wind tunnel, according to Argentinian website Ciclismointernational. The website reports that the trio will head to Milan over the winter to work on their time trialling positions.

    Damien Howson and Michael Hepburn have already paid a visit to the same wind tunnel last week. The pair did repeated time trial efforts against 50kph winds to test their position on the bike.

    The Yates brothers and Chaves have struggled in the time trialling discipline over the years, giving away time to their rivals in the tests against the clock. No date has been announced for their visit to the Milan tunnel.

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    "We measure and assess the full rider/bike aerodynamic system in the tunnel, and this naturally includes equipment and apparel assessments and how these best match to a rider's position and style. From here we will then seek to validate our findings with track testing, and then, of course, road sessions and racing," Mike Tabotta, Orica's high-performance director, said in a recent press release.

    "We are here working with the Polytechnic University in Milan with their wind tunnel facility, which is one of the most renowned in Europe for cycling specific tests."

    Brayan Chaves joins pro cycling ranks

    Chinese-registered Continental outfit Mitchelton-Scott announced Monday signing Brayan Chaves, younger brother of WorldTour rider Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott), for the 2018 season.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  10. Movistar complete first cyclosportif training camp - News Shorts

    Six Movistar riders and staff met for a training camp at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca from November 16-19. The main focus of the four-day event was high-quality training, health and wellness.

    It coincided with the team’s first-ever cyclosportif-style camp whereby some 30 guests had an opportunity to ride one of three routes with the riders. They also had a chance to talk to the team and taste wines from local Bodegas Cornelio. Guests also had stretching and heat-cold contrast sessions, and mechanics and bike cleaning classes.

    Those members of the team on hand to support the cyclosportif camp were Victor de la Parte, Marc Soler and local Mavi Garcia, along with director Pablo Lastras, coach Manuel Mateo and mechanic Tomás Amezaga (head of mechanics).

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    McNally and Antonini complete Wanty-Groupe Gobert

    Wanty-Groupe Gobert announced Tuesday that the team has re-signed Mark McNally and Simone Antonini, thus completing its roster for 2018.

    McNally, 28, is regarded as an aggressive rider suitable for breakaways, noted for being in escapes at the Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem, and he finished on the podium in Ronde van Drenthe and Eneco Tour during the past two years. He will start his third season with the team.

    Antonini, 26, will start his fourth season with the team and is touted as one of the team’s strongest workers.

    World-class track cyclists head to Canada

    Hailstone named Cycling Canada's new men's endurance coach

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