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Cav goes Bananas……

Mark Cavendish has secured his seventh win of the season. Narrowly beating Caleb Ewan and Nicola Ruffoni by, in technical terms 'a gnats arse' (half a wheel) in the opening stage of The Tour of Turkey. He will wear the turquoise leader's jersey in stage 2. Mark said of his win, "There are a lot of big sprinters at the race so we knew it would be chaotic, and it really was," and added that the season hadn't ...

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Best mountain bike for under £500

If you’re new to mountain biking, you might be looking for a model with all the bells and whistles. The truth is that starting on a cheaper model will help you to get up to speed (literally) without breaking the bank. Even better, with the popularity of the sport rising, companies are producing affordable mountain bikes with top-notch function, design and comfort. Here are the best mountain bikes for under ...

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Astana ride on, but under close scrutiny

The Scottish legal system has an unusual alternative verdict to the familiar guilty or not guilty. The alternative is “not proven”, which has been interpreted before now as, “not guilty, but don’t do it again.” All this may or may not have something to do with today’s UCI decision not to remove the World Tour licence from Kazakh team Astana. There is, of course, nothing odd, nor funny, about a team that was ...

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Borghini blasts to victory

Elisa Longo Borghini soloed home to a spectacular victory in this year’s Women’s Tour of Flanders. She attacked 35km out and left the rest of the elite field trailing in her wake, winning with a 43 second margin. “I’m convinced that she was trying to destroy cobblestones rather than ride over them,” tweeted an ecstatic fan. The 23-year-old Italian rides for the Wiggle Honda team and was following up her imp ...

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Paris-Roubaix 2015 – a whiff of sulphur….

Photos by Author So what is it about this patch of northern Europe that leads young men to pain, bloodshed, suffering and toil? Fatuous, obviously, but one cannot quite dispel the neat rows of white headstones from the mind when mentally approaching the famous “Hell of the North.” Let’s remember it is not the famous cobbles, fearsome though they are, that gave the race that tag, but the devastation brought ...

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Nibali nibbles nobbly cobbles

If you were totally new to the world of professional cycling then at this time of year you'd be forgiven for thinking everyone who rides, watches or has even a passing interest in road cycling is obsessed with cobbles.  And you'd be correct. Just days after the brutal Paris-Roubaix astonished spectators and punished riders, reports are filtering through that last year's Tour de France winner is studying som ...

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Sky Cyclists Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas Top WorldTour Rankings

Geraint Thomas saw his ranking go up to the second spot in the UCI WorldTour after he won the E3 Harelbeke last Friday and nabbed the third place at the Ghent-Wevelgem last Sunday. Richie Porte, another Sky team member, holds the first place in the UCI WorldTour ranking. The Australian cyclist was able to push ahead to the top spot after he won the Volta a Catalunya last Sunday. Last month, Porte won Paris- ...

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Bunch of kids cycle 3.5 Million Miles

British school children cycled and scooted a total of 3.5 million miles as part of The Big Pedal, an inter-school cycling and scooting competition. A charity organization called Sustrans organized The Big Pedal. The annual event is supported by Sharron Davies, a former Olympic swimmer. In just three weeks, the children were able to cover the millions of miles while traveling to and from school. It has been ...

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Report Claims Astana to Lose WorldTour License

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Astana will lose its WorldTour license. The decision is to be formally announced on April 2 by the UCI’s license commission. The decision to revoke the license occurred last March. The newspaper, however, has been accused of providing a misleading report. Last Monday, the UCI issued a formal statement claiming that no final decision regarding the team’s license has ...

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Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead Wins the Trofeo Alfredo Binda Race in Italy

Lizzie Armitstead from the United Kingdom landed the first place in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, a one-day race that took place in Italy. This is her fourth win this season. The race took place in Cittiglio, a municipality in northern Italy. Armitstead beat the French world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot who came in second. The third place went to Dutch Anna Van Der Breggen. The 26-year-old champion was part ...

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