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2015, mtn, News, Qhubeka, Racing -

The 6th stage of the Tour de France would be a historical day for African cycling as Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first African rider to pull on the Polka Dot best climbers jersey and only the 3rd African ever, to wear a leader’s jersey at the Tour de France. Daniel set off in pursuit of history when he got into the 3 rider break of the day that got clear after just 5km of racing. There would be 3 category 4 climbs on route today, with 1 point available to the first rider over the top of each climb. Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) and Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis) were the 2 riders to join Daniel in the break and it would turn out to be Quemeneur that would challenge Daniel for the mountain points throughout the stage. In each of the mountain sprints Daniel would show great awareness and strength to be able to get the better of the Frenchman, ensuring he would be the first African rider ever to pull on the King of the Mountains Polka Dot jersey at the Tour de France. After Daryl Impey’s time in the yellow jersey in 2013 and Robbie Hunter wearing the white jersey in ...

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If you do the long course, you might be in the saddle for up to 10 hours, so it’s very important that you wear the correct clothes for all day comfort and performance. In the summer months, it’s all about regulating your temperature, to save you from overheating, especially on the climbs. The Maratona jersey is made out of a 3D fabric on front and shoulders to keep the jersey light and dry. The 3D nature of the fabric means that most of it never touches your skin, so it never clings or absorbs water. This challenge to wear the right gear is coupled with the need to prepare for those cool descents where air flow can cause your body temperature to drop. Discover more: Castelli-cycling.com/c/maratona The full 138km Maratona course takes riders over five 2,000m+ passes and the saw tooth profile means you are either ascending or descending throughout the day. Passo Pordoi (2,239m) 9.2km at 6.9% Passo Sella (2, 239m) 5.5km at 7.9% Passo Gardena (2,121m) 5.8km at 4.3% Passo Giau (2,236m) 9.9km at 9.3% Passo Valparola (2,200m) 11.5km at 5.8%

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2015, cannondale, castelli, garmin, le tour, News, tour de france -

Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling today announced its 2015 Tour de France Roster. The team features U.S. National Time Trial Champion, Andrew Talansky (10th overall in the 2013 Tour de France); Dan Martin (2014 Lombardia Champion and 2013 Tour de France Stage Winner) and Ryder Hesjedal (2012 Giro d’Italia Champion).  The three powerhouses will work together as co-leaders of the argyle squad and will be supported by a strong team including Tour veterans Jack Bauer, Kristijan Koren, Sebastian Langeveld, road captain; and Ramunas Navardauskas, 2014 Tour de France Stage winner. Dylan Van Baarle and Nathan Hass will both be riding their inaugural Tour de France. “We are going into the Tour de France with three leaders, all who have very different riding styles, and those styles compliment each other. Andrew, Dan and Ryder have shown they work well together, and that will translate to the roads of the Tour,” said Charly Wegelius, Director Sportif. “We have a very talented group of riders and by bringing three top guys: Andrew, Dan and Ryder, we’re going to make things very interesting.” “Supporting them is a strong bunch. Ramunas showed his strength with a stage win last year, and Jack Bauer will be looking for redemption after coming ...

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2015, cannondale-garmin, giro, Racing, team car, time trial, Treviso, Valdobbiadene -

Stage 14 of this year’s Giro d’Italia was classified as one of the crucial stages. Riders had to handle a 60k ITT between Treviso and Valdobbiadene, basically packed with two climbs followed by technical descents. This meant ‘full throttle’ for stage hunters and GC contenders and some maths for domestiques to stay within the time cut. As if that was not enough, it was raining all day. After visiting a few GT stages in the past few years – a must do for every cycling fan – I was lucky enough to receive a special invitation for that stage. In short: following a rider in the team car. How cool is that? ‘My’ rider was Tom-Jelte Slagter who launched a solo breakaway on stage 9 but unfortunately missed the stage win on that day. I arrived at the Cannondale-Garmin team bus at around midday, got a quick briefing and had a chance to watch the riders in their warm-up. One after another followed a precise timing on the rollers. Some found time for a quick chat with the media or joked with mechanics or team mates. Ryder Hesjedal – winner of the 2012 Giro d’Italia – was even followed by ...

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2015, de, france, grand boucle, le tour, mtn, Qhubeka, team, tour, Video -

Since 2007, Team MTN-Qhubeka have focused on becoming the first African team at the Le Tour de France, and that dream was realised this year when the team received a wildcard invitation to the Grande Boucle. “For us and across South Africa and Africa, when people talk about cycling, they talk about the Tour de France,” says Douglas Ryder, MTN-Qhubeka’s team principal. “It’s as if there is no other race. They don’t understand that as a team we race 200 race days to prepare and get ready and get strong enough to be able to compete in a Grand Tour like the Tour de France.” The team are hoping that participation and success in the world’s biggest bicycle race will aspire more interest in the sport among Africans, eventually producing more homegrown talent. “Having a team like ours, with a uniquely different story and riders from all over the African continent, we know that it will just raise the profile and it will kick the door open for African cyclists into the future,” Ryder says.

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