David Lappartient elected as new UCI president as Brian Cookson loses out

French candidate David Lappartient receives 37 votes to Brian Cookson’s eight to become the new UCI president

David Lappartient has been elected as the new president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), with Brian Cookson losing out by a significant margin.

Cookson had hoped to be voted in for a second term during the UCI congress in Bergen, Norway, on Thursday. Instead, current French UCI vice-president Lappartient has usurped the 66-year-old British candidate, attracting 37 votes to Cookson’s eight.

Prior to the election, Cookson had said that had turned the UCI around since becoming president in 2013, when he took over from Pat McQuaid.

“Cycling was broken and its credibility lay in tatters under the old regime,” Cookson said in his pre-election statement.

>>> UCI president Brian Cookson claims Pat McQuaid ‘actively lobbying’ against his re-election

“I have delivered on my promises, and demonstrated that I am a man that can be trusted to lead the UCI with good judgement and calm integrity.”

Lappartient, 44, had said in his pre-election statement that he would rid the UCI of corruption and said that Cookson’s leadership had been ‘weak’.

Cookson had claimed last week that former president McQuaid had been ‘lobbying against him’, and now it certainly appears as though Lappartient had strong support among the UCI’s member nations.

It is thought that the recent allegations surrounding British Cycling – for which Cookson was formerly president – have tainted his reputation among voters.

An official announcement regarding the election will be made by the UCI on Thursday afternoon.

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Chris Froome: ‘Worlds time trial bronze an amazing end to an unforgettable season’

The Tour de France and Vuelta a España winner says third place in the World Championships time trial caps off what has been the best season of his career

Chris Froome‘s World Championship bronze medal ride in the time trial in Bergen, Norway, made for “an amazing end to an unforgettable season.”

Froome could not hold off the charge of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) though, and finished behind Slovenian Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) as he slipped to third when Dumoulin stormed over the line.

>>> ‘I thought my power meter was wrong’: Tom Dumoulin hails sensational day at Worlds TT

The Sky rider’s season still includes two Grand Tour titles from both the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, a double that has not been done since the organiser moved the Vuelta to the late summer date in 1995.

“I’ve never medalled in the World Championships before,” Froome said. “It’s an amazing end to what’s been an unforgettable season for me.”

Dumoulin gave the Netherlands its first gold in the men’s time trial. Great Britain won gold in 1994 with Chris Boardman and in 2014 with Bradley Wiggins.

Chris Froome in the elite men’s time trial at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Froome placed 18th when he last raced the time trial in Mendrisio, Switzerland in 2009.

He also took home a bronze medal from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics last summer, where Fabian Cancellara won gold ahead of Dumoulin in second.

Froome added: “I’m glad that I was here and not sitting at home and watching the race on TV, and wondering where I might have been.”

Dumoulin and Froome were the heavy favourites on the Bergen course that ended with a 3.4-kilometre climb. Dumoulin won the Giro d’Italia in May and returning to form to help Sunweb to the team time trial title on Sunday.

“He’s been strong for a couple of years now, obviously riding at the top level for a while now, so it’s not a surprise, but obviously he’s had a fantastic season, winning the Giro and then focusing on this Worlds title,” Froome said.

“He was by far the strongest man out on the road today, there’s no questioning that. Coming into the last kilometre I was full-gas there, there’s really not much time to look around, but I could hear the crowd cheering behind me.

“At one point I glanced over my shoulder and could just see the orange jersey coming up behind me and I thought, ‘Wow, he’s definitely flying’ but that didn’t change anything, I was just giving everything I had.”

Froome is expected to draw the curtain on his 2017 season with the bronze medal and won’t feature as part of the British team racing in Sunday’s road race.

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Simon Gerrans to join BMC Racing from Orica-Scott

Australian Classics champion Simon Gerrans will seek his own goals at BMC as well as supporting Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet

Simon Gerrans will leave Orica-Scott at the end of the 2017 season and join BMC Racing for 2018, taking with him well over a decade of experience.

The 37-year-old Australian joins WorldTour outfit BMC to bolster its Classics line-up, act as road captain and provide support for leaders Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet.

Gerrans has an extensive palmares that includes victories in the 2012 Milan-San Remo, 2014 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, four overall victories in the Tour Down Under and stage wins in all three Grand Tours.

Simon Gerrans wins the 2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Photo: Graham Watson

“BMC Racing Team is a team that I have always admired, not only in their results, but also the professionalism of the organization,” said Gerrans.

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“Obviously, there has always been a strong affiliation with Australians in the team starting with Cadel Evans, and then more recently with Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis and Miles Scotson.

“I’m really excited about the position I have been offered in the team. I always saw myself spending the last period of my career in more of a road captain role and passing on my experiences. I’m looking forward to contributing to the team as both a support rider and leader when called upon.”

Gerrans’s season with BMC will kick off early, as he seeks to be part of the squad’s line-up for the Tour Down Under in January, won last year by the team’s Porte.

“It’s probably a bit early to start announcing specific goals but I hope to get my season started in Australia,” said Gerrans. “There is obviously a Santos Tour Down Under crown to defend with Richie Porte, and it is a race I’ve always enjoyed and done well at.”

>>> Richie Porte extends contract with BMC Racing beyond 2017

BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz said that he expects Gerrans will ‘play a big role’ in the team throughout the season.

“There are not many riders out there with a palmarès and wealth of knowledge like Simon Gerrans, so we are very excited to see Simon join us in 2018,” said Ochowicz.

“Simon’s experience in all aspects of the sport and his diverse skill set in multiple race situations will make him a tremendous asset to the team. We expect Simon to play a big role in BMC Racing Team’s performance from the beginning of the season until the end.”

Gerrans has ridden for the GreenEdge/Orica team from 2012 to 2017, and prior to that he was on Team Sky, Cervelo Test Team, Credit Agricole and Ag2r in a professional career that started in 2005.

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Tour de Yorkshire increased to four days for 2018, women’s race up to two days

Both men’s and women’s Tour de Yorkshire events gain an extra day, with organisers saying the increase will make for a ‘more varied and spectacular route’

The Tour de Yorkshire gains an extra day for 2018, increasing from three days to four, with the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire moving from being a single-day event to two days.

Since its introduction in 2015 as a Tour de France legacy event after the county hosted the Grand Départ in 2014, the Tour de Yorkshire has quickly established itself as a highlight on the British racing calendar.

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO are hoping that the increased number of race days will improve its stature further.

“This is absolutely tremendous news and something we have long been working to achieve,” said Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. “We are grateful to British Cycling for supporting our application, and to the UCI for granting us this extension.

>>> Tour de Yorkshire: Latest news and race info

“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.

Large crowds of spectators are a feature of the Tour de Yorkshire. Photo: Andy Jones

“This decision will help us attract even bigger names in the future and allow us to design a more varied and spectacular route.”

Yorkshire will host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships so there will be renewed interest in the race as riders test themselves on the roads of the British county.

“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,” said Verity.

“Cycling is booming across the county and today marks an exciting new chapter for our race.”

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme of ASO added: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and the way the race has grown over the last four years has been incredible.

“The size and passion of the crowds has not just impressed me, but the cyclists too. They are always blown away by the reception they receive and are already looking forward to coming back in 2018. Extending the race to four days will allow us to visit more parts of the county and put on an even greater show.”

>>> Dimension Data take famous 1-2 at Tour de Yorkshire as Serge Pauwels wins overall title

Welcome to Yorkshire report that 2.2 million people turned up at the roadside to watch the 2017 race, with £64 million generated for the local economy.

Lizzie Deignan took a ‘home’ victory in the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire in 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will take place over May 3-6 2018, with the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire running from May 3-4. Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) won the men’s race, with Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) winning the women’s race.

The start and finish towns that will host the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will be announced on Thursday September 28, with the full route unveiled on December 5.

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Nine of the best deals on bike helmets available online right now

Our pick of the best helmet deals the internet has to offer

While a helmet is primarily there to protect you in the case of a crash, you also want one that will fit properly, be comfortable, and have good ventilation to keep you cool when riding in hot weather.

>>> Buyer’s guide to cycling helmets (video)

We’ve trawled the internet to bring you the best deals on cycling helmets, so you don’t have to break the bank in picking up a good one.

Louis Garneeau Heros MIPS RTR helmet £149 £52

22 vents and a weight of 275g makes this Louis Garneau helmet seriously versatile, and it has had its price slashed by £100.

Sure, it’s day glow yellow, but that just makes it the perfect winter lid.

Buy now: Louis Garneau Heros MIPS RTR helmet at Evans Cycles for £52

Bell Zephyr £199 £143

Bell Zephyr

With the Zephyr, Bell has done some serious science. For starts the EPS foam has two different densities, which the company suggests help protect your head even more in the event of a crash.

It also has a fancy, two way fit adjustment so you can always get the helmet to cradle your head an not move around.

Buy now: Bell Zephyr at Chain Reaction Cycles for £143

Giro Synthe £224 £112

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Read more: Giro Synthe review

We’re enormous fans of the Giro Synthe helmet, so much so that we reckon it’s probably the best aero helmet available on the market, and now it has almost £100 off the price.

Buy now: Giro Synthe at Evans Cycles for £112

Bell Stratus £99.99 £49.99

The Bell Stratus helmet carries all the same core design principles as the Bell Zephyr helmet, just at a lower price tag. That means aero efficiency and comfort technologies that won’t break the bank.

Buy now: Bell Stratus helmet at Evans Cycles for £49.99

Smith Route MIPS helmet £129.99 £109.99

According to Smith, the protection in its helmets is zonal, meaning you get greater protection when in areas that matter the most.

Buy now: Smith Route MIPS helmet at Chain Reaction Cycles for £109.99

Lazer Blade road helmet £79.99 £47.99

The Blade helmet comes with the same great style as the more expensive Z1 does, but at a lower price point. Saving youc ash while still making you the envy of your riding mates.

Buy now: Lazer Blade road helmet at Tweeks Cycles for £47.99

Giro Cinder road helmet £99.99 £59.99

Read more: Giro Cinder review

The Giro Cinder is basically the smaller sibling of the Giro Synthe, but that doesn’t mean it’s low on features.

In fact, the Cinder is almost a match for the Synthe, featuring Giro’s Roc-Loc5 retention system and 26 wind tunnel vents.

Buy now: Giro Cinder road helmet at Tweeks Cycles for £59.99

Giro Air Attack Shield £199.99 £149.99


This could be a great opportunity to finally bag yourself that aero helmet you’ve always wanted. Besides, if you’re getting serious about time trialling then one of these could help shave precious seconds off your time.

Buy now: Giro Air Attack Shield at Tweeks Cycles for £149.99

Watch: Helmet buyer’s guide

POC Octal Race Day road helmet £219.99 £164.99

Read more: POC Octal helmet review

Buy now: POC Octal Race Day road helmet from Cyclestore for £164.99

Sure, the POC Octal is something of an odd looker but it has great coverage and fantastic venting, keeping you cool on the road.

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Dumoulin makes history as first Dutch time trial world champion

Tom Dumoulin admitted he had doubts about his ability to win the UCI Road World Championships elite men’s individual time trial after already enjoying a hugely successful season. However, those doubts disappeared on the roads of Bergen with every kilometre he covered, and he went on to make history as the first Dutchman to pull on the world time trial champion’s rainbow jersey.

Dumoulin was fastest at every time check during the 31km time trial, including for the final 3.4km road up to Mount Fløyen. He stopped the clock in a time of 44:41, a massive 57 seconds faster than Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) and 1:21 faster than expected rival Chris Froome (Great Britain). Dumoulin started just a minute and a half after Froome and almost caught him before the finish.

His dominance was total, despite his doubts.

“In the last few weeks I didn’t feel special and I didn’t feel great. Mentally it was very difficult after such a great season to get in focus mode again and to have the stress with it,” Dumoulin admitted in the post-race press conference, still proudly wearing his gold medal and rainbow jersey.

“Fortunately when I came here I was a happy man and felt good in the last few days. We got a surprise win on Sunday [in the team time trial with Team Sunweb] and so that was a big boost. Today I just had super legs. I knew I was on a super day.”

Dumoulin lagged at the first time check in third, but went on to turn in the fastest splits at every remaining check along the course. Although he wasn’t quickest overall up the climb because of the rain, the 42 seconds he had on Roglic and Froome at the foot of the climb was more than enough to win.

“The time gaps surprised me because I took it very slowly on the corners due to the rain. I couldn’t do anything on the corners of the climb because my wheel slipped. Fortunately, my super day was more than enough. It worked out, so maybe I shouldn’t doubt myself.”

Dumoulin confirmed he could see Froome ahead of him on the climb and wanted to catch him.

“Seeing him definitely gave me a good feeling. I wanted to catch him,” he said, showing a glimpse of his true competitive spirit.

“Of course I also knew a rider like that doesn’t suddenly get a bad moment, I knew he’d hold his pace. It was a little slower than nine but I couldn’t catch him in the end.”

No change to a road bike for the climb

After hinting he would change bikes and use his lightweight road bike for the twisting, steep 3.4km ascent to the finish on Mount Fløyen, Dumoulin, like Froome and many others, decided to stay on his time trial bike, preferring to avoid the risk of a bike change at the foot of the climb. He was convinced he could still climb well on his time trial bike.

“My team came here in late April to see the course and they said: ‘Yeah, bike change.’ I said: ‘Okay if you say so.’ Then the first day I climbed it for the first time, right off the plane and I wasn’t so sure about that. I was unsure until yesterday and then I decided not to do it because I’m very comfortable on my time trial bike on the climbs.

“I lost time on the early corners of the climb but I still feeling strong and knew I was doing a good time.”

Dumoulin is the first Dutchman to win the time trial title and also the first to win it and the Giro d’Italia in the same season. The Giro d’Italia victory confirmed him as a Grand Tour rider; the world title gives him the rainbow jersey which he will wear in time trials for the next 12 months.

“It means a lot to me because the time trial has always been my speciality,” he explained.

“I won the time trial in the Nations Cup as an under-23 rider and I’ve always focused on time trials since then. I don’t train very much for them, I don’t do it the whole year, it comes naturally, especially on a course like this.”

“I think as a time trial specialist this jersey is the most special thing you can achieve, along with gold in the Olympics. It’s amazing to win it.”

No two without three

With victory in the team time trial and now the individual time trial, Dumoulin has a chance of an incredible treble next Sunday in the elite men’s road race. Nobody has ever won three world titles in one road race championships and but that possibility now lies in front of Dumoulin.

He will be one of the leaders of the Netherlands team but is not one of the big favourites. However, he is on a run of success and is determined to try his hand.

“I’m going to first try to enjoy this moment, that’s also very important. But in the next days I’ll focus on the road race,” he confirmed.

“I’m starting, have good shape and so have a good chance. I’m not a favourite but I have a chance. I’ve always said I’m here for three events and that stays the same.”

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Team Sky riders receive stunning custom Pinarello’s ahead of the Worlds road race

Both Michal Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon have revealed custom painted Pinarello F10s ahead of Sunday’s road race World Championships

A couple of stunning custom Pinarello F10s have broken cover on Instagram ahead of Sunday’s World Championships road race.

Michal Kwiatkowski was the first Team Sky rider to reveal a custom painted F10. The bike is of course done up in the Polish national colours, predominantly glossy red paint paired with white on the inside of the forks and for the writing.

Kwiatkowski captioned the bike with “D-Day is coming” followed by the Polish national flag.

The second Team Sky rider to reveal a custom ride was Gianni Moscon, who’s F10 is decked out in a light blue paint job, representing his Italian national colours.

The writing is splashed on the frame in an awesome iridescent silver.

Moscon caption his photo “new machine is ready” followed by the rainbow emoji.

This season Kwiatkowski has been in formidable form, winning San Sebastian, Milan San Remo and Strade Bianchie earlier this year.

His successes are represented to his elevation to the top-five in the WorldTour rankings behind Greg Van Avaermart.

We’re anticipating more custom paint jobs in the next few days so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

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‘I thought my power meter was wrong’: Tom Dumoulin hails sensational day at Worlds TT

The Dutchman was untouchable on the difficult course through Bergen

Tom Dumoulin says that he couldn’t believe the numbers he was putting through his power meter as stormed to victory at the World Championships elite men’s time trial.

>>> Tom Dumoulin smashes rivals to take time trial world title; Froome claims bronze

The Dutchman was over 40 seconds up through every intermediate check point along the course and eventually finished the 31km over 57 seconds up on second place Primož Roglič (Slo) and 1-21 up on Chris Froome (GBr) who took third.

So dominant was his performance, the Dumoulin almost caught Froome, finishing nine seconds behind having begun with a 90 second gap between them.

The 27-year-old adds his first rainbow jersey to a gold medal in the team time trial last Sunday with his trade team Sunweb, and rounds off a sensational year which saw him win his first Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia in May.

“I cant believe it. It’s amazing. I had such a good day,” Dumoulin said after the finish.

“I thought my power meter was off the number was so high! I felt really, really good.”

The early riders on Wednesday’s Worlds time trial experienced the benefit of dry weather, with a technical, steep climb rounding off the course and prompting some riders to make bike changes to a road bike instead of a time trial setup.

As the final wave of riders took to the road, the rain began to fall in Bergen, providing an extra difficulty for some of the favourites.

Dumoulin, like most riders in the start list, eventually opted against a bike change for the final climb and took it on on his TT bike. Roglič was the only rider in the top-five to make the change.

“It started raining and I had to take the corners really slow,” Dumoulin said. “Every corner the back wheel was slipping because I had my TT tyres on because I though it would be dry.”

“I was doubting for a long time about the bike change. But I saw the climb for the first time last Friday. Yesterday I made the decision not to change and not take the risk.

“I am one of the guys who can make the climb on the TT bike, I have no problems handling it so I think it was the better decision.”

There won’t be much time for celebration with his Dutch team-mates though, who saw Annamiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen take gold and silver in the women’s time trial on Tuesday, as Dumoulin takes aim at another victory in the 276.5km road race on Sunday.

‘I still have the road race, I’m still focused,” Dumoulin added. “Definitely some celebrations tonight and then focus on Sunday.”

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Tom Dumoulin smashes rivals to take time trial world title; Froome claims bronze

Tom Dumoulin wins elite men’s time trial to become first Dutchman to win the title, finishing nearly a minute ahead of everyone else

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) put in a strong performance to win the elite men’s time trial title at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway, on Wednesday.

Giro d’Italia winner Dumoulin became the first Dutch rider to take the men’s individual TT title in style, winning over second-placed Primož Roglič (Slovenia) by nearly a minute.

It’s Dumoulin’s second gold medal of the 2017 Championships, having been part of Sunweb’s team time trial winning team on Sunday. It’s another victory for the Netherlands, too, after Annemiek van Vleuten took the women’s time trial title on Tuesday.

British hope Chris Froome placed third at one minute and 21 seconds to round off a stand-out season that included the 2017 Tour de France and Vuelta a España victories.

>>> UCI Road World Championships 2017: Latest news, reports and race info

The unusual course featured 28 opening kilometres of relatively flat terrain followed by the 3km climb of Mount Fløyen, featuring an average gradient of over nine per cent. It made pacing problematic, with several riders putting in a good time until the bottom of the climb, then fading.

Jan Tratnik (Slovenia) set down an early fast time of 46-24, the first rider to break the 40kmh average speed barrier. His time stood for a long period before Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) bettered it with 46-15.

There followed a trio of riders who set very close times, with Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) clocking 46-09.52 to take the lead with Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Gianni Moscon (Italy) within a second.

As the top-seeded riders got into their race, the intermittent times started to tumble. Dumoulin was third quickest through the first time check, and then fastest through the second.

Having threatened to rain all day, it wasn’t until the final half an hour of racing that it started to fall and dampen the roads to provide an extra obstacle for the later starters.

Rohan Dennis (Australia) had started off very quickly, posting quick times through the time checks, but took a fall and lost time, ruling out his chance of the win. Nevertheless, he still managed to eventually finish eighth.

Meanwhile, Dumoulin kept going at his blistering pace, clocking the quickest times throughout the course and extended his lead out on the road. Froome was improving through each time check, but had left himself with too much work to do on the final climb.

Roglič finished with 45-38.79 to unseat Oliveira from the hot seat, but it was only temporary as Dumoulin completed his run in 44-41 to take the win with Froome third at 1-21 behind Roglič. Dumoulin’s speed was such that he nearly caught Froome before the line.

Defending champion Tony Martin (Germany) came home for ninth place.

Great Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart was a relatively late addition to the start list after Steve Cummings withdrew. The 22-year-old started well, but suffered a crash, scuffing up his right side and cutting his knee.

One of the most talked about aspects of the event was the provisional of a bike changeover area just before Mount Fløyen. Several riders had elected to swap time trial bikes for lighter road bike to tackle the ascent, and the UCI had provided an area in which to do this.

>>> Twitter reacts to controversial bike changeover at World Champs time trial (video)

However, it wasn’t long before the shortcomings of changing bikes were made clear as first rider off, Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) fumbled with his new bike after changing over, and received a push-off from his team helper that appeared to exceed the allowed limit shown by a red carpet laid onto the cobbles.

The advantage – or disadvantage – of swapping bikes may never be known. Dumoulin, Froome and Martin stayed on their TT machines throughout, but Roglič did make a change. In the end, it appeared to make little impact on the outcome.

The UCI Road World Championships continue on Friday, September 22, with the junior women’s road race, followed by road races for the under-23 men, elite women (Saturday), junior men (Saturday) and elite men rounding off the championships on Sunday, September 24.


UCI Road World championships 2017, elite men’s time trial, 31km
1. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands), in 44-41.00
2. Primož Roglič (Slovenia), at 57.79 secs
3. Chris Froome (Great Britain), at 1-21.25
4. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal), at 1-28.52
5. Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus), at 1-28.75
6. Gianni Moscon (Italy), at 1-29.49
7. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands), at 1-34.33
8. Rohan Dennis (Australia), at 1-37.39
9. Tony Martin (Germany), at 1-39.88
10. Jan Tratnik (Slovenia), at 1-43.45

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Cannondale bikes: which model is right for you?

We take a look through the Cannondale bikes range to help you choose the best for you

Cannondale is a leading bike brand which creates coveted machines for the roads and mountains – supplying WorldTour teams with winning bikes as well as masses of eager amateurs.

Like many such companies, Cannondale didn’t start out as a bicycle manufacturer. Indeed, at its birth in 1970 it manufactured precast concrete housing. Its first bicycle related product was the (“unintentionally”) cheekily named ‘Bugger’ bike trailer, inspired by a weekend camping trip.

The first bike arrived in 1983, an aluminium touring frame featuring handcrafted oversized tubes. The business hit rocky times in the early 2000s, declaring bankruptcy in 2003, to be later purchased by Canadian based Dorel Industries in 2008.

Dorel owns Pacific Cycle, the bicycle distributor of steeds made in Taiwan and China for US brands such as Mongoose and GT.

Rigoberto Uran wins stage nine of the Tour of France for Cannondale-Drapac (Sunada)

Now, Cannandale’s HQ is set in Wilton, Connecticut, and it supplies bikes to Cylance women’s team as well as the men’s squad Cannondale-Drapac.

Cannondale’s technologies

Every major bike brand has a long list of in-house technologies which feature on their bikes – most of them appearing across the range and utilised on a selection of models. Cannondale is no different – indeed, you could argue it’s one of the leaders.

Here’s a look at some of the key terms you can expect to come across when browsing Cannondale bikes:

  • BB30/BB30A

In 2000 Cannondale introduced the BB30 – an oversized bottom bracket shell which replaced the steel BB spindle with a 30mm aluminium version – the result being a lighter and stiffer construction.

The brand released the design to the industry, and it’s been heavily adopted. The BB30a followed – it’s an asymmetric version of the same which adds material to the non-drive side to create an even stiffer base.

The Cannondale BB30 revolutionised the industry approach

  • SAVE Micro Suspension

The bike trade shares three key obsessions: low weight, stiffness, and compliance. SAVE (Synapse Active Vibration Elimination) is Cannondale’s approach to the last value on that list. In simplistic terms it means designing flex into the fork, seat post and rear triangle to absorb shock – though carbon layup and tube shaping.

There are now four versions of ‘SAVE’: Plus, Speed, Aero and basic Save – with different methods used depending upon the aims of the bike and projected rider.

  • BallisTec carbon

Cannondale’s answer to carbon is its own construction: BallisTec. It place an emphasis on strength and stiffness, but the lightweight chassis’ in the range prove that the number on the scales hasn’t been forgotten.

The name comes from the military grade ultra-strong base fibres, also used for ballistic armouring. The combining resins are similar to those used in the construction of carbon baseball bats. As ever, BallisTec carbon comes in several grades. BallisTec Hi-Mod is the strongest and lightest and features on the top end builds.

  • CAAD Aluminium

This one stands for ‘Cannondale Advanced Aluminum Design’ and is used across all of the aluminium frames. The principle is that rather than taking a tube and trying to shape it to meet the requirements, Cannondale identifies the needs the tube must meet, and then uses software to virtually create and test them until the desired qualities are met.

The popular CAAD12 (which emerges from the CAAD10 and so on) road bike was built in this way to offer the mix of stiffness and low weight which makes it a sought after criterium race bike.

  • HollowGram

Cannondale doesn’t stop at bikes – it also creates its own cranksets and wheels. The HollowGram cranksets are particularly coveted thanks to the spider web design used and ‘System Integration’ which keeps the weight exceptionally low and the stiffness high.

Cannondale fit their own Si cranksets to BB30a bottom brackets

Cannondale fit their own Si cranksets to BB30a bottom brackets

You’ll also spot other terms, like ‘System Integration’, or Si, which requires less explaining and simply means more integration which drops weight and sometimes drag; and mountain bikers would also name the ‘Lefty’ fork as a major accomplishment of the brand.

Cannondale road bikes

If you’re thinking of investing your heard earned pennies into a Cannondale road bike, then there’s a lot of choice. Here’s a description of each of the key models to help you work out which one is for you…

Cannondale SuperSix Evo

CW descending on the 2018 Cannondale Supersix Evo Disc

The Cannondale SuperSix Evo is Cannondale’s carbon race bike. The geometry is designed around a flat back, heads down approach to riding, with nimble handling and a low weight.

The model began life as the Six13, in 2004. The name came from the number that carbon holds in the periodic table, since this was Cannondale’s first foray into using the material as the base of the chassis. Over the years, the bike dropped weight right down to 665g for a size 56 – but this was later bolstered to provide a stiffer platform.

The frames of 2017 came in at 777g for a 56, but with greater system integration which means the built bikes are actually lighter. With the increasing popularity of disc brakes, the range now includes models with rotor stoppers.

The most expensive SuperSix Evo models are the Black Inc models, with prices north of £10k. The Hi-Mod models start at £3,999.99 (with Shimano Ultegra), and the basic SuperSix Evo starts at £1,799.99 with Shimano 105.

Cannondale offers women’s specific builds on their bikes. These feature identical frames, with a smaller size available – from a 44cm – plus shorter stems, narrower handlebars, and women’s saddles – we chose the women’s SuperSix Evo as our women’s bike of the year in 2016.

If you’re serious about this one, we’ve gone through the Cannondale SuperSix Evo range and specs in detail here


Cannondale CAAD12

Aluminium CAAD12 with Dura-Acre build

The racing world has certainly not turned its back on aluminium. Though even the best aluminium is heavier than the best carbon, it can often rival cheap carbon – and is more resilient.

The CAAD12 is bred for racing – it’s light, stiff, but a reliable crash-proof (to an extent!) option for crit and road racers, as well as sportive and everyday riders who prefer the ride and price tag of the long-standing metal.

Mario Cipollini rode a CAAD back in 1999, the CAAD10 appeared in 2015 and we’re now in the days of the CAAD12. The geometry is not far off the SuperSix, indeed the stack and wheelbase are mirrored, as are the head tube and seat tube angles.

A CAAD12 with Dura-Ace will set you back £3,499, and models start at £1,099 for the CAAD12 with Shimano Tiagra. There’s a select few builds designed for women too, with sizes starting from 44cm and altered touch points.

Looking at a CAAD12? We’ve explained the CAAD12 model and spec options in detail here

Cannondale Synapse

Cannondale Synapse Disc

Cannondale Synapse Disc takes on the climbs

Newsflash: not everyone wants to race. The Synapse is Cannondale’s answer to the endurance bike. The Synapse has a more relaxed geometry, a greater focus on compliance for 2018 it even finally mounts for mudguards.

Only available with disc brakes for 2018, the Synpase has a completely reworked carbon layup. An (unpainted) frame comes in at 918g, and the fork at 372g for a size 56cm.

Being an endurance bike, dampening vibrations is important – and SAVE is employed across the models. Cannondale also uses a proprietary 25.4mm seat post, which offers more compliance, and the seat stays and fork are built to do the same.

New for 2018, the Synapse boasts a SAVE integrated bar and stem, which has the added bonus of an aero advantage as well as being more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

The top end models also feature a ‘Power Pyramid’ bottom bracket, which aims to place material in the optimum position for power transfer. Research carried out at the Zedler Institute test lab ranked the bottom bracket and head tube of the Hi-Mod Synapse above leading endurance bikes such as the Specialized Roubaix Pro, Trek Domane SLR, BMC Roadmachine 01 and Canyon Endurace CF SLX.

Cannondale Synapse carbon models start at £1,399.99, with a Shiamno Tiagra build. The Hi-Mod versions start from £4,499.99 with Shimano Dura-Ace.

There are aluminium builds too, from £849.99 with Shimano Sora, and women’s models with size specific adjusted carbon lay up and optimised touch points.

Cannondale CAADX and SuperX

Cannondale SuperX cyclocross bike

Cannondale SuperX cyclocross bike

Cannondale’s cyclocross bikes combine technologies seen on their road and mountain bikes to create the nimble handling of a race bike with the robust strength and root/rock tackling expertise in the mud-world.

The CAADX bikes, as you might expect, feature CAAD developed aluminium frames whilst the SuperX sits top of the tree with BallisTec carbon. The geometry remains largely similar – with the same stack, reach, head and seat tube angles promising a similar experience.

The CAADX bikes come with Cannodale SI cranks and 46/36 chainsets, alongside 11-32 cassettes. By contrast, the SuperX has gone single ring, with all models sporting 40 tooth chainrings and 11-32 cassettes which are suited to muddy races with quick gear changes required.

Off course, there’s a price difference – CAADX models start from £999.99 whilst the SuperX models open up from £2,499.99.

Cannondale hybrid bikes

cannondale bad boy 4

Cannondale Bad Boy 4 Hybrid Bike

For those looking for versatility, there’s a range of hybrid bike options.

For urban riders, there’s the infamous Cannondale Bad Boy. This carries the lefty fork, with integrated LED rechargeable lights. There’s an integrated rear light too, plus reflective ‘top tube bumper’. All models carry disc brakes and wide volume 40mm tyres which will roll over even the worst city roads.

Alternatively, for mixed terrain commutes The Cannondale Quick comes with a rigid fork, 30mm tyres capable of tackling unmade roads, flat handlebars and aluminium frame with wide ranging gears, and either rim or disc brakes.

There are Cannondale Quick CX option, with a 50mm travel fork and 38mm tyres which can tackle rougher terrain – and carbon frame models in the line up.

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