This Kraftwerk inspired Canyon Ultimate might be the most beautiful bike ever

Canyon pays homage to German band Kraftwerk in its stunning new paint job

Canyon has created 21 limited edition Kraftwerk inspired bikes, and they’re a thing of beauty.

The 21 Canyon Ultimate SLXs are inspired by the German band, who Canyon says are still shaping the legacy of music today.

The straight edged, striped paint work is striking, and totally reminiscent of both the sound and aesthetic of the techno band.

Canyon founder and CEO, Roman Arnold says that the partnership between the bike and the band carries personal significant.

According to him, it brings back “memories of partying in my friend’s basement as a teenager”. Supposedly, the band has continuously inspired work in the bike company.

In honour of Düsseldorf being where the band first made its name, Tony Martin will be given a Kraftwerk inspired Canyon Speedmax CF SLX, which he will ride down the start ramp of the Tour de France Grand Départ on Saturday.

The 21 Canyon Ultimate SLXs will come equipped with SRAM’s wireless eTap groupset and Zipp’s 303 wheelset.

According to Canyon the design was Ralf Hutter’s own design, and the most difficult paint job that the Canyon design team has ever had to apply.

Each strip is hand applied and each bike supposedly took a whopping seven hours to brand. No wonder they only made 21 of them!

The 21 bikes will go on sale on the July 3, with a price tag of £8,999. We’d recommend moving sharpish if you want to snap one of these up.


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Photo Gallery: Day 2 Finals of Phillips 66 Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Night two of the 2017 Phillips 66 Nationals saw another eight individual events contested and a multitude of athletes earn their way onto the World Championships roster.

Katie Ledecky continued to throw down world leading times in the 200 free, while Townley Haas topped the men’s 200 free.

Olympian Kevin Cordes chased down the World Record in the men’s 200 breast, falling behind the world record line in the final 25 meters. Fellow breaststroke champ, Lilly King, took home the national title on the women’s side.

Additional winners include Caeleb Dressel, Kelsi Worrell, Ryan Murphy, and Kathleen Baker. 

Peter H. Bick and USA Today’s Mark Lebryk were on hand to capture all of the action and excitement!

Splash through photos from day two finals:

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First look: 3T’s aero bike of the future, with 28mm tyres and a 1×11 drivechain

3T has released its new aero bike, the 3T Strada, with a one by drive chain and 28mm tyres, claiming it to be the bike of the future

There’s a lot going on with the 3T Strada aero bike, but the standout feature has got to be the lack of front mech. The bike is specced with SRAM’s Force 1x drive chain, with 11 gears on the back.

3T says that the bottom bracket is the area with the most drag, and by introducing only the single ring, it eliminates the second ring and the front derailleur, “creating space for unobstructed airflow”.

A SRAM 1x11 drivechain on the 3T Strada

A SRAM 1×11 drivechain | Photo: RupertRadley

We’ve floated the idea of a one-by future before now, and 3T has clearly had similar thoughts.

One-by systems are more aerodynamic and can weigh less, too. Of course, fans of the classic double ring will point out the issues of chain line and the increased chance of dropping it.

A SRAM Force clutch mech keeps the chain on the 3T Strada

SRAM Force clutch mech keeps the chain on

Thankfully, SRAM’s clutch rear mech, a technology borrowed from its mountain bike side, does a good job of keeping the chain in place. Meanwhile, the 44/36 configuration we rode never looked to have an overly jaunty chain line.

“Real world aerodynamics”

Arc tubing on the 3T Strada

3T’s approach to aerodynamics is “unconventional”

As with nearly all aspects of its aero bike, 3T has disregarded conventional industry wisdom when designing the tube shapes of its new bike.

Supposedly, it designed it with “real world aerodynamics” in mind. By that it means airflow doesn’t move straight across tubing, instead it arcs over it, hence the arced tubing.

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The Sqaero Airfoil sections arc in the seat tube and the head tube to cover the rear wheel and front wheel and help reduce turbulence and drag, while still respecting the UCI’s rules.

Slim clearacne on the 3T Strada

Clearance is very slim

The clearance really is minute, there’s only a hair’s breadth between the top of the tyre and the bottom of the down tube. It’s a similar story at the curve in the seat tube, with the 28mm tyre sitting snug right next to the frame.


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According to 3T, the clearance, or lack of it, is only possible thanks to the disc brakes. Because of this, it has made the bike disc brake specific, meaning you’ll not be able to run any mechanical caliper brakes.

Disc brakes on the 3T Strada

The 3T Strada is disc specifc

These disc brakes are direct mount, and integrated into the fork at the front, just to make as many aero gains as possible.

28mm tyres as standard

At its base, though, 3T say this bike is designed around comfort. In the design process, the constant was the 28mm tyres, and the frame was designed around those, and it shows.

28mm tyres on the 3T Strada

The whole bike was designed around 28mm tyres

Despite the some still suggesting that 23mm tyres are more aerodynamic than their larger siblings, 3T say that because the frame was designed around the larger tyres, they’re able to make it just as aerodynamic. We haven’t seen any wind tunnel testing, so can’t attest to this ourselves.

What we can attest to, though, is the comfort. In the short ride we had on the bike, the big rubber did a great job of ironing out the road, while the frame had a nice level of compliance.


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Injured Murray out of final Wimbledon warm-up

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Defending champion Andy Murray has pulled out of his final warm-up match before Wimbledon because of a sore hip.

The world number one, 30, was scheduled to play an exhibition match at Hurlingham Club in London on Friday.

“Sadly I won’t be ready to play at the Hurlingham, my hip is still sore and I need to rest it,” he said.

The Briton is still expected to begin the defence of his Wimbledon title on Monday, but will be short of practice heading into the Championships.

Murray has only played one grass-court match this year, suffering a shock first-round defeat by world number 90 Jordan Thompson at Queen’s.

As defending champion, the Scot is set to open on Centre Court at 13:00 BST on Monday.

Analysis – ‘Murray’s preparation hindered’

Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent:

Aches and pains are nothing new for Murray, or for any professional tennis player, but the timing is inopportune.

Murray’s last practice session was a light one at the All England Club on Tuesday, and although it is possible he might still have one on Friday, he may need to spend another day on the sidelines.

My understanding is that his participation at Wimbledon is not currently in doubt, but his preparation has once again been hindered. This is a season in which injury and illness have caused much frustration.

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(Video Interview) Kelsi Worrell Ready to Make Some Noise in Budapest

Butterfly queen Kelsi Worrell cruised to first in the women’s 50 fly at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships as the only swimmer in the field to dip under 26 seconds. Her time of 25.69 sits second in the world this year. She will also represent Team USA in the 4×100 free relay after finishing third in the 100 free earlier this weekend.

The 2016 Rio Olympian talks about feeding off of her team and using her teammates as motivation. She also discusses staying calm and collected while using her energy to carry her throughout the rest of the meet.

Watch more video interviews from Nationals here.

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2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals: Day Three Prelims Heat Sheets

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Heat sheets for the third morning of action from the 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships have been posted with a total of eight prelim events. Elizabeth Beisel will be making her first and only appearance of the Nationals with the 400 IM first Thursday morning. Bethany Galat will look to continue her momentum after she clinched a Budapest spot with a second place finish in the 200 breast Wednesday night. Madisyn Cox, Ella Eastin and Brooke Forde will all be looking for their first World Championship team as well.

Chase Kalisz has the top seed in the 400 IM as he will look to put up a solid swim in that event for his third straight Worlds team. Jay Litherland, Gunnar Bentz and Josh Prenot will also be looking to get on the team as they have not qualified yet.

The women’s 100 fly seems to be wide open behind Kelsi Worrell as Hellen Moffitt, Kendyl Stewart and Sarah Gibson all have a chance to make some waves in that event and pick up the spot for Hungary.

Tom Shields will have his last chance to make the team in the 100 fly as he enters prelims as the top seed. Seth Stubblefied, Jack Conger and Caeleb Dressel are all within striking distance of Shields going into the race.

The 50 breast and 50 back will close out the morning as Lilly King, Cody Miller, Kathleen Baker and Ryan Murphy will be showing off their raw sprint speed in the heats.

2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals: Day 3 Prelims Heat Sheets – Results

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True Sweetser Looks Like the Miler the U.S. Needs

Photo Courtesy: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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By David Rieder.

The American team needed an answer in the men’s 1500 free. Connor Jaeger was retired and Jordan Wilimovsky focusing on open water, and in their stead, no one entered in the event at this year’s U.S. Nationals had ever previously broken the 15:00 in the event.

That meant trouble, since it will almost certainly take a sub-15:00 performance to make the 1500 free final at the World Championships next month. And it got no better when the Nationals field set a sluggish pace from the start, almost taking the prospect of a sub-15-minute swim out of the question.

Robert Finke was the leader through much of the middle portion of the race, while top seed True Sweetser was holding steady about three seconds behind. But for Sweetser, all was going according to plan.

“I knew that going into the final, a lot of guys get excited, and they like to go out fast. I wanted to make sure I went out as controlled as I could and make sure that I had a really strong back half, which is my strength,” Sweetser said. “I had a lot of confidence in the training that I put in to make sure that I was going to close the race really strong.”

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Robert Finke — Photo Courtesy: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

At the 1200 mark, Sweetser was in fourth place and four seconds behind the leader, Finke. But then, Sweetser started throwing down splits under 30 seconds per 50.

By the 1300, he had moved into second place. On the 27th of 30 laps, he went by Finke, and then he was off to the races.

“I’ve had a couple miles where I closed really hard at the end, and I came up a little short. I wanted to make sure that I was making my move completely and not looking back,” Sweetser said. “My whole body was ringing. My ears were ringing.”

A 28.65 split on the next lap put Sweetser in position where maybe, if he could nail the last 100, he could get under 15:00.

The 15-minute mark was one he had been shooting for since he was 16 years old. He was so anxious to get down that low that after he swam the event at the Short Course World Championships in December, he plugged his time of 14:34.05 (short course meters) into several time converters. He was thrilled to find out that it translated (roughly) to a sub-15-minute performance.

Finally, Tuesday night in Indianapolis, Sweetser went under for real, finishing in 14:59.73. Oh, and he won his first national championship in the process.

“I think it’s probably one of the hardest barriers in the sport to race,” Sweetser said. “My coach, Jeff Kostoff—a Stanford distance swimming legend—he said to me afterwards, ‘My biggest goal in the sport was to be able to sneak under 15 minutes, and you did it right there.’”

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Sweetser had been the third-fastest American in the mile in 2016, and he swam in the final of the event at Short Course Worlds, but it hadn’t been a smooth 2017 so far as he wrapped up his freshman year at Stanford. He arrived at the NCAA championships seeded fifth in the 1650 free, but he added five seconds to his entry time and ended up 12th.

The bounce-back was stunning and dramatic—just as Sweetser had intended.

“I made up my mind after the NCAA meet that I wanted to have the best turnaround from NCAAs to this meet of anyone,” he said. “I wanted to go from a pretty low point, one of my worst meets, to have one of my best ones.”

Sweetser wanted to know that going into his mile at Nationals that he had done absolutely everything he could to prepare for that swim.

“There’s a great quote from (three-time Olympic gold medalist) Grant Hackett. He wanted to make sure that when he went behind the blocks for a race, he knew that he had put in more work than anyone else in that heat,” Sweetser said. “I was confident that—I don’t know exactly what other people do—but that I had put in as much work as I could going into that race, and I was ready to rock out.”

In the aftermath, Sweetser was giddy about the opportunity he had earned—a ticket to Budapest and the World Championships—and he couldn’t help but reflect on the people he considered paramount to his success. As he listed them, it was clear his affection and appreciation was genuine.

“I can’t thank my teammates enough, even the ones I trained with at Gator Swim Club, guys I trained with since I was 15 like Ben Lawless and Blake Manganiello and now at Stanford, Liam Egan and James Murphy,” Sweetser said. “Those guys, some of them weren’t here tonight, but being with them every day is just as rewarding as swimming tonight.

After a moment, Sweetser added a word of thanks for the man he considered most responsible for his winning the national title.

“I have to thank Jordan Wilimovsky for not showing up—really appreciate that, very grateful for that,” he said.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here—Sweetser won’t be contenting for any medals of Budapest, and he’ll probably have to drop another chunk of time to even make the final in the 1500 free.

But remember, he’s only 19 years old. With the trajectory he’s on—not to mention his workhorse mentality and an ability to not take himself too seriously—it’s not unreasonable to project Sweetser as the long-term answer for the American men in the longest event in the pool.

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Jan Bakelants apologises over offensive remarks about podium girls

The Belgian rider made the remarks to Het Laatste Nieuws and took to Twitter to apologise

Jan Bakelants (Ag2r La Mondiale) has offered his apologies for making inappropriate comments about podium girls at the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday in Düsseldorf.

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Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws printed a short six-question interview with Bakelants, who won a stage and wore the yellow jersey in the 2013 Tour.

“My sincerest apologies to all those offended by my words in a so called humouristic itw,” he said on Twitter. “My words have been inappropriate.”

Asked about going three weeks at the Tour without sex, he said: “It’s not too difficult with those porn films, and there are always those podium girls. [Laughs].”

The Belgian added when asked what he would pack for his free time, “Definitely a packet of condoms. You never know where those podium girls are hanging out. [Laughs loudly.]”

The interview caused a stir that went to the top of the Tour de France. Race director Christian Prudhomme reportedly contacted the French WorldTour team, which includes Bakelants’s room-mate Romain Bardet.

“We read the interview,” the team said. “It is clear that Jan wanted to be funny, but the effect was the opposite and in bad taste.

“We offer our apologies to the organisation and to all of those who were offended by his comments.”

Podium girls have drawn attention this year as some race organisers decided to due away with one of cycling’s traditions.

The Tour Down Under, the first WorldTour race on the calendar, cut them to convey a more positive image for women in sport and used junior cyclists instead.

The Volta a Catalunya also skipped the tradition in favour of other prize presenters.


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14-year-old Italian rider fails drugs test after local race

Medical experts say drug could cause problem’s for child’s growth

A 14-year-old cyclist from Italy has reportedly become the country’s youngest rider ever to fail a doping test.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the unnamed cyclist tested positive for mesterolone, a banned anabolic steroid, following a regional race near Rome.

The young cyclist has been immediately suspended by the the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping tribunal.

>>> Trek-Segafredo rider André Cardoso tests positive for EPO

Mesterolone is reportedly used widely by bodybuilders, with Carlo Tranquilli, chair of the Lazio region of the Italian Sports Medical Federation, saying that it could have “deadly side-effects” when taken by such a young person.

“The administration [of the drug] to a 14-year-old could stop him growing properly,” he said. “It can cause hormonal, sexual, and cardiovascular problems, and possible cause tumours too.

“All this is from first use, and not just risks that come from prolonged use, because at that age the child is still developing.”


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(Video Interviews) Lilly King, Bethany Galat Earning Redemption in 200 Breast

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2016 Olympic gold medalist Lilly King finished first in the women’s 200 breaststroke to qualify her for the World Championships. King’s time of 2:21.83 was a best time by nearly three seconds. After a disappointing finish in this event last year at the Olympics, King is ready to bounce back this year.

Tonight’s 200 breaststroke was a special race for Bethany Galat. After finishing third in two events at last year’s Olympic Trials, Galat’s second place finish earned her a spot on her first international team. Despite last year’s disappointment, Galat was able to drop nearly three seconds to qualify her for Worlds in her home state of Indiana.

Watch more video interviews from Nationals here.

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