Colombian climber Egan Bernal rumoured to be signing with Team Sky next year

The sought-after young rider is believed to be signing with the British team next year according to reports

Up-and-coming Colombian climber Egan Bernal is thought to be edging closer to signing with Team Sky for the 2018 season.

Bernal currently rides with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, an Italian continental team that recently featured in the Tour of the Alps seeing Bernal take the white jersey for best rider under 25.

>>> ‘Geraint Thomas has got to be the most talented rider I’ve ever worked with

The 20-year-old piqued the interest of WorldTour teams at the remodelled race but has been on the radar and was a close second in the young rider classification at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier in the year. That award ended up going to Quick-Step Floors Luxembourgish rider, Bob Jungels.

The news was reported by Italian sport news outlet, Gazzetta dello Sport, which claims that Bernal has made up his mind and is set to sign with Sky. If true, the British team will have fended off Movistar who were also rumoured to be in the running.


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It’s also been highlight that Androni Giocattoli have recently signed a three year contract with the young rider, meaning that some sort of financial compensation will be in order.

Unfortunately, mid-contract transfers aren’t the most common events in cycling so it is unclear what deal will be sorted between the two teams. The break from the normal etiquette of signing riders only goes to further highlight the potential that Bernal has.

The signing of the slight rider would show a clear indication from Sky that they are thinking about a time without Froome and co.

Geraint Thomas will hope that a good campaign in the Giro d’Italia could promote him to main man at Sky but in the long run Sir Dave Brailsford and co will be looking elsewhere.

Team Sky will be kicking off their hunt for the maglia rosa at the Giro on Friday.


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Marcelo Chierighini, Bruno Fratus Lead Quick 100 Free Heats in Brazil

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The third of five days at the Brazilian Swimming Championships — a.k.a. the Maria Lenk Trophy — in Rio will feature a quick final in the men’s 100 free after Marcelo Chierighini topped prelims with the ninth-fastest time in the world this year. Read below for a full recap of all the morning action.

Women’s 100 Free

Alessandra Marchioro finished just ahead of Manuella Lyrio for the top seed in the women’s 100 free finals. Marchioro clocked 55.72, while Lyrio was two tenths back in 55.92. Third went to Daynara De Paula in 56.07.

Men’s 100 Free

In what figures to be the top race of the day, two men broke 48 seconds in the 100 free prelims, and it took well under 50 to earn a spot in the championship final. Chierighini led the way with his 48.46, followed closely by Bruno Fratus at 48.50. Both men moved into the world top ten with those swims.

Gabrielle Santos was third in 49.12, just ahead of world record-holder Cesar Cielo, who came in at 49.12.

There ended up being a tie for eighth as Marco Antonio Ferreira and Pedro Henrique Silva each recorded times of 49.61, but Ferreira ended up getting the bid in the A-final, while Silva was regulated to the B-heat.

Women’s 50 Breast

Jhennifer Alves Conceicao cruised to the top seed in with her time of 31.04, leaving her just outside the world top-ten in the event but giving her plenty of a margin going into the final.

Renata Paula Sander qualified second in 31.49, with Carolyne Gomes De Souza earning the third seed in 31.52, ahead of Julia Sebastian (31.54) and Ana Carla Carvalho (31.59).

Men’s 50 Breast

Felipe Lima will look to add to his collection of titles after winning the 100 breast. He qualified first in the 50 breast in 27.01, the third best time in the world this year. He will look to join Adam Peaty and Nicolo Martinenghi under the 27-second barrier in the final.

Joao Gomes qualified second in 27.27, good for ninth in the world rankings, and 2011 World Champion Felipe Franca Silva was third in 27.42, just ahead of Pedro Brasil Cardona (27.43).

Women’s 50 Back

Etiene Medeiros did not swim the 100 back in Rio, but she did earn the top seed in the 50 back with her time of 28.57.

Andrea Eliana Berrino qualified second for the final in 28.66 and will look to give Medeiros a run. WEll back in third was Ana Guilia Pereira Zortea in 29.66.

Men’s 50 Back

After already winning the 100 back title, Guilherme Guido is in poll position to add a win in the 50 back. He qualified first in prelims at 25.16, moving into a three-way tie for tenth in the world with Richard Bohus and Apostolos Cristou.

Gabriel Fantoni qualified second in 25.40, and Nathan Bighetti was third in 26.00.

Women’s 200 Fly

Joanna Maranhao comfortably qualified first in the 200 fly prelims with her time of 2:13.39. She was well off her own Brazilian record of 2:09.38 from the Pan Am Games in 2015 but will have a chance to make a run at that in the final.

Giovanna Tomanik took second in 2:15.67, and third went to Virginia Bardach Martin in 2:16.55.

Men’s 200 Fly

Vini Lanza edged out Luis Lopes Melo for the top spot in the morning’s final event. Lanza’s time of 1:58.08 beat out Lopes Melo’s 1:58.26.

Brazilian record-holder Kaio Almeida qualified third in 1:58.91, and veteran Leonardo De Deus is lurking after qualifying fifth in 2:00.74.

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After two years with no Brits, here are the three GB riders in the 2017 Giro d’Italia

British riders return to the start line of the Giro d’Italia for the first time since the 2014 edition

The start lists of the past two editions of the Giro d’Italia have been notable for their complete absence of any British riders. Given the number and talent of British riders currently in the WorldTour, this was something of a disappointment to GB fans.

It’s back to business this year for the 100th edition, however, as Britain will have three riders lining up in Sardinia on Friday for the Grande Partenza – two of whom are going for the overall honours.

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) and Hugh Carthy (Cannondale-Drapac) are included in the roll call of pros in the opening Grand Tour of the 2017 season.

>>> Giro d’Italia 2017 route: stages and key climbs

Thomas will co-lead Team Sky alongside Spaniard Mikel Landa, as Sky attempts to put a rider on the final podium in Milan for the first time since Colombian Rigoberto Uran placed second in 2013.



Yates will lead Australian outfit Orica-Scott in the race as he rides the race for the first time in his career after placing an impressive fourth in last year’s Tour de France.

Although Carthy isn’t the nominated leader in his Cannondale-Drapac team, he does go into the race as one of the American squad’s strongest climbers.

The 2017 Giro d’Italia starts in Sardinia on Friday, May 5, and concludes in Milan three weeks later on Sunday, May 28.


Geraint Thomas

Team: Team Sky
Date of birth (age): May 25 1986 (30)
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Geraint Thomas. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Geraint Thomas‘s 2016 season – the first in which he switched focus from Classics to stage races – yielded mixed results. His Paris-Nice win was a highlight, as was his successful defence of his Volta ao Algarve victory from 2015, but he faltered during the Tour de France and finished 15th, although that’s still a decent result.

This year he’s been nominated as co-leader at the Giro d’Italia with Mikel Landa, giving him the opportunity to shine in a Grand Tour. Victory in the Tour of the Alps in April show he’s on good form.

>>> ‘Geraint Thomas has got to be the most talented rider I’ve ever worked with’


Adam Yates

Team: Orica-Scott
Date of birth (age): August 7 1992 (24)
Birthplace: Bury

Adam Yates. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Along with brother Simon and team-mate Esteban Chaves, Adam Yates is part of Orica-Scott’s new line-up of Grand Tour hopefuls. A hugely impressive performance in the 2016 Tour de France saw him take fourth place overall and the white jersey of best young rider in just his second outing in the race.

However, he is an unknown quantity in the Giro as he makes his debut, and must also do without the support of brother Simon, who was given a call-up for the Tour in July due to Chaves’s injury.


Hugh Carthy

Team: Cannondale-Drapac
Date of birth (age): July 9 1994 (22)
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire

Hugh Carthy. Photo: Cor Vos/Cannondale-Drapac

After two years with Spanish outfit Caja Rural–Seguros RGA, Hugh Carthy has stepped up to the WorldTour for 2017 with American team Cannondale-Drapac. Carthy has already forged a name for himself has a climbing specialist, and took overall victory in the 2016 Vuelta a Asturias and ninth overall in the Volta a Catalunya WorldTour race.

Carthy has proven he can race at the top level, and now it will be interesting to see how he progresses with a bigger team around him. He’s also still seeking a good result from the 2017 season so far.



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Texas A&M Adds Five for 2017-2018 Season

Photo Courtesy: Brett Smith

Five swimming and diving standouts have signed with the Texas A&M men’s team and will join the Aggies for the 2017-18 season, head coach Jay Holmes announced.

Joining the Aggies in the fall will be four new swimmers Gus Karau (Southlake, Texas), Tanner Olson (Saugus, Calif.), Felipe Rizzo (Curitaba, Brazil) and Hudson Smith (Brenham, Texas) and diver Kurtis Mathews (Brisbane, NSW, Australia).

Gus Karau

Southlake, Texas
North Texas Nadadores

Karau was rated the No. 13 senior recruit in the state of Texas by CollegeSwimming.com and he helped Southlake Carroll High School to four state team titles in the highest classification in the state. Always a valuable relay swimmer for the Dragons, Karau placed seventh in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 100 butterfly at the 2017 Texas UIL Class 5A state meet. He also swam the fly leg on two state champion medley relays. An excellent student, Karau is a National Merit Scholarship finalist and a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. Karau competes for the North Texas Nadadores and he has junior national time standards in all the freestyle races from the 200 through the 1,650, as well as the 100 and 200 fly.

Best Times:
200 free – 1:39.74
500 free – 4:31.01
1000 free – 9:19.17
1650 free – 15:46.69
100 fly – 49.03
200 fly – 1:48.43

Kurtis Mathews

Brisbane, NSW, Australia
Queensland

An accomplished junior diver, Matthews has been selected to multiple junior national teams for Australia, including the 2016 World Junior Team and the 2016 NextGEN AusComGame Squad. He represented Australia at the 2016 FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Kazan, Russia, placing 24th in the three-meter dive and seventh in the three-meter synchro. He shined at the 2015 FINA Diving Grand Prix in Singapore with four top five finishes, including fourth in the platform dive and fifth in the three-meter dive.

Tanner Olson

Saugus, Calif.
Canyons Aquatic Club

A U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 2016, Olsen was rated the No. 4 senior swimmer in the state of California and No. 35 in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com. Competing for Saugus High School, Olsen won the 100 breaststroke at the CIF-South Section Championships in 2016. He trains with the Canyons Aquatic Club and he’s coached by Coley Stickels. At the 2016 Winter National Championships, Olsen placed eighth in the 200 breast (1:57.40), 12th in the 200 IM (1:48.34) and 12th in the 100 breast (54:22), as well as swimming legs on Canyons’ relays.

Best Times:
50 free: 20.50
100 free: 45.74
100 breast: 53.63
200 breast: 1:56.89
100 butterfly: 49.44
200 IM: 1:48.34

Felipe Rizzo

Curitaba, Brazil
Clube Curitibano

Rizzo comes to Texas A&M from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná in Curitaba, Brazil. Representing Brazil at the 2014 FINA World Junior Open Water Championships in Hungary, Rizzo placed 16th in the 5 km. His best time in the 400 SCM freestyle is 3:51.72. He trains with Clube Curitibano in Curitibano, Brazil.

Hudson Smith

Brenham, Texas
Brenham Swim Club

Smith, rated the 10th best senior swimmer in the state of Texas, finished his high school career at Brenham High School with five total individual state titles – three in the 100-yard breaststroke and two in the 200 IM. Competing for the Brenham Swim Club, Smith has posted U.S. Open qualifying cuts in the 200 breast and 400 IM and Summer Juniors cuts in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM. Competing at the 2017 Speedo Sectionals in College Station last February, Smith posted victories in the 100 and 200 breast and was sixth in the 200 and 400 IM.

Best Times:
100 breast: 55.67
200 Breast: 2:00.28
200 IM: 1:48.68
400 IM: 3:52.47

Texas A&M contributed this report. 

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Think you can beat Fabian Cancellara? Now you can prove it

Former pro and classics legend Fabian Cancellara invites the pubic to race against him in three timed events in his native Switzerland

Fabian Cancellara has issued a challenge to the world’s amateur cyclists: “see if you can beat me”.

The Swiss former professional rider has announced a series of three ‘Chasing Cancellara’ events in his home nation, where members of the public try and out-ride the Classics legend over a 10-15km route.

“The race of your life,” says the official event website. “Race against the Champion and try to overtake and beat him! How strong is #Spartacus still after his retirement?”

Riders can register online, with the first 100 of the 333 maximum to register getting automatic entry and the remaining participants chosen at random via a draw.

>>> Fabian Cancellara’s triple Strade Bianche wins honoured with special milestone

The events take place in Andermatt (June 25), Aigle to Villar-sur-Ollon (September 10) and Lugano (September 23). All three events are run on closed roads and finish with a post-race pasta party as part of the entry fee, which start at CHF 79 (£61.73 at time of writing).

A VIP Experience package is also available, which includes a 50-100km ride with Cancellara and evening dinner with him. More information is available via the Chasing Cancellara website.

Cancellara enjoyed a highly successful 15-year career as a professional rider before retiring at the end of last season. He was time time world champion on four occasions, won seven stages of the Tour de France, won Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders on three occasions each, and was Olympic time trial champion in 2008 and 2016. Plus many more victories.

In other words, you’d have to be pretty good to beat him.


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Training Log Snapshot: The Week Before My 3,000 PR

Looking at old training logs is exciting – I can almost feel how each workout felt. Just like looking at old race photos:

Running my steeplechase PR at the 2006 New England DIII Championships

Keeping a training journal, log, or diary is a powerful way to measure the stats of your running. Whether that’s a digital log or an old-fashioned notebook, either option works great.

This is what I’ve always tracked:

  • Daily, weekly, monthly, and annual mileage. Total volume is a powerful predictor of success.
  • Total time of a run, splits of workouts, and important paces
  • How I felt on a daily basis
  • What shoes I wore and the mileage of each pair
  • Drills, strength exercises, strides, warm-up movements, and other ancillary work
  • Total amount of cross-training and general effort of each session
  • Where I ran (for fun!)

I’ve always kept my logs in paper format. For me, it’s more gratifying to hold my training journal and see it in real life.

With platforms like Strava, Daily Mile, and Garmin Connect there’s opportunity to track a lot of other fancy metrics like:

  • Ground contact time (how much time your foot spends on the ground during one stride)
  • Vertical oscillation (how much you bounce up and down)
  • Elevation gain/loss
  • Cadence (steps per minute)

Some of these can be quite valuable (cadence and elevation metrics, for example) while others aren’t very actionable.

In other words, if you know your ground contact time… then what? How is that information used? Is it a “nice to know” or “need to know” metric?

In most cases, you don’t need the fancy data. The simple metrics are often the most helpful – they’re foundational.

Today I want to give you another snapshot of an old training log. This time, it’s during indoor track leading up to my 3,000m personal best.

Training for Speed: Inside my 3k Training

During my senior year of college, I set PR’s in nearly every event:

  • 800m (2:05)
  • Mile (4:35 – though I ran 4:33 post-collegiately)
  • 3,000m (9:04)
  • 3,000m Steeplechase (9:57)
  • 5,000m (16:02)
  • 8,000m XC (26:19)

Despite a few injury problems, this was a breakout year for me. And I want to share some of the training that led to these results.

Check it out:

Track Training

There’s a lot going on during this week. First, some basics:

  1. “SC drills” = “steeplechase drills.” I was doing a lot of hurdle mobility and dynamic exercises to prepare for the outdoor season.
  2. Like my training plans, the ‘ symbol represents minutes and the ” symbol represents seconds
  3. Speedstars, Marathoners, Vents, Miler XC’s, and Lanangs are shoes (the Nike Ventulus, Lanang, and Miler XC are racing spikes).
  4. In college, nobody had GPS watches. So we ran based on time and estimated mileage based on a 7:00/mile average.
  5. “… @ T” stands for “@ threshold pace.” It’s how tempo workouts were written.
  6. Total mileage for the week was 67 with the monthly total being 233 through 26 days of February.

In case you can’t read some of the splits:

Workout: 1,000m @ Tempo + 3x800m @ 5k -30″ pace + 4x200m @ 800m pace. Splits: 3:25, 2:28, 2:26, 2:26, 31, 30, 30, 30.

Race: Indoor 3,000m in 9:04. Splits: 71 @ 400m. 2:23 @ 800m. 4:50 @ mile. 6:04 @ 2,000m. Ran the last 400m in 67 (36, 31 200m splits).

Now, let’s break out some big lessons:

I ran fast almost every day

If you want to race fast, you have to train fast.

While this week only had one workout (we usually ran two), there was a race and I ran strides on three other days. That leaves only two days of only easy running.

Most runners confuse fast running with hard running. You can run fast frequently – but you can’t run hard nearly as frequently.

There’s not enough strength training

This era of my running career was before my big focus on strength work (and my injury rate proved that!). You’ll see I did this core routine and random ab exercises but that’s clearly not substantial enough.

Instead, I should have followed every run with a 10-20 minute strength routine. There’s no doubt that would have reduced my injuries in college.

Most easy runs were on trails

Trails boost general athleticism, help prevent injuries, can be more effective for recovery, and are simply more fun.

Thankfully we had a large network of trails near campus and our coach encouraged us to get in as much mileage as possible on softer surfaces.

If you can enjoy some off-road running, take advantage of it! You’ll be a better runner for running more trails.

Long runs still happened!

Even though I was only training for the 3,000m (slightly less than two miles), I was still running 14 miles nearly every weekend.

It’s instructive that the best middle-distance runners in the world run significant long runs even though their goal race is only 1500m – 5k.

Don’t discount the importance of long runs – even if your goal race is very short.

“Cautious Minimalism” was applied

Too many runners think they have to choose between being a barefoot runner and running in clunky motion-control shoes.

But that’s a false choice: you can get the best of both worlds with a mixed approach.

You’ll see that I wore three different pairs of racing spikes for the workout, strides, and race but more traditional neutral shoes for the remainder of the mileage.

A small amount of minimalism and barefoot running (I’m sure that if it were warmer, most of those strides would have been barefoot) can help improve lower leg strength and reinforce more efficient running form.

How to Think About All of This

I’m not posting this to brag (I placed 26th out of 29 runners in that race!) but rather to show you the principles behind sound training.

If you want to see how fast you can potentially run, it’s helpful to:

These are the basic building blocks of running-specific fitness. Every runner needs them, no matter your ability level or race goal.

If you need help building your own training plan and putting these lessons into practice, we have a lot of resources to help you succeed.

Check out our training programs, books, free resources, and coaching services here.

My questions for you:

  • Is there anything from this training log excerpt that I can clarify or explain further?
  • What other big-picture lessons can you draw from my training journal?
  • Are these types of posts helpful? Should I do more?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below. I look forward to reading them!

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The 2017 Giro d’Italia’s toughest climbs

Guide to the major mountain passes that will play their part in shaping the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia (May 5-28)

The Giro d’Italia wouldn’t be the Giro d’Italia without serving up a selection of testing climbing challenges over its three-week course. And the 100th edition of the race includes some of the race’s – and Italy’s – most famous and daunting mountain challenges.

Here, we pick out six of the climbs in order of their appearance that should provide plenty of action as the opening Grand Tour of the 2017 season unfurls.

>>> Giro d’Italia 2017: Latest news and race info


Mount Etna

Stage four, Tuesday May 9
Category: 1
Length: 18km
Average gradient: 6 per cent
Maximum gradient: 12 per cent
Maximum elevation: 1,892 metres

Giro d’Italia 2017, stage 4 profile

Etna, Giro d’Italia 2017 stage four

You may recall that a BBC film crew were caught in an eruption on Mount Etna in March this year, when they were pelted with hot ash and boiling rocks. That’s the same climb that features in the first mainland stage of the 2017 Giro after its three-day start in Sardinia.

Before getting anywhere near the business end of the volcano, the riders have to tackle one of the longest ascents of the race at 18 kilometres. It’s not particularly steep, but it will come as a shock after the even longer preceding climb of Portella… and the previous day’s transfer from Sardinia.


Blockhaus

Stage nine, Sunday May 14
Category: 1
Length: 13.6km
Average gradient: 8.6 per cent
Maximum gradient: 14 per cent
Maximum elevation: 1,648 metres

Giro d’Italia 2017, stage 9 profile

Blockhaus, Giro d’Italia 2017 stage nine

Although there are a collection of unclassified climbs prior to the arrival of the stage nine’s final ascent of Blockhaus, there will be little to prepare the riders for this stern test – possibly the hardest climb of the entire race. The narrow road twists through the wooded landscape on a relentlessly steep incline, reaching 14 per cent in places but more importantly averaging nearly nine per cent.

>>> Giro d’Italia 2017 route: Stage by stage



Oropa

Stage 14, Saturday May 20
Category: 1
Length: 11.75km
Average gradient: 6.2 per cent
Maximum gradient: 13 per cent
Maximum elevation: 1,142 metres

Giro d’Italia 2017, stage 14 profile

Oropa, Giro d’Italia 2017 stage 14

The stage profile looks more like something you’d find in a skate park that in a Grand Tour – albeit on a much, much larger scale. A descent from the start and a relatively flat day has ‘escape group’ written all over it. Equally, the final ascent to Oropa has ‘escape group caught’ written all over it.

The climb’s fluctuating gradient will do little to aid riders in finding a rhythm on the tricky climb, and will therefore favour those who have a more explosive nature (Nairo Quintana) than those who grind it out (Tom Dumoulin).


Stelvio

Stage 16, Tuesday May 23
Category: Cima Coppi (highest point in race)
Length: 21.7km
Average gradient: 7.1 per cent
Maximum gradient: 12 per cent
Maximum elevation: 2,758 metres

Giro d’Italia 2017, stage 16 profile

Stelvio, Giro d’Italia 2017 stage 16

Riders tackling the mighty Stelvio not only feel as though they are climbing into the sky, but must also feel as though they are winding the clock back to winter. Accumulations of snow at the roadsides and cuttingly cold winds are a general feature on the pass, even in mid-May.

Even without the weather factored in, the 21.7km ascent reaching an elevation of 2,758 metres above sea level will have the riders gasping, particularly as they will have already crested the Passo del Mortirolo – recently announced as a climb in honour of the late Michele Scarponi – and the following Umbrail Pass.


Pontives

Stage 18, Thursday May 25
Category: 1
Length: 9.3km
Average gradient: 6.3 per cent
Maximum gradient: 12 per cent
Maximum elevation: 1,103 metres

Giro d’Italia 2017, stage 18 profile

Pontives, Giro d’Italia 2017 stage 18

It’s hard to pick out which of the stage 18’s mountains are the toughest. The stage is billed as the ‘queen’ climbing stage of the 100th edition, and features five categorised climbs in a relentless sawtooth profile across the Dolomites: Passo Pordoi (Cat 1), Passo Valparola (Cat 2), Passo Gardena (Cat 2), Passo Pinei (Cat 3) and Pontives (Cat 1).

The final classified ascent of Pontives is sited four kilometres from the finish line, and will therefore be decisive in the day’s war of attrition. Worst of all for tired legs will be the sting in the climb’s tail, a short section of 12 per cent gradient before the climb’s peak and then a descent across cobbles to the finish.


Monte Grappa

Stage 20, Saturday May 27
Category: 1
Length: 24.15km
Average gradient: 5.4 per cent
Maximum gradient: 11 per cent
Maximum elevation: 1,620 metres

Giro d’Italia 2017, stage 20 profile

Monte Grappa, Giro d’Italia 2017, stage 20

What the Monte Grappa lacks in gradient – an average of 5.4 per cent – it makes up in length at 24.1km. The climb is broken up by two plateaus, which will come as a welcome respite for the riders as they spend around an hour tackling it.

Then it is a plummet down the other side to face the 2017 race’s final big ascent of Foza, the last chance for climbers to make a mark before the decisive final time trial into Madrid the following day.



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Is this Giro d’Italia kit the classiest ever released?

Santini just announced this year’s Giro d’Italia kit, and it could be the best looking WorldTour kit yet

This year’s Giro d’Italia kit comes with a nice retro twist, in celebration of the fact that the Grand Tour has its 100th edition this year.

Santini, the official supplier of the kit, has done a great job this time around, creating a selection of products that look both classy and stylish.

Even better news? You can buy the jerseys and the caps from most of the lines. They’re nicer than normal WorldTour kit, and definitely wouldn’t look out of place on the bike. Take your pick…

>>> Vincenzo Nibali just got a new bike… and it’s made out of gold

Giro d’Italia leaders jerseys

First up, there are the leaders jerseys, understated without much on them, other than the Santini badge and official sponsors of the race. Of course, La Gazzetta dello Sport, the famous founder of the race in 1909 is there.

These come in the classic pink for the overall leader, but also the blue, white and purple for, respectively, the best climber, best young rider and the best sprinter.

Buy now: Giro d’Italia leaders jersey from Chain Reaction Cycles for £74.99

Maglia Nera collection

Next up is our favourite line; the Maglia Nera collection, in honour of the rider who comes dead last in the race. Historically, there is some pretty stiff competition for this award, with riders hiding or deliberately waiting just so they can take home last honours.

Buy now:

Stages 1-2-3 line

The Giro Stages line celebrates all things Sardinia, which is hosting stages one, two and three of the race this year. Here, Santini has placed the famous Sardinian Lapwing as well as the island’s flag, mixing it up with some Mediterranean blue.

Buy now: Giro d’Italia stages 1-2-3 jersey from Wiggle for £79.99

Bartali line

Stage 11 starts in Ponte a Ema, Florence, home town of three times Giro winner, seven times King of the Mountain holder and World War Two hero Gino Bartali. Famous not just for his cycling prowess but also the fact he hid Jewish families in World War Two, and helped the resistance by carrying refugees in his bike trailer.

Buy now: Giro d’Italia Bartali jersey at Wiggle for £79.99

Rovetto to Bormia kit

The Cima Coppi kit celebrates the hardest climb in the Grand Tour, which this year comes in stage 16, when the race traverses from Rovetto to Bormia. The route snakes up the Stelvio Pass, topping out at 2,757 meters and could be a real make or break moment for the contenders.

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Monza-Milan kit

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Finally, the Monza-Milan kit is in honour of stage 21. It’s named “Invincible Wave” as this was what La Gazzetta dello Sport called the Giro when it announced the bike race. The whole event ends in Milan, just as it did the first time around in 1909.


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Exclusive: One in 20 amateur racers admit to doping

Our survey prompts national debate on the alleged doping crisis in amateur sport

One in 20 amateur racers have taken performance-enhancing substances over the course of their racing careers, a survey by Cycling Weekly has found.

The survey of 1,400 of CW’s largely British readership found that five per cent of those that identified themselves as elite or competitive racers (631 respondents) admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs without any Therapeutic Use Exemption in place.

The instance of drug use was lower among those who said they were keen amateurs or recreational cyclists, at 2.4 per cent.

Our survey certainly moved the needle in the hunt for dopers

Among those that admitted doping nearly a quarter said they had taken stimulants but 15 per cent said they had taken EPO and 15 per cent said they had taken steroids.

British Cycling head of legal and compliance Matt Barnes said the survey results were “concerning” and that “more can be done at an amateur level” to educate racers.

He added: “We are already working with UKAD to better understand the challenges in amateur-level competition and we will shortly be conducting a survey of our membership.”

Pat Myhill, director of operations at UK Anti-Doping, said the results were in line with other studies.

An Injection of pace into the doping debate

“We’re seeing a rise in the availability of substances through the internet. We have to keep the pressure on and make sure the right people are working together, sharing and joining up our information,” he said.

While there is anecdotal evidence that awareness of doping at the pro level might influence amateur racers to dope, Myhill stressed:

“The code is clear. You can’t use these substances; they have no place in sport. Sport is about human performance, not who has the best doctor or who can buy the best supplement or who can be the sneakiest.”

The survey found that 48 per cent of amateur racers felt the main motivation to dope was to win races for prestige or adulation rather than prize money. But nearly a fifth also said beating rivals was a powerful motivator.

Full survey results and analysis, in this week’s Cycling Weekly


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Swimming World Presents “Totally Texas”

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Totally Texas

Coach Eddie Reese’s Longhorns simply did what they’ve been doing so well for the last three years: dominate the men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

Texas cruised past its competition with a dominating performance that included a record-tying 11 event victories and a margin of victory that exceeded 200 points.

The Longhorns scored 542 points, dominating a meet in which Cal finished second at 349, followed by Florida (294.5), North Caro- lina State (272.5) and Stanford (242). The top four teams finished in the exact same order as last year.

The win gave Texas 13 national championships, breaking the tie with Michigan for the most all time. All of Texas’ titles have come under Coach Eddie Reese, who has won at least three titles in each of the last four decades.

Additional feature stories from the NCAA Championships include Florida’s Caeleb Dressel, Texas seniors Jack Conger and Will Licon, and the memorable 1,650 freestyle race. To catch up on these stories check out the May issue of Swimming World, available now!

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FEATURES

010 NCAA DIVISION I PHOTO GALLERY
by Peter H. Bick

018 STANFORD’S JUST BEGINNING
by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Annie Grevers
It took Stanford 19 years to return as NCAA Division I swimming and diving champions, but it looks like the Cardinal is ready to stay at the top for a few more years to come.

026 TOTALLY TEXAS
by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Annie Grevers
Coach Eddie Reese’s Longhorns simply did what they’ve been doing so well for the last three years: dominate the men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

035 BRING OUT THE BROOMS!
by James Sica, Diana Pimer, Chandler Brandes and Taylor Brien
That’s what the swimming and diving teams from Queens, Emory, Olivet Nazarene and Indian River did last March as they swept the women’s and men’s team titles at their respective NCAA-II, NCAA-III, NAIA and NJCAA Championships.

046 AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM (Part VI): FUTURE—THE TOP OF THE TEAM
by Chuck Warner
If the American Swimming Team is going to maintain its superior position in the future, it must continue to look for ways to improve.

COACHING

038 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: SAM FREAS
by Michael J. Stott

041 STARTS AND BREAKOUTS
by Michael J. Stott
This is the first of a multi-part series on “trained behaviors” in swimming. When applied to starts and breakouts, some of the nation’s best practitioners have developed methods of their own to produce successful outcomes that span seasons of competition and even careers.

044 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: BREASTSTROKE HAND RECOVERY
by Rod Havriluk
The above-surface hand recovery in breaststroke is very common and used by many elite swimmers. It is a misconception, however, that the above-surface recovery is more effective or faster than a below surface recovery.

048 SPECIAL SETS: TENNESSEE MID-SEASON SETS
by Matt Kredich with Michael J. Stott

053 Q&A WITH COACH JON SAKOVICH
by Michael J. Stott

054 HOW THEY TRAIN ARIEL SPEKTOR
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

052 DRYSIDE TRAINING: GOT BODY POSITION?
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

050 GOLDMINDS: SEEING IS BELIEVING
by Wayne Goldsmith
To be the swimmer you want to be, you must see the swimmer you want to see.

056 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
057 GUTTER TALK
058 PARTING SHOT

ON THE COVER

The University of Texas men won this year’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships by more than 200 points. The victory was their third three-peat, having won the team titles in 1988-91 (a four-peat), 2000-02 and now 2015-17. It was also Coach Eddie Reese’s record 13th men’s NCAA D1 national championships since taking on the job at Texas in 1978. (See feature, page 26).

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