Fabian Cancellara: ‘They talk about Sagan and Van Avermaet, but it’s not the same as me and Tom’

The Classics great says the burgeoning rivalry of Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet can’t compare to the duels between him and Tom Boonen

Recently retired Classics great Fabian Cancellara, says that the rivalry between Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is not the same as what he had with Tom Boonen in their golden years.

The Swiss stopped last year after winning Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix three times each. Often, he crossed swords with Quick Step’s Belgian Tom Boonen, who retires this April 9 after Paris-Roubaix.

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“It was me or him, it was always me and him, or you’d get a one-off, nothing against the other riders,” Cancellara told Sporza.

“The Tour of Flanders from 2010 affected that status, then there were years I was in and he wasn’t, or I was out and he was in. Still we rode in the peloton for years and that [duel] status came up.

“Now they talk about Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet, the new duel, but it’s not the same duel that Tom and I delivered to each other or the people watching at home.”

Van Avermaet took some of his biggest wins against the Slovakian world champion. This year and last, the Belgian won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad ahead of Sagan.

Watch: Tour of Flanders essential guide

He attacked up the Kemmelberg in Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday, Sagan raced to join him, and left his rival on the flats with Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott).

“I had many moments against Tom, but for sure [the 2010 Tour of Flanders] stands out. He was in the Belgian national jersey, I was as in the Swiss jersey.

“For sure, that day has its history, he was the favourite and the country was looking at that one day, then I was there and didn’t move. For sure it was a duel, we went alone together, it turned out for me and I won.”

Cancellara predicts exciting races over the next two weeks in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix because he said everyone good winters.

“Greg and Peter Sagan are maybe a level higher, but we’ve seen other riders at a big level,” he said.

“The people at home make their comments about who’s strongest, if it’s Tom, if it’s me, if it’s Sagan or Van Avermaet. It’s always different. I don’t think you can say it’s the best because all of us would have to be in that one race together.”

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Bus driver who pushed cyclist off bike found guilty of assault and fined £400

Court hears how Stephen Metcalfe pushed a cyclist into railings after he had an argument with another driver

A bus driver from York who pushed a cyclist off his bike and into some railings has been found guilty of assault and fined £400.

York Magistrates Court heard how Stephen Metcalfe climbed out of the bus he was driving, walked around another bus in front of him, and pushed a cyclist into some railings, York Press reports.

Simon Ostler, the prosecutor, told the court how the cyclist had been involved in an argument with another bus driver who had told him that company policy said that he was not allowed aboard the bus with his bike.

After riding off the cyclist then saw the same bus behind him, and stopped to continue the argument, before Mr Metcalfe pushed him into the railings.

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Mr Ostler said that the cyclists suffered a wrenched wrist, sprained elbow, and minor injuries to his shoulder and ribs in the incident.

Mr Metcalfe’s solicitor, Steve Munro, told the court that his client had acted out of character and was “concerned for the passengers on his bus and the bus ahead of him and that is why he got involved”.

After pleading guilty of assault, Mr Metcalfe was handed a £400 fine, ordered to pay £100 compensation to the cyclist, £85 prosecution costs, and a £40 statutory surcharge.

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Czech made 760 gram Duratec Phantom comes to Bespoked show

Duratec claims its Phantom full monocoque frame weighs just 760 grams

Duratec is based in the Czech Republic, with its bikes distributed in the UK by Bicycles by Design. The Phantom frameset uses a production process in which the frame is made as one piece, rather than being constructed as subcomponents, such as a rear triangle construct, which are then bonded together.

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Duratec has teamed up with Czech paralympic champion cyclist Jiri Jezek to help develop the bike, as seen in this release video.

Making frames since 1997 and working with carbon fibre since 2001, Duratec still hand assembles in the Czech Republic, with the Phantom made from top grade Toray and Granoc Japanese-made carbon fibre, bonded with Nanoalloy resin. It says it’s developed its own technologies and tooling in producing the new frame.

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The frame is made up of around 400 separate sheets of carbon fibre, with the design aiming to use the longest possible uninterrupted stretches of fibre to increase strength. The Phantom frame has recently been given the UCI’s seal of approval for racing and bears its UCI sticker.

Duratec’s frames are laid up by hand and made as a single piece

Kitted out with SRAM Red eTap and Zipp 404 wheels and a 3T Rigida Team fork, Duratec claims a weight of 6.15kg for a complete bike. It offers other builds and custom colour scheme and configuration options, with the entry-level SRAM Force bike with Fulcrum 5LG wheels coming in at around £3700, as well as a completely bespoke build option. For around double that you can get a SRAM Red eTap, Campagnolo Super Record or Dura-Ace Di2 build, all with Zipp 303 wheelset.

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The Phantom will have its UK debut at Bespoked 2017 in Bristol on April 7 to 9.

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Scott Thwaites: ‘We made a mistake in Ghent-Wevelgem and it cost us’

Dimension Data miss out after having two riders in the crucial move

Scott Thwaites says that he and Dimension Data team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen “made a mistake” by hesitating when the lead group of Ghent-Wevelgem’s split in yesterday’s race.

Thwaites and Boasson Hagen were able to make the 14-man group that went clear after Greg Van Avermaet‘s (BMC Racing) attack on the Kemmelberg, but their hesitation saw Van Avermaet and Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott) ride clear.

The peloton absorbed Thwaites and the Norwegian winner of the 2009 race in the final kilometre in Wevelgem. Thwaites ended 29th, the highest place Dimension Data ride, and rode directly to his team’s temporary silver motorhome further down Wevelgem’s main street.

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“We did everything right up until that point,” Thwaites told Cycling Weekly.

“We had a good strong team performance to get in the break and then Bernie [Eisel] pulling to the bottom of the Kemmelberg, that put us in a good position. But yeah, we made a bit of a mistake and it cost us in the end.

“It’s always disappointing to race that far, do everything right and sort of make the mistake right at the end after the hard work.”

Watch: Cobbled Classics essential guide

Van Avermaet was the only BMC rider to make the crucial move group, while Team Sunweb, Quick-Step Floors and Dimension Data all had multiple options. When Keukeleire busted the group apart with 21 kilometres remaining, just outside of Ypres, Sunweb and Quick-Step both managed to make the new five-man group.

“We just hesitated really. We should’ve already jumped on that and made sure we had one of us in that group, it didn’t really matter if you had the legs or not, you could just sit there if you didn’t feel good,” Thwaites added.

“I hesitated and so did Eddy, so we both made that mistake. That’s what cost us a good result really.”

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After going clear on the Kemmelberg, some riders in the 14-man move were skipping turns or not fully contributing as the race made its way on the flat final 35km to Wevelgem.

“It’s annoying,” Van Avermaet commented on the dynamics. “I got annoyed too, especially in the group of 14 because you know Degenkolb and Matthews were in the group, [who] certainly had interests in making the group work. Still, there were only two or three men coming through.”

Van Avermaet, together with Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) latched on to Keukeleire’s wheel when the Orica rider attacked, with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) bridged across shortly after. Meanwhile, Thwaites and Boasson Hagen sat in the second group.

>>> Five things we learned from Ghent-Wevelgem

“A few people were letting the wheel go to slip to the back of the group and it sort of split a little bit,” continued Thwaites. “When they accelerated, those guys went away, so we just weren’t in the right position and didn’t jump on it immediately.

“I’m not happy that we got nothing. I’m not going to dance around that we got caught and got nothing in the sprint, that’s not really what this team’s about.”

Thwaites will return to Leeds for the week, with him and Dimension Data having a chance to get revenge in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.

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Icons of cycling: Cinelli Laser

This radical design classic paired razor-sharp aerodynamics with beautifully flowing tubing

The Cinelli Laser was the perfect blend of form and function. Not only did it win 28 gold medals in World Championships and Olympics but it also was awarded the Compasso d’Oro design award in 1991.

New bosses are fond of making changes, but when Antonio Colombo took charge of Cinelli he went much further: after he launched the radical-looking Laser, bicycle design would never be the same again.

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He created a 21st century bicycle in 1981. Colombo, the youngest son of Angelo Luigi Colombo, who founded the Columbus tubing company in 1919, famously paid attention to the art of the bicycle as well as the science of it.

With Paulo Erzegovesi, who is now CEO of the company, he designed the Laser, arguably the world’s first and certainly the most innovative aerodynamic bike to date.

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Made from Columbus multi-shape tubing it had beautiful and invisible joints that flowed into one another via painstakingly filed gussets and fins that were all made of steel.

Andrea Pesenti, who now has ‘Laserman’ tattooed on his arm, built each Laser by hand, and each one was custom made for its rider and optimised for the discipline in which it would be used.

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In a masterstroke, all were painted in the same distinctive baby-blue sparkle, a colour now forever associated with the Laser.

The pista version of the Laser was the most dramatic, a model built for East German powerhouse Lothar Thoms, who won the gold medal in the kilo in Moscow in 1980, a particular favourite with bike fans.

Thoms never rode it at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 since 14 Eastern Bloc countries boycotted the Games in response to the USA boycotting Moscow in 1980.

However, Hans Henrik Oersted won the professional individual pursuit at the World Championships of that year on his Laser, repeated the feat a year later and broke the sea-level Hour record at Bassano del Grappa.

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Oersted became Cinelli’s poster boy, featuring in the brand’s publicity crouched theatrically over his blue Laser in his scarlet Denmark skinsuit.

When Cycling Weekly visited the factory a few years ago, Antonio Colombo showed us the most famous Laser of all — not one ridden by a world or Olympic champion but one that has its double disc wheels painted by artist Keith Haring — an image of which was aptly the icon to click to enter Cinelli’s website at one time.

Cinelli recently relaunched the Laser — this time in carbon-fibre, calling it the Laser Mia.

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It looks sublime and has a sub-kilo frame but most strikingly of all looks almost exactly the same as the original steel Laser of 35 years ago.

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JLT-Condor take stage success at Tour de Taiwan

James Gullen won the second stage of the race after Russell Downing came second on the opening day

Overnight, James Gullen took a solo win in the Tour de Taiwan. He crossed the line a handful of seconds ahead of a reduced peloton and with it moves into the race lead.

>>> Greg Van Avermaet’s Ghent-Wevelgem Strava file shows his devastating speed

The stage, which finished in New Taipei City, was remarkably sunnier compared with Sunday’s opening stage, which saw Russell Downing claim second on a rain-soaked street of downtown Taipei. Crashes took down Brenton Jones and Edmund Bradbury in the final corners, forcing Downing to adapt his lead-out for Brenton to turn it into a long sprint to the line.

“After yesterday’s stage and perfect riding from the team, we were disappointed a stage win didn’t come to fruition. Today the riders were really focused to bring home a win.”

Russell Downing comes close on stage one of the Tour de Taiwan

“The team was working for Russell Downing, with the aim of positioning him for the intermediate sprints and take time bonuses and move him into the yellow jersey”, explained race team manager, Tim Kennaugh.

Halfway through the 114km stage, the peloton split as attacks came on the only climb of the day. A mechanical for Ian Bibby meant he was unable to feature in the 30-rider move. The group, containing Edmund Bradbury and James Gullen, worked well to maintain their lead over the rest of the chasing pack.

“When it was clear that the group with Russ and Brenton wouldn’t make it back to us, Tim [Kennaugh] adapted our race plan and told us to ride for ourselves. I put in a big attack at 5km to go and got my head down, into time trial mode and went for the line”, explained stage winner, James Gullen.

Behind, Edmund Bradbury sprinted to second to take the time bonuses away from the yellow jersey of Columbian, Elvin Avila, making it a 1-2 stage result for JLT Condor.

The racing continues tomorrow with a 118km stage and summit finish in Jiaobanshan Park.

The race is live on the Tour de Taiwan YouTube channel and on Eurosport Asia/Eurosport Australia from 8am (local time) / 1am (GMT).

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Cyclist left fighting for his life as car drives into bike race in Germany

Two other riders and a marshal were also injured as riders hit the back of the car that had stopped in the racing carriageway

A rider has been left fighting for his life with head injuries on Sunday after a car drove into the middle of bike race in Germany.

Two other riders have been left with injuries, one in a critical condition, along with a race marshal after riders collided with the vehicle at around 12.45pm on Sunday.

The two riders left critically injured were immediately rushed to a hospital in Berlin, with the incident taking place in the Wannsee area south of the city.

A fire engine, four rescue vehicles and two medics were rushed to the scene, which happened during the annual Radsport Club Charlottenburg (RCC)

It is still unclear how the incident took place. The race is held on open roads with one rolling closure on the single carriageway used by the race.

The vehicle, identified as a white Aldi SUV, is though to have turned into the lane used by the race before stopping. Riders then collided with the car as they came around a bend.

The International Business Times reported eye witness, Matthias Roeder as saying: “I saw a white car, the rear window was broken, there were bicycles behind the vehicle.”

A picture in the German newspaper Bild showed the car in the middle of the road with bikes sprawled behind it and blood splatters on the tarmac. Reports suggest none of the four occupants of the vehicle, who were in the local forest for a day trip, were injured.

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Greg Van Avermaet’s Ghent-Wevelgem Strava file shows his devastating speed

See what it took to win the 2017 edition of Ghent-Wevelgem with Greg Van Avermaet’s Strava stats

Ghent-Wevelgem winner Greg Van Avermaet has posted his victorious Sunday ride on Strava – and his stats make for impressive viewing.

Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) won the race after making a decisive move on the final ascent of the Kemmelberg climb. He then led the pace-setting in the final 30km, eventually forming a two-man break with fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott).

In the final sprint to the line, Van Avermaet just pipped his companion to take the win, and his third 2017 cobbled classics victory after previously claiming Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and E3 Harelbeke.

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Van Avermaet’s Strava file shows that he completed the race distance of 249.7 kilometres at an average speed of 43.8kmh (27.2mph).

Although the second half of the route is peppered with hills, there aren’t any huge descents on which to build up speed, yet Van Avermaet still managed to achieve a maximum speed of 88.6kmh (54.7mph).

Van Avermaet managed to claim a few KoMs along the way – including the main Kemmelberg segment, which he now shares with Frenchman Arnaud Démare (FDJ). The pair tackled the cobbled 1.5km, average 6 per cent gradient climb at 24.8kmh (15.4mph).

>>> Iconic places: The Kemmelberg

Interestingly, the Strava times for the final segments of the race – ‘sprint Gent-Wevelgem’ and ‘Sprint Wevelgem’ – show that no rider in the 2017 race was near the top 10 fastest times. That probably had something to do with the win being contested from an escape rather than a full-on bunch sprint.

The three new gravel road ‘plugstreet’ sectors are also on Strava as segments, with Van Avermaet claiming second spot behind Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) in the first sector of 1.9km. Scott Thwaites (Dimension Data) and Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac)/Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) hold the KoM titles for the other two.

No power or heart rate information has been uploaded with the basic GPS info from Van Avermaet’s SRM PC8 head unit, so we can’t see his wattage output. Nevertheless, we can get an insight into what it takes to win a prestigious classic.

The cobbled classics continue this Sunday with the Tour of Flanders.

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Tech of the week: a hot pink Bianchi, £870 brakes, Simpsons kit and more

This week we’ve had news of Bianchi’s custom colour options, some rather expensive carbon components and shoes, along with summer clothing options, track bikes, children’s balance bikes and more.

Expensive and not so expensive bikes and parts

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a hot pink Bianchi with yellow accents, Bianchi now lets you choose your own colour scheme for its Oltre XR4 via its web configurator app. This week we’ve also tested the Oltre XR4 in its more traditional celeste if you want to know how your custom pink bike will ride.

If you feel the need to upgrade your £8000 Bianchi, you can always fit some of THM Carbones’s parts. A 78 gram carbon stem will set you back £350 while a 240 gram carbon brakeset comes in at £871 (pads and shipping extra). We’ve also asked the Col Collective’s Mike Cotty whether we need carbon wheels.

“Game changing” Mavic Comete Ultimate shoes. A snip at £900

Once you’ve bought your new Bianchi and THM components, you’ll need some nice shoes to go with them. Mavic’s new £900 Comete Ultimate should do nicely. They come with a carbon shell sole and upper along with swappable hot and wet weather inserts.

A whole bike from Ribble will cost you less than THM’s brakes and stem

A bit cheaper than the Bianchi –and not a lot more money than THM’s brakes – is Ribble’s new disc braked Gran Fondo. With builds from £1200, the recommended Shimano 105 hydraulic machine will cost you just over £1500. Ribble says it’s relaxed the bike’s geometry for increased comfort on longer rides.

Summer round the corner?

Clothing brands are starting to break out their summer 2017 collections and we’ve had news of three different looks and ranges for hot weather riding from dhb as well as Café du Cycliste’s summer range. While if you’re a Simpsons fan you’ll like State Bicycle Co’s range of clothing, bikes and components featuring your favourite characters. Ekoi is less optimistic about the British summer weather; it’s just released its waterproof Primavera fleece-lined shorts and jersey.

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If you need sartorial inspiration, you could do worse than take a look at our gallery of the 25 most stylish pro cyclists of all time. We’ve also had tips from the pros themselves on how to look more pro on your bike. And we’ve rounded up some nice bargains on Castelli spring and winter kit.

Track bikes explained in our buyer’s guide

This week we’ve also busted nine cycling myths and given you a guide to track bikes. We’ve also continued our look at kids’ bikes with a guide to balance bikes, what to look for and our picks.

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Sarah Bertucelli – Tower Workout (45 mins) – Level 2/3

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Work on finding connections in your body with this Tower workout by Sarah Bertucelli. She plays with the idea of giving freedom to controlled movements so that you can mimic the flow of the ocean. She includes many creative variations to exercises like Side Kick, Roll Backs, and so much more!

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